Hairy Tales

Body hair! We’re an acrobatic troupe and we perform shirtless, so body hair could be an issue. The question is, how much is OK?

Most models tend to shave, and go for the smoothy look – even under the arms:

Some guys seem embarrassed when under-arm hair first appears.. others not, although none of us wants to look like a gorilla in public so we may trim it a bit:

Like this next guy, both Dave and I have developed a little fuzz between the pecs, and we’re cool with that. Gives that very slightly ‘manly’ look! And doesn’t get shaved, ever.

Mates snapping each other in the locker room at the gym! Kewl…

Zach is naturally hairier than the rest of us, and from time to time threatens to shave his chest. However, we always persuade him not to. He, like this judo guy, has a more general fuzz but it seems to stay short and lie flat. With Zach’s naturally dark skin (his father was Mexican, as is revealed with dramatic consequences in the forthcoming book Against All Odds), the black hairs blend in and look great. Especially when we have all put on a little of the non-slip body oil we use to make us look just a tad shiny:

 Hairy legs are another issue. Our great friend Richard, a gymnast who used to be part of Tuan Jie and performed with us, even had hairy feet. We used to call him The Hobbit. This guy on the left seems to be auditioning for the same role (especially if that’s a normal-sized chair!), but I’m going more by the expression on his face than by his feet! Jack is our member with the hairiest legs, but none of us ever shaved legs.

Which then brings us to the question of ‘trails’ – that line of hair reaching upwards from the pubes towards the belly button. From our audiences point of view, is showing that offensive… or sexy? As gay guys with an eye for each other and other lads all the time, we rather adopt the ‘sexy’ idiom, sporting something along the lines of this next guy:

Great ripped body, too. We do trim our pubes occasionally, however. Not that we perform naked (much), but for our own personal comfort. And, for absolute hygeine and safety, we all get shaved around the back…

Boys can be very silly sometimes. We all gathered at Chad’s gym the other morning for an insanely early workout, shed our clothes after warm-up as usual, got exceedingly hot and sweaty and tired, then climbed up to Zach and Gary’s penthouse for breakfast and showers. Ethan crashed out on the floor, so I made him suck his stomach in, tipped in the breakfast cereal and some milk and spooned it up… snap,crackle, pop and some acro-boy-sweaty pheromones as a booster… plus a few trail hairs. Of course, the others got in on the act, everyone got seriously horny, and that led to the production of large amounts of additional protein, some of which found its way on to the toast…. honestly, at our age…

Finally, there is Ivo. He and Pete were not with us for a breakfast workout on that occasion because Ivo had early work, but Ivo is the one who added hair hanging to our act over ten years ago. He has an immense pony tale, long enough simply to knot it around a bar to support himself – and one other guy, usually Jack, wrapped around his feet. To be honest, he’s thinking of stopping doing that soon because he has noticed that more and more hairs are tending to pull out these days, and he fears that one day the whole lot might just tear out of his scalp in one catastrophic event! Mind you, it’s an effective addition to our shows.

That aspect of our performance, and how we all met up, developed the performances we do, discovered our sexuality, fell in love (in assorted couples!), got up to stuff we probably shouldn’t have, and ultimately fell foul of some seriously nasty people, are described in these modest offerings. You can click on the covers for more information (please!). These two are available now and would make good seasonal gifts for your (gay) loved ones, or for yourselves. The third one I mentioned earlier, Against All Odds, should appear some time early next year.

And so, to a couple of Bonus Boys to keep you all interested. I’ve chosen ones with ‘big hair’ (on their heads, rather than on their bodies) in line with the theme of this post:

“Last orders, please!” Mines a ‘blondie’ on the rocks… Bye for now!

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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