Happy Hump Day, Hunk Lovers! Here's a hump day quickie for you, perennial fan favorite Jack Mackenroth in these exclusive pics just for your discerning eyes!
Jack gave us a little insight on the shoot:
[Kevin and I had] been talking about shooting for a while now but our schedules never seemed to synchronize. I've been a fan of Kevin's work for a long time. The shoot was initially for a Brazilian magazine called GLAD but something got lost in translation during their communication regarding art direction and they thought the photos were "too provocative" and they only ended up using one image. We put a lot of time and effort into the shoot so we sent them to you so they could see the light of day.
Stars in Danger: The High Dive, a two-hour special on FOX that challenges celebrities to face their fears and take the plunge into the world of diving. (See what I did there?)
Aside from the chance to see some of your favorite celebrities in swimwear (including Stephen "Twitch" Boss, David Chokachi, Antonio Sabato Jr. and Terrell Owens) - you can see some of the effort and struggles faced while tackling an incredibly difficult sport.
I'm happy to welcome back Karl Walden to Hunk du Jour, who was nice enough to answer a few questions about the show and how the rigerous training went for the stars!
Watch Stars in Danger: The High Dive tonight at 8:00PM on FOX!
How did you get involved with Stars In Danger: The High Dive?
I heard about the show through my friend who saw a breakdown online for divers and or diving coaches. I submitted my headshot, my team picture from the university of tennessee, and some videos of me diving for the show - hoping to get an interview. I quickly got a call to schedule an on-camera interview. I kept getting calls from the production company saying I made it through to another round, and then the final call telling me that I'd booked it! I was REALLY excited!
Two Hunk du Jour favorites bring you a Christmas treat... Gilles Marini in this incredibly sexy pic from the archives of our friend Fred Goudon!
Is there any better way to celebrate the holidays??
It is a season of reconnecting with old friends and colleagues this summer... and next on the list is Sonny Tong. He's a crazy talented photographer, lands some epic and amazing gigs with noteworthy folks, and may even be old enough to buy alcohol by now. (If not, I'll hook you up when we finally meet up, Sonny.)
He shared images from one of his latest projects -- Frank C from Chosen Models. Frank's torso has a gravitational force that resists all efforts to conceal it! And that's good news for us.
Benjamin Godfre popped up on this site about four years (and four thousand entries) ago, modeling for Timoteo underwear and looking all sexy as hell.
Enter 2012, and Ben is not just "the Timoteo guy" anymore... he has a rabid online following of "Benjaminions" feverishly watching his blog, tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook pages. He's got more of a skateboarder "fuck you, world" edge these days, too... stretching or redefining labels, he's expanding his empire with a subscription site (an inner sanctum of exclusive and personal content) and even teaming up with an adult film company for a couple scenes.
Almost like he's saying "Yeah, I got approached by a porn company... and I'm gonna do it. Fuck you, world!"
And it works for him.
The attitude, the skateboarding, the free-flowing nudity, the bad-boy next door image, and the brief peeks of a softer side... it makes perfect sense in my understanding of Ben. Watch interviews with him (I love the bathtub interview he did with Accidental Bear) and I think you'll get it too.
So Ben... keep kicking ass and taking names. You're Hunk du Jour approved, and we salute you.
While getting new 2wink Australia trunks in the mail would be heaven, I'll settle for what appeared in my inbox this week... photos of Ryan Burke modeling two new styles from 2wink Australia. Shot by photographer Russell Fleming for the brand, I think we can all agree that we want to get inside his trunks.
I mean, our own pair... not his.
...okay, I meant his. (We can probably all agree that he looks better in them than this blogger would anyway.)
This Armani swimwear video caught my eye this morning on Facebook, where the lovely Jack Mackenroth posted it. Armani will be outfitting the Italian team in the 2012 London Olympics.
(BTW - Hunk du Jour is also on Facebook... go to our page and "Like" us!)
Direct from the man himself, check out an exclusive first look at Jack Mackenroth's latest photo shoot by Jorge Rondon. They recently shot in Miami and I think you'd agree they got some excellent images.
I quizzed Jack about how the shoot came about:
Believe it or not we met on Grindr. He saw my pic and asked if he could shoot me. He is based in Florida and I have a place there so we shot on the beach. I pretty much let him take creative control because I have done so many shoots I'm basically out of ideas. I'm not a huge fan of eye make up but I just went with it. It was freezing cold all day and my eyes and nose were runny messes between shots. Jorge was really cool and he knew what he wanted so I appreciate that. I don't always have to love the styling to love the photos. He is a master at lighting.
For the beach shots where I'm lying down the waves kept coming up and freezing my nether regions. Oh the glamour!
Check out this video from the 2011 CrossFit Games, as some killer competitors in amazing shape tackle an intense beach workout competion!
Jack Mackenroth has a lot going on at the moment! He has been nominated for a National Lampoon twitter award in the category of "Best Gay." He's out there drumming up support, so head over to National Lampoon and give him a vote!
Jack is also working to raise money and awareness for HIV with a 15-month beefcake calendar featuring the work of some stellar photographers. The star of said calendar? Well, Jack of course!
The autographed calendar includes work from Adam Bouska, Rick Day, Carsten Fleck, Frank Louis, James Franklin, Karl Giant, Thommas Synnamon, Mattheus Lian, Richard Gerst, Ray John Pila, Sonny Tong, Thomas Evans, Krys Fox and Preston Cros.
You can purchase the calendar on Jack's website, and all proceeds benefit amfAR --
The American Foundation for AIDS Research.
Here's what Scott had to say about the shoot:
"Jesse was referred to me by a model from the UK. Actually a female model who I had never met but she told him he should shoot with me. So Jesse flew up to LA from Florida last summer and we did his first real shoot. I really liked his look and his eagerness to learn and he took direction very well. We stayed in touch throughout the year and I asked him to come back to LA for another shoot.
"We shot again earlier this year over the course of two days and then I made some intros for him in NYC- he has some amazing opportunities coming his way and I am very happy to have been a part of getting him started."
We're very happy about it as well, best of luck to you Jesse!
Photographer Leigh Carter sent in these photos of Brazilian model Guilherme Logullo from a shoot they did together last year. Guilherme is currently in London and classifies himself as an actor, model, dancer, and performance artist (amongst other things.)
This morning photographer Pablo-Chester sent over this photo set of acrobat & underwear model Stephane Haffner. Pablo's stuff is really hit-and-miss with me, but there is something raw in this collection that caught my eye. Enjoy the full set of over twenty photos after the jump!
Viewers of Ugly Betty were treated to shirtless appearances by nearly the entire male cast on Friday -- including Aussie hunk Grant Bowler!
Check out Grant after the jump -- and the rest of the fellas at superherofan.net! (Including Eric Mabius, Michael Urie, Adam Rodriguez, and Daniel Eric Gold.)
YVY Mag brings us some work from the fantastic Hudson Wright, with fashion editor Nole Marin. Please meet (and possibly fall in love with) Stelios Niakaris.
The boys over at YVY Mag sent over these shots of model Michele Graglia which photographer Maurizio Fiorino shared with them. Thanks, boys!
Meet certified nutritionist, trainer, (and future Ph.D.) Christopher Nogiec! We heard about Chris when he got a shout out on B-Side Blog (HI-larious and near the top of my daily reads.)
When Chris is not studying or helping others get healthy he models, and has appeared in a campaign for IQONIQ underwear. I have a feeling we're going to see much more of Chris soon - whether it is as an underwear model or collecting his next degree!
Meet my friend Andrew Nichols, the subject of our very first photo shoot exclusively for Hunk du Jour! Matthew Browning caught these exclusive photos of Andrew as we wandered around West Seattle.
Chris M, Hunk du Jour: So tell me a little about yourself - where'd you grow up?
Andrew Nichols: I was born in Portland, OR, spent my first 10 years in Vancouver, WA and then lived on Whidbey Island until I was 18.
Chris M, Hunk du Jour: So your tween and teen years were all on Whidbey Island -- what was growing up there like?
Andrew Nichols: I grew up in the small town of Freeland, WA and although my large extended family was well known on the south end of the Island I often felt like a loner. Possibly because my extended family was very religious and their religion never set well with me.
From photographer Pablo Chester comes this set of photos featuring sexy Brazilian model Jihaime Dos Santos!
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Featured this morning over at Made in Brazil is Diogo Rodrigues, as photographed by João Arraes. Definitely the face (ok, and body) that can motivate me to make it through the day!
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