So, I wanted to do a big post a la this on my chunk-spotting adventures this summer. A chunk manifesto, I guess you could say, to sort of help define chunk (which generally describes thick guys no more than 25 lbs. overweight, but as it's a case-by-case thing, chunk is necessarily an elusive concept -- chunk, like house music, is a feeling) and clear up misconceptions (i.e. stop calling me a chubby chaser!). But then, you know, I started putting the shit together, with some 30 photos of unaware strangers that I took and the whole thing was just looking sleazy and gratuitous. I'm both of those things, so you can imagine the excess involved if this shit was too much for me to post.
So, in the name of socially acceptable perversion, I think what I'll do is post a shot every now and then (say, once a week) with maybe a fun fact on chunk or an explanation of why said chunky guy deserves appreciation or reprimand or whatever. This is all, you know, an attempt to bring body diversity to the gay blogosphere, which is something I care deeply about. Really. Chunk is not going away, people. This is something that demands awareness. I think in addition to this campaign, I'll start handing out chunk ribbons made of peanut butter in Union Square and shit.
This presentation of flesh (and so much of it!) understandably will gross some out and so, I suggest following the advice of my middle-school sewing teacher, Mrs. Crist, when she broke a blood vessel in her eye, causing her to look both cross-eyed and demonic: if ya don't like it, don't look at it.
Anyway, here's the first specimen -- he was the hottest I saw on my Jersey vacation, so I made sure to get him in front and side views. Click to make him bigger than he already is (har har):
What's great about him is that he's fantastically proportioned. And, in addition to looking like he might shove a beer funnel down your throat and punch you in the stomach when you don't handle binge drinking with the finesse he expects, you can see that this is just a handsome dude. And that's the first lesson -- I don't think of chunk as end, but a means to one. It is an enhancer. Think of it this way: a good burger is a good burger, but cheese makes a good burger great.