Au revoir, Little Luna.

Last session was probably Little Luna’s last session ever at Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore. In a few short weeks she’ll be on her way to New Orleans to become some sort of vigilante crimefighter-slash-shrimp boat captain. Why is she leaving us? Do we not have enough criminal shrimping operations for her to go all Batman on?

I don’t know.

She *will* make one last appearance at the Gilded Lily Presents: Bye Bye Luna  show at the Windup Space on March 21st. Make a note.

By the way, the Baltimore Sun covered this session too—their piece should be in Monday’s edition. When it comes out, I’ll add a short blog with a link.

Anyways, Little Luna finished in style. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get started.

Here are the 1- and 2-minute poses.

 

 

David Wright

Tim Kelly

Fred Zeleny

Cecilia Strakna

David Wright

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly

David Wright

Cecilia Strakna

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly

Jennifer A. Stark

 

Craig Hankin

Cecilia Strakna

Jennifer A. Stark

Hannah LeVasseur

After the 1- and 2-minte poses, we took a quick break, and then it was time for the 5-minute poses, the first of which was the non-dominate 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 we feed one hand to the shark.

The two winners received mystery concoctions from Russell. What were they? Capri-Suns? Gasoline infused vodka shots? I have no idea. We maintain plausible deniability for a reason.

Craig Hankin

Fred Zeleny

Cecilia Strakna

David Wright

Tim Kelly

Varvara LaVoom

Cecilia Strakna

Tim Kelly

Kerry Brady

After that, it was time for a recess so folks could sneak a smoke, refill a Harvey Wallbanger, push someone off the jungle gym—whatever.  Then it was time for the 10-minute poses . . . . . . and FISH CHAOS.

I managed to turn off my fancy video camera when I thought I was turning it on at EXACTLY the worst moment—which triggered a truly epic cursing fit several hours later.  Luckily, Alexis and I don’t take SHIT from technology; she was filming backup with her phone.  It’s not the greatest video, but it gives you an idea.

I’ll leave the rest to the video.

Why was there a shark attack?

Really folks, there are no thought processes going on. It’s all white noise up top. I can tell you, you better run for your lives if I ever get a hold of a giant robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex.

They’re expensive (I’ve checked), so you’re probably safe…

…unless someone reading this has one I could borrow/have. Call me. [thumb up, pinky extended, hand to ear]

What were talking about? Dinosaurs?

The 10-minute poses. –Alexis

Oh. Right.

The second 10-minute pose was our second contest of the evening, ye’ old random noun contest.  The crowd picked “oil spill” this time around.  The winner received a pair of back seamed stockings from What Katie Did.

Tim Kelly

Fred Zeleny

Cecilia Strakna

Tim Kelly

Another break for folks to top off drinks and fend off fish and it was time for the 20-minute poses. The first was a another contest, the goal being the best homage to Edward Gorey, since it was his birthday the week before.  The winner received The Strange Case of Edward Gorey by Alexander Theroux from Atomic Books, which is in Hampden on the corner of Falls Rd and the Avenue.  It’s easily the best bookstore in Baltimore.

Craig Hankin

Hannah LeVasseur

Jennifer A. Stark

Tim Kelly

Fred Zeleny

David Wright

Kerry Brady

The last pose of the evening was also the last contest, the goal being the best incorporation of polar bears since it was International Polar Bear Day.  The winner received Oompa!, Sabrina Chap’s CD.  If you missed her session in January, check out her stuff, and if you’re feeling patrony, support the making of her next CD.

Jennifer A. Stark

Fred Zeleny

Tim Kelly

Hannah LeVasseur

A quick aside about the fish . . . a lot of folks did some pretty amazing things so that all worked out.

First, lots of thanks to Brian and Missy for letting us buy a helium tank off of them, they ROCK.  Second, it turns out the tank was only enough to fill one and a half fish. Two hours before the session I ended up having to make an emergency run to Flowers By Chris, who I’m sure thought I was crazy over the phone. They finished filling up the shark for me, though, no charge. The night wouldn’t have happened without them. Next time you’re in Mt. Vernon and need flowers, maybe shoot them some business.

Third, I don’t know if you remembered, but that Monday was a FUCKING WINDSTORM. If I’d tried to walk those two fish to the Windup from Mt. Vernon, I would have been screwed. Luckily, Missy was a superhero AGAIN and gave me a ride to Windup.

Unfortunately, at that point we couldn’t get into Windup because Russell was held up in traffic, so then we owe thanks to Victor who runs the check-cashing shop next door, who gave us shelter till Russell arrived.

So, next time you need, umm, a check cashed or payday loan, go to Victor.

Oh Baltimore, I love you.

Then, THEN, the light-rail delayed Luna, luckily, Valeria Voxx, a past model, happened to be on hand and volunteered to go get her.

THANK GOD. Otherwise y’all would have spent the night drawing fish.

ANYWAY, super thanks to Little Luna who did an amazing job (while having a cold!)—we’ll miss you—if you get murdered in New Orleans, we’ll make fun of you since you’re from Baltimore and better fucking represent; thanks to our sponsors Atomic Books, Flying Dog Brewery, What Katie Did, and Baby Tattoo Books for the great beer specials and amazing prizes; thanks to Russell for slinging drinks and booze; thanks to Jeff for the nifty photos above; thanks to Alexis for holding the ship on course, sharks-be-damned; and thank you to all of you for making Little Luna’s last night at Sketchy’s such a great night.

Who’s posing next?

Photo by Sarah Kimble, flyer by Aaron Bush

GiGi Holliday – “The chocolate that melts your heart!” – of Sticky Buns Burlesque is posing for Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore, Monday, March 12th!

If you’ve been spending nights out on the town wisely, you’ve seen GiGi perform with Sticky Buns or other folks over the last year or so, either at the Windup Space, Illusions, or other assorted high-class entertainment venues.

Since Dr. Sketchy’s patrons are known for their hard partying, I understand those boozy nights might be a little hazy, so I’ll help you out – GiGi was the awesome part of your night. You know, the part before the bartender cut up your credit card, your significant other left with the fire marshal, Paco Fish drop-kicked you with a pair of stilts because you rushed the stage, and the BPD forced a rabies shot on you as a condition of your release.

GiGi was that beautiful siren on stage, that luminous beauty who made you feel so special, so lucky to be alive, that you were SURE no one would mind if you did three more pickle shots and set fire to Russell’s beard.

It’s okay, it happens.

Well, guess what? You’ll get to draw the entrancing GiGi, and if you feel inspired to set fire to Russell, NO ONE WILL JUDGE YOU. GiGi Holliday makes people do crazy things. We understand. GiGi understands. Russell doesn’t, but, well, who cares?

GiGi describes herself as “the nerdy girl in the corner playing dress up.” Lord knows Dr. Sketchy’s has gotten lost on more than one geek tangent . . . you’ll love her. Trust us.

There’ll be drink specials from Flying Dog Brewery, bitchin’ prizes from Atomic Books and Baby Tattoo Books, and we can guarantee you we have resolved the whole inflatable shark infestation issue.

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.

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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.

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.