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BEBE DADDY SERVICES, 2013-ONGOING

  • Bebe Daddy Services (Logo), 2013-Ongoing.
  • Bebe Daddy (onsite GIF). New York City, 2013.
  • Bebe Daddy. Brooklyn, 2013.
  • Bebe Daddy Services for Ashes/Ashes, Los Angeles. Installation build for "Body Parts I-V," 2015.
  • Bebe Daddy. Laurel Canyon, 2013.
  • Bebe Daddy Services project management. Laurel Canyon, 2013.
  • Bebe Daddy (in Daddy Tee). West Hollywood, 2014.
  • Bebe Daddy Services project management. Laurel Canyon, 2013.
  • Bebe Daddy Services project management. Laurel Canyon, 2013.
  • Bebe Daddy. West Hollywood, 2015.
  • Bebe Daddy Services custom design+build. Los Angeles, 2014.
  • Bebe Daddy (in Daddy Tee). West Hollywood, 2014.
  • Bebe Daddy Services (Gift Box), 2013-Ongoing.
  • The Daddy Cap, 2013.
  • The Daddy Cap, 2013.
  • The Daddy Cap, 2013.
  • Bebe Daddy Services (Business Card), 2013-Ongoing.

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Bebe Daddy Services began with carpentry-in-the-nude. Photo: Brett Lindell, 2013.

Bebe Daddy Services, 2013-Ongoing.

Since 2013, Ryan Brewer has explored the intersection of persona and labor through the creation of an art-as-commerce project—Bebe Daddy Services—which functions as an operational business, a social sculpture, and a performance project. As the owner/operator, Brewer works under the pseudonym Bebe Daddy. The venture arose out of a carpenter-in-the-nude service that initially investigated sex work and gender stereotypes while turning profit.

By using wordplay to brand the business (and himself), Brewer sought to humorously scrutinize aspects of patriarchy and gay erotic appropriation of the term “daddy” by linking it to the namesake of a certain popular women’s retail clothier. In this tongue-in-cheek way, Brewer emasculates male-dominated power structures, while simultaneously providing legitimate services long-associated with “manly” men: building and construction.

The project has since developed into a design+build/project management firm in addition to a clothing line Bebe Daddy Apparel. All apparel sales benefit local non-profits including the Los Angeles LGBT Center, The Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the Anti-Violence Project, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Promotional materials for the Daddy Cap feature a range of models varying in race, gender, and body type, further upholding the project’s goals of addressing serious topics of identity in a jovial, supportive, and inclusive way. From Brewer’s perspective, anyone can be a Daddy, or can at least ironically flaunt the title to undermine the powers that be.

Through the creation of Bebe Daddy Services, Brewer aims to build a socially responsible business and art project that redefines the creative service industry (and what it means to be a working artist) through a commitment to the elevation of the communities that he serves. In 2015, the Bebe Daddy persona was absorbed into a gay-themed home renovation TV show pilot. (Logo TV, unaired)

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