BHOF 2009: Introducing the Sexiest Bowling Tournament ever to Take Place in the History of Mankind. Seriously.

I could attempt to recall this illegally sensuous event with some serious journalism, but the fantastic photos just say it all, and more!

I had no idea when we arrived (an hour and a half) early, just how many people might turn up for the 1st Annual Barecats Invitational Bowling Tournament; described as an ‘equal parts dance/dress-up party and actual tournament play’. Neither did I accurately anticipate just how seriously this tournament would be taken – at least in terms of immaculately co-ordinated team costume!

I know it’s so awful to say this – but you really HAD to be there to understand just how silly, funny, sexy and surreal this tournament was…

Fans, enthusiasts and newcomers could find themselves lane to lane with some of the most prolific burlesque legends in the world – vintage and current. That was the real magic of it – you could find yourself reaching for the same ball as Dirty Martini, or queuing up at the bar with Michelle L’Amour! The guy who asks you for a quick photo could be Don Spiro! And several vintage legends, including the irrepressible Candy Caramello, were cheering the teams on, and Viva La Fever stepped up to compete with the delicious Devilettes.

Okay, enough said – here are my favourite images from the evening – enjoy!

The Game is On! [Kindly supplied by Jeffrey Millies]
The Game is On! (Kindly supplied by Jeffrey Millies)
The Strikes...
The Strikes... ©Don Spiro
The Gutterballs...     ©Don Spiro
The Gutterballs... ©Don Spiro
Oh yeah - that kinda shy boring team on the end... (Julie Atlas Muz, Michelle Lamour and Dirty Martini)   ©Don Spiro
Oh yeah - that kinda shy boring team on the end... (Julie Atlas Muz, Michelle Lamour and Dirty Martini) ©Don Spiro
Jo (Weldon) and Kitten (On The Keys!) decided to turn up and just look drop dead gorgeous. Success ladies!    ©Don Spiro
Jo (Weldon) and Kitten (On The Keys!) decided to turn up and just look drop dead gorgeous. Success ladies! ©Don Spiro
Oh Michelle - you don't know where it's been! (Dirty has probably already had her tongue around that for starters!)    ©Don Spiro
Oh Michelle - you don't know where it's been! (Dirty has probably already had her tongue around that for starters!) ©Don Spiro
Trixie Little, Hate Monkey, Paco Fish and the Gang (Those buckles are going to catch on. The lycra won't be far, er... behind!)  ©21:CP
Trixie Little, Hate Monkey, Paco Fish and the Gang ©21:CP
The Devilettes strike out...      ©Don Spiro
The Devilettes strike out... ©Don Spiro
The boys can bring it as hard as the girls, baby!  ©Don Spiro
The boys can bring it as hard as the girls, baby! ©Don Spiro
The legends look on... ©Don Spiro
The legends look on... ©Don Spiro
Some pretty unmissable players! ©Don Spiro
Some pretty unmissable players! ©Don Spiro
Melody Mangler (right) and her merry minxes!  ©Don Spiro
Melody Mangler (right) and her merry minxes! ©Don Spiro
Tigger! lines up a strike... ©Don Spiro
Tigger! lines up a strike... ©Don Spiro
And finally - a shout out to these furry-bosomed ladies; limbering up for a hard night's bowling!  (Kindly Supplied by Jeffrey Millies)
And finally - a shout out to these furry-bosomed ladies; limbering up for a hard night's bowling! (Kindly Supplied by Jeffrey Millies)

Holli-Mae Johnson
Holli-Mae Johnson

Burlesque Hall of Fame / Miss Exotic World Judge, 2011 Holli-Mae Johnson is the founder and editor of 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, a pioneering publication created nine years ago to unite, document and celebrate the global burlesque community. Holli is actively involved in the burlesque community on a day to day basis and is privately consulted by performers and producers at every level for promotion, critique, recommendations and encouragement. As a documenter and critic, she has seen countless burlesque and variety performances from across the world and provides an intimate perspective and insight into the lives and careers of burlesque’s greatest pioneers, performers and personalities.

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