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Acquired Tastes, XXXXI: Kissing


You don't have to be rich
To be my girl
You don't have to be cool
To rule my world
Ain’t no particular sign I’m more compatible with
I just want your extra time and your… Kiss
-‘Kiss’ by Prince/Glen Ballard/Celeste Noelle

When a kiss is right, you just know it.  It’s like exchanging oxygen.  Lips lock and two become one; a self-contained, self-sustaining unit of pulse, flesh, and breath.  A good romantic/sexual kiss is not a single kiss, but a series that crescendos and undulates like waves on an ocean.  Acting as the igniter, this can whip up a fire storm and lead to some real mind-blowing sex; for once the union catches fire – where else it will lead is anybody’s guess.

So, let’s pucker up and plant one, getting hot and heavy as we examine…


Scope of Activity:

The pressing of two male pairs of lips against one another in a sexual/romantic manner

The Official Line:

From Wikipedia
A kiss is the act of pressing one's lips against another person or an object. Cultural connotations of kissing vary widely. Depending on the culture and context, a kiss can express sentiments of love, passion, affection, respect, greeting, friendship, peace and good luck, among many others. In some situations a kiss is a ritual, formal, or symbolic gesture indicating devotion, respect, or sacrament. The word comes from Old English; cyssan (“to kiss”), in turn from coss (“a kiss”).

Sexual or Romantic Kiss

The kiss is an important expression of love and erotic emotions. In his book ‘The Kiss and Its History’, Kristoffer Nyrop describes the kiss of love as an "exultant message of the longing of love, love eternally young, the burning prayer of hot desire, which is born on the lovers' lips, and 'rises,' as Charles Fuster has said, 'up to the blue sky from the green plains,' like a tender, trembling thank-offering." Nyrop adds that the love kiss, "rich in promise, bestows an intoxicating feeling of infinite happiness, courage, and youth, and therefore surpasses all other earthly joys in sublimity."  He also compares it to achievements in life: "Thus even the highest work of art, yet, the loftiest reputation, is nothing in comparison with the passionate kiss of a person one loves."

The power of a kiss is not minimized when he writes that "we all yearn for kisses and we all seek them; it is idle to struggle against this passion. No one can evade the omnipotence of the kiss ..." Kissing, he implies, can lead one to maturity: "It is through kisses that knowledge of life and happiness first comes to us. Runeberg says that the angels rejoice over the first kiss exchanged by lovers," and can keep one feeling young: "It carries life with it; it even bestows the gift of eternal youth." The importance of the lover's kiss can also be significant, he notes: "In the case of lovers a kiss is everything; that is the reason why a man stakes his all for a kiss," and "man craves for it as his noblest reward."

As a result, kissing as an expression of love is contained in much of literature, old and new.

Romantic kissing "requires more than simple proximity," notes Cane. It also needs "some degree of intimacy or privacy, which is why you'll see lovers stepping to the side of a busy street or sidewalk."   

Psychologist Wilhelm Reich "lashed out at society" for not giving young lovers enough privacy and making it difficult to be alone.  However, Cane describes how many lovers manage to attain romantic privacy despite being in a public setting, as they "lock their minds together" and thereby create an invisible sense of "psychological privacy." He adds, "In this way they can kiss in public even in a crowded plaza and keep it romantic."  Nonetheless, when Cane asked people to describe the most romantic places they ever kissed, "their answers almost always referred to this ends-of-the-earth isolation. They mentioned an apple orchard, a beach, out in a field looking at the stars, or at a pond in a secluded area.

Psychological Aspects:

  • Intimacy
  • Submission/Surrender
  • Romantic Wonder/Hope
  • Reward
  • Expression of Desire

Within the context of a sexual encounter, a kiss can take on many different definitions (see above).  Because there are two people involved, the meaning for a single kiss can actually differ greatly.  It makes for an interesting/complex means of physical communication that keeps our heads in the game and our mind constantly questioning.  That’s why it’s important to remain aware while kissing; in order to continue to pick up on our partner’s physical needs and wants.

Kissing (and the physical act of making love) has been likened to dancing, and in many ways it is an apt comparison.  The key to great dancing is for partners to be in sync with one another.  It is a matter of act and reaction, call and response.  The same is true of great kissing. 

And this is where bad kissers frequently mess up.  They forget that kissing is a matter of give and take.  Instead, they assume that one kiss fits all and slap their usual kiss on the object of their erection without consideration.  Doing so may please you, but if you aren’t pleasing your partner as well, then you fail as a kissing partner and may never discover whether you could be successful as a sexual partner.

A successful kissing session (which typically will lead to a sex-cessful fucking session) begins with the approach.  And it’s sort of like approaching a horse.  Unless you know that horse really, really well, it is wise to not just jump on its back, dig your heels in, and attempt to take off full gallop.  Horses typically only respond well that way in the movies; usually you have to gain the horses trust before mounting it.  Same is true of kissing. 


Good oral hygiene is a must.  Gargle.  Brush your tongue.  Brush your teeth.

If anybody knows of a remedy for ‘lots of garlic’ breath – you know, where it has gone bitter and exudes from the pores? – clue me in.  I avoid eating great amounts of garlic (even though I hear it’s good for you) because of this issue.

Your approach should be soft, not hard… unless you know the person you’re with really well and know that they will respond positively to such a kiss.  A good approach is like cradling a small bird.  Being a bit tentative in this case is a good thing; it allows you to gage the response of the receiver. 

Once initial contact has been established and approved, then it should be a matter of experimentation until you find what works for both you and your partner.

Just as a soft initial approach is rather essential to guarantee future sex-ccess, so are soft lips.  Nobody wants to be pecked at by hard, bird-beak lips.  Relax your mouth.  Lips are cushions, not battering rams.

And that relax thing?  That should include your whole body.  No, no one wants to kiss a limp noodle, but nobody wants to be attacked by a mound of wound up taut muscle either (at least initially).

Be mindful of the state of your lips; a little lip wax/chapstix will do the trick and keep your pucker nice, smooth and soft.

Biting is rarely a good idea.  Taking my lower lip and holding it between your teeth?  Sexy.  Biting down on it?  Painful.

Saliva.  Use sparingly.  Unless your partner tells you otherwise.  Deep wet kisses?  That’s something that needs to be requested, and is never a given. 

Remember: One kiss does not fit all.  Be mindful of your partner.  Pick up on his cues and technique. 

Resist the urge to plunge.  Again, be mindful of your partner and what is pleasing to them.

Sucking face should never be taken literally.  If we wanted you to mouth-rape our entire face, we will let you know.

Your mouth should never be open so wide as to risk scraping our face with your teeth.  In fact, teeth really shouldn’t be involved in kissing at all (unless requested – and who?).

That tongue of yours (the one you brushed up nice and clean?) – It really shouldn’t stray very far from the cave of the mouth proper.  Licking my face is something I let my dogs do, but not something I enjoy as a prelude to a great fuck. Yes, the mouth may wander, but the tongue should only be stuck into openings: like mouths, ear canals, and my ass.  And keep that tongue out of my nose!  What the hell?  Who told you that was sexy?

Change up your technique and approach.  Just as one kiss does not fit all, one trick ponies tend to find themselves alone on the farm.

That tongue darting thing?  Okay, you can get away with it maybe once during a major make out session, but if that’s your whole technique then you are playing the wrong game (and perhaps kissing the wrong end – there is a part of the anatomy where that can feel quite pleasing – hint, hint).

Dick to mouth?  Typically, not a problem.   Ass to mouth?  Hmmm.  You are pushing the envelope, buddy.  Don’t assume you can go there.  Check in with your partner.  Also have mouthwash and a wet wipe handy if that’s what you have in mind.

So, if you are not experienced enough or sensitive enough to know when to slip into no-holds-bar mode while kissing, wait and take the cue from your partner.  If he wants your tongue lodged deep in his throat – he’ll give you some indication that is the direction to go.

Stuck in a bad kissing situation?  You have options:

  • You can see it as a teaching/mentoring opportunity
  • You can muddle through it / put up with it
  • You can ask the person what the fuck he thinks he’s doing, shaming that person and causing possible harm
  • You can respectfully tell the person the kissing-thing is not working for you, part ways, or suggest another activity
  • You can discretely redirect the action elsewhere – yes, sex without kissing is not as much fun, but it will still get the job done

My Experience:

I love a good kisser.  Nothing better.  Nothing lights my fire more.  I will be more willing to do anything requested if the kissing is good.

That said – and I have devoted some space to this topic in the past – there are a lot of bad kissers out there; clueless individuals who need to be given some basic guidelines in what is and is not acceptable when kissing (Scraping my cheeks with your teeth?  Not acceptable).

But you know what’s even worse than a bad kisser?

Someone who won’t kiss at all.  What’s that about?  I have asked and gotten the following explanations:

  • They are saving it for someone ‘special’ (short bus special?)
  • Kissing is ‘too gay’ (but putting my penis in our mouth isn’t?)
  • Real men don’t kiss (but they do beg for my cock?)
  • Kissing implies ‘I love you’ and I don’t even know you (in what third world country?)
  • I don’t know (really?)

Kissing is a physical act.  If you’re engaging in a no-strings-attached fuck or chance hook-up, chances are the other person involved knows full well that having sex with you isn’t ‘the start of something big’.  So relax and pucker up.  This reminds me of dudes that won’t cum for you, because they want to save it.  WTF?  Like that stuff doesn’t regenerate?  Like you have a limited supply?

I may develop feelings for someone – a fondness, or maybe even something that borders on the romantic – in the moment - but I know not to fall in love with my tricks.  That’s a part of having a mature and healthy mindset in relation to casual sex. And my kisses, passionate as they may be, don’t even begin to imply that I want to ‘gay marry’ anybody.  As I see it, relationships are all about negotiations, commitments, romantic notions, and feeling good when with that other person.  Sex is all about physical contact and feeling good when you are with that person.   Sure, you can role play some kind of romantic entanglement (fun, but dicey), but, hey, the reality is you met on a hook-up site looking for casual sex (which is not to be confused with meaningless sex).  You are not the love of my life, you are the love of this moment… so, again… pucker up and don’t be so stingy with the kisses, bitch.

If someone doesn’t kiss, I am rarely interested in hooking up with them more than once. 

I simply like getting lost in a kiss.  It makes me melt… as in; it makes me want to melt into the other person.  Yes, that is a rather romantic notion, but then I also think the best casual sex should be intimate and needs to border on that whole ‘falling in love’ precipice, even if it is just for that moment, and just that once. 

I have been accused of having too wet a kiss.  My bad.  But I am blessed with an abundance of saliva.  This can be a good thing when giving a blow job, but is almost always an issue when kissing.  Nobody wants to feel like they are drowning (unless it is in a sperm bath).  And then again, it can be a bad thing when giving a blow job, like when you have been working on a dick for a long time, and then things start to go cold, because of all the saliva?  The ball sack goes all tight and hard and you can tell the dude is not going to bless you with his load.   Ah, but I digress…

See?  Kissing really is the great prelude to other (hopefully sex-sessful) activities. 

Still, no matter where I am in the dance, I like to return to home base and get a little sugar. 

Oh, when I am on my back with my legs in the air and a dude is plowing my hole?  If he leans in and locks lips with me, I am in heaven!  So, tops… take a hint.  Your bottom?  Unless he tells you otherwise, he really likes that.  It sort of completes the transaction.

I also love exchanging breath with another dude.  That kind of oxygen deprivation is sort of like poppers – it really gets me high (Carbon monoxide? No, silly, carbon dioxide.).

Race: I have to bring this up. There are some schools of thought out there that men of a certain race or ethnicity make better kissers/lovers.  Eh.  Obviously these people have not kissed their fair share of any race.  Me?  I have.  And while I could make a case for particular members of particular races (Black men, Middle-eastern men, Latinos, Italians spring to mind) the fact is, that, in my experience, for every good kisser I have met three poor kissers – and race has nothing to do with it.  Those ethnicities/races that sprang to my mind?  They are just as likely – culturally – to refuse to kiss another man, for whatever fucked-up reason they can come up with.  So, sorry, race ain’t a factor if it’s a kiss that you’re after (that rhymes!).  

That said.  I love a nice pair of plump lips.  Kissing them is like sinking into a great sofa.  And, yes, certain ethnicities/races are more likely to be blessed with cushion lips. Big, juicy, cushiony lips.  (Drool.)

My Conclusion:

It is in his kiss.  Oh, yeah, that song got it right.  If you are mindful of your sexual partner’s needs and wants, nothing will inform you more than the signals to be found in his kiss. 

Now… if we could just make kissing mandatory for all sexual activities, I do (want to) believe we would all be better sexual partners.  And, yes, I realize that I could make that mandatory for myself… but then I would miss out on so much fine dick, so that ain’t gonna happen.

That said, you?  Don’t be so stingy with the kisses.  They don’t cost you nothing.  So pucker up and give it up, fool.



SEAN said...

I'm a great kisser and love kissing but it also takes chemistry. In a "it a small world' moment, this guy who I had so much fun with, especially kissing told me about this other great kisser he knew. I told him I knew him too but that we didn't kiss well together - the rest was much better but the kissing not so much.

whkattk said...

I'm not much of a kisser... never have been. If it reaches that point, it gets there naturally. No, I've never considered it "gay" though I know most str8 guys at the jack-off groups I've attended consider it that way.
I say, enjoy the moment - if kissing becomes a part of it, ownderful; if not, that's okay too.

Skilled4Men said...

I could just kiss you for this post! LOL
This has always been the tell-all for things to cum... Don't get me wrong, I've endured a so-so kisser due to ulterior motives -but a passionate/involved lip/tongue artist will always bring out The Best in me. Truly, this is an art form. It allows for the most individualistic, creative forms of expression -and remains my favorite types of foreplay.
I agree, race does not dictate one's affinity or expertise... I think it's something more cultural/soulfull. In my experience, Europeans & S. Americans hold a distinct advantage -I think it due to mindset/predisposition. Me: Of European Descent, though 2nd Gen. American... I've been told I'm incredibly passionate/erotic -perhaps too much so for my own good! Yes, I've been known to blow a load simply due to the most erotic of kissing!
So, here's a tip for oral deodorants... Apple Cider Vinegar. Swish (the cider in your mouth) vigorously -I designate a spare toothbrush to activate on tongue/gums/cheeks. Spit (don't swallow) and follow-up with baking soda/mouthwash to stabilize. Cinnamon works great on the go!

iama{GAY}tkeeper known as thegaytekeeper said...

I like starting things with kissing and ending them kissing


Great post! Hot photos! I've always loved a good kiss. It was my first Italian lover who really taught me how to kiss. He was fantastic. Ah Luigi!

Stan said...

One sure way of making my dick hard is making out with another guy.
I have to say that for me kissing black men or men of any other race REALLY turns me on.

Anonymous said...

Hi! A lot of nice guys! I'll be back here often!! Kisses!

O!Daddie now at said...

I am an extremely affectionate and tactile person. I love kissing and all forms of contact; both during encounters and just because..

Nate Oman said...

Great post!! I can vouch for what you say as well. I have been told I am a great kisser...not sure why, but I won't argue with them. I assume it is in the passion. That said, I am not as passionate with every guy out least some chemistry is needed.

And, a great kiss(er) like my guy is, will get me hard without any other stimulation. I love that.