Mab Just Mab nails it!

We’ve been wanting to do this particular session with Mab Just Mab—“DC’s  Own Sideshow Girl—FOREVER.  I mean, honestly, when will you get a chance again to draw someone hammering a nail up their nose?  Sitting in the emergency room with your first born child after a particularly ill-advised game of kindergarden Truth or Dare?  I don’t know.  Take a look.

There was tasty beer from Flying Dog Brewery; some lucky souls won Molly Crabapple’s Week in Hell in our “best incorporation of Houdini” contest, and Freaks, Geeks, And Strange Girls: Sideshow Banners Of The Great American Midway in our “best incorporation of William Shatner” contest. Both prizes were from Atomic Books, which, if you didn’t know is the best damn bookstore/comic book shop in Baltimore.

Thanks to Mab Just Mab, for putting on what might have to be one of my favorite sessions of all time; thanks to this session’s sponsors, Atomic Books and Flying Dog Brewery; thanks to Jeff for the amazing gallery of photos you see below (and one above); thanks to Russell for slinging booze and tunes; and thanks to Alexis for emceeing the whole thing.

And special thanks to all the artists who contributed artwork for this recap: Cecilia Strakna, David Wright, Jeff Lance, Mike Hasson, and Stewart White.

Our next session is Monday, April 9th with Eyrie Twilight of Black Tassel Boolesque.  Doors at 6, start at 7 – get there early to get a good seat.  It’s going be a neo-Victorian/steampunk-esque extravaganza.

A jolly Holliday with GiGi!

GiGi Holliday is easily one of our new favorite people.  We’ve been hoping she’d model for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore for years, but as a general rule we rarely ever approach someone.  We wait for them to approach us, because we’ve learned this lesson the hard way: unless the person comes to us, they seem much more likely to be unreliable, cancel at the last minute, what have you.

So, we just patiently waited for someone to introduce us.  There was a flaw in our plan, though—everyone just assumed we’d already met. For two years we twiddled our thumbs to no avail.

Luckily, one night after an Ottobar show and about four shots of Jager, I said “Fuck it,” walked up to her, and basically said, “Hey, Alexis and I run Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore.  You interested in modeling?”

Thank God, I did.

Here’s some 1- and 2-minute poses.

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly

Jeff Lance

Clarice Jones

Jeff Lance

Tim Kelly

Jeff Lance

Kathleen Parker

Jeff Lance

Tim Kelly

John Schloman

John Schloman

Cecilia Strakna

Tim Kelly

Kathleen Parker

We took a quick break so GiGi could have a breather, and then it was time for the 5-minute poses, the first of which 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, you draw with a rabid porpoise.

The two winners received mystery concoctions from Russell at the bar.  Nope, I have no idea what was in them.  Bad decisions and shame, I suspect.

John Schloman

Cecilia Strakna

Tim Kelly

Clarice Jones

Cecilia Strakna

Tim Kelly

Clarice Jones

Kathleen Parker

Jeff Lance

John Schloman

Clarice Jones

It was then time for GiGi’s halftime performance!  You’ll have to go to one of her shows if you want to see a full routine, but here’s a few teaser photos.

The 10-minute poses were next. the first of which was our second contest of the evening, which was the best incorporation of “Be Kind, Rewind” (in honor of the closing of Video Americain‘s Charles Village location) for Blood by Mark Ryden, from Atomic Books up in Hampden. Extra points were given for incorporating The Fifth Element, since GiGi’s performance was based on the movie’s Diva Dance.


John Schloman

Tim Kelly

Clarice Jones

Kathleen Parker

Cecilia Strakna

(This is my favorite contest photo of all time, btw. I can’t look at it without cracking up.)

Tim Kelly

Clarice Jones

Cecilia Strakna

Jeff Lance

Mike Hasson

A quick break and it was time for the first 20-minute pose of the night and our third contest, the best incorporation of Tarzan, for one of two prizes: Animus by Seonna Hong, from Baby Tattoo Books, or a copy of Sabrina Chap’s Oompa! Sabrina is raising funds for her next album, if you want to help, head over here. As of this writing, she’s only a quarter of the way to her goal.

Fred Oakes

Tim Kelly

Clarice Jones

Kathleen Parker

Jeff Lance

Mike Hasson

And the last 20-minute pose of the night….

Tim Kelly

Mike Hasson

Thanks to GiGi Holliday for doing a stunning job; thanks to our amazing sponsors, Atomic Books, Baby Tattoo Books, and Sabrina Chap for the great contest prizes; thanks to Jeff for the photography above; thanks to Russell for spinning tunes and booze; thanks to Alexis for rockin’ the mic; and thanks to all of you for making it a particularly fun session!

By the way, we’re going to start experimenting with our blog post formats.  Between you and me, I think they run a little long, and carry a little more punch if they weren’t a big ol’ novel.  Don’t be surprised when the next one of these is a little different.

What’s next?

Mab Just Mab, DC’s Own Sideshow Girl! A glasswalker and blockhead, escape artist and ukulele fanatic, she has been featured in several documentaries and books on sideshow revival, and performs solo, with The Accidental Circus and as a pillar of the Cheeky Monkey Sideshow.

Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve brought you performers from such faraway places as Australia, New Orleans, and Essex, but I can guarantee you have never, ever, drawn anything like this. I’m not even talking about drawing at Dr. Sketchy’s, I’m talking about drawing ANYWHERE. Unless you were raised in a circus, and were allowed to just loiter about all willy-nilly for hours on end with your sketchpad, you’ve never drawn this.

We’re talking nails, broken glass, and stuff I don’t want even to allude to just in case you’re so appalled, so horrified, so frozen in fear you won’t come!

I’m telling you, folks, bring a spare pair of drawers. You might need them.

Oh, and one last thing, Mab Just Mab is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. If you’re in one of those “I broke eight ribs so don’t make me laugh” situations, your life might be in mortal danger.

There’ll be great prizes from Atomic Books & What Katie Did, not to mention beer specials from Flying Dog Brewery!

Doors at 6, start at 7. Come early to get a good seat, and like our page for the latest updates: http://www.facebook.com/DrSketchysBaltimore

18+ to draw, 21+ to drink.

Photo of Mab Just Mab by Silly Human Tricks Photography (http://sillyhumantricksphotography.com/), flyer design by Aaron Bush.

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.