The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
There have been some big changes talking place in the Big Apple even though you might not have even realized it. With Bianca Del Rio winning the most recent season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, she’s clearly not going to be around nearly as much, that leaves a larger than life and an obnoxious void in the city’s drag scene. Mimi Imfurst has moved on to greener pastures and a fresh start in the City of Brotherly Love. Dallas DuBois retired from drag and moved to LA, presumably after the Rockettes refused to hire her. Epiphany is spending large chunks of the year overseas and I can’t blame her even slightly for that. But even with the outgoing talent there is still a lot of established talent in the city as well. Drag Race villainess extraordinaire, Phi Phi O’Hara made the move from the Windy City to New York. Legends like Lady Bunny, Sherry Vine, Hedda Lettuce and others are still killing it. The cupboard is clearly not bare.
But now, more than ever, there is a young, hungry (by hungry I mean ambitious…and, well…hungry. Most of these skinny bitches need a sandwich or three) crop of young drag talent ready to burst into stardom. As a part of this series, NewYorkNowNext, we’re going to be taking a look at some of this talent that is blooming all around the Big Apple. Ladies and gentlemen, I am very happy to talk with Lady Havokk!
Chiffon Dior: New York City remains trapped in the grip of an icy winter but fortunately, I’m able to talk with my friend Lady Havokk today. Lady, how are you and all of Brooklyn holding up in this awful winter? Is it nothing but frozen ironic mustaches there these days?
Lady Havokk: I don’t know about the rest of Brooklyn but I’m been freezing my ass off lately. I can’t wait until this winter is over and done. For me it’s been a lot of parties, a lot of drinking and then a lot of bad hangovers and having a cold most of the time. Blegh.
CD: It’s been so bad. I hate not being able to feel my toes from cold. I should be not feeling my toes from my heels dammit! So that rant aside and this awful weather aside, how are you doing otherwise?
LH: I’m doing well, sitting here trying to decide what to order from Seamless, Mexican or southern food. Which one will get me fatter? God I love food! *laughs*
CD: I’d argue the southern food. They deep fry everything! With the Mexican food, you get so many beans that it tends to go through you more quickly. At least that’s what I tell myself. So let’s hop in the Delorean and head back in time, shall we? Where are you from originally?
LH: I was born in Lynn, Massachusetts and then moved to Southport, Connecticut when I was ten.
CD: Oh, so you’re already used to these crappy winters then? I see these queens who move to the city from warmer states and then they don’t know what the hell hit them when they experience their first winter here.
LH: Yeah, I mean I may be used to these crappy winters doesn’t mean I don’t loathe them with a fiery passion.
CD: No question. So growing up in New England, what was your first exposure to drag?
LH: Not sure I remember but I always played dress up as a kid. I had to be in a flowy skirt. There are pictures of me in baby drag when I was a kid somewhere on Facebook.
CD: So how good was your baby drag? Could you have held your own on Toddlers and Tiaras?
LH: No because there was no makeup or wig, just me prancing around in a skirt or a dress.
CD: How did Lady Havokk come to be?
LH: Well she came to be five years ago. I had gotten bored with college so I decided to start going out to parties hosted by Amanda Lepore and Kenny Kenny at Santos party place a little party called f word someone said you should try drag so obviously I had to come up with a name. I didn’t want one of those cliche names or a name someone has so I thought, okay I love Lady Gaga so lady and I’m kinds of a crazy drunk mess so I thought havoc was cool but I didn’t want it to just be a C at the end of havoc so I just add two K’s and that’s how Lady Havokk came to be.
CD: How did you wind up in New York City? Was it always a goal of yours to live here?
LH: Actually, it has always been my dream to live in NYC and I moved here for college. I went to Katherine Gibbs which used to be next to cellar bar where NSA is and I studied fashion design. After I dropped out, design became a huge part of my drag.
CD: The focus of this series we’re doing here at NS4W is about this period of change that the New York City drag scene is going through. What changes have you seen in the time that you’ve been a part of the NYC drag scene?
LH: Well I’ve seen that to many people think that just because they have seen Rupaul’s Drag Race, they think they know everything about drag. *laughs* I think that drag has become more known to the masses and it’s a lot more fun. You can play with gender, throw on a beard, gush blood out your mouth onstage and people live for it.
CD: With some of the more established queens in the city moving on to new projects and phases in their careers, there is a bit of a vacuum at the top. Who do you think is poised to fill that void?
LH: I think queens who were out and about with me like five years ago like Thorgy Thor, Miz Jade, Yuhua Hamasaki, Misty Meaner, Mocha Lite, to name a few, but I feel like they are pretty much the queens who have been around a long time and they deserve it and yes, there are some great queens who have just started recently.
CD: What do you feel that you bring the scene that is unique? What makes Lady Havokk stand out from the crowd and believe me, it is a crowd here in this city?
LH: Well, I have Aspergers which is a higher functioning form of Autism. I am honest and when I say honest, I mean I say whatever comes into my head and I don’t give a fuck what you think. I’m very nice unless you cross me and then I’ll be a raging bitch monster! I say nice loosely because some people may find me annoying at times. Yes, I know I’m annoying and I don’t care. If I’m annoying you, walk into another room. It’s not that hard and if you don’t like me, fine. That’s your loss.
CD: Do you think that your bluntness has helped or hindered your drag career?
LH: Honestly, I don’t know and I don’t care. Drag should not be taken too seriously. We are men in clown makeup. Of course a little seriousness never hurts. It’s good to be focused and prepared. I don’t wanna sound like I don’t care because I do. I love what I do. I take that aspect of it seriously but I’m having fun at the same time.
CD: What kind of goals do you have for your drag career?
LH: Well obviously I want to get on Drag Race and I would like to have my own show.
CD: What do you think of Drag Race as a whole? Do you think it is good or bad for the drag scene?
LH: I think it’s great for the scene. It makes people more aware of drag, queens can make a night just out of watching the episode from the new season then doing a drag show after it.
CD: So where can people come and see you do your thing and hopefully stuff money in your bra?
LH: Well I think I might start going to Look Queen on Sundays at Monster bar and maybe go to Star Search at Barracuda on Thursdays also now that Miss Barracuda is over for the year. You can also find me at Alotta Stuff’s Live Auction every third Thursday of the month at Metropolitan bar, hosted by Alotta McGriddles and Thorgy Thor with Thrift Goodies modeled by Untitled Queen and me, Lady Havokk.
CD: Well, I think we’ve just about reached the end here. Thank you so much for your time gurl. It was lovely to meet you at the Glammys this year. Do you have any final words of wisdom to share with the readers?
LH: Thank you and yes it was awesome meeting you at the Glams! Do I have any final words of wisdom, hmmmm? Anal sex.