Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Strippunk

Naked outside the factorySitting atop a piece of land jutting into Seattle's Lake Union stands the remains of an Edwardian gasification plant, in operation for roughly the first half of the twentieth century. Today, as the centerpiece of Gas Works Park, it is part of the National Register of Historic Places, and the final destination of the hundreds of naked revelers that lead the annual Solstice parade.

As such, Gas Works stands as one of the few parks in the United States where, once a year at least, one can stroll around in broad daylight as naked as the day you were born.

But beyond the pleasures of simple nudism or even public exhibitionism, the experience of stripping naked in front of these ancient, rusting monoliths brings to mind fantasies of steampunk eroticism. Might a parallel world offer a Victorian factory of naked slaves? Is our naked wanderer the last survivor of a pandemic that brought technology to its knees while conveniently also eradicating textiles? Has a technological singularity created a mechanical intelligence that uses total nudity to keep its human subjects in line? Or is it merely the familiar dream — or nightmare — of find yourself at your job completely naked?

Let these and other fantasies fill your mind as you enjoy photographer Andrew Adam Caldwell's 2014 photo essay that we call Dream Factory, now showing in the Nakedism gallery of undraped art.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Barefoot nakedism

Barefoot, naked, and hardAlthough activities involving public nudity are always welcome to us nakedists, many of the participants are not technically naked. Cyclists in the World Naked Bike Ride events, runners in naked races, and even streakers very often wear some clothing, especially shoes. And of course you can't blame them for wanting to protect their feet from sharp terrain or rough bike pedals.

Still, to go out in public with nothing, not even shoes, is not only more brave and daring — it is also just more naked.

I learned this myself many years ago when attending a men's naked dance in my home town of Seattle. It was great fun hanging out with other naked men and letting our bare bodies sway to the music. But it wasn't until I took off my shoes and felt the hard dance floor on the soles of my bare feet, that I really felt connected to my nakedness and to my environment in a totally exposed and vulnerable way.

Indeed, I would venture to say that any nakedist activity — stripping games, nudism, CMNM, CFNM, naked dares, forced nudity, and more — becomes more intense and erotic when the naked individual is not only nude but barefoot.

For example, I'll never forget how my voyeuristic interest was peaked when, while riding my bike (nearly) naked at the Solstice Parade, I saw one man running alongside the many cyclists totally nude from head to toe. He didn't even have a bicycle on which to make an escape. But there he was, jogging along the hard pavement, his feet as bare as the rest of him. It was a hot sight to see.

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Fellow nakedist EB, who wrote an amazing account of his walking miles from his clothes stark naked, has voiced a similar sentiment. In a comment on that story, he wrote, "A few weeks after I did this walk I repeated the first part of it on a slightly different route but this time barefoot as well. Adds to the rush knowing I could not easily run."

I had a similar experience once when visiting Southern California. On a dare, four of us walked around the block naked, except for our shoes. It was a warm night, and almost too easy. So, after a couple of them had left, my remaining friend and I decided to do it again, this time in bare feet. It was much more satisfying, not only because of the elevated risk, but also because I felt more engrossed in the experience, feeling my bare skin touching the sidewalk every step of the way.

Finally, there are, of course, those foot fetishists who enjoy bare feet just for their own sake. Several years ago, as favor to one such friend, I took some naked selfies in a way that featured my feet prominently. In the spirit of barefoot nudism, I'm sharing them here on Nakedism for the first time, in a gallery call Feet First. Check it out, and the next time you decide to strip down outside, be sure that you also remove your shoes.








Saturday, March 14, 2015

Daylight exposure

Jacking off in the parkThere are at least two kinds of naked dares. In the traditional dare, someone, be it friend or stranger, challenges you to get out of your comfort zone — and your clothes — and do something naked in an unusual and possibly risky place.

Then there is the self-dare, in which the nakedist determines his own naked behavior at a time and place of his own choosing.

On the face of it, the self-dare seems, well, less daring. After all, if you can choose your own risk level, why get naked anywhere but in a safe place?

That reasoning is suspect to be sure. Some people are so into naked dares that they might actually talk themselves into doing something even more daring than an outsider might ask.

Moreover, the self-dare allows a certain element that regular dares do not: spontaneity. One can be out about one's business with no thought of stripping in mind, when suddenly an opportunity presents itself. It may seem just safe enough to strip off on a moment's notice. But there is still risk involved as one can never control who may come along and spot you, naked, in a public place.

Such was the situation I found myself last summer when I was out for a daylight photo shoot with photographer Andrew Adam Caldwell. The plan was to get naked in the Washington State Arboretum, a public park, underneath some freeway on ramps. The area was known to be a gay cruising ground, and therefore relatively safe for nude photos.

But when I saw how quiet the park was — at the moment anyway — I chose to stroll away from the "safe" cruising area and walk underneath the freeway ramps, in full view of the portions of the park where people walk their dogs and boaters paddle by. And so I did, my semierect cock bouncing along, and bare feet padding along rocky ground that would have made it difficult to run for cover. Finally I completed the dare with a full-on public masturbation session.

Was I seen? Yes, but I'll never be sure by how many. We saw a canoe go by, and more than one person walked past us not very far away. At least one person (apparently quite interested) hung around the whole time watching me do my cock walk.

Fortunately for us all, the self-dare was caught on video and is now available for your viewing pleasure in our Naked Dare Theater. So go ahead, check out Bare assed in the park. And then drop us a line and let us know of your wildest self-dare.




Saturday, February 7, 2015

Lifting naked

Naked and hard in the weight roomNo matter what you think about public or shared nudity, there are some occasions on which most people agree that nudity is appropriate: A shower, for example, or bathing. Swimming is a bit more controversial, but even then most people agree that apparel should be kept to a minimum.

So why not working out? Why wear an abundance of fabric when you are just going to overheat yourself with vigorous exercise? And why not take the logic to its conclusion and work out in the nude? The ancient Greeks did, of course, and we still celebrate the artistic representations of the bodies these workouts produced.

All of which is ground we covered here at Nakedism, first when we celebrated the original tradition of the Naked Olympian, and again with our video exploration of a naked dare in a public gymnasium. Now we bring you a photo set from that daring video. Photographer Andrew Adam Caldwell was on hand to document my buck naked weight lifting and stripped bare cardio, much of it with a full-on boner.

Whether you like naked dares, public nudity, or just the very natural idea of getting your exercise without a lot of clumsy clothing, check out this month's photos, Gym nasty in the Nakedism galleries. Then try a little naked workout of your own, even if you only move the muscles of your hand.



Thursday, January 8, 2015

Update your desktop for the new year

Images of public nudityJanuary is traditionally a time of new beginnings — new resolutions, new tax planning, new hopes for a better year. So why not some spiffy new images to liven up your computer's background? Yes, that's right: It's time for more of Nakedism's own special brand of naked desktop wallpaper.

This time we bring you three variations on the theme of public nudity. The first celebrates the brazen exhibitionist who stands naked in broad daylight in a busy downtown setting, visible to the passing crowd. The others portray a more tentative exploration of public nudity. In another, our naked man is testing his own bravery or exploring the novelty of being naked where most are clothed. Still another might depict a more frightening (but no less erotic) possibility of public nudity in which the exposed man is now victim, having lost his clothes to a bet or naked dare. Or perhaps someone stripped him and abandoned him, forcing him to desperately find shelter where he won't be caught.

Whether these scenarios interest you or whether you just like seeing a naked man on your computer or tablet screen now and then, check out the latest downloadable images in Nakedism's wallpaper collection. Then click the link for your preferred size and use your browser's options to save it to your system or apply it directly to your screen background.




Sunday, December 28, 2014

O horny night

While Shepherds watched their cocks by nightEvery December, Christians around the globe recount the story of poor lonely shepherds who received the fantastic visitation of an angelic messenger heralding the arrival of their messiah. The angel was shortly joined by an entire choir of heavenly beings.

The story is amazing on the face of it, of course. But it raises some seldom asked questions as well. That shepherds should stay out at night suggests that the weather was not particularly cold. And if they weren't cold, and if they were only in the company of their fellow men in the dark of night, one wonders how important it would have been to be covered by all those robes that religious art always depicts? Men will be men, and it's likely that those doing little more than watching sheep might need a little diversion, even if it were at their own hands.

Then there is the visionary experience itself. Have you ever noticed how many paintings and sculptures of religious ecstasy show people with their o-face on? These artists may have tapped into a greater truth, a profound connection between religious euphoria and sexual release.

It was with those thoughts in mind that photographer Adam Andrew Caldwell and I decided to explore the truly ecstatic nature of this mythic tale. In this view, the shepherds were not only in touch with the divine creation of their own bodies, but were brought to an even higher state of physical exultation by the erotic manifestation of a sensuous angel.

To see the results of this photographic meditation, strip down, head on over to the Nakedism photo collection, and invoke the gallery we call Come Ye Shepherds. And while you do, feel free to engage in a devotional ritual of your own.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The spooner the better

Naked spooningAt Nakedism, we accept the common nudist belief that almost any life activity is more enjoyable when naked. But some naked doings are more fun than others. Take cuddling for instance. Is there anything more delicious than the skin-on-skin frisson of personal body contact and intertwined limbs with a companion than cuddling? And how much more intense that simple pleasure becomes when done free of the normally required clothing. It's one of life's most amazing but free and simple pleasures.

Given this wonderful fact, we decided one afternoon to make a short video about the simple pleasures of naked cuddling. In a world where nudity in film is almost always about hardcore sex, this seemed to be a good change of pace.

Of course, you know what they say about the best laid plans. When two naked friends being touching and holding, other ideas can arise. And when those two friends are naked... Well, the cuddling can be quite intense.

If you think you might agree, check out Cuddle Buddies, the newest video in Nakedism's Sexy Time Theatre. And maybe you'll be inspired to join in, perhaps by wrapping your hands around a favorite part and cuddling yourself to complete satisfaction.