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A sailor or mariner is a person who navigates water-borne vessels or assists in their operation, maintenance, or service. The term can apply to professional mariners, military personnel, and recreational sailors as well as a plethora of other uses. Ethimologically, the name preserves the memory of the time when ships were commonly powered by sails, but applies to the personnel of all vessels, whatever their mode of locomotion).

The sailor in gay culture

French photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino's clip of "Cargo de nuit" (1983) by Axel Bauer is an homage to the movie Querelle by Fassbinder. In the early eighties, Querelle was the quintessence of macho/gay homoeroticism and it was copied by musicians such as Luc Van Acker on the cover of his album The Ship (1984).

Jean-Paul Gaultier appropriated this seaman’s aesthetic and celebrated it all through the early eighties. Ultimately, the look was derived from Kenneth Anger's Fireworks and is still celebrated today, most notably in the work of Pierre et Gilles.

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