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Wednesday 12.19.18

SLAVA MOGUTIN: XXX FILES

The latest exhibition of special edition prints exclusively at Tom of Finland Store

The Tom of Finland Store is equal parts online boutique and gay art gallery. We’ve seen exhibitions of work by Bruce LaBruce, Jack Pierson, Daniel Trese and now their latest — a collection of special edition prints by the artist Slava Mogutin (titled Slava Mogutin: XXX Files) exclusively available on their site. The online exhibition launched in December 18th, a day after Tumblr decided to ban adult content. It’s one of the dumbest thing we’ve heard about this year, wasn’t pornography the only reason why people went on Tumblr in the first place? Our GAYLETTER XXX Tumblr got closed down after a few successful years and a massive following, but you know what, who cares, it’s time we all leave Tumblr and show them that we don’t need to support their regressive, homophobic ideals.

 

“For me, the personal is political and the political is personal. At the time when our fundamental constitutional rights are under attack, I believe that queer imagery can serve as the most effective weapon against hypocrisy, bigotry, and censorship. When they censor my work either on social media or in real life, my response is always — double up on the queer, double up on the fight and what they don’t want to see. I want to shine light on the darkest corners of human nature and sexuality as a way to understand and peacefully coexist with each other, because being different is a blessing, not a curse.” — Slava Mogutin.

 

This exhibition is composed of photographs, performance and film work from different stages in Slava’s career. …

Tuesday 10.02.18

Folsom Street Fair 2018

San Francisco's Folsom Street Fair happens annually the last weekend of September

Monday 06.18.18

Folsom Street East 2018

Pups, Cubs, Daddies, Leather, Ladies and more

Friday 05.04.18

b-Vibe Triplet Anal Beads

A blinding orgasm. Thats what we all want, right? Now, there’s a few ways to achieve an orgasm of that caliber: maybe, for you, it’s poppers (I hear Iron Horse and Pig Sweat are pretty good?), maybe it’s edging (if it’s not for at least an hour, you’re not doing it right mama). Maybe, even, it’s only getting off once a week or once a month to let things build up. For me, though, my approach this week was b-Vibe’s Triplet Anal Beads.

 

 

First and foremost, b-Vibe did not create just any anal beads. When I think of typical anal beads, I imagine a long cord with a bunch of big beads, all of which are inserted into a very hungry bottom. This is something else entirely. It’s equal parts dildo, vibrator, beads, and 100 percent fun.

 

 

I’m going to relay my experience with the Triplet Anal Beads, but first, let me describe to you some aspects of the toy that aren’t readily apparent in the fabulous photo pictured (which features GAYLETTER Issue 1’s back cover design). Upon unboxing the toy, I was pleased to find that it includes a discreet travel case made of hard plastic, reminiscent in material and form of those shell suitcases that I saw a couple basic queens try to fit in the overhead bins on my last flight to Barcelona. Girl, give it up. The toy itself is made of a super soft body-safe silicon and has six vibration levels and 15 vibration patterns. …

Monday 04.09.18

ANEROS HELIX G-SPOT STIMULATOR

I’ve always been fascinated by sex toys — the fleshlight varieties, the kind you insert, those vibrating ones — and, thanks to GAYLETTER’s poppin’ XXX desk, I’ve had the good fortune of starting my own collection! I recently received the Helix male G-spot stimulator by Aneros and was thirsty to try it. Sexually speaking, I’m a top, but a top who loves his ass to be toyed: Rubbed, touched, licked, eaten, really anything… except penetrated. Sorry! But lately, I’ve been trying to be more open (pun intended) about putting toys and penises in there. Anyway, I shoved my stimulator away in my backpack and took the Helix home.

 

By the time I got around to trying it, though, I was kind of nervous. My sexual energy had been knocked off kilter after a really strange hook-up with this guy who was hot but definitely a pathological liar, which is the biggest turn-off.  My horniness was so outta wack that I felt like I had to wait to use my new toy in order to give it a fair review — fair for the toy, but also fair for myself. Finally, after the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race I was thoroughly wine-drunk and sativa-stoned, and my doggish horniness returned. My dick was on brick, and I knew I was ready.

 

I pulled up my porn Twitter (because Porn Tumblr is cancelled), put some lovely Wicked Masturbation Créme on my dick, started jacking off, lubed myself up, and put the Helix in! …

Monday 03.19.18

WICKED MASTURBATION CRÉME

The other day at the office, we had a lovely little gift exchange courtesy of the Wicked Sensual Care Collection. Some of us received flavored lube a la salted caramel, cinnamon bun, and pomegranate — I received an unscented masturbation cream. My sex drive is pretty high, so I end up masturbating pretty frequently, so I was excited to try it.

 

So far, I’ve used the cream twice. The first time, I used it in a hook-up while this boy and I were giving each other hand jobs. Our consensus was that we didn’t like how thick the cream is. We ended up wiping our hands and dicks and decided to use cocoa butter instead, which I prefer since it’s a little looser without being as wet and slippy as something like coconut oil or water-based lube.

 

The second time I used the cream was yesterday, after I had gotten home from a very casual coffee date in Bushwick with a really cute twink, and before I had to leave to get drinks in Downtown Brooklyn with a former co-worker. I noticed some of the cream’s better nuances this time around, since I was alone and pretty stoned off a luscious THC-infused watermelon gummy. I noticed this time how the cream starts out very thick but as you stroke, it actually melts into more of a traditional non-greasy lube. And the longer you masturbate — or give a hand job — for, particularly if you like to edge, your — or ya man’s — precum will mix with the cream-turned-lube and make it just a little wetter, which is necessary, I find. …

Monday 10.30.17

Manta Ray

A newcomer on the queen scene reviews IMTOY's men's stroker — the Manta Ray

It was a dark and gloomy evening. Rain pitter-pattering on her Greenpoint apartment’s fire escape — a luxurious New York terrace. Maybe not luxurious, but a queen needs her outdoor space. It was nippy — one of those autumnal times that’s more indicative of impending winter than a bygone summer. She gets into her cozy bed — it’s still too early to turn on the radiator — so she snuggles up with her down comforter, silken sheets, and a tattered copy of Jane Eyre that she’s read a couple times.

 

Just kidding, no Jane Eyre. She gets into bed with her IMTOY Manta Ray vibrator. And “she” is me.

 

Let me describe this thing to you in case our photo isn’t loading on whatever device you’re reading this on. It’s millennial pink in color (something I’m yassing, to be totally honest) and made of this really soft silicone. The shape is disarming but not so strange once you realize what you’re supposed to do with it (namely, wrap it around your dick and move it up and down? — at least this is what I’ve gathered).

 

Not pictured in the photo: you can control the toy via an app on your phone. In all transparency, I haven’t tried out this feature because that’s extra, and despite my name, I’m not that extra when it comes to getting myself off. Maybe when it comes to getting cute boys off, but not myself. Also not pictured: there are 16 different vibration options for you to choose from. …

Friday 06.23.17

Sean shows Pride

Sean Ford, CockyBoys newest exclusive model, thinks “entering porn is entering politics.” While that may sound unbelievable to some, Sean’s idea captures the progress made by our LGBTQ forebears. Without their fighting at the Supreme Court and rallying year after year on the streets all across the country, Sean probably would have grown up in fear like so many other queer youth who are still afraid, ostracized, lonely and uncertain in regards to their inherent sexuality.

 

We took Sean’s super cute, super proud self to be photographed by Gerardo Vizmanos (who photographed one of our past covers — He sure knows a thing or two about butts) to celebrate Pride Month with messages of strength and support. Sean was very comfortable with being nude on set, and we found that very refreshing. (It was much appreciated, Sean!) It also made him super easy to work with. Considering how pleased we were, we’re going to release some of those beautiful nudes in our next printed issue (GAYLETTER Issue 7 coming soon). You’re welcome!

 

Being proud doesn’t come easy to everyone, but the statements written on caps and t-shirts encourage us to remember those who we are fighting for this month: our trans, bi, two-spirited siblings, the queer youth and each other.

 

We are here and we are queer. Be proud for one another.

 

Sean wears a t-shirt by Tom of Finland Foundation x Lockwood51, briefs by Undie Bandit.

 

Enjoy Cock Muscle shirt by Lockwood51, jeans by Rufskin. …

Tuesday 09.06.16

Colby Keller by Javier Cortina

Some intimate photographs of everyone's favorite porn star

A few months ago the Spain-based photographer Javier Cortina asked us if we wanted to feature an interview with Colby Keller in our printed issue along with new images. We responded that we love Colby, but that we already featured him in GAYLETTER issue 1. But, since we can’t get enough of Colby, we told Javier that we’d like to publish his images on our site.

 

Javier told us more about how this shoot came about: “Colby and I are in contact since 2014 hoping to find the time to match and to collaborate together. This past May he came to Barcelona (Spain) for the recording of a porn movie and he gave me some of his little free time to shoot some photos in my studio. I’m grateful for that…Colby transmits a special magnetism, has a classical and sculptural body. The Perfect match for work with any kind of light.”

 

His peen looks good too. We figured you guys would enjoy these photographs…You’re welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday 09.02.16

Fair Weather Porn Star: A Conversation with Lev Ivankov

Porn star Lev Ivankov grew up in a small Russian orphanage until the age of 2 when he was adopted by a Canadian family. After jokingly telling his grandmother that he wanted to be a porn star, he realized it wasn’t such a crazy idea and quickly sent out an application. 2 hours later his career had begun. After a 6 month hiatus from porn due to a boyfriend who wasn’t thrilled with the job choice, Lev had a short-lived comeback as an exclusive model for CockyBoys. He has only recently decided to retire again. We first met Lev at our Edmund White photo shoot for issue 4 of GAYLETTER. He was equal parts cute, sweet and interesting, so naturally we wanted to know more.

 

What was it like filming your first scene? My first scene was an exclusive scene for Cockyboys with Allen King. It was so stressful, the producer told me to be the the top and I was like, “Omg I will never be a top with that guy. It’s Allen King, he is so much more experienced than me in the industry.” Then I chose to be the bottom. The last time I was topped by a guy had been 1 year before the scene. I had so much trouble with the douche. [laughs] It took 2 days of filming and the scene was never even finished.

 

How did you meet the Cockyboys? Videoboys was the first company I signed with but I had also worked with Cockyboys too. …

Thursday 01.14.16

Tom of Finland & ONE Condoms

A special edition line of One of a kind rubbers

Listen up friends, if you love Tom of Finland as much as we do and want to take your sex life to the next level, you need this rubber. “These special edition Tom of Finland condoms are the result of a unique collaboration with Tom of Finland Foundation” and the ONE brand. “The ONE brand is all about promoting sexual health through artistry and self-expression,” and they have taken 24 different Tom of Finland works to be featured for a special edition line of condoms. In true Finland fashion, these condoms feature only the beefiest guys in their most tender moments. Yes, getting groped is absolutely tender and if you were thinking you were the only one who felt this way you were wrong. Who doesn’t love a good “peter squeeze?” Yasss!

 
I can’t provide you with much of a field report just yet,  but I will say the packaging is pretty cunt. Something about circular packaging gets the dick going as opposed to those square cases your ex-boyfriend’s generic rubber came in. (Lifestyles? What is that?!) It’s something about sex and circumference. Are you catching what I’m throwing? Good.

 

 


“During the 1980s, at the height of the AIDS crisis, Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen) began including condoms in his drawings to help curb the epidemic.The ONE brand shares the Foundation’s commitment to promoting healthier attitudes about sexuality, said [his partner Durk] Dehner, Tom of Finland was dubbed ‘the Michelangelo of safe sex,’ promoting sexual health, particularly among gay men.” …

Tuesday 11.17.15

LOKI

I’m back on my back.

 

If you read my last review you understand that the Lelo experience begins far before you slowly work your toy inside yourself. Today we’re getting to know LOKI. Like HUGO, his box is similarly lux: textured, embossed, and neatly organized. Loki is simple, 6 inches of velvety silicone curving forward to hum, buzz and frenzy on and around your prostate. Or rather, My prostate. Yes, once again, I’m writing with Loki inside me. 

 

To be perfectly honest, it took a second to slip him in — he’s girthy and doesn’t have the same give as the shaft I’m used to. But since passing my gentle point of departure, things are steadily increasing. I’d suggest taking your time. This thing has so many settings I’m not sure if I can keep track. His range of vibration is on point — the lowest setting allowing me to rock gently back and fourth, the highest clenching me firmly around his base. I’m hovering slightly above medium and ready to type with one hand.

 

He starts in a familiar place, vibrating steadily to the rhythm of my thrust. I wouldn’t say I’m riding him, but rather massaging myself — exploring in and around more than in and out. Working my way through the first four settings, I’m not too surprised at what I’ve found: A high-frequency vibration switches between constant humming, short bursts, and mounting intensity with a bump at every peak. I can feel my teeth grit as I’m trying to split my concentration between word choice and the rotation of my wrist. …