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Tommy D Naked Man
Upper West Side

Naked Man is actually part of your name. Why go naked all the time?
This is what I believe in. I’ve made contacts all over the country with people that are like-minded. I’m working on the World Naked Bike Ride, which will be in June.

Do you ask in advance if you can remove your clothing at different places?
Well, that’s if I visit a gallery or a museum or something. All my poetry performances are naked. I also have the Naked Man Cleaning Service. I do it for chicks I know, but it’s not really a business. I have a day job—in music. But occasionally I get a call from somebody that wants a naked man to clean their house. I just charge a nominal fee.

What’s your living situation like?
We’re near Columbia. But we have to move because gentrification is coming in. I’m looking for something affordable, something safe. I’m on quite a low budget.

How did the nudity start?
Well, I’ve been doing it since I was 13, and I’ll be 52 in September. I’m down with it, and I hope other people will be down with it, too.

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