These pieces are from a series I call: “Bromantasea, Bromance at Sea” and usually when people see them the first thing they say to me is “Oh it’s so… cute… Oh! I’m sorry, I didn’t mean that in a bad way!” It’s okay. I hope people think it’s cute, I do too. Maybe these pieces do tred close to a line of cartoon cutesy and I’m okay with that too because these sailors are having fun. Fun with preconceived ideas of gender and masculinity, fun with the idea of intimacy and fun with the perception of male hetero and homo sexuality.
No, these sailors aren’t serious. They are very playful and if that happens to come off as cute then good, that is kind of the point.