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Messy Fun with the Suicide Girls

An Interview with Missy Suicide

The Suicide Girls are more than modern day website babes that flash a lot of skin with ink and piercings. In just five years, the brand has morphed from a small website based in Portland, Oregon, to a multi-national company that, in addition to promoting a sexy punk rock ethos, pushes clothes, books, DVDs and CDs. The racy Suicide Girls dance troupe visits San Francisco at The Independent for two nights, starting Sept. 14.

Suicide Girls founder Missy Suicide spoke with SF Station during a phone interview from her Los Angeles office.

SF Station (SFS): What are you up to now?

Missy: Iím about to go do a costume fitting for the TV show "CSI".

SFS: Are the Suicide Girls involved with that?

Missy: Yeah. There is going to be an episode that airs in October that has to do with the Suicide Girls.

SFS: Do a lot of girls who want to be Suicide Girls contact you?

Missy: There are probably 1,000 girls that apply every few days. We have Suicide Girls from all around the world. There are 1,200 on the site right now from every continent including Antarctica.

SFS: What should a potential Suicide Girlís resume look like?

Missy: They should be confident and comfortable with themselves and their bodies. They should have a unique take on the world and they shouldnít be afraid to show who they really are. They normally have some piercing or tattoos, but it is not a requirement.

SFS: What goes on at a Suicide Girls show?

Missy: The girls do everything from hula hooping and contortion to ballet. Itís a very fun show. Itís kind of like neo-burlesque, but it incorporates modern music and certain modern movements, too. Itís kind of a new take on the old fashion burlesque. There is also humor injected into and, of course, sexiness.

We do a little bit of messiness. If you are standing in the front row be prepared to get a little messy.

SFS: Should they bring a poncho or raincoat?

Missy Yeah, or just stand a few rows back if you have your finest on.

SFS: Does the crowd usually have more men or women?

Missy: Itís usually is about half-and-half, but the girls tend to get more into the show then the guys. The girls tend to get a little more riled up.

SFS: You are starting the tour in San Francisco. Is there a specific reason for that or is it just for logistics?

Missy: We love San Francisco. Itís the place where we started most of the tours. San Francisco is a great city. We have a lot of members there, a lot of support and a big fan base there, so itís always a fun place to start the show.

SFS: Has the tour run into any resistance in any of the communities it has visited?

Missy: On the first tour there was a small town in Texas that took issue with everything, but I think that was it.

SFS: Suicide Girls has expanded pretty quickly since it was created five years ago. Did you think things would progress this fast when you first started the site?

Missy: Honestly, when we first started, I didnít think it would be this popular at all. It was pretty hard to conceive of a brand that would be so successful that would resonate so strongly with people.

The coolest part for me is there are people that met on the site that have gotten married and girls e-mail me and tell me they feel more beautiful because of the girlsí strength and confidence on the site.


The Suicide Girls
at The Independent
Sept 14 & Sept 15
tickets, $17
doors, 7:30 pm; show, 8 pm