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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Will the Real Lowrise Please Stand Up?

I’m baaacccckkkkk! Damn! It’s been a long time. But you can’t keep a good contributor down.

Now, I consider myself a men’s briefs expert. I’ve tried them and own a large variety of them. And much to the chagrin of my dad, I’ve touched them on other boys. I love the variety of cuts, prints, and colors that are now available to men nowadays. We ARE living in the age of underwear.

But above all else, I love a good low-rise brief. I think my unexplainable adoration of the low-rise stems from the way they provide the support of a brief, but allow for greater freedom of movement than your average tighty whitey (not that I have anything against those). To me, the skimpier cut says a lot about the wearer; it says that you’re sporty and need just the barest of coverage for you to move in for the score. It could be that they say that you’re naughty, and that the brief coverage is just a promissory note for what’s to come.

In the hierarchy of underwear I think “low-rise” gets confused at times with “bikini” or “hi-cut”. In my opinion, these three terms refer to three distinct garments. The rise refers to where the waistband stops on your body. Bikinis do not have waistbands and hi-cut briefs are pretty much bikinis with a waistband.

To qualify as low-rise (to me) the brief has to be cut in a way so that when one slips them on, they provide coverage so low riding in the front and back that it barely covers your red zones…basically, you need to see bush and crack Sadly, manufacturers and designers don’t have a consistent vision as to what constitutes a low-rise, a hi-cut, and a bikini. This lack of consensus is frustrating for consumers; imagine rushing home after thinking you purchased an uber hot low-rider and unwrap something that is not lowrise at all. It’s definitely happened to me a couple of times, ergo, this article.

Luckily for you, dear readers, I have gone into my vast underwear drawers to dredge up a couple of tried and true lowrise briefs that I heartily recommend for your wearing pleasure:

C-in 2: C-in2 lowrise are dependable low rise. They come in a bunch of fun colors and prints. Their lowrise briefs are called no-show.

2(x)ist: These are from the contrast line. 2xist lowrise briefs are notoriously inconsistent from line to line. For example, their Optic line no shows are pretty full cut so much so that I wouldn’t consider them lowrise. But this contrast brief…love it!

Go Softwear: Remember the super low cotton-lycra contrast briefs? They really are super low. Here, I’m rockin’ the camouflage version. These are one of the original super lowrise briefs.

Emporio Armani: These were advertised as a Macy*s anniversary edition hip brief. But when I pulled these suckers on, well, Happy Anniversary!

So my little chickadees, now that you know the difference go out and get them lowrise and don’t be afraid to fancy up all that junk up in your trunk.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Under Underwear: Cock Rings

Now that you've unwrapped all the packages under the tree, it's time to unwrap your package in our new series called under underwear. That's right, I'm talking about the package in your pants. This is where we will talk about things related to your cock, dick, little man, tool, rod, meat, baby maker, disco stick, pecker, wiener, wood, schlong, or whatever you want to call the protrusion of flesh between your legs sometimes known as your penis. What is under your underwear can often be as important as your underwear itself. It dictates what kind of underwear is comfortable and how it looks.

Today we're going to talk about cock rings. Cock rings are a very popular accessory to the male anatomy, they can be used to add emphasis to your penis as well as to keep you looking a little more filled out in your underwear. They can also be used to prolong your erection, but they can also be worn just as another piece of jewelry to be found by a select few.

Cock rings are everywhere, and they range in quality as well. They are commonly found as simple, black rubber bands that encircle your penis and testicles. But for those of you into spending a little more money, you can get a true work of art and bedeck your family jewels with real jewels.

Esculpta is a company that specializes in making luxury jewelry items for men, including luxury cock rings. Nikias, the designer of Le Cock Ring (Esculpta's line of cock rings), chose to design these luxury cock rings because "[He] found that the options on the market, were very cheap and un-imaginative and contributed to making the whole thing a little tacky. This created the need for [him] as a designer to prove that a cock ring can be a piece of jewelry made with the same quality and finesse as an Elizabeth Taylor emerald necklace."

Esculpta has three different styles of cock rings ranging in price from $165 to $475. These gorgeous cock rings are truly pieces of jewelry and are handmade of sterling silver. Le Cock Ring III also includes gold accents and precious stones. My personal favorite is Le Cock Ring II which features two sterling silver lion heads to safely guard your previous bits. All of their styles are adjustable (a unique feature among cock rings) so you should have no problem fitting into them no matter what your size.

The cock ring is not for the modest man, it is meant for those who like to strut their stuff with confidence. Whether you wear the cock ring out and about, or just for special occasions with your partner, it is sure to make a statement and give you that extra dose of confidence and sexiness.

Question of the Day: Have you ever worn a cock ring before? If so, what did you think? If not, would you?

Also, what do you think of the under underwear series?

Merry Christmas - Eye Candy Part 3

"Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!" This concludes the Christmas eye candy series from artist Paul Richmond. Be sure to check out his site and shop!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Holiday Eye Candy Part 2

Here's to hoping that you find some great packages under the tree this year :) Art by Paul Richmond. I'm really loving the holly and polka dot briefs here, I wish that you could actually buy them. You can, however, buy his art in greeting card form and prints here.

Piado: Winning Entry

Piado winner Michael H. from Atlanta Georgia was cold before he got his Piados. All he had to wear was these jocks.

But now Michael is super warm, one might even say hot, with his Piados on.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holiday Eye Candy Part 1

Here's a little Christmas eye candy from artist Paul Richmond. Paul Richmond uses his paintings as a way of exploring his own sexuality and life, often depicting cute pin-up boys like the one above. His paintings have been displayed at venues including the World of Wonder Gallery, A Bitchin' Space, Gallery Arcane, the Columbus Museum of Art, and OAL Gallery, and have been licensed for concert merchandise, novel cover publication, and a greeting card line. Richmond's work can be seen in the gay erotic art anthology Stripped Uncensored, published by Bruno Gmünder, as well as on novel covers by MLR Press and Dreamspinner. He is currently preparing for a solo exhibition, Gay Day at Paulyworld, scheduled for June 2010 at the Center on Halsted Gallery in Chicago. Be sure to check out Paul's website and shop where you can get prints of his wonderful work, and stay tuned for more Christmas-themed eye candy from Paul Richmond.

Above is artist Paul Richmond caught in pin-up boy style.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Exclusive MUB Discount from Stonemen

Stonemen recently has launched a new collection. The new collection includes a new "boxer fit" to supplement the squarecut. The "boxer fit" is basically a boxerbrief or trunk style so the legs are slightly longer than the original Stonemens. The new collection also includes new prints, including the Asian-inspired "koi" print and the "sunset" print.

And now for a limited time, Stonemen is offering MUB readers an exclusive discount of 20% off your purchase. All you have to do is enter the coupon code "MUB20". And if you spend more than $100 AUD (about $90 USD) you'll get a free gift valued at $25 AUD! With these deals you'll be able to get a few for yourself and some for your friends!

Piado Winners

The Piado contest is now closed, the winners have been chosen and the prizes have been sent out. In case you are interested, here's a list of who won. Each of the winners won a pair of Piado underwear! Stay tuned because some of the clever winning entries will be posted on the site. If you didn't win, don't worry! Another contest will be starting very soon!
  • Matthew R. from Massachusetts.
  • Nathan W. from Minnesota.
  • Alex B. from Portland, Oregon.
  • Sean H. from Ohio.
  • Michael H. from Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Bryce H. from New Hampshire.
  • Shaun S. from Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Andrew B. from Georgia.
  • Michael L. from Florida.
  • Tommy M. from California.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Eye Candy: Craig Malozzi

The folks over at YVY magazine have sent us some pics of model Craig Malozzi in his underwear shot by photographer Kristopher Kelly. The long johns are from Hugo Boss. Enjoy.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Guest Review: Cue Underwear

The following is a guest review from Ryan. He also reviewed the Tactics thong and Magic silk thong for MUB a while back. Let us know what you think of his guest review. And yes, the photos are of Ryan.
It isn't often that I get free undies simply for asking, so I was pretty excited to get some recently from a relatively new company based in Malaysia called Cue Underwear. They make a "hip brief" style, and a "trunk" style, both in a 90/10 cotton/elastane blend fabric, and were gracious enough to send me a sample of each.

First, the brief. The first thing you notice when you take either style out of the box is the V-shaped waistband. The waistband is a generic bare elastic waistband, printed with around and around. However, the interesting thing is that it comes together in a V pointing toward your assets. Maybe it would look better on someone more in shape, with that enviable V that leads your eye into the depths, but it didn't do anything for me. So I proceeded to put them on, and the fabric is thin, but very comfortable. The rear on this brief is maybe what one would call a 3/4 back -- definitely not full coverage, but not too exposing. The only really strange thing is how the pouch is designed. They allow quite a bit of room in the front, calling it the "Cockpit". However, that room is all at the bottom of the pouch. Not being overly well-endowed myself, I ended up with a "wattle" of fabric under my assets, which was not uncomfortable, but not flattering either. All-in-all, a decent design, but not the best execution. Grade - solid B+ Would I buy more? I might consider it.

Overall Grade: B+ based on the following
Design: B-
Fit: A-
Fabric: A+
Construction: A

Next, the trunk. Like the brief, the trunk has a bare waistband in the same V shape. However, the big difference is the pouch. Whereas the brief's pouch was over-generous, this trunk's pouch fit me like a glove. It was very comfortable, and rather flattering, if I may say so. The trunk looks very small coming out of the box, but the fabric is amazingly stretchy, and fits nicely. While not specifically designed for it, this cut also made my butt look good, too. Aside from the slightly goofy waistband, this is definitely an A-grade trunk. Would I buy more? - definitely.

Overall Grade: A, based on the following:
Design: A- (just 'cuz of the odd waistband)
Fit: A+
Fabric: A+
Construction: A

So there you have it. Stay tuned for my thoughts on Cue Underwear.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Piado Contest now Closed

The Piado contest closed last night at midnight. We got lots of fantastic entries, it's going to be difficult choosing all the winners. If you didn't get a chance to enter, don't worry. There will be a few more contest throughout this holiday season, so stay tuned for your next chance to win! Some of them will require that you submit photos of yourself in your favorite undies, so get those ready in the meantime!

Friday, December 04, 2009

Last day to enter...

Today is the last day to enter to win the Piado giveaway. If you haven't already entered (or even if you have) make sure you do it now because today is your last chance. Contest closes tonight at midnight EST. We already have quite a number of entries, so make sure you make yours creative so it stands out and you might just win yourself some Piado. You can find more details here. Good luck!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

New Christmas Range from aussieBum + Free DVD with purchase

aussieBum just released their Christmas line featuring fun holiday prints like Frosty (shown in brief style above) and Rudolph (shown in hip style below). The styles include briefs, hipsters, and long legs so take your pick and gear up for this holiday season with holiday-inspired undies from aussieBum. Also, for a limited time only while supplies last you can get a free DVD with footage from photo shoots, etc. with any purchase from aussieBum. Just another reason to celebrate this holiday season!

Reduced prices and free condoms at Smuggling Duds!

For a limited time the Stash Pocket boxer shorts will be available for just £9.99 - that's £5 savings. In USD that's about $16. Smuggling Duds is also giving away free Durex condom packs with every underwear order in their new promotion to help encourage safe sex in a fun manner. So go check it out, this offer won't last forever.