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Photobooth: Fierce Queen Vancouver w/ BenDelaCreme, June 2018 at Rickshaw

 

Danggg that was a crazy party right? We hope you all enjoyed our first Fierce Queen in Vancouver, congrats to SOUTH EAST for taking home the burger queen crown!! Now she gets to be on the judging panel alongside AJA, ARSON NICKI and BERLIN for round two of Fierce Queen! We'll be at Rickshaw Theatre again for Vancouver Pride on August 4th with AJA performing and on the panel, you don't wanna miss this!

The event page is now up, you can sign up to compete! You can also find tickets there shortly =)

 

Below you'll find your meet and greet photos with BenDelaCreme, special thanks to the Drag Series for running the booth for us!

 

 

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Illustrator Nathan Rapport: "You Have To Make The Work"

Illustrator Nathan Rapport: "You Have to Make the Work"

 

Nark sent me on a mission to Los Angeles to find Nathan Rapport, the artist anointed as flyer designer for Alternative Pride 2018. I found him on a busy street at rush hour in an improbably calm apartment. Population: Rapport, his partner, and their defiantly lounge-y cats Larry and Harvey Milk. Nathan turned out to be a soft-spoken ginger wearing a shirt currently being sold to raise funds for the Glamamore documentary project. He is sweet, but on a slight time crunch because he had Depeche Mode tickets. 

 

Born in the San Fernando Valley, Rapport returned to SoCal with the current wave of creatives pouring into LA. Amid the freeways and palm trees he has weathered the Trumpocalypse. Buoyed by a community of hustling queer crafters, he talks about a renewed conviction that creatives have an urgent imperative to follow their muse, to fight the malaise, to develop their artistic language. “There’s a sense that everybody’s suffering,” he says. “But no ones talking about it.” 


 

“Things like Prince, things like Grace Jones, things like Madonna, things like Nine Inch Nails growing up were hugely influential and still make their way into my work all the time.”

 

A onetime DJ, his own parlance is set to music. “Things like Prince, things like Grace Jones, things like Madonna, things like Nine Inch Nails growing up were hugely influential and still make their way into my work all the time,” he says. “I think it was just that attitude, that heightened sense of sexual empowerment and pushing racial boundaries and these little weird worlds that existed back then of like, smoke and lace and guitars.”

 

Certainly, in Rapport’s work there lies a counterpoint to the flexed and lubed hard bodies of corporate Pride imagery. As a painter he is located in a universe where queer males are centered, where cis men experience moments of explicit, tender perversion. His most commercially successful project to date, a coloring book called “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me,” explores the intersection of heartbreak and promiscuity and the emotional repair that can be found choking on several dicks at once. Reeling promiscuously through a post breakup fog, Rapport tapped into something real in his drawings of moony boys’ eyes while they double fisted cocks. 

 

“It felt like I was making a mixtape, or making a playlist...” 

“It felt like I was making a mixtape, or making a playlist,” he remembers. “But also, talking about something happening in my life that was painful and something we're not trained to talk about much. Especially with gay men, we're not inclined to be like, why are we doing this?” The book struck a chord from Russia to small town America, and Rapport found himself hastily setting up an online store for his work the first time. 

 

“Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” is an exemplar of the “accessible art” projects Rapport takes as his mandate. They are objects delivered at a reasonable price for ultimate cultural impact, Rapport’s evolution of the Warholian love of mass production.

 

A look at Nathan’s online store provides other examples of his idea of accessibility. There’s a yellow t-shirt with heart shaped glasses beholding boxer brief clad erections, flanked by palm trees and in 1960s postcard script; “Kiss Them For Me.” Another fan favorite are his “How Will I Know?” pins, tiny hands in fisting-ready formation. They seem perfect for adding a low-key touch of heteronormative non-compliance to a lapel or backpack

 

He will make a beautiful Alt Pride flyer. But chatting with Nathan about the road that led him to this current body of work, I began to wonder if Nark’s choice of designer for the marquee community event didn’t also have to do with Rapport’s intertwined careers in queer event production, theater-drag experimentations, and a general belief in the redemptive power of alternative sexuality, because Nathan’s gotten around. Perhaps you remember his sweaty Sass dance parties in Detroit with Mike Servito. Or maybe you met Nikki Sixx Mile, a rock ’n’ roll queen and set designer in the Bay Area drag scene who plotted musical transgression in Trannyshack events. There was the San Francisco Album Project, a celebration of iconic music and DIY creativity, which Nathan co-founded. The happy rebellion of Austin’s Queer Bomb pulled him to Texas, where he bought a house and finally found a toehold in the mainstream art world, creating colorful worlds at Texas powerhouse ZACH Theatre. 

 

 

Ask him about the core of his art and he returns to figure painting. His mom enrolled Nathan at an early age in drawing courses and he says he can still spend hours in a museum staring at the technical, anatomic mastery of Rembrandt and Caravaggio. He earned a degree from Wayne State in painting and printmaking before stepping back for those years of nightlife, drag, set designing swirl. He recently returned to painting and classical influences peek out from his florid queer love scenes, intertwined bodies infused with all the naturalism of a leafy plant. 

 

“You have to make the work”

 

The figures are the current culmination of Rapport’s track record of creating events and images echoing collective queer notions, pushing forward conversations that may not otherwise take place. Having surfed the US’ pockets of queer creativity, digested their commonalities and pondered their differences, Rapport thinks a lot about his art’s posterity. The future seems to be about pushing the possibility that, like an indie song or a cult movie, a creation of his will come to encapsulate a queer moment in time. But before that, the hustle to keep moving in dark times. “You have to make the work,” he laughs. “That's the hardest part.”


The Seattle Alternative Pride Artwork, hand painted by Nathan Rapport.

Join us this Weekend, 6/21-24 2018 for Alternative Pride, 10 events, 4 days, 7 venues, benefitting Gay City LGBTQ Center, weekend passes and individual tickets available here.

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Photobooth: Chicago Make Out Party IML! May 2018 at Jackhammer

Hot dayum that IML Make Out Party was seriously extra, does anyone remember it? I think I mostly do... I mean these photos help, or do they, can I throw a pokeball and collect all these babes? At least we have these memories, and of course new ones to make all the time right? 

Tonight at Jackhammer (Saturday 6/16) come check out Nark's Acid Playhouse with Bottom Forty for Pridefest and next week for official Pride week check out the next edition of the Make Out Party!!

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Erik M. Kommer, edited by Roman Robinson

 

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Photobooth: SF Make Out Party, May 2018 at SF Eagle

Hey SF, you sure know how to make us feel special (hint, it's with your tongues), and this is proof! Thanks for coming out to our favorite monthly soiree where we mix people and faces and butts and jello into good vibes! We'd love to see you out this Friday for our next Make Out Party at the SF Eagle, this time with special guest Nonsuit (Patchwork/Public Works) and Kelly Naughton (DAD) plus hosts Robin Simmons, Elaine Denham, Kelly and Crafty Dough !

 

 

Photos by Daddy Queen, edited by Roman Robinson

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Photobooth: The Make Out Party, Seattle, May 2018 at The Eagle

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our three year anniversary of make out witchy magic, and by celebrate really we mean come out and meet and kiss babes, but that is the best way to show you care really. So why not show us how much you care but popping thru this Friday and meeting the person of your dreams for a night? Don't worry, it's low pressure when there are jello shots involved..

This Friday night at The Seattle Eagle we've got special guest Arson Nicki DJ'ing all night long with special guest hosts Bosco, Angel Baby KillKillKill and Voodoo Nightshade, plus furry zaddy Kyle from SF will be flying up just to shake it for you in the cage, arouu !

 

 

Photos by Roman Robinson

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Mugshots: Bottom Forty Chicago! March 2018 at The Jackhammer Complex

We know we know, you probably forgot all about this night, not cuz' it took us forever to post the pictures, but mostly memory loss is probably a side effect of a sugarload, cuz remember how you ate all those cookies off of Data's butt? No, well look below for proof hun.

But before you get there, why not pull up your social calendar and put a little mark down for the rager that's happening this Saturday at Jackhammer Complex, yes yes it's the return of the Make Out Party! Special IML Edition, get your leather and your lace but most importantly please clean your face because a bunch of babes want to smash up on it for the camera (and for the jello shots of course).

Get a Presale ticket now to skip the LINE!

 

 

Photos by Erik M. Kommer!

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Mugshots: Kylie Minogue's Acid Playhouse 4/20 at Chop Suey

Did you go to Kylie Minogue's Acid Playhouse? Was it the weirdest shit ever? Did you think Kylie Minogue was gonna perform? Either way we are so happy you were there, it was a lot of hard werque and it looked really fukkin' cool, so check out some memories of that below!

But ALSOOOO LIKEEEEE do you realize pride is ONE MONTH AWAY!? You know how big and legit our Alternative Pride Weekend is so you better start grabbing tickets now!! The boat party is already sold out! Currently live are the weekend passes, Fierce Queen w/ AJA, Backdoor Seattle edition, more coming soon!!

 

 

Photos by Keith Johnson

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Photobooth: SF Make Out Party, April 2018 at SF Eagle

You know we love a green screen queen xD Thanks SF for spending your 4/20 with us because making out with stoned people is the best and you know it. We're excited to be back with you again this Friday night at SF Eagle for the May edition of the Make Out Party, get kissy in the photobooth for a free jello shot and a new "friend" =D Special guests Trevor Sigler, Major, Kelly Lovemonster, RamSlam and Joey Crafty Dough with Abominatrixx at the door!

 

Photos by Daddy Queen, Edited by Roman Robinson

 

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