Holy Mictecacihuatl. Well, Nona Narcisse of Slow Burn Burlesque out of New Orleans was [ 5 pages of expletives removed due to space considerations and Aaron’s repetitiveness – Alexis ], fucking amazing. If you were there for our Day of the Dead session, you know. If you weren’t—well, remember that Christmas where you really, really, really wanted He-Man’s Attak Trak and when you got up that morning, not only was the Attak Trak under the tree, but your dad robbed a Toys R Us after you went to bed and left everything under the tree, THEN, stormed Mattel headquarters and left the senior executives tied up under the tree so you could personally place an order for shit they hadn’t even thought of yet?
IT WAS LIKE THAT.
But, umm, in a way that was kind of scary in a “You don’t think she’s really Mictecacihuatl, do you? I’m kind of scared to look her in the eye” way. (Which, to be fair, is somewhat similar to that “Oh shit, one of these execs has a GPS bracelet on!” moment about 30-minutes into that Christmas morning oh so many years ago.)
So, best Dr. Sketchy’s ever? I don’t know—maybe Nona Narcisse and Reverend Valentine can have a face-off session and settle the matter with knives or something. I’d draw that.
By the way, we’ve NEVER gotten this many drawings sent in for a session. It took FIVE HOURS to download them all and insert them in this post, so let’s get rolling, cause, folks, this is a LONG post. Go make a cup of coffee, I’ll wait.
We started off with the 1- and 2-minute poses.
Our photographer Jeff is seriously knocking it out of the park with the photos too. Probably the best he’s ever done—Lord knows it would have been hard to take a bad photo with all this, but still.
We took a short break so folks could flex their drawing hands, get a drink, a smoke, pee-pee, whatever floated their boat, and then it was time for the 5-minute poses. The first was the traditional opposite-hand drawing contest, where if you’re right-handed you draw with your left, if you’re left-handed you draw with your right, and if you’re ambidextrous, you spend most of the pose crying quietly in a bathroom stall because you’re different and we can only support so much “being different” at Dr. Sketchy’s before we turn into a middle-school cafeteria and give you a swirly.
The two winners received a mystery concoction from Russell at the bar.
After that, it was time for a second break, and then, once everyone was safely squirreled away in their seats, the lights dimmed, Nona performed one of the best burlesque routines I’ve ever seen in my life.
Watch. If you skip this video, I don’t even understand why you’re reading all this anyway.
Here are two photos Jeff snapped during the performance as well :
After Nona’s well-earned break, it was time for the 10-minute poses, the first of which was the random noun contest where the audience calls out drunken gibberish. This time around it turned out to be “David Bowie.” The winner received Miss Mindy’s Sassy Paper Doll Bonanza by Miss Mindy from Baby Tattoo Books. Baby Tattoo runs the LA branch of Dr. Sketchy’s; if you’re ever out there, check ’em out.
Next up were the 20-minute poses—and whoa nelly, did these produce some amazing sketches. The contest for the first one had the appropriate theme of “Voodoo” with the winner receiving a Flying Dog Limited Edition barrel-aged Gonzo Imperial Porter from Flying Dog Brewery, who not only provided THAT, but had Flying Dog beers for sale all night at insanely cheap prices.
Last pose of the night . . . the contest for this one had the theme “Occupy Dr. Sketchy’s” with the winner receiving Day of the Dead : El Dia De Los Muertos by Antoni Cadafalch from Atomic Books, our longest-running sponsor and the best damn indie bookstore you’ll find in Baltimore (right up there in Hampden on the corner of the Avenue and Falls).
(This next photo was of Nona watching the finalists get picked.)
Last, but not least, there were a few drawings that for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out where they belonged in the night. They were pretty cool, so I didn’t want to leave them out.
More thanks than I could possibly express to Nona Narcisse for posing for us while she was up from New Orleans; thanks to our amazing sponsors: Atomic Books, Baby Tattoo Books, and Flying Dog Brewery; thanks to Russell for slinging drinks and booze and hosting us at the Windup Space; thanks to Jeff for turning out the best photos he’s done yet; thanks to all of you for making it a great night and sending in the best selection of drawings we’ve ever seen; and thanks to Alexis manning the mic regardless of the quite real peril of being devoured by an ancient Aztec goddess.
So what next? What could have a chance of towering over what’s come before?
What about Paco Fish ON STILTS???
Have you ever drawn anyone on stilts? I sure as hell haven’t. Not only that, but he’s got a slew of costumes you’ve never drawn before and a performance that will rattle you in your shoes. I could go on further (and I *did* on the event page—if you’re coming, you should go let us know). In any case, next session is Monday, November 28th at the Windup Space. Doors at 6, start at 7, show up early if you want a good seat. 18+ to draw, 21+ to drink, 55+ for fisticuffs. Only two sessions left this year, folks! Get it while the gettin’s good.