Mykki Blanco Takes The Stage

7.19.2012

By Peter Frost

Michael Quattlebaum’s alter ego puts a new spin on drag

Mykki Blanco gives Sasha Fierce a run for her money. The alter ego of Michael Quattlebaum has taken the art scene in NYC by storm, with the 25-year-old being profiled by The New York Times, in which he discusses his inspiration for his latest creation.

Quattlebaum, who moved to New York City in 2008, has made a name for himself in recent years as a writer and performing artist, with his collection of poems, “From Silence of Duchamp to the Noise of Boys”, released by art-world publisher Ohwow last June. Describing his journey thus far, Quattlebaum said, “I always knew I was going to live a fringe lifestyle.”

This fringe lifestyle takes a new form with the development of Mykki Blanco, his latest in a long line of reinventions and alter egos. However, Quattlebaum takes a different approach to his drag, pulling from avant-garde art and obscure hip-hop, culminating in the release of his first EP, Mykki Blanco & The Mutant Angels.

“Mykki Blanco was this cosmic union in my mind,” he tells the newspaper, defining her as “a mixture of riot grrrl and ghetto fabulousness.”

With the success of Ms. Blanco and his writing, Quattlebaum is sitting (and feeling) pretty. "It's different from feeling sexy," he says, describing the character. "All of a sudden, you feel pretty. And once you start to feel pretty: oh, boy, look out."

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