If I’m not making art, I feel like shit.
I want to create something positive for people, but also champion an alternate view of queerness, and bring that into graffiti, which is, as you may imagine, not exactly the queerest or most feminist place. For me, it’s been a weird lane to choose, being a queer graffiti writer. It’s not a lane that often exists.
(Hugo Gyrl in an interview with thecreativeindependent)
You Gay GirlAffirmative statements like "You Go Girl" can be seen on walls from New Orleans' French Quarter to Bywater. But when Hugo Gyrl is not throwing contemplative LGBTQIA-themed graphics on the walls, they curate and organize local exhibitions with performances such as the infamous Drag Wrestling Match ChokeHole ("XXXtreme Drag Wrestling") and the horror comedy game The Subletter's Omen.
Gyrl is considered one of the most important representatives of the street art scene in New Orleans. On the occasion of the Pride Festival in spring 2018 they rewrote their moniker You Go Girl light-footedly into a You Gay Girl – on a larger-than-life mural.
You Gay Girl | © Hugo Gyrl, Foto: TheDustyRebel