PHOTOS: The Best of Bushwig 2019

Travis American

Photographer 

Now in its eighth year, the annual festival known as Bushwig stormed Knockdown Center in Maspeth last weekend, offering its stage to more than 200 drag queens, drag kings, and queer performance artists. Launched by local heroes Horrorchata and Babes Trust in 2012, the two-day event has grown to become one of the largest of its kind in the world, featuring both up-and-coming talent and RuPaul-certified superstars like Nina West and Soju. 

The looks on display ran the gamut from glam to goth and everything in between, showcasing the drag community’s diversity and boundary-pushing creativity. It’s hard to choose standouts from the phenomenal lineup, but Victoria Precise’s full-frontal, avant-garde performance bears special mention. (Honestly, I’m onboard for anything that incorporates fire, hot wax, and the literal consumption of books.) And Pearl Harbor brought down the house on Sunday night with a funny and heartfelt act that centered queer and Asian identity.

Victoria Precise exudes dark glamour.
We’re all behind you, Zoe Ziegfeld!
The horned apparition, Luka Ghost.
The transcendent Pearl Harbor leaves the crowd chanting her name.
Make up? Check. Fabulous? Check.
Drag legend Lady Bunny whips everyone into a frenzy.
Great looks from guests, as well!
Jessica Rose claims the stage.
A party was in the cards for everyone this weekend.
Vylette Tendency brought the mid-aughts emo vibes.
Boots? Kinky!

All photos by Travis American for Bushwick Daily.

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