As for my background, I started writing professionally about 10 years ago. I've written for The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Vibe, and Spin, among other publications. Much of my journalistic work deals with music, and I've served as Pop Music Critic for the Buffalo News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I also wrote a biography of the late, great R&B singer, Luther Vandross: Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross.
I've spent a lot of my life in school (something I don't necessarily recommend, but it is what it is). I hold a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland in College Park, and am Associate Professor of Journalism at Northern Illinois University.
So, what's up with me now? I still write a lot (currently working on a novel), listen to lots of music (check out my DJ site for my music mixes), go to strip clubs (hit me up if u wanna "wing"), and love taking pictures.
My motto is: dream big and go for exactly what you want in life. Lots of crazy, cool shit will happen. Trust.
Last month, I was thrilled when The Advocate included me in its roundup of "Best Gay Photography." But it also got me thinking that it's been awhile since I've taken a lot of photos. So, I immediately booked a trip to Vegas for the 10th Anniversary party of Corbin Fisher, one of my fave...oh, fuck it, MY FAVE adult studio, and the Hustaball, which is always a pleasingly ratchet romp. You can check out my photos below.
I'm also giving away a free pdf download of some of my fave photos from over the years. As you might expect, there are nekkid porn dudes galore. Enjoy!
BEHIND THE SCENES AT CORBIN FISHER
By far, the highlight of the trip was spending the afternoon at the Corbin Fisher HQ, which is located in an unassuming strip of office space on the outskirts of town. It just goes to show that you never truly know what's going on in any given industrial park. The staffers were extraordinarly welcoming, and the models were mostly a gang of affable straight dudes who seem to view gay sex as a very lucrative extreme sport.
It was especially cool to meet some of my favorite models from over the years. There was soft-spoken Southern boy Nick, who was making a return to the studio after a couple of years. His transformation from twink to full-grown man was amazing to behold. And I loved that, after all of his experiences doing porn, he still had a shy streak. I kept asking him questions that made him choke on his anniversary cake.
I also loved getting to hang out with another of my all-time faves, Kenny. I love the way that he looks so innocent yet is pretty much down for whatever. I don't remember everything he said during our conversation, but the words "the first time I was DP-ed" were definitely spoken.
AMERICAN BOYS is a photo diary chronicling my adventures in gay strip clubs across the country from 2006 - 2009. It includes scenes from XL (Providence, RI), Tea Room Theatre (San Francisco, CA), Nob Hill (San Francisco, CA), Splash (New York, NY), Mr. Black (New York, NY), Hydrate (Chicago, IL), and Spin (Chicago, IL).