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It’s our very own December cover star, IAN MELLENCAMP!
By George Wayne.
Photographer: Andrew Werner | AndrewWernerPhotography.com, Photographer Assistant: Eric Bujnowski, Art Director: James Murray, Produced by: Hillary Latos, Stylist: Tanya Tauthong-Kass (Instagram tanyatauthongkass), Stylist Assistant: Kristine Lorraine Serrano, Hair: Dion Moore for Angelo david salon, Makeup: Oscar Caballero, Manicurist: Mariana Kryekurti for Angelo David Salon | Patricia Nail Lacquer
Shot on location at Holiday House, SOHO (40 & 50 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012)
Open To the Public: November 17th, 2016 – January 8th, 2017, 11 am – 5 pm (closed on holidays), Thursdays, until 8 pm. Link for general admission ticket purchases to holiday house: holidayhousenyc.com/buy-tickets/
Ian Mellencamp is best summed as the-male- model-superstar-and-in uential-downtown-rock & roll-gorgon. Yes, takes some roll of the tongue. But that is the simplest way to best describe one of my favorite millennial-multi-hyphenates.
Although a very successful male model star in demand for iconic brands such as Calvin Klein, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren for which he has starred in many global advertising campaigns. Music is the true food of his love. His sophomore EP, Free AF is a streaming hit on various social media platforms. Ian played at Farm Aid 2016 outside Washington, D.C. earlier this year alongside Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, and John Mellencamp. The emerging rock God and his drummer, Daniel Sousa, will play at Mercury Lounge on December 17 and as such, he sits to talk the talk with Resident magazine Special Correspondent–George Wayne for an exclusive and revealing interview like none before this…Music historians may very well come to acknowledge Ian Mellencamp as the 21st century answer to early David Bowie…
GEORGE WAYNE: I love those turquoise bracelets you are wearing. Where did you get them?
IAN MELLENCAMP: From my father Joe [Mellencamp}. He gave them to me. They’re very cool..huh? Very rock & roll.
GW: Joe Mellencamp, big brother to the famous John Mellencamp?
IM: Yes, he is the eldest and my Uncle John is the second eldest of the five. I have two aunts from that side of the family.
GW: What made you think that you could come to New York City and be a star?
IM: I always wanted to move to either New York or L.A. because I wanted to be around creative individuals who were open-minded. Individuals that were pushing the boundaries of society and being on the edge of it all. Folk on the forefront.
GW: And do you think that you push the boundaries?
IM: I try.
GW: I have never seen one of your gigs, though you have always invited me. I won’t miss the next one though, because I hear you like to perform in dresses! What’s that about?
IM: I sometimes perform in dresses. I just love clothing! [Laughs].
GW: Okay, so it’s a fetish. Do you consider it drag? What is it?
IM: It’s not quite drag. The last gig I did, I had a hoop skirt on. I like fashion, so if I see a nice piece I want to wear it. Even if it is a cool dress, I want to wear it.
GW: Would you consider yourself–sexually fluid?
IM: Yeah, yeah. I try to be open…
GW: What was your first job here in the concrete jungle of New York City?
IM: It was that first job, that Calvin Klein job where I met you for the first time.
GW: Wow! You are right! I didn’t realize that was the first time you actually came to New York!
IM: Yeah! Steven Meisel flew me to that set. I wasn’t even living in New York then.
GW: Wow! That’s when I first met you?
IM: Yeah, I was commuting from Ohio to do that.
GW: Yes. it was on the set of the second CKOne fragrance campaign! I was hired as a Creative Consultant by Baron & Baron to prep you kids for the TV commercials!
IM: Yeah, that was the big stuff and what got me started [as a male model]. It was because I was a musician. Funny, how it has come full circle. They wanted musicians, and dancers and artists and stuff, and that is how I was asked to be a part of that.
GW: I was always thought you were such a great guy. I love your spirit and your cool Mid-Western values…
GW: You’re just a really, really nice, decent genuine guy. A good kid.
IM: Thanks George.
GW: Would you say that temperament comes from your Mid-Western upbringing?
IM: It’s that Ohio thing. I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio…
GW: I guess they call Ohio, the swing state for a reason.
GW: Well, that is my experience anyway. Ohio studs tend to be sexually evolved. I say that from personal experience.
IM: I have a good family. My Dad always told me to work hard, to be a hard worker. My Mum always told me to be honest. My mother always had a way of talking to people and making them open up. She can talk to anyone.
GW: Talk a bit about your music.
IM: It’s rock & roll…psychedelic, electronic rock & roll. My new EP is called Free AF and it’s five songs. It kind of came about because I had just left my modeling agency, I just left my record label and so I was free. I was free as f*** and so I called the EP – Free AF. I was a solo agent and the inspiration came to me. I was as free as a bird. I looked at this as the moment to put my music out there completely free of all restrictions. I was just wanted to be free and open.
GW: What does your famous Uncle John Mellencamp think of your music?
IM: He is sort of like my Dad, in the sense that they want me to follow my dreams and do my thing, to do it for myself. Nothing was ever just handed to me. No record deal or such. I worked hard for it.
GW: Do you believe in unicorns?
IM: Yeah because I feel like I am a unicorn. I believe in fairy tales.
GW: Stop lying! Wow! You really do like fairy tales. What sign are you?
GW: Well…I made sure to bring my favorite ‘’bible’’ to this interview. It is called ‘Sexual Astrology’ by Martine. So now I am going to read what Martine’s Sexual Astrology says about the Gemini man. And you are going to tell me if this sexual astrologist is on point–or not.
IM: Okay..cool. Go for it.
GW: ‘’He is always in transit from one place to another, from one person to another, one vocation to another, restless, nervous. He is not content to live on day at a time but to try to compress a week, a month into one day…
IM: There is some truth to that.
GW: Not much? I will continue… ‘’The Gemini male loves to travel. He is a hard worker, but only for a short stretch. He is unusually intelligent and has a clever gift of gab. ‘’ Yes, or no?
IM: That is one one side of my Gemini self.
GW: You’re right! We have to remember the Gemini has that split personality.
IM: That’s right, because I am both introverted and extroverted–the extremes…I’m not fully out and I am not fully in…
GW: ‘’The Gemini man likes to have his fingers sucked slowly, one at a time…’’ True?
IM: My arms are sensitive for some reason.
GW: Wow! That’s what it continues to say…’’Try running your hands lightly over the Gemini’s arms. Even touching his arms will raise his goose bumps…’’ That’s what it says! And there is more….’’
IM: I am very sensitive, very sensitive to touch.
GW: And then it says about the Gemini male sex life…’’You won’t finding him breathing heavily…he plays a dual role…one making love and one watching. And then listen to this…’’he prefers sex with the light one…’’
IM: Not always, but sometimes true. I always want to take a lot at the merchandise.
GW: Who is the girl you dating now?
IM: Well, it is still sort of new, but I like her a lot, we will see. I don’t want to talk about her because it is still very new.
GW: It goes on to say…’’Cunnilingus is not especially the Gemini male forte.’’
IM: Not true.
GW: Now that we got that out of the way! Listen to this! ‘’Because he is pulled in two directions–the Gemini male has a tendency towards bisexuality.’’ And then it goes on…’’Some, while retaining their heterosexual status become transvestites by satisfying their duality of desire by wearing woman’s clothes and makeup.’’ Look! That’s what it says. I am not making this up!
IM: Wow! Now you got me! [Laughs]!
GW: It’s GW’s ‘’bible’’ — Sexual Astrology by Martine. The first reference point for GW whenever I meet someone of keen interest and desire.
IM: What sign are you?
GW: Sagittarius. You know, half-man and half-horse. [Laughs]. And you Ian Mellencamp are loved and respected in these parts–always! Thank you for this great tete-a-tete!