Homo-Erotic art has a rich history rooting from the days "Before Christ". Since then, homoeroticism has since dwindled to a niche audience. Even today, great artist like Michelangelo's "Statue of David" is seen as one of the best sculptures in the world yet, it is still censored when shown to the mass media. We, as a society, have a long ways to go to accept male intimacy and art.
But today we feature Japanese Artist, "Hajime Yamamoto". This artist is bringing back male sensuality and intimacy in the form of a coloring book. Les Garcons des Fleurs literally means "The boys of the flower" where he replaces pubic hairs with flowers to represent naturality and confidence with men. This book highlights many shapes, colors, and sizes. LGDF also highlights positive body images of all kinds. We had the chance to interview Hajime and below you will find out why we love him!!!
Tell us a little about yourself
My name is Hajime Yamamoto, I grew up in the Philippines and now living in Japan. I am also a pastry chef. I love to bake!! Besides art, cooking is my other passion of mine!
What project are you working on now?
I am currently working on the second volume of my book Les Garcons des Fleurs, and I’m preparing a new series and a new art exhibition for early next year so I’m very busy at the moment but I truly enjoy it.
Many of your art features flowers, what do they represent?
Flowers represent a lot go things for me. First, it represent nature. I entwined most of my artwork with floral designs because it elaborates how we are all a part of nature. As human beings, we need to protect it as it will protect us! I also love the fact that flowers are fragile and beautiful. Flowers also have many shapes and color yet share the same characteristic as we all are too.
How has your work developed since your beginning projects?
It develops immensely ..technically my lines and details are more finer and the more I meet new people through my art the more I’m inspired and try new things and style.
Tell us more about your book "Les Garcons des fleurs"?
LGDF represent all male body types and shapes! Just like females, we also have our insecurities. Through this I want to show confidence and positivity. I also want to show wonderful modern connection is, we all met on instagram after all. I was just drawn by the idea of how we all connect and share moments of intimacy yet we haven’t met each other, i think it's quite magical.
Where did you get inspiration for your book?
For me it was more like an idea, one time i was just reading an article about how we can relax and help our mental state through coloring book, so i decided to make a book that will shock yet inspired and make a statement. Then i made a coloring book of naked men with a bouquet of flowers.
Which models did you like the best on your book?
Oh that's a hard question, I have special connection with each of everyone. So ill leave it like that. Haha
Do you have any other projects that you're working on?
Yes, actually a lot! I’m currently making the second volume and a mini book called Les Garcons Des Fleurs: Full Bloom. I am also making the couples version of LGDF. I am also preparing for my next exhibition too, so a lot of things really.
What piece of art are you most proud of?
Probably from my second solo exhibition, its called The Equinox. I made it with watercolor and traditional japanese ink called “Sumi”.