Love & Lust

Matthew Camp on being an object of desire and owning his own sexual health

With more than half a million Instagram followers of stunning photos of his chiseled torso (and other body parts), Matthew Camp may be the most lusted after man on the planet. But he’s also so much more than a pretty face. He’s the star of Getting Go, the critically acclaimed film based on his own life as a go-go boy, the lead designer for Matthew Camp Designs, and an articulate spokesman for sex-positive approaches to owning your own sexual health among gay men.

Queerty caught up with Matthew to get his thoughts on sex, love, dating, his favorite book, and HIV testing…

How did you get involved in Getting Go, about a fictional go-go dancer based partly on your own life?

I was approached by the directors who wanted to do a documentary/mockumentary about me. They were really great to work with and it was a fun experience. I would love to do it again.

Sadly, we have not had the feeling of being adored across the globe so we are curious: How does it feel?

I am very flattered by that sentence alone. I feel very lucky and very humbled to have this many people be appreciative of the things that I put out there. I just want to convey nothing but thankfulness for the entire experience I’ve had.

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You have nearly half a million Instagram followers. What’s your secret?

The one thing I can say to people who are expressing themselves through social media like Instagram and other platforms is that it’s important to be yourself, do the things that you want to do, and present yourself the way that you want to present yourself. Follow the same rules that you do in life, be nice to people, treat everyone with respect, and be yourself.

How do you stay in shape? What’s your gym and food routine like?

I love to work out, it’s one of my favorite things to do. I find it fascinating and really stimulating. I love to go to the gym, I love to lift weights, love to stretch, I love to run, and I love feeling like I have control over some aspects of my body. In order to maintain the kind of size that I like I have to eat a lot, typically about 4000 to 5000 calories a day, more if I’m training or trying to gain weight. I love the science behind exercise and physique training.

Tell us about Matthew Camp Designs.

I started it with the help of some very close friends who really encouraged me to follow that outlet. Eight Point Five (Matthew Camp Designs) itself would’ve never existed without the encouragement of some very close friends. As far as making clothing and the design aspects I borrow a lot of ideas from a lot of people. I have been influenced by a lot of people from friends to strangers on the street. All kinds of people have some sort of or amount of inspiration for me. The construction and pattern making and stuff like that I learned in a couple of classes I took at a community college. But I have been fantasizing about constructing garments since I was a kid so it came very naturally and easily to me. I didn’t need much direction.

What is your love life like these days? We’re pretty sure you get a lot of offers.

I am currently single and looking to mingle. I do get a lot of offers from people online. I find it to be an excellent resource for meeting new people and potential sex partners.

How do you navigate safe sex and dating?

As far as navigating dating and sex I find it really helpful to build some sort of connection or relationship with someone that you’re having sex with. I find that the sex usually turns out better, and the whole experience itself. The worst thing is to meet someone who seems on the outside to be very cool and nice, and then have them go zero to crazy in five seconds.

When it comes to HIV, there is still a lot of fear and stigma out there. How do you own your own sexual health? 

I think it comes down to respect. I think that there’s a lot of fear and stigma out there and that doesn’t mean that you need to buy into the hype. I like to know that I’m taking care of myself and my community and I think that getting tested on a regular basis is part of that if you’re sexually active. I typically don’t meet up with guys and just have sex with them if I don’t know them. I will meet people off-line and go do stuff I guess kind of like a date. I always find that sex with someone is better if there’s some sort of connection whether it be a friendship or a more intense feeling. I like to have conversations with my partners about what their sexual practices are, and I like to know that they have been regularly tested and/or are on PrEP.

And what’s your advice for other guys?

It’s really important to get tested on a regular basis and take precautions to keep myself safe and healthy. I think it’s important for people to have respect for themselves and their partners and being able to know with confidence where you are on that scale with your partner. My advice would be to surround yourself with people that you have a high esteem for.

Do you have friends with HIV? They can live as long and as healthy lives as everyone else now.

Of course I have friends with HIV. I’m 33 now so I’m definitely familiar with the generation of people that didn’t have the same sort of resources that the younger generation has. And I think it’s really important that as a community we make sure that those resources stay available for everybody.

How and where do you get tested these days?

Getting tested is a vital part of owning your sexual health, and luckily there are a number of ways to do it.  I test regularly with my doctor but have gone to the clinic for tests and have done in-home tests too, like OraQuick. I started taking PrEP this year which has made me more confident about my health.

You have said that your mother cried when she found out you were gay at age 15. How does she feel about your modeling and go-go dancing?

My mother really doesn’t mind my career choices because I think she understands that it’s not reality. It’s a performance and she herself being a belly dancer is familiar with performance.

What’s your favorite thing about being gay? 

My favorite thing about being gay is that I get to have sex with guys because I like having sex with guys. It’s one of my favorite things and it feels really nice.

How do you tell the difference between love and lust when you start dating?

As far as navigating the difference between love and lust I fall in love with people every day. There’s so many wonderful beautiful people out there it’s hard not to.

Who are your role models?

I have to say some of my gay role models are people like Oscar Wilde and Vincent Price but anybody who believes and works towards equal rights for everybody is really a role model.

What’s on your bedside table right now? What are your reading/streaming/listening to?

I listen to podcasts sometimes and books on tape while I work. The book I’m listening to is by an author named Julian Jaynes, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. I have a tendency when I do read to read books about the subconscious and psychology. It’s one of my more recent favorite subjects. And I’ve been listening to the new Gorillaz album which I’m kind of obsessed with at the moment. I also have a tarot deck on my bedside table.

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32 Comments

  • Xzamilloh

    The Guerillas? Is that some local group or was that supposed to be The Gorillaz?

    • nickedbeater

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  • mattachinepodcast

    Um, the hyperbole in this article is a bit embarrassing. Great message; terrible execution. “most lusted after man on the planet?” Really?

    • ChrisK

      Yeah, but he’s got like a half a million Instagram followers staring at his bod so that’s like proof.

    • OzJosh

      Indeed. You could survey 100 gay guys and easily not find one who had heard of him.
      Over-hyping is an exercise in diminishing returns. Soon no grand claims make any impact at all.

  • ChrisK

    Wow. Two posts to sell oraquick. Someone’s bills are getting paid.

  • Hillers

    This came into my inbox, and I couldn’t stop laughing. Thanks for the yucks, Queerty!

  • nickedbeater

    This guy is a living, breathing, heroic Adonis. It is inspiring to follow his evolving persona. So liberated and intelligent and yet so humble and personable. A heartbreaker, though.

  • batesmotel

    As he ages his follower count will drop unless he’s got something else going for him other than his looks.

  • Donston

    Haven’t paid any real attention to this dude, but he does have a fantastic ass.

  • Prax07

    Other than seeing him here on Queerty I’d never heard of him. So dunno how he’s considered famous, especially since he’s just an ex-go-go dancer.

    • nickedbeater

      Mr. Camp is also a natural film actor who, alongside Tanner Cohen created a moving romantic sex drama called Getting Go – The Go/Doc Project. Gay or straight, intelligent sensitive movie audiences will dig this film. It is about love and sex in the “now”. It is for learning. Check it out.

  • nickedbeater

    Mr. Camp is also a natural film actor who, alongside Tanner Cohen created a moving romantic sex drama called Getting Go – The Go/Doc Project. Gay or straight, intelligent sensitive movie audiences will dig this film. It is about love and sex in the “now”. It is for learning. Check it out.

    • happiness17

      nickedbeater-I hate to burst your bubble. This film has no romance or love in it. It’s about lust and the fact that Tanner had the hots for Camp. There was no love in the sex they had. It was all lust. Camp got to flaunt his over inflated ego in the film. I don’t know what a person could learn from watching this film. It was cheaply filmed and fake.

  • happiness17

    After having watched videos of Matthew Camp on YouTube and this one it’s very obvious that he thinks he’s very “special”, when in fact he isn’t.

  • nickedbeater

    Dear happiness17,
    Thousands of us have been affected by Getting Go in a good way. How could you not feel the sadness of the roof-top scene when Doc tells Go that he is going away to Iowa? These characters are not shallow and love really did manifest. Young men do the best they can to connect in the gay culture. There is more than one kind of intense love, sometimes it ihappens along with hot sex. Life is for learning. Here we learn that aloneness is basic to the human condition, but that it can be transcended, even in a Brooklyn summer romance, and it hurts when it’s over and we return to the emptiness. What more can we expect? We always think that we can do better, but all is illusory in our imperfect reality.

  • n1spirit

    To the majority of those commenting below (who have been posted critical, judgmental comments). Check yourselves. You’re nothing but a bunch of bitter queens, dissing on a man in an attempt to make him look “less than” in order to make yourselves feel “better than.” It’s obvious you have issues in your own lives that need tending to so that you can later return and become a positive influence on those around you (instead of simply a “drain”).

    • happiness17

      Thousands and even more people than that haven’t been effected by that film. After Tanner had sex with Camp he admitted that he’d “whored” himself to basically make porno. The whole movie started with Tanner’s uncontrollable lust for Camp. True love just doesn’t happen in a matter of days. It was quite obvious that Camp seduced tanner. When they did have sex it wasn’t “intense love” as you said. It was pure lust. There is a difference between lust and love. I’m glad that the film effected you in a positive way. It did nothing for me.

    • happiness17

      The comment section of an article is for people to speak their minds. I for one am not being judgmental. I’m expressing my feelings, which I have every right to. When a person is in the public eye as Camp is they put themselves out there. People in the public eye are going to get negative and positive comments. If they don’t like the solution is not to put themselves out there for criticism. Who are you to say that me or any of the other people who’ve left what you consider to be negatives have issues with our own lives. Or that our issues need tending. You don’t know me or anyone else who’s left comments. You’re the one who’s being judgmental about people who you don’t even know. Instead of focusing on me and others who’s comments that you don’t you need to focus on your life instead. Have a nice day!

    • happiness17

      n1spirit-The comment section of an article is for people to speak their minds. I for one am not being judgmental. I’m expressing my feelings, which I have every right to. When a person is in the public eye as Camp is, they put themselves out there. People in the public eye are going to get negative and positive comments. If they don’t like it the solution is not to put themselves and their private lives out there for the whole world to see. Who are you to say that me or any of the other people who’ve left what you consider to be negative comments have issues with our own lives. Or that our issues need tending. You don’t know me or anyone else who’s left comments. You’re the one who’s being judgmental about people who you don’t even know. Instead of focusing on me and others who’s comments that you don’t like, you need to focus on your life instead. Have a nice day!

  • BrixNYC

    Matthew Camp is just another arrogant, uneducated rentboy that gets by on the way he looks. I knew him when he lived in NYC. Humble? No. Deceiving? Yes. I can’t help but feel sorry for the people who remain fixated on the way he looks & feed his ego rather than seeing him for who he really is.
    An actor? Matthew portrayed himself in an indie flick 4 years ago. That’s it. End of story. One movie hardly qualifies him (or anyone) as an actor. And he wasn’t acting, it was more of a reality show for him. I was there for it, and he said so himself in this interview. People talk about it like it was some monumental, groundbreaking film in gay culture. Definitely not.
    A designer? He hasn’t made anything new in years. When he WAS playing designer he made a few one of a kind garmets for random people & it took him months…and he couldn’t make them again if he tried. His website hadn’t been updated in over 10 years before he started selling his unoriginal silkscreened t-shirts.
    A model? Matthew became “friends” with some no name photographers because, like any other narcissist, he loves having his picture taken. The photographers got to see him naked, he got photos to post online. Then he realized he could make money by creating a fansonly account & taking the nude photos himself. And if you believe his nude pics are “leaked” on tumblr, I hate to burst your bubble but he posts them from another tumblr account to get people interested & pay to join his fansonly account. Why do you think so many photos & videos popped up online all of a sudden? Because someone who’d already received them got mad? No. Try again.
    People believe whatever bullshit is fed to them because they find him attractive…and he’s fully aware of it. That’s the only way he knows how to make a living. Matthew leeched onto a business owner who makes decent money in upstate New York, moved up there to be with him, and got dumped onced the man realized what Matthew was all about. And he’s stuck in upstate NY because he can’t afford to come back to NYC. He’s single in every interview he does because he’s a self centered liar. It’s comical that he did a commercial for STD testing…and he can’t even act in that!
    So, a fansonly account, a cologne & a few silk screened t-shirts…that’s what this “super talented guy who’s wanted by gay men around the globe” has to offer. He doesn’t have much of a personality, he doesn’t have an education, and he’s never had a job that isn’t promoting himself because of the way he looks. Looks fade, and those who rely upon them do as well.

  • Sandym70

    If a piece of wood (pun intended), I suspect it would sound just like him.

    • Sandym70

      Sorry dudes, that was supposed to read, “If a pice of wood could talk, I suspect it would sound like him.”

  • nickedbeater

    Matthew Camp on facebook: environmental, political, humanitarian, philosophical, progressive, humorous, artistic, naked, handsome and intriguing. I could go on and on, and indeed I have a crush on the guy, but when his good looks are a memory, he will still be a curious, intelligent, lovable personality. He may fade out of current discussion, but that will be because he chooses to raise horses in the country and live quietly and gracefully like any sane person would. I bet he will still be quite hot, too, in his own way.

  • Adam347

    Ugh, enough with this guy. He’s as interesting as a bag of rocks. Some guys find him attractive, so what? There are many, many more good looking gay men who actually have talent & do so much more with themselves.
    What’s funny is these people who argue using “facts” without knowing him. Matthew Camp is a washed up go go dancer that refuses to accept that the he’s no longer in the spotlight (dancing on his little box). There’s nothing substantial about him, not in the slightest. His “Look at me look at me, I’m attractive. Validate me. Tell me you have a crush on me, that you like my body, that you want to have sex with me.” is tiring & quite pathetic. I don’t hate him, he’s just that annoying mosquito that keeps buzzing in your ear and won’t go away. He can be fun at times. But I will say I don’t like liars.
    Matthew, take your exit gracefully. Stop grasping at straws. You decided to post nude photos of yourself when you faced being forgotten. You’re transparent. The only people you’re fooling are yourself & your fanclub. Apparently whatever you write about yourself in a profile automatically makes it true. Lovable & intelligent…now THAT’S funny.
    His fans should talk to those of us who’ve known him, that live in NYC, who’ve interacted with him. I’ve been a bartender here for years. Matthew Camp used to be fun at times but that’s about it. He’s just smoke & mirrors.
    Environmental? He sells products that aren’t environmentally conscious that have to be shipped & arrive in plastic bags and wasted packaging that haven’t previously been recycled.
    Political? How so? You’ve never done anything even remotely involving politics in this country.
    Humanitarian? What have you done other than prove you’re completely self centered? Charity work? Make donations? Volunteer work? The answers are no, no, and no.
    Philosophical? Explain. Talk about it, I’d love to hear. You’re about as deep as a puddle.
    I don’t know who’s more pathetic – Matthew for claiming the things he does or the people who believe him.

  • nickedbeater

    Cynical character assassination from somebody who cannot see beyond the dim interior of a dive bar?

    • Adam347

      That’s one way to describe Matthew, yes.

  • nickedbeater

    Adam, you are enough to drive anybody to drink.

  • nickedbeater

    I’ll have a rum cola. Make that a double, please.

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