He then interpreted the interview into Spanish on his blog, Eco-naturismo. We thought we’d share the English version of our Q&A with our community.
1. How and why did you first start in nudism?
I was raised a fkk with my family at a club called Rock Lodge in New Jersey. For the first two years of my life, my family lived full-time in the club. Then they bought a house in a (cloth) neighborhood nearby, and Rock Lodge became our summer place. It actually is merely a seasonal club that shuts down in the chillier months. So growing up, I Had spend most weekends of every summer at the club. One or two times annually, I Had also go to Gunnison Beach with friends, which is the enormous nude beach in NJ.
From my nudie childhood at Rock Lodge
2. Might it be true that some universities in the U.S. are open to hold naturist occasions and actions?
Yes, though the events and tasks that come to mind aren’t run by nudists or referred to as “naturist” events. For example, some universities have a traditional, annual streaking occasion where a group of pupils will run around nude across the campus, just for fun. Some are known for having naked parties (arranged by students, not the university itself). As for more official events, Brown University for example hosts an annual week-long event called “Nudity in the Upspace.” During this week, they have lectures, discussions, naked yoga, body painting and other activities.
I don’t know of any official university naturist club, but I’ll bet at least some universities would be open to having one in their roster of official clubs.
3 . What do you do in America to get young people interested in the naturist lifestyle?
Essentially we do a lot of online marketing and social media, and we cater our events toward the younger demographic. We organize workshops and classes, together with fun activities like our huge slip n’ slide and pudding toss. We also have a naturist philosophy with ethos and principles, not for the sole purpose of bringing young people but I believe that does appeal to my generation (I’m 26). I believe it attracts more people in general when you put meaning behind nudism, in place of simply saying, “Let’s all get nude cause it is entertaining.” Of course it’s enjoyable, and there are many “recreational nudists” who just like being naked, but to us, nudism is about more than that. At the most basic level, it’s about acceptance.
FKK Love Independence Acceptance
4. How was the experience of Body Paint and Activity Artwork in Time Square?
Wonderful! We have teamed up with Andy Golub a number of times to do group body painting in NYC. You can read the recap of that event here.
I have appreciated being a model each and every time. It is exhilarating, a bit intense at times, but it’s a great expression of freedom and body acceptance shared with the city and really, with the world, too. With no doubt it has a favorable impact both on the people that view it as well as those who participate in it.
5. Tell us something about the fkk humor show you helped to produce.
Oh, the comedy show was a fun event. The comics were quite trendy, and had no trouble performing in front of a nude audience. One even determined to get naked during his act!
Afterward we’d Dave Attell, a very renowned comedian, join the show. He generally charges a ton of cash to perform, but came to our event because he thought it was trendy. So that was awesome.
It was during the winter (but not too chilly). I adored it!
Someday I’d like to go back to Spain and see more.
7. In which areas is nudism allowed in the United States?
Well there are over 200 private clubs and resorts across the U.S., though some states do not have any clubs / resorts.
We’ve hardly any public nude beaches compared to European countries, but they do exist. Sadly, it is hard to create new nude beaches, and the ones we’ve are often jeopardized by local officials wishing to shut them down (just because they don’t like it). That is why we have organizations like the Naturist Action Committee that fights anti-nudity legislation and lobbies for naturists.
And lastly, there are the unofficial, technically illegal, spots at seashores or recreation areas. This includes areas that have a longstanding tradition of skinny dipping, and it’s tolerated by the town or city. But other times it might not be as accepted as a tradition, and folks would say, “Get naked at your own danger.”
Nude sunbather sign at The Ledges – an official designated clothing-optional area on a lake.
Nudists need to be a bit more careful at the unofficial positions and do their research beforehand. Being caught http://termx.net in an illegal place can lead to fines or even arrest and jail time.
Sometimes nudists are even persecuted for being nude inside their home or on their own property, if others see them. I know I am making the U.S. sound like a terrible place! Haha. But I am sure you know this country is fairly backwards when it comes to nudity.
8. Is nudism let in American shores?
Not at most beaches, no. I do not know how many exactly, but there are some official, legal nude beaches in the U.S., such as in Florida and California (and Awesome Jersey). Other nude beaches are unofficial and technically prohibited, but have some kind of bare convention.
9. How do nudists in America manage to live a fkk lifestyle with their own family? How easy is it for naturist American families to find enough affordable spots, where they are able to let their children to practice it?
Families do exactly the same material as routine nudists. As for affordable places, that can be challenging. And occasionally the challenge is not the price, but finding a spot that’s family-oriented / family-friendly. Or finding a location that is “family-oriented” and actually has other families present. Lots of clubs like to say they are family-friendly, but regrettably clubs have seen a decline in families with kids seeing or becoming members. I witnessed a decline in kids at my own house club, Rock Lodge, as I grew up. Regardless, most places will let kids under 18 in for free. So http://picsnudism.com helps with the price. To attend a strand is still considerably cheaper for a family, but you have to be fortunate to live near a legal nude beach.
10.Do you believe all shores and lakes should be clothes-optional, or you would preferably have separated areas for nudists and for textiles?
Distinguish places. I really believe this is what works best, for both naturists and bathing suit folks. Someday in the far future, maybe it’ll be possible to have all places be clothing-optional and everyone will be ok with nudity and respect one another. But for now, we need to have independent areasthe most fundamental reason being that so many folks still get offended by nudity.
11. Is there any celebrity that supports FKK?
Have some questions about nudism in Spain? Place a question (or two) in the remarks and we will choose some questions for a mini interview with Deucalion!
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