“Ian MacKinnon’s Gay Hist-Orgy” is a brilliant, side splitting and wonderfully sexy piece of storytelling and performance. Ian has distilled and spun queer world history, mythology, and folklore in a way that is titillating, inspiring, and easily palpable. While I often found myself saddened and angered by the erasure of our homo history Ian’s hilarious performance made me laugh and feel grateful to be a grownup queer with access to beautiful art that celebrates and investigates our queerly complex stories.
I don’t know what my art would be about if it weren’t for the challenges I’ve faced. I am often inspired by negative situations I’ve experienced or things I’ve read about in the news. For instance, when I went to a protest and witnessed police brutality against demonstrators it inspired the song May Day in LA, while The Bling Ring is based on a news story involving five wealthy teens robbing celebrities of millions in clothes, jewelry, and cash. I often spoof these experiences or turn them into jokes in order to heal myself, or to build strength to resist these situations. Although this sounds really serious, the actual art that comes out of it is often lighthearted and funny. It is very powerful to combat negativity with humor. When I am performing for majority-straight audiences, or people who don’t identify with radical politics, humor helps opens people up to hearing about unfamiliar experiences or ways of thinking.
I fell in love with Heidi Barton Stink the very first time I heard her EP “The Familiar Pattern”. Heidi’s rhythms are clever and original, her flow is flawless and she raps about things that are relevant to nearly everyones lives: breaking free from shame, addiction, social justice and love…
Like many queers, I’ve had a long, complicated & tumultuous relationship with hip hop music. Growing up hip hop held a very important place as part of the sound track of my childhood: it was turntables, beat boxing and teenage boys break dancing on cardboard.
It was also where I got some of my very first lessons about sex and the roles of women and men… For a few years after I discovered feminism I didn’t think that hip hop had room for me to exist, until I began to discover “positive hip hop”.
While Too $hort may be one of my guiltiest pleasures, most days I’d much rather listen to Heidi Barton Stink… Heidi was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions for me.
A few months ago I stumbled across the comic genius of multidisciplinary artist, Gina Kamensky. After much internet stalking and some deeply flattering emails (from me to her) I was able to set up a date to chat with this extremely talented woman.
We met at a little English Pub in Boston. Gina rode her bike and I had another dominatrix friend drop me off. She said she would be the one watching the tennis match inside. Televisions blared from every corner of the room but still I spotted her instantly (she was the only patron in the bar). “Try this!” she said handing me a glass of what looked like champagne. “It’s Pabst Blue Ribbon with 7-Up”. I tried not to wrinkle my nose. I wanted to like what Gina liked.
I had the pleasure of meeting Juliette Stray while on the set of a girl on girl hard core shoot for my friend, Amy Daly’s website. I started to do […]
On a recent work trip to Boston, I made the acquaintance of multi disciplinary artist, Sarah Pierce. It seems there is a small artists colony tucked away behind a junk yard in an old factory. It was in that warehouse full of artists, crafts people and dungeons, uh, I mean, electronics repair shops, that I met Sarah Pierce.