Who the hell is Jota Mercury?
Jota (pronounced HO-TAH) Mercury is an international award winning drag king who works to constantly challenge the ideologies of machismo and male dominance. He stays playing with gender in not only the funniest but sexiest ways. A versatile performer, you never know what to expect with Jota Mercury.
Accolades and Titles
Mr. Ca King 2018 and Mr. Ca King 2019
Buster Riteopen (2018) crowning Jota Mercury (2019) at the Mr. California King Pageant on July 20, 2019. Photo by Dot.
San Francisco Drag King Contest 2017 Winner
Panama Burlesque Festival 2nd Runner-up
Mr. California King 2019 Winner
California Drag Quing Pageant 2019 1st Runner-up
Jota Mercury was never planned. Really. I wanted to solely perform burlesque until I attended my first drag king show in Oakland- there I encountered an entirely different world of performance and queerness that I NEEDED to be apart of. I'd always loved playing with gender roles but had never played with my appearance or presentation. Rebel Kings of Oakland proved to me that drag is seriously life for me. I'll perform until my body can't handle it anymore! Now I’m so lucky to call Rebel Kings of Oakland my family after being initiated into the troupe in 2018. I've always been supported and loved by them and I wouldn't be the King I am today without them.