PERSIA was born from the burgeoning creative mind of a child in South Central Los Angeles. With degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Art Institute in one hand, and a few pairs of heels in the other, she set out to conquer and revolutionize the drag community. Persia began performing weekly at Esta Noche, the recently closed Latino gay bar in San Francisco. Whilst performing at events around the Bay Area, in Los Angeles, and Mexico—including a few quinceañeras—Persia has also curated art shows, done stand-up, appeared on a few television shows, modeled, and has represented the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art by transforming into Matisse’s “Woman with a hat.”
DADDIE$ PLA$TIK is an Oakland-based group comprised of Tyler Holmes, VainHein and San Cha. Daddie$ Pla$tik first teamed up with drag diva Persia to create the anti-gentrification Bay Area anthem “Google Google Apps Apps.” The video quickly went viral, gaining global notoriety from a number of renowned websites and publications, including, Buzzfeed The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The New York Times. Daddie$ Pla$tik have grown from the initial core trio originally focused on production into a full band with a live drummer, guitarist, synth players and vocalists, and are an ever-evolving group of visual creators, personas, and musicians.
Clockwise from top left: PERSIA, San Cha, VainHein, Tyler Holmes; photo by Daniel Toribio.