Meat zine creator Adrian Lourie joins his fellow meat boy Fannar Gudmundsson to DJ at the next Little Gay Brother party, deep-south, Dolly Parton themed do, The Back House! Known for showcasing regular gay guys in a pin-up fashion, Meat has grown in popularity, filling a gap in the market for men who like real men. We caught up with Adrian ahead of the party to find out more about the zine and more about his music tastes...
Who or what inspires your style of photography featured in Meat?
Well I guess it’s my love of men, in all their amazing and fascinating forms! I’m trying to show that all different kinds of guys can be sexy, not just those featured in glossy magazines and that they don’t have to be airbrushed into some form of unattainable beauty to be gorgeous. It’s a celebration of masculinity in all its forms.
What's the weirdest way you've ever sourced out a model?
Well I’m not sure I’d class it as weird, but I was surprised when François Sagat approached me about being involved, and more so that it actually it ended up happening.Whilst he didn’t necessarily fit in with the Meat ethos, he’s certainly an anomaly in his chosen career. We ended up spending three days together shooting in Paris and produced a special edition of the zine dedicated to him, which I’m extremely proud of.
Were you taken aback by the popularity of the zine?
It’s grown really quite slowly in popularity and it was good timing. BUTT had just stopped printing and there seemed to be an audience for something niche that was sexy.I produced something that gay blokes who were interested in DIY publishing and the thriving zine culture could relate too. However I’m constantly flattered and thrilled that I’m producing something that so many people respond so positively too and support so strongly.
You feature real, regular men, and it's insanely popular! Why do you think so few publications are showing these type of men when actually, there seems to be quite the demand for it?
I don’t know, but I like to think it’s changing slowly. However the media is still dominated by the desire to sell a lifestyle and an image of a supposed perfection. Even when ‘regular’ guys are used in fashion for example, it’s still seen as sort of quirky and, to me, a little bit token. I really love magazines like Fantastic Man, who are moving the story forward a little. However we’re still a long way off seeing a plus sized guy or a thin guy on the cover of magazines like Gay Times or Attitude.
Why is print still so important?
For me, it’s just about the whole experience of buying something tangible or even better, receiving something by post, in a hand written envelope. The experience starts with that. I sort of savour it like a ritual; the opening and exploring of something printed. I pour over it, I look again and again, the smell, the touch. I just don’t relate to digital media in that way, it doesn’t have that value for me. I think zine culture is the last stand for print media and it’s great that so many people embrace it either as publishers or consumers.
Can you share one Meat portrait that you love and why?
That’s so difficult because, looking through them, they’re all so important to me for so many different reasons. I think I’d choose the cover star of the next issue (meat eleven).Ben is pretty much the quintessential meat bloke. He’s handsome, down to earth and just a regular bloke who loved the zine and wanted to see how he’d photograph. He had something to prove to himself too and a great back-story. He’s got an amazing heart and a really fun spirit and he totally embraced the shoot. A week after I sent him pictures and told him I wanted to put him on the cover he was so happy he sent me a huge bouquet of flowers.
What's your fave type of man to snap?
They’re all amazing! Hahaha! I guess I enjoy shooting blokes who are fans of the zine and get what I’m trying to say.
How does Meat the zine translate into Meat Boys the DJs?
Well my friend and fellow DJ Fannar Gudmundsson and I started throwing quarterly parties to launch each issue of meat (originally at Vogue Fabrics and now the Royal Vauxhall Tavern) and he was always on in the line up. I started hanging out in the DJ Booth and we sort of just evolved into the Meat Boys. I took to the decks at a meat launch in San Francisco this summer and we’ve both DJ-ed the last meat 4 meat parties here in London. The crowd seems to like what we do and we’re getting asked to play at other nights now, like The Back House, which is amazing.
Given your penchant for hot, real and topless men, if you had a time machine and could go back to any dance floor anywhere, any when, where would we be setting the dials for?
Oh gosh, San Francisco in the '70s, without a doubt. I’ve spent a lot of time there this year and as a gay man you can feel our history in the air. It’s still quite a party, but back in the '70s at the height of disco and the Gay Liberation movement it must have been wild.
What's one track you'll be playing at Little Gay Brother to get all the boys tops off?
Well, the Matt Legg remix of Most Of All by Jody Wately and the Richard X remix of Method Of Modern Love by Saint Etienne are both doing it for us right now but I’d have to go with some classic disco and say This Time Baby by Jackie Moore. It's tops off guaranteed.
Visit the Meat website: www.meatzine.com
Join Adrian and Fannar aka The Meat Boys at Little Gay Brother Presents... The Back House on Saturday 16th November from 9pm - 3am at Dalston Superstore.