Mama's Golden Child

Photography by Julian Vankim
Published on September 4, 2012, 4:45am | Comments

Honesty and openness are the words to characterize Tyree's relationship with his mother. ''She's my best friend,'' says the 25-year-old Virginia Beach, Va., native and self-described ''mama's boy.'' While sometimes shy when meeting new people, Tyree is a man who prefers to be the life of the party and likes taking charge. Formerly ''chunky,'' he has shed the pounds and balances his love of cooking with intense workouts at the gym, school and his job at a credit union. While this self-motivated man rarely has free time, when he does go out you might catch him at the Fireplace, Club Aqua or Bachelor's Mill.

What's on your nightstand?
An iPod, an iHome and a schoolbook.

Coverboy: Tyree

Coverboy: Tyree

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What's in your nightstand drawer?
A lot of my fancy underwear that I would wear out, but not on a daily basis. I call them ''go get 'em drawers.''

Where do you keep the condoms and lube?
I have a small canteen bag in my closet, and I keep them in there.

What are your television favorites?
Right now I'm into a lot of reality TV shows. Love and Hip-Hop, R&B Divas, Single Ladies – and I'm waiting for The Real Housewives of Atlanta to come back on.

What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
Tom and Jerry.

What superhero would you be?
I'd like to be Superman, but have the powers of Storm from X-Men.

Coverboy: Tyree

Coverboy: Tyree

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

Who's your greatest influence?
My mother. She's my biggest influence, my biggest support net.

What's your greatest fear?
Being elderly, because I see how people disregard or disrespect them. I don't want to be put in that position.

Pick three people, living or dead, who you think would make the most fascinating dinner guests imaginable.
Beyoncé, Maya Angelou and Whitney Houston.

What would you serve?
They all seem like people who are down-home and such. I'd probably just fry up some chicken. That's my favorite food anyway.

How would you describe your dream guy?
I don't really have a dream guy. I don't want to limit myself with unrealistic expectations.

Define good in bed.
Completely, 100 percent versatile. It's more fun when there are no limitations.

Who should star in a movie about your life?

Who was your first celebrity crush?
LL Cool J.

Coverboy: Tyree

Coverboy: Tyree

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

Who gets on your nerves?
Somebody who's cocky, stuck-up and conceited for no reason at all.

If your home was burning, what's the first thing you'd grab while leaving?
My two dogs. I have a Yorkie and a basset hound.

What's your biggest turn-on?
Being touched on my neck.

What's your biggest turn-off?
Bad body odor or bad breath.

What's something you've always wanted to do but haven't yet tried?
I've always wanted to travel around the world. Just be able to drop everything and go.

What's something you've tried that you never want to do again?
Traveling with people that have no money. You end up having to pay for everybody

Boxers, briefs or other?

Who's your favorite musical artist?

What's your favorite website?

Coverboy: Tyree

Coverboy: Tyree

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What's the most unusual place you've had sex?
Behind an elementary school. School was not in session and it was at night.

What position do you play in the big baseball game of life?
The umpire, because I take control of everything in my life.

What's your favorite retail store?

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

What about on shoes?

What's your favorite food to splurge with?
Fried chicken. As much as I work out and stay in shape, that's the only food I won't deny.

What's your favorite season?
Fall, because you can play with your clothes, wear different things.

What kind of animal would you be?
A tiger. I'm a go-getter and I am loud sometimes. But I'm also sometimes on the prowl, in that I sit back and observe before I make my move.

What kind of plant would you be?
An evergreen tree.

What kind of car would you be?
A Rolls-Royce, the finest of all the cars.

What are you most grateful for?
Everything I have.

What's something you want more of?

State your life philosophy in 10 words or less.
Live life to the fullest, and don't apologize.

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