Interview

Freedom Sky – Pilot Patrick Interview by Alexander Jaime

 

Photo: Pilot Patrick

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On a unseasonably warm day in January we caught up with Pilot Patrick who flies private jets. During our conversation he shared with us what his perfect day looks like, what he loves about flying a plane and what it takes to be The Perfect Man.

Coffee or tea?

I prefer a tea in the morning followed by an espresso.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Are you a perfect man? In your opinion, what does it take to be the Perfect Man?

Nobody is perfect, but I give my best to be perfect. A perfect man has a good sense of humor and style, has good manners, eats wisely and has passion he lives for.

What does your perfect day look like?

A perfect day for me means I sleep in, wake up in a house at the beach, go for a swim before a long breakfast, take my own little plane with friends for a spin, after a workout a healthy dinner while observing the sunset.

What are you wearing right now?

I am wearing dark grey jeans (The Kooples) a black basic shirt (Hugo Boss) with a light grey asymmetric cardigan (Michalsky) and black winter boots (Diesel), on my wrists I am wearing a grey watch and a silver hand cuff.

 
 
 
 

How do you stay fit, when you’re always on the go?

I usually hit the hotel gym for an intense work out of 60 minutes maximum. In cases where the hotel does not have gym, I use the hotel room for a workout with my own body weight. Sometimes I use my suspension trainer, which fits easily in the suitcase and can be used anywhere.
Experience "How I stay fit" on my blog →

What is the most unexpected thing that’s ever happened to you while traveling?

During my career as private jet pilot I have experienced a lot. Once I was getting a coffee machine in the VIP Terminal when Cameron Diaz asked if I wanted one too.

What do you love about flying a plane? And what made you become a pilot?

I love the freedom in the sky and how I connect places with the plane in a minimum amount of time. Already as a kid I was fascinated about aviation and I still am today. After flying smaller propeller aircraft I decided to follow my passion and became a pilot.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What are your top international choices for men seeking (1) revelry, (2) relaxation, (3) reinvention

1. Berlin
2. Cape Town
3. Barcelona

What makes a place truly memorable for you?

The people and good food.

If you had a choice, where would you choose to spend your last day on earth?

I would spend it on board of a plane.

Where are you excited to visit this year?

I am excited to visit new destinations as a pilot of an Airbus A300 and I am also excited to spend some weeks in Barcelona after I stayed there for three months in 2016.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Is there any place you’ve traveled so far that you wouldn’t return to? Why?

Hurghada in Egypt. It is too touristy and another reason is that I got sick, because of the dirty tap water.

How do fashion and travel influence each other, in your opinion?

Traveling on an airplane should influence people to dress up. Traveling to different countries and parts of the world does not only mean to get know new cultures, but also people with a different sense of fashion.

What are your “must have” travel items?

Besides my passports and pilot license, definitely a good camera.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How do you describe your personal style?

A fashionable street style.

Boxers or briefs?

Briefs.

 
 
Nobody is perfect, but I give my best to be perfect. A perfect man has a good sense of humour and style, has good manners, eats wisely and has passion he lives for.
— Pilot Patrick
 

Star Man – Jamie Clarke Interview by Alexander Jaime

By Colleen Star

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Photo: Bell Soto

On a fall day this mid November we had the pleasure of chatting with Jamie Clarke on the set of our "Come Clean" story. The deaf pro soccer player and model has been part of Kenneth Cole's "Courageous Class" campaign. So we found it fit to ask how he handles being an inspiration to so many, what characteristics he finds most attractive in people, and what it takes to be a star, man.

Coffee or tea?

Both!!! 

What defines a successful day for you?

As a model, if I booked a job and it went as well as I would have liked then it's a successful day for me! If I win my soccer games, this is also successful! If you have a long hard day but you got it all done then it's all good as long as you are happy with it.

What would you say makes a man powerful?

By being a leader, knowing what he's doing, being brave - not afraid to take risks, let his work do the talking, backs up what he says but is humble too. Being professional is also important. 

iPhone or Android?

iPhone all the way!! It's so much better! 

What makes a “perfect man,” in your opinion?

Don't need to say much... David Beckham IS THE PERFECT MAN.

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Last good book you read?

I don't read books. I'm a Netflix fan! I am currently watching 'LOST', it's sooo good! Very addictive. 

Who do you look up to? or Who are your role models?

My grandfather is my role model, I always think about him. He taught me soccer and I just loved being around him when I was so little! We did things together. My parents too, they have been unbelievable with me all my life and I owe them a lot. Obviously David Beckham as well because of who he is, a great role model to everyone on the planet, he's a great family man, looks after his kids, helps charities, he's got it all! and Cristian's Ronaldo because he works so bloody hard everyday at soccer and it shows. This is why he is the best soccer player ever.

Why do you love soccer?

My grandfather and father got me into this sport when I was around 5/6 and I never stopped since. It's the most popular sport worldwide, it's made me very competitive at a young age & not going to lie. I can be a sore loser! All my life I have always been a winner & played for the best teams in the league somehow. I'd say that's down to all of the goals I have scored! ;-) this has got me playing for my country – Great Britain Deaf Team, it's the biggest honour you can have!


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How has your journey impacted your definition of “inspiring”? or How do you handle the responsibility of being an inspiration to so many?

It is simple, I am just being myself, I always have been. I don't need to pretend or change anything. If they don't like it then tough. I am just happy to help people by sending out positive messages or making sure that they know it is okay to dream and believing that it is possible! Being fully deaf has never held me back with anything, it shouldn't. I mean, we all are humans – we are the same. Just because I have a hearing loss doesn't mean we are different, well i'd say we are more special! Haha. 

What traits or characteristics do you find the most attractive?

Being humble and caring are very attractive. Also, when you see someone making an effort for you! If someone is a little crazy/weird – it can also be good!

When do you feel the most confident?

I am always confident. 24/7, whatever comes along. I am always ready! I don't back down or become shy lol. Being confident and ego is 2 different things, confidence is sexy, ego isn't. 

What are your top 5 travel essentials?

1. My phone lol! Can't live without it! (& adaptor lol)
2. Money! Never know what you'll need! 
3. Hair product! If you look scruffy then it's not good unless chilling in bed all day (which I love) haha especially on Sundays! 
4. Toothbrush and paste!
5. Clothes! haha gotta cover yourself up ;) 

Who would you say are the hottest male and female models right now? Your personal preference…

Male model - David Gandy
Female model - either Irina Shayk or Lily Aldrige!

Don’t need to say much... David Beckham IS THE PERFECT MAN.
— Jamie Clarke
 

Photography: Bell Soto  Model: Jamie Clarke at Soul Artist Management

 

Work Wanders by Alexander Jaime

By Arthurious

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Renowned furniture designer Marcel Wanders of Moooi shares his views on creativity, inspiration, and on asking the right questions.

Right now, I’m homeless.

I’m not an introvert, but I’m not an extrovert either.

Balance is always a good idea.

Look for a sense of purpose and you’ll find yourself on the right path. If there’s no path, that’s even better.

If I were you, I wouldn’t wait for inspiration to come. You can tie me up to this chair and I’d still find a way to be inspired.

The brain is a magical place: if you have a question, the answer will come. The problem is, not all questions are worth answering.

There’s no place like Tokyo.

One day, I decided that I’ll be living in five different cities for the next five years. Last year, it was San Francisco. This year, I found myself in Milan.

I travel to unroot myself.

What I love about big cities is that any design object that initially looked very rational, with time and changing context, becomes irrational.

Why do I like Tokyo so much? Try standing still there in the middle of the street for five minutes. You’ll get it right then.

It’s a common misconception to think that five years in a design school will make anyone great. No one is going to teach you marketing skills, technology or chemical procedures of microscopic structures of plastic — you have to fucking study it on your own.

People always tell us, designers, to concentrate on our talent. I think it’s a stupid idea. If you are a runner who is fast in running, you are the first one to reach a hurdle. But what if jumping is not your talent?

If one day you don’t learn, you’re in the wrong place.

Concentrate on the hurdles.

You grow when it’s most inconvenient; when it’s difficult, shitty, and irritating. There’s no other way to grow.

Can I have my coffee, please?

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If one day you don’t learn, you’re in the wrong place.
— Marcel Wanders, Moooi
 
 

Florals for Mankind by Alexander Jaime

A conversation with Floral Modernist, Designer Mike Hines.

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On an unusually warm day this early May we had the pleasure of a conversation with Mike Hines. He takes a rather masculine approach to Floral Design. With the release of his new book "Uprooted" we sat down with Mr Hines and he shared with us his first thought when he wakes up, the flower every man should have in their home, and what makes the perfect man, perfect.

What's your first thought when you wake up?

Who are you?  LOL, just kidding. My very first thought: COFFEE!!

What do you wear to workout?

At the gym I wear Todd Snyder tees and sweat shorts. At Bikram I wear only a very Short pair of workout shorts. It's sweaty and if I wore anything more it would get in the way. Gotta be able to move.

What's your favorite body part? And your least favorite?

Depends on my mood...I like my head the most..it doesn't change and it's reliable. Least favorite, hmmm, my left leg. After rupturing my Achilles it's never gotten back to normal.

Boxers or briefs? Trunks or Speedos?

Briefs C-in2 and Calvin Klein 4" Trunks, Kyle King swimwear and Parke & Ronen. I used to be a swimmer in high school..I'm speedo'd out

What music is inspiring you at the moment? What’s on you phone?

I'm loving Elle King at the moment. I have her on a loop on my phone. Most of my music on my phone is mellow or pop-ish. Love Sara Bareilles and retro Meatloaf, Queen and a good dose of Adele. 

How did you get into floral design?

By accident. Was on holiday in Rome 20 years ago and stumbled upon a flower shop who took me in and showed me design. It was one of those cheesy moments when you're like "whoa, I love this". Floristry allows me the medium to dive into design and pull up my know how of interior design and spark my creativity. Everyday seems different. It also lets me express myself. 

When did you realize this was your space? and Epoch Floral needed to happen?

I knew in my gut I had something different to add to the floral design world. I try to follow my instinct on most everything I do in life. The idea of creating epoch, staying true to my style and persistently playing against "norms" made it an easy decision to open epoch and stay true to my design esthetic. I'm outspoken by nature and with florals I'm giving that platform to speak out all the time, flowers let me shout quietly.

Explain the concept for Uprooted your latest Book, your approach seems surprisingly refreshing?

UPROOTED was in my head for over a decade. Truly. I knew it would have a life one day but wasn't ready to dig into it until last year. The time was right.  I wanted to design original floral designs specifically for this book. Yet, I wanted to make sure I was creating designs that were truly expressions of my esthetic and self. After we shot the first pic, I knew the book would take on a sexy, masculine, moody feel. Contrary to what you'd expect from a flower book. I wanted to show the reader that flowers aren't always these pretty perky things. Because I revere floral design, great floral design, as art....UPROOTED is the antithesis to what you thought you knew. It seemed natural to me without trying so hard to make an irreverent statement. Rather, it's what I do, what's in me and my intention to get the reader to escape into a sexier mood. Frankly, it's heavy in masculinity. But, at the same time, it appeals to all genders because after all, it's flowers. 

Favorite artists?

Eva Hesse, Doris Salcedo, Rothko...I'm sure I have others but these are my top.

What makes a perfect man?

Humble men are f***ing sexy.

What florals complement the perfect man’s living space? and what triggers the decision?

Men and flowers, any flowers in their space(s) is SEXY. There are no rules. However, one kind of flower, en masse, in a great vessel or a giant leaf/branch in a vase is cool and stated. Something that looks and seems and often is effortless.

Where do you go to switch off?

The desert, any desert that has a spa and a great hotel/resort.

Three products you can't live without?

Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion, Baxter Face Moisturizer and Le Labo Santal 26 everything. 

If you had a choice, where would you choose to spend your last day on earth?

At the tranquility pool at the Four Seasons Hualalai... pure bliss.

The Perfect Man is a humble man, humble men are f****ing sexy.
— Mike Hines
 

 

A Conversation with Dr. Justin James by Alexander Jaime

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We had the opportunity of interviewing Dr. Justin James, a New Yorker with a rather inspiring opinion of the self, the importance of the power nap and what makes the perfect man.

What's your first thought when you wake up?

I would like to say my FIRST thought is how excited I am for the day, but it’s actually my second. The first thought, embarrassingly enough, is “What day is it??”. I need to reorient myself to get out of my initial daze.  

How do you deal with tiredness?

I try to avoid this at all costs, especially when I work 6-7 days a week, but sometimes it happens despite my structured and routine sleeping habits. On those days I find a 20 minute power nap after work most effective.

Coffee or tea?

If Snapple counts as tea, then Diet Peach

How can we get the Dr. James physique?

Haha - thank you. I eat healthy and exercise 5 days a week. I haven’t found any shortcuts - it takes hard work and dedication.

What's your favorite sport?

Gymnastics.  I am fascinated how gymnasts can do the wildest tricks. Some look like they are defying gravity.  It’s the closest thing to having superpowers, and who doesn’t love that?!

Gym or personal trainer?

Gym out of habit, but a trainer would be great to learn new routines.  It’s difficult for me to get creative. 

What’s on your iPhone for workout music at the moment?

I like fast-beats to keep my energy up, but also something melodic so it's enjoyable. Right now I have some great remixes of Rufus Du Sol and Aquillo

What do you wear to workout?

Something light. Usually a black tank, shorts and comfortable flyknit sneakers.

How do you describe your personal style?

That’s a good question, I’ve never been asked to label my style. Outside of work, I would say I dress minimalistic and clean.  I also get shy with bright colors and patterns. 


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Boxers or briefs?

Actually both! Briefs with jeans, and boxers with scrubs.

A fragrance?

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille.

 
 

What's your favorite body part? And your least favorite?

I would say my face is both my favorite and least favorite. Not any part in particular but overall. My face is the first thing people see and it’s important to showcase and be proud of that. It’s my least favorite for the same reason. Good skin care takes time and maintaining my beard can be a chore. 

What made you become a psychiatrist, and what is the most challenging aspect of it and the most rewarding thing about it?

I applied to medical school knowing I wanted to be a psychiatrist. I had a passion for mental health and human behavior since freshman year in college. I think my curiosity stemmed from Real World Seattle when I was 12 years old, and seeing Stephen slap Irene in the car and thought “What the hell were they thinking?!”. It’s a strange memory, I know, but it got me thinking. 

I would say that the most challenging thing is that the problems I encounter each day are personal, and often relatable. It isn't about dealing with a broken foot or torn ligament (no offense to my fellow orthopedic surgeons). I am managing people's emotions, thoughts, and fears. The situations hit much closer to home. Those are all struggles we deal with as humans and they can be complicated. There is no exact science to dealing with the mind, at least not yet. 

I think one rewarding piece is the ability to give my patients tools to lead happy, stable lives. The best thing I can hope for is the point in which a patient reached optimal benefit from treatment and has best quality of life.

Where do you go to switch off?

I live in New York City, so sometimes it’s hard to find a place to completely switch off – but being alone is usually my best option. Whether it’s walking through a pretty neighborhood, visiting the park, or just closing the door to my room and reading – if I can get myself to a place where I am alone, it’s easier to switch.

What makes a perfect man?

Humility, Happiness and Confidence. It’s not impossible to transform yourself physically to become the best version. What makes a man perfect is the awareness that we are all the same and we are all in this together. Men who are happy with themselves and their lives, who are naturally confident, are attractive. Lastly, the perfect man looks out for others and does the right thing even if no one is looking.

 

 

Coffee and Eyedrops – A Conversation with David Miller by Alexander Jaime

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Photo: Jesse Untracht-Oakner

An evening this past February we caught up with South African legendary model and muse to Karl Lagerfeld, David Miller. The man who through out his career has been featured on the pages of French and Italian Vogue, GQ, InStyle, Glamour, Men’s Health, Elle, Esquire, Visionaire, The Perfect Man and campaigns for Tiffany& Co., Giorgio Armani, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Tous, Patek Philippe, Lacoste and J.Crew to name a few. He shares with us his favorite body part (it's not what you think) and lets us in on what makes the perfect man.

What's your first thought when you wake up?

Coffee.

How do you take care of your body?

I exercise and eat correctly.

How do you deal with tiredness?

Coffee & Eyedrops. 

What's your favorite sport?

I really love Mixed Martial Arts.

How can we get the David Miller physique?

I would have to say eat correctly and work out but it’s also important to have a cheat day where you can eat what every you want.

Gym or personal trainer?

Gym. 

A detox drink?

Don’t have one.

How do you keep yourself motivated during a workout?

I listen to music at the gym and when I do Muay Thai I get lost in class.

Do you follow an eating plan to keep your energy up?

I try eat 3 meals a day but it can sometimes be very hard with my traveling schedule. 

What’s on your iPhone for workout music at the moment?

I don’t have a list, but I love hip-hop, It always get me going.

What do you wear to workout?

Sweat pants and T-shirt.

What's your favorite body part?

My nose. 

And your least favorite?

Don’t have one. 

 

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Boxers or briefs?

Depends on the situation.

Trunks or Speedos?

Trunks, but not too long. 

As a model, how do you make yourself comfortable in front of the camera?

Just by being myself.

As a photographer, whats the biggest difference between being in front of the camera and behind it?

I feel when you are in front of the camera there is a lot less things to worry about. But when I’m taking pictures there are more responsibilities on my shoulders such as the light, focus, and the model.

When shooting a recently new model girl or guy what do you look for?

Someone who is comfortable in front of the camera and easy to direct. 

What are some of your favorite moments of your modeling career?

This is a tough one, there is no way I can pick a favorite moment. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to work with amazing people and going to breathtaking places. One day you could be shooting in London and the next you off to Paris or Barcelona. I feel very fortunate and lucky. 

What makes a perfect man?

Somebody that is confident and comfortable in their own skin.

A fragrance?

Tous Man Intense. 

Three products you can't live without?

Fragrance, Lip balm and face lotion. 

Where do you go to switch off?

The Gym. 

 
The Perfect Man is somebody that is confident and comfortable in their own skin.
— David Miller
 

FOR MORE DAVID MILLER PHOTO STORIES:
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True Self – A Man at Home with Himself is at Home in the World by Alexander Jaime

By Colleen Star

 
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What is the most unexpected thing that’s ever happened to you while traveling for your blog?

One thing that I really remember was the day I lost my passport in Marrakesh. And they had just told me at the hotel, "If you lose your passport in Marrakesh, you are stuck in Marrakesh." Fortunately it was found and safely kept in a museum in the Medina.

What are your top international choices for men seeking 1 revelry, 2 relaxation, 3 reinvention?

My top destinations for revelry are Mykonos in Greece and Barcelona in Spain. For relaxation during summer, I really love Santorini - in a beautiful hotel with an infinity pool overlooking the volcano, or a luxurious accommodation on the Amalfi coast in Italy. During wintertime, a five-star chalet in the Swiss Alps is my top choice. When a man wants to reinvent himself, Marrakesh is a destinantion I would definetely recommend.

What makes a place truly memorable for you?

For a place to be truly memorable to me, it must have it all. Not just beautiful ladscapes and views - it needs also to be vibrant, with the best accommodation and restaurant choices, and of course nice people. 

If you had a choice, where would you choose to spend your last day on earth?

My last day on earth, I would probably consider more with whom I'll spend it than where. A day at the beach with my family and friends would be perfect.

Where are you excited to visit this year?

I am very spontaneous and I don't usually plan my trips many days before. Lets see what this year will bring...

Is there any place you’ve traveled so far to which you wouldn’t return? Why?

None. I often catch my self saying I want to go back to many places again. Actually - I do go back - so I guess it's a matter of good choices. ;)

How do fashion and travel influence each other, in your opinion?

I believe both fashion and traveling influence each other a lot. When you travel you get to know new cultures and different lifestyles that make you want to try something new with your style. Also fashion brands often grab an idea for their collections based on a culture, or they use colors inspired by a country. Finally, fashion can make you want to go to a beautiful place while you are looking at a campaign that was shot there.

What are your “must have” travel items?

Definitely my iPhone. I couldn't capture and share the moment without it.

How do you describe your personal style?

My personal style is more casual. I really like being comfortable, but always with style. I also often try new trends - why not something more edgy?

In your opinion, what is a Perfect Man? What does it take to be the Perfect Man?

The perfect man is actually someone not necessarily perfect but genuine and maybe imperfect. It's a man doing what he likes, being himself and not faking it in order to look perfect. Maybe there is more perfection in flaws.

You’ve really mastered the art of building a lifestyle brand - what are your best tips for other bloggers looking to do something similar?

Staying true to your self is the best tip I could give. Keep doing what you love. Just take a picture of it.


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The perfect man is actually someone not necessarily perfect but genuine and maybe imperfect. It’s a man doing what he likes, being himself and not faking it in order to look perfect. Maybe there is more perfection in flaws.
— Simon Sava
 

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Sergio Dávila – The Perfect Man Interview by Alexander Jaime

During our Gray Matter photo story shoot in New York City, we featured a soft pale gray spring suit by CFDA winner/designer Sergio Davila. His collection offers balance and perspective creating a look of sportswear sophistication doused with strong touches of warmth, using ultra-soft fabrics like pima cotton and baby alpaca blended with silk. When we caught up with Mr. Davila he shared with us what inspires him about New York, his beginnings in Peru and what makes the perfect man. Photo: David Genat

 
 
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Breakfast with David by Alexander Jaime

 
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Photo: Hunter and Gatti

On a fall morning this early November we had the pleasure of chatting with Supermodel/Photographer David Genat, the face of Mont Blanc Emblem fragrance and Massimo Dutti, during the shoot for our upcoming photo story. He made us coffee (which he's quite an expert at) and shared with us his likes, how he stays fit and what makes the perfect man.

What's your first thought when you wake up?

Well usually when I wake up I’m thinking about getting coffee into my body so its something related to that.

How do you take care of your body?

At the moment I’m strength training 3 days a week tuesday, thursday and sunday. Ill do 2 -3 Muay Thai training sessions and 2-3 jiu jitsu sessions a week and I'll do a little running when I have time. I try to work out almost everyday sometimes twice a day and take saturdays off.

How do you deal with tiredness?

This probably comes back to my first thought for the morning haha because i do love coffee, but I try generally not to eat sugar or simple carbohydrates and if i can eat clean and drink plenty of water i have a lot of energy. 

What's your favorite sport?

I really love Mixed Martial Arts.

How can we get the David Genat physique?

Find a physical activity that you love and really get into it, For me that was Brazilian jiu jitsu (11 years of training), I train I feel like I’m learning something and I really love what I’m doing so it pushes me to keep going, I find learning a physical skill much easier then trying to stay motivated at a gym.

Gym or personal trainer?

Personal trainer because it will keep you accountable to someone. Or get into some kind of training program. 

A detox drink?

Carrot Ginger and Kale.

How do you keep yourself motivated during a workout?

I always find that showing up is half the battle and then having a clear plan of what you want to achieve for that session.

Do you follow an eating plan to keep your energy up?

Yeah as I mentioned earlier I stay away from sugar and simple carbs but I really like the Paleo diet if I’m eating clean. 

What’s on your iPhone for workout music at the moment?

Classic Rock Power Workout Radio on Pandora.

What do you wear to workout?

I like short shorts so i usually rock some running shorts and a t-shirt.

What's your favorite body part?

On me its my arms in general I have a weird thing for shoulders and backs. 

And your least favorite?

I'm not a huge fan of my thighs they have always been strong since I was a kid and it would bug me. 

 
 
The Perfect Man is someone with confidence that’s not overbearing and someone who is genuinely kind.
— David Genat, Brand Ambassador / Montblanc
 

 

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Boxers or briefs?

Briefs.

Trunks or Speedos?

They both have their place but probably trunks.

As a model, how do you make yourself comfortable in front of the camera?

Being prepared physically is a big part knowing your in good shape and feeling good translates well on film. For me the easiest trick to getting comfortable on set is just being friendly to people and getting to know them a little bit in the limited time you have so you don’t feel like a stranger and everyone has more fun. 

As a photographer, whats the biggest difference between being in front of the camera and behind it?

Even though they both work hand in hand in terms of knowing how a shoot or a set works etc they are pretty much worlds apart, The responsibility is the biggest difference because at the end of the day the photographer is responsible for the final product..

When shooting a recently new model girl or guy what do you look for?

Honestly I just like shooting with nice, cool people, I look for people who are down to try interesting stuff who are open and not “trying” to look good or like a “model”. I like characters and people with strong personality.

What makes a perfect man?

Someone with confidence thats not overbearing and someone who is genuinely kind. 

Tell us about your tattoo?

Yeah I kind of have a bizarre tattoo on my ribs, It started with a little ode to a piece I saw that Murakami had done and then I just kept adding bits and pieces onto it, I have initials for family members and loved ones and then things that mean nothing but I really like bright colors and fortunately I have an amazing friend Sara Lou in LA who has done my last 8 hours or so of work, I just tell her what I’m thinking and she figures out something cool.

A fragrance?

Mont Blanc Emblem of course!!!

Three products you can't live without?

As much as I hate to admit it my iPhone, but I really love my motorcycle and little old snappy camera Lumix LX3. 

Where do you go to switch off?

There's a couple of Beaches in my home town of Perth Western Australia that nothing comes close to and I’m pretty fortunate to get home a couple times a year and thats when i switch off and fully relax.

A country?

Australia!!!

A gym?

Renzo Gracie Academy. 

A barber?

I've been working the long hair angle for a while now so I can’t really recommend a barber.

A spa?

Great Jones Spa.

A restaurant?

Spaghetti Incident on Eldridge Street.

A hairdresser?

Tom Davitt at Spoke and Weal in Soho.