Hairy vs. Smooth - need your opinion!

  • starfoxNYC

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    May 23, 2009 12:22 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I'm in a band and we have a photoshoot next week for some promo stuff. Inevitably we will be doing some shirtless shots (there's nothing like nudity to promote yourself as a rockstar, right?) and I'm at a loss whether I should go smooth or hairy. Granted my torso isn't that hairy but I've had the similar results with both looks, so I figured why not just ask the masses / target demographic? You can go to my profile to see both looks or simply base your opinion on the pics below (the hairy one was taken yesterday; the smooth one a month ago).

    Thanks for your help!


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    May 23, 2009 12:58 PM GMT
    go with hair, it gives a more hard arse look while smooth looks.. erm.. as much as I hate to say this since I don't prescribe to the idea.. but.. smooth looks unmanly and for advertising to mases who aren't thinking that just wanting the idea of you.. you need to work to them people
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    May 23, 2009 1:20 PM GMT
    Hair! Morrissey would slap you if you shaved.
  • rnch

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    May 23, 2009 1:51 PM GMT
    as much as i lusually lust after hairy pecs and abs.....in YOUR case i suggest you go smooth.

    there just isn't enough body fur there to flaunt.
  • rnch

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    May 23, 2009 1:52 PM GMT
    P.S. try to slightly suck in your stomach when the camera is in action.
  • silverfox

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    May 23, 2009 2:33 PM GMT
    um....hair. You will get more attention icon_biggrin.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 23, 2009 2:41 PM GMT
    Well being a very hairy chested dude, I'm probably more inclined to pic that one... but...

    I think it gives a greater dimension to who you are.. nothing wrong with the shaved shot, but I do like the hairy one better.
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    May 23, 2009 3:57 PM GMT
    Go smooth for your first promo shots, then you can come back hairy for your second album ;-)
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    May 23, 2009 3:58 PM GMT
    Smooth, I dislike any UPPER body hair on guys.
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    May 23, 2009 4:02 PM GMT
    t_montana9 saidSmooth, I dislike any UPPER body hair on guys.


    this.
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    May 23, 2009 4:38 PM GMT
    Mosdef smooth broicon_exclaim.gif
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    May 23, 2009 4:39 PM GMT
    I vote for the hair
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    May 23, 2009 4:42 PM GMT
    I say smooth...
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    May 23, 2009 4:46 PM GMT
    I love body hair but ur not really hairy enough to pull it off so I'd shave.
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    May 23, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    OK, at the risk of sounding like a total bitch, I would say if you were more defined and muscular to go with the smooth look... but since you're not, I would suggest sticking with the hair (and yeah, practice sucking in your gut without making it LOOK like you're sucking in your gut... or perhaps simply wearing a shirt that is open to your navel and gives a hint of what lies underneath) Most of all, just have fun! If you feel hot and sexy during your photo shoot, it's not going to matter if you have hair or not... that hot and sexy feeling is going to come across loud and clear to the camera!
  • rnch

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    May 23, 2009 5:02 PM GMT
    upon reading my replies here; it appears that i sounds somewhat catty or bitchy.

    if so, i apologise, roux...was not my intention.

    i think u look damn fine either way. icon_cool.gif





    you look younger smooth, i believe. icon_wink.gif
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    May 23, 2009 5:11 PM GMT
    Hmmm, you're gorgeous either way, although I tend to like smooth more. Keep them guessing. Do some smooth, some hairy. I don't have a lot of chest hair. Sometimes, I leave it alone, or trim, or shave. Kinda like my head hair...hehe
  • starfoxNYC

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    May 23, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
    Thanks for your honest opinions guys, but looks like the jury's still out! I have until Tuesday to decide.

    I didn't think anyone was being catty... I mean I did put myself out there for a bunch of gay guys to scrutinize so I was kind of expecting it, lol
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    May 23, 2009 7:16 PM GMT
    Are you in a rock band? hairy
    or a boy band? smooth

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    May 23, 2009 7:20 PM GMT
    I'm trying to imagine Keith Richards and Mic Jagger having this discussion...
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    May 23, 2009 7:37 PM GMT
    rankoutsider saidAre you in a rock band? hairy
    or a boy band? smooth



    Yeah I was thinking the same. If it's more of hard rock you should stick with body hair.

    But if it's more of Pop rock then go with smooth.

    Then again I've seen a lot of hard rock stars go smooth...but they normally have that ripped/ built look kind of like, Fight Club.

    Oh just try a little of both, like a happy trail.

    Example: Brandon from Incubus

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    May 23, 2009 7:44 PM GMT
    Guy...really......hit the bloody gym. You would really look good if you had even a semi muscular build. Your frame could carry it. (Hey, I don't have the best physique either, but you would look 1000 times better with some muscle.)

    So to answer your original question, if you had a physique of any kind, I would say smooth. But as is? Keep the hair, and cover as much up as possible.
    Don't mean to be too mean here, but you have put yourself out here. That's how I see you.

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    May 23, 2009 8:05 PM GMT

    Personally, I think that smooth photographs better. There's a very good reason most male models are smooth.
  • starfoxNYC

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    May 24, 2009 3:35 PM GMT
    Well it's a nerd rock band so I perhaps smooth is better? It's a bunch of lawyers, in need of a creative outlet. What was essentially just something fun at first is on the cusp of going to the next level so I'm pretty excited. Also, we're going to be creating flyers for our house party on Fire Island.

    And I know it may not look like it but I do hit the gym daily, weight training in the morning and cardio at night (hence the reason I joined RJ in the first place).

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    May 24, 2009 4:56 PM GMT


    When I was hired by Epic Records years ago - we had this exact discussion about a few bands (at that time). The decision wasn't easy. And, we based our collective final answer on MANY criteria: age group of the band's members; physical attributes of each of the band's members; comfort level of each of band's members; target audience of the band; band's buying demographic; vision of the band's look and sound; and so on.

    More than 50% of the time (and that is alot) - smooth won out larely because the camera responded better to it regardless of the above mentioned criteria!

    Personally, you look 100% better smooth solely based upon the camera shots in your original post.

    Good Luck.