Opium War Era Empress at the Sluggo! Ball
I ended up making an opium pipe out of a bamboo flute and a small perfume bottle that I got from my very wholesome and spiritual sound friend Lisa...which is why i felt funny using it. However, it came out perfectly convincing. The idea was the look like the drugged out Empress Wan from The Last Emperor. My coworker, George, suggested a Mogwai doll (in reference to the opium addict from Gremlins) and that was pure genius in my opinion.
I love how the Asian men in the background really add to the ambiance.
As the night progressed, I accumulated another "prop." Sheldon handed me a wad of cash for the merch booth, which T and I were working that night.
So, I called it "drug money."
BTW, the green room at Emos is actually green. Some rock star of days gone by decided to write this lovely phrase on the wall:
Speaking of Sheldon (the lead for Lucid Dementia) this is what he and Byron (guitarist) look like prior to makeup:
This is after the transformation:
I took a lot of photos that night of the various bands. Here are a few of my faves...
Holly from Lucid Dementia:
Another great one of Byron:
Sky from Hipnautica:
Nik (bassist for Lucid Dementia):
Another one of Sheldon:
Luci with Holly and Byron:
The only photo I have of the drummer, AzilX is with the whole band. She's the 3rd one from the right:
Let's not forget some of the costumes as well. By far the best had to be the aging roller derby gal:
I love this on of T with Sky, from Hipnautica
The amazing thing though was that T won for "Most Demented!" It did not cross out minds how tasteless it would be for him to show up as a bloody surgeon to a benefit ball which was set up to raise money for Nick West's (founder of Sluggo!) medical bills. Yikes! Still, I'm proud of the darlin hubby. He beat out a bunch of elaborate costumes:
The prize was a bonafide copy of Sluggo! Magazine:
The makeup gal went as a Poppel. Remember those? The guys she's with is one of the tabla drummers for Hipnautica.
Dirty old ladies:
Even though it's blurry, I really like this one of Sheldon walking around before the show started:
Anyway, a BUNCH of photos and some of the best concert pics I've done in a while: