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What Does Your Self-Portrait Communicate? Part 2

 tags: Hairy Men, It Takes a Man, Pics of the Day

In part one, we took some deeply probing looks into several intriguing self-portraits of skateboard artist Victor Moragriega, who is currently making Valencia, Spain an interesting place indeed.  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 in the shower:

Though he often sports a beard or at least some sexy stubble, here Victor is showcasing a beardless chin while displaying his hairy chest.  The message is clear -- he has both a tame and a wild side, symbolized by the shaved chin and the natural chest.  It's as if he's saying that he might shave his face as a nod to societal convention, but his "lower" masculine nature cannot be subdued.  On a deeper level, Victor is displaying and opening two of his strongest energy centers ("chakras"): the throat -- for self-expression, and the heart -- for the ability to love.  Note how his throat and his chest are both stretching forward, symbolizing a quest to expand self-expression and love.

Victor showcases two other energy centers in this more abstract self-portrait:

On the right side of the portrait, we see a bright, focused light emanating from his crotch, while a halo of light spreads in all directions from the top of his head.  That's two glowing crowns: the crown of the cock and the crown of the head.  The symbolism is simple: Victor knows what turns him on, and his built-in erotic flashlight illuminates the objects of his desire wherever he goes.  But his chakra of wisdom (the halo) spreads wider and wider with every worldly encounter.  In other words, even as his animalistic erotic light pulls him ever-forward, his spiritual light expands upward.  We see a similar message in the left side of the portrait.  There Victor depicts himself with a dark shadow side (for every man's nature has a shadow), but he's looking up as if elevated by even the most harrowing experiences.

Now consider this self-portrait:

Here Victor is directing a punch toward his viewer.  His eyes are visible above the fist -- this isn't a blind punch of anger but rather carefully directed.  On his glove is a star.  Is the viewer about to "see stars" (as in be knocked unconscious)?  Is the viewer seeing Victor as a star/celebrity?  Will impact with Victor's fist somehow mark the viewer as a star?  What is certain is that Victor, naked to the waist, is shooting himself forward in a very conscious, deliberate fashion.  The glove looks soft but it isn't padded, so we can expect a serious impact.  The glove is black as the night sky, and as the star is in motion, does that make it a shooting comet?  If it's a comet, is it an omen or should we make a wish upon it?  Victor invites us to wonder and to find out.

We'll explore some more of Victor's self-portraits in the coming days.

What Does Your Self-Portrait Communicate? Part 1

 tags: Hairy Men, It Takes a Man, Pics of the Day

A man's self-portrait communicates his innermost identity.  Let's see what's revealed within several intriguing self-portraits by skateboard artist Victor Moragriega, who is currently setting Valencia, Spain on fire with his unabashedness as he surfs the wave of life.  Victor gave us permission to reproduce our favorite of his portraits and see what we could decode from them.

Let's begin our exploration with a shot Victor took of himself in the shower:

In this portrait, Victor's eyes are shadowed as if to say, "Don't try to read my expression -- my thoughts and my intentions are my own."  Here he is presenting as a mysterious stranger.  He has allowed us to come close, but we can't be sure if he'll offer a caress or a punch in the face.  His hairy chest is showcased here, offering a darkly masculine balance to the shadowy eyes.  The fact that he's in the shower communicates that he has been dirty.  From rugged outdoor sports?  From a sexual encounter?  We can't be sure, but we're explicitly invited to wonder and to fantasize on our own.  Indeed, this portrait seduces us to daydream -- to "build castles in Spain."

Here's a very different self-portrait, in which Victor poses with a computer keyboard:

It's been said that technology takes men away from the simple, natural ways of living, but here Victor communicates that while he uses technology he is not a slave to it.  Note how the arrow keys seem to suggest that technology can take us in any direction, yet Victor's eyes are directed away from the keyboard.  In fact, his eyes are looking directly at the viewer, saying that it's people who transport him into new adventures.  He has already donned his hat as if getting ready to put down the keyboard and step outside into uncharted territories.  The unshaven face reinforces his image here as a heroic man of the world.

What about this self-portrait?:

Here Victor's purple ruler communicates that he's equipped to size up situations, but he isn't limited by delineations.  He'll scrutinize, but ultimately he'll look beyond the so-called facts and figures and make his own judgements.  The choice of the purple ruler communicates an offbeat nature, as if to say his calculating, scientific mind is colored by an artistic nature.  The closed eye is almost winking, as if to say, "Sure, I'm measuring you up, but not everything in life goes by the numbers."  Even more intriguing, however, is the symbolism of the eye in the triangle, which many will recognize as a feature on the United States one-dollar bill.  The symbol is called the Eye of Providence and traces back to Egyptian mythology.  Victor is hereby expressing that, like the "all-seeing eye," he keeps a careful watch for danger.  With one eye open and one closed, he's also expressing that his vigilance is balanced by self-reflection.  In other words, he has an outgoing nature (the open eye) but is comfortable spending time alone (the eye that shuts out the world).  The stubbled face juxtaposed with the rule quite explicitly says: "I'm rough around the edges."  Wonderful!

We'll explore some more of Victor's self-portraits in the coming days.

Once You've Done Everything ...

 tags: Here's What It Looks Like, It Takes a Man, Pics of the Day, Romance

Once you've been and done everything possible with your genital organs, fucking exceptional minds is your only pleasure left.
—Alexander Bard, philosopher and founder of the bands Army of Lovers, Vacuum, Bodies without Organs, Gravitonas, and others

The Importance of Nude Beaches

 tags: Pics of the Day

A country is only as civilized as the number of nude beaches it presents in relation to its population size.
—Alexander Bard

I'll Go If I Don't Have To ...

 tags: Pics of the Day

I'll go if I don't have to take my hands outta my pockets.
—the very funny Alex Baze