I first saw Trangela Lansbury as a gold-bearded Siren glittering across the stage at El Rio. Then there she was again at a California College of the Arts exhibit as a traditional Frida Kahlo, elegantly carrying her shining facial hair into flashing cameras while also showcasing her homoerotic drawings at the Batman on Robin show in the Mission.
Trangela, aka Diego Gomez, is a Bay Area native and as an artist he combines performance, illustration, design, painting, lingerie, and now theater -- he was cast for Tinsel Tarts
in a Hot Coma, a Cockettes revival musical starting March 28 at the
Hypnodrome. Heavily influenced by artists such as Jim Lee and Alphonse Mucha, he
combines fantasy art, comics, and raw homoeroticism with a hint of trashy, genderbending imagery.
We spoke to Gomez about gaying up Batman, drag, and, as he notes on his Facebook page, the mad skills and verbosity that "could cut a bitch like a Lee Press-On Nail."More »