Clowns. They were the object of so many of our childhood nightmares. The psychotically animated faces. The big red noses. The costumes. There’s a lot to be afraid of.

Los Angeles-based photographer Dusti Cunningham offers a new perspective on clowns that we totally dig. He strips away the creepy factor (almost) and portrays them as seductive circus beings ready to pounce. They’re still freaky, but in a completely different way.

Check out more of Dusti’s NSFW photos on his website and Tumblr page.

Scroll down to see hot gay clowns that just might have you reconsidering your greatest fears.

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