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32 M Atlanta, GA

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6′ 4″ (1.93m)
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Graduated from university
Art / Music / Writing
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Doesn’t have kids
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English (Fluently)

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My self-summary
I had to write a bio for a project I'm working on, and decided to make it as much like a Dos Equis commercial as possible while still keeping to the truth:

He is an animator and illustrator for a small studio where the drawings are still done on paper with pencils, pens and markers in a process called "flogging a dead art-form." For years before, he worked theme parks, an underground gypsy cart, and the Savannah riverfront as a caricaturist, stretching faces for cash. He has also performed in improv comedy troupes and done street performance at Renaissance festivals in a vain attempt to force himself into social activity so the drawings won't start talking to him. This hasn't staved off madness, apparently, as he did build, for the Ren Fest, a life-sized, wooden camel that spits water and poops dates. When he was born he cried in bass, and now can be seen at karaoke bars wailing blues and rock songs to regain the comfort of his strange infancy. He once won a mustache contest at an art museum that was exhibiting works by Salvador Dali. He's wrestled a bear. He's the honorary brother of a Belgian knight. An Egyptian ambassador attempted to buy an oil painting of him, but was turned down by the painter. He is... still not terribly interesting at dinner parties.

"I don't always drink beer. Neither does anybody else. We would die if we continuously and unceasingly drank anything. Stay pedantic, my friends!"

Out of curiosity I took the Meyers Briggs personality test, and was described as INTJ, and I have to say that seems to be a fairly accurate assessment.
What I’m doing with my life
I make animated television commercials professionally. It's an amazing creative outlet, and unlike a show or a movie, things change constantly and stay fresh. I'm on to a completely new style and challenge with each new project, and no project lasts much more than a couple of months if that.

I've also worked for the last nine seasons at the Georgia Renaissance Faire as a street character, mostly because the program for character creation and the type of one-on-one, audience-interactive improv at a ren fest is a kind of performance that you can't really do anywhere else and that, as an actor, is extremely rewarding and immersive with a lot of freedom. One hell of a creative outlet! It's also made me realize a love of storytelling, so I may start looking for school and convention venues for telling my take on Mulla Nasrudin stories. May also give stand-up a shot at some point, since there's a lot of cross-over there, but not sure how I want to go about that yet.

I've done and directed professional improv, but am not currently with a troupe.

I also sing karaoke as regularly as I can. Once a week when it's possible.
I’m really good at
Drawing (cartooning, caricature and illustration)
Singing (rock, soul, blues, jazz standards)
Dancing (east coast swing especially, but other than that I do just like to dance)

Recently discovered a talent for long (13-14 hour) road trips. Been on a few fairly recently where I had the option to switch out to other drivers and didn't need it. Helps to have good conversation and a few decent sing-along CDs readily at hand.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm tall with broad shoulders and a stocky frame and wear a full beard and mustache, with the tips of the mustache and beard all curled up, so the mustache gets a good bit of attention.

I think a lot of people notice the size first (going by the principal that homeless guys are descriptively honest when greeting a stranger, and every one that's ever adressed me has called me "big man"), but after that it's probably the quiet calm. Well, that is unless I'm feeling energized and then they notice the constant stream of absurdist jokes and puns (I really love making people laugh).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books, I love satire with heart. Vonegutt, Pratchett, Spider Robinson, Mark Twain, humanists and individualists. Writers who tell the stories of people you know they love and enjoy visiting while showing how imperfect the world is and reminding us that those imperfections are why we love it. Also, as a commercial animator I have a great respect for good comic book art and storytelling. I'm a particularly big fan of Bill Willingham's "Fables" series especially as well as his "House of Mystery" and "Thessaly" and much of the work of Niel Gaiman and Alan Moore (although more Moore than Gaiman).

Movies, I'm much the same, but I can appreciate a lot of different movies. I hate condescending, soulless comedies (I love well-done comedy, but the pandering crap makes me mad), I rarely like horror, and I'm disappointed by humorless, heavy dramas, but if the director shows some love of the work and respect for their audience, then I'm into it. I love the Cohen Brothers' work. I can probably watch anything with either Kevin Spacey or Anthony Hopkins in it and come out happy. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's films create just all-around gorgeous worlds full of people I enjoy knowing (that's Amelie, City of Lost Children, Delicatessen and Micmacs). Brad Bird's personal voice in big pictures is always a joy (Iron Giant is one of my favorite animated movies for several reasons). Gilliam's underdog brilliance and vivid imagination are a treat. Everything that Jason Reitman does has been fantastic (Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up In the Air). Other than that, I've liked a lot of movies.

Shows, I watch Supernatural, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, Community, Dr. Who, the Daily Show, and the Colbert Report pretty regularly. I enjoyed Angel a lot (largely because of Lorne: the karaoke-singing, green, lounge-lizard demon), had fun watching most of Buffy, thought a few episodes of Firefly were pretty good (liked the character of Shepherd Book a lot, but there wasn't much there for him) and didn't finish Dollhouse. I miss Pushing Daisies. Dead Like Me was brilliant, but especially good whenever Mandy Patinkin was on the screen.

Music is all over the place. Classic and new Swing (with special places for Royal Crown Review, Assylum Street Spankers and the Squirrel Nut Zippers), gutsy soul, blues. Ray Charles is great. Dig Otis Redding. Love Joe Cocker (especially when he covers the Beatles). Been turning up the radio when Mumford and Sons, Fitz and the Tantrums, or Florence and the Machine songs come on lately, and I check out what Pomplamoose gets up to fairly regularly on YouTube. I love well-done cover songs, especially when creatively handled (Alicia Witt's take on the Paul Simon song "Call me Al" is a great example and recent addiction) and I grew up on Bobby McFerrin, so good acapella makes me very happy too. Otherwise, there's a lot out there that I enjoy, those are just some standouts.

I'm an omnivore with marked carnivorous tendencies. I don't like onions, peppers, asparagus or the texture of most overcooked or boiled vegetables (steamed or fresh veggies make me happy). Other than that, I'm pretty open to most foods. I don't care much about drinking and only tend to drink alcohol at bars. Have never gotten actually drunk, nor do I see it as a goal. I don't condemn it, though, and I've enjoyed the company of the inebriated on several occasions, it's just not really for me.
The six things I could never do without
1. Pencil (mightier than both pen and sword, for only it has the power to fix its own mistakes)

2. Paper (to use with #1)

3. A flat, non-textured, stable surface to hold the paper at a comfortable height and angle for drawing (to use with #1 and #2)

4. Rhythm

5. Music

6. More
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What I want to make next, and how to help friends with projects they're excited about.
On a typical Friday night I am
not sure what will happen.

I don't have a routine for Friday nights, so I could be prepping for an upcoming improv show, or getting things together for work at Ren Fest over the weekend, or going to a friend's costume party, or playing a non-sequiter round of Apples to Apples with a bunch of people that goes until 3am (nowadays it's more likely Cards Against Humanity or Telestrations), around the corner drinking wine and singing karaoke with friends at the wine bar, or out at a swing dance to a live big band at Georgia Tech or building an absurdly large steampunk prop gun out of mailing tubes, a hat box and a hand-drill that is also a working zoetrope to walk around Dragon*Con with, or constructing a large, wooden camel with interior storage and legs rigged to wheels so it looks like it's running when pushed. Not enough Fridays in the year to make a "typical" out of all of that.

I'd like to get out to more concerts and live theater.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
What follows is certainly private, and plenty might consider it TMI. Still, willing to admit it, so here goes!

I'm uncircumcised, and even though I've never really been given reason to, I am self-conscious about it because I feel like it's something that has to be explained at some point in serious relationships because it's out of the norm. Of the few relationships I've had, everybody's seemed to be fine with it, but I do think it's lead to me being reserved about starting relationships out of dread of having to figure out when and how to bring it up as a topic. I have had women friends I was not dating or planning to date state in random conversations that they couldn't be with an uncircumcised guy, or that the idea is horrifying to them, so I think it's fair to state it here if that's something you might have strong feelings against. I figure the facial hair, height and stockiness are all things you can see and decide about easily from my profile, but this isn't obvious without admission, and something I know people have strong preferences about.

Edit: I've been getting random messages from people in other parts of the country telling me not to be ashamed, that there's an "intact" movement, and that some people prefer uncircumcised guys. I already knew all of those things. I'm closer to the issue than a lot of people. Though I appreciate the intent, I'd like to think there's a lot more interesting about me than a bit of extra skin, so if you have no interest in me other than to tell me that you're "team foreskin," please don't.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 25–42
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends
You should message me if
You're in some way creative and can appreciate creativity.
It's a plus if you like to dance or sing.

You want to know more about something in my Dos Equis-style intro (again, everything stated there is true, some things just don't go very far qualifying the circumstances).

If you're curious about my artwork and would like to see the goofy stuff I draw.