Coverboy: Rich

The Bear-Loving Movie Nerd

Photography by Julian Vankim
Published on August 18, 2012, 7:31am | Comments

When it comes to potential mates, Rich prefers the mature, the butch and the furry. A self-described lover of bears, the 23-year-old frequents Town's DC Bëar Crüe Friday happy hours. The son of a Marine, Rich moved from place to place as a child, even living in Oman for two years. After initially moving to D.C. to live with a boyfriend, Rich has moved on to the city's Petworth neighborhood. In his spare time, the ''movie nerd'' loves to catch flicks on the silver screen, sample food at the District's many restaurants and showcase his artistic talents by sketching or taking photos. If he's not at Town, you can most likely catch him at Nellie's or JR.'s.

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



(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What's in your dresser drawer?
My P90X book, workout sheets, a menu from a fast-food Chinese spot.

Where do you keep the condoms and lube?
On top of a cabinet inside my closet.

What are your television favorites?
True Blood, Dexter, Breaking Bad and Nurse Jackie.

What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
Dragon Ball Z.

What superhero would you be?

Who's your greatest influence?
My friends. After I recently got out of a longtime relationship, my friends have really been there for me and served as a shoulder to lean on.

What's your greatest fear?

Coverboy Rich

Coverboy Rich

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

Pick three people, living or dead, who you think would make the most fascinating dinner guests imaginable.
Bruce Lee, Michael Jackson and Christian Bale as he was when he starred in American Psycho.

What would you serve?
Soul food.

How would you describe your dream guy?
Someone with a good sense of humor who can make me laugh. Someone who is open-minded and is always trying to better himself, and push himself and me. Someone who loves me unconditionally, through the good and the bad. And who is a bear.

Define good in bed.
Has patience and understanding toward my inexperience and lack of knowledge.

Who should star in a movie about your life?
A beefed-up version of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Russell Crowe in Gladiator.

Who gets on your nerves?
Somebody who judges me before they even know me.

If your home was burning, what's the first thing you'd grab while leaving?
My Chihuahua, Dexter.

What's your biggest turn-on?
Facial hair, beards. Big arms.



(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What's your biggest turn-off?
Bad kissers.

What's something you've always wanted to do but haven't yet tried?
Go to Bear Week in Provincetown.

What's something you've tried that you never want to do again?
I have no regrets for anything I've done.

Boxers, briefs or other?

Who's your favorite musical artist?
Kid Cudi and Avicii.

What's your favorite website?
The Movie Blog.

What's the most unusual place you've had sex?
In a car.

What position do you play in the big baseball game of life?
I'm versatile.

What's your favorite retail store?

What's the most you'll spend on a haircut?

What about shoes?



(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What's your favorite food to splurge with?

What's your favorite season?
Spring. Beautiful weather, plus it contains my birthday, in May. Beautiful beach weather. And you get to wear fewer clothes.

What kind of animal would you be?
A snow leopard.

What kind of plant would you be?
A thorny rose.

What kind of car would you be?
A Porsche. Small, but packs a lot of power.

What are you most grateful for?
My family. They have loved me unconditionally since I've come out.

What's something you want more of?
More interesting guys to come my way.

State your life philosophy in 10 words or less.
Yesterday's choices make me the man I am today.

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