Rio Sporno – When Male Stripping Became An Olympic Sport

Mark Simpson on some happy, warm – if scantily-dressed – memories of 2016 Last Summer in Brazil a tiny island in the South Pacific took on all the major sporting superpowers – and won the Olympics. Before a starting pistol was even fired. When the flagbearer for Tonga, Pita Taukatofua, 32, made his sensational appearance at the opening ceremony in Rio, wearing just a grass skirt, a gallon of baby oil and a saucy grin – while gripping his massive flagpole with both hands – he melted […]

French Farms Now Equipped With Gyms & Waxing Salons

Horse: ‘Oh, MERDE! He’s got his tits out for the cameras again – I’m not going to get fed for HOURS!’ We’ve seen a great deal of male pin-up tit-ilation over the last decade or so, in which men in traditionally masculine occupations get their clothes off and their tarty on as they occupy the traditionally ‘feminine’ and ‘passive’ position of the glammed-up calendar girl. And they’ve turned out to be naturals. It started with the famous Dieux du Stade sporno calendars , spreading to firemen, […]

Sporno Italico

Mark Simpson visits Rome’s Foro Italico, home of Mussolini’s Olympic ‘gay gang-bang in Carrara marble’ Off the well-worn tourist track, on the North bank of the Tiber in the Eternal City, hidden away in the Foro Italico sports complex, is a vast, open-air shrine to the idealised male form that most visitors to Rome are unaware exists. Which is rather odd, seeing as it is essentially a huge – if tastefully done – gay gang-bang in Carrara marble. The Stadio dei Marmi (‘Stadium of the […]

An Anatomy of Sporno

The world’s finest athletes strip off, oil up and compare their ass-ets for photographer Howard Schatz. I think wrestling is the sport for me. These photos were published in 2002, before sporno really took off as a media phenomenon. The relative innocence and chastity of these photos illustrates how in just a decade sporting body shapes and the way they’re photographed for our visual pleasure has changed dramatically. Tip: DAKrolak

Oars Out For The Lads

The Warwick University naked rowers are back with their 2014 calendar. Fighting homophobia by inviting – nay, begging for – the gayze. They’ve certainly got mine.