Michael Mejia creates living Tom of Finland characters By DREW ROWSOME 29 September 2017.
The gay dilemma in creating a perfectly fabulous Halloween costume is to balance unique and clever with showing as much skin as possible. Body paint artist Michael Mejia came up with the perfect solution when he transformed fitness models Anthony McDonough and Christopher Glebatsas into credible Tom of Finland characters come to life.
All the Tom of Finland iconic stylistic signatures - bulging muscles, pornstaches, big erect nipples and bulging bulges - now exist in living breathing flesh. The effect is erotic, startling, disturbing and just perfect for flaunting on Halloween (though the painted-on abs probably require a basic canvas beyond the ken of most mortal men).
Meijia is already famous for appearing on the television competition Skin Wars and on RuPaul's Drag Race. As well as creating art that lives and breathes, Meijia has a drag persona Unleashya and is a vocal activist combatting HIV stigma.
The good news is that Mejia is accepting bookings through his Facebook page for Halloween; the bad news is that he works out of LA. But even if his art piece is only taken as inspiration - both for costumes and for gym attendance - it is a work of imagination and homage that stuns and motivates. The only other complication is that after roaming Church Street in a costume so brazenly arousing, one will have to bone up on how to remove body paint stains from sheets.