12 January 2016

Unplanned Post

It seems nearly everyone on the planet had a friend in Bowie, a man who fearlessly and publicly introduced us to new things. He brought his sincerity into everything he did. Enclosed are some photos from his award winning portrayal of John Merrick in the play The Elephant Man.

Here is a very illuminating interview from that 1980 including some rare excerpts from the Broadway production of the play.

I've also include some photos of Bowie wearing one of the famous knit outfits designed for him by Kansai Yamamoto during his Ziggy Stardust period. It's nothing like a fundoshi but it reflects Bowie's gender-crossing visual appeal.

Wearing a loincloth or a knit catsuit, or for that matter a dress, David humanized and publicized the many and various roles he inhabited. He painted, he wrote, he read, he acted and sang. He lost a decade by his own admission to drugs. He spoke eloquently on behalf of many marginalized communities. He even made me feel more normal! On top of that, he wrote scores of amazing songs over a recording career spanning forty years. If you listen, these songs question many of our accepted truths about life as it is and burn with moments of intense humanity.

David Bowie pushed the envelope and I am very grateful for his work. He also quite clearly had fun doing it. I hope we can all catch a ray of his scattered light.

05 January 2016

Let's Start 2016 Off Right!

Happy New Year!

Let's start 2016 off right, with great fundoshi images from all over the world!

I also like to start a new year off with a call for requests: is there anything anyone would like to see, or see more of? I'll try to work it in!

29 December 2015

Fundoshi Highlights of 2015

2015 has been a great year for this site, and for meeting new fundoshi friends. Here's a second look at some standout images from the past year.