Meet Woofy CubCake Nik from Munich

Hi Nik!

What’s your idea of a perfect date?

“Intimate dining, taking a romantic walk together, occasionally grabbing his hand (and not letting go!), eventually dropping him home with a kiss. Yes, I may be young but I’m old school: no sex on the first date!”

How would you describe your personal interior design style?

“A good blend of industrial design and modernism.”


What kind of music do you listen to?

“Anything from a cheesy pop ballade (that I can even more cheesily sing and hum along to!), house music, classic rock and even classical music. Deep and meaningful lyrics get me all the time!”

Location: Munich, Germany

Height: 5`8 Hair: brown

Eyes: changeable from brown to green

Sign: Libra


Fitness Routine: “Actually at bulking. Gaining mass before I will have to cut it down. I work out five to six times a week. Go heavy with the weight and focuse on 8-10 reputations. Once a week I play soccer.”

Occupation: “Self employed Personal Trainer business “NiksShapeUp”

Hobbies: “I love playing soccer, working out at the gym, going to the movies. I’m always up for a fun and relaxed time with close friends which might include getting buzzed at the bars. Even Personal Trainers have a life, you know! LOL”

Guilty Pleasure Snack: “Peanut butter jelly sandwiches.”

TV Faves: “Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones.”


Last good movie you saw: “With Child” 2014, A widowed construction worker must balance rebuilding his life and being a single dad to his infant daughter all the while being spun around by the romantic advances of his eccentric new employer. Totally engaging and authentic film!”

Currently Reading: “Redirect, by Timothy Wilson, 2011 If you want to know how to make permanent and lasting change in your behavior, or the behavior of someone you know, then this is the book to read. It tells you what does and doesn’t work based on research.”

Turn Ons: “A handsome interesting bearded face always gets my attention first – I’m a sucker for a great smile. Then I like big furry guys, my size and bigger. Age really doesn’t matter here. You’ve got to be a sane, loyal and very genuine guy. Someone who will settle for love, who’s able to commit and say “FUCK, YES!” to me – that’s my biggest turn on!”

Turn Offs: “I don’t need anyone constantly counting their calories, obsessing with keeping their sixpack in shape. I want my man to be able to enjoy a good beer and a pizza, too. Oh, and if you’re seeking validation from other guys while you’re dating me, we’re definitely not a match. Also drugs is a big no-no for me.”

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Personal Philosophy : “This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” ― I had to quote Marilyn Monroe, because its just so true!!!

All Photos by Kiko Dionisio Photography


The Sculptural Art of Gene Dodak

Sometimes the sculptor is a work of art himself. Case in point is Artist Gene Dodak from Palm Springs. We invite you to look past Gene’s incredible body to view his body of incredible work. We are fascinated by Gene’s clay “Totems” inspired by nature and aquatic life, as well as his Mid-Century inspired lamps and vessels.

Artist Gene Dodak

Gene at work in his studio.
Gene at work in his studio.

After receiving his BFA in Sculpture, Ceramics and Design from Central Michigan University, Gene worked as a window designer at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco and eventually became the Visual manager for the Palo Alto store. He started his own company, Strong Environments, a landscape and design business in the Bay Area in 1994. Gene moved to Palm Springs with his husband, Art Strong, in 2004, and went back to his first love of working in clay.

Gene at his Palm Springs home surrounded by his eclectic work of lamps and vessels.
Gene at his Palm Springs home surrounded by his eclectic work of lamps and vessels.
Gene at his Palm Springs Studio
Gene at the Silica Studio in Palm Springs Studio

Working with and being influenced by Mid-Century artist Paul Bellardo, Gene’s work has become more varied in the last few years, creating modern lamps, vases, and other sculptures. His current interests are slab, wheel-thrown, altered and hand built sculptures.

Gene's Totem sculptures can be used outdoors as well as in.  These Totems are wired to light up at night for dramatic effect.
Gene’s Totem sculptures can be used outdoors as well as in. These Totems are wired to light up at night for dramatic effect.

It was Gene’s Totem sculptures that caught the attention of the Artists Council Exhibition in Palm Springs. It is an annual juried exhibition shown in the Jorgensen Gallery and Marks Graphics Center during the fall of each year. Gene’s work was part of 47 chosen out of over 400 entries.

The Sculptor as sculpture.
The Sculptor as sculpture.

Artist Gene Dodak

Vessels by Gene Dodak
Vessels by Gene Dodak

Gene’s work is represented by Woodman/Shimko Gallery in Palm Springs. Gene’s work is available for residential and commercial commissions.

Modern Bear Q&A with Brian Sims!

Modern Bear interviews Representative Brian Sims during Bear Week in Provincetown, and asks him the hard hitting “political” question:
“What kind of Bear are you?”

A big thanks to David Goodman at Bear World Magazine for coordinating this interview!

Meet Woofy Beefcake Jorge from Madrid!

Hi Jorge!
How did your attraction to the Bear culture come about?

“When I started to feel sexual attraction for men, I thought I had some kind of problem, because the idea of TV and society made the concept of “gay” so different from the concept I had about myself. This made my new sexual orientation weirder also. When I realized I wasn’t the only one, and what I liked had a name, I was so happy. The name was bears. I was excited searching on google for ‘bears!”

What does the term “Bear” mean to you?

“For me it means everyone who identifies with “bear”. I am getting tired of hearing stuff like, ‘this guy thinks he is a bear, ha ha even if he’s not hairy,’ or ‘people think because they grow a beard that they are bears.’ Since the bear community is getting bigger and trendier, I see there is more discrimination between us. You see group of muscle bears who don’t want contact with other kinds of people. That is wrong. They are missing lots of nice people and they are making others feel bad.”

What’s your idea of a perfect date?

“I think the perfect date is a date that makes me so nervous because I don’t know if he likes me, and I am trying to find the way to kiss the guy. I am so romantic and I love the seduction, nervousness, and suspense. You know the date was perfect when you go home and realize you can’t sleep the night because you are so excited and you have a permanent idiot smile on your face.”

Location: Geneva and Madrid

Height: 6’5

Hair: Black

Eyes: Black

Sign: Capricorn

Fitness Routine: I workout five or six times a week.
-chest and calves
-back and abs
-legs and calves
-shoulders and calves
Around 5 exercises in 3 series of 9-12 reps. In 40′-45′ have finished.
The 80% is the diet. I eat between 6-8 times a day.

Occupation: Physiotherapist

Hobbies: “Cinema, novels, comics, sci-fi, gym, travel, videogames…”

Guilty Pleasure Snack: “I have a lot! But Nutella and Chocolate in general drive me crazy!!! Grrr!”

TV Faves: “I am a TV series lover. Probably ‘Six Feet Under’ and “Battlestar Galactica’ are my favorites. HBO series in general.”

Last good movie you saw: “The last good movie I watched was ‘Donnie Darko.’ It’s one of my favorite movies ever. Travels across time themes are one of my weaknesses.”

Currently Reading: “I am reading a trilogy about the life of Publio Cornelio Escipion the African. It is called ‘African Vs’ written by Santiago Posteguillo. I love historic novels.”

Turn Ons: “Masculinity, good smile, cute ears, muscled and beefy, good attitude without artificial poses, good kissers and cuddles.”

Turn Offs: “Bad breath, aggressive attitude, bad kissers, smoke smell, long hair, lies.”

Personal Statement: “I am nobody to give advice, but be aware of prejudices. So many times it makes us blind. It makes us lose a connection to lots of nice people who would give such nice moments. Because at first sight they may not be good looking enough, or not masculine or fat. Or also we miss people because we think he is good looking and he may be superficial, or muscled so they just think about proteins and gym. All of cases are so wrong.”