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Gunner de Medici

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Gunner
BornChristian de Medici
(1980-03-17) March 17, 1980 (age 40)
New Orleans, Louisiana, US[1]
🏳️ Nationality
  • Gunner
  • Christian
  • Xtian
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  1992–present
Height6 ft
💪 Weight150 lb 150 lb (68 kg)
🌐 Websitextianmedici.com

Gunner (born Christian de Medici on March 17, 1980) best known mononymously as "Gunner",[2] is an American pornographic actor, filmmaker, designer and model, who first became known in 1998 with the launch of his "reality" pornographic website, GunnerWorld.[3] In 1998, he donned The name "Gunner", was a childhood nickname.

Gunner founded the adult entertainment company MoneyShot, Inc. in 1998. which was the parent company to GunnerWorld. This business expanded into creating and managing other niche websites that earned him many web design awards.[4] By 2009, he launched a heterosexual website but still "male focused", HoleAndaHeartbeat.[1][5][6] In 2012 HoleAndaHeartbeat was sold and GunnerWorld was sold in January 2015.

Gunner has also crossed over into gay pop culture and continues guest-hosting and guest-starring at many events.[7][8] He has designed clothing for celebrity clientele since 2000, but in 2014 he announced his retirement from pornography and launched a luxury brand fashion house, Xtian de Medici from the House of Medici.[9][10]

Career[edit]

Pornographic film[edit]

At 19 years of age and still under a modeling contract, de Medici moved to Philadelphia and paired his fine art skills and experience in the fashion industry to pioneer a new "reality" concept for web-based pornography:[7][not in citation given] GunnerWorld, a dot-com company featuring all well-endowed men, which not only documented him and his buddies in all their glory, but was delivered with cutting-edge design and introduced interactive features to home viewers.[4]

De Medici's stage name, "Gunner", was originally a nickname he hated. It was a name that his friends would jokingly call him because he could never get his arms (guns) bigger when they worked out and further joking that he had another big gun... because of this, he decide to embrace the very name he hated and go on to name his first website "GunnerWorld".[11][not in citation given]

Gunner was unaware that every time soccer fans did a web search for the Arsenal F.C. soccer team in the U.K., the website that bore his name would pop up in the search engines. He and his name garnered so much international attention that in 2001, the BBC made a special United States trip just to interview him for "That Gay Show", with Scott Capurro and Kristian Digby.[4] His independent popularity and entrepreneurial approach to self-produce, design, direct and star in (as well as manage 152 other men) did not go unnoticed. He was awarded "Most Innovative Design" as well as "Best Website".[4][12]

After capturing the success of the "well-endowed" niche market, Gunner was approached and hired by Scott La Rock[13] to conceptualize and create a new type of website.[14] Gunner took the reins and launched "Hole and a Heartbeat",[11] a straight website and production company launched in 2006. While straight pornography typically focuses on women, HH made its tattooed bad boys the stars by combining porn with music and requiring all models to be in "bands"...another first of its kind.[4] As Scott's career took off, Gunner was also able to launch many other stars' careers, amongst them Ricky Sinz, who then showed interest in the gay side of porn.[15]

Gunner's tattoos were influenced by this very project which in turn introduced yet another genre to the world of homoerotic pornography as well as catapulting Ricky Sinz into super stardom.[6][16] By 2008, Gunner made (now) boyfriend[17] Ricky Sinz a partner[3][5] in the HH Franchise, whereby Sinz would buy out Scott La Rock's shares in the company.[18] Presenting multiple new categories into porn,[7][19] Gunner's profound effect on the industry left some frantically trying to catch up with his web-based business approach and grabbing the attention of many major studios.[4] He landed with 'Raging Stallion Studios' and after negotiating a record breaking deal, Gunner became the highest paid adult film star for a single film to date. Also, it was the first film to be named after a website entitling it "Gunner World" in 2009.[8][20] Gunner sold Hole and a Heartbeat in 2012 and then on January 16, 2015, GunnerWorld closed after 17 years and was sold to a competitor company.

Appearances[edit]

Gunner is also known for achieving a high level of celebrity outside of pornography – bringing pornography itself closer to mainstream society's awareness and acceptance, making many appearances each year.[21][not in citation given] Starting in 2006, with the launch of Hole and a Heartbeat, Gunner used his already established celebrity and fan base via GunnerWorld, to help him promote his new site. By making the focus of HH on the guys,[22] giving them all new stage names and calling them the "HH Crew" as a collective, he was able to give his followers a new brand of pornography that had never been seen before. Gunner would encourage his models to present themselves as "rock stars" and would style them accordingly – just how he would present himself.[7][not in citation given]

Between 2010 and 2011, Gunner teamed up with record producer Robbie Tronco and nightlife socialite, Kristi Kouture to handle the heavy influx of appearance requests for both heterosexual and gay night clubs. Gunner was now being booked for every conceivable venue, everything form gay pride events to straight AOE beach parties.[23] He added other "Gay Icons" and GLBT legends to his events - over the years, including Lady Bunny, Sherry Vine, Bianca Del Rio and Kevin Aviance.[24][25][26]

After the sale of H.A.H. LLC. in 2012, he was now making appearances around the world in mainly the night club scene.[27][28] Gunner started combining fashion, porn stars, singers and legendary drag queen performers to his acts, kicking off with his "Party Like A Pornstar" parties.[29] The "Party Like A Pornstar" Brand became a popular "style" of party and was promoted along with a short film that was used as its advertisement.[30] Later that year, the "PLP" party got the attention of Kevin Kaufman, creator and executive producer of the first season of Brovo's The Real Housewives of Orange County and I Married a Mobster to be made into a "reality television series" based on Gunner's original concept of the party.[31]

Clothing and Costume Designer[edit]

By the end of 1997, Gunner gives up on the pursuit of a musical career and focuses his attentions to the "booming" internet business. While creating the pornographic website GunnerWorld.com, he also designs and creates the clothing for "Gunner", his new persona and MC of the site. In 1998, Gunner does not renew his contract with Ford Models and launches GunnerWorld.com. By the later part of that year, he employs 20 new models and creates both their personas and their clothing.[3][not in citation given]

Between 2006 and 2012, Gunner conceptualizes and designs the website HoleAndaHeartbeat.com. Along with the website, he designs and creates the clothing for all the models featured on the site.[32][not in citation given][33][not in citation given] Gunner starts designing and styling for many celebrities including singer-songwriter Sharon Little[citation needed] and Erika Schiff A.K.A. "Akire", from American Idol (season 10).[34][35]

References[edit]

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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Adams, JC (2009-04-23). "Ricky Sinz to Bottom for 13-Inch Gunner". Retrieved 25 May 2015.
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  6. 6.0 6.1 O'Brien, Brian (Dec 1, 2008). "Hey Ricky, We Got A Hole And A Heartbeat Too". Retrieved 25 May 2015.
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  9. Press of Atlantic City (19 Dec 2012). "Erika Schiff". Atlantic City Press. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
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  13. Hot Movies (15 Oct 2006). "Scott La Rock". Adult Profile. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
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  23. Lady Bunny (23 Feb 2011). "Bunion Hits Allentown". Lady Bunny. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  24. ShowClix (24 Feb 2011). "U.B.U. Lady Bunny Event". Lady Bunny. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  25. Larry Nichols (17 Feb 2011). "Lady Bunny Brings New Show To Allentown". Philadelphia Gay News. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  26. Travel Worthy (20 Jan 2012). "Wet Wild Wonderful Weekend". Gay Cities. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  27. Vincent Lambert (19 Sep 2012). "Party Like A Raging Falcon". GayDemon. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  28. Philly Gay Calendar (7 Feb 2012). "OUT in AC: 5 tips for a fabulous weekend". Atlantic City Press. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
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  35. Rebecca Grites (Jan 26, 2012). "Have a Gay Ol' Time in Atlantic City". Retrieved 25 May 2015.

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