CHARLIE PORTER: THE MEN
FROM THE VAULT (WINTER 2010)
NAME: Charlie Porter.
MAGAZINES/EMPLOYERS: Fantastic Man.
OFFICIAL JOB TITLE: deputy editor.
STAR SIGN: right on the cusp of Libra and Scorpio.
PORN-STAR NAME (FIRST PET’S NAME + MOTHER’S MAIDEN NAME): Biscuit Reynolds.
FIRST JOB: temporary sales assistant, Our Price record store, Peterborough.
WORST JOB: I started out on the Daily Express in the mid-1990s, and one day I was sent to an emergency department to find six doctors who would be willing to admit they fancied Emma Thompson. Doctors at emergency departments tend to have better things to do than admit to a junior researcher from the Daily Express that they fancy Emma Thompson. I found three.
WHAT ARE YOU WEARING (ON THE DAY YOUR PORTRAIT WAS TAKEN)? Christopher Shannon top, cut-off Levi’s 501s from a billion years ago, Converse.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT: Knitting, gardening, lyrics to obscure hi-nrg records.
ARE YOU PART OF THE ZEITGEIST? I’m a total hermit, so no.
HAVE YOU EVER USED/WOULD YOU EVER USE SEX TO FURTHER YOUR CAREER? I know for a fact that sex has hindered my career.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE? At the moment, I like doing things for myself.
WHAT DO YOU HATE? Complacency, defeatism, timidity, anything done by rote.
WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES? WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO? Fantastic Man and Butt were my favourite magazines before I started working with Gert and Jop, so now I’m very lucky to be employed by these two men who have created without compromise a whole new language in magazines. They are disciplined, quite relentless and always speak their mind, but they are also an absolute joy and a privilege to be around.
WHAT’S YOUR POISON? Any programme from the ABC network’s Bachelor strand: The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, or this summer’s new development, Bachelor Pad.
ARE YOU A BITCH? Yes.
WHAT TURNS YOU ON? Young men with old men’s faces.
SELL YOURSELF IN 10 WORDS: no matter what happens, I make the best tea ever.
WHAT’S UP AND COMING? Fantastic Man issues 13 to 13,000,000,000.
by Natalie Dembinska
Photograph by Maria Ziegelboeck – www.mariaziegelboek.com