Dark Guardian of New York
Deirdra: Who or what inspired you to become a superhero?Dark Guardian: I grew up looking up to superheroes. I saw and experienced what crime and apathy could do to a community in my life. One day I decided I was going to be a person to do something about it. I decided to become Dark Guardian and do what I can to help and hopefully inspire others to do good as well.
Deirdra: How did you come up with your superhero name?Dark Guardian: It's nothing special.
I'm typically out at the dark of night work to guard and protect my community.
Hence Dark Guardian.
Deirdra: Who made your costume?
Dark Guardian: The costume evolved and changed over time. The costume is about protection and my own style. Bullet proof vest and leather pants in my colors of black and red.
Deirdra: If you could have any super power what would it be?I tend not think about this. I focus on what I can do to make myself better in real life.
Deirdra: What do you hope to accomplish?Dark Guardian: I want to make an impact in my community and be that guy that isn't afraid to take a stand against crime and what's wrong in society.
The larger picture is inspiring other to do something to be a hero and help better the world we live in.
Deirdra: What do you for your day job?Dark Guardian: I teach martial arts and work at a gym.
Deirdra: Are the police supportive or do they see you as a lawless vigilante?
Dark Guardian: The police have been ok. Some know me. Been taken in to the precinct before. They have been fine with me. Most don't really care honestly.
Deirdra: Are you in danger by doing what you do?Dark Guardian: I am in danger in doing this. Been up against pimps, drug dealers, thugs, and gangs. Had my life threatened more than I can remember. Had a gun flashed at me, a broken bottle held up to me, and been in many scary situations.
It's nature of what I do.
Deirdra: Are you stopping crimes and helping people? Dark Guardian: Been up against gangs of drug dealers breaking up their business, getting info to the police, and physically kicking them out of their drug spots. Been out in Harlem deterring pimps and prostitutes openly doing business in a public park. We got one pimp arrested through our reporting to the police.
Breaking up big fights. Patrolling the Village when their were anti-gay attacks going on and providing a free self defense seminar.
Handing out supplies and necessities to the homeless.
Been a long time doing this. Couldn't get all this done without help from many great people over the years.
Deirdra: What does your significant other think of you being a superhero? What does your family think?Dark Guardian: My fiancé and family are both supportive. Of course they don't want me to get hurt, but they know this is who I am.
Deirdra: Do you have a weakness?Dark Guardian: Yea, regular life and bills.
Wish I could do more but I have to keep my regular life in order.
Deirdra: How long have you been doing this?Dark Guardian: I've been doing this for about 12 years now.
Deirdra: What is the most frustrating thing about being a superhero?Dark Guardian: The most frustrating thing is not being able to do it more often.
Deirdra: Do you keep a secret identity, is so, why? Is it hard to keep a secret identity?Dark Guardian: No secret to dentist. I am who I am. I'm a part of the community. I don't hide who I am.
Deirdra: How did those close to you react when you became a superhero?Dark Guardian: Well you know, people are like WHAT?
But after a while they get it. The main concern is typically don't get hurt.
Deirdra: Who is your hero?
Dark Guardian: That's a good question. I don't know if I can pinpoint one I have. Maybe that's why I try hard to be one.
Deirdra: What do you want the people of your community to know?Dark Guardian: We can all make a difference and be heroes. Let's get out there and do it.
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