In part three we explored the hidden meanings within several self-portraits of skateboard artist Victor Moragriega, who is currently making Valencia, Spain the place to be. Victor gave us permission to reproduce our favorite of his portraits and see what we could decode from them.
In the portrait below (one of our favorites!), Victor communicates three important aspects of his personality. First, and most obviously, he is comfortable exhibiting his body. He is displaying his manly chest, his armpits, and his beard -- all proudly masculine. Second, he is showing himself not only as an exhibitionist but as a voyeur: he is looking back at the viewer. Crucially, he is not merely self-centered but actively interested in other people -- his admirers in particular. Third, and perhaps most importantly, his hands are empty, meaning that he comes unarmed and symbolically open to whatever might happen next. Though his hands are partially covering his face, Victor is communicating: "I may try to wear a mask, but the more I hide the more I reveal of myself."
Having indulged our interpretations of Victor's self-portraits in Parts One through Three of this series, what do you make of the following photos? What is Victor communicating about his masculine nature?
Sometimes when you make eye contact with an elderly gentleman, he thinks you're thinking "sympathy fuck."
As we saw in Part 18, some men are so dedicated to their personal mottoes that they have the words tattooed onto their bodies. Here are some more from our archives:
"I love only hard sex":
"Don't live your life in fear":
"Love will be the death of you":
"One Love, One God, One Way":
"Blessed by faith":
"Only God knows":
"Live only once":
"I love my life":
"Laugh now / cry later":
"Be the change you wish to see in the world":
"Everything happens 4 a reason":
"A gyáva nap mint nap meghal, a bátor csak egyszer" (The coward dies every day, the brave only once":
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"With heart on fire I reach out to you tonight."
Meanwhile, this hot guy played Frank N. Furter in Rocky Horror Puppet Show, and he's proof that the theatre remains a vital, stimulating part of cultural life, whether we seek exaltation or titillation. Below is a detail shot, and here's a link to the larger, full context shot. (Thanks, D.!)
In part two we probed the erotic symbolism of several intriguing self-portraits of skateboard artist Victor Moragriega, who is currently leaving his mark on Valencia, Spain. Victor gave us permission to reproduce our favorite of his portraits and see what we could decode from them.
Today, we continue our exploration with this shot of Victor posing with a favorite tie:
In this portrait, Victor's nakedness communicates that he's a creature of nature. If he were to dress formally and wear a tie, the tie would be an extension of his penis. We're also seeing some ancient symbolism here -- the tie reaching from between Victor's legs to his mouth recalls the cosmic serpent that eats its own tail, known as the uroboros. It's an emblem of wholeness, of self-sufficiency. Victor is therefore communicating his independent nature.
Now let's consider this portrait, in which Victor holds a tool:
Here Victor shows that he's something of a warrior, but the weapons he chooses might surprise you. The juxtaposition of a manmade gadget with a hairy torso communicates a dual nature: part civilized, part wild.
This next portrait is deeper than it might seem at first glance:
A flower arrangement is a still-life, and Victor seems to be suggesting, "By all means, allow yourself to bloom and to be colorful, but don't get stuck in one disposition because then you'll never fully emerge from behind a self-made prison."
We'll explore some more of Victor's self-portraits in the coming days.