I know a girl who’s tough but sweet…

Carlo Pizarro

Damn.

That’s for Candy del Rio AND the photography by Carlo Pizarro, her partner in Stereo Vision Photography.

Don’t know if you know this, but a lot of the photos for our flyers over the years have come from Stereo Vision.  You’ve been seeing their work for years, whether you realized it or not.

[Yes, years—this summer will be our 4th anniversary.  Expect lots of “lawks!” in our communiques from here on out.]

Candy did a bang-up job—there was all sorts of good drawing to be had.

1- and 2-minute poses:

Jeff Schock

Jeff Schock

Jeff Schock

Jeff Schock

Tim Kelly

Jeff Schock

Jeff Schock

Adam J. Tolman

Jeff Schock

Tim Kelly

Jeff Schock

Kerry Brady

Tim Kelly

Jeff Schock

Jeff Schock

Jeff Schock

Jeff Schock

Jeff Schock

Jeff Schock

Adam J. Tolman

Jeff Schock

Tim Kelly

Jeff Schock

Once everyone’s drawing hands were nicely warmed up, we took a quick breather so folks could top of their beers and sneak a coffin nail, and then it was time for the 5-minute poses.

The first was the non-dominate hand 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 I’m the Queen of England.

The two winners recieved something mysterious in a glass from Russell behind the bar.  We don’t monitor that shit for deniability reasons.

Jeff Schock

Tim Kelly

Jeff Schock

Jeff Schock

Carlo Pizarro

Adam J. Tolman

Jeff Schock

Adam J. Tolman

Hannah LeVasseur

Tim Kelly

J. F. Schloman

Jeff Schock

J. F. Schloman

Gnarly Artly

Melissa Campiz

Another break so folks could call in flat tires/working late/stuck-in-traffic to their significant others, and then Candy del Rio did a burlesque number for ya.  The video camera messed up though, so if you missed it—well, that’s what you get.

It was then time for the 10-minute poses.

The first was our second contest of the evening, an Anti-Valentine Day’s theme.  The winner got to take home a copy of Young Romance: The Best of Simon And Kirby’s 1940s-50s Romance Comics from Atomic Books, which is in Hampden on the Avenue and Falls Rd.

Jeff Schock

Carlo Pizarro

J. F. Schloman

Tim Kelly

Jeff Schock

Jeff Schock

J. F. Schloman

Tim Kelly

Melissa Campiz

Another break, yadda yadda yadda, and it was 20-minute pose time.  Our third contest of the evening was the best incorporation of “69” since it also happened to be our 69th session.  The winner received Visions From Within the Mechanism: The Industrial Surrealism of Jeffery Scott from Baby Tattoo Books.

Carlo Pizarro

Jeff Schock

Nancy Sheinman

Hannah LeVasseur

Melissa Campiz

Adam J. Tolman

Tim Kelly

J. F. Schloman

Jeff Schock

Quick break and then it was THE LAST POSE, the pose where everyone must decide, “Do I bolt early so I can watch an episode Step by Step before bed, or do I say “fuck it,” line up three shots, and draw like Picasso on two boxes of wine?”

Carlo Pizarro

Jeff Schock

Tim Kelly

Melissa Campiz

Adam J. Tolman

J. F. Schloman

Thanks to Candy del Rio for a rockin’ session; thanks to her and Carlo Pizarro for letting us use that Stereo Vision photo above; thanks to our amazing sponsors Atomic Books, Flying Dog Brewery, What Katie Did, and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Jeff for the slick photos making up a good chunk of this blog; thanks to Russell for the booze, space, and tunes; and last but not least, thank you to Alexis for keeping a firm grip on the mic and the emergency dead-man-switch connected to the gas line.

What’s next?

This Monday, Little Luna’s LAST SESSION EVER.

 Photo: Cheryl Fair

That’s right, Little Luna is pulling up stakes and heading south, supposedly to New Orleans, but she’s pretty quick with the lies, so Lord knows where she’s going or why.  Is she running from the mob? Did the fuzz catch on to that whole smuggled Mima birds thing?  Is this all a trick so we’ll all buy her drinks for a month and then she’ll put on a wig and swear to be her own twin sister just moved to Baltimore?

Just. Don’t. Know.

Little Luna is one of our most popular models ever, so don’t miss her last session.  Doors at 6, start at 7.  18+ to draw, 21+ to drink, 92+ to set Russell’s beard on fire for a $1.

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Shit Sabrina Chap says.

January 30th’s session with Sabrina Chap was one of our top attended sessions of all time.  Really, it’s not surprising.  In the spirit of openness, I should probably say upfront that Sabrina is one of our favorite people ever.  She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s pretty, and a fucking ninja when it comes to dodging arcs of pee from drunkards.  The last time she posed for us, she hadn’t been in the city (for the first time ever, mind you) two hours before some blitzed guy sitting at the bar in the Hippo whipped out his whatsit and tried to take her out.

Did I tell this story the last time I blogged about a Sabrina session?  Probably.  I’m not going to bother to look.  In any case, with her back turned, she dodged it like it was nothing.  Remember that scene in Resident Evil 2 with the hallway filled with lasers?  It was like that.

In any case, whenever we’re in NYC, we try to meet her for a beer – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. The point is, of all the various interesting things to do in NYC, “a beer with Sabrina” is always on the list, regardless of what cockamamie thing is going on.

Oh, and she can sing.  She sings real good. Here, take a listen.

The album that’s from, Oompa!, is honestly one of my favorite CDs.

You should go buy it.

So . . . how was the drawing?  It’s Sabrina, you don’t even need to ask.

1 & 2-minute poses.

Cecilia Strakna

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly

Susan Moore

Tim Kelly

Cecilia Strakna

J. F. Schloman

Danielle Mascioli

Tim Kelly

Everyone ran to the bar and the powder room for a minute, and then we jumped into the 5-minute poses, the first of which was the non-dominant hand contest.  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—SQUIRREL!

The two winners received a mysterious concoction from Russell behind the bar.

Tim Kelly

J. F. Schloman

Kat Parker

Cecilia Strakna

Cecilia Strakna

Edward Williams

Cecilia Strakna

Tim Kelly

Another quick break and then it was time for a musical interlude.  I already showed you the first song—here’s another, the title track from her latest album, We Are the Paradewhich you should definitely also buy:

 

It was then time for the 10-minute poses. The first one was a contest, the theme being “Shit Baltimoreans Say”.  The two winners received either Sterling Hundley’s Blue Collar / White Collar from Atomic Books in Hampden, or a pair of stockings from What Katie Did.

J. F. Scholman

Cecilia Strakna

Kat Parker

Cecilia Strakna

Tim Kelly

Edward Williams

J. F. Schloman

Next up were the 20-minute poses, the first of which was the last contest of the evening.  The contest was the best incorporation of MacGyver, since it was Richard Dean Anderson’s birthday.  The winner received Ragnar’s The Art of the Big City from Baby Tattoo Books.

Danielle Mascioli

Kat Parker

Tim Kelly

Susan Moore

Katy Clark

Tim Kelly

Kat Parker

And that was a wrap for our first session of 2012! [Kermit the Frog arm-waving YAAAAAYYYYY!]

Bubbling thanks to Sabrina Chap who came all the way from NYC; thanks to our wonderful sponsors Atomic Books, Flying Dog Brewery, and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell for slinging drinks and booze; thanks to Jeff for the photos above; and thanks to Alexis emceeing the thing.

Who’s next?

Sweet Jesus, I’m getting the vapors.

[Aaron, that doesn’t mean what I think you think it means.—Alexis]

Don’t know if you know this, but besides being a burlesque and go-go performer, Candy is one half of the amazing photography duo that is Stereo Vision.  A lot of our best flyers were created using photos they’ve taken.  Reverend Valentine’s being the first that comes to mind—and there’s dozens of others.

She’s going to do a half-time performance for you too.  Bring your EpiPen if you’re allergic to, you know, HOTNESS.