Georgia’s new club kids werk it for Q magazine

Kitchy. Bold. Energetic. Fresh. Mercurial. Welcome to the expressive world of the LGBTQ-ATL’s freshest crop of club kids. 

Q contributor Jon Dean finds six of them on their own turf in one of our favorite photo essays from him yet. From baby drags to fashionista artistas, they’re sporting looks from bovine milkmaid to food-inspired couture, corporate realness to bondage glamour and beyond.

We catch them as they gag and stun onlookers, yes, but as they live up to their own aesthetics first. The portraits serve as an ode to what these performers and personalities add to the queer landscape of Atlanta’s nightlife, and how their avant-garde creativity pushes the boundaries for all of us toward progress.

Start scrolling for their stories in their own words, and check out bonus shots not seen in print.

Photos by Jon Dean

 

Alex Suarez

@queenalexsuarez

Gorgeous, Loud, Butch

Where can we find you?

You can find me twirling in Athens, Ga!

What inspires your lewks?

There are so many working artists nowadays on the internet, so things like makeup and hair usually come from what pops up on my screen, but I also look to designers like the Blonds in New York City, Thierry Mugler and Agnieszka Osipa. Really the direction I’m trying to go towards is basically being the love child of Biqtch Puddin and Laila McQueen. 

Any last words for the children?

Don’t count these Athens queens out. There is so much talent here, and y’all better get ready to see some power moves from these girls in the coming years. Yes gawd. 

 

Honey Mint

@_honeymint

Energetic, Majestic, Aesthetic

Where can we find you?

Mary’s every third Wednesday at Hump Daze and pretty much any other time.

What inspires your lewks?

My looks are inspired by old cartoon and anime aesthetics along with club kid and high fashion elements.

Favorite ATL spot to party?

Mary’s has such a welcoming atmosphere even if there isn’t a show that night, it’s still a great place to hang out.

 

TJ Maxxx

@tjthedragthing

Kitschy, Creative, Silly

Where can we find you?

The back porch of Mary's

What inspires your lewks?

I like to think I have a bargain bin, dollar store vibe, but with a post-impressionist twist. 

Any last words for the children?

More of a question: How does copyright infringement work? 

 

Thin Mint

@thin__mint_

Thin, Brown, Fresh

Where can we find you?

Hosting Glitz @ Mary’s every second Thursday!! 

What inspires your lewks?

Color! I used to have this rule where I didn’t wear black. I gave that up because it looks great on me, but generally, the more the merrier. We love a color story. 

Favorite ATL spot to party?

The Basement. Any Deep South party. 

Any last words for the children?

Consider long term investments now while interest rates are still low! (Drag does not count) 

 

Miss He

@misshethequeen

Bold, Fluid, Stun

Where can we find you?

I’m an Athens performer and a member of The Kourtesans. You can catch me twirling with them at Sister Louisa’s Church here in Athens as well as the 40Watt Club. 

I’m also on the cast of Video Tronic’s Intrusive Thots and perform with them every month at the Caledonia Lounge. I also come up to Atlanta to perform often with the Glitz cast at Mary’s and Wussy mag events. 

What inspires your lewks?

My aesthetic is inspired by ‘80s and ‘90s runways as well as anime from the same era. I also take any opportunity to play with gender and showcase black girl magic

Any last words for the children?

F*ck gender norms! Try drag! Turn a lewk! Be bold! Always vote, especially in your local elections! 

 

Kether Drake

@kdrella_

Mercurial, Anachronistic, Voracious

Where can we find you?

Creeping around every local thrift store and DIY venue, strutting my personal runway at Argosy, holding court in coffee shops and cocktail lounges, making friends with stray cats, or hiding in my house watching television and making it all happen.

What inspires your lewks?

Judy Garland, old Hollywood glamour, costumes of 1930-40s big band MGM movie musicals. David Bowie; the theatrics and provocative, ethereal sensuality of glam rock. Andy Warhol, the electric hedonism of The Factory and Studio 54, the philosophy that anything is art if you just say it is, and the most important thing is to keep making lots of it no matter what anyone says.

Favorite ATL spot to party?

You’ll usually find me pussyfooting all over EAV, mingling at The Bakery, or just taking myself for a solo cocktail at the swankiest joint available.

Any last words for the children?

Let’s play! This year, you can find me curating and participating in events for BitchMade and Wussy, behind the camera directing a new music video for Atlanta’s own Shepherds, designing and silk-screening merch for various local bands and businesses, debuting new looks on the regular, among other things! I’m always looking for the next big adventure,so drop a line!

All photos by Jon Dean. This feature originally ran in Q magazine. Read the digital edition here.

 

 

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