What was the most outlandish thing you saw in those clubs? I’ve seen people straddled up in some serious anal penetration, but that was just interesting. I was more shocked by GG’s Barnum Room, this club in the Times Square district that had a trapeze above. That club was everything. Old rich straight men with rich straight boys with trannys, disco queens, glam rockers, tourists – I’d never seen an eclectic group assembled in a such a bizarre environment, and I would say the greatest days of my life were there. That’s where I met Chi Chi Valenti, who became my first girlfriend in New York! Johnny Dynell, whom I knew from the hustling underground, was wearing that sort of sailor boy look, which is still my fave look of all time. I introduced him to Chi Chi! They’re heroes. Really big influences on me.
I don’t care what anybody says, Vincent Gallo is a fantastically interesting artist. Come on, he directed himself getting a blowjob in his own film. How can you not love that? Then he blew up that blowjob on a billboard over Sunset Boulevard. A hummer over all those Hummers. Good times. Now he’s given an interview to Lawrence Ferber in the gay mag HX that’s a warm and honest recall of his hustler days in Manhattan. I knew him back when New York still had a sinister and exciting underground, and he’s not fucking with you.