Their theme for this year was "Viva, Italia!" This is my tribute to The Statue of David.
See the resemblance?
Now, some of you may wonder why I would feel comfortable putting my body out there. Some of you may think I'm disgusting for doing so, or that I'm being pornographic or trying to sell sex.
I disagree. And before you condemn my actions, allow me to state my case...
Bodybuilding as Art
Bodybuilding is often considered a sport. I would disagree. Although it does require a degree of athleticism, I think that bodybuilding is much more of an art form than anything. Like a sculptor creates images from clay or a painter creates images on canvas, I've dedicated hours of each of my day in shaping the form I walk in. Instead of the brush, chisel and camera, I have the dumbbell, the barbell and the kitchen.
Everything I've ever ventured into has been in the pursuit of art and the happiness it brings me. Music being the obvious one. But even my writing, another creative outlet that has allowed me to speak with the utmost freedom, a field where I have no boss and can mold sentences, paragraphs into a representation of the weird mind games that dance under my hat, using inflammatory words fluidly, slipping them in almost to the point where they're conversational gibberish. I've even ventured into the realm of poetry. Regardless of it's success, I put my head on that chopping block. Have you seen my vlog? The opening is pure Ol' Yeargain creativity.
The entire Opera Bro brand that I've been building for over a year now is all a reach of my ever expanding creativity. It fills my soul. Why shouldn't my training be another pursuit and an extension of this pursuit?
The Assumption of Vanity.
To say that people don't generally get into fitness with the pursuit of sex (regardless of the gender or sexual persuasion that interests you) is simply not true. I know from personal experience that getting attention from people is nice, and it can boost your confidence quite a bit. However, I learned a long time ago that seeking the approval of others in any action is poisonous to it's core. So, when I post a shirtless selfie on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or my blog, don't assume I'm merely trying to practice vanity. I'm Damn proud of the work I put into my physique and I showcase my art, ALL of it.
Now back to the image at hand...
I had options in my mind that I thought about submitting. Some were much more sexual in nature, and in the end I decided I didn't want to just produce something that people would just find attractive, flash some abs or guns (I do enough of that), but I decided to be as creative as possible, use my imagination and what little skills with technology I had acquired. I chose the statue of David because of it's nudity and because it's an immensely powerful image, and a breath taking piece of art. I consider it another venture into the realm of acting and performing to try and portray this immense man of biblical and historical literature in a single image.
Was I successful? You be the judge.
Until next time, try to view art as more than things that are trapped in frames, stuffed into costumes, and trapped in museums. Find the art in everything that you do, even if you're an accountant, there is beauty and perfection in numbers that only a true artist can recognize. And, as always...
Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look GREAT doing it.
The Opera Bro
P.S. If you do approve of the image and like Barihunks and the work that they do, please go to their website, support what they do, and consider purchasing a calendar. The proceeds benefit young artist programs and the website promotes the artistic growth of young opera singers such as Ol' Yeargain in the early development of our careers. There is also a contest with a cash prize for best photo submitted to the calender, if you feel moved to do so, I would sure appreciate a vote. Much love, y'all.