Meet John “Prolly” Watson, many of you already know him as the renowned cycling blogger behind The Radavist—through his work John has become known as a sophisticated tastemaker, as a man, who with the click of his cursor can make or break your next edit or t-shirt, and create out of thin air the inspiration for your next high stakes adventure. On any given day he may be riding with the dolphins in Hawaii or chasing down big game with the Masi on the great plains of Africa. Whatever it is he is up to, you can trust that Mr. Watson has his finger resting oh-so sensitively on the near threshold pulse of the cycling industry (MFS can thank John for 66,176 referrals since we started, thanks John!!!!). This week on Human Athlete Visual Showcase, Troy Wells and Brady Kappius go inside Le Palais de Watson to take a peek at how the other half lives. Located in luxurious East Austin, John’s stately two bath/two bedroom mid-century estate sits amid a luscious sprawl of green grass while a number of seemingly healthy trees stretch above John’s well appointed roof, providing the home with an “in the country” feel while staying so close to Austin’s nightlife hot spots. John has given Brady and Troy unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to some of his most intimate household areas, so come with us as Brady and Troy discover that becoming a world renowned internet phenomenon takes more than just a way with words and an a photographer’s eye, it takes a pair of hippo slippers, a small rocking horse, St. Ives body wash, a barrage of black metal records, and Lauren Serota, the brains behind the brawn.
Robin Leach MFS Asks John Watson 10 Questions
Do you prefer to use platinum or gold as a wedge to balance unsteady tables or chairs? Why?
Platinum. Gold’s too soft and best left to rappers. Platinum is definitely more metal.
When you pen your reviews with Unicorn horn, do you ever re-sharpen the horn or do you simply throw it away once it has dulled?
Stupid fool! A unicorn horn never dulls.
Did Drake ever give you back those 4th century Visagoth shot glasses? How is Goldschlager anyway?
Drake is a man of his word, yet sometimes he gets caught up for days on end staring at himself in the mirror. So no, he never gave them back. I’ve moved onto a new drink that I’m developing with Buffalo Trace: diamourban. A 30 year single barrel bourbon with diamond dust added to it.
The last time you and Branson were wakeboarding behind his blimp what exactly was it that you said that caused him to reinvigorate his interest in private sector space travel?
“I hear your penis gains 10″ when you’re in orbit.”
When sleeping on a mattress made of 100 dollar bills how often do you just let yourself “pee the Ben” so to speak?
I’ve moved on to sleeping on gold blocks, padded with all those left over Manual for Speed panda jerseys. It’s hard to find real panda hides these days, and I’ve blown through my supply, so these were the closest thing I could find.
What is the average purse for a combatant in one of your famous fight-to-the-death cage matches? Bonus question: are the combatants really required to where 16th century Venetian masks?
Well, technically the purse is being able to return to their families, who I have hanging over a pit filled with venomous snakes. The masks are lined with LSD, so when they sweat, the combatants end up tripping. Which is why the cage matches often go on for upwards of 48 hours. Pay Per View makes a killing.
When considering the purchase of a new super yacht, what advice would you impart to the nouveau super rich? What mistakes have you made in the past?
Never get Koons to paint it. Razzle my ass.
Do you consider the art of Jeff Koons’ worthy of your collection?
Whoa! Didn’t see that one coming.
If you had a dog would you feed it veal cutlets or fatty tuna?
I have a dog and I feed it nothing but the finest dead baby fat.
What makes John Watson tick?
An arc reactor in my chest, like Tony Stark.