Andre Springer, Fine Artist, Hot-Sauce Champion
We like to believe that style has no boundaries — we're all able to wear whatever best reflects our day, our attitude, our beliefs. But Brooklyn-born, Brooklyn-based artist Andre Springer has personified this creed. Springer — whose drag alter ego goes by the name Shaquanda Coca Mulatta — is no stranger when it comes to style transformations. He's sourced inspiration from all kinds of badass, awesome ladies to create a character that's a true spitfire.
Up next for Springer is the launch of Shaquanda's Hawt Sawce and a new character that he's developing with artist Sienna Horton. But before things heat up too much around here, Springer filled us in on his limitless style and what it's like when your ensemble comes with a little extra shock value — in a good way.
My style in six words or less:
"Rosie the Riveter, Tupac, unicorns."
My constant source of style inspiration:
"The Golden Girls."
The dressing difficulties I've had to overcome:
"Society will always have difficulties appreciating crossdressing/gender-bending. It can freak people out. But doing it in a way to freak them out with a laugh or smile is success!"
My favorite up-and-coming designers:
"El Mundo Feo T-shirts, Shaquanda Coca Mulatta, and Charlie Ward for men."
My most surprising, out-of-left-field fashion find:
"A ladies', Japanese-kimono-styled, polyester housecoat I found in a Paris thrift store. It flows when I walk fast enough or while going up and down the stairs. I feel like a geisha on a budget, but it looks like a princess would own it. I love it."
My style theme song:
"Rihanna, 'Pour It Up.'"
If you were 80 years old today:
"I would dress like a punk-rock Mr. Rogers."
Styled by Laura Pritchard, Hair by Bethany Brill, Makeup by Tiffany Patton
Vintage blue-mechanic jumpsuit; Vintage black-lace shirt; H&M gray vest; Vintage broach; Mr. B’s for Aldo brown lace-up boot; Happy Socks argyle sock, $12, available at Happy Socks.
Photographed by Geordy Pearson