Or as the French say, bonjour le monde! Kicking the week off with some new(ish?) Tom mercier photos -- they are indeed new (via this magazine interview here) but they're pretty similar-looking to the shoot Tom did for VMan magazine last fall when We Are Who We Are was coming out (seen here and here) -- I'm sure it's the same photographer but don't make me look such a thing up please, it's a Monday morning. My fragile state couldn't take that useless effort. Anyway! Here's a quote from Tom in the new interview:
Q: Synonymes had a certain homoerotic background, while We Are Who We Are is clearly queer, does Tom Mercier see himself in the future as a gay icon?Tom: Being accepted by a community is rare. Communities can be sometimes very close, so being able to be a part of a community is great. Due to the way I have of expressing myself, I don’t feel part of the gay community as a gay person and I never intended to be a gay icon. I would never decide to become an icon, that is something you can’t decide.
Set aside the magazine calling him an "icon" -- I mean I think Tom's great, but let's not go nuts. Did Tom just come out, or did he maybe mix up some of his English? Curious, hmm. Is he saying "even though I am gay I've never felt a part of the gay community," or did he mean to say "I don't feel like I am a part of the gay community or like a gay person"? Am I over-thinking this? I am definitely over-thinking this. With all this over-thinking I could have looked up who the goddamned photographer was and been done already. Sigh. Morning.