We had the good fortune of connecting with Boyvillain + Jan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Boyvillain + Jan, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
We just want to make shit. We’re just one of the many beautiful forms of queer expression out there. Garment design has been something that has stuck with both of us. It excites us and has just created beautiful experiences. Arts and creative aspirations are so vast and we like the idea of transformation and becoming whatever we feel called to. And we want to continue creating things and making this our legacy.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
To be honest we don’t really feel very different from others. Or that like there is anything specific that makes us different. Feeling connected to our art and the people we collaborate with is really important to us. We’re really just two passionate individuals who obsess over creating things. The idea of boyhood society came from a concept of the era of “boyhood” and taking it out of its gender-specific context.”Boyhood” as like this time to takes risks and experiment and “society” as a collective group of people.
We’ve really had the honor to collaborate with people and for them to give us the space to create freely has been so beautiful to experience. From the start it’s really been the seattle drag and ballroom scene that has supported or uplifted our art as well as our personal friends. And as queer people it feels really empowering to see other queer people support each other. Issa Man and Kylie Xmooncakes are two amazing artists who we’ve really felt our art has been supported by, along with so many other queer creators. And without all the people in our local drag and ballroom communities we don’t know if we’d be where we are today. So you should really look up all the people we’ve tagged (within this interview and on our instagram).
All the challenges we face are just reminders that we’re growing. And we’re so early into what we are making with Boyhood that there’s only going to be more to come. And that’s cute.
We have ideas of what we want for ourself going into the future, but we also know that like shit changes. So we’re just here to keep creating and like process our experience of this life. Creating is one of our love languages too, so we want to keep creating and collaborating to just say “I love you, you are capable and deserving” to our QTPoC fam around the world. Xoxo
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I mean if this was real we’d be too busy creating. But go to seattle best tea everyday. Get their brown sugar boba with pudding and coconut milk. Go to international district and try every restaurant, literally. Go to fort st.George and get their omurice with a melon cream soda, go to honeycourt, go to dim sum king, order the mala tang from A+ kitchen (not the same as A+ restaurant), hood famous (get the biko and be nice). Then hit up central district and try every restaurant too. Specifically moonlight, and get their vegetarian sesame beef, then cheeky cafe get the matcha pancakes. Tip well and live your life. Have a nice trip xoxo
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are a lot of cuties to thank. We very much have gratitude for all these lovelies: Kylie (@xmooncakes), Haniyyah (@haniyyahdixon), Bianca (@b___rec), Ariel (@warmcomet), Issa (@issamanofficial),Tianna (@tianna3) Bibi (@bibidiscoteca), Monyee (@monyeeart), Shelbie (@neonpoems), Olivia E (@oliviarae_206), Olivia V (@oliviavon), Hood Famous Bakeshop & Bar (@hoodfamousbakeshop), our families & chosen families, and the queer community around us.
@xmooncakes (red dress) @brandoncdunbar (denim w/ white top + mask)