Many of you may have already heard the name Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School before. For those of you who are less familiar with it, Dr. Sketchy’s is an alternative art movement that brings together artists of every level with underground performers. It’s an atmosphere where everyone from beginners to professional artists can relax while being given the opportunity to see models that range from burlesque dancers to suspension artists and everything in between.


Dr. Sketchy’s was founded in 2005 in Brooklyn, New York. It has since spread to over 100 cities around the world, including Skindependent Suspension’s hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand. In these wonderful photographs taken by Paige Turner, Eden and James came together to pose for the artists attending one of these events. The two had discussed doing a throat pull for quite some time, and when they found the space wasn’t well suited for suspending, they jumped on the opportunity to go for it.


Even for those who suspend regularly, the chance to share an experience like this with someone close to you can be such a fantastic feeling. Talking to both of these guys, it is clear that they are great friends who care about one another very much. I would like to thank them both for sharing these pictures and their experience with us; more photos from their pull are available through Skindependent Suspension’s gallery on Facebook.

To find a chapter of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School near you or to learn more about it, please visit their website.

If you have photographs you would like to see on Hook Life, please submit them to Southtownbaby@suspension.org