So, who makes your outfit?
The T-shirt, cardigan and suspenders are H&M. The necklace is handmade by a friend. The ring is handmade by this gypsy I sometimes buy things from. The pin was handmade by an artist back in Illinois. The jeans are Levi’s, the boots are combat boots from Stompers here in San Francisco. The bag was a recent acquisition from a friend who was cleaning out her apartment, so I don’t really know much about it.
The glasses are Ted Baker.
Nail polish color?
I think it’s called something like violent color–it’s one of the cheap ones you can buy at Walgreens. But it’s painted over some old teal so it looks really weird.
What’s your brand of smoke?
Because you’re a traditional guy.
(Laughs.) Yeah, exactly. Totally basic.
Right. You don’t fool around.
No. Basics and accents.
Are you from San Francisco?
Not originally. I’m from Chicago, but I moved here a year and a half ago.
For life. For fun. I work downtown here.
What do you do?
I’m a sex educator and a visual merchandiser for an adult store here in the city.
Oh my god, that’s so cool. How did you get into that, if you don’t mind my asking?
I used to work with this company back in Chicago, and when I moved out here I had all the qualifications to get hired again for a different one. So I went for it.
What do you like about your job?
Getting to teach people things that they wouldn’t necessarily ask, and kind of opening up the whole conversation about sex, getting people more comfortable talking about it.
What a valuable service. That’s awesome. What is something that has inspired you recently?
Well, let’s see…a lot of things. I’m a drag queen here in the city. My name is Fellatio Mignon, so I’ve been inspired lately by a lot of my friends who have been performing, and I’ve been performing a lot as well. Lots of Gothic and grungy looks have been popular lately. Witchy. We’re all witches.
Why do you think that is?
I think a lot of people are taking it back to the street, at least with performance and stuff. That always has been a forefront of style for me. I always look at performers. It seems like a lot of styles are going back to streetstyles that are kind of vintage, 80s, 90s. I think there’s a lot of opportunity to put stuff together in a way you think looks cool.
And what’s your act like? Are you by yourself or with a group?
(Laughs.) I’m a bitch, so I’m by myself most of the time.
And where can we come see you?
At Aunt Charley’s Lounge on Tuesdays, although I don’t perform every week. You can also come to The Stud on Friday nights.