From camp to fashion, from personal narrative to queer politics - the art of drag is rich and diverse and deserves to be celebrated. In the inaugural issue of Velour (then called VYM), we asked over 20 of the most talented independent artists, performers, and writers working today to define the indefinable: "What is Drag?" Their answers are as varied and valid as the art itself and their work reminds us that their is no "right way" to do, or to even define drag. Velour seeks to celebrate it all.
ayakamay | Ben Bascom | Romey Bensen | Veronica Bleaus | Masha Bogushevsky | Jennifer Camper | Jon Chad | Wo Chan | Crystal Demure | Kinzie Ferguson | Ritsu Hirayama | Becca Kacanda |Crimson Kitty | Laurel Lynn Leake | John Lisle | Kitten 'N Lou |Yuki Matsumura | Dewey McGeoch | Catt Melendez | Donald C. Shorter Jr. | Sasha Velour | Jesus Ward | Eric Kostiuk Williams |
For our second issue, we explored the history and meaning of "realness" -- from gender illusionists and the Harlem ball scene to the "real" and surreal drag arts of today. Drag, it seems, is both imitation and transformation, performance andtruth. The diverse body of work, by over 25 artists, explores the ways in which drag utilizes "the real" for radical thought and self-expression.
Patrick Arias | Stephen Boyer | Daphne Chan | Merrie Cherry | Cole Closser | Kevin Czap | Evan Dahm | Katie Fricas | Rumi Hara | Pearl Harbor | Chris of Hur | Kia Labeija | Sara Lautman | Laurel Lynn Leake | Miss Malice | April Malig | Sophie McMahan | Nyx Nocturne | Goldie Peacock | Lady Quesa'Dilla | Carlo Quispe | Dan Rinylo | Chad Sell | Kelsey Short | Lady Simon | Linda Simpson | Danez Smith | Christopher Soto | Fox Squire | Jenif(f)er Tamayo | Ultraviolet | Lee VaLone | Nikke Wallschaegar
Velour's third issue is dedicated to drag families, specifically the powerful relationships that drag performers form with each other as they develop characters, style, and careers. Over 50 artists contributed to this issue, ranging from Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in Boston to the queens of Rupaul's Drag Race Season 9, from contemporary Art Drag in Chicago to Kansas City queens of the late 50s...and far beyond! This highly visual issue is a love letter to queer creativity, community, and the excellence of drag.
Aquaria | Patrick Arias | Fred Attenborough | David Ayllon | Lucy Balls | Steffany Bankenbusch | Lucas Blair | Matthew Boisvert | Kelly Boner | Kate Bornstein | Narth Chuon | The Clout Club | Carissa Coughlin | Shea Couleé | Olive d'Nightlife | Rebekka Dunlap | Rumi Hara | House of Aja | Marissa Klug-Morataya | Eric Michael Kommer | Laurel Lynn Leake | Annie Lesser | John Lisle | Karla Mi Lugo | Trace Lysette | Miss Malice | April Malig | Laila McQueen | Vigor Mortis | James Michael Nichols | Nyx Nocturne | Jose-Luis Olivares | Adam Ouahmane | Private Birthday Party | Pearl | Peppermint | Dan Polyak | Untitled Queen | Hana Quist | Jack Schneider | Kelsey Short | Jeremy Sorese | Patti Spliff | Sasha Velour