Last night I had the pleasure of attending a longstanding men’s nudist group called Men’s Naked Drawing NYC. This group helps guys of all shapes, nationalities, ages, and backgrounds come together to build their self-confidence, social skills, and artistic abilities. As someone who could use help with all three of these, I was excited to attend! This was my second time joining the group (the first was last week at a SoHo space). Last night’s event was held in a private apartment, hosted by a very kind and talented artist. 18 guys showed up, mingling with snacks and refreshments before the first model hit the stand.
Shortly after Lea and I conceived of the idea to create a network of pop-up naked events, all operating under the same general principles, we started to see that this exact concept has been out in the world for a little while. Just in the last two years, Nude Centre has functioned as a directory for naked happenings. Additionally, Shungaboy from Men’s Naked Drawing is starting another hub (nude) for people to find naked happenings. The idea is catching on, and this is wonderful! Just Naked will always have its own way of doing things (ever evolving, if we’re lucky). We look forward to collaborating with these urban naked pioneers to create a bunch of amazing things. If you haven’t already, please check out Shai’s nudecentre.com for (mostly male) naked happenings all over the world. Coming soon, we will be co-hosting Shungaboy’s naked men’s drawing groups though our platform (so happy to get more stuff on here for the boys). It’s a bright future!
As we brought out the hot food I realized that I forgot the falafel at home! Luckily, this would prove to be the only tragedy of the evening. We still had enough eats to go around (with coffee and dessert of course). We gathered in the main room, seated in a large circle, and I started the discussion. The topic of the night was a meta-discussion on nude events/spaces. I explained why we started Just Naked, our philosophy and principles, then invited folks to share their thoughts. We received a lot of valuable feedback for how to present our events moving forward.
Just Naked’s mission is to create nude events that look and feel like any other popular clothed event, but with just naked participants. This may already seem to be the case at a glance, but a closer look reveals important disparities. For this reason, the normalization of nudity is a priority to Just Naked.
I’m an immigrant, transdisciplinary artist, community maker, teacher, and creator’s counselor, dancer, healer and ritual maker. Basing my work in body intelligence; I combine arts, relationships and human awareness practices, ancestral and systemic focus, and the mystic to gestate experiences that outline our impact as the creators of our own lives, and put awareness on the dynamics that bind us to each others and to greatest intelligence.