Art is such a big part of our world and definitely the LGBTQ community. RuPaul’s DragCon LA has an expansive amount of artist vendors, from mural artists and painters to enamel pin creators and illustrators queer art is rampant! Check out some of the vendors here this year and get your ticket and make your way to Los Angeles Convention Center so that you can get some of their art for yourself!
Gaypin’ (yes, it’s a play on gapping), was created by Stevie and is an enamel pin brand that started about 3 years ago. I am a creator and illustrator and wanted to make more gay and glitter stuff. He started Gaypin’ because at the time there weren’t many queer enamel pins.
I love DragCon because I get to meet people in person that love our stuff and so many young people come up and are so excited to come and see our pins. It just feels like we’re in the right place when we’re at DragCon.
Hello Harlot is an illustrated art brand that creates greeting cards and drawings. The brand was started because she started making her own cards for her sister becuase none of them said what she wanted, things like “Hey Bitch” or “You’re a Whore”.
The proceeds from DragCon are being donated to Planned Parenthood Pasadena, because they are very active in helping and giving back to the LGBTQ community.
Geeky and Kinky was created by Kevin and is an enamel pin brand that combines pop culture and show references that people geek out over and kink. The brand has a new line of Pride pins for Harry Potter, Star Trek and Dr. Who!
The brand all started with the Magic Wand pin, which combines Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows with Hitachi’s Magic Wand, which truly made it a “magic wand”.
Spray Paint Drag is created by David Puck. He spray paints murals and portraits of Drag Queens. He started his art about 3 years ago and since then has done murals across the world including Mexico, Denmark, Spain and across the US. You can see his most recent mural of Valentina in Boyle Heights.
Drag is a huge part of my life and it represents freedom, expression and acceptance and I love that I can share that through my art.
Alex D. Salyer creates queer whacky art that makes you laugh and smile. He started animating at 13 and his art is influenced by 90s cartoons. He was mentored by the creator of Ren & Stimpy.
There’s a lot of sad art and I wanted to make people laugh with my art.
Twisted Egos is an enamel pin company created by Shawn Roberts two and half years ago. He started because of the fun graphic design aspect of queer art and the humor of it. They started with pins and then added patches and stickers.
The excitement of fans is what makes us do it.