The Müscleheaded Blog

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Welcome to the new home of the Müscleheaded Blog.

My name is Chris, and I’m a mature, married, Southern power-lifter who likes to hear himself write.

I’m a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a graduate of the Brown Institute, and currently compete in Masters Strongman.

Snarky humor, vintage pinups, and weirdos in the news are just a few of the things I like ……

And I’ve been known to sneak all kinds of things in this here blog.

You really never know what’s gonna be showing up next.

So, my advice would be to subscribe, and try to visit right-regular like.

My blog theme is called ‘Dusk to Dawn’, and it’s kinda appropriate, since I’m usually here in the late evening/early morning EST.

a1It’s also rather androcentric and iconoclastic—

so, if you offend easily, can’t stand sexual references, or if you just hate men,

please take a raincheck on the follow, with no hard feelings.

I don’t consider masculinity a ‘persona’ or a ‘put on’….

— it’s simply how men are, and should be.

If you don’t like the way I express that,
well, that’s tough.
See ya.

How you read my posts, whether you want to take them at face value, or whether you want to look harder, well, I leave that up to you.

Art, if that’s what it is, always means something different to the viewer than the creator… so, don’t let that worry you none.

A lot of the art featured on the Muscleheaded Blog is vintage —

I like to collect postcards and published ephemera from the early 1900’s in particular….

….. and you’ll see a lot of my collection here.

If you want to know more about the Muscleheaded Blog,
you can read my post:  ” Just What The Hell Is It All About Anyway?

You can also visit my online gym, which features articles about fitness, strength, and gym culture–
at .

I love motorcycles–
my most popular post, on British Motorcycles, is here.

I also like to write about travel…
like: ” The Beaches of St. John, USVI

Do you like vintage pin ups?
Well, we have an awful lot of posts on that subject to choose from,
but you can start here: ” The Pin Up Art of Gil Elvgren ” —

or– ” The Sensual Art of Raphael Kirchner ” .

( There’s an index on that post that will lead you to a lot of other posts about Pin Up Artists, too. )

You can read what I like to call my best general art blogs:
The Art of Maxfield Parrish
“The Poster Art of Leonetto Cappiello” .

You could read one of my humor blogs like:
“Weirdly Radioactive “,
Misogyny and You
“Advice for the Hopelessly Hopeless“.


I’m thinking one of those posts might let you know what you’re really letting yourself in for.

lossecannonA loose cannon?


Hey, like it or lump it …

I never said this blog was for everyone.

Submissions are always welcome-

I’m trying very hard to make this blog interactive,

… and I love to get mail !

Please send them to .

I sincerely appreciate visitors, and enjoy reading comments to my posts.

So, jump on and hold tight…

The only thing I’ll promise ya is a wild ride.


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Elinor Wylie says:


“I love bright words,
words up and singing early;

Words that are luminous
in the dark, and sing;

Warm lazy words,
white cattle under trees;

I love words opalescent, cool, and pearly,
Like midsummer moths,
and honied words like bees,

Gilded and sticky, with a little sting.”  

Retro Views Of The Future


Jetson family, move aside.

Today we have some 
wonderful Arthur Radebaugh
illustrations from 1959 —

about what the futureflapwing
was going to be like
50 years hence.

I admit that I really
love the whole
retro-futurism thing,
for a couple of reasons.

( Having almost nothing
to do with my long-held
hope for a jet-powered
hovering motorcycle )


Sure, the ret-fut art
usually misses the mark —
when it comes to
future prophecy, anyway–atomic

— which certainly makes it
very fun to look at.

And even when they
are so, so, so wrong,
they usually touch a nerve
or two along the way.

Another reason has
got to do with
perspective —



By comparing our world
and the way it really isa1
with the world as it was
projected to become
in the past

gives us a fresh
frame of reference
from which to evaluate
whether we’re on the road
to an automated paradise
or just a high-tech hades.



Big advances in one field of
technology often (usually)
result in changes across
the board in terms of society–

— and this makes creatingcarcolor
good prognosticative

retro-futuristic art
even more difficult.

There’s also the factor
of what I like to call
otiologic invention —

In retro-futurism,
as in real-life,
we see a lot of devices
that would seem to
have no practical purpose —


— ‘advances’ and products
that don’t improve
the functionality,
livability, or usability

of technology, but
are still prevalent.sunray

They in turn change
what society ends
up looking like.

And there are so
many things like that today,
that nobody could have
possibly predicted–

— because they are
just so ridiculous.




Paying 3 dollars
for a bottle of
‘spring’ water –
that, in actuality,
came out of a tap
in Chicago….
for instance.

Those people in the past
woulda thought we were idiots.