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Joe Oppedisano Delivers Knockout Punch


Our friend, photographer Joe Oppedisano (you may remember his Dangerous Boy photos or his celebration of Calvin Klein underwear), has a new DVD and 2009 calendar hitting stores in the near future. It's called Knockout and is a foray into the world of mixed martial arts and ultimate fighters. The project features two brothers, a few of Oppedisano's favorite models, and the COLT model Bruno even makes a cameo as the coach.

Joe let us share some shots from the calendar. Watch the slide show HERE.

Also, check out the DVD trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I guess I must like twinks, because none of those guys does much for me.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 19, 2008 6:58:12 PM

  2. Dam very hot

    Posted by: brian | May 19, 2008 8:49:44 PM

  3. Paul R. you are not alone. In fact,I found myself slightly repelled. If this were the only type of male on the net I'd be straighter than the proverbial railroad track in the desert. But I'm sure there are many here who would disagree; But as for me, back to the Herndon climb pics.

    Posted by: Brett | May 19, 2008 8:56:45 PM

  4. Some guys are intimidated by hypermasculine alpha male types and watch from afar...and some are challenged by their energy and are moved to, ah, other things.

    That's the beauty in this. And it's seductive. Whether repulsed or attracted. You're moved. Joe's done well.

    Posted by: bluewindiron | May 19, 2008 10:21:06 PM

  5. It's fetish, like porn, like fetish porn.

    Posted by: Marco | May 19, 2008 10:25:07 PM

  6. Hypermasculinity is very sexy, and just as queer as effeminacy: it's the exaggeration of the sexual identity, i guess.

    Posted by: Bluedog | May 19, 2008 10:43:45 PM

  7. But the lighting! It's so dark that it's distracting and amateurish.

    Maybe it's just a web thing. I hope it looks better in print.

    Posted by: Marc in Chicago | May 19, 2008 11:00:11 PM

  8. thanks for pointing out "Bruno". glad to see he's still around and still looking great. such a sweet man.

    Posted by: hughman | May 19, 2008 11:02:16 PM

  9. hot!

    Posted by: nic | May 20, 2008 5:06:49 AM

  10. Did we really NEED to art direct this one? Nice work, but aren't the REAL ultimate fighters and their training a bit more interesting than poised models? It's not telling me anything new, except, maybe...pretty?

    Posted by: Jocko | May 20, 2008 7:03:59 AM

  11. it's similar to his leather S/M tangent... posed, mannered and sucking off a trend dry.
    he takes advantage of very hot possibilities... strips them of any creativity, originality, spontaneity ...and renders the scenarios as studied illustration at best.

    and it's difficult to get past his trademark blotchy lighting.

    Posted by: A.J. | May 20, 2008 10:01:59 AM

  12. I must hate twinks, cuz I found most of these guys to be hot as hell!

    Posted by: soulbrotha | May 20, 2008 11:03:06 AM

  13. Hypermasculinity is just another form of drag: some men dress up and exaggerate feminine features and other exaggerate masculine attributes. Neither portrays how real people act or live.

    Posted by: noah | May 20, 2008 11:17:04 AM

  14. Why didn't he ask me? I box in the ring. I get into fights.

    Posted by: Allen | May 20, 2008 12:48:02 PM

  15. Yeah, I kinda wish these were real fighters and not just models. You can tell they're posing and it's kind of a turn-off. It's the same deal with the Dieux de Stade pictures and models posing as athletes. You can tell the difference and "the real thing" is so much better. Compare these to Kevin Lynch's photographs of UFC fighters:

    Posted by: Matt | May 20, 2008 1:12:37 PM

  16. Some Thoughts: Homomasculinity is a valid state of being and has an ancient tradition in art down through AMG Studio, Colt Studio and into Oppedisano. For years, self-fashioning masculine-identified gay men have been that huge percentage of queers that media and gay pop culture has not acknowledged even though women who want to be big butch men receive community support.

    Posted by: Redgrave95472 | May 24, 2008 6:03:20 PM

  17. joe you're my cousins because I am your usurname

    Posted by: Micaela Oppedisano | Sep 12, 2008 11:17:36 AM

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