A.J.

Meet a self-made man who likes his world tidy

Photography by Julian Vankim
Published on February 25, 2012, 11:02am | Comments

It's not surprising that A.J., 24, is a barback at The Fireplace and at Secrets. It's the perfect job for a guy who likes clean surfaces. ''If you go in a bar and there's just empty cups, I pick 'em up and take 'em to the bartender. It's a pet peeve. Like OCD. I'm looking at a messy table right now I need to straighten up.'' If you see A.J. on the job, you'd better not litter on his watch. And if you like what you see, be aware that the Hyattsville resident is happily single – but open to updating his status for the right guy.

What's on your nightstand?
My TV.

What's in your nightstand drawer?
Movies.

What ratings?
R, PG and XXX. The good, the bad and the nasty.

What are your television favorites?
True Blood and Glee.

What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
ThunderCats.

What superhero would you be?
Batman. He's the most realistic.

Who's your greatest influence?
Life in general. It's taught me to treat others the way I want to be treated. That's gotten me a long way.

What's your greatest fear?
Losing everything I've worked for. Falling backwards is my biggest fear.

Pick three people, living or dead, who you think would make the most fascinating dinner guests imaginable.
Martin Luther King; my best friend, Stefan; and Steve Jobs to get some insights on new technology.

What would you serve?
Some good ol' soul food. Pork chops, greens....

How would you describe your dream guy?
Multicultural, a good kisser. Someone who loves music and knows how to dance. Good personality. Between 5'3'' and 5'8'' – I don't like guys taller than me. Not skinny, not super buff, but lean and defined.

Define good in bed.
It depends on the chemistry. Good chemistry makes good sex.

Who should star in a movie about your life?
Jamie Foxx.

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Bow Wow, before he grew up and became a so-called ''gangsta.''

Who gets on your nerves?
People who think they're better than everyone.

If your home was burning, what's the first thing you'd grab while leaving?
My laptop. It has all my family pictures and important documents.

What's your biggest turn-on?
A cute guy with a really nice ass.

What's your biggest turn-off?
A really cute guy with a foul odor.

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

What's something you've tried that you never want to do again?
Go to jail.

What did you go to jail for?
Transporting katanas, Japanese swords. They were a graduation present. The way the officer explained it, even in the box it could be considered concealing a deadly weapon. They held me for about half a day then let me go. I went to court, but they dismissed it.

Boxers, briefs or other?
Boxer-briefs. Regular briefs are a little too tight, and if you get a random hardon boxer-briefs keep it concealed.

Who's your favorite musical artist?
I like the music that OneRepublic does.

What's your favorite website?
I'm going to be good and say Facebook.

What's the most unusual place you've had sex?
There's plenty of those. Maybe a football field in the middle of the night.

What position do you play in the big baseball game of life?
I love a good catcher. I'm the pitcher.

What's your favorite retail store?
Target – a little bit of everything at reasonable prices.

What's the most you'll spend on a haircut?
$30.

Coverboy A.J.

Coverboy A.J.

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What about on shoes?
Maybe $100.

What's your favorite food to splurge with?
Flamin' Hot Cheetos mixed with Fritos Twists, and some salt-and-vinegar chips. I love the three of those together.

What's your favorite season?
Summer. I'm more energetic, and you don't have to wear as many clothes.

What kind of animal would you be?
A black panther or a tiger.

What kind of plant would you be?
Bamboo. Living or dead, it's strong.

What kind of car would you be?
A new Corvette. Black with red interior.

What are you most grateful for?
The people in my life that actually give a shit about me.

What's something you want more of?
Money.

State your life philosophy in 10 words or less.
I don't remember where I heard it, but, ''Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That's why they call it the present.''


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