Posts Tagged ‘drag’

Michael Thomas Ford’s awesome drag photos

January 20, 2008

I’ve been reading and enjoying the writing of Michael Thomas Ford for years – he writes erotica and now, mainly, gay male fiction, but also does tons of other stuff. Here’s also on Flickr and these are a few of his amazing drag photos – titles by him:

Breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts

When did I get knocked up? Test Shot 05

Mrs. Evelyn Burnham hates Christmas Shopping

October 25 2007: Ode to Chrissy Amphlett

And my personal favorite (though the Dunkin’ Donuts one is a close second, I just have a weakness for men wearing lipstick):

Happy Birthday David Johansen!

Drag queens fundraising

January 1, 2008

From Kevin Goebel, via Flickr – click here for a whole set of photos from a fundraiser for the POC AIDS Resource Center

Drag king videos

December 19, 2007

The Slate article prompted me to find some drag king videos on YouTube:

This one’s a montage from the Great Big International Drag King show:

This one is of MilDréd – here’s an interview with her

And here’s Justin Zaas doing Thomas Dolby’s “She Blindded Me With Science”

Emily Yoffe’s stint as a drag king

December 19, 2007

“My Short Life as a Drag King,” Emily Yoffe, Slate – click through to watch the video as well of Emily performing as “Johnson Manly” (via Feministing)

I was familiar with drag queens—men who dress flamboyantly as women for shows or events, but I wasn’t aware of a complementary drag king culture until a Slate colleague suggested I enter it. I quickly found the D.C. Kings, founded in 2000, which bills itself as “The World’s Longest Running Drag King Troupe.” The first thing that struck me when looking at their Web site was that drag kings are nice girls. “[W]e are extremely supportive of one another,” they promised. “We are here for you and we want you to have fun.”

Their shows—consisting of 10 individual or paired-up performers lip syncing to popular songs—occur twice a month. To get on the roster, all I had to do was attend their monthly meeting. There were about 18 of us, a mixed-race group mostly in their 20s and 30s. Some were feminine-looking women with long hair and makeup. Some were clearly female but with short haircuts and mannish clothes. Some just looked like men.

The meeting was run by the troupe’s founder, Ken Vegas, 34, a graphic designer whose real name is Kendra Kuliga. Ken (I will refer to people by their preferred names and pronouns—usually male) began the meeting by suggesting we all introduce ourselves by giving our names, astrological signs, and packing preferences. This last item does not mean Styrofoam versus bubble wrap, but what kings like to put in their pants as a simulated phallus. The answers ranged from socks, to Mr. Bendy, to half an apple.

At the meeting, Herbie, 23, volunteered to be my guide. He is stout, has a blond crew cut, and describes himself as a “non-op female-body transgender person”—essentially a lesbian who identifies as a male but is not doing anything surgically about it. Each day, he packs and wears what’s known as a compression shirt to bind his breasts. “I call it ‘manning up,’ ” he explained.

Jackie Beat’s “Baby Got Front” video

December 17, 2007

Video from Jackie Beat made by Austin Young.

Men in makeup

December 16, 2007

Just a personal observation – I think Brian Molko of the band Placebo is totally hot, especially in lipstick:

Brian Molko is freaking hot

And check out this article about makeup being marketed to men.

Holly Doss, a Los Angeles-based makeup artist with an eponymous cosmetics brand, also believes discretion is the key to introducing men to makeup.

“Most of the feedback I’ve gotten,” she says, “is that they want to buy makeup without ever having to leave their home. They don’t want to go and try anything out in ‘real life.'”

Doss, who has worked in the entertainment industry under the tutelage of celebrity makeup artist Trish McEvoy, primarily sells foundation and concealer from her unisex line to men who want to look polished, but not pretty. She says they like that they can use their fingers for a fuss-free application.

Drag in Hollywood

December 16, 2007

The L.A. Times ran a great piece with photos about drag in Hollywood films a while ago. Here are some pics of Kids in the Hall and the Wayans Brohters:

They say:

We’ve been told that drag is out this Halloween season. Bo-ring. If Halloween is the one night that women feel comfortable flaunting their slutty side, why shouldn’t men be able to flirt with their female side? It’s just dress-up!

To help inspire those daring guys who might enjoy putting on a bra just once in their life, or girls who want to experiment with machismo, we’ve put together a list of famous performances from Hollywood actors in drag. Some of these costumes could be re-created easily; others would take a team of five makeup artists a minimum of four hours to pull off.

But if Cate Blanchett and John Travolta can do it, why can’t you?

Crossdresser transformations and makeovers

December 15, 2007

A drag queen transforms herself:

How to Crossdress – YouTube videos

December 8, 2007

Watch a man transform himself into Britney Spears…and judging by the fact that over 300,000 people have watched this first and third video (200,000 for the 2nd), it’s very popular! Learn about the drag bag, boa, makeup and more.

A salon for crossdressers in Connecticut

December 8, 2007

Very interesting post about a salon/spa in Connecticut, Joy of Nails, that aims to serve EVERYONE:

Would It Be Beneficial for a female owned/staffed business to hire a crossdressing male, TV or TS?”

Susan is the new owner of a Salon & Spa and is already helping women improve themselves, encourage empowerment and hopefully assisting women in taking charge of their lives.

Her other goal is to provide a discreet salon where cross dressers, TV’s & TS’s can feel comfortable, be pampered and not have to worry about discrimination. A recent cross dresser visited the salon and this person discovered that she and her staff were very accepting of individuals in alternative lifestyles.

This same client at that time of being primped asked to be forcibly feminized having been a categorized cross dresser for years. Per an agreement, Susan made the decision to push HER into the right direction and had made her mind up to completely feminize HER.

Susan and her staff have always felt comfortable around cross dressers so HER feminization provides a unique challenge. Susan would like your opinion. SHE had also expressed a desire to work for Susan and after many years of dressing, being made up for day and not following through with the actual mission of becoming totally feminine she requested Susan and her staff to take charge. Susan wants to know from readers, should she have HER sign a detailed and binding pre-hire contract requiring her to maintain the final feminization for continuing employment?

This cross dresser needs someone that is firm, not cruel, but someone that has a heart, which Susan does, but she will also demand perfection for the finished transformation. Should her transformation be totally in the hands of Susan and her staff, with no options, so that all demands must be met?