Had enough of hairless Abercrombie dudes? Hungry for some meaty, grimy, rough-and-tumble fellas who look like they could knock you senseless? Then check out the recently released DVD "Knockout!" ($29.99, Greenwood Cooper). It’s a 52-minute documentary that goes behind the scenes of homoerotic photographer Joe Oppedisano.
Oppedisano shoots those mouthwatering campaigns for Nasty Pig fetishwear. In 2006, he released "Testosterone" (Bruno Gmunder), a coffee-table book filled with jock-strapped models smoking cigars and looking like they’re itching for a street fight.
Directed by Tony Sellari at Gleason’s Gym in New York, "Knockout!" is how Oppedisano creates his signature tableaux and dramatic shadows.
The stars are 30-year-old Tyler Peterson and his baby-faced brother Luke, 22 — genuine wrestlers, boxers and jujitsu masters. The Peterson boys are also good sports when it comes to a gay photographer who can’t stop telling them how "hot" they are while striking undoubtedly homoerotic poses — especially incestuous ones.
The scenes are indeed breathtakingly hot — whether the brothers are cutting each other’s hair or rubbing one another down with lotion. There are other men, too. Older ones — including former COLT model, "Bruno," a muscle daddy who’s probably on the AARP’s mailing list.
In between footage of the models wrestling, kicking and punching, the camera lingers on the model’s bodies: slow-motion close-ups of crotches, nipples and muscle butts.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 16, 2008.