For years I have been one of the carnival faithful. Annually I would await the launch of my favorite band and watch with anticipation as the costumes rolled out.
The thing is, when the costumes rolled out, I would really be looking at the female costumes to decide which section to try for. The male costumes, for the 7 years I have been playing mas in Trinidad and Jamaica, has not changed much save for location of pockets and colours.
Almost literally, male costumes have been reduced to a choice of different colour board shorts. Costumes like the one at the top of this article are exceptions to the rule and not regular options.
To tell the truth, for the first several years I didn’t give a damn. I would have worn a suit if that was required to hit the road for carnival, but over the years I have started to want more. I think its time to start taking things to the next level or else it will get boring.
As an aspiring muscle man I think I would look pretty good in a costume that was more (or should I say less) than a board shorts. I work out regularly in the gym, (been working out for about 20 years now) and have come to accept that in a few years I will start my inexorable decline to a potbelly, socks and slippers. I want to go all out while I still have what it takes. Put it all out there for the world to see, for 2 days. If girls have wire bras and Tapasexo (still waiting for that to go mainstream), Why cant I wear something more appealing than a board shorts?
Of course some may say dressing in smaller shorts or spandex or the like may get you labelled as gay. Im nooooooo expert but I think its easy enough to separate straight from gay on the road.
I am secure enough in my manhood to not worry about what people say and there is enough space in carnival for both straight and not so straight to have their fun (more girls for us straight guys).
I think guys in tights still need to take responsibility though. Just as you don’t want to see 300 pounds of fluffyness blowing up a wire bra and G-string, no one wants to see a pot belly and have to wonder if a tights is under there somewhere. Also, you may want to show a bit more but PLEASE cover the family jewels up a bit man…for the love of God! What’s going to happen when a girl give you a wine that sweet you??
Generally if you are going to show off, make sure you have the body to show. Its not an easy journey but worth it in the end:)
To the majority of the bands! For too long we men have been marginalized. Do better! Throw us some costume options!
SO…for next year I will trod bravely into the great unknown. I will leave my comfort zone of narcissism in search of an even more, and greater narcissism (just for 2 days).
Lets see how it goes!
What are your views or comments?
Contact us at [email protected]