It was 2001 when I met Peter Le for the first time. By "met" I mean I bought a Playgirl magazine and he was in it. He was not the centerfold, in fact there were only a few pictures of him. He was in there as part of "Men on Campus" series the magazine does every year. (At least they used to.)
Anyway, aside from being a hot Asian man, he has a very unique tattoo. I like tattoos and this one really caught my attention. I thought it was a cool design, in fact, it even looked like one I might like to have one day.
So fast-forward several years later. I am a married "bisexual" man and I sometimes (or is it often?) look through the internet for hot men. One day I stumble up this.
It's got to be the same guy. Older, more buff, and the bleach blond was gone, but the same guy. I remember that tattoo. I pulled up my digital copies of Playgirl and there he is. My friend Peter, all grown up.
Eventually I discovered he has a website. An adult website. With an lot more pictures of him. They are actually tastefully done and they look nice. The site is mostly just him by himself. As far as I know, there is no actual sex on the site. Just solo performances. Is that still porn?
But this is not a story about an Asian bodybuilder with a nude site. It's about me.
You see, in addition to his paid site, he has a personal training fitness site, a blog and an online store. In his store he sells mostly clothing items. Many of them items he wore in various photo shoots. These seem to sell for a lot Well he is asking a lot, who knows if they actually sell. He also has other things. Hats, t-shirts, jackets, etc. Most are pretty pricey and all of them have his branding of some kind.
Some of the shirts, are printed with a sketch of his topless, muscled body. While it looks good in photos, I can't imagine wearing a t-shirt with a huge picture like that. I mean that is SOOOO gay.
But there are a few things that are more subtle. Like this:
The hat looks nice. Recognize the logo? Yeah, it's his tattoo. I think that's pretty cool.
I bought one.
It came in the mail this past Saturday and I wore it most of the day yesterday. Even out to lunch with K, AJ, and the kids. I don't usually wear baseball hats, but it made me feel good to wear this one.
Why did wearing this hat with the imprint of a porn star's tattoo? I was thinking it was my first time out in public wearing an identifiable gay symbol. It's not like a rainbow, but most of this subscribers are gay men and if any of them saw me with it on, they would know I am gay. It was a little exciting. I felt like I was coming out more as a gay man in public.
It's a little like people who put the HRC logo sticker on their car.
I think the general public does not know what the symbol stands for. But I also think most gay people do. By putting it on your car you are saying in a subtle way, you are gay and you want other gay people to know it.
That was me in my hat today. I looked at people who looked at me today. Had anyone noticed? I was looking for signs of recognition on people's faces. I didn't see any.
I also know that this tattoo is not as well know as the HRC logo. I have no idea how many people subscribe to his website. Probably not too many. In that regard, it also made it more safe. If anyone asked, I could just say I liked the design and I bought it from some website. I was putting my gayness on display, but in a safe way. Even a deniable way.
For now, there is a novelty to it, and I think I will wear it for a while. Tonight is gay bowling. I wonder if anyone there will recognize it. There must be some other rice queens there, right?
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