This music video by an obscure band called Aikiu has gone viral. It’s not because the music is anything special, it’s because it incorporates clips from vintage gay porn movies. Remarkably, it’s NOT because the clips are graphically obscene or anything. In fact, you hardly see anything more than bare shoulders and arms. The video is innovative in how they cleverly superimposed naked guys chests over band members playing instruments with virtually the same positions and movements. Cute.
The song and the artists are forgettable, as were the movies that these vintage gay porn movie clips were taken from. That’s why the band felt free to utilize them. Even though the movie creators or performers don’t get credit, and least it’s a (kitschy) way of showing value in recycling the material.
SOMEBODY made those gay porn movies, probably in the 1980’s. They shot it, edited, put it on the market in stores that eventually made it to people’s VCR’s. There were real people in those movies that had (and probably still have) lives and rent to pay. Porn has always been thought of as disposable, with nameless, soulless bodies writhing and fucking on VHS tapes and magazines that viewers felt guilty owning.
Hollywood has been making movies for over a hundred years. Most of that time, those movies were thought of as disposable, too. A vast majority of the silent pictures made 90 years ago no longer exist, nor do the actors, producers and directors. A lot of the animation cells from Disney cartoons that fetch thousands at auction were recovered from garbage cans.
I am hoping there is still interest in preserving vintage gay porn for future generations. That’s why I run this site. I don’t want Jack Wrangler movies to suffer the same fate as Fatty Arbuckle movies that are lost forever.
Looks can be deceiving. The cover of this magazine, Ruff, Tuff & Buff, has two completely different smooth chested guys on the cover that don’t appear anywhere inside the magazine. Inside, it contains of scene of two sexy blue collar guys with hairy chests. WTF?
The magazine style, with pastel colors and graphic shapes, suggests it came out in the 1980’s. That would indicate why the publishers probably thought shaved chests were “in”, so they put someone else on the cover. “Those hairy chests and muscles are so 70s!”, they shrieked.
Low and behold, we have two hairy chested manly beauties in this little vignette involving a refrigerator repairman and the hunky customer. “The ice cubes weren’t the only things melting.”
Legendary performer Jon King was born John Nelson Gaines on January 12, 1963, in Jacksonville Florida. One of the biggest names in 80’s porn Jon began his career after a Catalina rep, at a car wash in LA, discovered him. Excited to make his dreams of porn stardom a reality he jumped at the chance to perform on screen and soon began shooting for some of the industries biggest studios. In 1982 as his career was on the fast track Jon stole a Corvette while on a test drive, robbed a Burger King in Gainesville FL then wrecked the car, and for this spent eleven months in prison. Upon his release the popular bottom made a comeback in 1983, making several films throughout much of the eighties. In 1989 Jon retired from porn and moved to Atlanta where he pursued a culinary degree. After failing to become a successful chef Jon returned to porn in the early 90’s. His last video, Pumping Iron, was released in 1995. Shortly after the release of his last film Jon, who had been HIV positive for several years, became really sick. He moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to live with a friend who looked after his needs. It was there that Jon died from AIDS complications on March 8,1995. He was cremated and his ashes mixed and scattered with those of his beloved dog, who had died some years earlier.
Back in the olden days studios would put out magazines to help promote movies, and this is one example. It’s called “Print Master’s Apprentice”, which comes from a movie called “Hot Off The Press”. It stars Brad Mason, Michael Christopher, Michael Cumming, Robert Vega, Trent Washington, Clay Russell, David Ashfield, Jon King, Rob Wright, and Matt Ramsey (before he miraculously turned straight).
This magazine focuses on just the scene between Jon King and Clay Russell. If you enjoy the magazine (and who doesn’t love Jon King??!), click the link below to watch the whole movie at the Vintage Bareback Theater.