Quite often my ears would burn when my friends and even some of my colleagues would mention my name and receive the response, “is that the speedo guy?”. But this summer I have spent much less time than usual in the sun and as a result much less time in Speedos. In previous summers I would have been wearing a Speedo and spending long hot days lazing around the pool, marching down Oxford st or having shannonigans on the beach.
This summer it seems that Jock Straps have become the new crutch (pun intended) of my gear fetish.
The decision to swap my Speedos for Jock Straps this summer came for a couple of reasons. Firstly comfort and secondly I decided to spend less time baking my skin in the sun. From a comfort perspective discovering the cotton Andrew Christian Jockstraps have been one of the bestest, funnest (childish bad grammar intended) things to happen this summer.
I have always had the odd jockstrap but this summer they seem to have really gotten under my short shorts. The summer heat waves in Melbourne have meant that the cool breeze offered by an absence of material are a welcome feeling indeed. Maybe it’s the frat boy locker room fantasies (jock straps have never been big in Australian locker rooms), the athleticism associated with them or just the down right horniness of having but air between you and your shorts that makes them such a hit for me. And playing in them… well don’t get me started!
From a health perspective I am noticing as some of my friends are getting older, they have begun to show more and more sun damage to their skin. The Australian sun is some of the harshest in the world and we have one of the highest rates of skin cancer of any country. Many people comment on how good my skin is, and that has meant swapping sun baking at the pool for sessions at the gym. I don’t want to end up a leathery old hand bag before my time. I suppose it is vanity, but I hope it is a touch of common sense too. Lots of sunscreen and a good hat have become part of my regular summer gear.
I’ll always be a Speedo boy but clearly from looking back over my Instagram the jock straps are here to stay. Enjoy!