Coverboy: Jared

Active artist

Photography by Julian Vankim
Published on May 16, 2013, 7:36am | Comments

Staying active is at the top of the agenda for 27-year-old Jared. Originally from Hampton Roads, Va., Jared kicked his way through college on a soccer scholarship. Today, working as a graphic designer, he's still scoring goals in a co-ed recreational league. He's also trained in ''aerial silks,'' acrobatic feats aloft made by famous by Cirque du Soleil. ''It's a lot of fun and a good workout,'' he says. When he's not working on his physical fitness, Jared likes to hang out in D.C. or downtown Baltimore, meaning you're likely to catch him at places like Grand Central, Nellie's or Cobalt.

What's on your nightstand?
A spread of magazines and books.

Coverboy: Jared

Coverboy: Jared

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What's in your nightstand drawer?
Loose change and receipts.

Where do you keep the condoms and lube?
Bathroom closet.

What are your television favorites?
House of Cards and The Walking Dead.

What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
The Ren & Stimpy Show. It was kind of crude and funny for the time, before the likes of South Park and Family Guy.

Who's your greatest influence?
My mom. She is a single parent of two, and has been an example in my life of what strength is, and how to overcome obstacles.

What's your greatest fear?
Not leaving behind a meaningful legacy.

Pick three people, living or dead, who you think would make the most fascinating dinner guests imaginable.
Tim Burton, Alexander McQueen and Quentin Tarantino.

What would you serve?
Squid-ink pasta and bourbon.

Coverboy: Jared

Coverboy: Jared

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

How would you describe your dream guy?
Someone spontaneous and loyal.

Define good in bed.
Someone who's able to push your buttons without crossing the line.

Who should star in a movie about your life?
James Franco.

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Bruce Willis.

Who gets on your nerves?
Someone with a bad attitude.

If your home was burning, what's the first thing you'd grab while leaving?
My phone.

What's your biggest turn-on?
A nice smile.

What's your biggest turn-off?
Bad breath.

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

Coverboy: Jared

Coverboy: Jared

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What's something you've tried that you never want to do again?
Eat ghost chili peppers.

Boxers, briefs or other?

Who's your favorite musical artist?
Queens of the Stone Age.

What's your favorite website?

What's the most unusual place you've had sex?
In the back of a car.

What position do you play in the big baseball game of 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?
Mozzarella sticks.

Coverboy: Jared

Coverboy: Jared

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What's your favorite season?
Fall, because of the number of things you can wear in fall versus the other seasons.

What kind of animal would you be?
A tiger.

What kind of plant would you be?
A Japanese maple.

What kind of car would you be?
KITT from Night Rider.

What are you most grateful for?
For having a true understanding of hard work.

What's something you want more of?
I want more design work. It pays my bills.

State your life philosophy in 10 words or less.
Don't be an asshole.

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