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From the makers of Haikus With Hotties, Haikus *On* Hotties. Help us make our 2nd annual calendar of hot Asian American men & poetry.
From the makers of Haikus With Hotties, Haikus *On* Hotties. Help us make our 2nd annual calendar of hot Asian American men & poetry.
From the makers of Haikus With Hotties, Haikus *On* Hotties. Help us make our 2nd annual calendar of hot Asian American men & poetry.
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Last year, we wondered if anyone else thought that a 2016 Haikus With Hotties calendar (based on the non-award-winning photo + poetry series from the publication formerly known as Audrey Magazine) 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.

Cover: Shannon Kook; Hotties: Eugene Lee Yang, Godfrey Gao, Randall Park, Sudarsos, Chris Dinh, Yen Chen, Saksham Ghai, Dante Basco, Freddie Wong, Hari Kondabolu, Daniel and Mango Henney, and Viet Pham
Cover: Shannon Kook; Hotties: Eugene Lee Yang, Godfrey Gao, Randall Park, Sudarsos, Chris Dinh, Yen Chen, Saksham Ghai, Dante Basco, Freddie Wong, Hari Kondabolu, Daniel and Mango Henney, and Viet Pham

This time around, a pharmacist friend of ours suggested that the only thing Haikus With Hotties fans might like more than a haiku exchange WITH hotties, is if the haikus were actually ON the hotties. 

It was an intriguing challenge -- one that we weren't initially sure we could deliver. So, we went back to our unofficial Haikus With Hotties ambassadors Yoshi and Peter Sudarso to see whether this was even possible. (Yoshi is an actor who plays the Blue Ranger in Power Rangers Dino Charge, and it was recently announced that he was passing the torch onto his brother Peter, who will be the Blue Ranger in next year's Power Rangers Ninja Steel. They also have a YouTube channel Apartment210, but maybe you know them best from this really hot photo of them emerging from the ocean wearing zebra and pelican floaties for last year's Haikus With Hotties campaign.)

After some trial and error, the haiku (From the makers of / Haikus With Hotties now comes / Haikus On Hotties) was successfully painted on their pectoral muscles and abdominal regions. And then we splattered paint all over them. Because poetically-speaking, we felt that the juxtaposition of the, um.... Actually, no need to give away the mundane details of our haiku hottie methodology, all you need to know is that it resulted in photos like this being unleashed into the universe.

 

Photos by Melly Lee
Photos by Melly Lee

SO WE'RE DOING IT! HAIKUS ON HOTTIES 2017!

This time around, they write one haiku, and the only rule is that it has to be about hotness. And we have to figure out a way to get it on them -- whether it's on clothing, their bodies or some other creative interpretation of Haikus On Hotties. Here's a taste of a few of the hotties and in-progress calendar designs that we have so far:

Photo by An Rong Xu
Photo by An Rong Xu

Actor Gerrard Lobo, aka the hot guy from Master of None. I know, I know what you're thinking: "No, Aziz Ansari is the hot guy from Master of None!" Or "Kelvin Yu is the hot guy from Master of None!" Yea yea yea, we know, but what we meant is the hot guy with the muscles.

Photo by Rikki Ronae
Photo by Rikki Ronae

Hottie celebrity chef Ronnie Woo, who you may recognize as the host of LOGO's Food to Get You Laid or as a contributor to OWN's Home Made Simple and Good Day LA. He also made an appearance on the FABLife, where he shares his recipe for pan-fried chicken breasts with Chrissy Teigen, and she, in return, makes him do his cooking demonstration with his shirt off.

Photo by An Rong Xu
Photo by An Rong Xu

Vishavjit Singh is a New York City based cartoonist, writer, performance artist and creator of www.Sikhtoons.com. He got his spark for cartooning post 9/11 tragedy when Americans with turbaned and bearded countenance became targets of hate/bias crimes. For the past few years he has been traveling across the US with his Captain America alter-ego armed with turban, beard, humor to disarm fear, anxiety and intolerance. He is ever ready to serve your community as long as you can offer him some gustatory pleasures.

Photo by Jeffery Andre
Photo by Jeffery Andre

Kenta Seki's abs can be seen often on his Instagram, where he strikes yoga poses in Greece, flexes on high bars, and shows you how to use one of those ab roller wheels. Kenta himself was recently called "the fitness word's next big thing" and "Jillian Michael's sexy protegee," and he can be seen on Jillian's docu-series Just Jillian as well as hosting his own Total Body and Core workout videos on FitFusion.com.

So that's just a quick teaser...

We have more hotties that we'll be announcing throughout the campaign. But you should know that we don't have ALL 13 yet (12 months + cover model). We still have about 5 slots left, so if you have strong feelings about who MUST be on the calendar, tweet Ada Tseng (@adatseng) to tell us "I need [NAME OF HOT MAN] @twitterhandlehere on my 2017 #HaikusOnHotties calendar. It is a matter of life & hotness! kck.st/2cn0HS4" 

Keep in mind though, even though Hollywood doesn't realize it yet, there are way more than enough Asian American hotties to fill up at least 8 calendars a year, so we can't get everybody.... but we'll do our best to pick a hot mix of 13. 

But we can promise that you, the fans, will have a say in how the final calendar looks, because once we have all 13, we will be holding a vote to see who your favorite 2017 hottie is, and the one with the most votes will go on the cover.

How to Support:

This time around, we are working independently, so we could actually use the funds to produce the calendar (whereas last year, we only needed enough money to convince our publisher to fund us). But this is first and foremost a project for the fans -- and all profits will go to support Angry Asian Man --  so we're being very economical with our budget and have confidence that we can put it together very simply WITH YOUR HELP!

The Kickstarter money we raise will go into 1) printing costs -- which makes up the bulk of our budget -- and 2) costs for labor and production (photographers, our designer, producer, editor, and, of course, potential props for the hot men to hold)

So support us AND more importantly, support Angry Asian Man, Phil Yu's award-winning blog about Asian America which he's been producing for the benefit of the community for 15 YEARS. Doesn't hurt that he's kinda hot too, amirite? 

 

Risks and challenges

Look, this is happening. So the only risk is that we won't make our Kickstarter goal, we'll have to self-fund, and we won't be able to donate as much of the profits to Angry Asian Man as we'd like. So come on, help a Korean American brother out. And don't make us do so much math, with the subtracting, adding and maybe dividing. Just fund the production costs so we can finish making the calendar and not worry about any of that. Plus you get a sticker!

As for all other "risks and challenges" -- for example, hot men ignoring/rejecting us and us having to contact other hot men; wondering if our "careers" or "public images" are affected by people judging our commitment to hotness when there are much more serious issues going on in the world; really wanting one of the hotties to do a photo spoof of those Carl's Jr. burger commercials (sexily eating burgers at the beach or while sitting on a luxury car) but having failed to convince any of them so far -- don't worry, we'll handle it.

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    Validation of Your Own Hotness

    As a thank you, Haikus On Hotties creators Ada (@adatseng) and Mai (@hellomailee) will tweet one of our hotties and tell him why he should pay attention to you (because you are so hot, obviously).

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    Hotness on Stickers

    Stickers of all of the hotties. We just ask that you please tweet us and show us where you stick them, whether it's on your phone, your laptop, or on your toddler's forehead while she's sleeping.

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    A 2017 Haikus On Hotties Calendar

    Plus a random sticker of one of the hotties! It'll be a surprise which one!

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    Haikus On Hotties + Haikus With Hotties

    What?? How did I miss that there was a Haikus With Hotties calendar last year! It's not too late to have Hari Kondabolu (Oct), Daniel Henney (Nov),and Viet Pham (Dec) on your wall for 2016 -- or maybe you just want to rip out Eugene Lee Yang (Jan), Godfrey Gao (Feb), or the Sudarsos (April) and put them on your walls as permanent posters. And then 2017, with the new calendar, your hottie needs will be covered.

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    2017 Calendar + Full Set of Stickers

    Stickers of all the hotties. Other places you could put your stickers: maybe like if one of your neighbors has a "Make America Great Again" sign in their front yard, you can cover the TRUMP with photos of hot men. Or if you didn't study for your calculus exam, and the question is "What is the limit of 1-x squared over 1+x to the third," just write "The limit of hotness does not exist" and put a picture of Kenta Seki.

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    Calendar For You + 1 to Casting Agency

    A repeat of one of our favorite rewards last year: your very own Haikus On Hotties calendar + we will ship a SECOND calendar to a Hollywood casting agency with a note telling them to cast these hot Asian American men in their upcoming projects. And if it's going to the Food Network, maybe an extra post-it note, suggesting that Ronnie Woo can be their first shirtless Iron Chef.

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    Sudarso Special

    A 2017 Haikus On Hotties Calendar + a couple of photocards of those Sudarso photos you see in the campaign that you can stick in your wallet -- like the ones that come with the K-pop albums! That way, if one of those nosy aunties comes up to you at a party, asking if you have a boyfriend yet, you can pull these out and watch her jaw drop when you tell her you have two.

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    Gift of Gerrard Gardening

    He's not actually going to garden for you -- and if he did, it'd probably cost more than $30. But he took some amazing shirtless photos while tending to some plants -- you can find them by Googling Ada's recent guest blog post on Angry Asian Man titled "How I Became A Pretend Expert on Hot Asian American Men" -- and your 2017 calendar can come with two photocards that you can stick in your wallet. Or, like baseball cards, you can trade one for a Sudarso photocard with your friend who bought the Sudarso Special above.

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    Joseph Vincent Value Package

    ONE-DAY FLASH REWARD!!! Show your true fandom and impress your favorite singer-songwriter with your by opting for this reward, with less than 24 hours to go in our Kickstarter. You get a calendar (featuring JV of course, with or without pants) and also 2 photo cards that you can put in your wallet for as long as your heart desires. Or trade them with your friends who got Gerrard Lobo and Sudarso brothers trading cards.

    (See the photos in UPDATE #5!)

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    Besties Bundle

    Two 2017 Haikus On Hotties calendars. One for you, one for your best friend, partner, parent, sibling, or child who will think fondly of you at least once a month for an entire year.

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    The Enthusiastic Besties Bundle

    OK, make sure you're sitting down, so you don't get dizzy. 2 Haikus On Hotties calendars + 2 full sets of hottie stickers.

    That's a lot of hotness. But don't worry, if you faint from too much hotness, Captain Sikh America will come save you. (Disclaimer/Risk: You might just faint again.)

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    Haikus On Hotties Calendar + Poster!

    In addition to your 2017 calendar, you can get a Haikus On Hotties POSTER, specially created by our designer Amanda Lui. (To get a preview, look for our first Kickstarter Update, and you'll see that you actually get to choose your 3 favorite hotties to feature on your custom-made poster.) It's super cute. The design, and also... the hotties.

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    Haikus on Hotties ON YOU

    For those of you who think stickers are a weak way of putting hotties on yourselves, we will custom-make a temporary tattoo of one of the calendar hotties of your choice that you can place somewhere on your own body. We understand that sometimes you want to impress people at an important event like your prom, your Vegas bachelorette party, or your Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, and you can't risk someone ripping your hottie sticker off.

    Please send us a picture of this.

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