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Swedish calendar men show the full monty

Published: 31 Jul 2009 15:20 GMT+02:00

Inspired by films such as "Calender Girls" and "The Full Monty" the group of self-deprecating, mostly portly middle-aged men, wanted to mark the occasion by doing something a little different than the more traditional hunting and fishing calendars.

"We are all in our fifties and sixties and all a little thick around the waist, but we were just having fun with it," Christer Eriksson, Mr. June and the driving force behind the calendar, told The Local on Friday.

He explained that a calendar put out last year by a group of hunters in Jutis, a small community in the mountains of northwestern Sweden, also emboldened the men of Arvidsträsk to make a calendar of their own.

Twelve volunteers were hastily assembled among the organizers of the Arvidsträsk annual fishing event and each was assigned a month of the year to bare all under the adoring eye of local photographer Arvid Tuuri's camera.

"Recruiting people was actually the easiest part. Maybe there's more pressure when you're 25 and in good shape, but when you're over 50 and have a big belly, no one really minds," Eriksson explained.

The calendar features the models in various outdoor poses, from riding snowmobiles to fishing in the midnight sun. Seasonal variations in the far north of Sweden can be large and several of the burly beauties had to overcome the elements to perform.

"It was really cold. But we had a lot of fun."

The calendar has been sponsored by local firms in the small community around Älvsbyn which is just over 140 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle.

Christer Eriksson told The Local that there has been a lot of interest in the calendar and since its launch in June almost 400 copies have been sold.

The local tourist office in Älvsbyn confirmed that they have had a number of calls from people all over the country wondering where they can get their hands on it.

"I reckon people think it is bit fun, especially as it is a gang of middle-aged old fogies," Kristina Ekvall told The Local on Friday.

While the calendar is mostly a bit of fun, the group has decided to donate 10 percent of the revenues to Älvsbyn women's refuge and a further 10 percent will be given to research into prostate cancer.

When asked by The Local if any of the men saw a future for themselves as models, Christer Eriksson replied:

"You never know, some of the pictures look pretty good. We’ll see what happens."

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

00:10 August 1, 2009 by geermich
I'd like to buy a calendar. How could I do this?
03:03 August 1, 2009 by The Lix-a
fat rednecks on theyre snowmoblies i see enough of em here, i certainly dont want to see theyre ugly hairy flesh. Oh dear!!

Im just glad i probably wont ever look like this myself.
21:11 August 1, 2009 by MorbidMiss
I wasn't going to comment, but then I changed my mind.

These people do not exist to arouse you. The calendar was meant to be in a spirit of fun, not erotica. Even aside from that, who cares if they are fat or hairy. They are not propositioning you.

To me this is just some happy old men out in nature taking part in their hobbies. They also happen to be naked. It is not sexual.
02:34 August 2, 2009 by The Lix-a
who said anything sexual or erotic not me. That picture just reminds me of most of the old ish geezers in my town.
03:47 August 2, 2009 by GlowofElectrum
What's wrong with people they actually think they have something meaningful to humanity so as to pose nude? Is it really any mystery how a fat man looks? They should be ashamed.
10:11 August 2, 2009 by Farmer
I love these things! How can I get a copy? Our local firemen made a calendar such as this and it was a great hit. Unfortunately difficult to actually obtain the calendar due to either lack of adequate advertising regarding where to get one, or else they did not print enough of them.... These are a great and fun way to raise money in the community.
11:15 August 2, 2009 by byke
Does it contain any photos of a slightly disillusioned fish ?
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