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.

Peep this: Our night of nerd-dom with Ivory Twinkler!

Ivory Twinkler of Gilded Lily Burlesque has the best pasties ever.  You level-up just LOOKING at them.  That’s a whole new reason to remember up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, b, a, start.

Okay, that’s probably too much geek.  Probably five people know what I’m talking about at this point.

[thinks about it for a second]  Actually, knowing our crowd, 99% of you know exactly what I’m talking about, right?

Regardless, Ivory Twinkler brought enough science/geek-hotness cred to melt the heart of the even the crankiest engineering major.  And if one of you who wasn’t there says, “Naaa, no one’s that sexy, that’s ‘shopped.  I can tell ’cause of the pixels and ’cause I’ve seen a lot of ‘shops in my time,” I swear on all that’s sacred the back of my hand is coming for your face.

On to more photos, which were taken by our trusty photographer, Jeff Schock. We started with the 1- and 2-minute poses.

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan

Then we had a short break to refresh drinks and it was time for the 5-minute poses and the 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 you’re ambidextrous you should really just keep that fact to yourself.  The two winners each snagged an upside-down pineapple cake shot from Russell at the bar.

Three more 5-minute poses where the audience used whichever hand they felt was necessary.

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

With that, it was time for an intermission and one of the reasons we love Ivory Twinkler so much. I’m telling you folks, if you haven’t been to a Gilded Lily Burlesque show yet, you really, really should.  Here’s an itty-bity taste.  First hit’s free—the second, though . . .

Then it was time for the 10-minute poses, the second of which was the good ol’ standby ‘random noun’ contest where folks in the crowd yell out random nouns until Alexis hears something amusing.

Marshmellow peeps won out, amusing Alexis more than the mere fact that it was the day after Easter could possibly explain.

The winners, which there were a bunch of this time around, got 1 of 4 sketchpads from Artist & Craftsman Supply just across the street on the corner of North and Howard.

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

Brian Dugan
Kerry Brady

Huh, not sure why Kerry drew an entire box of peeps in her stomach, I mean, no one eats an entire box of peeps.  That would be craaazyy. The only thing that would be crazier would be to eat two entire boxes after a night of double-fisting birthday drinks, and we certainly don’t know anyone that insane.

Kaitlin Reid

The first 20-minute pose was another contest, this time for the best incorporation of Batman’s 72nd birthday, with the prize being a copy of the badass illustrated faux-history book Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel from Atomic Books on the corner of Falls Rd and the Avenue in Hampden.

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

Kaitlin Reid

The last 20-minute pose of the evening and last contest was in honor of Shakespeare’s birthday with the prize being Karen Hsiao’s Rubber Duck from Baby Tattoo Books.

Kerry Brady

Brian Dugan

Many thanks to Ivory Twinkler of Gilded Lily Burlesque who was absolutely amazing; thanks as well to our sponsors Atomic Books, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Baby Tattoo Books; thanks also to Russell for slinging drinks and song; Jeff for the heart-palpitating photos above; and last but not least, to Alexis for hosting this rodeo.

Next Dr. Sketchy’s is tomorrow, May 9th, with Paige Pumphrey!

If you don’t know anything about Paigey, read the blog post below this one—in any case, doors are at 6, start at 7! Drinks are a dollar off before 7, too, so don’t be late!