We salute the overlooked moments of badassery in your wordaday life.
By Drew Magary
Ilustrations by Chris Philpot
This is the fifth annual Badass Issue of Penthouse (though it contains its fair share of good asses as well), and every year we use this special occasion to salute a particularly noble subset of the male species: independent, principled, grizzled, motorcycle-bound, and, most of all, rare. There aren’t a lot of guys out there who can rescue a hijacked aircraft, disarm the terrorists, land the plane after the pilot has been murdered, and nail the stewardess just before landing. Those guys are a precious commodity. But badasses don’t have to be so rarefied. The truth is, we all have an inner badass. Maybe we can’t be badasses every waking hour, but we can at least have our badass moments. When you finally got your girlfriend to scream out “Fuck me!” during sex without prompting? That was you being a badass. When you didn’t cry once after getting in that fender bender? That was a badass moment—count it. When you were able to get those skateboarders to move out of your way simply by shooting them a stern glance? Again, that was totally you being a badass.
Let’s take a moment to salute the everyday badass lurking inside each and every one of us. The following men may not be badasses 24 hours a day, but they sure are in these instances: