michael - nude artist

  • Highlight photo by Personal archive
  • Interview by Marcelo Gomes de Andrade
  • january 12 - 2020

Naturism or nudism , is a cultural and political movement practicing, advocating, and defending personal and social nudity, most but not all of which takes place on private property. The term may also refer to a lifestyle based on personal, family, or social nudity.Naturism may take a number of forms. It may be practiced individually, within a family, socially, or in public. Additionally, there is also militant naturism, including campaigning, and extreme naturism is sometimes considered a separate category.

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When Michael first uploaded a photo in the Instagram inbox of Bear Plus, I realized that he had a very interesting profile, not because of his beautiful ass that filled a lot of his profile photos on Instagram and yes the quality and places unusual that he was naked.

Michael who turned 30 last month is a man who loves to enjoy naturism and is proving able to show off his physical beauty without harming the social networking public, born in hot and hot Florida, currently lives in the city of Denver that lies in the state of Colorado where hell is very strict, wondering how he is able to be naked at a negative temperature.

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I interviewed to get to know a bit of this American who works as a Senior Sales Rep for Residential Home Improvement and speaks to our readers and followers about naturism and how they entered this wonderful and mysterious universe at the same time.

Bear Plus : Michael, are you adept at naturism?

Michael :I firmly believe that if I want to experience euphoria sans drugs, all I have to do is take off my clothes after a long workday. Post-shower, I find myself wrestling freshly-lotioned legs into a pair of jeans, muttering questions like, "Why can't I just live my life naked?" The thing is, I can, and some people do. Nudists and naturists participate in plenty of normal activities like swimming, camping and karaoke. The degrees of nudity vary—some people are naked pretty much all the time, while myself, and others reserve it for social events.

To be honest, life is much better in the nude. Sometimes it's easiest to define naturism by describing what it's not. A lot of people imagine that it’s this amped up sexual environment, like people having sex in the open or having orgies. It’s not like that at all. There’s a time and place for everything. Misconceptions about the naturist lifestyle can cause unfavorable responses from those who don’t understand what it’s all about.

When I post naked photos of myself online, I have to deal with sexual harassment, dick pics, and people assuming that because I’m naked I must be looking for sex. Naturism fits beautifully into a society that's increasingly open to the idea that "perfection" doesn't exist. Being a naturist forces you to accept who you to see in the mirror. I have accepted myself thus I am @thenudejew.

Of course people love to show off showing clothes, their profile is quite the opposite, showing only you naked, what led you to create your profile on Instagram?

Taking my clothes off has always been a natural talent of mine. However, the concept for my instagram profile started several moons ago during an off roading trip in CO. I’m deeply in love with romping over boulders in a 4x4 all terrain vehicle. Due to the elevation and the mass intake of H20, I had the sudden urge to “make the bladder gladder”.

Only this time, I dropped my pants to my ankles- I was in the woods and I felt free to pee. As I was standing there on the side of a cliff, calm breeze on my gentle bottom, I thought back to a time when I explored a nudist hiking trail in Oregon. It felt right to walk through the woods in such a natural state. Just as I was draining the well, my partner started taking pictures. At first, to be funny, but they were majestic! As we reviewed the photos she took, the idea of an instagram page started to form. That idea started to inspire more photo shoot locations. Day turned into night and just like that, @thenudejew was created.

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You say in your presentation the phrase "The best dress to walk is nudity" because this statement?

There are as many answers to this question as there are people who enjoy naturalism. While you feel comfortable without clothes in the privacy of your home, I feel comfortable walking naked outside. I feel like my complete self in the nude. That quote truly embodies the message that I want to share with the world.

You know, I learned recently that donning my birthday suit more often can help with a myriad physical and psychological problems. Being comfortable in my own skin is a very important marker for my emotional well being. It makes me feel free and that makes me happy. Because of the benefits that I receive from exploring my passion, I believe there should be no inhibitions when it comes to the human body. I just wish the US wasn’t so far behind the rest of the world’s openness to free expression. I guess my point here is that we were born naked, why not pursue what the body feels like in its natural state ?

What is the most complicated place you had when shooting yourself this way?

In the US, nudity is frowned upon in most places and almost all of my photographs were captured at clothes-only locations. This makes shooting complicated at some locations. Out in the woods, it's very easy to take a nude photo with no crowd. I’m not sure any random people have seen me out there. But in a phone booth, in a busy city, with people constantly walking by looking at my nude body, I can quickly lose focus. It’s also way more difficult for my photographer to get the right angle. For me it is not so much about how complicated a specific shot can be, it's really more about not getting noticed by the authorities and possibly getting arrested. I want to be free and nude, but it can come with high risk.

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What are your future objectives?

When you love yourself and take responsibility for your life, events unfold serendipitously. They lead you to awaken your inherent wisdom. But you must be willing to step out of your comfort zone and meet life with passion and fervor. That being said, my objective is to continue walking a fine line between the nudist culture while striving to become a public figure, showing people you do NOT need abs or big muscles to be proud of your body. “Be comfortable in your own skin and love yourself.” That is the whole premise of my instagram page.

I get on social media today, and it's worse than looking at magazines when I was growing up. The biggest companies typically only work with the most beautiful influencers and brand ambassadors with perfect bodies which tells the narrative that if you want to be successful you have to uber fit and sexy. Then people start to set unrealistic goals for themselves and that’s just setting yourself up for failure. Honestly, it’s nonsensical. I know it’s cliche, but the fact is that all you need is to just be your genuine self. That’s where you’ll find true happiness. That’s what I want to enliven in everyone that visits me on Instagram.

Do you have a boyfriend? Has anyone forbidden you to expose yourself this way?

I do not have a Boyfriend. I have a female partner who backs me 100%. There are times when she will stop me from getting naked, but she is the Creative Director as well as my Photographer. I trust her judgment. At first, the only pushback was from my family, but they now see that my way of expressing myself can be beneficial and inspires others to become who they want to be by letting their light shine just a little bit brighter.

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Usually social networks try to avoid nude photos, in the recent case is the social network Tumblr that lost followers after placed among the rules of the network the prohibition of nudity. What do you think about this?

There’s a valuable lesson to be learned here. Do I believe that my Penis should be swinging around on social media? Absolutely not. My page is designed for any mature viewer that may stumble upon it. I have nothing to hide, but I also believe there is a difference between nudity in its natural form and pornography. One is art. It’s creative and the closest thing to freedom I have yet to experience. The other is for sex, plain and simple. I don’t have a problem with people who want to express themselves through pornography, I just want to help show that there is a clear difference.

Are you interested in being in Brazil and if photographed naked in a locality, what would be the location?

Of course! I’m always looking for new places to express my naturalism. I’ve posed as the @thenudejew in 3 countries and 6 US states. It would be an honor to continue doing what I love in as many foreign places as possible. It’s the perfect excuse to get out and explore the world. I have a particular affinity for architecture. One of my ideas is to capture a photo at Teatro Amazonas. I can envision it now, being naked in the halls gazing out one of the ceiling high windows or even better, standing out front at the apex of the dual staircase with the entrance of the pastel building at my back. What a dream come true! There’s also Christ the Redeemer or Iguazu Falls, both are beautiful, iconic locations that I would love to add to my portfolio.

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