That Rob Evans. People get caught up in his bod which is understandable given the boxing background and the Givenchy debut featuring a leopard print short and the glistening torso. But when I was popping these Polas a few mornings back in NY I kept thinking..Gott Dam ...it is all about that face. So matinee idol ..so "Antonio Lopez man" in one of Antonio's great mid-70's illustrations. After the last shot I asked Rob to autograph one of the images because I thought a handwritten sweep against a sepia monochrome image would make for a kinda cool graphic.
"What should I write then?" said Rob
"Oh I dunno...just whatever comes to mind" I said in my most Warhol-esque gee-whiz voice.
"Its funny you asked me to do that because when I was coming up I was convinced I was going to make it in boxing . So I used to practice writing my signature. Just in case ..."(laughing)
"Do you still train?
"Yeah I used to go down to Gleason to keep it up."
"Well when you box...please do guard that nose Rob. It's like a perfect line drawing"
" Well if it breaks..what can you do? Oh I know ..I'll write...God Bless. Rob Evans"
"Gee. That's so great". said I. (Warhol would have applauded.)
"But what if people think I'm saying 'God Bless Rob Evans' as opposed to 'God Bless (Pause) Rob Evans?' I don't want folks to think I'm conceited n all "
I certainly wasn't going to gas Mr Evan's head up any further which is why I didn't counter with the obvious. God HAS clearly blessed Rob Evans. And beneath the impossible good looks is a smart and ambitious mind. True beauty with an athlete's focused discipline.... The combination thereof makes for the really great models. You wait and see.