I Wish I Loved Something as Much as Gay Guys Love Posing in Front of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial

A couple of days ago, Jezebel posted about fashion blogger Pelayo Diaz, who shared his personal meditation on looking fly while visiting Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The monument, spanning over four acres and featuring 2,711 concrete slabs, is a popular tourist spot, even for those rocking Balenciaga and a hot-pink CĂ©line bag. More surprising: the growing number of gay guys who post pictures of themselves at the monument on Grindr. 

Thankfully, there’s Totem and Taboo: Grindr Remembers (via Heeb), a blog that collects the images of young men in deep thought about the horrors of the human existence while keeping the always-frustrating search for sex at the front of their mind. The mission statement for the site is as follows:

In an age when ignorance is prevalent than ever, Grindr, the latest most addictive gay obsession, has wowed its members in relentlessly promoting the memory of the holocaust. While the gay community is being under scrutiny for promoting hedonism and alienation, this tribute seems all the more compelling.

Totem and Taboo, our new blog, asks nothing more but to harness the vibrant blogosphere to Grindr users’ innovative maneuvers to keep the memory alive, fresh and attractive. Now, you gals don’t just stand and watch! Be the change you want to see in the world. We kindly urge you to join our team: Help us collecting pics of the spreading new trend. (NSA)

While I generally don’t advocate the publishing of Grindr photos (can’t these dudes look for fun in peace and without shame?), it’s somewhat nice to see so many people considering making tribute to the millions of lost Jewish souls. (Perhaps unsurprisingly, gay guys have been doing this for years!) Bless their hearts. Especially sexmusclebtm.

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Street-Style Sensation Pelayo Diaz Reveals First Collection

In 2009, we introduced you to Pelayo Diaz, the pompadour-coiffed fashion blogger better known as Prince Pelayo. The Spanish-born Londoner was also a budding fashion designer, receiving his first taste of fame for the DIY cross t-shirts he produced for the likes Henry Holland, Alexa Chung, and Rihanna. He was barely getting his sartorial feet wet as a student at Central Saint Martins at the time, but that didn’t stop a bevy of press and street-style photogs from following his every move. And now, as Diaz hands in his final CSM portfolio, he introduces his first-ever collection to the masses, entitled Nobody Knows.


Diaz’s aesthetic has always been a fusion of prep and edge, with touch of retro. For his debut FW11 collection, the designer salutes this concept by creating a womenswear line that blends feminine themes with utilitarian accents.


Looks are literally split between a hard and soft style juxtaposition, as seen in the half pink pleated halter, half surplus-style jacket above.


Regardless of how his own style evolves, you can be sure that his top-button is always fastened. With this collection, he offsets the discipline of that signature touch by incorporating provocative details, like a peekaboo cutout.

Diaz is taking private orders for his collection, and it will soon be available in select boutiques. See more looks here.