Rycin Von Schierling!

Photo by Alexis de la Rosa
Photo by Alexis de la Rosa
Just putting together the photo gallery below made my muscles ache.  Rycin Von Schierling opened 2013 with a bang.  Watch the video–it’s one ambitious pose after another.  She’d hold some obviously painful pose for five or ten minutes and you’d think, “Okay, now she’s going to do an easy one now.  That had to hurt”, and BAM [<— Emeril “bam”] she’d go right into another one.
We didn’t tell her to do that.  Hell, we wouldn’t ever tell anyone to try some of those poses for those lengths of time.  Often, when we have someone new to modeling, they’ll try something ambitious, like, I dunno, holding a cinder block over their head for ten minutes, and as the minutes tick by, you can see that cold realization of what they’ve done start to creep across their features, followed by a lone tear and a mumbled prayer to whatever god looks out for life drawing models.
And then they never do anything like that pose again.
Rycin kept going though.  It wasn’t just inspiring, but it might be one of the most ambitious pose sessions we’ve ever seen.  I’m telling you, if you run into Rycin on the street, throw flowers in her path or something.  Buy her a beer.  Buy her some Icy Hot.  Watch.

By the way, I hope you didn’t watch that at work.  If you did, you’re hosed.
Thank you to Cody Wright, Craig Hankin, John Schloman, and Tim Kelly for sending in their drawings, which you can see below in the gallery and in the video above.
Thank you to Rycin Von Schierling for a walloping good modeling session; thanks to Jeff & Alexis for the photos you see below; thank you to Russell for spinning booze and serving music; thank you to Maeve for holding down the door and helping set up and take down; thank you to all the folks who came out to help us wash alway those dreary holiday doldrums; and thank you of course to Alexis for emceeing.

Let’s have a KiKi.

Photo by Alexis de la Rosa
Photo by Alexis de la Rosa

KiKi Allure was the last model of 2012 and she was absolutely amazing.  I’d never heard “Let’s Have A KiKi” by the Scissor Sisters before, but it might be one of my favorite songs now.  Well, this month anyway.  I wanted to use it in the video below, but figured it wasn’t worth getting us sued out of existence.

We had contests with prizes from our sponsors Atomic Books and Dupenny.  I don’t know if you know this, but Atomic Books has been our sponsor for four years, which is almost from the very beginning.  This was their last session sponsoring Dr. Sketchy’s and I just wanted to say it’s been an honor working with them, not only because they’re amazing people, but because we consider it a feather in our cap to be sponsored by what, in our opinion, might very well be the best indie bookstore in the country.  If you haven’t visited them yet (they’re on the corner of Falls Rd and the Avenue in Hampden), you should.  It’s like a toy store for grown-ups and is about as addictive as heroin.

Dupenny was a new sponsor for this session, and donated a snazzy burlesque-themed plate for us to give away as a prize.  They design and produce exquisite wallpaper, beautiful homewares and fine ceramics with a refreshing twist.  You should check them out.  I think we’re going to get some coffee mugs. 🙂

This was also our last Saturday session for the foreseeable future.  For most of our 4 1/2 years of doing Sketchy’s, we’ve traditionally had our sessions on Monday evening, the thinking being that there weren’t many other events to compete with and folks were often free.  Over the years, a lot of interest was expressed in doing a Saturday afternoon session, so we gave it a shot for a few months.  Unfortunately, the attendance just wasn’t as good as Monday with all the various interesting things going on in Baltimore on a Saturday afternoon, like, umm, hangovers and whatnot.  Not only that, but Sketchy’s take so much time to set up and take down, that in the end, it basically equated to everyone involved only getting one day off that week, which made pastimes like going to the bookie, finding misplaced cars from Friday’s late night shenanigans, and hunting rabid nutria along backstreets of Fells with .357’s and a bottle of Jack EXTREMELY difficult.

Not impossible, but difficult.

Also, no more Saturday sessions unless there’s a special event going on that calls for it.  We’re also reducing our sessions to once a month in 2013, versus the previous twice a month format.  An individual session requires a lot of work on the front and backends to put on, to the point where we were finding it impossible to find time to improve things.  Basically, our time was going to keeping the machine running with nothing to spare to make each individual session better and better.  Plus, Alexis & I are getting married this year, and we need time to plan that monster out. 🙂

So, no more Saturdays, and only once a month from here on out, unless something special comes along (it always does).

Thanks to Kimberly Keyes Stark, Daniel Govar, Stephanie Burgee, Christian Tribastone, and Brandon Peavey for sending in the sketches below.

Special thanks to KiKi Allure for being our artistic muse of the evening, thanks to our sponsors Atomic Books & Dupenny, Zack & Russell of the Windup Space, Maeve for holding down the door and helping set up and take down, Alexis for hosting; and to all you folks who showed up to draw.

Death-defying drawing with the Junkyard Dolls

Photo by Alexis de la Rosa
Photo by Alexis de la Rosa

The only way this session could have gotten any better was if Russell had gotten hip-checked through the front window.

Actually, you can say that for every session.

Or even going out for dinner and a movie.

The Junkyard Dolls roller derby team didn’t just bring “It”, they brought all the “Its”.  They brought every pronoun that had even been seen in public with “It”, was in “It’s” little black book, or “It” had ever listed as a reference on a resume.

Watch the video, you’ll see.  Really, watch it.  If you don’t, I don’t even understand why you’re reading this.

Wow.  I don’t even want to contemplate what various aches and pains haunted them for the next 3 days.  I get back pains when I put too much mac & cheese on my plate, much less from HOLDING SOMEONE UP IN THE AIR FOR WHAT WAS PROBABLY FOREVER.

Atomic Books and the Junkyard Dolls provided amazing prizes for folks to compete for–you can actually see one of the contests starting to derail in the stinger clip at the end of the credits.  If you don’t know Atomic Books, it’s a cool indy comic shop in Hampden on Falls Rd right off the Avenue.  You should check them out.  If you don’t know who the Junkyard Dolls are, well, I’m really confused at this point.  They’ll have matches starting up soon.  You should go watch one.

Thanks to Christian Tribastone, Craig Hankin, John Schloman, Kathleen Parker, Kimberly Keyes Stark, Omandi Consolloy, and Stewart White for sending in the drawings you see below.  (If someone has a website I’m missing linking to, just let me know.)

And LOTS of thanks to the Junkyard Dolls, specifically. . .

Adrenaline Junkie
Quickshot Kitty
Federal Kill
Canadian Bacon
Holly Gohardly
Smearinoff Ice
Xena Paradox
Bellatrips LaSmashya
Trixy Von Doom
Brawltimore Hon
Red Pepper
Free Radical
Hal
Slack Kerowack
Natty Bones

If I missed someone, for God’s sake let me know. 🙂

Thanks as well to our sponsors Atomic Books; thanks to Jeff Schock and Alexis for taking the photos you see below; thanks to Russell of the Windup Space for slinging booze and tunes; thanks to Maeve for not only holding down the door, helping set up everything up and take it down, BUT also dealing with someone acting shifty at the door that evening; and of course thank you to Alexis for emceeing.