Saturday, 28 October 2017

Wrestling Turkish Style!


Here's an interesting editorial that I first saw earlier this week. It features the work
of photographer Ben McNutt who was recently invited to The Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling
Festival in Turkey where he carried out this photographic project.
McNutt is very much a wrestling aficionado and has been for many years, although
he has at times made statements that the wrestling fraternity have not been too
pleased with.
He recently said, and I can quite agree with him when he says that 'Wrestling
cultures perspective on masculinity seems incompatible with how it represents
itself, appearing socially conservative but presents itself so queerly to me."

You might have seen a bit of this sport on a tv travel documentary. I remember
when Michael Palin showed us around a similar Turkish Oil Festival a few years
ago in his tv show 'Palin's New Europe.'
But I just can't get over the way that the competitors grapple with one another
in such intimate places. It makes you think (looking at the bottom image below)
that someone is seriously being manhandled, or even worse... one of them is being
given constipation relief.
But the pictures look fun and the addition of oil on sun kissed lean bodies must be
part of it's overall attraction.

Below are just some of the images from last Summer's Oil Wrestling Festival.

MORE CAN BE SEEN ON THE PAGES OF VOGUE

BEN McNUTT WEBSITE
BEN'S TUMBLR ARCHIVE

 

7 comments:

  1. Men and their hands on, half naked body fetishes. Don't you just love 'em? - Ian

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  2. I remember reading that Turkish wrestlers are not fond of gay men getting thrills from their spectacle. Disingenuous of them, mehthinks.

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    1. Andrew, I'm not surprised to hear that. Are they not aware of the effect of all that oily and rather erotic grappling has on gay wrestling fans.
      As Ian says, that final image raises a lot of questions.

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  3. Andrew, the last image may not exactly be of a guy in a sling having a good time, but it gets pretty close. Or maybe I've misjudged. Perhaps he has ants in his pants and his bestie is helping him out in all those hard to reach places. We'll never know. Sad! - Ian

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  4. Thank you Dee!! This post has me not being able to myself! I love wrestlers!!

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  5. Pete..... "This post has me not being able to myself."
    Did you miss a word out from that sentence above? We're all guessing.

    I guess that you enjoyed the post. (Thanks for visiting my Youtube page).

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  6. You are welcome Dee!! CONTROL myself LOL

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