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LAist Interview: HotChicksWithDoucheBags' Jay Louis

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Since its launch in March 2006, Hot Chicks With Douchebags has delivered exactly what it promises, "Pictures of hot chicks with total and complete douchebags. With commentary."

While the pictures themselves, like the one seen above (fittingly a photo taken in LA) or of our beloved editor here, are incredible, it's the commentary from the site's creator Jay Louis that has helped this blog reach legendary status. HCwDB has become so popular it's been featured in the pages of Playboy and has earned Jay, also known as Douchebag1 a book deal based on the site. The book which is titled, HOT CHICKS WITH DOUCHEBAGS: Deconstructing the Unholy Wrongness of Hottie/Douchey Coupling and How to Recover from the Douchebag Plague will hit shelves in Spring 2008. The Los Angeles resident took time out from 'bag hunting to catch up with LAist.

What is a douchebag?
Douchebaggery, in its purest state, is about absurdly ridiculous male performance in the interests of impressing a female. It is about men willing to look as ridiculous as possible in the hopes that this "confidence" will impress and confuse the female enough for them to get some. But even if it works, that doesn't mean we can't mock them.

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On average how many pics do you get sent to you a day? How long does it take to decide which ones are blogworthy and which ones aren't? How do you determine true douchebags from posing douchebags?
I recieve about 30-40 submissions a day. It's pretty clear which are worth running and which are just angry hotties submitting ex-boyfriends or college kids submitting their friends.

Has a guy ever found his photo and contacted you? Does it happen often? If so, what are the reactions like?
When the site was first starting out I'd get lots of hate-mail, but now most people seem to enjoy it, and while the 'bags I make fun of certainly aren't happy about it, they seem to roll with it, take their lumps and move on. If I get a request from either person in the pic to take it down, I do. That's my policy.

Sometimes the girls in the photos aren't always that hot, but the photos still find their way on the blog. Is that because the guys are such big douchebags that they deserve to be seen regardless?
I can't always get the perfect picture, so I run secondary level pics to keep the discussion going. If I waited for the perfect pics, I'd only run one or two a day. If a pic has something interesting, either an unusually hot chick or a particularly douchebaggy guy, but the other side of the equation isn't as good, I'll run it anyway if I can think of something funny to say. But it does seem to anger people, maybe I should up the barrier and run less pics.

Name a couple spots in LA that are crawling with douchebags.
Teddys. Winstons. Orange County.

One of the members of the "Hall of Scrote" is "Oompa Prompa" an orange faced young man on his way to the prom, is there an age minimum on douchebagerry? When is someone too young to be a douchebag?
Yes, for the most part I try to stay away from the 'baglings, but that pic was too genius not to run.

At gunpoint, if your life depended on you wearing one of these two douchebag trademarks, would you go with the "Affliction" t-shirtor a polo shirt with a popped collar? Sunglasses at nightor a headband?
I'd wear Affliction over the popped polo, and the sunglasses over the headband.

Did you ever expect when you started this blog that it would get this big? Did you ever expect a book deal?
No idea, but it's been fun.

How is the book coming along? Are you saving some of the really good pics that have come in for the book?
Yes, the book is about 95% new pics, and will feature new pics of some of the most popular 'bag/hottie combos on the site. It comes out Spring of 2008 from Simon & Schuster.

Lastly, any words of advice to avoid looking like a douchebag while taking a picture with a hot girl...
Stay away from the "gang" hand gestures, and for the love of God, don't make a "rock and roll" face unless you've had a #1 hit.

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