GUY TANG: Wow, well I started doing photography first and shot Jeremy Tang and Peter Le and got connected with amazing people in my life and thats how it all started. I have their images on my MySpace as my hair and fashion portfolio. And then I got my body in shape.
B: There is not a great deal of visibility when it comes to Asian models. What is your viewpoint on this?
GT: Well ,as we all know, I cant stand Asian men stereotypes in the media. I hate them and the stereotypes can kiss my Asian ASS!!! Thats why I am doing everything in my power to dispel these desexualizing stereotypes....whether I am the photographer or model, I use fashion and sex to push the boundaries.
B: Did you think your ethnicity would be a barrier to succeeding within the industry?
GT: Of course I did. I knew stepping in to this would be hard but if I am gonna make it, I have to have a purpose. Its not about being famous, but its about sending out the right message and to showcase the Asian male beauty to the fullest.
B: I have always admired your work, and you've been fortunate to have shot with some of the most prominant photographers working today. Do you remember what your first photo shoot was like?
GT: Of course I do. I love all my experiences with all my photographers. They are all very different and unique.
B: The first image I ever saw of you, that brought you to my attention was the one of you in the window taken by Justin Monroe. What was your experience with him like?
GT: I love JustinMonroe. He crosses the boundaries and pushes the sexual envelope. He is artistic and creative and surreal.. he is a lot like me in many ways.
GT: I am a hairstylist, so we came up with a campy concept that is extreme, original and really ME.I love shooting videos with Don.
B: When shooting a story such as that one, are the shots mapped out or do you just get into character and let the poses flow from that?
GT: They are both mapped out but we go with the flow. I get into character fast... and it’s easy for me to follow the light since I am a photographer myself.
B: I'm a huge fan of other photographer's works, and you have been shot by some of the people that inspire me. I'm going to mention a few and have you give your thoughts on each one.
a) Luis Rafael
b) Gary Xu
c) Rick Day
d) Carlos Arias
e) Maya Guez
f) Andreas Delrosi
GT: I had fun with Luis, he truly welcomed me to Miami. Gary is one of my good friends now. Rick was so much fun, he is fast. Carlos was unique. Maya is one of my favorites, she is such a perfectionist. Andreas is full of fun.
B: I already mentioned Justin Monroe and Don Pollard, but can you tell us more about Don first? You seem to have been one of his muses.
GT: He is my best friend, manager, photographer, videographer and web designer.
B: Your website is fantastic and I knew that Don designed it. Did you work on the layout together?
GT: I let Don flow with his juices, and I love what he does.
B: You've coined your own word, which I believe is the name of your production side - DestinAsian. I love that and found it to be very clever. You even have photos where you are wearing two belt buckles, one that says Destin and the other Asian. How did you come up with that, and what does it mean to you?
GT: DestinAsian is my concept and philosophy. it became my alter ego.....its about my journey to find myself as an Asian-American and help empower younger Asian -Americans to find confidence in themselves and their sexuality, its about breaking negative and degrading stereotypes that regards Asian men.
B: You have incredible bone structure and an absolutely amazing physique. How often do you work out?
GT: Wow. I workout 6 times a week.
B: Do you have a trainer?
GT: Nope but I thought about becoming a personal trainer soon.
B: Physicality can be very important in male imagery. Has your body created more opportunities for you?
GT: Of course but I earned everything I worked for...having body is not easy. Its time at the gym and eating habits must change, and protein intakes are different, and cardio training is a must.
GT: I would change a few things, but who wouldn’t?
B: It would be impossible to talk about you physically without mentioning your behind. There's no denying that you have an incredible ass, and photographers seemed to love showing it off. Have you always had this or did it develope later?
GT: Well. I used to be heavy so when I lost weight to gain muscle, my body did its own thing and doing squats help build the booty.
B: The rear views show that you are comfortable with showing some skin, and you have done quite a few implied nudes, but I've only seen one photo that reveals any full frontal. How do you feel about nudity in general? Would you ever pose full frontal?
GT: We will feature them on my website (http://www.guytang.net/) when the time is right.
B: Justin Monroe is known for creating these otherworld settings, but he is also known for the overt sexuality in his images. Have you, or would you ever consider posing in a more graphic sense, such as with a visible erection?
GT: Done it already and you may see them soon.
B: There are countless underwear shots out there in various portfolios, and some models will agree to a print of a visible erection beneath their briefs of boxers. Have you ever been asked to do this?
GT: Sure, it depends on the theme and what photographer.
B: Have you ever had a bad experience at a photoshoot, such as a photographer crossing the lines? Obviously, you don't have to name names.
GT: Never. Every experience has been learning and growing opportunity.
B: What is the one thing you feel is missing from the idustry as a whole, as it pertains to you?
GT: Asian men. We need more heroic and studly men in films and media images.
B: People who admire your photos may not realize that you are also a hair stylist. How long have you been doing hair?
GT: Over 5 years. I am an amazing hair designer.
GT: I am still a go-go dancer and I love it. Its fun and why not, I do it for fun and to promote my website,
B: Has acting ever been an aspiration for you?
GT: Of course. I would love to.
B: Are there any other models whose work inspires you or that you identify with?
GT: I love Peter Le, and Jeremy Tang.
B: When I see certain photoshoots, I often find myself thiking I should try a certain technique or style. Is there any particular image that you've wanted to create but have yet to achieve?
GT: I would love to do a grotesque zombie or vampire theme.
B: What 3 things do you hold most dear?
GT: Music, passion, and life. Music sets me free lyrically (Mariah Carey). Passion is what keeps me going and life is for us to enjoy, so I Live it!!!
B: Can you tell me 5 fun facts about Guy that even people who know you might be surprised to know?
GT: I am passionate, loving, and confident, I enjoy life and I love to laugh.
B: I appreciate your time. Any last words?
GT: Check out my website (http://www.guytang.net/).
I love all my FANS, you guys keep me going, and I will keep doing what I can.
photo: Andreas Delrosi
makeup: Makeup By Mat
photo: Justin Monroe
photo: Rick Day
photo: Don Pollard Photography