Coverboy: Tony


Tony
, 23, is trying Brooklyn on for size. But you can still see plenty of him down here, as he’s working at Baltimore’s Club Hippo Thursday, Friday and Saturday. ”I’m transitioning,” says the Baltimore native. ”I’m just trying to save money and start the next chapter.” Saving money means plenty of freelance work. On paper, he may be an illustrator with a minor in gender studies, but the real-world application means freelancing might involve makeup, photography, painting and more. ”Within the constraints of my skill set, I’ll do anything.”

What’s on your nightstand?
I don’t have a nightstand.

Where do you keep the condoms and lube?
In my Dopp kit.

What are your television favorites?
I don’t have a TV. But I download Mad Men and The Walking Dead.

What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
I loved the old Batman from like ’92. I love the artist that did it.

What superhero would you be?
Batman.

Who’s your greatest influence?
My parents. They’ve provided solid ground for me to grow. They worked their entire lives to make sure my brother and I would have the skills to thrive and survive.

What’s your greatest fear?
Not breaking even. Not having enough money to cover my bills and eat.

Pick three people, living or dead, who you think would make the most fascinating dinner guests imaginable.
Oscar Wilde, Malcolm X and David Bowie.

What would you serve?
Light hors d’oeuvres.

How would you describe your dream guy?
Emotionally stable, supportive, educated.

What would he look like?
The guy in the new Rihanna video, Dudley O’Shaughnessy.

Define good in bed.
Genuine. If you’re genuinely into it, that’s really important.

Who should star in a movie about your life?
Definitely not Zac Efron. I want Max Minghella.

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Tyson Beckford.

Who gets on your nerves?
Everyone on The A List.

If your home was burning, what’s the first thing you’d grab while leaving?
My computer.

What’s your biggest turn-on?
A rapport. Intelligence. You have to keep up.

What’s your biggest turn-off?
I have a lot of little pet peeves. An inflated ego, definitely.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet tried?
I want to learn how to tattoo people.

What’s something you’ve tried that you never want to do again?
Spray tanning.

Boxers, briefs or other?
Briefs.

Who’s your favorite musical artist?
I’m really into Neon Indian right now.

What’s your favorite website?
Tumblr.

What’s the most unusual place you’ve had sex?
I really haven’t had sex in unusual places. I need to feel comfortable. The most unusual is probably the kitchen.

What position do you play in the big baseball game of life?
I am assigned as needed.

What’s your favorite retail store?
I will spend money at Urban Outfitters.

What’s the most you’ll spend on a haircut?
$70.

What about on shoes?
The most I’ve spent was $300.

Would you consider spending more?
No. They’d have to have, like, time-travel capability.

What’s your favorite food to splurge with?
Popcorn.

What’s your favorite season?
Summer.

What kind of animal would you be?
I’m definitely a dog person, but I’d be a cat. Cats are like, ”Fuck you,” and do their own thing.

What kind of plant would you be?
Poison ivy.

What kind of car would you be?
A bright-orange Pontiac Firebird.

What are you most grateful for?
My education.

What’s something you want more of?
Money.

State your life philosophy in 10 words or less.
The energy one puts out into the world will come back to you. That’s how I try to live my life. I try to be positive.