Rockstar Charlie Himmelstein
The prettiest boy who can throw a punch is soaked and satiated from sparring today, having gone three rounds with one partner, two with another at Mendez Boxing gym in New York’s Chelsea. Fighting as a middleweight at six-foot two-and-a-half-inches, Charlie Himmelstein easily towered over the opposition. Although both men appeared to be stronger, Charlie’s reach is long and he’s fast. It’s sometimes tough to tell in the ring but the 21-year-old model/boxer thinks he won. Now he searches for aspirin, oblivious to the fact that his big blue eyes are bloodshot and his perfect baby face is red and slightly swollen from punching and being punched.
He’s a model by day, a boxer by night.
Charlie Himmelstein—a.k.a. Rockstar Charlie, a.k.a. Good Times—first gained notoriety as the Throwdown Kid, the co-organizer of a series of underground Friday-night fight clubs around New York. The fights were unsanctioned, hence illegal. And all the more fun. The scene was models, trendies, fashionistas, pretty boys fighting prettier boys and models fighting street kids. Charlie was a nursery-school teacher at the time. Still, he stood out as the eight-by-ten glossy in the ring and he could punch. “Right away I had an effect on the crowd,” he explains. “I was the only guy who actually knew how to box. I’d studied kung fu and tae kwon do for about ten years. And then I took up boxing, ’cause martial arts is, You must obey your master and you must control your anger, and I’m like, I don’t give a fuck. I just want to hit people in the face.”
Soon Charlie was bringing better and prettier fighters to the throwdowns. Then The New York Times and New York magazine showed up and focused heavily on Charlie. His model friends talked him into signing with an agency. Charlie went with the prestigious Major Model. New York had its next new face.
Below view the film Charlie by Paul Solberg.