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Are You a Speedo Guy?

It takes a real man to wear a pair of Speedos. For those that are thinking about taking the leap — and getting a Speedo — here are some reasons to give it a try.Red Speedo Jump

  1. Better sun coverage
    Because there is less fabric, you will be able to get a better tan. If I could count the times I have seen guys trying to roll up their board shorts to get a better tan, I would be a rich man.
  1. Less clothing to get in the way
    If you are a swimmer, you have less water resistance with Speedos than with board shorts. You will move easier through the water.
  1. You will assert your individuality
    Who wants to be one of the masses, when you can stand out? These suits are not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you have the right attitude, even heavier guys can rock the Speedo and make themselves memorable.
  1. You will be seen as a risk taker.
    Who wants to be safe and boring? There are plenty of colors and cuts of racing style swimsuits, one to please most everyone. And if you are the only one wearing one at the water park… so be it.
  2. You will like the feeling of wearing so little.
    I get it — it feels good to be naked. But unfortunately, we can’t be naked in most of the world. But next to being naked, I would take a Speedo.

It’s time that men stand up and demand their right to be sexy and show off. Woman can’t have all the fun. So put a Speedo on, and I will see you at the gym, beach, pool party or water park!

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Speedos lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

 

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Guys I Want to See in a Kilt Part 3

 

It is refreshing to see more and more kilt companies popping up in the last few years. They see a market for something different with men’s clothing. And who better to improve visibility for kilts, then to see a celebrity wearing one. I would love to see the following celebrities out and about in a kilt. I am sure they would make some best-dressed lists if they did.

Sam Hunt — This country hunk has made a splash on the music scene in the past year with his album “Montevallo” and it’s singles “Take Your Time” and “House Party.” I can imagine him rocking a utility kilt for sure.

Teddy Sears — Besides being an actor in such shows as “The Flash” and “Masters of Sex,“ this man is an athlete who loves surfing and triathlons. A sport kilt sounds up his alley.

Matt Bomer — He’s been in big box-office hits (Magic Mike) and TV shows too (American Horror Story: Hotel). Plus he’s gay in real life. I could see him wearing a kilt on the red carpet some time.

Ben McKenzie — He’s come a long way since “The OC”. Now starting on Fox’s Batman prequel “Gotham” as Detective James Gordon. He plays a tough guy on TV, but I bet he has a softer side in real life. Plus he has Scottish ancestry too.

Tom Mison — He stars on “Sleepy Hollow,” as a man who is from another time. So he is used to period clothing. What has more tradition and history than wearing a kilt?

Jamie Bell — The boy who was “Billy Elliot” has grown up nicely. He has a background in dance, besides acting in such films as “The Eagle” and “Snowpiercer.” I could see him wearing a hiking kilt on the weekends.

Jason Derulo — Pop/R&B hit-maker Jason Derulo has given us such fun songs as “Talk Dirty” and “Want to Want Me.” Plus, he’s taken on judging on “So You Think You Can Dance” also. He is always very stylish and trendy with his clothes. I could see him rocking a kilt in his concerts.

Corey Stoll — He’s equally at home on screens big (Ant-Man) and small (House of Cards). He’s tall and has big ears… just imagine him wearing a kilt commando.

Jason Statham — Action hunk Jason Statham has definitely kicked some major ass on the big screen in such films as “The Transporter” and “Fast 8.” I can’t imagine anyone taking issue with him when he is wearing a kilt.

Chris O’Donnell — He started in the movies (Batman & Robin), but now makes his home on TV (NCIS: Los Angeles). Plus he has some modeling on his resume. I could see him wearing a kilt relaxing on vacation.

Zac Efron — He came from the Disney Channel (High School Musical), but he’s graduated to big screen roles in “Hairspray and “Neighbors.” He boyish charm, and hot body would make him look great in a kilt.

So, those are my choices for this latest round of kilt fantasy hunks. Did I mention your favorite? Be sure to check out Parts 1 & 2 of this series. Sound off in the comments with your choices.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Speedos lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Guys I Want to See in a Kilt Part 2

For years, men’s fashions on the red carpet, has been tuxes and designer suits. And often in their downtime, you will see celebrities in jeans and T-shirts. Isn’t it about time we saw more male stars wearing kilts — either on the red carpet or on their personal time? I and loads of others would love to see it happen. Here are more men that I think could pull it off.

Colin Farrell — Star of Saving Mr. Banks, A Home at the End of the World, In Bruges. He would look great on screen or the red carpet in a traditional Scottish kilt. He’s got the confidence and cockiness to pull it off.

Michael Fassbender — Star of 12 Years a Slave, Shame, Prometheus. He is pretty fearless as an actor. Why not be as fearless in his fashions? Plus, everyone would love to think of him going commando with it.

Dwayne Johnson — Star of the Fast & Furious franchise. He’s definitely buff enough, and has some nice legs. Plus he’s part Polynesian… and they wear sarongs or grass skirts. A nice leather kilt with some combat boots would look hot.

Chris Evans — Star of The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Snowpiercer. The all American boy would look great in a Sport Kilt. Going to the supermarket or out for some errands.

Theo James — Star of Divergent, Underworld: Awakening. He’s a British hunk who helped make Divergent a hit this past spring. He would look great on the red carpet in a traditional kilt.

Liam Hemsworth — Star of the Hunger Games series, The Last Song. He’s got a hot brother (Chris) but he’s nice to look at too.

Chris Pratt — Star of Guardians of the Galaxy, Parks and Recreation. He’s gone from chunk to hunk. Plus he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Perfect attitude for guys who wear kilts.

Alex Pettyfer — Star of Magic Mike, Endless Love. Another pretty boy, who I could see putting on a Utilikilt for Coachella or some other music fest.

Tom Hardy — Star of Locke, The Dark Knight Rises. Luscious lips, a hot body, and an accent. What would make him hotter — how about a kilt?

Joe Manganiello — Star of True Blood, Magic Mike. Currently I am watching season 5 of True Blood (I know I am behind)… and he is definitely swoon worthy. One of the hottest bodies around… just the thought of him going commando. Woah!

Chris Daughtry — Music star from American Idol, “Home,” “Feels Like Tonight”. Yes, I had to have one singer in here. He’s got a nice body and a handsome face. He wouldn’t be the first rocker to try it.

Well, that’s it. Did I leave someone out? Let me know your thoughts. Be sure to refresh your memory of who was on Part 1 of my list. And I hope more men (celebrities and regular guys) realize how natural and comfortable it is to wear a kilt. I am already there.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Speedos lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Hunks on Film

Male stars drive the box office. A good looking guy can go from a nobody to a leading man in no time flat. Which male movie stars are today’s screen hunks? Read on:

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  • Michael Fassbender, age 37 — Movie highlights: Shame, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Prometheus. Equally adept at indie movies and big studio movies, he famously did his own nude scenes in Shame.
  • Vin Diesel, age 46 — Movie highlights: Fast & Furious franchise, XXX, Pitch Black. Going back to the Fast & the Furious franchise was the best career decision he ever made.
  • Chris Hemsworth, age 30 — Movie highlights: Thor, The Avengers, Rush. He has shown he has talent beyond his biceps.
  • Ryan Gosling, age 33 — Movie highlights: Crazy Stupid Love, Lars and the Real Girl, Drive. One of the most adventurous leading men on the list, he is definitely not afraid to take chances with his roles.
  • Chris Evans, age 33 — Movie highlights: Fantastic Four, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers. He graduated from cheap teen movie spoofs to one of the most profitable actors now working.
  • Channing Tatum, age 34 — Movie highlights: Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. He definitely has “Stepped Up” his career from his early days as an exotic dancer.
  • Michael B. Jordan, age 27 — Movie highlights: Fruitvale Station, That Awkward Moment. He has more experience from TV, but he is definitely an actor to watch out for.
  • Zac Efron, age 26 — Movie highlights: Hairspray, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Neighbors. He may have come from Disney, but he has broken away from the pack unlike most of his former HSM costars.
  • Jeremy Renner, age 43 — Movie highlights: The Hurt Locker, The Avengers, American Hustle. He is riveting in anything you put him in.
  • Bradley Cooper, age 39 — Movie highlights: The Hangover, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle. Finally he showed he is more than just a pretty face and is choosing movies more worthy of his talents than the Hangover series.
  • Matt Damon, age 43 — Movie highlights: The Bourne franchise, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Saving Private Ryan. Is there anything this guy can’t do? I would love to see him do some more comedy.
  • Ben Affleck, age 41 — Movie highlights: Argo, The Sum of All Fears, Pearl Harbor. Directing has definitely given him a second career he can fall back on. It will be interesting to see his take on Batman.
  • Jason Statham, age 46 — Movie highlights: The Bank Job, Transporter franchise, Crank. So he doesn’t have as much range as other actors on this list, he is good at his genre… which is a guy who has a bad attitude and likes to kick ass.
  • Brad Pitt, age 50 — Movie highlights: 12 Monkeys, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, World War Z. Too pretty for his own good when he was younger, he has chosen his roles very carefully.
  • Christian Bale, age 40 — Movie highlights: Batman trilogy, The Fighter, American Psycho. He really dives into his roles, and gives it all he has got.
  • Matthew McConaughey, age 44 — Movie highlights: Dallas Buyers Club, The Wedding Planner, A Time to Kill. He was praised early on in his career, before all the bad romantic comedies, and arrest for nude bongo playing. I am glad he found his passion for acting again.
  • Chadwick Boseman, age 32 — Movie highlights: 42, Get on Up. The upcoming James Brown bio pic looks like a hit for him.
  • Jaime Foxx, age 46 — Movie highlights: Ray, Dreamgirls, Django Unchained. He has come a long way from “In Living Color.” He has won an Oscar and Grammys too.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, age 39 — Movie highlights: Titanic, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Aviator. Now tell me why this man has not won an Oscar yet? I just don’t get it.

So that’s my list. Did I leave anyone out? Let me know your thoughts. I hope to see you at the movies.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Speedos lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Why Are People Afraid of Speedos?

I love Speedos… the original racing swimsuit. I love the fact that they are small and tight. That you get a nice tan when you wear one out to the beach or the pool. That they emphasize a man’s goodies: his manhood and his ass.Speedos at beach

So why is the USA so Speedo-phobic? This is the feeling I get from a lot of people. I think there are a number of factors at work here. First, prominent displays of sexuality are judged differently from males to females. Ladies are encouraged to wear skimpy bikini swimwear, even when they shouldn’t. I have seen some girls wear bikinis, because they have a big chest. Yet, they have cottage cheese thighs too.

When you look at the list of actresses that have done nude scenes, the list is very long. The same can’t be said for actors willing to do nude scenes or full frontal nudity. Why is this? It seems that taking their tops off allows actresses to be taken seriously.

Another reason for the Speedo phobia, is the fact that a lot of men let themselves go. If you knew that you had to wear Speedos at the beach or pool, maybe you would try harder to stay in shape. And you don’t have to have washboard abs to pull one off either. You can have some gut, and still look good too.

Guys are insecure about the size of their manhood, is another reason I hear for men not wanting to wear Speedos. You don’t have to be well hung to wear them. I have seen many guys who have average or small penises still look very nice in them.

Woman don’t want to see a guy’s junk, is one of the most ridiculous reasons I have heard for not wanting a man to wear Speedos. Women I know love guys, and their penises. The women who are “scarred” by seeing an outline of a man’s cock and balls in Speedos are those ladies that are probably afraid of sex, and only do it for their men in the dark.

And of course, the old standard: I am not gay, why would I wear one? I guess gay guys are more in touch with their bodies than straight men. You should wear one cause your girl likes how your body looks in one. And you get to show the world that all the time you have spent in the gym has paid off.

Summer is fast approaching. I know I will be rocking my Speedos at age 50, because I damn well feel like it. I hope to see more guys do it too.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Speedos lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Movie Stars I’d Love to See on the Small Screen (Part 2)

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Last week I addressed women I would like to see doing some TV. This week I will talk about the guys. Here’s my wish list:

The Men

Jude Law
Star of The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain. With his good looks fading some, he would be perfect for some sort of procedural, be it a medical or lawyer show.

Ewan McGregor
Star of The Impossible and The Ghost Writer. He has had a nice and varied career, so not sure he would want the gig of a TV series. I love the romance angle for him, maybe an update of something like “Hart to Hart.”

Pierce Brosnan
Star of Mamma Mia and Die Another Day. The one-time Remington Steele, would be great for some sort of family drama.

Antonio Banderas
He can do comedy and drama, and has The Expendables 3 coming out this summer. But what about some sort of family drama, where we get to see him use more of his acting chops than a Sly Stallone movie.

Tom Cruise
Star of Top Gun and Mission Impossible. This is a total wild card pick! He would be great, but he would have to endure such a huge pay cut, I doubt he would do it! Still who wouldn’t want to see him in his first series. Ratings would be through the roof. Maybe this is still 10 years down the line for him… he can’t keep making action movies forever.

Adrien Brody
Sure he won the Oscar for The Pianist, but can you name any of his other movies? I think he would be good for a show on the Sundance Channel, as he seems to be an indie guy at heart.

Joaquin Phoenix
He seems to be finding good roles in the movies still, see last year’s “Her” — so getting him to do a series might be a hard sell. But he would bring an intensity to any role that he was offered.

John Cusack
He’s been in some good movies like “Being John Malkovich” and duds like “2012” too. I could see him playing some sort of retired ball player, coaching some new recruits.

Richard Gere
One of my favorite actors, he always brings his best when he is on screen. But like the rest of us, finding decent roles isn’t as easy as you get older. I would watch whatever show he was on.

So that’s my list! Did I leave any of your favorites out? Let me know what you think.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

When are Men Going to be Honest about Bisexuality?

It is amazing all the inroads that gay rights and marriage equality have had in the last few years. We are seeing that gay and lesbian people are everywhere. But where are the bisexuals, specifically the men?Bisexuality_300

For years, women have been very open about having had sexual experiences/attractions to other women. Everything from Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” to Anna Paquin’s confession that she is a bisexual. Singer Frank Ocean didn’t come out as gay, but admitted he fell in love with a man cause he didn’t want to be defined as gay. Clive Davis is another guy who came out as bisexual… good for him. And this past week, director Bryan Singer has come out as bisexual, after being defined as gay for many years.

With more openness in society, I believe there are going to be a lot less hang-ups about being gay or having same-sex attractions. I can see more people exploring their sexuality, as opposed to being defined by one thing.

There are several reasons why we are not yet seeing more openly bi-males. Men are supposed to be strong, and masculine. They are supposed to be dominant. Being gay may be seen as a weakness… like you are less of a man because you are. That some how you are more feminine because of it. If you talk to most gay men, they enjoy being men, and don’t want to be women. Society is still hung up on the old ideals of the 50’s guy…

Society in general is afraid of male sexuality is another reason. When a woman admits to having had same-sex attractions or interactions, she is seen as exciting, exotic… maybe a bit dangerous. Straight guys would be intrigued by her. Where as if a guy admitted it, he would be seen as damaged goods by a number of people. That’s why I said it was a big deal when a guy admitted he had had sex with a man on “The Real World” in Season 28. I had never seen someone be so forthcoming with it.

Hollywood has been selling the idea of bisexual females for years… on nighttime dramas like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The OC”. I already mentioned Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” and then add in bits like the Madonna-Britney smooch from a few years prior and you get the idea: Bisexual females can be hot. Where are the bi-male equivalents? Is it because Hollywood is still very much a man’s town, and a bisexual/lesbian female is a hot fantasy for a lot of straight guys?

As for me, I know that I am gay. But hey, I have watched and enjoyed straight porn. Does that make me bi? I don’t think so. But one day, I hope people can talk about their weekend, and not be judged by who they went on a date with — guy or girl.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

An Authentic Life

 

What does it mean to life an authentic life? According to Dictionary.com the definition of authentic is:

1. not false or copied; genuine; real: an authentic antique.

2. having the origin supported by unquestionable evidence; authenticated; verified: an authentic document of the Middle Ages; an authentic work of the old master.

3. entitled to acceptance or belief because of agreement with known facts or experience; reliable; trustworthy: an authentic report on poverty in Africa.

So when we are talking about authentic life, it would be a life that is real, genuine, reliable, trustworthy. My life in my 40’s is the closest that I have come to living an authentic life. What you see it what you get. I am what I am. I offer no apologies for who I am or who I love. And why should I? I did that for years and was not happy with my life.

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Happy Anniversary Kilt Man

This week marks the one-year anniversary for this blog! Thanks to everyone who read, looked at, commented on, or reblogged one of my posts.  It has been a wonderful journey. It was nice to know that I could be creative in more than one area in my life. The year has flown by, and I hope to keep everyone interested and entertained for many years to come. Here are some of the highlights from this past year:

Real Men Wear Speedos — I will never live this one down. And why should I? I still feel the same way. Guys look good in them, and men shouldn’t be afraid to show off their bodies if they are in good shape. I am looking forward to wearing mine to a water park this summer. Anyone with me?

Letting Go of the Past — Sure, I can do fun topics. But this one also struck a chord with the community. Everyone can relate to hanging on to things (and people) and that sometimes it is best to just let go. Letting go allows us to grow as individuals.

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Scottish Festival Long Beach 2012

I attended my first Scottish Festival this past weekend in Long Beach, CA at the Queen Mary. I have long been a big supporter of kilts (Real Men Do Wear Kilts), so why not explore my culture with a few friends in tow? I am actually Scottish on my mother’s side. The family name is Moir, which is part of the Gordon clan.

The festival had booths selling Scottish/Celtic items everything from kilts to shortbread cookies to teddy bears and jewelry. They also had booths for the different clans of Scotland as well as other upcoming Scottish Festivals in the Southern California area. Plus Scottish meat pies, haggis, ales and whiskey too.

Throughout the day, there were athletics going on, as well as highland dancing, pipe (bag pipes) and drum demonstrations, and even a dart competition. The athletics competition consisted of the following:

  • Caber toss: This is the big event, it looks like they are trying to toss a telephone pole. There was a memorable scene with this in the movie “Made of Honor.” A long pole or log is stood upright and hoisted by the competitor who balances it vertically. Then the competitor runs forward attempting to toss it in such a way that it turns end over end with the upper end striking the ground first. Competitors are judged on how closely their throws approximate the ideal 12 o’clock toss on an imaginary clock.
  • Stone put: This event is similar to the modern-day shot put as seen in the Olympic Games. Instead of a steel shot, a large stone of variable weight is often used. The stone is put with one hand with the stone resting cradled in the neck until the moment of release.
  • Scottish hammer throw: This event is similar to the hammer throw as seen in modern-day track and field competitions, though with some differences. In the Scottish event, a round metal ball is attached to a wire and handle. With the feet in a fixed position, the hammer is whirled about one’s head and thrown for distance over the shoulder. (We actually didn’t see this, as it was held elsewhere in the venue).
  • Weight throw, also known as the weight for distance event. The weights are made of metal and have a handle attached either directly or by means of a chain. The implement is thrown using one hand only, but otherwise using any technique. Usually a spinning technique is employed. The longest throw wins.
  • Weight over the bar, also known as weight for height. The athletes attempt to toss a weight with an attached handle over a horizontal bar using only one hand. Each athlete is allowed three attempts at each height. Successful clearance of the height allows the athlete to advance into the next round at a greater height.
  • Sheaf toss: A bundle of straw (the sheaf) and wrapped in a burlap bag is tossed vertically with a pitchfork over a raised bar much like that used in pole vaulting. The progression and scoring of this event is similar to the Weight Over The Bar.

We also watched some of the drum major competition. They had to walk across an area, doing their best march along with twirling their batons and striking certain poses. My lover called the whole process “doing the pimp walk”  — cause you had to have a certain swag, attitude and posture as you did the routine.

Overall, we had a good time, saw some cute guys in kilts and enjoyed some Scottish culture. I would definitely recommend this event to other people. The Queen Mary was also available for people to tour as part of their Scottish Festival admission. We spent some time touring the engine room as well as the upper deck.

Spice69man is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including the Real Men Wear Kilts line. They make great gifts for Easter and birthdays.

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