Say Cheese…Cake, Starring Mike Ruiz

Say Cheese…Cake Starring Mike Ruiz

oil on canvas, 24″ x 18″  ||  sold  ||  purchase prints

Photographer Mike Ruiz is no stranger to a sexy pose. His high-impact portraits of Tinseltown’s finest overflow with raw sexuality, and he’ll go to any length to get the perfect shot. Just ask the contestants on America’s Next Top Model and RuPaul’s Drag Race, who might enjoy this opportunity to finally see the tables turned on the musclebound lensman. Well, their chance has come! In this pin-up scene, we find Mr. Ruiz squatting to take photos during a glamorous fashion shoot, and suddenly becoming the center of attention as his pants split down the seam, exposing his own rosy cheeks for all to see!

cheesecake boys series

The Cheesecake series grew out of my fascination with pin-up art from the 40’s and 50’s. It was a more innocent time (at least on the surface), and I love the elaborate scenarios that artists like Gil Elvgren and Art Frahm concocted in order to justify disrobing their subjects. A loose nail, a doorknob, or a brisk wind would all work in a pinch, resulting in hapless models accidentally exposing their unmentionables. I’m interested in exploring how gender roles were reinforced by these artistic expressions of sexuality. It intrigues me that it was considered sexy for a woman’s skirt to be ripped off before a crowd of oglers, while the male pin-up was only exposed when he wanted to be. Times certainly have changed! Men may have had a free pass on wardrobe malfunctions in the good old days, but my Cheesecake Boys are here to even the score.