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. 

 

 

Mike Litoris – New Zealand

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Mike Litoris, drag king from Wellington, New Zealand. Photo: Paradox Photography. Design: Caleb McNabb. Makeup and styling by Mike Litoris. Courtesy of Gag Collective

Performer name(s): Mike Litoris

Where do you live (and perform): Wellington, New Zealand

Gender: Woman (she/her)

Age: 26

Muggle day job: Sex Worker/Busker

Length of time performing:  2 ½ years. Done multiple gigs, usually perform once, sometimes twice a month. Performed at Wellington Pride Festival.

What you refer to yourself performance wise: Drag King

Why do you perform? For expression, to subvert and challenge the norm, promote body positivity, because I enjoy it.

How would you describe your performance style: Gritty, masculine, gay, challenging, powerful.

What /who inspires you: Other drag kings, my drag community, the wider drag king community. My partner (a transmasc drag queen).

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 Mike Litoris, drag king from Wellington, New Zealand. Photo: Jeff Tolan. Makeup and Costume by Mike Litoris.

Some information about your costumes: Often self-created from thrift shop finds on a budget, I usually buy base garments, adding to them with embroidery, stitching, studs and rhinestones etc. as I see fit. I have a couple of standard outfits, and then I might have a couple of outfits designed specifically for a certain act.

Your favourite act (of your own or someone else’s) and why: My act, where I am a silver android, with light-up reveals and several cuts of electronica tracks. My best act to date.

Biggest challenge as a performer: Budget limitations

Some of your achievements: Performed at Wellington Pride Festival, including the afterparty with an international Drag Queen, Laila McQueen, part of a collective called Gag Collective, producing my own show bi-monthly called Open Mike.

Social media handles, any links you want to share:

Instagram: @mikelitorisdrag (https://www.instagram.com/mikelitorisdrag)

Facebook: Mike Litoris Drag King (https://www.facebook.com/MikeLitorisDragKing/)

Twitter: @mikelitorisdrag (https://twitter.com/mikelitorisdrag)

 Something you would like to tell readers: Drag is for anybody. If you feel like your gender, age, divergence or disability makes you less valid to try drag because of the overwhelming majority with privilege, fight to prove them wrong. You are valid. Your drag is valid. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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Mike Litoris from Wellington, New Zealand.  Photo: Ngarongonui Mareikura-Ellery. Makeup and costume by Mike Litoris.

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Mike Litoris from Wellington, New Zealand. Photo: Bernie Homes. Makeup and costume by Mike Litoris.

Lance DeBoyle – Australia

Photo Credit Kara Castro

Lance DeBoyle, photo by Kara Castro

Where do you live (and perform):  Ballarat, Victoria. Australia (Regional)

Gender: Queer

Age: 66

Muggle day job: Pensioner Superstar

Length of time performing: 25 years (Approx)

What you refer to yourself, performance wise?   LGBT Performer

Why do you perform?   I’m creative and love to share all of my artforms

How would you describe your performance style:  Live, fun and interactive. Also, I dabble in carefully planned randomness and spontaneity…..ART!!!

What /who inspires you?  The people I perform for. To see smiles and exchange some witty repartee. Living is great, performing even moreso!!

Some information about your costumes: Exclusively dressed by eBay, Darling.

Your favourite act and why (other performers):  Rocco D’Amore and Sexy Galexy. They are cornerstones of the art form in Australia….And both are very nice people!

Biggest challenge as a performer:   There is a city-centric undercurrent to this artform. If you don’t live in a City, you don’t exist. Regional performers are devoid of the broader performer support networks and dedicated venues. There really isn’t a lot of enough love for the 100’s of regional and rural performers across Australia who keep chipping away at it, Darling.

Some of your achievements:

Being me. I’m very good at it these days.

Having my own live streaming show to Facebook called Lance TV…(Saturday nights from 8:30pm AEST) 😊

Performing at Midsumma Festival with Kongs Kings

Being invited back to perform on the Daylesford’s LGBT Chillout Festival mainstage again and again. (Daylesford is located in Victoria, Australia) Stay tuned for more 😊

Social media handles, any links you want to share:

FB: Lance TV & Lance DeBoyle

Insta: lancedeboyle_official

Twitter: @thelancedeboyle

Something you would like to tell readers:

Many thanks to Green Teal for putting this all together. Thank you for thinking of me Darling ❤

Photo Credit Central Vic Pics (1)

Lance DeBoyle, photo by Central Vic Pics