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DR. SKETCHY'S ANTI-ART SCHOOL, TOKYO: JAPANESE BURLESQUE DANCER CHERRY TYPHOON. LIVE ALT MODELS FIGURE DRAWING, JAPAN.


DR. SKETCHY'S ANTI-ART SCHOOL, TOKYO: JAPANESE BURLESQUE DANCER CHERRY TYPHOON. LIVE ALT MODELS FIGURE DRAWING, JAPAN. pole dancers, burlesque Performance, drinking, drawing in tokyo, art classes in shibuya, live figure drawing. fat japanese girl

Maoo maoo! How is your weekend? I’m still reeling from meeting Miyavi and seeing his electric live performance. Be sure to check this blog on Monday for a new giveaway contest and more Miyavi mania.

Several of my Tokyo spooks are involved with Dr. Sketchy’s Tokyo. What’s it all about? Naomi (of Horror High School fame) has the scoop:

On the fourth Wednesday of every month, Tokyo’s multi-national community of art-monkey saunters in to the Pink Cow in Shibuya for the city’s hottest life-drawing class: Dr. Sketchy’s Tokyo.

DR. SKETCHY'S ANTI-ART SCHOOL, TOKYO: JAPANESE BURLESQUE DANCER CHERRY TYPHOON. LIVE ALT MODELS FIGURE DRAWING, JAPAN. pole dancers, burlesque Performance, drinking, drawing in tokyo, art classes in shibuya, live figure drawing

Dr. Sketchy’s is an event held in over 80 cities across four continents where artists of all skill-levels gather to drink and draw — using local burlesque dancers and performers as models. The Tokyo chapter is held in a warmly-lit bar with the sounds of DJ Dailight, and is hosted by Tokyo’s own international burlesque sensation Cherry Typhoon.

DR. SKETCHY'S ANTI-ART SCHOOL, TOKYO: JAPANESE BURLESQUE DANCER CHERRY TYPHOON. LIVE ALT MODELS FIGURE DRAWING, JAPAN. pole dancers, burlesque Performance, drinking, drawing in tokyo, art classes in shibuya, live figure drawing

At the last Dr. Sketchy’s, the self-proclaimed “chubby-tiny-dynamo” Cherry Typhoon looked to themes of rain and candy (which are both pronounced “ame” in Japanese) to create a surprisingly sexy frog outfit, and a sweet pâtissier’s apron with cake-hat. She performed her trademark striptease, inspired by traditional Japanese fan-dance, and the crowd drew her voluptuous figure in action.

DR. SKETCHY'S ANTI-ART SCHOOL, TOKYO: JAPANESE BURLESQUE DANCER CHERRY TYPHOON. LIVE ALT MODELS FIGURE DRAWING, JAPAN. pole dancers, burlesque Performance, drinking, drawing in tokyo, art classes in shibuya, live figure drawing

The event was also a launching point for Cherry Typhoon’s world tour. From June onward, the Typhoon will be making her way across America, Canada, Europe, and Asia — so make sure to follow her antics on her home page and Twitter. She might be coming to your town!

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Tokyo friends, my cupcake battle frien-emy (friend-enemy) Cotton Bale is this month’s model! “A Southern belle with a severe case of gender dysphoria, Cotton Bale exposes gender for a glamorous hoax.” So bring your sketchpad and make your way to this month’s anti-art event to draw her sassy pout.

Dr. Sketchy’s Tokyo.
When: Weds, June 23rd, 19:00-22:00ish
Where: The Pink Cow, Shibuya
Price: ¥2000, including a free drink.

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It was a treat to see Japanese nightlife/subculture photographer Qhoto again at the Osaka Black Veil 10th anniversary ball. Here are some of Qhoto’s photos from the event (my full report is here).

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DJ Taiki emailed me, telling me he uploaded a video of Black Veil. Remember the debacle over YouTube arbitrarily removing my video? Well, Taiki’s video shows frontal nudity, fetish whipping: basically the same thing as mine. But YouTube hasn’t taken his down. Yet. Hmm…

Have you ever been to a Dr. Sketchy’s event? What did you think of the experience?

Japanese Word of the Day: Active = Kappatsu (na)
Song of the Day: KISS – I was made for loving you. (Been listening to this KISS playlist as I work. 1970s glam metal yeahhhhh!)

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38 Comments

  1. Posted June 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    love it X3l

    • Posted June 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

      Tokyo burlesque scene is very exciting!

  2. Posted June 20, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    We love your blog.

  3. Posted June 20, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    awesome~!

  4. Posted June 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Sorry but…….you can say I've been lost in life but in all honesty I have never even heard of Dr. Sketchy. …NEVER. But now I'm pretty damn interested.

    It's been so long since I actually got the time to sit down and draw something. Heck I don't even doodle during class (never have really…). It's strange…as far as art goes…I went from drawing, to playing the guitar, to composing, and now film-making. But I'm starting to notice that film-making is going to require composing, playing music, and drawing – so it's all good, but just not as intense.

    Oh and as far as Taiki san's video…the reason it's not taken down (I'm not saying that it should taken down…censorship sucks ass -_-) is probably because he's only uploaded about 8 videos. While you have uploaded somewhere around 60 videos which are “extreme” according to the YouTube “regulators.”

    So they just have you on the blacklist and not Taiki san……………………………………………………………………yet but let's pray to the Gods and Goddesses – NEVER.

  5. Posted June 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    I wanted badly to attend that Dr Sketchy’s in Tokyo but wasn’t able to… but they have locations everywhere. I think it’s a great idea and a fun social environment — I’d go!

  6. Posted June 20, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    i’ve been to the new york sketchy’s! great!!

  7. Posted June 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    love it X3l

  8. Posted June 20, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    We love your blog.

  9. Posted June 20, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    awesome~!

  10. Posted June 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    I wanted badly to attend that Dr Sketchy's in Tokyo but wasn't able to… but they have locations everywhere. I think it's a great idea and a fun social environment — I'd go!

  11. Posted June 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    I wanted badly to attend that Dr Sketchy's in Tokyo but wasn't able to… but they have locations everywhere. I think it's a great idea and a fun social environment — I'd go!

  12. Posted June 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Tokyo burlesque scene is very exciting!

  13. Posted June 21, 2010 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    I LOVE drawing…& goin 2 that type of scene with a sketchpad in hand sounds great!

    • Posted June 21, 2010 at 3:10 am | Permalink

      I know! I want to try it one day.

  14. Posted June 21, 2010 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    I love how she did the frog’s head with her wig, so creative and fun!
    I guess it might be fun to dress that way and sing Robert Charlevoix’s classic “You’re a frog, I’m a frog, kiss me *chu, chu* and I’ll turn into a prince, suddently!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=197q4P2ud3U

    • Posted June 21, 2010 at 3:10 am | Permalink

      Ahaha! Chu Chu!! <3

  15. Posted June 21, 2010 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    Um, more wacky than sexy, that frog. I prefer the people in Qhotos photos – amazing! The guy in the stripes with the tophat is cool – is that King? Love the girl with the high undercut too, and the half face mask with the spikes and the eyeballs – too much eye candy!!

    • Posted June 21, 2010 at 3:10 am | Permalink

      Have you been to Black Veil? Or Osaka at all? I can’t remember… it was nice to see Dark Marchen and other familiar faces from Tokyo there!

      Yep, you got it — King was there. Wish you were!

      • Posted June 21, 2010 at 6:55 am | Permalink

        Yep, was in Osaka in March 09 and hit all the goth shops (bought a cool Kikirara/Dangerous Nude corset). Alas it was mi-week and no clubs on, but we did drop in and say hi to Taiki :)

        • Posted June 21, 2010 at 6:56 am | Permalink

          but OH! would love to see Dark Marchen again!

  16. Posted June 20, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    i've been to the new york sketchy's! great!!

  17. Posted June 21, 2010 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    I LOVE drawing…& goin 2 that type of scene with a sketchpad in hand sounds great!

  18. Posted June 21, 2010 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    I love how she did the frog's head with her wig, so creative and fun!
    I guess it might be fun to dress that way and sing Robert Charlevoix's classic “You're a frog, I'm a frog, kiss me *chu, chu* and I'll turn into a prince, suddently!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=197q4P2ud3U

  19. Posted June 21, 2010 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    Um, more wacky than sexy, that frog. I prefer the people in Qhotos photos – amazing! The guy in the stripes with the tophat is cool – is that King? Love the girl with the high undercut too, and the half face mask with the spikes and the eyeballs – too much eye candy!!

  20. Posted June 21, 2010 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    Have you been to Black Veil? Or Osaka at all? I can't remember… it was nice to see Dark Marchen and other familiar faces from Tokyo there!

    Yep, you got it — King was there. Wish you were!

  21. Posted June 21, 2010 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    I know! I want to try it one day.

  22. Posted June 21, 2010 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    Ahaha! Chu Chu!! <3

  23. Posted June 21, 2010 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Yep, was in Osaka in March 09 and hit all the goth shops (bought a cool Kikirara/Dangerous Nude corset). Alas it was mi-week and no clubs on, but we did drop in and say hi to Taiki :)

  24. Posted June 21, 2010 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    but OH! would love to see Dark Marchen again!

  25. Posted June 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    I love this diabolismo!

  26. Posted June 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    I love this diabolismo!

  27. Posted June 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Muahaha! :)

  28. Posted June 22, 2010 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    I am hoping to do some Dr Sketchy drawing at the end of August when I arrive from New Zealand with a collection of my robot sculptures.
    http://www.vimeo.com/12179447
    Can you recommend a trendy shop/art gallery to approach as a stockist for me?
    Cheers
    Martin Horspool
    info@buggyrobot.com

  29. Posted June 22, 2010 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    I am hoping to do some Dr Sketchy drawing at the end of August when I arrive from New Zealand with a collection of my robot sculptures.
    http://www.vimeo.com/12179447
    Can you recommend a trendy shop/art gallery to approach as a stockist for me?
    Cheers
    Martin Horspool
    info@buggyrobot.com

  30. Posted June 23, 2010 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    gorgeous gals. i love the outfits and costumes.

  31. Posted June 23, 2010 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    gorgeous gals. i love the outfits and costumes.

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