Of course, Bridge Markland is far more than a Drag King.
Bridge, who I have drawnmanytimes, is a performer in the classic tradition, a clown and puppeteer and artist’s model and archivist of Queer Berlin culture. She is an actor who can bring the ghosts of Weimar to life when inhabited by the spirit of Anita Berber, and a dancer who can grind it industrial. Sascha, above, is one of her classic characters!
And Bridge is a welcoming signpost to the young gender performers of Berlin.
She has a wonderful relationship with the Venus Boys and several joined her onstage.
Bleach, above, did a delicate transform into an ivory slip dress and loose blonde curls. I tried to capture the way their feminine beauty was visible even before the masculine drag was removed.
I am always excited to draw the amazingVenus Boys, “a collective of Berlin based Drag performers who paint from the palette of performative masculinity”.
Here’s a post about Bridge and Buba Sababa performing together last year.
Bridge Markland, throwing away gender norms since 1995!
You love to see it. Bridge has a legendary tongue, this drawing does not exaggerate it!
It was a joy to document this show.
I am incredibly grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support lets me keep documenting Berlin’s drag and burlesque performers while I work safely at home.
Miss Lola Rose has made this February bright with her three week long Second Annual Black History Show!
Tipsy Bear Berlin is closed for the second German lockdown, but that doesn’t stop Miss Lola. This show features Lola Rose streaming her live performance from the TB stage and hosting some of Berlin’s incredible Black performers via video. Previous Lola at TB drawing here!
The Incredible, Edible Akynos shared her “Ice Cream” video.
This is the PG beginning of it – it gets very exciting! Akynos is one of the Black Berlin performers who has a Patreon. Fellow white people, if you can support white friends on Patreon, you can add some support for Black and BIPOC creators! Follow Akynos and check out the important performer and sw activist work she does: linktree and on Insta and twitter too!
This is the indelible, blazing GodXXX Noirphiles from a performance video I saw for the first time during this show.
It was recorded in Munich in 2019, and you can really see GodXXX impact the audience. Rarely have I seen minds so blown. GodXXX Noirphiles also has a GetThemPaidtreon!