The Porn Stache

Today and tonight: get out of the rain and enjoy the revelry at Bacchus. All Jack Daniels is just $6 and our well cocktails are $4 from noon until 8PM. Never a cover charge, always a good time. Join us.

Bacchus, the Roman god of revelry is classified as a satyr, and, accordingly, is associated with drinking alcohol, enjoying sex and other entertainment, and dancing. Today, we start a Satyr-day (Saturday) series. Each installment will focus on one unique aspect of gay culture, past and present. Today, we make a connection between the strong sexual desire associated with the satyr and the awesome sensual attraction of some facial hair.

A style of facial hair that resembles the classic ‘handlebar mustache,’ but is thicker and bushier on top, with no other facial hair underneath. Often used to (at least in the wearer’s intentions) indicate a guy’s ‘rugged’ or ‘manly’ nature.

For most of the 70s and early 80s, it was considered authoritarian and manly, and associated with cops, military men, and sex symbols like Burt Reynolds and Tom Selleck.

The trivial mothership of mustaches was the hairy horseshoe on Village People band member Glenn Hughes’ upper lip.

But people born in the 80’s and later came to associate the Porn Stache with their fathers and other elder men in their lives, killing its sex appeal for many and making it difficult for modern viewers to take such characters seriously. More recently, mustaches have once again become prominent in some circles, although it is sometimes associated with Hipsters.

Whenever a cartoon or comic shows a Gay Bar (especially if the series isn’t normally aimed at gay audiences), at least half the men will sport a mustache like this. During the age of the Castro clones, this was to some extent truth in television.

Nowadays, however, it’s no more popular among gay men than it is among straights, and its resurgence in the 2010s is still seen as hipstery even in gay circles. And, if you can sport one like this guy (below), all the power to you, sexy! :-)

Magnum P.I. is getting a re-boot with the sexy Jay Hernandez to play the title role. Will he get a porn stache? We'll see. :-)

Not to be confused with a Porn Stash (note: no “e” at the end). This is the place you horde your pornography. Heaps and piles of magazines, VHS tapes, DVDs and, if you’re old enough to remember, reel-to-reel tapes. :-)

Come to Bacchus today and enjoy Satyr-day: the booze, the music, the food and the fun. ;-)

JL