Suicide Girls: Back to burlesque

Suicide Girls

This has been a banner year for the Suicide Girls, the popular squad of tattooed and pierced women who pose nude on their adults-only website, SuicideGirls.com. This year, they redesigned their website of pinup photos, blogs and camaraderie, and released a coffee-table book titled "Hard Girls, Soft Light."

They do burlesque, too: On Thursday night, a quintet of Suicide Girls will deliver their just-revived Blackheart Burlesque Tour to Fort Lauderdale's Culture Room. Company co-founder Missy Suicide says the website's geekiest admirers — "not just male, but female," she insists — should appreciate the tour's sassy striptease.

"You know how most burlesque is feather boas, old-timey music? We were the first company that really put on a large-scale show with modern, pop culture references," Suicide says with a laugh. "The show is a lot of hardcore dancing, very choreographed, very sexy and set to a great soundtrack. This whole website started when I just took pictures of my own friends, who aren't waifish models like Kate Moss or Pamela Anderson, but they're still the most beautiful girls in the world."

Suicide, who traded a "horrible corporate gig" in Seattle to found the Suicide Girls in 2001, says she created an earlier incarnation of the burlesque show in 2003 that toured for five years. At its height, the tour opened for Guns 'n' Roses and Courtney Love at festivals in Europe and Canada, In performances, the Suicide Girls parade in costumes and strip down to panties and pasties — a bit shy of the full monty they present online.


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"We once did a 'Reservoir Dogs' sketch involving the 'Stuck in the Middle With You' scene when Mr. Blonde cuts off that guy's ear," Suicide recalls. "It was surprisingly sexy."

She says she solicited movie and TV show ideas from the brand's 5.7 million Facebook fans and 200,000-plus Twitter followers. They will lampoon, seductively, "Planet of the Apes," "Game of Thrones," "Star Wars," "Kill Bill" and "The Big Lebowski."

If it's hard to imagine what is alluring about the Dude in a Cowichan sweater, or someone grunting in an ape costume, Suicide can provide an explanation.

"It's just so much fun and sexy and silly awesome," she says. "My favorite one is 'Planet of the Apes.' They just start in ape costumes and go silver bikinis and gorilla masks, 1960s space helmets."

The Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque Tour will take place 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $20. Call 954-564-1074 or go to CultureRoom.net.