Beefcake of the Week ~ Chris

10408825_883863778323191_6876811485912615502_nHi Chris!
What’s your idea of a perfect date?
“A perfect date for me would be working out together and a nice dinner afterwards…. And if the chemistry is right, cuddling on the couch with a movie.”

How would you describe your personal interior design style?
“Earth tone colors…Browns, greens.”

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What kind of music do you listen to?
“I have a very eclectic taste in music. My favorite genre would be classic rock but I love jazz, country, pop, classical, R&B and hip hop as well. Some of my favorite artist and groups are:
Amy Winehouse, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Ratt, John Mayer, Lauryn Hill, Rod Stewart, Sam Smith, Led Zepplin, The Doors, Annie Lennox, Hozier, U2, Patty Griffin, Milky Chance, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Ray LaMontagne, Pharrell, Jay-Z, Nas, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Abba, Martina McBride, Alanis Morrisette, Celine Dion, Drake, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, Macklemore, Sade, Corrine Bailey Ray, Chris Young, Billy Currington, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Beyonce, James Morrison, Van Morrison, The Police, Billy Joel, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Foreigner, Lupe Fiasco, Stix, Dave Matthews Band, Chicago, The Beatles, Rollin Stones, James Taylor. Ok, ill stop here but the list goes on.”

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Location: Atlanta,Georgia
Height: 5’10
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Sign: Pisces

Fitness Routine:
“Not a gym rat, but I work out 4-5 times a week. My workouts consist of crossfit, basketball, Push and pull workouts, etc.”

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Occupation:
“Full time student now, but my background is in law enforcement.
Ex-military – US NAVY.”

Hobbies:
“Shooting pool (I play in a few pool leagues), travel, going to sporting events, (I’m a sports fanatic), going to concerts, listening to live bands, and writing.”

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Guilty Pleasure Snack: “Soft oatmeal raisin cookies, with vanilla ice cream (don’t judge me. lol).”

TV Faves: “The Voice, Modern Family, Empire, oh and of course anything on ESPN. Lol”

Last good movie you saw:
“The last good movie I saw was Officer and a Gentleman with Richard Gere. I’ve seen this movie at least a hundred times. But I never get tired of it and yes I keep tissue close by. lol It’s an emotional movie for me. Good story line and I can relate to a lot in this movie.

The most recent movie I saw that was great is Focus with Will Smith. Good to see him come back with a good movie after the last few terrible ones he did.”

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Turn Ons:
“Honest humble men, natural masculinity, nothing forced. Salt and Pepper, nice eyes, a guy who’s not afraid to show true emotions and feelings.”
Turn Offs: “Conceited, Arrogant, Self-Absorbed Men.”

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Personal Statement: “Very simple quote but it’s my golden rule: Be good to yourself and others.”

Photos by David Dudar Photography

Modern Bear Beefcake ~ Clint from South Carolina

Photo by David Dudar
Photo by David Dudar

Hi Clint,
What does the term “Bear” mean to you?

“When I close my eyes and think of what a bear is, I probably have the same visual image as most people. Visually, bears tend to be beefier guys with facial and body hair as well as a blue collar or hyper-masculine look. But to me, the term bear goes deeper than the visual aspect. I think the bear community as a whole is all about acceptance. I have traveled to many bear events and there are guys of so many shapes and sizes, furry and non-furry, and they all consider themselves bears. Bears, in my opinion, tend to be more accepting of each other, very social in nature, and fun-loving. I always joke that the bear community is always so friendly and accepting because we eat! We eat, we drink, and…well…we do what men do. So being a bear to me is about being who you are, and enjoying each other for who and what we are.”

What’s your idea of a perfect date?

“Honestly, I have had the “perfect date”. I was lucky enough to be with the man of my dreams for 17 years so I have had a million perfect dates. The next man I date/love will be someone who makes me laugh, and that I make laugh too. You know, the you’re laughing so hard you’re wiping tears from your face and can’t breathe kind of laughter. Whether we are at a restaurant, at a bar with friends or just lying on the couch cuddling up together, I want to laugh. The man who makes me laugh will win my heart. Any date with that man will be the perfect date.”

Photo by David Dudar
Photo by David Dudar

How would you describe your personal interior design style?

“I am a very simple guy, so my tastes tend to run as such. My favorite room in the house is my den. It has a southwest design with a lot of earth tones. The walls are lined with cowboy hats and southwestern art. Of course that room also has a big screen television and two very comfy couches.”

What kind of music do you listen to?

“My taste in music changes all the time. I can enjoy anything from choral music to hard rock. Most of the music on my ITunes is dance music, with some country thrown in for fun. I love to dance to both. Whatever the sound, words are important to me. I have to know every word to every song. I want to understand the lyrics and what they mean. Understanding the words and lyrics makes it easier when I am singing along.”

Photo by David Dudar
Photo by David Dudar

Location: Columbia, South Carolina

Height: 6’1

Hair: Salt and pepper

Eyes: “Most of the time they are blood shot, but I think they are supposed to be blue ”

Sign: “The one with crabs… wait …maybe I should re-write that…”

Photo by David Dudar
Photo by David Dudar

Fitness Routine:
“When all the pieces and parts are working, LOL, I am at the gym 4 times a week. I do a very basic exercise routine of upper body/lower body. I try to change my routine every 3-4 weeks. Even if that just means changing from dumbbells to a machine. Anything to break up the exercises to keep my mind interested and my body confused. I also do treadmill two or three times a weeks and once a week I try to play some basketball.”

Occupation: “Human Resources/Corporate Trainer – I hire, train, and fire… (not necessarily in that order).”

Photo by David Dudar
Photo by David Dudar

Hobbies: “I love to travel. I try to travel somewhere every month. It’s a big gay world out there, and I want to see it all. My trips don’t have to take me across the world, but somewhere where I can meet new people and experience different things. I admit I am developing a fondness for several European countries though.

Because of my love for music, I like to make dance remixes. A couple times a year I will organize an event at the local bar where I can DJ and share my music. The last party was a lumberjack party.

Finally, I love to bake. I am the type of person that shows they care by baking for people. My momma told me when I was just a little bear-cub, “If you want to keep those bears happy, you’ll need to learn to cook in more than one room of the house”. So I learned to cook, everything else came naturally.”

Photo by David Dudar
Photo by David Dudar

Guilty Pleasure Snack: “Well like any bear, I can’t get within a mile of a cupcake without starting to drool. But when I think “guilty pleasure”, I think of things that I love so much I can’t stop myself; my biggest guilty pleasure is Flaming Hot Cheetos. They are crazy addictive! I can sit and eat a whole bag and not think twice. I especially love when my fingers are covered with yummy Cheetos goodness! I will even tear open the bag to make sure I get to the crumbs at the very bottom of the bag.”

TV Faves: “If you were to check my DVR over the past year, you would find True Blood (did not like the ending), Walking Dead, Hot in Cleveland, Tosh.0, Cupcake Wars and Robot Chicken (how’s that for a mix). I also watch a lot of sports as I am a big Kentucky Wildcat fan (Go Big Blue)!”

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Last good movie you saw: “The last movie was Guardians of the Galaxy. It was such a fun, quirky movie. I loved it.”

Turn Ons: “I have a major beard fetish. A nicely trimmed and well defined beard is really hot. Chest fur is also pretty high on my list. Sexy muscle cubs and daddy bears always catch my eye. I like guys who look like they take care of themselves physically, but they can’t be too serious about it. If you’re going to stress over eating a cupcake (or 2…or 3), you’re not the guy for me. Life is too short to not eat cupcakes.”

Turn Offs: “I don’t like people who are arrogant, rude, disrespectful or passive aggressive.”

Personal Statement: “Over the past few years I have learned that life is short. We have to kind and love each other because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I also believe we have to take time to laugh and to make each other laugh. If we can laugh together, we can be compassionate with one another; if we can laugh together, we can forgive each other; if we can laugh together, we can LOVE each other. Make someone laugh today.”

Photo by David Dudar
Photo by David Dudar

Photos by David Dudar Photography

Beefcake of the Week ~ Erik Byrne

Photo by David Dudar
Photo by David Dudar

Hi Erik,
What’s your idea of a perfect date?

“That’s easy… a day that starts at home having coffee together with our sweet dog on the sofa… then becomes brunch (either just us or with friends)…. a small shopping trip (for big boy toys)…. A good 3 to 4 hours locked away in the playroom…. an afternoon spent at the naked beach…. grab Thai take out on the way home… eat said take out while we’re happily back on the sofa with that wonderful dog. I guess my partner and I don’t really do “date night”. But we LOVE “date day”

Photo by David Dudar
Photo by David Dudar

What does the term “Bear” mean to you?

“I’ll say this… I’ve got friends in the bear community that represent each extreme end of the spectrum and everything in between. Some that don’t even necessarily have a “look” that would suggest “Bear”. But they feel it and they feel a part of a community that is familiar to them. This is where I realized that a sense of belonging, no matter how deep or how shallow it might seem to someone else, is really important to those who kinda never really did belong… I’ll say this, I had never noticed anyone “woofing” at me for the first 10 years of my “out” life. Then one day I moved to San Francisco, a couple of bears “woofed” my direction.. and when I “woofed” back… it was ON. And I’m so glad I did.”

Photo by David Dudar
Photo by David Dudar

How would you describe your personal interior design style?

“I had worked in the industry as a designer for 12 years before moving into the financial side of the business. I’d like to think that I developed a solid personal style I could stand by…. But really I think I simply acquired a tolerance level for a wide range of styles. I guess what I mean is that I’ll easily find comfort and beauty in almost any space so long as its creator(s) present it with confidence in what it’s supposed to represent…. Except, of course, for anything even slightly resembling “shabby chic”. Shabby Chic is disgusting.”

Photo by David Dudar
Photo by David Dudar

What kind of music do you listen to?

“I’m a country boy at heart and country music will always be my go-to. Beyond that, I’ll listed to anything and everything Top 40-ish. Pretty much anything that causes my DJ friends stomachs to turn…”

Location: San Francisco

Height: 5’9″

Hair: “Brown with some “salt” coming in and rapidly receding.”

Eyes: Blue-ish

Sign: Cancer

Erik and partner Scott
Erik and partner Scott. Photo by
Inked Kenny

Fitness Routine:
“I’m THE WORST about the gym. Never liked it, never felt comfortable in one since long ago in junior high school gym class. (insert personal gym locker room story here) But I get up and go as many times a week as I’m able (always before work). But really, if I look at all like I spend any amount of time committed to a rigorous work out… the credit goes to flagging. I flag whenever I have a few free minutes. In the back yard, head phones in, country music blasting, and my many straight neighbors staring at me through their azaleas… looking just a little bit worried.”

Photo by Rey Rey's Photography
Photo by Rey Rey’s Photography

Occupation: “Finance and Business Manager for SF Interior Design firm.”

Hobbies: “White Water Rafting, snowboarding, creating flower arrangements for our home. And, um… can you call Burning Man a “hobby”? Probably not, but I stand by it.”

Guilty Pleasure Snack: JIF Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter and Cinnamon Life Cereal. Try it. I triple. dog. dare. you. And no, I do NOT try to “work it off” at the gym later. Just enjoy it.”

Photo by David Dudar
Photo by David Dudar

TV Faves: “I like, and will watch nearly anything I guess…. But my “can’t miss” shows would be The Daily Show, Chelsea Lately, and… The Soup. I refuse to get my news from a network. All the networks are complete dicks in their own way and it’s become boring and sad. I get my real news from the most logical source I can think of… My friends ranting on Facebook.”

Last good movie you saw: “Maleficent.’ Freakin loved it. I’m an unabashed mainstream consumer and this movie delivered.”

Currently Reading: “Listening to the ‘Tales of the City’ audiobooks on my commute each day. I’ve read all the at least twice so this is a completely different experience.”

Photo by David Dudar
Photo by David Dudar

Turn Ons: Body Hair (preferably not trimmed), confidence, experience, bedroom eyes, rough hands, silver daddies, and passion for what you do, knowing when to be a Gentleman and knowing when to be a Swine.”

Turn Offs: “Arrogance, intolerance, overcompensating, ignored insecurities… I guess these are things that we all exhibit in our own way, especially me.”

Personal Statement: “A sweet and wonderful lesbian friend once said to me (upon seeing and talking to me for the first time since growing up a little bit… beard and fur and such) ‘Honey, if you’re gonna be a Bear, then be a Grizzly.’ I believe what she meant was embrace your natural strength and do what you do well. Do it with integrity and love and power. Don’t look back too much and don’t ever look down on anyone else who’s having a rougher time than you are having with something. We all need a little help at one time or another. At least that’s what I believe anyway.”

Beefcake Erik Byrne

Contributing Photographers:
David Dudar
Inked Kenny
Rey Rey