By Daniel A. Kusner – Life+Style Editor

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.

The Peterson brothers weigh in.

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.

— Daniel A. Kusner


This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 16, 2008.
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