“RIDE” AFTER “SANTA SATURDAY”: THEBPLOT EXTENDED INTERVIEW
Bears, Otters, Wolves, Cubs – it will be an adult version of Animal Planet, Saturday (Nov. 28) at RIDE, a party produced by Brad Hurtado, for the bear and leather communities the evening of the Santa Saturday benefit.
“Thanks to the thousands of men who pour into town for a daytime benefit, the weekend has become a really great time to play in our city” said Brad. “This year, all those randy men will be at the Stone Pony after the benefit for a night of sweaty fun.”
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I spoke with Joe Oppedisano, photographer – known for his iconic hyper-masculine images – who will shoot a performance art piece with super-sexy models for his next project in the middle of RIDE.
TBP: I need to get this out of the way – you worked with one of my all-time favorite people, the gorgeous Amy Sedaris (“Sex in the City,” “Strangers With Candy”) [photo right] whose brother wrote about her hating to look glam in photos. The photos you took are both glam and awkward. Tell me everything.
Joe: Amy and I have been friends and neighbors for 15 years. She needed press shots to promote her book “I Like You…” so I begged her to let me make her glam. She came out of the dressing room with an amazing dress and fake flies all over her face.
She has a great sense of herself and knows what she wants. That’s why she has the gay boys wrapped around her finger.
TBP: Levi Johnston (the bane of Sarah Palin’s existence) just…err… famously did his photo shoot for Playgirl. How would you have photographed him?
Joe: (Laughing) I think he is heaven. He came out of nowhere and now is everywhere. I would like to photograph him on a set like the White House lawn surrounded by political powerhouses in farm-type clothes holding pitchforks and shovels – very American Gothic.
TBP: Who is a bigger inspiration to you, James Dean, Joan Crawford or Brad Hurtado?
Joe: Brad and Joan are neck and neck…they are both such big b&%$#@!.
TBP: Ha. So, what can we expect with your performance art show during RIDE?
Joe: Expect a lot honey…and I am going to give you more than that. It’s going to be hot. I am bringing at least four models.
One model, a Hothouse exclusive, Junior Stellano, grew up in Asbury Park. He is the epitome of the Latin-Italian super hunk. Naturally ripped. Gorgeous as can be.
TBP: What actually is a bear in the gay world? Is Brad Pitt with that new shaggy beard a bear?
Joe: I think a bear is a gay man, over 40 years old, who is hyper-masculine and can’t be bothered spending 15 hours grooming or eating salads. Brad Pitt is just annoying.
TBP: After this weekend, I am betting everyone will have had a lesson in “bear.”
TBP: You are also a videographer. Any advice for guys planning on sexting or making an adult film of their own later on in the evening?
Joe: (laughs) It’s all about lighting. It’s all about angles…good close ups. Just have fun…and go for it. I have done two adult films.
TBP: Out community has gone through muscle guys, twinks, smooth guys and more. What is the up-and-coming new “gay look”?
Joe: I am sooo into the next generation right now…guys who are 25 and under. There are so many beautiful boys. The kid Chris I spoke about earlier has the new look – not a twink, green eyes, skinny ripped body – shredded with a great attitude.
Brad’s AsburyParkEvents has more RIDE info.
Friendly reminder: Saturday (Nov. 28), from 7 to 10 pm, TheBPlot and The Coaster readers are invited to the launch party for the 2010 Asbury Park Firefighters calendar in the Third Avenue Pavilion. Click here for your invitation. Which month will your favorite firefighter represent?
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