Men Photographed in Stereotypical Pin-Up Poses

“Men-ups!” is a humorous project by photographer Rion Sabean featuring men doing pin-up-style poses. It’s interesting how much more absurd some poses instantly look when they’re being done by men.

There are a couple more photos that can be seen in this Flickr set.

Men-ups! (via Lost At E Minor)

Image credits: Photographs by Rion Sabean and used with permission

  • Soprano245

    Seriously? I can’t believe the walthy are considered to be seperate from the “working” class. You probably have a job that’s provided by one of those “elites” unless you own your own business yourself. These men and woman work 60-80 hrs a week building their own companies to make the riches they have. I think you are using excuses. I am a middle class military member who has 1 child I raise, I work full time with my own photography business, I have to clean and cook, ect. but I also did all of that and went to school full time and got my MBA. I even had time when my son was in bed at night to read books and look at art. And I’m sure the guy who works 80 hrs a week as a CEO who never sees his family so that he can make those millions envy’s you for being able to spend time with your child. The grass is always greener on the other side, so don’t use it as an excuse to hate on those who have what you don’t.

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  • Evafeld19

    I am an artist and a working stiff. Art is accessible to everyone, if one takes the time to look for it. For those of you who believe the working class doesn’t have the time to appreciate or study art, BS! The hours spent in front of the TV and on FB could be used to study art.

  • Guest

    GI JOE!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeff

    IOW, it’s not that they’re men that makes these shots look “ridiculous”–it’s that they’re a particular kind of man (which is apparently what all men are supposed to be like in the never-ending Reagan Era).

  • GodsAccident

    Don’t assume rich people who don’t work don’t know anything about art, lest you be guilty of generalizing and stereotyping yourself.

  • GodsAccident

    And again, even if they didn’t work to get it, is it okay to stereotype and generalize them? 

  • lizzie

    Art inspires conversation.  I would say that this is “art”.  Art stirs something inside.  I would say that it has stirred something in you and is therefore art.  

  • Faith Hovde

    OMG I am a boudoir/pinup photographer and this made me crack up!!

  • Last_Lost_Gypsy

    “These poses are ridiculous, but we’re so used to women doing ridiculous
    things for the sake of appearing ‘sexy’ that most don’t notice how
    stupid the poses are until men do them.” That’s exactly why I’m laughing a these photos. Take, for example, the picture of the guy with the dirt and shovel, his arms propping up his body and legs straight in the air. Why the hell is putting oneself in that position sexy on any body?

  • Omar pimienta

    lets not lower the level of intellectual art and literature, lets try to get up there.   this work is good, it is questioning gender roles, but only by repetition, that is too simple.  The formal quality is good by the way.  

  • Joe

    This is humorous and well done. But if you replace the guys with hot girls I will look at the photos all day long. It’s so much easier to photograph women because there’s so many poses they can do that look great. With men, not so much unless you are going for the gay photo shoot.

  • Joe

    Photo shoots like this are not geared towards women, but men:

    Nothing wrong with it, but it is what it is, gay.

  • Fred

    No. The poses look great on women, on men it either looks silly or gay. Nothing wrong with being silly or gay, but that’s what it looks like. On women it looks like a pin up calendar.

  • Truthful

    I agree they need to at least be topless! Cute though.

  • Anonymous

    in regards to “freedom” of speech there is no such thing only “privileges” that can and are being taken away from you every day under the guise of “protecting” you! how much freedom are you willing to surrender in the name of security? as to the photos.. well done!

  • Melissa Trotter

    I love it! I find these picture rather humorous, and I think they were well done. I like that they didn’t use the typical fully shaved and polished male models in these picture. ;-}

  • Laura

    very funny. really LOL…

  • Underwerewolf

    You just described my entire porn collection “lol”

  • John Brown

    “Makings”, you do realize that you’re an idiot, and that your comment has contributed exactly nothing to the discussion, right?

    Freedom of speech (which doesn’t even apply on Internet comment boards) is not the same thing as freedom from response. Kill yourself, you stupid fuck.

  • Earthmama

    Hey, those women were thoroughly plucked and shaved before they got in front of the camera, you can count on that. Not to mention airbrushed. Here’s an idea…airbrushed sexy hair?

  • Davis

    Lmfao that’s what I was thinking! Get a life peeps! Who cares about politics and shit it’s funny pictures lighten up folks!

  • Wheatnotrye

    So freaking good.

  • Chinny0488

    OK, I guess I’m putting my two cents in on this particular thread of conversation in general. It’s probably true that I or any of us have time for art, and that drawing out some opposed class “other” really is an ultimately poor excuse for not doing what we can do and not achieving what we can achieve. There’s always a winning strategy, right, even when we don’t see it or feel equipped to grab it?  But when I usually hear that, it’s often said in a pretty superficial, flippant, bourgeois kind of way. I think what people don’t take into account is being “working class” takes more than just time and energy – it demands that in order to get by and make your way, you shut off certain parts of your brain, put aside a certain kind of dreaming, find a way to quiet these parts of yourself and the truths you might know. So what I meant by flippant and bourgeois and all that is – hey, it’s all so easy, isn’t it? But what do you want me to do when I look at some work of art and think that people I care about might have done a thousand different things and been a thousand different people if not for the hard facts on the ground? Have you ever felt the desire to just kick it all in and shoot it and burn it? And really, who doesn’t fit this category, and for that matter, who isn’t far better off than someone else somewhere else, even just for being alive? It would be naive to think that everyone on this planet has had an equal shot at life. Talk intellectual laziness to me if you need to, but to some kid chewed up and spit out by famine and war and hardship and all that stuff before they had a chance? Sounds cheesy, but hey. And I give that there is a part of us as individuals and as people, call it the soul or something else, that will always reach out for truth and is not so easily extinguished as some might believe or some might wish, and indeed can take any number of forms. But the world in which everyone could observe and speak with that voice unencumbered and free would look very different, different enough perhaps that we don’t yet have the terms to describe it. What is that supposed to mean – hell, I don’t even know if I’m talking to myself at this point, and it’s all getting a little airy and long for my sensibilities, but look, what if we’re looking at this question the wrong way? First off, who’s to say working class people (please – for lack of a better term) don’t produce or appreciate art? Folk, country, rap, rock, blues, soul – my neighbor blasting Lady Gaga…I don’t know. Clothing, hair, tattoos, hot rods, those little kids with the tricked out bicycles? In all manner of religion as well as the repudiation of it, artistic expression is everywhere if you can break down enough of your self to see it. And then for the artist, perhaps the particular uniqueness of this time and age require art to adapt and change and be what it needs to be to reach people and break through divisions and raise us to a higher place. OK, let’s get through today first, shall we?          

  • sugarpop

    From my experience growing up working-class [from a single-parent house-hold, in government housing- the whole bit],  I would also like to suggest that it is not just about having time, that is, to take in the arts. It has been for me about exposure as well. My poor-ass family actually appreciates the arts, and maybe not regularly enough, makes time for them; why even my ignorant Granny can ruminate on quite complex ideas when she has exposure to them. So important to take kids to libraries, present to them wide varieties of subjects, people, places, things and possibilities and then to continuously encourage their natural inclinations. It is hard enough for me to hold on to the scraps I got growing up- but those scraps of exposure to the arts and science worlds have been my greatest hopes and best bets.

  • I4I

    Since you’re going around correcting grammar, you should have said “since you want to correct people on grammar” rather than “sense…”

  • Jesse Robertsom

    Just because art is hard to decipher does not make it inaccessible. Allot of good art is based on information, some of it is based on specialized information. This can encourage people who like it, to look into it- many, many people enjoy looking into and translating less direct art. Many people enjoy art they cannot quite grasp because every time they see it, it appears to change. In other words, because it cannot be easily deciphered it always presents new ideas with each new interpretation. Some people don’t enjoy art that could be classified as a one-trick-pony, not for the long haul. Discrediting art that is conceptually abstract is rather narrow minded … that being said, this is some very funny stuff. 

  • Molam

    Hilarious, and telling! Very enjoyable.

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  • April

    gosh people,,,just have a laugh will ya…..I think Elite is all in the minds of people who buy into it. Who says a working person cannot study art, or have a passion for beauty or symmetry…anything you want to put your mind to. ” In quality of thought, it is depth that matters” ( buddhist quote) I am living proof that a girl can work forty plus hours a week at a job that doesn’t pay very high wages, and can barely rub two beans together, and still come home and research whatever takes my interest. I am an artist, an accomplished musician, I can articulate my feelings, and appreciate the wonders of nature. Just because I am not rich and could only afford the formal education necessary for my trade, does not mean that I have no soul or higher intuition. Art is for everyone, as it adds something wonderful to a sometimes bleak reality….I believe that real artists and musicians are able to evoke a feeling in the observer/listener….that is how I know if I like it, if it makes me feel something. If a work is technically perfect, but has nothing in it that touches humanity, than it has not met the mark. This makes me laugh a little, so I guess it qualifies, in a cute kinda way…..humour is something that gets us through, so very valid too….I feel sorry for people who think art is only for the rich…some of those incredible masterpieces of medival architecture were built by the poorest of the poor….in fact, I have read that some spent their entire lives working on one cathedral, or pyramid……it makes me wonder, if one were to make such a divisive statement such as, oh art belongs to the rich or hither and thither….perhaps art doesn’t belong to the rich at all, if you think about it….

  • guest

    n. pl. elite or e·lites
    a. A group or class of persons or a member of such a
    group or class, enjoying superior intellectual, social, or economic status:
    “In addition to notions of social equality there was
    much emphasis on the role of elites and of heroes within them” (Times Literary Supplement).
    b. The best or most skilled members of a group: the football team’s elite.

  • Unimpressed

    How is it that you know the mechanics of becoming wealthy, but haven’t managed it yourself?  Perhaps you give the wealthy too much credit.  Hard work is not necessarily a precursor to becoming wealthy.  There is a formula to wealth, to be sure, but hard work isn’t necessarily a component.

    And for the record, there is no Fortune 500 CEO you can name that works 80 hours per week.  Exaggeration does nothing to help your credibility here.

  • Mad Dog

    Most important thing said on the Interwebs EVER! Hard work has absolutely NOTHING to do with wealth EXCEPT for very minor examples. Sure… I guess there’s “work” but money begets money and if you don’t know that, you’ll never “become” rich. Bet on it.

  • Miss Nails

    I love it when people correct other people’s grammar and do some mistakes themselves. I would love to be an editor for online forums. Oh wait, I’m also human and also make grammar and spelling mistakes.

    Why are a lot of people always trying to undercut other people’s opinions? I think everybody has something intelligent and interesting to say in their own way. To say your opinion is the most intelligent leads to a very narrow path. Every human being has a unique experience on this earth, whether they’re poor or rich or educated or uneducated. If you take the time to consider somebody’s opinion and actually communicate with them in an open dialogue without calling them “stupid”, you can actually learn a lot from them and yourself. Knowledge is also fluid like art. And to quote someone else, “The only constant is change itself.”

    I once heard that art elicits a strong emotion inside of you. As an artist, I would like to say that it holds water. I pour emotion inside my art, but I also know another artist that can create art that isn’t evident and keeps surprising you as you stare at his artwork. By the way, that’s really cool art.

    As a college graduate, I’m barely employed, working at a Box Office at a movie theater. It takes humility to be working alongside barely educated folks, but it also teaches you to acknowledge their equality in the human race and how college can blindfold you to real knowledge if you let it. Think for yourself and learn the wonders around you that are asleep in every individual.

    By the way, this is rad art, man. =P

    Peace and Love,

  • Varun_shinde

    I am a fashion stylist and I work around the clock.I agree with every word you have written. It’s very true.

  • Nlblau

    Believe me , i know how you feel…. but what about making time with your kids serve double purpose— go with them to an art exhibit, museum, concert……The library…. watch an family film from another culture and they get a chance to experience other languages, ways of thinking, something outside the “Disney” mentality of American movies for kids….

  • Obsessorize

    So I’ve stumbled onto this page for a good laugh (and of course, provocatively poised men ^^) but as I read the comments, I’ve realized that people are entirely too sensitive and ignorant.  When a person can’t even read one damn article w/o a bunch of bitches getting into cat fights, it gets old. Way to go, society!

  • nunnayour

    take a sociology class.  only 1% of the U.S. population is considered the capitalist class and half of that are heirs.  The other half?  Well, they are our entertainers, sports figures, and a very few that “worked” hard to make it there.  We all work hard, it’s just those in control decide which work is worth more.  CEOs make 400 times more than their average worker and work less than they have in the last 40 years. 

  • Unasinously

    I can sincerely say I want more of these. I mean, c’mon, where is the boy next door and the refines naughty man??

  • Athena

    Giiiiiiirl~! Point dem toes!

  • Ambr0ster

    gay & I wouldn’t buy what there selling.

  • jp

    Actually I just spent ten minutes looking at the fortune 500 companies and who works on them… you do realize you are blowing smoke out your butt right?

    I saw quite a few who not only work full time but are also on numerous boards, charity committees, and also have speaking engagements… maybe you count hours differently than the real world?

    It tickles me when someone says “of the 500 top CEOs, none of them work over 40 hours” please please do a middling amount of research before opening your mouth? If I could find as much as I did within 10 minutes of professional research as a librarian…you surely would have discovered at least one if you’d opened a book….

  • BrandyT

    No shit!  Gosh… all these lame excuses.  and to top it off… who do they think create the art?  The wealthy elite?  Hahaha… ever met an artist?  God bless them!

  • Blah

    stains of what?

  • Joe

    You mean, his culture and intelligence is showing? Just so you know, they’re not the same thing. You can be working class and intelligent or cultured, just like you can be rich and dumb. 
    The idea that only the rich can appreciate art is totally bogus and completely refuted by John’s points. Have you *seen* the studies about how much time the American “working class” (“99%”) spends in front of the TV? It’s not “privilege” to choose art over television, it’s called getting off your lazy ass and learning something about the world. Heck, you can learn about art while sitting on your ass nowadays too. It’s called the internet, and the “working class” seems to waste plenty of time there too. It’s really not a question of privilege, just motivation.

  • Joe

    tl;dr sounded pretentious and arty.

  • Kevin Wu | 604 Foodtography

    get back to me when your balls have dropped. 

  • Sophie

    I love the baseball player !!!

  • Crazyhedgiemom

    what they are saying is THEY DO NOT HAVE TIME… honestly the average person doesn’t have the time or money to go out to ball games… let alone the museums and libraries… my museums and libraries are here on the internet… and that’s not actually the best place to be able to experience what you talk about.

  • Bill Clearlake

    I guess the point of this is that men aren’t women.  Those poses accentuate the female lines and curves that men don’t have.