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.
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!
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.
At Hunk du Jour HQ in Seattle we're enjoying a blustery week -- but something that is bound to help even the most dreary weeks is Part 2 of this exclusive photo set of Jack Mackenroth (another Seattle boy) from photographer Rick Day!
[ Jack Mackenroth by Rick Day : HDJ Exclusive : Part 1 ]
[ Jack Mackenroth - 2007 Hunk du Jour Interview ]
[ Jack Mackenroth - Official Site ]
[ Rick Day - Official Site ]
I have an exclusive look at new photos from Jack Mackenroth, taken by the incomparable Rick Day! Says Rick, "It was a pleasure working with Jack. His beauty and professionalism made my job a hell of lot easier and quite enjoyable."
Jack was similarly impressed with Rick, saying "I love all of Rick's work, because he celebrates the male physique, without depending on tools like Photoshop, so the images always come out looking fresh and real, and the lighting is amazing."
Jack Mackenroth and photographer Andrew Werner... a stylish symbiosis. The two know style, and teamed up to produce these photos for an exclusive Hunk du Jour sneak peek.
"Andrew is one of the nicest, easiest photographers to work with," says Mackenroth. "Since I just turned 41, honestly, I don't know how many more photo shoots I have left in me so it's always great to work with someone you know and get along with. He understands about the importance of lighting someone who isn't 21 anymore. It also helps that he has nice things to say about me, too."
Andrew added, "Everyone knows that Jack Mackenroth has great style. So naturally when I arrived at our shoot, I was eager to see what the stylist had selected for the shoot. After Jack tried on several outfits, he then, in perfectly witty 'Jack style' asked me, Clothes on or off? I instantly knew this would be a fun few hours." He added, "Jack's open, vibrant personality led him to comfortably run around half-naked; which gave me a great opportunity to share the different sides of one man with the rest of the world."
"My vision was to capture Jack's unique essence and energy through my lens; a man who has no only been HIV-positive for over 20 years, but a man who is a sex symbol, and more importantly a role model for the entire gay community."
Congratulations to Jack Mackenroth on his Bronze medal win at Outgames 2009. Our friend medaled in the 200m IM (which he wasn't even thinking he would place in.)
UPDATE 07/28/2009: Jack won two silver medals today at the Outgames in Copenhagen in swimming - only .4 seconds from a gold!
UPDATE: Jack's final medal count: 2 Gold, 4 Silver, and 2 Bronze! Way to go!
Our buddy Jack Mackenroth shared something fun on his blog today -- a long lost set of photos he appeared in over fifteen years ago in the recently-shuttered Genre Magazine!
Check out his post for his mockery of the photos, along with some memories of the magazine.
Jack Mackenroth is staying quite busy these days! He found a bit of time for this shoot in the midst of what sounds like a grueling (and exciting) schedule.
He's in the final stages of putting together a design television show with fellow Project Runway alumni, Kevin Christiana, and hoping to finalize with a network in the coming months. His HIV education campaign, Living Positive by Design, keeps him traveling too -- speaking around the country about his experience living with and managing HIV and encouraging other HIV+ folks to do the same.
Jack will be in New York covering Fashion Week for LOGO next month, writing reviews and backstage interviews.
On top of everything else, he is also in the pool training for the Summer 2009 Outgames (which, he notes, is why those abs are back and popping!)
Check out everything that he's up to at JackMackenroth.com!
Today marks the 20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day. While there has been great progress made, this disease still kills thousands of people each day. It's not overstating, and it's not hype. More than two million people died of AIDS-related causes in 2007.
There are things each of us can do to make an impact, and no action is too small. Anything from writing your favorite AIDS charity or advocacy group a check to volunteering your time, from buying a cup of coffee to simply wearing red today.
For more information on our friend Jack Mackenroth's World AIDS Day T-Shirt, check out his blog. Jack has been living with HIV since being diagnosed in 1990, and is healthy and strong.
Mark the 20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day with a $20 (or $200) donation to one of the following organizations. Thank-you!
- The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrict AIDS Foundation
- amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
- United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS - by mail
- World AIDS Campaign - by mail
- Project Angel Food, Los Angeles CA - online
- Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Seattle WA - online
Find a place to get an HIV test by texting your (United States) Postal Code to KNOWIT -- 566948.
For excellent coverage of World AIDS Day and other HIV/AIDS related news, please visit our good friends over at Towleroad in their HIV/AIDS hub.
Saturday night we had the pleasure of joining Menswear designer and Project Runway 4 contestant Jack Mackenroth (previously interviewed here) for Black Tie Bingo, a swanky night of Gay Bingo benefiting Lifelong AIDS Alliance in Seattle.
The evening began in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt as cocktails were poured amongst contortionists, stiltwalkers, and acrobats from local circus troupe Pure Cirkus. Guests were dressed to the nines, perhaps hoping to impress Jack with their tuxedo selection.
Once inside, Doug and I found ourselves seated at the Friends & Family table and were suddenly making friends with Jack's family and sitting alongside Jack himself for part of the night! Jack was completely sweet and lovely, of course -- we chatted a little more about his experience on the show, whether he'd consider going back for another season, and what he's been up to lately. Interrogation and photo (see me, Jack, and Doug above!) now aside, Doug and I continued tipping back cocktails and bestowed "insta-friend" status on Jack's sister Sarah (last picture.)
Before the main bingo games start, Lifelong AIDS Alliance raised a cool and quick $60,000 in their "raise the paddle" for the organization. One lady (accompanied by a fellow we simply called "the silver fox") kicked off the paddle-raising with an amazing $5,000 donation, preparing folks to go big or go home!
Jack then took the stage with bingo hostess Sylvia O'Stayformore, where the bingo games then kicked off. Officiated by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (Abbey of St. Joan), vacations were the prize of choice -- each package more fabulous than the previous.
After the event wrapped up at the Grand Hyatt, guests were whisked off by limousine (or walked, which we chose to do) a few blocks to The Baltic Room for The Official After Party. More drinks, mingling, and dancing ensued -- and we chatted with Sarah and her friends, deciding being downstairs was much more fun than the VIP room anyway.
Lifelong AIDS Alliance put on a great event with a fantastic hope, and raised a bunch of money for the organization at the same time. Congratulations on the big success, and thanks so much to Jack Mackenroth for taking the time out of his busy schedule to participate.
Photos from the event can be found at seattlepaparazzi.com, where you can buy prints and full size digital versions -- all proceeds benefit Lifelong AIDS Alliance.
Yesterday, Project Runway contestant (and Hunk du Jour Interviewee) Jack Mackenroth posted this video, where he performs a fantastic spoof of Flashdance - What a Feeling... nice leg warmers!
SPOILER ALERT - text after the jump and comments on this entry may contain spoilers. Please read at your own risk.
Project Runway premieres TONIGHT on Bravo! You'll remember earlier this month we posted our Q&A with hunky contestant/designer Jack Mackenroth, where he talked about the process of getting onto the show and what his life is like.
A competitive swimmer, model, actor, designer... what more can you ask for? Be sure to stop back here after the episode airs tonight and let us know what you thought about the designers!
The Project Runway premiere is just over a week away, and if you're anything like me then you are more than anxious to get your Runway fix again.
Jack Mackenroth is one of the new designers who initially caught my eye. Then he caught my interest as I heard more about his background as a medalist in multiple Gay Olympic games, his openness about being an HIV-positive man, and about being a Seattle native. (Got to root for our own, Seattle!) He is designing his own line of mens shirts and pants, as well as a memoir about his life experiences.
Jack agreed to do a little Q&A with Hunk du Jour about his life leading up to Runway -- and kept his lips sealed about what we can expect in the new season (premieres November 14th, 2007 on Bravo.)
For more information about Jack, read our full interview after the jump and then check out his new website, jackmackenroth.com!
Hunk du Jour: What was your auditioning experience like for the latest season of Project Runway?
Jack Mackenroth: The audition process is very elaborate. They need to make sure that you have a clear design point of view and that you have the necessary skills to handle the challenges. You need to be able to illustrate, pattern draft, sew, drape and know your fabrics all while looking pretty and be interesting. Personally for me the process was fairly positive. Tim thought I could push the envelope with my designs because my aesthetic is very classic. Laura Bennett was the guest judge and she totally "got" me so I think she helped me get to the next round. Truthfully I was a sweaty, panicky mess the whole time. I had auditioned the previous season and was told "maybe" so I was nervous as hell.
HdJ: Where were you when you found out you were selected? How did you celebrate?
JM: I got the call when I was walking down the street in Manhattan. It's a very surreal experience because you want to scream and tell the world but because of the air tight confidentiality agreement you cant tell anyone. Basically I just said "shut up!" to the person from Bravo and then I hung up and jumped up and down for about 30 seconds like a freak.