Meet Beefcake Jesus Ruiz!

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Jesus, how did your attraction to the Bear culture and how come about?

“I enjoyed the inclusiveness of our community and fight hard to make sure we extend the olive branch to everyone. I also grew up spending the summers in Mexico on a ranch watching all the Tall,Dark,Sweaty,Hairy men on horseback….. I’m sorry what was I saying?”

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Location: Anaheim,CA

Height: 5’8”

Hair: DARK AND THICK! Shave my head usually

Eyes: Brown

Sign: I’m a Pieces

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Fitness Routine: I am not a fan of gyms and prefer outdoor activities and enjoy hosting hiking groups for bears in my area on a weekly bases.

Occupation: Logistics and Operations Clerk for LUX BUS AMERICA TOURS

Hobbies: MUSIC FESTIVALS, Hiking, Camping, comedy shows, weed

Guilty Pleasure Snack: Caramel Cheesecake Bites from Del Taco. If you haven’t tried them, do yourself a favor.

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TV Faves: Walking Dead, Raising Hope, Celebrity Apprentice, and Face off on Syfy

Last good movie you saw: I’ll let you know when a good one pops up? HEYOHHH!

Currently Reading:I feel like a geek for saying this but I’m currently in the middle of Hunger Games

Turn Ons: Confidence,MANNERS, Goal driven, Passionate, Hairy, Older Men, BIG BUBBA BUTTS

Turn Offs: Gym Queens! Small stomachs and six packs, Socially awkward people.

Personal Statement: I’m very thankful to have had someone mentor me at a young age and taught me the importance of participating in your community. I would advise anyone to find a local charity or non-profit in your area to volunteer for. I love you all and would love to see a stronger Gay Community who supports one another regardless of how masculine one is. ONE LOVE!

Meet Woofy Beefcake John!

Beefcake John Hollier

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

“Dinner, long conversations to get to know the person, and maybe ice cream after dinner to talk more. I do like to kiss on a first date. It will let me know a lot about that person are if we’re going to be compatible to go on another date.”

What does the term “Bear” mean to you?

“Men who are furry, or rugged or handsome or skinny or ugly – there are so many types of bears. I like genuine men.”

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How would you describe your personal interior design style?

“I tend to be very contemporary in my tastes.”

What kind of music do you listen to?

“I love most music: Country, rap, R&B, jazz but mostly find myself bouncing around to dance music but have no favorite one.”

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Location: Atlanta, Ga.

Height: 5’9

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Hazel

Sign: Virgo

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Gym routine: “I’ve worked out for the past 3 years pretty hard trying to change my body every time I lift. My routine is simple. Monday-chest, Tuesday-arms, Wed-legs, Thursday-back Friday-shoulders. I take off Saturday and Sunday unless I miss a day during week. I do one body part a day cause I can solely focus on just that body part trying to do 7 to 8 different exercise and 4 sets of 15 lifting heavier ever set.”

Occupation: “Bartender at Woofs Sports Bar full time and soon to be full time a Barber student starting in the new year.”

Hobbies: “Gym, hiking, anything outdoors – love to travel and the beach is always fun. Photography is a passion I enjoy as well. And my French Bulldog – being a dad to him is great.”

Guilty Pleasure Snack: “LOVE Peanut butter and pancakes.”

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TV Faves: “I rarely watch TV but when I do I
really enjoy THE VOICE.”

Last good movie you saw: “I hate movies, very A.D.D. here.”

Turn Ons: “Handsome, genuine, authentic men who are attractive more on the inside than outside.”

Turn Offs: “Guys who are arrogant, cunty, rude, or dishonest. I treat everyone with respect, because you don’t know what the other person has been through – why treat them like shit?”

Personal Statement: “I have been sober for 2 1/2 years now I support AA.”

Beefcake John Hollier

Photos by David Dudar: Manshots by Dave

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

Beefcake of the Week ~ Michael

Photo by Flaming City Photography
Photo by Flaming City Photography

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

“A fun-loving, huggable, big, hairy guy.”

What’s your idea of a perfect date?

“Heading out on a hike or out on the water for the day, stopping at the farmers market on the way home & cooking a meal together. Enjoying it all underneath the stars.”

Model:  Michael Coates

How would you describe your personal interior design style?

“Modern, natural & minimal. I don’t like a lot of clutter. While I prefer clean lines and a modern aesthetic I love bringing nature inside. Wood accents, plants and natural light are essential.”

What kind of music do you listen to?

“Everything from Fleetwood Mac to Drake. I love discovering new artists and I will forever be a huge Tori Amos fan.”

Model:  Michael Coates

Location: Chicago

Height: 6ft

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

Sign: Pisces

Model Michael Coates

Fitness Routine:
“I am an avid Crossfitter. It may not be everyone’s thing but it certainly works for me. I come from an endurance background, so incorporating weightlifting is essential if I want to bulk up. I try to go to Crossfit least 5-7 times a week. I also enjoy swimming, biking, hiking and skiing when I can.”

Occupation: “I work as an Art Director and Photographer.”

Hobbies: “Cooking, Crossfit, outdoors, music, painting/drawing, travel, photography.”

Model Michael Coates

Guilty Pleasure Snack: Cheese-It’s

TV Faves: “Game of Thrones, Strangers with Candy, I love Lucy, Six Feet Under, Golden Girls.”

Last good movie you saw: “The Normal Heart’ on HBO. Incredibly well done & poignant film.”

Currently Reading: “The Maze Runner”

Model Michael Coates

Turn Ons: “Blue eyes, strong hands, creativity, spontaneity, affectionate guys, confidence and above all someone that makes me laugh.”

Turn Offs: “A negative disposition, bullies, unacceptance within our own community, ignorance and arrogance. “

Personal Statement:
“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”
― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Photo by Flaming City Photography
Photo by Flaming City Photography

Underwear Bear Tee is back in stock!

Modeled by Robert Pierce Photo by Rey Rey's Photography
Modeled by Robert Pierce
Photo by Rey Rey’s Photography

Our Underwear Bear Tee is back in stock!
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Modeled by Kyle McCann. Photo by Rey Rey’s Photography
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