Mustang Ryder – USA

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Mustang Ryder, performer from Texas, USA. Performing  Luke Bryan’s “Country Man” at the Pastie Pops’ FIESTA Show at the Sexology Institute in San Antonio, TX.
Photographer: Omar Cogle @resident_photo_geek_7
Make up: Mustang Ryder @lynchlingofficial
Costume Design/Creation: Mustang Ryder

Performer name(s): Mustang Ryder

Where do you live (and perform): I’m from the state of Georgia, but I currently reside and perform in San Antonio, Texas, United States.

Gender: Transgender Male

Age: 26

Muggle day job: Concierge

Length of time performing: Debuted on April 14th, 2018 and is a member of the Pastie Pops Revue in San Antonio. Has performed at San Antonio venues including the Sexology Institute and the historic Aztec Theatre.

What you refer to yourself performance wise: Drag King and Burlesque Performer

Why do you perform? I became interested in being a drag king when I came out as transgender as a way to explore my masculine side and build confidence.

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Mustang Ryder, performer from Texas, USA. Photographer: Jasper St. James @jasperstjames
Make up: Mustang Ryder @lynchlingofficial
Costume Design/Creation: Mustang Ryder

 

How would you describe your performance style: A mixture of drag king masculinity and boylesque sparkle! I’m San Antonio’s rhinestone cowboy.

What /who inspires you: I’m inspired by the smooth, classy style of old southern cowboy charm. I pay homage to my roots by keeping it country, either in my look, music, or both.

Some information about your costumes: My style is always western or country-themed to an extent. And one of my traits is that I never take my cowboy boots off (tear off pants WOOT!). I also love fringe and rhinestones.

Your favourite act (of your own or someone else’s) and why: From my acts, my current favorite is my debut performance where I lip synced and stripped to Luke Bryan’s “Country Man.” It was the perfect “coming out” song for Mustang and I got to do multiple layers of reveals. The adrenaline rush was real after that show!

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Mustang Ryder performer from Texas, USA. Photographer: Jasper St. James @jasperstjames
Make up: Mustang Ryder @lynchlingofficial
Costume Design/Creation: Mustang Ryder

Biggest challenge as a performer: Overcoming body dysphoria. As a performer, you have to strut your stuff and own your body. As a transman, I have severe dysphoria about my body that I have to overcome every time I perform. While the costume is on, you can create an illusion, but that all falls away with the clothes. I choose to be proud of how I am, and keep working to make myself better.

Social media handles, any links you want to share:

https://www.instagram.com/lynchlingofficial

https://www.facebook.com/Mustangryder

Something you would like to tell readers: Save a horse, ride a cowboy!

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Mustang Ryder performer from Texas, USA.  Performing Montgomery Gentry’s “What Do Ya Think About That” in the historic Aztec Theatre in downtown San Antonio during the Pastie Pops’ “Big Gay Burlesque Show.”
Photographer: Fabian Villa, For MySA.com
Make up: Mustang Ryder @lynchlingofficial
Costume Design/Creation: Mustang Ryder

Dicky Love/ Dixie Drag Queen/D.Love Burlesque and FellaFem Event Production Company

 

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Stela D.Love FellaFem at Dandy Drag Cabaret, 2016. Makeup/costume/photo by Stela D. Love FellaFem.  Drag performer from San Francisco, USA

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From Dixie to Dicky Love.  Performer versatility from Stela D.Love FellaFem. Drag performer from San Francisco, USA.  Makeup for Dixie by Tarzanna.  Photos by Stela D.Love FellaFem

 

Performer name(s): Dicky Love- Drag King , Dixie Drag Queen, D. Love Burlesque, and FellaFem Event Production company.

Where do you live (and perform)?: Oakland Ca, San Francisco Bay Area, performing all around the world where ever they will have me.

Gender: Non-binary, female at birth.

Age : 47 year old.

Muggle day job: Artist, sculptor, Lg event producer, performer, and Emcee.

Length of time performing: I have been performing in drag since 7 years of age. I have been performing for 16 years professionally, and over seven hundred gender-bending performances

What you refer to yourself performance wise:  Drag King

Why do you perform? To express creative ideas and have fun with gender-fuckery.  I feel more comfortable on stage than anywhere else in the world. It’s a wonderful platform to play with gender and also send positive message to community.

How would you describe your performance style?  I am a diverse King that can play almost any role. I make my own costumes by repurposing thrift clothing and adding to them. I make props with a bachelors in sculpture and have extensions make skills. You can see me a number of times in costume and not know I was the same performer. I have do it all; Straight male impersonations, drag queen, femme, twink, clown, creatures, glitter, theatrical, cosplay, gender-bending, mix it all together, burlesque and troupe/group drag.

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Stela aka D.Love FellaFem, drag performer from San Francisco, USA.  Pants made by Vixon Designs, Wig by Thrillperlers. Rest of costume and makeup by Stela D.Love FellaFem.  Photo taken at Dandy Drag Cabaret, San Francisco, 2017.

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Stela aka D.Love FellaFem. Photo by Tarzanna, 2018.

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Stela aka D.Love FellaFem. Ms San Francisco Leather 2016.  Photo by Dahlia Kash

What /who inspires you? Everything around me, all the events in my life influence my drag.

Some information about your costumes: I put a lot of detail into my drag costume. I take old things, cut them up, sew them, paint, dye, add rhinestones and trim. At times I will add a strip of satin or sequins to jazz up pants. Other times I sew in snaps for tearaways. The hot glue is my friend and I am all about dollar store drag and turning out something fabulous.

Your favourite act (of your own or someone else’s) and why: There are some many acts that love and have spent years perfecting. Outside of myself my favorite act from “White Christmas” is Sisters with Bing Crosby and Danny Thomas.

Biggest challenge as a performer: To stay relevant, popular and continue to grow my craft.

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Stela aka D.Love FellaFem, drag performer from San Francisco, USA.  Debauchery Show, 2018. Photo by Tarzanna.

 

Achievements: I have been part of three San Francisco Drag king contest winning troupes; Sacramento Kings of Drag, Slikk Bois, and as founder/Daddy of Fella-Fem. I was a founding member of the East Bay Kings Club, which kicked off the Wednesday night Drag show at the White Horse in Oakland CA (the oldest gay bar in the country.) I am a California College Of arts graduate and have shown my sculpture work all over the world.

A San Francisco Bay Area native, non-binary artist, leather person, an international gender-bender, activist for LGBTQ, performer, and large event producer.  I was awarded woman of the year by the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance in 2017, was the first to receive the non-binary award with Mir Bilodeau 2016, and Sainted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as “Saint Motor Boat” for exceptional community service. Stela (me) served as co-producer of Ms SF Leather 2017, Ms. San Francisco Leather 2016, the advisory committee for the Catalyst, Vice President of Queer Sphere 2yrs, and event/entertainment producer for the Playground at Folsom Street Events for 3yrs. I am a widely skilled leather person traveling the world teaching workshops, judging, performing, emceeing and producing events. They were 1st runner up at International Ms Leather 2017, and Rocky Mountain Rebellion 2017 ’s key note speaker. I am pleased to be a co-producer and emcee for Russian River Women’s Weekend (inclusive of all who identify as women) and Women Of Drummer’s co-emcee (the first women’s international play title.)

 

Social media handles, any links you want to share:

https://www.instagram.com/fellafem/

https://www.facebook.com/Fella-Fem-63824456856/

https://twitter.com/FellaFem

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZzleSdzlQx6xCbsoC1HdLg?view_as=subscriber

Something you would like to tell readers: At seven years old I played my first role in the 2nd grade Christmas Play, as one of the three wise men. I was thrilled at the idea of wearing a beard and fancy robes. This became a running theme in my youth. Later I begged my parents for a three-piece suit, portable Shaun Cassidy record player and toy guitar. My Family had a wonderful fireplace surrounded by a raised step made of brick. It was my first stage, performing Elvis, Mac Davis, and Kenny Rogers for my family. My first professional drag king performance was in an art gallery called the “Uptown’,  where I sold my sculpture. In the early 2000s I managed the stage for the drag king show, when the owner, Louie Luxury, talked me into doing backup for a number. I was hooked!

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Dicky Love, drag performer from San Francisco, USA. Photo by Marta Elena 2008

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Stela D.Love FellaFem, drag performer from San Francisco, USA. From Rebel Kings Show 2016. Photo by Stela D.Love

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Stela D.Love, performer from San Francisco, USA.  Photo by Muffin from the International Miss Leather Seduction Show 2018.

Dean D’Monic – USA

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Dean D’Monic, Drag King (and Cosplayer) from Minnesota USA. Photo by Tim Rabe. Hair, makeup and costume by Dean D’Monic.

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Dean D’Monic, Drag King (and Cosplayer) from Minnesota USA.  Photo by John Lombardi. Hair, makeup and costume by Dean D’Monic

Performer name(s): Dean D’Monic

Where do you live: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Gender: female

Age:32

Muggle day job: Esthectian

Length of time: I’ve only been performing Drag for about 6 months, and have done 2 to  4 shows each month, but I have been performing in many other avenues for over a decade. Haunt performer, street performer, snake charmer, stripper, sideshow entertainer, exotic animal handler, and a Unicorn

What you refer to yourself performance wise?  A Drag King

Why do you perform? I’m better when I’m not myself. While performing Drag is a hobby for me, getting a chance to be Dean Winchester helps me process , deal with, and let go of some very complex emotions that I have held onto for a long time. I really enjoy how mentally stimulating it is to devise amd create a Drag act. I also perform for people within the supernatural fandom and the Destiel shippers. I create things that otherwise would never exist for them to see outside of fanart.

How would you describe your performance style? raw, expressive, and emotional

What /who inspires you?  the show Supernatural and the fandom. I get so much from episodes,  fanart, fanfiction,  and memes created within the SPN family.

Some information about your costume: Dean Winchester is a pretty basic needs guys. He wears Jeans and flannels. So in representing him I’m not the flashiest King out there. And thats ok, because the people I’m really performing for don’t want to see a sparkling Dean. They want to see a realistic representation, and they a tough crowd to please because they are so passionate about the show and it’s characters. But I do sneak in some extra flair here and there when I’m doing orginal Dean pieces,  Gender Flip with Deanna Winchester pieces, or Priestly bits( those ones always get some extra sparkle because Priestly is kinda a flashy guy)

Biggest challenge as a performer: Performer black out and pacing. Sometimes after a bit I can’t even remember performing it, it all gets spaced out. So currently I’m working on being more present and stay in the moment. My pacing thru bits can be too fast, and that’s just me as a person. I’m always talking fast, typing fast, thinking fast. Just busy busy busy, so I’m working on slowing down my performing and not racing through so quickly

Something you would like to tell readers: Really just get out there and do the things that make you happy. It’s corny but true, you are only living this life for yourself. Fly your Freak Flag High!! Love what you love!!! You gotta follow your passions and chase your dreams.

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Dean D’Monic, Drag King (and Cosplayer) from Minnesota USA. Photo by Tim Rabe.

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Dean D’Monic, Drag King (and Cosplayer) from Minnesota USA.  Photo by John Lombardi. Hair, makeup and costume by Dean D’Monic.

Buck Orchid – USA

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Buck Orchid, drag king, from San Antonio, Texas, USA

 

Performer name(s): Buck Orchid

Where do you live (and perform)?  San Antonio Texas, USA

Gender:  Female

Age: 47

Muggle day job:  Currently an independently working artist which means cobbling together office management, arts education, dance instruction, showcase facilitation, performing etc etc etc. I did use to work in non-profit theater as an arts administrator for close to 20 years before being made redundant. Alas.

Length of time performing:  As a king? Lately it’s been every two months or so. Since I joined a troupe I’ve had the opportunity to perform more regularly in our self-produced shows and we have been slowly picking up appearances and bookings. As a performer though I’ve been in the game since the mid-90s.

What you refer to yourself performance wise? drag king

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Buck Orchid, drag King, from San Antonio, Texas, USA. ‘Prince Charming’.

Why do you perform? Because I am a performer at heart. Specifically as a king, I get to tap into my masculine energy and live a persona that I think is pretty convincing…I enjoy the reactions of my audience. Especially the women 😉

How would you describe your performance style? Flirty, sexy, high-energy

What /who inspires you?  Spykey van Dykey is a huge inspiration as a king because of his style, showman-ship and artistry and let’s face it, he’s fucking hot. Jack the Lad is another inspiration because until I came across him on YouTube I hadn’t heard of another South Asian drag king before! As far as my styling goes, I think of Buck as a very “metro” Bollywood dude, so actors like Arjun Rampal, Ranveer Singh, John Abaraham, Hrthik ROshan are who I look at for styling and choreography inspiration. Finally, one of my first big numbers was a Prince tribute so as a fellow tiny brown man I am also very inspired by him especially since I have been a fan since I was little.

Some information about your costumes:

Well I am kind of petite so it’s been a process to figure out my best options. I have been trolling wish.com for tiny asian man clothes. My husband is a few inches taller than me and has been nice enough to hand off his clothes from his slimmer days etc. As a burlesque performer while I don’t sew anything I am pretty good at blinging out and adapting found items. I am constantly learning through social media from other kings, performers and costumiers about the best ways to dress Buck since I do have some specific aesthetic goals ( Bollywood male model lol).

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Buck Orchid, drag king, from San Antonio, Texas, USA

 

Your favourite act and why:

Currently my favorite act is still in progress but it is my Prince Charming pole dance because I went all out on the costume, which presented some challenges as a dancer. I think that when its nailed down it will be pretty awesome. My other favorite number of mine is one where I lip-sync to a mashup of shape of you and Urvashi ( a popular Hindi movie song) while hula hooping and stripping. Buck does like to get naked-ish!

As far as someone else’s act, currently I am blown away by Alexander the Great’s Ted Bundy act because it was really unexpected and he committed fully to it. I really enjoy being connected through the internet to so many kings though! I am constantly challenged and inspired and humbled by everyone’s creativity. Buck is the newest of my personas and definitely has work to do.

Biggest challenge as a performer:

Making sure I stay “in the pocket” with my physicality. I have a specific idea of what I want him to embody so I am still working on making sure I don’t slip into my “Black Orchid” more femme gestures. Secondarily I would say that San Antonio is still a market for drag queens ( and definitely all props to the hardworking queens who have made it so) and it is dispiriting to see that even within the queer community, we have yet to be taken seriously for bookings and acknowledgement.

Some of your achievements:

Recently I and the troupe ( Los MENtirosos) was booked to headline a local Fiesta “royalty” event. I’m still not sure how some people there felt about us but to me that’s an example of the kind of gig that normally wouldn’t go to a drag king. Other than that I never lip-synced until I started committing to the character and now I can say I know how to lip-sync in Spanish, Hindi and Arabic for certain numbers lol as well as in English!

Social media handles, any links you want to share:

Buck doesn’t have his own page yet but you can see his pics etc at https://www.facebook.com/blackorchidburlesque/

and IG: @shimarella

 Something you would like to tell readers:

Well here’s my general bio: Buck Orchid is a true Desi man who loves a strong drink, a good beat and the lovely ladies. He is a pocket Prince Charming who has been scandalizing and seducing his way through San Antonio and the South in the past few years. He’s better known…for now… for his family connection to Black Orchid, “The Transoceanic Tropical Tease”, who you can see in full femme action in San Antonio and beyond. Like all Bollywood heroes, he lives to pay sexy tribute to his favorite pop idols. He is also a member of Los MENtirosos, San Antonio’s only drag king troupe!TAG LINE: “Singapore’s Sultan of Swing, with a Thousand Ways to Make You Swing”.

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Buck Orchid, drag king, from San Antonio, Texas, USA

Damien D’Luxe – USA

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Damien D’Luxe, Drag King from Minneapolis, USA.  Photo, Makeup and costume all by Damien

 

Performer name(s): Damien D’Luxe

Where do you live (and perform): Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Gender: Gender Queer

Age: 32

Muggle day job:  Tattoo Shop Owner/ Tattoo Artist

Length of time performing: I have been performing for 15 years. I would say I have likely done at least 600 or more shows (estimating).

What you refer to yourself performance wise ?: Drag King

 

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Damien D’Luxe, Drag King from Minneapolis, USA.  Photo, Makeup and costume all by Damien

Why do you perform?

I perform as a way to express my gender identity. Because I identify as gender queer but present more “female” in my daily life, it is a great outlet for me to feel more masculine when I am on stage. I see it as a way of being a man without being a man. I also use drag to assist with my social anxiety. I have a difficult time interacting with others in my daily life and doing drag allows me to be someone else and helps me to socialize with people when I normally wouldn’t be able to.  Drag is also another art form for me. I don’t do a ton of artwork outside of my work in tattooing. Doing drag allows me to use my body as my canvas. I paint my artwork on myself at every show.

How would you describe your performance style ?

My performance style varies a lot between cosplay, hip hop and pop/lock dancing style numbers, boilesque and dark/creepy numbers. I try to bring varying looks to each show and do dramatic make up and costume changes between numbers.

What /who inspires you ?

I am inspired by a lot of things around me. I do a lot of research in high fashion looks and male couture online. I also use inspiration from specific characters when I create them for cosplay. The celebrity that I am inspired by the most is Marilyn Manson. I also find inspiration in make up from the drag queens that I work with and from fellow kings on social media.

Some information about your costumes:

My costumes range from dark and sexy to bright and colorful. I use a lot of feathers, sequins, rhinestones, studs and other embellishments.  I do a lot of singular colors from head to toe or use color themes varying by the song. I also do a lot of cosplay numbers that use costuming from specific well known characters. I make most everything myself and my wife helps me embellish them a lot of times when I am short on time.

Your favourite act (of your own or someone else’s) and why:

My favourite act changes by the month. I feel like my favourite act generally is my most recent act. I love bringing new pieces to the stage and the invigorating feel of new costuming and song choices. My current favourite act of mine is performing to Macho Man by the Village People. I perform it as a circus strongman with a big barbell. I love the campiness and fun in the number and that I am able to bring theatrics to the stage.

Biggest challenge as a performer:

The biggest challenge for me as a performer is balancing my life and having proper time management. Because I own my own business and have employees along with managing my own tattooing my free time is very limited. I also perform 1-3 times every week. This does not leave me a lot of time for my home, family and friends. Over the years I have learned to find a sort of balance but at times I find myself burned out. Sometimes I simply wish there were more hours in the day!

Social media handles, any links you want to share:

Instagram @damiendluxe

FB @damiendluxe

Twitter @tattoosbyemi

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeGsfcVnYVGDVjrICvW91cQ?view_as=subscriber

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Damien D’Luxe, Drag King from Minneapolis, USA.  Photo, Makeup and costume all by Damien

 

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Damien D’Luxe, Drag King from Minneapolis, USA.  Photo, Makeup and costume all by Damien