We ‘mos have an epic Friday ahead of us! So epic, it features not one, but THREE internationally famous drag superstars in a once-in-a-lifetime triumvirate performance called It's a Shit Show—starring Diva Detox, Willam, and Vicky Vox—that will take place at Neighbours, with an official, Nark Magazine's Dickslap after-party at The Eagle featuring a certain brilliant young thing they call Johnny Scruff. Who are these people? Let's find out! This is profile number one in a series of four.
The bearded lust beast known as Johnny "Scruff" was actually born Johnny “something else entirely” (Skandros, to be precise) a mere 31 years ago. Johnny grew up in the urban wilds of deepest Las Vegas, and had but one shining singular dream since diaperhood: to get himself up in some sexy hairy mens! (We’ve all been there.)
When Johnny grew up and cellphone technology had sufficiently advanced, he was sad to discover that the gay dating mobile apps seemed limited, unable to deliver to him what he desired in his truest heart of hearts: the aforementioned hairy sexy mens. So he locked his brain together with developer Eric Silverberg’s brain and cobbled together a genius advance in geo-spacial mantracking "gay-networking" (teehee!) that has revolutionized gay sexery: SCRUFF—the premier app for men looking for men with one critical esthetic. Hairy chest? GIMME! Beardy? Is this seat taken? And so! Less than two lust-and-fuzz filled years ago SCRUFF was born, and I have never been so laid ever since. (Bless.) I chatted a bit with Johnny in anticipation of his Friday appearance, here's what he had to tell us:
You grew up in Las Vegas. Where are you living now? I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a single-mom household and attended college at USC in Los Angeles. I have lived in NYC for six years and currently reside in Hell's Kitchen (where all the gays are now!).
When did you realize you were gay? What age? And when did scruffy guys start blowing your skirt up as t’were? Like many LGBTQ youth, I was bullied severely in elementary and junior high school. It wasn't until high school when a popular girl named Misha took to me under her wing that I began making friends and feeling better about my identity. Soon after, I was able to "come out" and self-identify as gay at 15 years old.
What was the family response to your gayness? To SCRUFF? My family has been amazing. I came out to my mom when I was 16. I think she believed it was a phase for a while, but she was very accepting and told me she loved me regardless. When I started SCRUFF, my family was all for it. They knew how strongly I felt about making an impact in the LGBTQ community and they were fully supportive from day one.
Do you use it? Absolutely. I'm on SCRUFF every day. Sometimes it's to chat with fans, meet new friends, find dates, or even for a hookup.
Are you single? Yes, I am happily single. I'd like to find a partner eventually and am waiting for that special spark.
What is your astrological sign? Sagittarius.
What cusswords are you favorite, and why? One of my favorite cusswords is "fuckery" because it can describe anything that is going wrong from a bad experience to someone being a hot mess.
What is your perfect date? Honestly, I've become a burger and beers type of guy. Fancy restaurants and expensive meals on a first date are kind of boring. The best "date" I had recently was actually with a friend. We strolled through Time Square together, ate hot dogs from a street vendor, and took in the atmosphere of it all. It was kind of magical and nostalgic because it reminded me of my early New York days when I was fresh out of college and very poor. It was also his first visit to NYC and it was great to see the excitement on his face.
Jinkx or Alaska (or Roxy)? It's no secret that I love my queens and those three are all fierce as hell! I'd have to go with Jinkx because she identifies with her hippie spirit and that reminds me of my mom. My mom was a teenager in the '60s and is a flower child at heart. Also, HAIR is our favorite musical.
If you had to remembered by history for one thing, what would it be? That in some way or another, I helped make this world a better place for LGBTQ people.
More It's a Shit Show + Dickslap after-party details in this week’s Homosexual Agenda.