Haikus For Hotties 2018 Calendar
From the makers of Haikus With Hotties and Haikus On Hotties, comes Haikus For Hotties. This time, you can join in on the fun.
Yoshi as Keira
Peter: Scarlett Johansson
Anna is Tom Ford
Two years ago, we wondered if anyone else thought that a 2016 #HaikusWithHotties calendar (based on the non-award-winning photo + poetry series) would be a perfect holiday gift for your friends who need more Asian American male hotties in their lives. And the response was a resounding YES: Nothing says "I love you" or "Please don't be sad all the way from Thanksgiving through Valentine's Day" better than a calendar reminder that yes, hot men are also literate.
Last year, we wondered if we should just put the haikus *on* the hotties (#HaikusOnHotties). And the response was: Yes, haikus can be nicely photoshopped on the hotties' hats, shirts, Captain Sikh America shields and social justice posters.
What we've found is that Haikus With Hotties has become a fun way to highlight a variety of different types of Asian men doing cool things in the media.
This year, we invite the fans to participate in the fun and write #HaikusForHotties. We're declaring August Hot Asian Men Awareness Month (aka #HAMAM), and every three days, we'll share a new photo of a 2018 calendar hottie, and you'll have until the last day of our Kickstarter (last day of August) to submit haikus that you have written about their hotness. We'll publish our favorite one and give each haiku winner a free calendar!
The theme for our 2018 rendition will be "Cover Men," as our talented designer Amanda Lui will tranform each photo so it looks like a cover of a magazine: a nod to the fact that we sometimes see Asian men featured inside of these Hollywood magazines, but it's still rare for them to be on the cover.
SO ARE YOU READY?? Check out the video above (edited by Bethany Struble) to see the behind-the-scenes of our shoot with our official Haikus With Hotties ambassadors Yoshi and Peter Sudarso (actors/brothers from "Power Rangers Dino Charge" and "Power Rangers Ninja Steel," Apartment210, and Yoshi just got cast in the Singaporean spaghetti western Buffalo Boys) -- and our first female calendar hottie, ANNA AKANAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! (Check out her Netflix show "You Get Me," her memoir "So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister," and she just finished shooting the second season of her web series "Miss 2059.")
(photo by Nick Sutjongdro)
And here are our first 4 calendar hotties:
(photo by Michael Benjamin Blank)
Lewis Tan gained attention for his role as the villain Zhou Cheng in Netflix's "Iron Fist" and has become a symbol for the #AAIronFist movement—from fans who dream of a parallel universe where Marvel took a chance on an Asian American leading man when they updated the Iron Fist story and set it a modern-day diverse America!
(photo by Leo Cabal)
A favorite on the popular reality competition "The World of Dance," Keone Madrid has stolen America's hearts alongside his wife and dance partner Mari Madrid. You might also recognize the pair from the Justin Bieber video for "Love Yourself," and you've definitely seen his choreography for hot K-pop groups like BTS, GOT7 and VIXX, as Madrid is known as a go-to choreographer all around the world.
(photo by An Rong Xu)
Hot off a sold-out solo play in New York called "To T or Not To T" last month, comedian D'Lo is one of the co-producers of Disoriented Comedy, the "the first-ever [mostly] female Asian American stand-up comedy" group that tours the nation. You may also recognize him from roles in "Looking," "Sense8" and "Transparent," or his latest web series "Private Dick."
(photo by Nick Sutjongdro)
Ilram Choi is stunt performer who's behind almost every single contemporary blockbuster Hollywood has ever made. Think we're exaggerating? His credits include "Avatar," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Transformers,” “Star Trek” (where he doubled for John Cho), “Tron: Legacy,” “Thor,” "Maze Runner: Scorch Trials" (where he doubled for Ki Hong Lee), “Iron Man 3,” “Red Dawn,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and, of course, "Spider-Man." He was the key stunt double for Andrew Garfield in the two "Amazing Spider-Man" movies—and he was the fight choreographer for the recent "Spider-Man: Homecoming," which just opened last month.
Tweet us your haikus about all/any of these hotties with the hashtag #HaikusForHotties for a chance to win a special free calendar.
And please share with your friends!
Risks and challenges
TOO MUCH HOTNESS CAN BE BOTH RISKY AND CHALLENGING
With the help of WebMD, we'd like to share how you can handle such hotness in a safe manner.
"First, stop the burning to prevent a more severe burn." If the hotness is burning your eyes, don't stare directly at the hot men. Put on protective eyewear and take breaks in between each page to let your eyes rest.
If it feels more like a liquid scald burn: "Run cool tap water over the burn for 10 to 20 minutes. Do not use ice." (Don't get water on the calendar though. It's not waterproof.)
If your clothing catches fire: "Do not run: Stop, drop, and roll on the ground to smother the flames." (We've never heard of our calendars causing clothing to catch on fire, but we do get tweeted a lot of fire emojis.)
If it feels more like a chili pepper burn, like maybe you got too excited and ate the calendar: "Call your local Poison Control Center or the National Poison Control Hotline (1-800-222-1222) for more information about how to treat the burn."
Please practice hot man calendaring responsibly.
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