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 original Katharsis website (no longer in existence) 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 original 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.
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.
Using the Core Themes in Storytelling
Let me provide a deeper dive into the core themes. This is for all visitors who want more than just a casual enjoyment of my work. 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 others who are underground artists. 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.
Why Depict Death?
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.
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.
But, my illustration does not show actual or real 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