­­­Garrett fabulously interrupts a moment in his Super Hero Sunga by Addicted, while Krystal freezes him out in her Geo Print Seabrook Bikini by Southern Tide. Joshua’s interest looks to be piqued in a Liquid Skin Bikini by N2N Bodywear.

In the gay community, getting ready for swimsuit season is as much a rite of passage as walking into your first gay bar or having a drag queen read you during a show. But the meaning of a “beach body” differs to everyone — some folks get ripped, some bulk up, some show off their chest hair and some shave it away. There is no right or wrong, and there’s a fashion that fits every aesthetic.

We’ve gathered some of this season’s hottest pool and lake looks to show you exactly what’s floating. This year is full of wild prints that draw attention to what you’re showing off, from aggressive razor-wire patterns to playful toy-inspired collages to patriotically colorful bikinis and pastel-color-blocked boardshorts and butt-huggers. Get ready to snatch up your favorite bikinis, trunks, tanks, snapbacks and shorts just in time to survive the heat waves Dallas is famous for and look damn good while doing it.

Featuring designs from some of the hottest brands around like Marek+Richard, N2N Bodywear, Radical Element, Sluggers, and Southern Tide, we welcome you once again — the third time! — to Dallas Voice’s Swimsuit Edition!

Photography by Arnold Wayne Jones and Chuck Marcelo

Styling and text by J. Denton Bricker and Arnold Wayne Jones


Garrett Bass
Joshua Chandler
Ivanov Medina
PJ Moton
George Padro
Krystal Summers

ES Collection and Addicted, available at ES Collection, 3926 Cedar Springs Road and online at ESColletionUSA.com (Pages  17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 28, 34).
Marek+ Richard, available at MarekRichard.com  (Pages 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 31, 34).
N2N Bodywear, available at N2NBodywear.com (Pages 19, 21, 22, 24, 30, 31, 32).
Radical Element, available at RadicalElement.com (Pages 22, 25, 28, 34).
Sluggers, available at Sluggers.com.au (Pages 20, 22, 28, 32, 34).
Southern Tide, available at SouthernTide.com (Pages 18, 21, 22, 24, 34).

The Purple Foundation
Sisu Uptown Resort
Suntex Marinas and Ronnie Stanford

More photos from Dallas Voice’s 3rd Annual Swimsuit Edition

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 27, 2016.