Book Club: BEARDS – An Unshaved History

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  There hasn’t been another quite polarizing all-encompassing topic in (gay) men’s history as The Beard. A token of simultaneously maturity, religious belief and sometimes sloppiness – facial hair has always been carrying symbolic value based on its form, length, thickness and color. Spanning from a lazy 3-day-stubble to a monk-length beard and from precisely contoured piece of barber art

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BL33N x OUT RUSSIAN OLYMPICS x ERIC

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Matthias and Donovan Vriens-McGrath‘s outspoken nature and daring designs are synthesized in their Out Russian Olympics design for BL33N. Personally affected by the uncontrollably spreading bigotry and unpunished crimes against humanity happening in Russia, the creative powerhouse couple launched their rebel in the form of a T-shirt in their trademark two-face design. In Donovan’s own words, he describes his passion

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Rica

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  Rica is not your typical Berlin expat. It goes without saying he chose Berlin because of its free spirit and limitless possibilities. Besides taking in all the delights the city has to offer, he makes sure the young talent doesn’t get lost and unnoticed – Rica Amaral is one of the creative partners at Artconnect Berlin – a creative hub

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FUR_11: Back To Basics

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In light of the recent events (getting blocked on Facebook yet again, because I posted a suggestive picture) I simply don’t have the nerve to deal with obeying rules of engagement on social networks. Since I could’ve been reported only by someone who likes Grateful Grapefruit on Facebook, there’s a simple rule you can follow in case you are offended

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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

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In the Golden Age Of Denial as the colleagues at advocate.com call it, the army was everything but supporting the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell rule. When you look at the military art used for recruitment and advertising, you can clearly see that soldiers kissed and told and gossiped over afternoon tea back then. Sweaty, shirtless men in intimate situations with other sweaty muscular

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On This Day, 3 Years Ago

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On this day, 3 years ago, I met someone truly special. Here’s how it went down:  It was Nov 4, 2009, a typically gloomy Berlin Thursday when I saw something on Twitter about a “Fall Of The Wall” celebration at the Brandenburg Gate and a free U2 concert. Neither did I have the idea that MTV was involved and that

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FUR_10: Levi

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Justin messaged me yesterday on GChat, letting me know that he’s shooting a bearded guy. Knowing me too well, he surely got my attention. I said I want the images asap and here it is – a first look at Justin Violini’s shoot with Levi visiting from Oklahoma. Grateful Grapefruit has the exclusive on the first images from the shoot

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#2Hot4FB One

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When Facebook blocks you for the second time and removes your content because it “violates the Zuckerberg constitution” and warns you that the third time will be followed by a spanky, you start rethinking your online behavior. Or you simply show them the finger and move away. Since I’m not that dumb of a businessman to do the latter, I

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BOYS: Berlin

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You’re never alone in Berlin. Some can say the city is your date, but actually the city is full of so many dates that most times you get confused or simply overbooked. Tall, short, ripped or bearish; blond, dark or ginger; Mediterranean, American or Eastern European – because everyone is so convinced that Berlin is the new place to be,

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