Roma Mafia, the Rapture, Butterflies, and Labyrinth.

Wow, the camera really likes Roma Mafia of Sticky Buns Burlesque.  Like, a lot.  The photos always look great, but this batch looks especially amazing.  Our photographer Jeff was in some sort of photographic zen-like zone and Roma was a CLEAR violation of Russell’s “don’t set fire to my stage” rule that he gets so strangely upset over.  (As a side note, Roma kicked ass Saturday night too along with Sticky Buns Burlesque and Gilded Lily Burlesque at the Planned Parenthood Benefit at Area 405.  Hope you went; you pretty much couldn’t throw a rock without hitting someone who’s modeled for Dr. Sketchy’s before.  Don’t throw rocks though.)

Here’s the 1 & 2-minute poses.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

A quick break to so everyone could powder their noses and top off drinks and it was time for the 5-minute poses, the first of which was ye ol’ opposite hand contest, where if you’re right-handed you draw with your left and if you’re left-handed you draw with your right and if you’re ambidextrous, well, you’re disqualified and probably shouldn’t be here anyway and should be at a ninja academy or something.  The two winners got mystery drinks from Russell behind the bar.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Another break and it was time for the 10-minute poses, the first of which was a contest for best incorporation of the Rapture, since that whole “End of the World” nonsense was going on around then in the news.  The winners got to choose between a Strathmore Charcoal Pad and a pocket-sized leather-bound sketchbook from Artist & Craftsman Supply down the street on the corner of Howard and North.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

The first 20-minute contest was best incorporation of the butterfly effect or Chaos Theory since it was Edward Lorenz’s birthday, the fellow who coined the term.  The prize was Rubber Duck by Karen Hsiau from Baby Tattoo Books.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

The last pose of the night was best incorporation of the movie Labyrinth.  (The previous weekend Alexis and I had visited the Raleigh, NC branch of Dr. Sketchy’s, which hosted a special session at a Labyrinth-themed burlesque show.  It was pretty damn neat.)  The winners got their choice of either the latest issue of Retro Lovely or Hi Fructose and Bachelor Pad from Atomic Books on the corner of the Avenue and Falls in Hampden.

Brian Dugan

Thank you to Roma Mafia for a stunning session; thanks to our sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell for slinging drinks and tunes and letting us use the Windup Space; thanks to Jeff for working his camera magic; thanks to my beard for not harming any small children, and thanks of course to Alexis for MCing.

So, when’s the next Dr. Sketchy’s?

Oh, it’s tomorrow.  Monday, June 13th.

Anything special about it?  Not really, no big deal or nuthin’, it’s just

OUR FUCKING 3 YR ANNIVERSARY!

Marla “So Cute it Hurts” Meringue of Sticky Buns Burlesque will be modeling!  Boom!  [John Stewart fist-pump]  And what’s that new logo up there?  Flying Dog Brewery?  There’ll be Raging Bitch on tap, $4 for the first pint and $2 for every pint after that – which is like, INSANE, and not only that, they’ll be giving other stuff away too!  Atomic Books, who’s been with us almost the entire 3 years has a bunch of cool stuff, Artist & Craftsman Supply loaded us up with art supplies, and Baby Tattoo Books stuff too!  And the stage is getting a makeover!  Boom!

If you think you’re coming, for God’s sake confirm on the Facebook event – doors will open at 6 with the start at 7.  Don’t be late, this really, really is the big one.

THREE YEARS!

Well, we’re back from our road trip to the Asheville Burlesque and Sideshow Festival with Maria Bella and Little Luna of Gilded Lily Burlesque and Mourna Handful – which was absolutely amazing by the way and why we’ve been relatively quiet for a week – and it’s time to catch up on all things Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore.

First off, here’s a blog post by Sagittarius Dolly about her second trip to Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore (last session with Roma Mafia).  Here’s a link to her first trip – I meant to link to her blog a week ago but got caught up with traveling nonsense.  They’re pretty neat, and if you want an impression of a Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore session not written by us, you should check ’em out.

Well, that’s it….nothing else really going on…..

OH WAIT.  Monday is our

THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!

Holy #$%^!

Photo by Anna Charlie

Folks…FOLKS, *this* is the big one.  We’re finally leaving the Terrible Two’s and dive head first into the Tantrum Three’s.  This is where we finally stop saying “no” and start saying “ye….” – hmm, actually, after flipping through Dr. Spock, this is apparently where we start biting. 

We’ve got prizes galore from Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman, Baby Tattoo . . . AND Flying Dog beer, our brand new sponsor!  Oh hell yeah!  Here’s the Facebook event by the way – if you’re coming, let us know, it lets us know how many shots to do before we open the doors at six.

Marla “So Cute It Hurts” Meringue of Sticky Buns Burlesque, who you can see above, will be modeling for this no-holds-barred, shenanigan-infused, bring-bail-money, pinch-yourself-cause-you-got-to-be-dreaming Dr. Sketchy’s – and, well, holy bejesus, if you don’t want to draw Marla in all her glory then you need to stick corks in your ears ’cause your brain is messing up that shirt your momma bought you.

I’m telling ya, you’re not going to be able to swing a cat without smacking a good time in the face on Monday (not to mention knocking over a bunch of pencil jars, beers, and seriously irritating the cat).

Can’t wait?  Well, here’s two things that might help in the interim – Sticky Buns Burlesque is performing tonight, Wednesday, at Cazbar at 8:30, not only that, they’re performing Saturday, as is Gilded Lily Burlesque, and, well, just about everybody else at Sex. Art. Rock N Roll at Area 405 at 6 pm.  You can see Marla at both, along with tons of other folks who’ve modeled for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore over the last 3 years.

THREE YEARS.

Portrait of the Artist

Paige Pumphrey, a.k.a. “Paigey”, is a Baltimore-bred, Brooklyn-based artist whose work, whether you know it or not, I’m pretty sure you’ve seen.  Take this Charm City Roller Girls poster . . .

or this . . .

I’m not going to paste up her entire portfolio here, tempting as it is, so go check out her blog.  There’s some pretty neat stuff.

This was our first ever Artstar session of Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore.  Other cities do them all the time, sessions themed to honor a specific artist’s work, sometimes with the artist attending, and in some rare cases, much to our collective luck, actually modeling.

And Paigey was awesome.

Let’s stop dilly-dallying and get to the goods.

The 1- and 2-minute poses . . .

Brian Dugan

Jeffrey Lance

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

We took a quick break for a cocktail (in some people’s cases, their first, since Baltimore traffic sucked a little more than average that afternoon—apparently Mathew McConaughey and a film crew were gallivanting around downtown mucking up rush hour) and then it was time for the 5-minute poses, the first of which was the good ol’ opposite-hand contest, our thinly-veiled attempt to get rudely talented folks snockered so the rest of us don’t look bad.  If you don’t know what the opposite-hand contest is, well, if you’re right-handed you draw with . . . actually, I have faith in you.  You already know what it is, don’t you?  See, you and me, we’re like THIS [points at his eyes then yours].  We don’t even need to talk about the opposite-hand contest.  If you DON’T know the rules, well, all you need to know is there was some drankin’ when all was said and done.

Three more 5-minute poses.

Jeffrey Lance

Jeffrey Lance

Brian Dugan

Jeffrey Lance

Next up were the ten-minute poses, after everyone had a break to peruse Paigey’s merch table manned by the very amusing Fenny & Meredith while Paigey changed costumes.  The first was another contest, ye ol’ random noun contest, which somehow ended up being “submarine” after the crowd steadfastly (and thankfully) rejected Justin Bieber for at least the second time in three months.  There always seems to be one fan of the Beeb in the crowd—but just one.  The two winners each received two packs of Fabriano Tiziano gold color paper and their choice of either a box of Holbein soft pastels or a box of Fimo modeling clay from Artist & Craftsman Supply, the art supply shop luring just down the street at the corner of North and Howard.  If you need a pad for Sketchy’s, for God’s sake, go in there, they’re pretty damn neat.

Brian Dugan

Jeffrey Lance

Brian Dugan

After a break it was 20-minute pose time.  Paigey was getting a brand new tattoo the next day, so tattoo suggestions became the theme with the winner getting their pick of either an issue of Retro Lovely or Bachelor Pad magazine (with the runner-up receiving the other) from Atomic Books on the corner of the Avenue & Falls Road in Hampden—if you like books or comics, and have lived in Baltimore more than six months, you lose ten points if you haven’t been there yet.

Jeffrey Lance

Craig Hankin

Brian Dugan

The last pose of the evening was another 20-minute with the contest being “Paigey vs. the Utz Girl” (suggested enthusiastically by Fenny at the merch table, making me choke on my beer) with the winner carting off Miss Mindy’s Sassy Paper Doll Bonanza by Miss Mindy from Baby Tattoo Books who also runs the LA branch of Dr. Sketchy’s.  Check ’em out when you get that movie deal and move west.

Jeffrey Lance

Craig Hankin

Brian Dugan

Many thanks to Paige Pumphrey for coming down from Brooklyn to model for us; thanks as well to her two friends Fenny and Meredith for keeping me amused while they ran Paigey’s merch table next to my lonely door post; thank you to our sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell for slinging drinks and letting Dr. Sketchy’s use his amazing space; thanks to Jeff Schock for the cool pictures you see above; and thanks to Alexis for being our MC.

Our next session is Monday, May 23rd at the Windup Space with Roma Mafia of Sticky Buns Burlesque!

Doors at 6, start at 7!  Drinks are a dollar off before 7 o’clock!   You can double-fist ’em folks, that’s what God gave you two kidneys for.  We won’t judge.