I was so lucky to get a full length shot of this celestial creature, Wigstock was so crowded that year, 1994. It took more than 20 clicks before I got one that wasn’t obscured by 200,000 queens in wigs.
Should it be included in my up-coming show “Black And White Nostalgia” at STRUT SF in July? It’s a photographic romp through gay San Francisco from the late 70’s to the late 90’s. Yet this image is from New York City.
Hasn’t every gay man in SF been to our bigger, used to be more expensive sister city at least — a hundred times? I’m leaning towards pairing this vintage moment with dozens more local classic must-sees from the same era.
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Pictured above: Carlos Cano, go go boy at the Badlands bar in The Castro, SF.
When Duty Calls
A famous go go dancer, King Scorpion, friended me in Instagram recently, so I reached out with a hello private message. He invited me to come out to the Badlands on Thursday, and Beaux on Friday to see him dance.
When duty calls, I must respond. I dusted off the ole Canon Rebel t4i and took it for a spin, to meet Mr. Scorpion in person, and to go trolling the bars for more friendly strippers.
Here’s a few of my favorites , browse 229 more images from this field trip in my event galleries, or click on the pictures:
San Francisco Badlands
I headed straight to the Badlands, and this is what greeted my camera. Quite lovely, smooth and delicious. It’s Carlos Cano, who also dances at Beaux SF.
More Carlos. The place was full but not packed right around midnight. The dance area was a bit elbow to elbow, but the front end had plenty of chill space to breath. There was no cover.
King Scorpion In Person!
Here he is, King Scorpion! A towering figure, this guy is pretty, umm, tall! All stuffed into a sexy little nothing, a pair of Nene briefs, which as you can see are also stuffed with ones.
He was super friendly, and super into posing for pics. Love the Super hat, btw.
King Scorion charms a few more tips from an admirer.
Gogo Bear At 440 Castro
Moving on up the hill and around the corner to 440 bar, I poked my head in for a beer and a few snaps of this popular bear hunk.
The smallish, hole in the wall dive was also full, but not packed. Never a cover here and great drink specials, especially the all beers $2 all day Wednesdays special.
The next stop was Beaux. It was packed, no cover charge. “My So Called Night” is their Thursday weekly 90’s and 00’s throwback video dance party. First drink just one dollar! Two for one wells until midnight.
Celebutante Bebe Sweetbriar, left. Gimme that handbag. It was nice to see her it had been a while. She does a kick ass Shirley Bassey, btw.
This wild fiddler, Johnas Myers, is quite the friendly frisk-a-go go. We’re Instagram pals too.
Chad Stewart, need I say more?
What go go report would be complete without Chad Stewart? This is my favorite go-go-Adonis of all time. Currently dances and bar backs at Beaux, for a while now.
I took so many pics of Chad he deserves a post all on it’s own. I’ve had my eyes on him for like, 5 years now. Look for more of Chad postings in the near future.
JC Events Presents “Picante” At The Cafe
The last stop of my go go hunting adventure was across the street from Beaux, “The Cafe”. Their Latin theme night “Picante”, was winding down but still half full at 1:15 am. No cover and two for one drinks all night! Look at the bird’s eye view of this fine hot tamale-a-go-go.
Thursday Night’s A Bargain In The Castro
Four bars in a row with no cover charge, drink specials, and hot go go eye candy. What an entertainment bargain. I wanted to hit the Edge, Toad Hall, Midnight Sun, The Mix, Q-Bar, and Moby Dicks too, but I can only spread myself so thin.
With all that healthy competition, and Thursdays being a bit slower than the weekends, I may have to make it my regular default night out.
Where Should I Shoot Next?
What’s your favorite gay club? Who’s your favorite male stripper/go go? What would you like to see more of here on Photojimsf.com? Hit me back in the comments, or e mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Of The Month Club
PS — This is my current favorite beefcake, male eye candy coffee table book on Amazon. Two hundred and fifty juicy pictures from Bob Mizer, the Hugh Hefner of gay publishing. It’s mostly his later work, when he was able to get more explicit.
Here’s another quick sneak peek from my photo shoot with “Thee Infamous J”. He currently go go dances at Q-Bar SF, and has also appeared at the Nob Hill Theater, and many other gay clubs and adult films. There’s more T.I.J. in the People Gallery at my Photo Gift Shop.