Whether you're small and lithe like an elf or round and jolly like the big man in red, the Bob Mizer Foundation has gifts with which to stuff your stocking this holiday season.
The past year has been one to celebrate, with our biggest announcement in recent history being our move to a new headquarters at 920 Larkin St. in downtown San Francisco. We've been equally proud to relaunch the Athletic Model Guild's flagship publication, Physique Pictorial. Our first issue, #42, picked up right where Mizer left off before ceasing publication of the beefcake magazine in 1990. Copies of issue 42, which went out in the mail in the early fall, are available for sale in our online store.
"The response to our first issue of Physique Pictorial in 27 years was phenomenal," says Den Bell, president and CEO of the Foundation. "Issue 43, which ships in the next few days, will include a photo spread of Mizer favorite Jim Paris, as well as features on contemporary photographers Terry Smith, Norm Yip, and Venfield8."
Perhaps one part of the magazine will be immediately noticeable to readers, however.
"We are debuting full-color photographic portfolios in what has always been a black and white format," Bell announces in an issue 43 editorial. "(It's) a goal Bob Mizer longed to achieve but never had the funding to accomplish."
Single copies of each issue cost $30 apiece, or you can purchase an annual subscription (four issues) for $116 in the U.S. or $150 outside of the U.S. Buy your copy of Physique Pictorial at our online store.
If you'd like to spend a little more on the ones you love, check out "AMG: 1,000 Model Directory," a massive collaboration between the Foundation and TASCHEN Publishing. The hefty, two-volume tome takes its inspiration from Mizer's 1957 1,000 Model Directory, a pocket-sized guide to the models he had shot in the first decade of AMG's existence.
"Sexy Books Editor Dian Hanson lent her time and talents to personally selecting the images that were printed in these books," says Bell, who, along with Hanson, has attended book release and signing parties throughout California. "The result is a real treat for the eyes."
If you prefer to watch your models galavant on video instead of the printed page, you can buy yourself or someone else a subscription to the Foundation's new video streaming site, Posingstrap.tv. Launched earlier this year, the site features dozens of black-and-white and color videos from the Foundation's collection.
"A lot of people tend to forget that in addition to being a skilled photographer and artist, Bob was a talented filmmaker, too," Bell notes. "His short films open up worlds of fantasy populated by cowboys, satyrs, wizards, and gladiators and are whimsical, wonderful and just plain sexy."
A monthlong subscription to the site is just $12.99, or buy an annual subscription for $129.99 (that's just $10.75 per month). The site works on both desktop and mobile devices, and new videos are added each month.
Still not enough? Our online store has several DVDs on sale, from explicit fare to wrestling to posing scenes. These are the original films that have been digitized and touched up by our Foundation staff members (what a satisfying job, to watch mostly nude men all day long).
And who doesn't love a sharp-dressed man? Our AMG shirts will add that vintage touch to your wardrobe, with replicated covers, retro advertisements, and even Mizer's subjective character analysis (a fun conversation piece for any holiday shindig). Fun accessories ranging from coffee mugs to throw pillows to phone cases will make your holiday shopping list complete.
Even if you can't decide which of these items to buy, you can always make yourself feel good by giving the gift of support to the Bob Mizer Foundation. Make a donation in your name or in a loved one's name anytime. Your tax-deductible donation goes toward the purchase of supplies to help us preserve Mizer's still images, slides, negatives, films, costumes, props and personal effects for generations to come.
Whether you've been naughty or nice (or, we hope, VERY naughty) this year, we look forward to your business and to see you in the new year as the Foundation continues to grow and raise awareness of Bob Mizer's work, his life, and his times.