Coverboy: Dan

Upbeat Explorer

Photography by Julian Vankim
Published on September 15, 2012, 7:05am | Comments

Self-confidence can be good, but overconfidence and an inflated ego are likely to drive away Dan. The 24-year-old Minnesota native values loyalty, friendliness and emotional support in a potential partner, and seeks to give it in return. ''In love, I express my emotions through actions,'' he says. ''Taking care of someone is how I love them.'' Dan moved to the District in May to attend Gallaudet University, where he is earning a certificate of deaf interpretation (CDI). Though deaf, he enjoys engaging his other senses of sight and smell, dabbling in photography, art and cooking in his spare time. When he goes out on the town, you'll likely catch him in Northeast's H Street corridor, where he likes to frequent the Rock N Roll Hotel, the H Street Country Club and Biergarten Haus.

What's on your nightstand?
I don't have one. I keep my valuables under my bed.

Coverboy: Daniel

Coverboy: Dan

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What's under your bed?
A digital camera, condoms, lubes, a few boxes and books.

What are your television favorites?
90210, True Blood, The Secret Circle, The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars.

What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
Rugrats and Power Rangers 

What superhero would you be?

Nightcrawler, because he's so sexy and amazing. He can teleport anywhere, has night vision, can stick to walls, blend into the shadows.

Who's your greatest influence?
My friends. They've helped me through a lot with my life, given me great advice.

What's your greatest fear?

Pick three people, living or dead, who you think would make the most fascinating dinner guests imaginable.
Phoebe Tonkin, Barack Obama and Tyra Banks.

Coverboy: Dan

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What would you serve?
I am a vegetarian, so I'd serve veggie foods.

How would you describe your dream guy?
I like a guy who has a sense of humor, is very open-minded, has nice abs and respects me.

Define good in bed.
Someone who likes to try to do new positions and knows how to make me feel satisfied.

Who should star in a movie about your life?
Zac Efron. He's really hot and a talented actor.

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Mary-Kate Olsen.

Who gets on your nerves?
People who don't know how to drive and think a lot of themselves.

If your home was burning, what's the first thing you'd grab while leaving?
My external hard-disk drive and valuable stuff.

Coverboy: Daniel

Coverboy: Dan

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What's your biggest turn-on?
Gorgeous eyes. Knows how to make me laugh. Easy to converse with.

What's your biggest turn-off?
Bad breath and cocky attitudes.

What's something you've always wanted to do but haven't yet tried?

What's something you've tried that you never want to do again?
Don't remember.

Boxers, briefs or other?

What's your favorite website?

What's the most unusual place you've had sex?
The shower. I didn't really like it.

What's your favorite retail store?
Urban Outfitters.

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

What about on shoes?

Coverboy: Daniel

Coverboy: Dan

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What's your favorite food to splurge with?

What's your favorite season?

What kind of animal would you be?

What kind of plant would you be?

What kind of car would you be?

What are you most grateful for?
My family.

What's something you want more of?
Meet new people, and hopefully, one day, meeting a new guy.

State your life philosophy in 10 words or less.
Don't give up on yourself.

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