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

Richard Reckless – UK

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Richard Reckless, Drag King from Brighton, United Kingdom. Photo and makeup by Richard Reckless.

Performer Name(s): Richard Reckless

Where do you live (and perform) : Brighton, United Kingdom

Gender: Female/ gender Fluid

Age: 29

Muggle day job: Film Maker/ Voice Over Artist/ Head of Returns at a well-known Footwear Company

Length of time performing: Around 4 years

What you refer to yourself performance wise: Drag King/ Drag Artist

Why do you perform? Because I love being on stage, I love to create, and I explore gender constructs and challenge perceptions.

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Richard Reckless, Drag King from Brighton, United Kingdom. Taken at Brighton’s King of the Fringe // Source: PhotosbyDavid  http://photosbydavid.org

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Richard Reckless, Drag King from Brighton, United Kingdom. Photo by Lu Radford- Makeup and Costume Richard Reckless and Weeze Cooper.

How would you describe your performance style?  Alternative and Punk

What /who inspires you?  Punk music, country music, films and tv

Some information about your costumes: I generally dress in a punk style as my drag alter ego was born from my love of punk music. Being a singer and lyricist in a punk band before I ever tried drag gave me the confidence I now have, to perform in front of people. My punk stage performances were the root of where Richard came from. I also have dressed as Donald trump as a reptilian and as one of my favourite characters from one of my favourite films- Quint from Jaws.

Your favourite act (of your own or someone else’s) and why: I like my performance of Gay Bar because I get to be silly and over the top. I also very much enjoy performing my own music as I get to portray my own messages and beliefs. I also like performing my own music because I get to perform with my friends and band.

Biggest challenge as a performer: I get very nervous and doubt myself before shows

Some of your achievements: I have appeared on channel 4’s body fixers as a drag king. I also have been a drag king extra in the BBC show ‘ Cuffs’. Last year I competed in King me: Rise of a Drag King. I have also competed in King of the Fringe and have run my own drag and burlesque cabaret night in Brighton. Additionally, I was the lead singer of Brighton’s only drag king punk band. I also starred as Pinkie in the Brighton rock redux by Richard Dedomenici.

Social media handles, any links you want to share:

Instagram: Katastrophic1 , Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RichardRecklessDragKing/, twitter :https://twitter.com/RichieReckless1

Something you would like to tell readers:

I have a brand-new project coming up which is very exciting. I am working with two very talented musicians on an entirely new undertaking. This is going to be something special. I can’t say too much right now except for watch this space. We are DJ Chick’en and the Cuntry Roosters and we can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with you all! Expect the unexpected. Something  peculiar is coming this August. 😛

 

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Project by Richard Reckless, drag king from Brighton United Kingdom. 

 

 

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.