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Jun 21 2016
Ground Control To Major Diva: My One-Stop Book Tour With Alaska Thunderf*ck Comments (0)

IMG_6503* copyA Lammy? We're aiming for the National Book Award! (All images in this post courtesy of Matthew Rettenmund)

Uncharacteristically, I haven't written about my recent quick trip to L.A. to promote the book I wrote with Alaska Thunderf*ck (or Thunderfun, as she is called  PEG store for newsletterfor the sake of marketing the book to people still living at home). For some reason, I kept putting other stuff in front of writing this up, maybe because it wound up being an unexpectedly warm-and-fuzzy (if frantic and fleeting) event.

I went out two weekends ago—business class. I've never been in business class, so far as I remember, and found it ultra-comfortable and immediately took it on as my new normal, so that when I fly coach next time it will feel like being evicted from a gated community.

I'd planned to work from the plane, but the WiFi was out, meaning I did nothing but sleep. I wasn't sure what I was doing as far as promo for the book—Alaska Thunderfun and the Inner Space Odyssey—so being well-rested was a step (in a high-heeled shoe) in the right direction.

Working with Alaska had been a breeze. She has an insanely fun creation story that involves intergalactic gender-bending and the early '80s, and she knew pretty much what she wanted me to do, so I simply did it and she offered her input where needed and it was finished. I think it wound up being pretty funny and hopefully will surprise people with its mission of gender fluidity. I think of it as a Choose Your Own Gender book, or like Goosebumps with lovely lady lumps.

IMG_6492* copyJiggy Caliente was on hand to interview the ladies who launch

I stayed in Little Tokyo, which meant I was sick of Japanese food—which I love!—within two meals, but since I was working all day from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., IMG_6508* copythat really only left me time to eat at offbeat times and squeeze in a couple of meetings with friends I hadn't seen in forever and, of course, to explore my popularity as a new face on the locals' Grindr feeds.

Again, I must thank the parents who continue to raise their young men to have no morals at all.

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The event itself was a lot of fun, once I had a solid handle on what was expected. It was celebrating the opening of the first all-drag retail store at Arts District Co-Op (453 Colyton St., L.A.), where the merch of such drag luminaries as Jinkx Monsoon, Adore Delano, Sharon Needles and—of course—Alaska would be on sale. The space was chic, beautifully designed and 100% conducive to lots of impulse-buying. I was eyeing some Violet Chachki wear, and I'm not even a big fan!

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Jun 16 2016
Matt-Donna Comments (0)

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Thank you, Madonna Promo, for this lovely portrait!

 
Jun 05 2016
Drawn Together: Student Artist's Class-y Move Comments (0)

I love what this young man did—he created portraits of his more than 400 fellow graduating classmates and surprised them by hanging them in the school for graduation:

I remember being similarly preoccupied by this sort of pursuit when I was a kid. In elementary school, pre-yearbooks, I would often get my classmates to sign their names in rows on lined paper so I had an extra record of them. It ended when some brats in third grade wrote disparaging remarks alongside their autographs.

Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 3.16.41 PM(Image by Setsuko Nakayama)

When I was graduating high school, I went around and had as many of my classmates as I could do self-portraits, which I still have. I posted them in 2009, with some enhancements.

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Okay, my results were more on the whimsical (and occasionally disturbing) side, but they were illuminating nonetheless!

 
Jun 04 2016
Enough About Me (To Last You All Day) Comments (0)

Please come follow me on Facebook here or here.

I am also on Twitter:

... and Instagram ...

... and you should subscribe to me on YouTube here and check me out on Vimeo as well.

If you're really nasty, you might like my (Work Unfriendly) Tumblr. But only if you're really, really nasty: 

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Jun 02 2016
The Ultimate Madonna-Fan Video Comments (0)

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DR Madonna is back with a video that intends to encapsulate all the craziness behind being an obsessed Madonna fan.

I, therefore, am of course in it. I shot this so long ago David Bowie and Prince were still alive and I still owned that chain necklace from her first album shoot!

Keep reading to watch ...

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May 30 2016
Remembering My Grandfather, Owen Toole, On Memorial Day Comments (0)

Img152(Image via Matthew Rettenmund)

It's a picture of a picture, but pretty clear—a shot of my grandpa, Owen Toole, when he was in CCC camp prior to his service in WWII. He was an industrious guy, but definitely had to deal with the psychological effects of his service, including seeing action in a tank. He wound up cooking, and that became his vocation and his career—and man, was he ever good at it.

Happy Memorial Day.

 
May 29 2016
Embedded In RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE: BATTLE OF THE SEASONS! Comments (0)
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(All images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund, unless otherwise noted) 

I've watched every season of RuPaul's Drag Race, I've done drag as Samantha Fox and I just co-wrote a book with none other than Alaska, so count me in when another RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons event hits NYC.

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This past week's extravaganza was a blast! I was able to do the VIP meet-and-greet hour, where I shot all the girls—Manila Luzon, Miss Fame, Sharon Needles, Katya, Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chachki, Adore Delano, Ginger Minj and Alaska herself—and then even managed to work my way backstage for some quality time with the low-lifes in high heels.

IMG_6278The merch available was incredible.

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 12.28.20 AMThe Ru queens attract more female than male fans. Discuss.

IMG_6348Alaska's necklace really got into the groove.

IMG_6346Purr-fect Adore Delano

IMG_6300Bettie Page-ing Violet Chachki! Bettie Page-ing Violet Chachki!

IMG_6373A fan, in the pink

IMG_6311She skipped her hometown (Atlanta) show because Katya wasn't in it, instead hopping on a plane to NYC!

IMG_6287BeatenFaceTime with Courtney Act

IMG_6291America knows good drag queens when they see them. Here, actual girls give drag a woman's touch.

IMG_6321The Miss Fame game

IMG_6352Who killed Marilyn Monroe? Ask her! Sharon Needles serves old-time glamour.

IMG_6310Ginger Minj goes blonde. Does the carpet match the drapes? Honey, what about that curtain rod?

IMG_6377Katya, in the act

IMG_6390Jinkx Monsoon season

IMG_6331It takes two, it takes two ... Michelle Visage and friends

IMG_6362With so much feminine beauty around, I still couldn't help noticing the boy of anyone's dreams.

IMG_6423This one also would not have to sashay away.

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 12.58.50 AMEven Bianca was “there.” I could only think of this book cover. (Book cover via Simon & Schuster)

Backstage was a hoot. Or a hooter.

Sharon was friendly as could be, and embracing a far less Goth look, one of which Eve Arden would approve.

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May 25 2016
Gay Date-Night Picks Comments (0)

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Ah! So nice of Pride.com to include Boy Culture in its list of great gay date-night picks.

 


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