I’m a barrel of contradictions, I must admit. I’m poor, but feel rich. I am a man and I also have qualities that are generally called feminine. Long ago I stopped worrying about that. My identity as a Dutchman is under pressure, now that I feel more and more European or even a citizen of the world. I was born a Catholic boy, but since a few years I am now an atheist without any registered religion.
Remarkable people are rare, we ought to cherish them. However yet we often ridicule them instead. We call them the village idiot, or neighborhood fanatic, dreamers that seem slightly undone, unworldly creatures that refuse to conform to daily routine. They live by their own rules. We are afraid of them because they hold up a mirror we don’t want to look into.
The magazine BUTT celebrates its fifth anniversary in October 2006. Taschen Verlag publishes a fat book with highlights of five years of BUTT this autumn. Michiel Bollinger thought it was time for a love declaration to this obstinate men’s magazine which not everybody knows yet.
BUTT looks kinda casual, especially when you compare it with the larger full color glossies like ‘Gay News.’ It appears only a couple of times per year and is only available at the more specialized bookshops and gay shops.