Where Does Macho Come From?
Being macho starts in the space between a man’s ears. Throughout all of human civilization across multiple languages several core themes spelled out on this page appear consistently in storytelling and in art indicating that thinking of macho men happens quite frequently. I draw energy and inspiration from these themes when I create stories and images for you.
I may not agree with the core themes or endorse them in our civilized society. But the themes have existed for centuries now and nobody should ignore or deny them.
Years ago, I was significantly influenced by the former Katharsis website to open myself up and to allow my storytelling and artistic efforts to flow freely out into the universe without me holding anything back or censoring my own thoughts and fantasies. Such is one powerful legacy that the former Katharsis website left for all of us gay men.
The complex social question as to whether a man should appear as and behave as a man (versus appearing and behaving as a woman) is found easily in many countries nowadays. The answer to this question is not “correct” versus “incorrect” no matter what. The question points to the core theme of masculine superiority: Many men believe that to have credibility today men should not appear as or behave as if they were women. I explore this elsewhere at this website.
Domination of Men
A man can derive pleasure from interacting sexually either with a younger man or with a man he dominates regardless of age. This is controversial especially in the context of unwanted sexual advances in which men are taken advantage of. Where have you gone, Kevin Spacey? A nation turns its angry eyes to you. With apologies to Paul Simon.
The center of the pleasures felt within this theme often are how the dominated man reacts in complete surprise to how skillful the other man is sexually.
Race and Tribe Supremacy
Men’s violence toward and killing of other men based upon feelings of one’s supremacy in the racial or tribal context has been known for centuries on our planet. No solutions to unrestrained behaviors of men stemming from their race or tribe have ever been discovered by humanity.
However, when men of one race get involved emotionally and sexually with men of another race, the outcome can be of obvious benefits to both.
When men choose to delve into master/slave roles, one man takes on the dominant role over the submissive other man. This can involve one man who is serviced by two others. This can involve using restraints so that the submissive man feels the fantasy more deeply. Arousal for both sides is amplified by bondage devices.
Capture and Domination
A man who is confined in a prison or paramilitary situation, or, a man has been kidnapped and is held against his will respond in very predictable ways. This theme also usually involves several other themes.
Perhaps the most controversial of all is when men go with their instincts to execute other men. This theme draws upon the imbalance of power that one man has over another. Again, this theme usually is employed along with other themes that are explored on this page.
Sexual Torture: Rape
A controversial theme is rape in which a man loses control over his body to another man or group of other men. Again, this theme usually is employed in other themes that are explored on this page.
Such torture applied to men’s cocks and balls produce an immediate and uncontrollable reaction. Controlling a man is easy especially if you’re holding his balls and squeezing tightly. This theme often is but one part of using several other themes.
Using the Core Themes in Storytelling
Here I provide an deeper dive into the core themes. This is for all visitors who want more than just a casual enjoyment of my work.
In my 2008 illustration entitled “Interrogation Finale,” I depict a secret, unauthorized military interrogation in Iraq that culminates in the death of a native-born American male who was thought to be a terrorist.
I chose to show the outcome of the dead man’s cock cut having been off and shoved into his open mouth to humiliate him even in death merely for the entertainment of the witnesses.
This is only one example of how my work can be very controversial. I freely admit that I produce controversial works. What I produce is intended to provoke you. I explore one man’s power over other men.
Men of Power
Unquestionably, a core focus on my creative works consistently is men of power who use power to control and manipulate other men. Typically, the power imbalance is because of one or more of these storytelling elements:
* men have power by nature of their older age compared to younger men
* men have power because of their physical strength compared to other men
* men have power because of their authority compared to other men
* men have power because of how they use their minds compared to other men
Similar to Whom?
Sometimes, I get email that compares my work to that of a Texan who called himself Greasetank. My work is also compared to that of a German with the artist name of Bondageskin. Each has produced works depicting men’s violent perils and suffering before their deaths.
I choose to emulate the respectful and admiring portrayal of highly masculine men for which both Etienne and Tom of Finland are remembered. My imagery has been compared to that of Tom of Finland. I continue to admire both of these artists especially for how freely they expressed brutally violent themes that sometimes resulted in death for the fictional men they depicted.
I have been told that I my work has “…a Salvador Dali quality of unique perspective and an Etienne masculinity…” My visual style has been compared to that of Dali’s surrealism more than once.
I also find inspiration in the way Tagame depicts good-looking and masculine men in severe peril before their deaths.
My works typically depict a surreal scene that certainly could not be mistaken for a depiction of authentic reality.
In 2012, my science fiction novella entitled Lost Cowboy Moon Time was released. This shorter work is now part of my Baja Clavius series of science fiction time travel eBooks. I created a surrealistic illustration that depicts one major character–a muscular young man from New Orleans who can read minds:
The mysterious feeling that I wanted to achieve was accomplished by special lighting. I deliberately did not illuminate the character’s entire face so that I would make him seem elusive.
To emphasize his amazingly muscular body, I also paid careful attention to the lighting so that I would create shadows in exactly the right places, thereby emphasizing his masculinity. As if giving him hot boots to wear wouldn’t accomplish that?
Most obvious of all, however, is my use of the color red to draw the visitor’s eyes directly to the character’s crotch. This is one rare occasion where I chose not to depict the character nude–especially to persuade the visitor to want to see more of him.
My 2010 illustration “Catch My Soap, Dude” is an example.
What’s happening in the scene is on a stage in front of curtain, so one might assume that this is performance. The audience may be witnessing foreplay ahead of sexual activity between the two young men in the scene.
One technical note: I often obscure part of the scene to engage the viewer more fully. I made he water in the tub opaque, for example, by carefully pointing the lighting so that viewers would not see clearly through the water to the man’s lower body in the tub.
My 2010 illustration “Cumming to an Untimely Death” is another example of surrealism.
I did, however, provide a very tempting sneak peak at his impressively large erect cock shown in the “up periscope” position.
I made effective use of blurring of parts of the illustration to suggest a sense of speed. The doomed naked cowboy is depicted having an orgasm that causes him to lose control of his motorcycle at a high rate of speed on an unpaved desert road. That fall is going to end his life rather painfully!
My 2010 illustration “Abstract Restraining Device” depicts a surrealistic scene in which two men are bound helplessly. They cannot prevent the other two men from milking them.
I focus the viewer’s attention on the two bound men by deliberate use of dramatic lighting that does not illuminate all the people in the scene. This technique invites viewers to become more engaged in interpreting the image.
Dramatic lighting, a deliberately opaqued water surface, an overhead angle on the scene, plus a disturbing topic are elements of my 2011 “Bunk House Bath Time” illustration.
This surreal image depicts an apparent erotic drowning of a young cowboy by two more powerful cowboys and leaves very little to the viewer’s imagination (as I sometimes choose to do!)
Here is another example of my surrealistic illustrations: I created “Victorious Warrior” in 2011. The physically impressive victor has left nothing of the vanquished foe except his head and his manhood. I choose to depict dramatic skies and dark red blood to emphasize the horror in the scene.
If you dislike stories or illustrations that depict the deaths of men, some of my works really are not for you. However, not everything that I produce involves the subject matter of death.
My 2012 illustration “In The Pine Box” leaves much for each viewer to fill in for himself. I won’t answers questions about how or why the man died. Nor can I give you a reason why you insist on staring at the dead guy’s cock and balls.
Obviously, the subject of death and how men die is of importance to me or else I would be writing stories and depicting images of other subjects.
To my way of thinking and feeling, for storytelling to be effective and interesting, it must have some kind of dramatic conflict or else it is not worth telling a story.
This guy in my 2013 illustration “Terminal Velocity” will make contact with the surface of the planet at around 55 miles per hour, producing a lot of messy pulp.
But, my illustration does not show death. This is a little trick. By the expressions on the man’s face, the viewer is compelled to expect that he knows he will not survive his fall from the sky.
Death is inevitable for all of us. You immortals out there who are reading this should just keep quiet. So, why not depict it in story and images?
Do I think about death every day? No. Do I want to be dead? No. Then, why do I depict men’s deaths in story and images?
I think about food every single day of my life. I especially love to eat chicken burritos. But, I’m not going to depict chicken burritos in story and images.
As a young child, one of the very first times I became aware of death was from a Rogers and Hammerstein musical. Oklahoma! debuted on Broadway in the 1940s and was produced as a major motion picture in the 1950s. This classic work of Americana has a song about a dead guy, “Poor Jud is Dead.”
Dreams (or nightmares) are often where most people process their inevitable thoughts and worries about death. Thoughts and images of horror and terror also surface in people’s dreams and nightmares. I happen to let mine out through my storytelling and illustrations.
Thank you for your interest in my work.
I ask that you to please pass along word of Machozone.com to other gay adult men. –Madeira Desouza