John and Michael are best friends. They’re both 24 and from Brentwood in Essex. Both like knee-length shorts, Calvin Klein underwear, white trainers, superstar sunglasses and T-shirts tucked into pockets just in case they have to cover up their chests. John on the left is an electrician with a serious love of house music, in particular Jamie Jones. Michael on the right with the muscles is a boxer and professional boxing manager. Written on his six pack in ink is Muhammad Ali’s quote “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” Can’t argue with that.
Photography: Stephanie Sian Smith