Beefcake of the Week ~ Daryl

Hi Daryl!
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What’s your idea of a perfect date?
“Horseback riding all day, dinner and wine by candlelight, go country dancing with my Modern Bear until we are tired and ending our date with a tailgate party and game the very next day.” How would you describe your interior design style?
“Contemporary with a Tommy Bahamas’ twist!”

What kind of music do you listen to?
“Country to House, R&B to Smooth Jazz, Gospel to Broadway…and everything in between.”

What’s your most memorable Christmas?
“My most memorable Christmas was last year being able to give gifts from European trip to my family.”

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Location: “Palm Springs/ Joshua Tree area.”

Height: 5’11

Hair: Bald

Eyes: Hazel

Sign: Aries

Fitness Routine: “Lift weights at least 4x a week.”

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Occupation: “Law enforcement.”

Hobbies:
“Running marathons, working out with my trainer, country dancing and being a political junkie.”

Guilty pleasure snack:
“Carrot cake, German chocolate cake, coconut cake, fruit cake and Cold Stone Creamery.”

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TV Faves:
“MSNBC, The Grimm, The Originals, Game of Thrones, Vikings, Star Trek The Next Generation, American Horror Story, Dune series and Penny Dreadful.”

Favorite Films:
“Avatar, Interview with A Vampire, Wolf man, Twilight Saga, Pulp Fiction, Man of Steel and the Star Wars Saga.”

Currently Reading:
“Sports Illustrated, Cover and Concealment, Men’s Journal, Oprah Magazine, Essences, Out 100, Details, GQ, ESPN.”

Turn Ons:
“Someone who can show vulnerability; express emotion; someone I can trust and who can trust me; monogamy.”

Turn Offs:
“Racism, intolerant people, discrimination in all sense.”

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Personal Philosophy:
The Optimist Creed:
“Promise Yourself
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.”

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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
-arms
-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.”

Beefcake of the Week – James

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Hi James!
What does the term “Bear” mean to you?

“I am lucky enough to be a part of a generation that had access to the internet from a relatively young age, so after realizing that I was gay but not being at all attracted to the gay stereotypes that were presented in the media I was able to discover the bear world online. Discovering this community enabled me to feel more confident in myself. It allowed me to just be me (stocky and hairy) and not have to worry about trying to be someone I’m not in order to fit in.
I guess the term bear for me also has connotations about getting older. I’ve been labeling myself as a cub for almost 10 years, but more and more I’m being told I’m getting too old/big for that label!”
My only gripe with the term is when people treat it as some sort of exclusive ‘club’ which requires you to possess certain attributes in order to become part of a ‘clique’ – for example, ‘muscle bears’ that will only acknowledge the existence of other guys with a certain amount of muscle is a real turn off.”

What’s your idea of a perfect date?

“The way to my heart is definitely through my stomach, so either cooking/being cooked for or going out for a hearty meal definitely has to be in there somewhere! If staying in this would then be followed by snuggling up with a good movie and a big bowl of popcorn. If heading out I enjoy walking around town hand in hand, maybe catch a show at the theatre and then end the evening with a few drinks. Then depending on energy levels maybe a good dance until the following morning.”

How would you describe your personal design style?

“With regards to clothing I’m very much a t-shirt and jeans kinda guy, I tend to stick to stuff that’s comfortable rather than fashionable. If I find something I REALLY like I’ll buy one in every color available and wear them until they fall apart.
As far as ‘interior’ design style goes, I have absolutely no style at all – I’m happy to leave that to professionals!”

Location: London, UK

Height: 5’ 10”

Hair: Beard – Red, everywhere else – dirty blonde

Eyes: Green

Sign: Capricorn

Fitness Routine:
“I grew up loathing all forms of exercise, and the only thing I ever did to keep remotely fit was walking a few miles a day. 6 months ago I decided it was time for a change and joined my first ever gym. I’ve been going 4-5 times per week since then, and really look forward to every single trip – if you had told me 5 years ago that one day I would be excited about exercise I probably would have keeled over from laughing!
I suffer from really bad tennis elbow meaning any prolonged use of dumbbells or barbells leaves me in agony for days, so I tend to stick to the resistance machines and cables and focus on a couple of body parts each visit, with a bit of cardio thrown in at the beginning (gotta keep the ticker healthy!). I am lucky enough to have 2 very special men in my life who continually push and encourage me in the gym, and they teach me more and more with each visit.
At the moment my general goal is just to increase my size, so I’m currently on a ‘dirty bulk’ diet (which is amazing!), and not too bothered about getting a bit of a belly (one of the major benefits of being part of ‘bear culture’ is that this is widely accepted!). I know I can’t keep this up forever, but I’m enjoying it at the moment, and from comments I’ve received it seems to be working. I’ve also put on about 10kg (22lbs) since joining the gym (purely from mountains of steak & chicken!), and outgrown pretty much all of my favorite clothes.”

Occupation: “Clinical data systems analyst for a large pharmaceutical company.”

Hobbies: “I LOVE going to the Theatre (mainly musicals, but plays also), and have been known to queue for 6 hours from 4am to get front row tickets to shows before – it’s a relatively new passion, but one that I’m really enjoying. I also enjoy: Movies (mainly horror and comedy), Reading, Gym, Xbox, baking, being an uncle, and I’ve recently started learning Spanish.”
I was invited to take part in my first ever photo shoot a couple of weeks ago (some of the photos are being used as part of this post – thanks to Vincent Keith from Mascular Studios for those!) and since then have taken part in a second, so who knows, maybe I might explore modelling further as a new hobby.
I’m also a trained firefighter as a part of my job, which I enjoy a lot!”

Guilty Pleasure Snack: “I’m pretty public about this one, and most of my friends and acquaintances would probably be able to answer on my behalf: JAFFA CAKES. I know a lot of people reading this might never have heard of them (I’m sorry for you) as I think they’re a pretty British thing – they’re basically round discs of orangey heaven covered in chocolate. I can go through a box of them in literally seconds. Oh, and tubs of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food have been known to vanish in a similar amount of time also.”

TV Faves: “American Horror Story (my current number 1!), Looking, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, Parks & Recreation, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Modern Family, Glee (yeah, I know!), Smash, Lost, The Great British Bake Off.”

Last good movie you saw: “This is probably going to be pretty cliché and completely emasculate me, but I absolutely loved ‘Frozen’ and watched it 3 times in the space of a week. As I’ve mentioned I am a big fan of musicals (and still a big kid at heart), so by reading about how the format and style of the film was close to a West End/Broadway show I knew immediately that I would love it. The animation is beautiful, the music is incredible and a few of my current favorite stars are in it and play their parts perfectly (Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff & Josh Gad). If you’re hesitant and thinking it’s just another kids movie, I’d definitely recommend you give it a go. I’ve also read that the rights to make it into a Broadway show have already been sold – I am waiting with bated breath.
Also, a video of me lip syncing to ‘Love Is an Open Door’ exists but is yet to be published online until I get enough confidence!”

Currently Reading: “I’ve just finished Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. I am a HUGE fan of King and have a whole bookcase dedicated to his work. Really enjoyed this sequel to one of my favorites!”

Turn Ons: “Masculinity, Spontaneity, Modesty, a man who likes his food.”

Turn Offs: “People being rude to service staff is probably my biggest one. For example, if I’m out to dinner and someone is unnecessarily rude to a waiter/waitress it drives me insane. Also arrogance, boasting, cockiness and anyone who practices one-upmanship on a regular basis.”

Photos by Vincent Keith – Mascular Studio

Beefcake of the Week – Phil

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Beefcake Phil from Georgia

Meet Woofy Phil from Stone Mountain, GA…

Hi Phil!
What does the term “Bear” mean to you?

“I think the definition of a bear is a man who is secure enough in his hairiness to let it grow.”

What’s your idea of a perfect date?

“Going on a ten mile hike with a rugged bear, taking him to dinner (his choice), and then back to my place for a sensual massage!”

Location: Stone Mountain, GA

Height: 6’

Hair: Salt & Pepper

Eyes: Brown

Sign: Virgo

Fitness Routine: “A happy balance between working out, eating right and getting enough sleep.”

Occupation: Electrical Tech

Hobbies: “When I have time, I love to hike. I’ve hiked over 150 miles of Georgia trails.”

Guilty Pleasure Snack: Zaxby’s

TV Faves: “I don’t watch TV at home, but when I’m with friends, I’m addicted to ‘Orange Is The New Black’ and ‘Downtown Abbey.”

Last good movie you saw: “Gravity’ (Sandra Bullock kicks ass!)”

Currently Reading: “47 Ronin’ by Joan D. Vinge.”

Turn Ons: “I love a good kisser, and definitely massages!”

Turn Offs: “Someone who uses the words ‘I’ and ‘me’ a lot.”

Q: Personal Statement: “Don’t judge!”

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