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Introducing the Tumblr boy turning gay sex into Art

Words by Marvin Maddix

 

Carlos del Angel is a 20yr old College Student & Receptionist by day and Blogger by night. The blogger who prefers to be referred to as Angel, you might have seen pop up on your Tumblr feed is now challenging the ideas of Sex with his new pictorial book titled “Sinful”.The book features bare-all images of the blogger and leaves nothing to the imagination and can be seen as a homage to homoeroticism but we talk to the “Artist” not just about why, but his sex life, Tumblr fame but also Art, Inspiration and what it means to be a Gay blogger.

 

Name: Carlos del Angel (no, that’s not a Lana Del Rey reference, that’s the name on my birth certificate. I just go by Angel though)

Age: 20

Occupation: College Student & Receptionist by day, Blogger by night.

Sexual Preference: Gay

Sexual position: Vers.

Life Moto: Don’t take life too fucking seriously.

What would you classify your job role as?

I’m a college student first and foremost. I live in the campus dorms, so I can’t really escape school even if I wanted to. I also work part-time as a receptionist at one of the offices at my school. I like my job, mainly because I like wearing business attire (very Men at Play). Besides that, I’d say the internet is my occupation. I’m a blogger and an activist for LGBT and racial issues. I like taking photos and making youtube videos. For now, that’s pretty much what my daily life consists of.

We know you’re very popular on Tumblr, how did this come about?

I have had my tumblr account since 2010, so if I didn’t have some kind of popularity by now it would be a little embarrassing. It took a long time for me to start gaining a following. I’d say it started around late 2014 or early 2015 when I first turned 18. I started taking photos of my body as a way to boost my confidence, and people enjoyed what I was doing. I started experimenting with lighting and began creating images that I thought looked beautiful, which in turn made me feel beautiful. Messages started flooding in from other people about my work, saying that it helped them become more confident in their bodies too. People with similar body issues like mine (i.e. non-muscular physiques, stretch marks, uneven skin tones, etc..) related to my photos and felt more attractive because the features they were ashamed of were now being showcased in a more positive light. I’m also very raw on tumblr, in that I share my thoughts and emotions very often. I share my happiest feelings/experiences, as well as my most tragic. I often times talk about important issues that are going on in the world, usually based on the LGBT community and racial inequality. I think my followers really appreciate that. It’s like “here’s my body, but don’t forget I also have a brain”. I used to have a larger following on my old instagram account before its deletion last year, so that also helped my tumblr gain some more exposure at first. Tumblr is my biggest platform right now and I’m grateful for all of the love I get on there.

What made you initially want to share sex driven images?

My images have never really been about sex before my most recent project. I have always been inspired by homoeroticism in photos and films. That’s why I love 80’s teen movies so much – there are so many boys in crop tops and jock straps. It’s all very teasing and suggestive. I like teasing. Bruce Weber is one of my favorite photographers because he knows how to capture male beauty in the most homoerotic way but still make it stylish and elegant. James Bidgood is a photographer I didn’t discover until long after my purchase of colored lighting, but his “Pink Narcissus” project is one of the most magnificent examples of homoeroticism I have ever seen. I always get flattered when people ask if my work was inspired by his. So, to answer the question, I first dove into more sexual images for my new ebook because I wanted to push the bar and take my work a little further, but before that, my images were always just meant to present the male body in a colorful, elegant, and beautiful light, while also promoting body confidence in both myself and those who follow me. I’d say I like being erotic more than I like being sexual.

How have sites like Tumblr helped you develop your sex life?

I would say they had no part in it. Besides boosting my confidence due to all the positive attention my work gets, Tumblr hasn’t really helped develop my sex life. I don’t have a hyperactive sex life – at least not the kind I think people would expect. I’m the type of person who can’t have sex with someone unless I have feelings for my partner. If I have no feelings, then there is no passion, and sex without passion doesn’t sound enjoyable to me. I’ve truly only been intimate with one person in my entire life. I met him when I was 17 (going on 18) and he was my first sexual experience. We stopped talking for a while after our first few encounters due to some unfortunate circumstances. I then moved from Texas to Florida, and I got involved with other boys, though never in a physical sense. When I came back home from Florida last summer, him and I reconnected. He was going through heartbreak, and I was too. Fast-forward to today, and we’re now college roommates who, coincidentally, love each other very much. He’s my best friend. We’re working on developing a healthy relationship in the future, so we aren’t really official. We’re both trying to focus on ourselves while in school, and trying to get to know each other so when we are ready to commit to each other, we’ll have a stronger bond. But our sex is great. There are a lot of pros to living with the person that turns you on the most. He’s featured in my new ebook too, at least, a part of him is…

What do you fantasise about?

Sexually, I have a vivid imagination. I can come up with so many scenarios in my mind that turn me on. I’m a very visual person. I enjoy aesthetics. I love ass a lot, so some of my biggest sexual fantasies involve jockstraps and rimming (not sure if it’s okay for me to say that). I also just fantasise about being able to satisfy my partner. Outside of sex, I fantasise about a better world. One that doesn’t judge or discriminate or shame people for who they are or who they want to become. One where hatred is replaced with love, respect, and acceptance.

We know you’re very liberal, what is your stance on gay sex or sex in general?

I think sex is beautiful. Mostly when done with someone you adore. Sex to me is most special when done safely, with full consent, and lots of communication. It’s a taboo subject, but I feel like it shouldn’t be.

“SINFUL” Courtesy of Carlos del Angel

Your new book, Sinful, tell us about it?

“Sinful” is my third photo-book. My first one was titled “ANGEL” and it was the most personal. It showcased a lot of homoerotic images of my body, but it also had self-portraits, photos I had taken of symbolic locations, and I actually wrote a bit in it as well. Initially, the goal of that project was to put all of my photos in one place so I could have them in the future, since “ANGEL” was actually a printed book that was sold/shipped through my blog. I’m most proud of that project because it promoted body positivity, and discussed the importance of the desexualization of nudity, as well as other issues that matter to me. “Untouchable” was my second book, which was exclusively digital. That project came about because I was always getting messages on tumblr from people who wanted to buy my nudes (it’s rare that I ever show my cock on the internet). Every time I would get those messages, I didn’t know what to send them or how much to charge, so I got an idea: put my favorite nudes from my private collection into a book and sell it digitally. It worked. People loved it. And they wanted a sequel. “Sinful” is that sequel. This time, I listened to what my followers wanted to see, hence why it’s a lot more sexual than my first two projects. It’s naughty and slutty. But I had a lot of fun with it, and from what I’ve heard, the boys really love it.

There are drops of bondage in SINFUL is this something that interests you or more on a visual prop?

I think bondage is interesting. I’d say I’m more into the visual aspect of it. I’ve been obsessed with leather chokers and harnesses since I first discovered Gianna Versace’s 1992 FW ready-to-wear show titled “Miss S&M”. The entire collection is black leather, gold hardware, and fishnets. It was sexy. It was erotic. It was described as being very “look but don’t touch”, which is a phrase people tell me comes to their mind when they get to know me. I think bondage-wear is sexy and stylish at the same time. I do plan on experimenting some more with bondage in my sex life in the future. Getting spanked and played with while wearing nothing but a leather harness sounds pretty hot to me.

Despite the obvious, why the name SINFUL?

I chose the name “Sinful” because when I was thinking of what theme I wanted to go with for this project, the color red kept coming to mind. The release date was scheduled for Valentine’s day, so I knew red roses and vivid shades of the color red, in general, were going to be a major part of the aesthetic. Red is a color I associate with sin and sex. However, as I started putting the book together, I thought the name also fit because I would like to live in a world where nudity and sex were normalized and no longer shameful. So, the name “Sinful” became a commentary on the idea that there really is nothing sinful about it. Everybody has a naked body underneath their clothes, most people I know like to take nudes, human beings naturally want to feel sexy, and everybody has sex at some point in their life. These are normal feelings and activities that shouldn’t be considered sins. I kept thinking of what a lot of the adults in my life would say if they ever stumbled upon my work. It would probably be something along the lines of, “look at this, it’s positively sinful”. I’m here to tell you it’s not.

How did the idea come about to sell it?

As I mentioned, I would often receive messages from men who wanted to purchase nudes from me. They wanted exclusive nudes that showed more than what I post on tumblr. So, one day I got a call from Financial Services at my university saying that my financial aid didn’t cover part of my tuition and I owed them money. I needed to pay it by the end of the month or I would be dropped from my classes. Being the broke college student that I am, I didn’t have any fucking money to pay that. So I brainstormed, and that same day I put together the “Untouchable” ebook and posted it online. I figured it was better than starting a gofundme account or asking for donations. I set the price to $60 at first because I didn’t want my personal nudes to be so easily available and if anyone was going to leak them, I figured they would have to pay a pretty penny for them first. I didn’t expect to sell much, but let’s just say I was wrong. I managed to pay Financial Services their money later that week. I thought that would be the end of it, but people who purchased the first one seemed to really want a second installment. So I gave it to them.

What are you going to college to study?

I’m undecided right now. I’m just getting my general education courses out of the way before I decide on a major. I still have a good year before I have to commit. I’d love to go into photography or cinematography, but I may have to just choose a boring one like Sociology or Political Science… who knows. I have a lot of passions, so deciding on just one thing will be difficult. My dream job would be a mix of being a movie director, actor, photographer, fashion designer, musical artist, journalist, and a part-time model (if I ever get that nose job). I just want to create content through multiple mediums. Part of me is thinking I should’ve gone to Central Saint Martins when I had the chance. We’ll see what happens.

Do you feel you are selling sex or art?

I guess that depends on what some people would consider art. To me, sex and art go hand-and-hand. True art is supposed to invoke emotion. It is supposed to move you, make you think, interest you, and help you escape reality. Sex does all of those things. I’ve been told that my photos invoke feelings of lust and desire, but also feelings of self-love and acceptance. That’s artistic enough for me.

We can see images get really raunchy as the book develops are you worried about putting completely uncensored images out for the web to see?

Part of me is worried. But only because I don’t want to be defined by those images. I’m not a pornstar. I’m not promiscuous or overtly sexual. There is nothing wrong with those things, I commend those who are, but that’s just not me. I like photography. I like promoting beauty and confidence and creating images that make people feel good. I don’t want what I do to be seen as dirty or shameful because it isn’t. It’s just a part of life. It’s a part of growing up and exploring one’s self. The content I put on tumblr is different from what is present in “Sinful”. My new ebook is fantasy, and it’s exploring a side of me that I don’t always show. However, I’m not embarrassed of my work. If someone were to post my images all over my school, I would probably start passing out discount codes for people to buy it. I don’t consider any of my images as being raunchy. Compared to some of the things I see on the internet, my nudes are tasteful and honestly really pretty in my own opinion. I’m proud of my photos and it makes me so happy to hear that people enjoy them and can see their deeper meanings besides just being arousing.

Have you ever been recognized for your images in real life?

Yeah, I actually have. Once to be exact. I looked like shit one day after class and I really wanted a milk shake. I went to this burger place by my university, but the drive-thru line was really long so I went inside. As I’m waiting in line, the cashier is looking past the customer he’s helping and is basically just staring at me the entire time. I get stared at a lot in public so it didn’t really phase me. I walk up to place my order and he’s a cute, slim, pale guy who looked about 20 years old. I’m like “yeah can I get a chocolate milkshake please, that’s all.” He responds, “of course……(long pause)……. my boyfriend and I love your photos, they’re very body positive and we love your blog, I didn’t know you were from around here.” I honestly didn’t know what to say. It took me a moment to process that this boy had seen my penis. And so had his boyfriend. They had both seen my dick and my ass, and they…. loved it. I just said thank you, apologized for my messy appearance, grabbed my milkshake and got the fuck out of there. He was sweet, though. It was just unexpected and caught me off-gaurd. I do get a lot of messages on tumblr from people saying they see me around campus but they’re too afraid to come up to me. Maybe in the future I’ll be recognized more.

Whats next for you?

Right now I’m promoting “Sinful” and trying to keep up with my studies. I’m for sure going to keep blogging and taking photos like I always have. I’m also working on more YouTube videos and expanding my audience. My channel is small right now and I haven’t found my niche yet but my supporters seem to enjoy seeing me share my life through vlogging too. I’m hoping I’ll be able to save enough money to buy some actual professional photography equiptment since all I use right now is my iPhone 7. I’d like to collaborate with other artists in the future as well. I just want to keep creating content that people will enjoy and see where it takes me. I have a lot of ideas, things to say, and a lot left to create. So I’m hoping this year will take me one step closer to making my dreams come true. Thank you so much for your interest in my work and for this opportunity. I appreciate it so much.

 

 

You can Shop all Angel’s books here. Follow Angel on his new Instagram page Here.

 

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