Saturday, July 30, 2016

California Steamin' by Matti Klatt



Following on from Love All: Sauna or Later we have some more sauna threesome action but this time a boy/girl/girl set by Matti Klatt.




This comes from the January 1979 issue of Chic, Hustler's upmarket stablemate.  When Chic was launched in November 1977 it didn't feature any couples pictorials and it was only well into 1977 that it started to do so.  Over the next couple of years they started to appear regularly and sometimes there were even two in one issue.




To begin with Chic only featured full page or double page photographs, which gave their images a real impact.  However, it also meant that they did not contain as many images as, say, Penthouse's pictorials.




As we mentioned, in the Love All post, Triple P is not fond of saunas as he does not do well in the heat.  However, twenty years had passed from our first experience in Rome until our second one in, authentically, Sweden and I had forgotten about how unpleasant it was in the interim.




We had been invited to speak to a students' conference in one of the Baltic States about ten years ago and was very impressed when we arrived at the airport to find a car waiting and all our check in done in the car on the way to the hotel.  It was about eleven o'clock at night but being the summer was still bright daylight. Triple P was taken up to the rooftop bar, as we had asked if there was somewhere to get something light to eat and was introduced by my hosts to some of the students there.  They tended to cluster at tables according to nationality (they were from all over Europe) and we were shown to the Scandinavian group, as they all spoke very good English.  They seemed very impressed to meet me (much to our surprise) and one girl in particular, Swedish A (a prototypical blonde), was very attentive and friendly.  Well by the next evening we were both very friendly indeed even though Triple P was old enough to be her father, 




Anyway, we were travelling to Sweden quite a bit at that time so always made sure we saw each other when we visited Stockholm,  On one longer visit she took Triple P to her home in the country.  Expecting a romantic weekend we were surprised to find her mother (who was actually younger than Triple P) and her fifteen year old sister staying there. Still, Swedes are relaxed about these matters although we were wary when invited into the family sauna by A, before dinner the first day.  She insisted we both strip quite naked adding that towels were not necessary (exceptt o sit on) as we weren't in "prudish England".  It was hot but we seemed to be coping better with the heat compared with our previous visit to a sauna in Rome.





What Triple P was not expecting, however, was A's mother and sister to then join us in the sauna; both also completely naked.  Now Triple P is pretty relaxed about nudity but to sit with an attractive woman who was the mother of your girlfriend and her younger sister, when you had only met them a few hours before did feel quite odd.  Not because of anything sexual (it was too hot to think about that) but because Triple P was very conscious that he was not as fit as he might be at that point, and A's mother did triathlons (Ironman ones too, not those silly little ones) and didn't have an ounce of fat on her. While Scandinavians are used to seeing close friends and family naked in the sauna they don't usually do it with strangers so we think they were just teasing the Englishman! 




In Chic's sauna, however, the glistening bodies are all getting very tactile with each other and look nicely damp and shiny. Although the girl has her face between the man's legs there is nothing on show and apart from a couple of shots the girls aren't really displaying themselves either. This one  (like the shot of the two girls' busts) didn't appear in the magazine and is an outtake.




This is the only sex position shot in the pictorial but it's quite a good one as the girl caresses her friend's head while she is seemingly banged by the man.  He is resting his balls on the bench and may even have an erection which adds some veracity to the shot.




This is the nearest any of them get to kissing, sadly, but he does appear to be at least partly stiff in this shot.  So, quite a good sauna set with nice lighting and gleaming bodies. It doesn't have the passion of the Men Only threesome set, though.

To wind up our trio of magazine pictorials, suggested by the tennis girls in the sauna one, we will have a girl/girl tennis clothes set soon.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Love All: Sauna or Later by Fred Enke





I've been writing another post for The Chronicles of Triple P about our first real sexual encounters with a girl, which happened in the blistering hot summer of 1976.  Over that period, from May to August, Britain had its hottest weather for more than 350 years.  Just before this we had found our first copy of Men Only and it is from that issue, over forty years ago, that we present Love All: Sauna or Later, photographed by Fred Enke, who would die at a tragically young age less than a year afterwards.


Joanie Allum on the cover


Triple P was travelling to school on the train when some of his fellow schoolmates, bouncing around as usual, pulled up one of the seat cushions and found a copy of Volume 41 Number 5 of Men Only, in pristine condition.  We only had time for a quick flick through the magazine before it was time to get off the train but Triple P made sure he popped it into his school briefcase, as it was obviously abandoned.  





Studying it at home later we were amazed by the sight of seeing only our second lesbian pictorial, and our first three girl one, as these lovely girls got naked in the sauna.  It's not that naughty, of course, by today's standard but then was pretty much the apotheosis of our experience of visual erotica to that point.




This was, Triple P thinks, the best lesbian set Men Only ever produced (well, it helps if you have always had an appreciation for women in tennis outfits, of course).  A girl in a tennis dress, one in a singlet and shorts and the other, possibly, wearing a skirt and top (we don't see her fully dressed) and lovely, lacy underthings. We like a girl in a sun visor too!




The only other girl/girl pictorial we had seen, up until this point, was Woodstock Generation, from Penthouse in 1972 which Triple P's father had in his collection.  These girls were quite different from the gently wispy romanticism of that pictorial, as they positively devoured each other's succulent flesh. The lower half of the girl in the middle here  looks fantastic!




There was nothing like the nipple sucking shot seen here in that 1972 Penthouse pictorial, or the tongue play.  Unlike a lot of pictorials it does, basically, follow a chronological order with the girls starting off in the changing room and their clothes being gradually removed as they get to grips with each other.




Triple P liked all the girls in the pictorial, from blonde streaks girl on the left to the sweet faced girl on the right with her pale skin.  Most intriguing, at the time, was the black haired girl, who had a completely bald pussy (or minge, as we would probably have referred to it iat at the time). We had never seen such a thing in a magazine before!  How times have changed!




There was a lot more touching between the girls in this pictorial than there had been in Woodstock Generation as well.  We loved this shot of the girl cupping the other's lovely round bottom and the way the other two touch each other so delicately!




Girl/girl sets were really unusual in UK men's magazines at the time.  Penthouse had had a few, Mayfair didn't really have them at all and Men Only was just starting to feature a few as well.  In fact, they had another good girl/girl set the following month which we might post here soon.  Usually, in UK magazines two girls just posed with each other rather than there being any suggestion of any sexual goings on as here.




Best of all, this one had lots of kissing, which certainly wasn't always the case in these sorts of pictorials.  A fascinating (to Triple P at the time) photo of the girl's bald pussy in this one.  Lots of elegantly spread fingers throughout as well.




More kissing and some splendid nipple licking in this one as we transition from the first part of the pictorial, in the changing room, to the second part, in the sauna.  We have no idea who these girls were as we have never seen any of them in another pictorial, sadly.




Here they are looking nicely hot in the sauna and a nicely composed shot as one opens the door to the sauna to find the other two already lounging around provocatively.. Triple has only been in a sauna a few times as it is not an experience we particularly enjoy.  The first time was in a sports club in Rome and we had to get out after about five minutes as we felt we were suffocating.  We had never experienced such heat!  The second time was in Sweden about ten years ago, but that is another story




One girl is oiling up another while the third caresses her own breast.  Enke certainly got the girls arranged into some nice compositions in this one.  We love the gold chain around the waist of the one at top left. 




Here, again, he has them nicely piled up on the benches and now they are all nicely oiled up too.  We also like the towels on their heads!  It makes them look like delicious ice creams.




More nipple licking and the rather more unusual finger sucking in this one.  The girls do seem to be entering into the spirit of the thing, which is what makes it such a successful pictorial




More passionate posing here as the two dark haired girls straddle the paler one's trunk.  More kissing is in evidence.




The girls swap positions on the benches quite a bit but manage to keep in contact enough that you don't get the 'couple and a spare' scenario too much, that you often get with threesomes.




Another nicely composed stack.  The black haired girl has lovely, long slim legs.  This whole pictorial includes a great deal of tongue action.  There is so muck licking going on!




The last couple of shots are all about wet hair, sweaty looking bodies and, in this one an enticingly sweaty groin. A very suggestive shot this and effectively tactile as well.   You can almost smell her!




The final picture is a nice one of the rears of all three girls in what is a really excellent pictorial.  If Triple P had to take just one men's magazine pictorial to a desert island it would probably be this one.  Not just because it is a good set but because it also comes from a period of our life when we had our first proper sexual experiences.  Next, we will feature another magazine pictorial featuring a threesome in a sauna

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Four Seasons by Tsukioka Settai




Spring


While researching some Shunga pictures for our notes on Chapter 3 of The Lust World we decided to include a painting by the Japanese artist Tsukioka Settai (1726-1786).  It was from a beautiful set called Four Seasons, so we decided to post the whole set here.  These are not examples of the more popular prints but are luxurious (and expensive) paintings, done on silk which formed part of a scroll.  At this point, in the early Edo period, the tradition in Shunga paintings was just to include the figures with no distracting backgrounds (although these were included in prints, oddly.)  So here we have our copulating couples on a (real) gold background, with the artist focussing on the figures and their beautifully patterned clothes.

Initially, it is hard to see what is particularly seasonal about the pictures but preceding each picture of a couple was a painting of a flower which represented the season concerned.  Sadly, we have only been able to find one reproduction of one of these, in one of our books, but it gives an idea of the artistry that went into these pictures.  These are not illicit images produced by anonymous or third rate artists; the very finest artists in Japan produced Shunga images.  In fact, the most influential guide to Japanese painting, Gasen (basket of pictures) by Hayashi Moriatsu and published in 1721 has a whole chapter on how to produce erotic shunga images

The first image (top) represents Spring and the picture above is preceded by a painting of camellia and a branch of plum blossom, considered a harbinger of the season.  This is a painting of a virgin at literally the moment before she is first penetrated: her body  tense in anticipation.  She is young, as can be seen by her bald pubis, which, traditionally would mean that she was not yet regarded as an adult, which was fourteen in Japan at the time.  She wears the furisode, a robe with long, hanging sleeves which is typical of someone of her age.


Summer


The next picture represents Summer and the flower picture preceding this was of the summer flower, the iris, which also represents beautiful women.  The couple wear lightweight, semi-transparent clothes appropriate to the season.  Her pubic hair illustrates the fact that she is a young adult woman depicted in the throes of passion, his and her genitals wet with dripping juices.


Autumn


Autumn depicts a pregnant woman being taken from behind.  The flower before this picture was the chrysanthemum, the symbol of long life.  The narrow blue sash is there to support her belly.  This woman has her teeth painted with black gallnut which indicates that she is married.  The man's shaven head indicates that he is a samurai while she would have been, as was traditional in shunga at this time, a palace courtier.


Winter


Here we have the flower painting which came before the final image.  It shows a narcissus which represents sensuality.  The flowers were painted on paper, rather than the silk of the sexual scenes.


Winter


In the last image the couple wear thick, winter clothes and the woman is on top.  Not only is this woman also married but her shaved eyebrows indicate that she is an older lady.  The woman's passion is clearly demonstrated in her expression and her copious flow.  Settai was particularly well known for focussing on sex within marriage and presenting his female subject's sexuality,

Sensitivity to the changing seasons is an important part of the Shinto religion and many non-erotic seasons paintings, depicting such things as the same landscape in different seasons, were popular in Japanese art.  Settai's  series is also a journey through the ages of woman, as exemplified by the four seasons.  The intiial nervousness of the virgin, gives way to sexual liberation, the maturity of the mother to be and, finally, the emotional and physical satisfaction of maturity.

Wonderful stuff!