BY Duane Wells
September 11 2009 7:05 AM ET
If you don’t immediately recognize Trevor Wayne’s face, you might recall catching a glimpse of one of the head-to-toe tattoos that have helped to earn the alternative pop model roles on ER, Mad TV, and Living With Fran in addition to landing him modeling gigs alongside Margaret Cho, Nip/Tuck’s Willam Belli, Project Runway’s Kit Pistol, Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Tom Lenk, and singer Cazwell.
This month Wayne -- a gay man who has also modeled in the books Down the Rabbit Hole by Justin Monroe, Shooting Male by Eric Schwabel, and the upcoming Imagining Man by Clive Barker – celebrates the best of his edgy nude modeling work with the release of a controversial photo mini-magazine titled Pin-Up Show.
Featuring a selection of provocative work by a veritable who’s who of photographers including Barker, Austin Young, Thai Tai, Kaeden Stone, and Van Darkholme, the self-published Pin-Up Show presents Wayne’s oeuvre in the context of an underground art zine and promises to extend the actor-model-artist’s tattooed legend even further.
With the release of Pin-Up Show, an appearance in the upcoming Web series Svengali starring punk rock legend Tim Armstrong, and more signature works of visual pop art in progress, Trevor Wayne is clearly angling to show the world that he can be a pinup and so much more.
Not bad for a kid who grew up on a blueberry farm in Michigan and never thought of himself as photogenic before he got his big break.
Check out our interview with Trevor -- and a dozen exclusive photos from his upcoming book.
Advocate.com: So Trevor how did you go from a farm in Michigan to art school in Chicago to modeling? Was it something you pursued, or was it something that pursued you?
Trevor Wayne: I got into the idea of acting when I was living in NYC. I’d be walking down the street and often get pulled into small productions. I grew to love it, and thought I’d move to L.A., where it’s warmer, and give it a shot. I never thought I’d be modeling. I still feel that's the wrong word sometimes. I didn't even believe I was photogenic.
I got my first set of head shots done and they turned out great. Then other photographers had interest in me, so I began shooting a lot. I started putting more effort into that for a while, recognizing photography as a new art form I hadn't had a hand in yet.