Cucci Binaca blends the funny and performative aspects of drag, with a psychedelic spin on her look that makes her performances truly unique. Freaky, sometimes downright gory hair and makeup, coupled with bizarre and ornate costumes, make for a striking aesthetic that set her apart from an already pretty out-there group of Seattle drag performers. When you go to see Cucci Binaca perform, you can forget everything you know about drag shows, and get ready for a completely different kind of performance. The results are incredible, and, perfect entertainment for cannabis consumers.
If you are an adult over the age of 21, and live in or around Seattle, getting high and watching Cucci Binaca perform is something you can definitely do! Because Binaca hosts Cucci’s Critter Barn every second Saturday at Kremwork. Binaca also hosts Cucci’s Spooky Weed at Kremwork every Halloween. The holiday show was named after Cucci’s tendency to get people way too stoned and scared on OG Chem. Binaca took time from coming up with ways to blow our mind, perfecting her outfits, hair, and makeup, and playing Pokémon, to chat with The Sesh Seattle.
When did you start performing as Cucci Binaca?
I started performing at a little dive bar in Bremerton, Washington called the High-Fidelity Lounge. I got out of the Navy in May of 2015. When I was stationed over there, I started doing drag as Cucci Binaca in Bremerton. As I started growing as an artist and thinking about what I wanted to accomplish, I started becoming more fully realized. It took a couple of years. I’ve been doing drag for seven years now.
Where are you from originally?
I’m originally from Sparks, Nevada.
What performers have influenced or inspired you as an artist?
What inspires me more is ideas, like absurdism. Like in the daytime, what I’ll do, is just scream on my front porch for the sake of it, you know what I mean? Neighbors around me, hear what I’m doing, and guess what they do? They leave me alone and it’s rad. My drag comes from fucking with the dimensions on my face with makeup, so that makes people’s natural thought process will be like ‘Ewww, no.’ So I really like to play with absurdity, completely. Artists that I really love are Lil Kim, and Amy Winehouse.
Has the stoner culture of the PNW impacted your art, and the drag community in general? If so how?
I think the flower has done a lot for the drag community. I love to smoke weed, I love to eat weed. Sometimes I come up with really creative ideas when I’m stoned out of my mind. And I know I’m not the only one. We have a group of us, and we love getting high!
Do you have a movie/album/performance to appreciate while under the influence of cannabis?
I love watching Pokémon while I’m playing Pokémon on my Gameboy.