We asked Patrick Church’s muses about their experiences living in NY, working as creatives, and what makes their generation special.

Fashion

10.9.2019

These portraits highlight the tenderness within the queer community

I  n celebration of  LGBTQ+ History Month, Milk is continuing to highlight artists that are making a difference through their advocacy by creating social and political change in the world we live in today.

Over the past few years, visual artist and designer Patrick Church has built a cult following among rising artists and collaborators while continually supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Stemming from self-reflection and his own definition of love, his playful and bold and eye-catching prints and designs have been coveted by an ever-growing roster of celebrities and musicians such as Megan Thee Stallion, Rico Nasty, and Teyana Taylor

Patrick Church’s latest custom leather collection features motorcycle jackets, hand-painted leather dresses, and accessories such as gloves and cowboy hats. Exploring themes of love, longing and actions of revolt, his custom pieces play off of classic motifs of hearts, stars, and personal artworks such as the ‘All Over You’ series. 

Milk spoke to four of Patrick Church’s muses to discuss their experiences living in New York City, working as creatives, and what makes their generation special.

Zachary Richardson + Jalen Dominique 

ZACHARY RICHARDSON

 

Where are you from?

I’m from Lakeland, Florida

What do you like to do in your free time? Tell me about your interests.

I’m a performance artist. A lot of my free time is devoted to movement investigation, studying the public, and researching body language. I am inspired by many visual artists and my conversations/collaborations with them ignite choreography from me. 

This, along with spending time with loved ones, is my greatest fulfillment. 

How has living in New York shaped your experiences as an artist?

Living in NY has literally been the blueprint for my artistry. It’s been incredible to keep finding different layers of myself and then relating them to past experiences in my hometown. New York has shown me a lot of honesty which has forced me to walk in my truth and dig deeper. 

Who are some of your favorite queer artists/inspirations, and why? 

Ms. Boogie is a huge inspiration to me. I don’t think she realizes this but I admire her for being so transparent about her transition. Her beauty, humility, and realness pushes me to be better at being my authentic self. Me being a Libra and shit, I’m always trying to find the balance in my life. Ms. Boogie is the definition of unapologetic and I’m striving to get in more spaces that encourage me to do the same. 

Where would you like to see yourself in the future?

I would like to see myself infiltrating more spaces where queer behavior is more of a taboo. I want to especially show queer people of color that they’re not alone and together we can create our own safe havens while educating hetero-cis people about why expression is important. I plan to do this through my work.

What do you think your generation will be known for?

I think that my generation will be remembered for changing the beauty standard. It’s amazing to see the evolution of representation from cultures, sizes, and genders. All of these are important and perpetuate a systemic change of self-confidence in the generations to come. To turn on the TV, flip through a magazine, or go to a museum and actually see someone that looks like you in those glorified spaces is so self- assuring. Slowly but surely this is happening but we will be known for taking the first step. 

Jalen Dominique + Isa’ah

JALEN DOMINIQUE

 

Where are you from? 

 TEXAS!

What do you like to do in your free time? Tell me about your interests.

 I’ve always been most interested in learning and discovery because with that I feel most powerful. The more I know, the more I can be a resource not only to myself but pay it forward to anyone receptive. I like researching random facts that no one would think of. I’ve also been deep into my physical and mental health. I want to age gracefully so the small things I can do that add up to that are my focus!

How has living in New York shaped your experiences as an artist? 

 New York gives continuous inspiration. It’s always a pro and a con that comes with it, which is what challenges me and promotes growth. I think New York can be a humbling place, and shapes your perspective on many things which are also essential to be adaptive and resilient.

Who are some of your favorite queer artists/inspirations, and why? 

My forever inspiration is Grace Jones. I say this because she represents duality, androgyny, and just an all-around presence for me. it’s been said that “Grace Jones is a question mark followed by an exclamation point.” And that is the type of impact I would love to make on the world.

Where would you like to see yourself in the future?

 I see myself heavily involved in solidifying a platform for creatives like myself to be heard, felt, seen, and represented. I see myself being a resource and not a critic. I see myself leaving a positive & everlasting impact on everything I touch and involve myself with.

What do you think your generation will be known for?

Our generation will most definitely be remembered for demanding whatever it is we want. I think that’s been a common theme with being people of color, the LGBTQIA community, or anything that oppressed. I think now we have more resources and room to do so although we still have much work to do.

Homosinner

HOMOSINNER

 

Where are you from? 

I’m from Talamanca a small indigenous server in The Limon province of Costa Rica but currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. 

What do you like to do in your free time? Tell me about your interests?

On my free time, I spend half of it playing video games and watching anime or cooking Costa Rican comfort foods. The other half of my time I spend trolling and documenting racist men on Grindr or working on the Homosinner Bible I’m currently writing.

How has living in New York shaped your experiences as an artist? 

Living in New York has shaped my experience as an artist in many ways I would never imagine, the closeness to a network and community of QTPOC that share similar lineages, work and ideologies as mine has helped me grow as an artist as I’m eternally inspired by my peers in a scene in which our existence is a form of rebellion and our work culture and fashion that’s commercialized. 

Who are some of your favorite queer artists/inspirations and why? 

I am my own queer inspiration, I am my own muse and I will eternally be the subject I yet to fully comprehend. My ancestral connection to my people, my diverse cultural background and academic privilege has made me understand that I am idolizing myself and what makes me, me, is the best relationship I can have as an artist, with my subject; myself. 

Where would you like to see yourself in the future?

I would love to see myself back in my tribe helping build a foundation for young queer indigenous of intercontinental trade between them and other queer individuals of colour in across the United State and Europe, trading skills and academic content in a free open source form.

What do you think your generation will be known for?

I feel like my generation will be known for our idealization  and cult following of social media personalities to the same statue of celebrities.

Isa’ah + Jalen Dominique

ISA’AH

 

Where are you from? 

I’m from Philadelphia.

What do you like to do in your free time? Tell me about your interests?

I like to do yoga, write some music, self care all day tbh.

How has living in New York shaped your experiences as an artist? 

It’s definitely showed me how to humble myself, and let me know exactly what I want enough to set direct intentions for the future of my career.

Who are some of your favorite queer artists/inspirations and why? 

Not sure if she qualifies, but Rihanna is definitely a huge inspiration.

Where would you like to see yourself in the future?

Doing exactly what love, surrounded by love.

What do you think your generation will be known for?

Anything in relation to social media, honestly.

CREDITS:

Makeup Artist: Luca Ponce for Mac Cosmetics.

Stay tuned to Milk for more artists we love. 

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