50 Up-and-Coming New York Culture Makers to Watch in 2013

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Mykki Blanco

If you’ve ever seen Mykki Blanco (aka the drag alter ego of Michael Quattlebaum) perform live, you’ll know why we love her — and if not, take it from us that a gender-bending MC with a whole lot of theatrical flair (and a penchant for writing poetry about Marcel Duchamp) is the sort of thing that very much floats our boats. Mykki was profiled everywhere from Vogue and Interview to, um, Elle in 2012, and if you take our advice, you’ll be joining her militia sooner rather than later. — Tom Hawking

What are your plans for the holidays?

To be home with my mother, my nieces, and my nephew. I’m buying them a big trampoline this year, among other things, so there will be lots of jumping going on!

Which New York artists do you count among your greatest inspirations?

David Hammonds, Marcel Duchamp, Sammy Davis Jr., Jerry Seinfeld.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

My next release, [which is] an EP titled The Initiation — and I am going to be touring for six months straight.