Razor-tongued.

photo by Alexis de la Rosa
photo by Alexis de la Rosa

Sophia Sunday’s April session was, yet again, another of my favorites.

I know, I know—I say that a lot.  I just said it about the previous session with Sucre à la Crème.  I mean it, though.  Watch the video.

That’s how you do it folks.  The only way that could get any better is if she handed everyone a thousand bucks at the end.  Or maybe some dinosaurs riding some robots.  I dunno.

It’s also one of my favorite videos.  To have a good video several things need to go right.  One, the performer, obviously, has to be amazing.  That is about 25%.  Two, my dumb ass needs to have remembered to make sure the lights on the stage are bright enough so the hi-res works.  Sadly, this doesn’t always happen.  That’s about 40%.  The performer can be stunning and it just plain doesn’t matter if you can’t see them.  Three, we have to find a good song that we can use without getting sued—this can turn into a nightmare pretty quick.  That’s about 25%.  Four, Russell needs to have eaten a bunch of sugar that day.  That’s 5%.  Five, lots of neat, weird things need to happen to make for interesting shots.  That’s 25%.  Six, folks need to send in their drawings.  That’s 128%.

And before you ask, yes, I was a math major.

In any case, the performer being amazing and the video being amazing are not directly connected.  When they both happen at the same time, though . . . watch the fuck out.

As a side note, I’m a sucker for anything magic and sideshow related.  If we ever decided to put on a Dr. Sketchy’s Showcase show, you better believe Sophia’s razor-swallowing act would be in it.

And look at all those good drawings!  Alexis and I started doing all this so we could sit down and draw too—unfortunately, that doesn’t really work.  This session is definitely one where we wish we’d been in the audience.

Of course, we had a couple drawing contests for questionable concoctions from Russell at the bar and some fancy books from our generous sponsor Baby Tattoo Books, who runs the LA branch of Dr. Sketchy’s, in case you’re ever out that way.

Special thanks to Sophia Sunday who did a stunning job; thanks to our generous sponsor for this session, Baby Tattoo Books; thanks to Russell for slinging booze and tunes; thanks to Jeff Schock for taking some of the lovely photos below; thanks to Maeve and also to Fred, who was in town visiting, for help with the door and all the various setup stuff; and of course thanks to Alexis for doing all those microphone things she does.

Thanks as well to all the folks who sent in the wonderful drawings you can see in the video above too.  Y’all rock.

“It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.”

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We’re a little behind.  Obviously.

If you didn’t know, Alexis and I got married in September and, well, the six months leading up to the wedding got pretty damn hectic.  It may not look like it, but these blogs can take a little bit of time to put together, what with the photos to edit, videos to assemble, and, you know, fancy schmancy word poems to, I dunno, glue together.  We were able to keep the actual sessions on track, and the videos (we had to—our computers only have so much memory), but sadly, the blogs took the hit.

But as I write this, it’s Thanksgiving, and I’ve got a belly full of turkey and some time on my hands, so let’s see if we can catch up.

Sucre à la Crème.

Her session back in March was one of the best Dr. Sketchy’s Baltimore has ever had.  I’m going to take a risk and say it honestly might be the best.  I won’t say it outright, I don’t want to get knifed by a model when I step off a train back into Baltimore in a few days, but, well, it might just be.  Her Legend of Zelda routine is also one of my all time favorites.

If you haven’t watched the video sometime in the last few months, take a look.

One thing I can say for sure: that is the best video we have of a session.  A bazillion different things contributed to that, some of which was luck, but when someone asks what a session is like, this is one of the videos we show them.

Paco Fish was originally supposed to model for this session, but at the last minute, he offered to give his session up for Sucre, who was visiting Baltimore from Montreal (which has its own amazing branch, by the way).  I don’t think you can quite spot him in the video, but Paco was there at the bar shooting the breeze with us while folks were drawing.  A week after that, he set off across the country on tour, which, unless he’s been arrested in the last twenty-four hours or so, he’s still on.

Anyway, we’re pretty damn jealous of Montreal.  If they hadn’t taken us out for beers when we were up there a year or two ago, we’d probably be plotting to kill them right now.

We had some drawing contests for weird shots from Russell and a book from our generous sponsor, Baby Tattoo Books out in LA, who runs their own Sketchy’s out there as well.

Since a bit of time has rolled past, our memories are a little hazy, but we’ll do our best to thank everyone involved.  Special thanks to Sucre à la Crème who, I’m sure you can see, did an absolutely stunning job; thanks to Paco Fish for recommending her and for keeping us company that night; thanks to Russell of the Windup Space for slinging drinks and tunes; thanks to old door hand Styger who happened to be in town and helped us do set up and breakdown; thanks to Maeve for helping with door and all that set up and breakdown stuff too; thanks to our generous sponsor Baby Tattoo Books; and of course thanks to Alexis for the beautiful photos you see below and for helming the ship on stage that night.

By the way, you can see the sketches folks sent in from that night in the video above.

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.