The cop and the gunner’s mate

Another underwear ad, with a somewhat raunchy (but indirect) caption, with references to mansex, so not to everyone’s taste. This will lead us to Swiss comedians on ice skates, the Backstreet Boys, and much more.


Flic and Flak
Share a moment of
Post-wallow bliss, after
Connecting in the
Backroom of a
Backstreet bar,
While seeking dirty
Backdoor action

Flic is the blond one, and he’s French (Fr. slang flic ‘cop’). Flak is a gunner’s mate in the U.S. Navy (flak ‘antiaircraft fire’). They both know how to handle guns. They become BBFs, best buddies forever, but also backdoor buddies forever — who first connected tricking in a backroom bar (a gay backroom bar, one with a secluded space for sex in situ). They’re backboys.

Earlier on this blog, on 10/19/15, a posting on Nasty Pig underwear, with notes about (sexual) piggishness.

Meanwhile, another couple of backboys, Flick and Flack, a railway switchman and a p.r. man (verb flick ‘turn something electrical on or off by means of a switch’; noun flack ‘a publicity agent’). Desire makes for some odd couplings.

/flɪk/ and /flæk/ (Flic and Flak, Flick and Flack) is a play on /frɪk/ and /fræk/, Frick and Frack, with several senses for this expression. Three in this Wikipedia article:

(#2) Swiss clowns flying on skates

Frick and Frack [F&F-1] were two Swiss skaters who came to the United States in 1937 and joined the original Ice Follies show as comedy ice skaters. “Frick” was Werner Groebli (April 21, 1915 – April 14, 2008), born in Basel. “Frack” was Hansruedi (Hans Rudolf) Mauch, (May 2, 1919 – June 4, 1979), also born in Basel. Frick and Frack were known for skating in Alpine Lederhosen and performing eccentric tricks on ice, including the “cantilever spread-eagle”, created by Groebli, and Mauch’s “rubber legs”, twisting and bending his legs while skating in a spread eagle position. Only a few skaters have successfully performed the duo’s routines since.

Michael Mauch, the son of Hans, once described the origin of their names: “Frick took his name from a small village in Switzerland; Frack is a Swiss-German word for a frock coat, which my father used to wear in the early days of their skating act. They put the words together as a typical Swiss joke.”

… “Frick and Frack” has become an English slang term used in two ways. One is [F&F-2] to refer to two people so closely associated as to be indistinguishable; the other way is [F&F-3] as a term of derision for any two people, on par with calling one person a “Bozo” or three people “Stooges”. Comic radio [auto] mechanics Tom and Ray Magliozzi performed for years under the name Click and Clack [another play on Frick and Frack].

F&F-2 takes us to the boy band the Backstreet Boys. From a BSB fan site:

If you have been a Backstreet Boys fan from the beginning, you know that nothing rivaled the friendship Nick Carter [Frick] and Brian Littrell [Frack] had.

Tons of photos of Nick and Brian as total bros, hangin’ out, goofin’ off, and so on. Just one from this trove:

(#3) F&F-4: the blond bro, Nick, is Flick

On to F&F-5, another backboy couple: Frick the art collector and Frack the petroleum geologist; like I said, desire makes for some odd pairings. (Frick from the Frick Collection, the art museum in NYC, Frack from fracking, hydraulic fracturing.)

Then there’s /flɪp/ and /flæp/. Two further surprising backboy couplings. First Flip the comedian and Flap the political agitator (the adj flip: glib; flippant and a bow to the comedian and actor Flip Wilson; and the noun flap ‘informal a state of agitation; a panic’) — two sharp verbal types. And then Fripp the guitarist and Frappe the barista (a bow to guitarist Robert Fripp, plus the noun frappe ‘(chiefly in New England) a milk shake, especially one made with ice cream) — Fripp supplies the music, Frappe the food.

They plow into hot sex together, then in the warm after-glow of a satisfying coupling (see #1), they exchange names and thumbnail life histories, like what they hear, and become regular sex buddies, even boyfriends.

And finally, /flɪt/ and /flæt/ (filling out the third point of articulation for voiceless stops — first /k/, then /p/, now /t/). Just one backboy couple this time, a fabulous pair: Flit the flamboyantly faggy exterminator (who takes his name from the insecticide Flit and defiantly displays himself as a flit — noun flit ‘(slang mainly US) a male homosexual’) and his dancer lover Flatt (who takes his name from the gay dancer and choreographer Ernie Flatt, but isn’t at all flat, is in fact inordinately proud of the huge bulge in his dance belt). On Ernie Flatt, from a brief death notice in the NYT on 6/17/95:

Ernest O. Flatt, a dancer, choreographer and director who won four Emmy Awards for his work in television, died on Saturday during heart surgery. He was 76.

Mr. Flatt made his television debut as the choreographer for “Your Hit Parade” in the 1950’s. He was best known to television audiences for “The Ernie Flatt Dancers,” who were regulars on “The Carol Burnett Show.”

… He is survived by his companion, Bill Arms of Palm Springs, Calif., and two sisters

As sometimes happens, though both Flit and Flatt are enthusiastic sexpigs, their preferred roles are perhaps not what you would have expected: Flit’s a top, Flatt’s a bottom (“flat on my back for my guy”, he jokes).

Out of the backroom, into the bedroom.



2 Responses to “The cop and the gunner’s mate”

  1. Share: Flit and Flatt are enthusiastic – Jiminey Crycket Says:

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  2. jimineycrycket Says:

    Yes … so much yes in this. I will have to steal that “enthusiastic sexpigs” from you in a future post. Kisses Arnold, teasing is good.

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