In my humble opinion, the dressing up “game”- yes, I guess it is a game nowadays – has become so saturated with so many talented people in the main stream channels that, at the moment, I must admit very rarely I am intrigued by creative looks. However, my mood changed when the Paulista multimedia artist Alisson Gothz who is based now in San Francisco, has unleashed a series of homages to great pieces of art, using his face as a canvas. Alisson started his stylish journey in the early 90’s in Sao Paulo as a goth, and by the middle of the same decade the Club Kid scene had exploded in that giant city, when Gothz felt more drawn to his first love “Boy George”, and his main idol David Bowie, resulting in a self need to explore drag and also his sexuality as a gay man.
Alisson Gothz spends about 3 to 4 hours working/painting his face to achieve the exquisite final look; besides make-up, it embraces a deep understanding of proportion and styling also. From Keith Haring & Basquiat to Frida Kahlo, or from Brazilian painter Tarsila do Amaral to Gustav Klimt … nothing and nobody is out of reach for Gothz.
In San Francisco, Alisson is also known as Sister Tilda Next Time, a member of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the very famous organization/charity that uses religious imagery and drag to call attention to sexual intolerance and satirizes issues of gender and morality.
Freak Chic by Gazelle Paulo