Before you click on this link, you'll want to first make certain that you're not offended by beefcake soft-core imagery related to your childhood heroes or maybe your actual child's heroes (perhaps you have young'uns whose taste for repetition has burned every frame of every Disney movie into your brain). However, anyone who loves pop culture imagery that plays irrevently on famous characters in unauthorized ways can stay. I understand both responses. I'm not here to judge: I was once totally scandalized by a naughty drawing I saw of The Smurfs that a classmate showed me in Junior High. But now I tend to giggle like, well, an adolescent. I do things backwards.
Artist David Kawena has taken it upon himself to render several Disney's princes, heroes, and even supporting stars as underwear models. The results are pretty cheeky (pun intended). I love the mermaid tattoo on Prince Eric here to your left, although I think his bedroom stare is way too salacious. If you ask me, it's Ariel that was the horndog in that relationship (see my earlier Little Mermaid retrospective for more on that theory).
Hercules (above) makes the switch with the most ease because you know he'd be the David Beckham of the Toon Town set, he's so vain. But where is Gaston (Beauty & The Beast), his brother in vanity?
My favorite inclusion is probably Thomas from Pocahontas because no one ever speaks of him, but I always dug him as a supporting player. In fact I love that whole movie, naysayers be damned. It's so beautifully animated.
What's more, I always felt that Disney was sending off Thomas-secretly-loves-John Smith vibes. Smith didn't know it --it was kind of a Ben Hur/Messala 1959 type deal... only less risqué.
Whether you think this kind of art project is fun, hot, juvenile, clever, sleazy, too-gay-to-function or offensive, we can all probably agree on one thing: Mel Gibson would not approve of this drawing of his character John Smith.
Once again, here's the whole gallery (site is NSFW)
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