Burlesque is back—with a twist.
This fall, INKED magazine has paired up with SuicideGirls to present a two-month, 46-city tour of dancing, preening, alt-pinup beauties. It’s called INKED Magazine Presents the SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque Tour—and we promise it’ll blow your mind. Here, Bambu Jessica, a tattooed SuicideGirl with a starring role in the traveling show, offers you a taste of what’s in store.
INKED: As a girl in the spotlight, are you more particular than most women when it comes to the quality of tattoos that go on your body?
BAMBU JESSICA: Oh my goodness, yes! There were moments in the past when I didn’t care who tattooed me—I just wanted ink that instant. I couldn’t wait and didn’t care! I’ve gotten those “oops” tats covered and now I am very selective. I’ll only use great artists and good concepts. I realized that sometimes a quick bargain is usually more expensive in the long run—because you then have to cover it up with the world’s biggest flower.
Who’s been working on you?
Jay Ohh at Red Handed Tattoo Gallery in Las Vegas is fixing up my rib ink and starting my leg work. He has done both of my hands.
What drew you to burlesque dancing?
I’ve been dancing since I took my first steps. It’s a platform to give and get a lot of love, to open people’s minds, and make them feel something. I am really into making women feel empowered and beautiful. I love burlesque because I feel beautiful while making women feel sexy and turning on the dudes in the audience.
What’s the difference between go-go dancing and burlesque?
Burlesque is very chic and has less booty-shaking sweatiness. In burlesque you bring the fire and attitude in your eyes. It’s a proactive but classy tease.
If pinup star Bettie Page were alive today, do you think she would be a tattooed SuicideGirl?
I definitely think she would be a badass SuicideGirl covered in leopard print and pinup-style tattoos.
What can we expect from the tour?
We keep some elements of old-school burlesque but with a new-school twist. We’ve also added in pop culture references like Game of Thrones, The Big Lebowski, and Pulp Fiction. Plus, there’s music of all genres, fierce choreography, and so much more! Adding in that SuicideGirls sex appeal takes burlesque to a whole new level.
For more information on the INKED Magazine Presents the SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque Tour, please visit: http://blackheartburlesque.com/