Sunday, December 27, 2009

WHERE IS FRED?

     So, I want to know where Fred is and for that matter, who he is. Fred who? Why Fred With Tires of course. In the mid eighties, about 1984 I believe, Renowned photographer Herb Ritts created a series of photos sometimes called The Body Shop Series but more commonly referred to as simply Fred With Tires. Featured is a young, very buffed and very handsome man in greasy pants and shoes, no shirt and holding tires. The background is an auto repair shop. They are in black and white. Yep, that's it. But that simple set up turns out to be an iconic homoerotic collection of imagery that is many a gay boy's erotic wet dream. Boy, howdy!
      Here is an article by HerbRitts about the shoot:
     'Each time I did assignments or editorials, I realized that I wanted to do something more. I saw that it wasn't just about the clothes. Starting in 1984, I had an assignment for Franca [Sozzani], for a magazine called Per Lui, which was the counterpart of Lei. Lei was the most forward magazine in the early eighties, and it was because Franca was so great in encouraging everyone. I did a story called "The Body Shop", which is where Fred with Tires emerged from. Franca had sent these really hideous raincoats, and I just hated them. I had hired an editor, a freelance named Michael Roberts, who now works at the New Yorker. We ended up going to Western Costumes and getting vintage jeans and overalls. We decided to do the body shop story at a greasy gas station. It was great fun. We turned in the pictures, and Franca almost had a heart attack. But she ran it, and it was a huge success. I still don't know why it happened. It was just one of those honest pictures. I remember when we were shooting it. Poor Fred, who was a student, had to swing these heavy tires around, and at one point he was so tired he just turned around and stood there. It was the last frame of the shoot.' -- Herb Ritts
      But I have not been able to find anything out about Fred. I did run across one bit that said he was a mechanic working in a small desert town and Herb Ritts just happened across him. But the above bit tells us that was just a fantasy.  So where is he now? Did he go on to do anything else in the way of modeling? What is he up to? And most importantly.....are there any nudes of him around. I'd love to run them.
     Here for your enjoyment is the most famous of the series which I have posted before.
And while we're at it, a couple more from the series.

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