People : Yanny Tokyo

Someone I recently Snapped - but this boy really is too cool for school. We talk Timeless style, Terminator Salvation and Tickle Torture...

Hi YannyToyko, as you seem to be known on Myspace. Can we ask what your real name is? See, nobody knows. So do I tell or do I keep it a secret...?

You're a model, photographer, band promoter, web designer, art designer and all round artist. Do you ever feel the need to take a nap? I hate sleep. As weird as it sounds I always think I would miss out on something, so I stay up longer. Most people would call it insomnia.

Insomnia? That's pretty intense. Do you find yourself busy all the time then? I'm always doing something or trying to find something to do, keeping myself busy and trying to achieve the best in life. If you want the best you'll work for it

Do you have a favorite photographer? If so, who is it? I have a personal photographer who photographed me recently. His name is Pantelis. The way he works amazes me, he doesn’t use Photoshop and instead uses full set lighting. It's what I call pure photography. I also love Cindy Sherman, I love her unique style and the way her work is held is very inspirational.

If you promote bands, you obviously have a keen interest in music or the music industry. Tell us your top 3 songs of all time. This is easy… Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone, Alabaster Queen – Orange Tree and The Distillers – Lordy Lordy.

You're working with bands to promote them obviously. Who's your dream band to work with and why? 100% Knights Of The Abyss, they're a talent from God, ha ha... Candy to my ears. And I would want to work more with my best friends band Alabaster Queen, even though I’ve worked with her before, she’s always giving more and giving something new every time I see her.

You're a stylish lookin' kid - where do you like to shop and what's your three favorite items of clothing? I shop everywhere and anywhere... I like to mix n' match my clothes and combine them together. My 3 favorite items have to be my red chequed shirt a friend actually gave me, and my sand boots. I love boots and baggy white t-shirts, they work well with everything.

Do you have any bad habbits that slow you down whilst working? Cleaning. I swear I have an OCD for cleaning.

Do you have ticklish feet? EXTREMELY. I hate my feet being touched! I go mad and start throwing punches…
Ah, so we've found your weak spot. How about a foot rub? No, no, no! Anyone touching my feet makes me cringe. I hate it so much.

So you'd be a bit shit if someone was tickling you for information. How quickly would you give in? Never! It'd never get that far. I'd just give in.

Do you think you're style is individually earned, or have you taken slices of inspiration from other people? Watching movies inspire me. I love the hole retro country look (see James Dean in the epic ‘Giant’) mixed with a modern edge.

How the HELL did you get a body like that? I swear and promise you this...
Okay, go on... I have never worked out and I eat more junk then anyone I know! I need to stop it, its very unhealthy. I also have sweet tooth.

You're in Southampton at the moment. What's your favorite place to go, to unwind and chillout, or to wind up and have some fun? Well I live near Southampton. I live in Amesbury, about 20 minutes away and I live in an area where there’s just fields everywhere. There’s a place me n' my friends go to play music and take photos, it's called Chalk Pit, it's up on a hill and when you look around its just this beautiful scenery of fields... My friends are very spiritual so we relax and then play music and dance and just talk... I love days like that.

Have you seen the recent Terminator movie? It's garnered mixed reviews. What's your thoughts on it all? Well I never really like those sort of films so I haven't seen it, but I did watch one of them on television the other day and really enjoyed it… So I might have to take a trip to the pictures and go see it.

If you had to live in one item of clothing, what would it be? Just me or everyone cause if its everyone thats naked

Just you. Err, okay, it would have to be the hoodie my brother bought me for a Christmas present. Its so comfy to live in.

Where's the hoody from? I'm not sure actually, hence why it was a Christmas present! ... But I think it was a bit pricey.

You've got quite a few interesting tattoo's. Which ones your favorite? Well, I have to say my pin-up on my arm (timeless ink Salisbury btw). He is truly the best tattooist I have seen and been to... I originally had my own design and he was quite blunt and said it would look like crap and wont fit properly, and then designed the one I have now. I love it. I even have people come up to me on the street and tell me it looks amazing and where did I get them done. So, good on him.
And finally, where are you from originally? I am from Germany. I can speak fluent English and German, spent 10 years of my life there and moved to England at the age of 10.
Yanny Tokyo can be found being sexual on his myspace page, where he is busy web designing, promoting and being a general insomniac.
Words: Matthew Skingsley
Photos: Snapuup!


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