Metro Weekly

Coverboy: Christian

All About Artistry

Dancing isn’t just a booty-shaking pastime for Coverboy Christian, it’s art. Raised with a sister who’s a photographer, this 22-year-old Yorktown, Va., native often found himself on the other end of the camera lens. After trying his hand at modeling and acting, Christian feels most comfortable shedding his clothes and dancing at Ziegfeld’s/Secrets, where his performances allow him the freedom to express himself, both through his costumes and by contorting his body into various positions as part of an exhibition of acrobatic feats. But even the guy in the spotlight needs what he calls his ”Joni Mitchell” time, when he sips coffee and writes poetry in the comfort of his Manassas, Va., home. With two books of experimental poetry already published under a different name, this George Mason grad student is hoping to derive inspiration for his third book from his experiences as a male entertainer.

Coverboy: Christian

Coverboy: Christian

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What’s on your nightstand?
A toy of Allen Ginsberg, a toy of E.T. dressed as a woman, an alarm clock and a postcard from Hungary.

What’s in your nightstand drawer?
An old calendar, a flashlight, a box of cigarettes, a condom attached to some Mardi Gras beads.

So is that where you keep the condoms and lube?
No, I stick those in a rainbow-unicorn Pillow Pet. Might as well be creative about it.

What are your television favorites?
I haven’t turned on the TV in years. I’m kind of addicted to Netflix. I like Oddities. Crime Solvers is a good one.