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The Erotic Apartment Wrestling Photographs of Theo Ehret (NSFW)

Sometimes one finds themselves in the right place at the right time. For me, this occurred in Perth earlier this year. I was in Perth for a work-related conference and spent as much of my free time trawling music and book stores. In the CBD I stumbled across one of those discount book outlets. You know the kind of place, they buy massive crates of  surplus, unsold books sight unseen and then sell these random titles back to bargain-hunting customers at a ludicrously cheap (no one’s making anything from this) price. I’ve been to many of these discount book outlets and usually there’s a reason the books on offer were previously unsold. This particular book store however (I can’t remember the name of it, but it was something generic like ‘Cheap Books’), had an unbelievable collection of books on offer. Toward the back of the store were shelves packed with gigantic, tantalising art books. This is how Taschen’s epic (now out of print) collection of Theo Ehret photography, ‘Exquisite Mayhem‘ came into my possession. ‘Exquisite Mayhem’ is a 500 page, atlas-size tome that I picked up for a measly $20. It was marked at $40 (still a bargain), but the storeowner halved the price due to some minor cover damage. This book, along with the many others I purchased, made my trip back to Melbourne somewhat laden, but I managed and it was worth it.


Theo Ehret who, at least to me, is best known for his undeniably eye-catching apartment wrestling photography started out commercially photographing boxers in the day. This led to photographing pro-wrestlers, which led  to apartment wrestling. As Ehret says in his interview with Taschen:

“It was started by Stan Weston, who was the owner of those Detective magazines. One day he called and said, ‘What do think about getting a couple of gals in bikinis, and have them pretend to wrestle in an apartment?’ He wanted to start having this ‘apartment wrestling’ thing in pro wrestling magazines.” 

The ‘apartments’ themselves were just photo studios dressed up to look as such. Using professional wrestling photos as a guide, the girls imitated the moves on each other and Ehret made softcore magic. What follows is a NOT SAFE FOR WORK series of photos from Exquisite Mayhem. The gargantuan size of the book was more than my scanner could handle, so I’ve had to resort to taking photos of the pages. I apologise if the quality suffers in any way. From my end, they still look pretty damn good. Enjoy Theo Ehret’s world of apartment wrestling!

3 Responses

  1. BUKKAKE BRAWL LIVES!!!

  2. I bet Andy Kaufman would have loved that

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