The only thing more impressive than the half naked men outside the Abercrombie flagship store on Fifth Ave. (well, and the ability to atomize Woods cologne through the air vents, turn off all the lights and still draw never-ending Disney Land-esque lines of sweating, panting Midwestern tweens) are the half naked men painted inside the Abercrombie flagship store on Fifth Ave. (see bottom picture). They, and all the rest of these greyish muscley gents shown here, come from the brush of Mark Beard's "Bruce Sargeant" persona. Bruce, a fictional relative of John Singer, paints almost everything to look like a homoerotically-charged adaptation of Chariots of Fire or a more athletically charged adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. Bottom line, though, it's all perfect for Abercrombie, which has given us a homoerotically and athletically charged adaptation of high school.
Images of all these Mark Beard and Bruce Sargeant paintings from the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY.
Shot of the Abercrombie flagship on 5th. courtesy of Noel at NYClovesNYC.blogspot.com