When people picture calendar models, they think of 12 vaguely sexist photos of women in provocative poses—the kind of calendar hung up in a men's locker room or garage. This year a group of Hampden men are looking to turn that idea on its ear.
"We were sitting at Corner BYOB and drunkenly imagined a calendar with Hampden men on motorcycles," said Lou Catelli (pictured), who with chef Bernard Dehaene of BYOB and David Alima of The Charmery came up with the wild idea.
The idea was so well received that they "decided on two separate calendars: The Boys of Hampden and Boys of Hampden Gone Wild."
The Gone Wild calendar promises the men of Hampden topless to some degree.
Neighborhood businesses provided the models' props and clothing, and organizers decided to keep things local when the picked Hampden-based photographer Justin Tsucalas to take all the pictures. He shot the project in two days around the neighborhood.
The calendar will be available at most Hampden businesses starting Oct. 22, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Hampden Family Center.
As to 2017, Catelli confirmed that there will be a follow-up. "It's the ladies' turn," he said. "That's all I'm saying."