Suit & tide

Sand and deliver in sexy swimwear that doesn’t beat the heat but outshines it

DSC_0029bLBreaking news of the obvious: It’s hot outside. If you’re tired of everybody talking about the heat, it’s time to do something about it: Get out there and show the sun who’s boss.

Of course, in the gay community, you do that by looking better than anyone else. And you do that by sporting a sexy, skin-baring swimsuit that highlights your assets while making a bold fashion statement.

This is no time to break out the board shorts that go past your knees — you might as well swim in your Levi’s. And unless you’re sunbathing on the Baltic Sea, nobody should ever see you in G-string, T-back, thong or the ever-dreaded banana hammock. There’s an art to showing off without crossing over into full-on creepy.

That’s why we’re particularly fond of Rockstar Swimwear.

Created by fashion designers Natasha Sarah and Prashant for the South Beach community in Miami, their dramatic designs have gone global thanks to benefits like flattering fit, an eye-catching color palette, and undeniable sex appeal. Some suits even come emblazoned with crystals for anyone daring enough to sport a little bling on their weenie sling.

Rockstar has also just launched some new products for August, so even though the summer may be quickly drawing to a close, it’s never too late to have the most current style by the pool, on the boat, or hanging at the beach. They’re made in the United States, too, so really it’s your patriotic duty to buy these and make America even more beautiful (and do your part to keep the economy going).

So even if you can’t play a single chord on the electric guitar and your groupies consist only of your adoring mother and her Gin Rummy partners, you still have the opportunity to feel like a rock star. Without ever setting foot in rehab.

— Steven Lindsey

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 12, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

MASS appeal

DON’T STRIKE A POSE | Tony Giles pursues a new fitness goal — one more achievable for ordinary (and short) guys. (Arnold Wayne Jones/Dallas Voice)

Trainer and model Tony Giles aims for pro status in
the new physique bodybuilding

ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor

Tony Giles has spent his career making his body look good. As a personal trainer and fitness model (and occasional adult-film actor, under the name

Tony Da Vinci), he’s probably pumped more iron than most smelters, sculpting his 5-foot-8 frame into a mass of twitching — but well-proportioned muscle.

Then last year, he did something entirely different: He trained as a bodybuilder.

That might sound like the same thing as weightlifting, but it’s not. Competitive bodybuilders aren’t about aesthetics as much as they are sheer size: The bigger, more grotesquely inhuman the bicep, the farther you go. And boy does it take a lot of effort.

When Giles entered the Europa competition in Dallas last summer, he fared very well, winning several accolades. He promised himself he’d compete again. And he is, this weekend.

Only this time, he’s keeping it real.

“They started a new category this year: Physique,” he says over a lunch of lean turkey. “It’s not about size; they judge you in four categories: Conditioning, muscularity, presentation and overall package. There’s no posing, and you wear board shorts [instead of a G-string]. I saw that and thought, ‘I look like that category already! That’s what I do!’”

What does that mean for Giles? It means the last two months have been hard on him, but tolerable.

This year’s regimen has been easier as well because he did not have to substantially reconfigure his weight training and diet as he did for bodybuilding.

“I didn’t want to put my body through that again,” even though he found himself addicted to the results of his efforts and his success on the runway.

Since May, he has subsisted on the exact same diet day in and out: eight egg whites and a cup of steel-cut oats for breakfast, then every two or three hours alternating between 8 oz. of lean chicken and tilapia. Low carbs. No beef. Higher intake of good fats.

“Chicken of course is chicken,” he says. “Tilapia is one of the leanest fish — low in Omega-3 fats. And the oils actually make your skin thinner, which lets your muscles pop more.”

A symmetrical physique is the goal of this new category, which Giles says was instituted by the controlling federation to make bodybuilding appeal more to a mass audience: Many average folks are put off by the completely unachievable looks of the competitors at the top of their profession.

“A lot of the guys in this category [there’s only one division, not several divided by weight class] are smaller like me,” Giles says. “A lot of people see someone like me and think, ‘That look could be achievable for me.’”

Giles’ exercise routine has included vastly more cardio than he usually does, as well as lot of core stabilizing training. To get his proportions right, however, Giles had to sacrifice one thing: His legs.

“I have basically done no leg or back work [since I started training],” he says. His thighs have always been a selling point for Giles, reaching a circumference up to 27 inches. “My waist is only 29 inches, so my legs were almost as big around as my waist.”

If things go well on Friday — that’s when the prejudging takes place, and Giles finds out if he’s even in the top 5 — he could qualify for the national competition in September, where winning qualifies you as a professional. He hopes to win, of course … but after all that tilapia, he’s also craving a big juicy burger.

Europa Super Show, Dallas Convention Center, 201 Griffin St. Aug. 12–13.
For training information, call 469-835-5964.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 12, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Femme vs. Butch

Does your car have an identity that mirrors yours? Or maybe it complements it? We parse the gender roles of the Jeep Compass and the Ford Raptor

CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer

Boys wear all kinds of swimwear: Cute little square-cut briefs are perfect for showing off around the pool, but manly men prefer board shorts when sail boarding or tubing the Guadalupe River. Some square cuts even have belts to look like real shorts.

While it might be sexy to imagine those little patches of Spandex being ripped off a ripped guy, most of us prefer a little more robust coverage when engaging in robust activities.

It’s the same for 4×4 vehicles. So we compared two: One a bit femme (the Jeep Compass) the other overtly butch (the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor). Like those swim trunks, they are cut from entirely different cloth. But you can still look damn good sporting them whatever you decide. Dare to compare.


Number of portals:
Compass: With 5, handily wins the “my doors are greater than yours” competition with prissy ease.
Raptor: 4. In manly fashion, takes the position that it’s not the number of doors you have, but what you do with them. Anyway, fewer places to enter is totally a guy thing.

Toughest journey:
Compass: Grandma’s garden.
Raptor: Baja 1000.

Claim to fame:
Compass: Trail Rated, like a preppie in Birkenstocks.
Raptor: Most powerful half-ton truck you can get, sporting studs.

Signature color:
Compass: Blackberry Pearl Coat —way too pretty to be a cowboy.
Raptor: The Ingot Silver Metallic with Molten Orange Interior spanks you until you hurt.

Tire diameter:
Compass: I’ve seen bigger.
Raptor: A ravaging 35 inches, baby!

Favorite “extra:”
Compass: Flip-down tailgate speakers for that all-night rave.
Raptor: Trailer brake controller helps give your toy a tug.

Towing capacity:
Compass: 2,000 lbs. — and look at those soft hands!
Raptor: Four tons — that’s 8,000 lbs., Mary.

Compass: A fuel-efficient 22/28-MPG, like a club queen thriving on lettuce.
Raptor: With a fuel-guzzling 12/16-MPG, this ride says, “Fork over the protein and keep it coming, beeyotch.”

Compass: 172 horses from an inline 4. But who’s counting?
Raptor: 411 from a V8 … because most men do.

Compass: 2006, and just got its first facelift.
Raptor: 1948 — fuzzy bears only look hotter with age.

Base price:
Compass: At $19,295, doesn’t really perform, but it’s a cheap date.
Raptor: $38,515, because this trick don’t put out for nothing.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 17, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens