Rico Starr | Gogo’s Entrepreneur

Rico Starr | Gogo’s Entrepreneur

What is gay sexuality? What is socializing in queer spaces? and what is the meaning of partying in a post-Covid circumstance, where we are still locking in and out while needing to rage on harder. With pride around the corner and what is sure to be #SlutGirlSummer we chatted with Eric Alán whose gogo dancing persona Rico Starr led to an iconic and vivaciously vulgar clothing line which bridges the gogo attire with the streets.

Who is Rico Starr?

I would have to say Rico Starr is an over the top version of myself. A world class traveler, into fashion, all things nightlife, glitter, fun, music and extravagance!

Is he a top, bottom or vers?

Definitely vers! Everyone knows very guys have twice the fun…Rico Starr even has a shirt for that!

What would be your ideal dream Starr to rock Rico Starr?

My tagg line is that EVERYBODY IS A STARR. There is no one type or aesthetic that my line is directed to or at or trying to attract. In fact, my website is full of photos with actual customers in their own Rico Starr gear.

 

What is your background in production and how did you see yourself utilizing it as a means of expression?

My segue into singing and recording my own music was being chosen out of a crowd in a dance club to audition for a slot as a backup dancer to another recording artist at the time. Doing that for about a year or so, I met music producers and just started working on projects and before you know it that lead to my own songs, music videos, tv spots, press, live shows, etc.

As far as expression, I just wasn’t afraid of putting who and what I am out there. The themes and imagery of my music are very authentic to me as a person. It’s flashy, gay, unashamed, proud, sexy and fun! I don’t think it ever occurred to me to try to fit into or be anything else than what I was/am. This was my art so intrinsically a visual and audible extension of myself.

Did you feel like dancing came naturally what was your gateway until performing and did you use it to incorporate and direct your musical career?

Since I was very young, music and dancing has ALWAYS been a HUGE part of my life. My mother incessantly played Donna Summer’s ‘On The Radio’ album which I still never get tired of listening too. My late aunt and I would dance in her laundry room for hours. She introduced me to Latin sounds like salsa and merengue and was so eager to listen to new things at the time like Madonna and Gloria Estefan.

Gogo dancing came after my stint as a recording artist. And yes, it did come very naturally. Music ALWAYS takes me to a place of joy. Every time I dance, people come up to me and remark at how much fun they have seeing and sharing the joy I have when I’m dancing.

Beyond stage outfits how did you feel your designs extended into the dancing in the music?

Dancing generally takes place in a dark room filled with flashing lights. The clothes I design are made specifically for that. I mean, as gay men the shirts come off pretty quick, but even at bars, there is dim lighting and at least a disco ball, right? The materials in my shirts are all used with that in mind. From foil to glitter and rhinestones, it’s all meant to catch the light and shine!

Do you feel that what you had made for a gogo dancing as a custom extension to how you view your own sexuality and personal sexual habits?

As far as gogo dancing, the point is to be as sexy as fuck right? But beyond that I have always felt that there is nothing sexier than confidence. So with that said, unless I was dancing for an event that was sponsored by a particular underwear or clothing brand, I always aimed to wear something that made me feel confident. And yes, that absolutely included leather, jocks, briefs and anything in between. My favorite gogo dancing gigs have been for various Madonna events. I got to reimagine and create her outfits but from a gogo dancer perspective.

The brand is super all-in, where the K crew and G crew can somewhere say high high hello, what would you say is the best layering technique of drugs for a night out?

Well. I’m not one to dose and tell but I personally find that a little bit of everything makes for a phenomenal night out dancing under those flashing lights and glittering disco ball!

Where do you see the brand going in the near future?

Rico Starr is about to put out summer gear and it’s first swimsuit. While you can already find the shirts in Chi Chi Larue’s Circus of Books in West Hollywood, CA, I would like to see Rico Starr expand to other brick and mortar stores across the country and maybe even internationally! 

How do you feel gay men have interacted with their sexuality as the pandemic hit, are we coming back to cruise culture for a sense of adventure?

From what I have seen and heard I would have to agree that cruise culture is on the rise again. Apparently the Rambles here in Central Park is quite the happening place! Again, so I’ve heard… It’s kinda like what Richard Attenborugh said in Jurassic Park but I would tweak it a bit. “Gays find a way.”

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Old School Wednesday: Ice Cube – It Was a Good Day

Old School Wednesday: Ice Cube – It Was a Good Day

Today’s mood, courtesy of Ice Cube back in 1992.

 

Samples:

The Isley Brothers ~ “Footsteps in the Dark

Such a great slow jam from the same guys that made “Shout” and other hits like “Twist and Shout” during their 7 decade career.

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Kid Hastings | Movement and Selfcare

Kid Hastings | Movement and Selfcare

Serving up major Luca Guadagnino muse vibes, Kid Hastings aka Jake McEvoy, the budding indie pop prince took his jazz roots and infused it with a major dose of synthy gestures. Following his debut EP Golden, Kid Hastings offers up an impressive vision for pop which captures the stylings of dreamy bed sounds, with a sophisticated flair for jazz greats Thelonius Monk and Wes Montgomery, albeit for the Tik Tok era. Below he tell us just how much the dance fervor of the social media app he and his creative collaborator Ava Doorley took upon themselves to produce “Call Me Up.” 

Like most people, I haven’t really been able to shake the feeling that I’ve been trapped these last few months. In my art I’ve been wanting to do something to create a world where It would be appropriate and even necessary to express myself in an entirely different medium in addition to music – increasingly that medium has been movement and dance. In the “Call Me Up” video, ava and I wanted to create two entirely different characters that are both borne from parts of my identity and personality but are completely at odds with one another. The way these characters interacted with the world was mainly through their bodies ; through dancing, seduction, intimidation and even violence we wanted to tell a story of personal turmoil. It was a a challenge but ultimately euphoric to step into these characters that represent different parts of myself and tell their stories through movement.

 

In addition to this video, I’ve found such a great outlet in Tik Tok to explore dance, skits and other characters – sometimes they’re to complement my music but most of the time its just for fun. It’s been yet another world where I get to express myself through any medium I could think of. Self care wise, I think expanding my artistic outlets has been really good because it never allows me to feel stagnant in just one.

Regarding self care in general, I’ve been picking up new hobbies every few months or so and getting 100% into them until I can’t stand them anymore – right now its chess, a few months ago it was reading old sci fi books, and I have no idea what it’ll be next – but I’m excited to find it.”

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Chess, Mon Amor | Amor Services

Chess, Mon Amor | Amor Services

Marcel Duchamp once said, “I am still a victim of chess. It has all the beauty of art — and much more. It cannot be commercialized. Chess is much purer than art in its social position.” Though one can disagree as to see how widely successful The Queen’s Gambit brought to an example of the ultimate in commercial successes, a surge of 273% on searching platforms within 10 days of the shows release can totally attest to the fact that chess has had a comeback as the it girl of gaming… Take that backgammon. Now that we are all up for a game that meets up with the stylized demands of our inside lives and the proposition to preserve our brains from the streaming wasteland, Amor Services have come to deliver, with their latest project CHESS, MON AMOR.

Abandoning the black and white traditions the board, this remix is envisioned in red and blue as a direct reference to current sociopolitical unrest and also raises the emotional stakes. Chess pieces by Alake Shilling (king), Tremaine Emory (queen), Bernhard Willhelm (bishop), Yves Tumor (knight) , Gaetano Pesce (rook) , Ser Serpas (pawn), Mandy Harris Williams (didactics) round out an ecclectic and brilliant crew of creatives. See more below.

King

Alake Shilling (b. 1993, Los Angeles, CA) is the creator of all things deep and magical – she is a painter and sculptor of creatures, in a gelatinous rainbow style in debt to Lisa Frank as much as Peter Saul, bearing carefully coded emotions and driving rich narratives about companionship, risk and reward. Shilling has exhibited at countless galleries and fairs worldwide and has an upcoming traveling exhibition with Jeffrey Deitch. For Chess, Mon Amor, Shilling has scaled one of her sought-after, infamous ladybug ceramics to the pocket-size of the King.

L’King, 2021, Glazed Ceramic, 3 ½ x 2 x 2 inches each

Queen

Tremaine Emory a.k.a Denim Tears (b. 1979, Atlanta, GA) has been releasing products featuring the iconography of Mother Mary since 2014. Regarding his designs he has said “I’m recontextualizing the black image across as many mediums as possible to get this story told…” Emory – a.k.a Denim Tears – is a creative luminary & legend in fashion, music, and culture producing radio shows, podcasts, and envisioning crossovers between contemporary art and creative outlets, Emory works as a leader of the cultural provocateur. Here, Emory has adapted his Mother Mary design as the Queen of the chess set.

L’ Queen, 2021, Casted resin and printed glass 4 ½ x 2 x 1 ½ inches each

Bishop

Trailblazer to all things tableau vivant and avant garde in modern day fashion, Bernhard Willhelm (b. 1972, Ulm, DE) is the entrusted Simon Cowell of fashion, the litmus test of significance, a light on the road ahead, the godfather of anything worthwhile in fashion today, in Chess, Mon Amor, he is our anointed bishop. Willhelm designed the Bishop based off of his classic pumpkin-head model made in collaboration with artist Geoffrey Lillemon, that has been used on some of his most sought-after garments.

L’ Bishop, 2021, Glazed thermoplastic polyurethane 4 x 1 ½ x 1 ¼ inches each

Knight

While all futures are unknown, we do know that 21st century experimental music would look a lot differently without musician and artist Yves Tumor (b. 1989, Knoxville, TN) Genre-bending Tumor is among the most interesting artists working today; with each new record, embodying a genre—its history, its texture, its tropes. Signed by Warped Records and written about countless times in publications like the NY Times, Pitchfork, the Guardian, Paper Mag and countless more. For Chess, Mon Amor, Tumor becomes embodied as the Knight itself, marking his first move into the fine art world.

L’Knight, 2021, Clay and human hair 4 x 1 ½ x 1 ¼ inches each

Rook

Guided by a constant drive towards innovation and experimentation, Gaetano Pesce (b. 1939, La Spezia, IT), architect, artist and designer, has created public and private projects in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia, in the fields of architecture, town planning, interior design, and industrial and exhibition design. In Pesce’s production, the borders between art, design and industry become irrelevant because art is also a product, it is the creative reply to the needs of the times we are living in.

Needless to say, Pesce one of the most iconic designers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Pioneer of all things important in design, Pesce has created a classic interpretation of the Rook, imbued with the radical energy of an innovative career spanning over five decades.

L’Rooks, 2021, Casted resin, 6 x 2 ½ x 1 ¼ inches each

Pawns

The pawn is represented by artist Ser Serpas (b. 1995, Los Angeles, CA). Primarily interested in death and legacy, her work is preoccupied with its own urgency in the face of fossilization. Precarious assemblages of disparate objects found in the street constitute her most well known series to date. Serpas has translated that practice into the form of the Pawn, which are archived parts of a discarded dollhouse left on the curb outside of AMOR’s office.

Serpas has had solo shows at the LUMA Foundation in Zurich and Ludlow 38 in New York. She took part in the 2020 Made in LA biennial at the Hammer Museum and the Huntington. She was featured in shows at the Pinault Collection, Punta Della Dogana, Venice and the Swiss Institute, New York.

L’ Pawn, 2021, Epoxy resin and found objects, 1 ½ x 1 ½ inches each

Board

The sides and compartments of the board are engraved with a commissioned text by artist and cultural theorist Mandy Harris Williams – aka idealblackfemale (b. 1988, New York, NY). Williams, having coined the popular term #brownupyourfeed and recently named as one of Cultured Magazines “Young Artists 2021,” stands as one of the most important voices in our contemporary moment. For Chess, Mon Amor, Williams created the poetic didactics for the board itself, exploring timeless concepts such a love, power and beauty.

L’Didactics, 2021, Engraved text on stainless steal

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Old School Wednesday: Dr Dre – Let Me Ride

Old School Wednesday: Dr Dre – Let Me Ride

So on and so on, why don’t you let me roll on?
I remember back in the days when I used to have to get my stroll on
Didn’t nobody wanna speak
Now everybody peepin’ out they window when they hear me beatin’ up the street
Is it Dre? Is it Dre?
That’s what they say every single motherf*ckin’ day
Yo, but I ain’t trippin’, I’m just kickin’ it
While my D’s keep spinnin’ and these h**s keep grinnin’ I’ll be—

Rollin’ in my six-four
What everybody sayin’?

 

To say that The Chronic is an important album is an understatement, especially if you grew up in the 90s. “Let Me Ride” is like a greatest hits of Rap sampling with tracks like James Brown, Parliament, and Bill Withers.

Hoping Dr. Dre makes a full recovery.

 

Samples:

James Brown ~ “Funky Drummer

The granddaddy of drum samples. Clyde Stubblefield y’all. 

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Old School Wednesday: 3rd Bass – Gas Face

Old School Wednesday: 3rd Bass – Gas Face

3rd Bass ~ “Gas Face” (L)

“A Gas Face can either be a smile or a smirk
When appears, a monkey wrench to work one’s clockwork
Perkin his brim to the rim of my cup
Don’t tempt me, you’re empty, so fill’er up!
Is I’m talkin coffee or cocoa, is you loco?
Cash or credit for unleaded at Sunoco
KMD and 3rd Bass is just ace in the hole
I mean soul, so make the Gas Face (HUAHAHA)
Damn, if looks could kill
You look like host was a ghost from your grill
But still, what’s the new fed, to recollect
To our passing phase to facades to ’80-deca
For my label reads Hood, street might have a tattoo
Don’t pick any card or no rabbit from my hat
Never a magician if I ever tricked em
“Oh sh*t!” Another Gas Face victim”

Zev Love X

#2020 gets the gas face!

I was late getting Old School Wednesday out this week. It was going to be about 2020 sucking and looking forward to 2021. Then 2020 sent a reminder that is still has a few hours left and struck one more time. MF DOOM

Just remember ALL CAPS when you spell the man name

 

“Gas Face” Samples:
The Emotions ~ “I Like It

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