I’m a big believer in serendipity. Things happen when and where for a reason. Though truth be told, you can find meaning in anything if you’re looking hard enough. Fortune cookie anyone?
Irregardless, I found myself wrapping up this book project in the same place I unknowingly started it: Seattle. The other common denominator was Brandy Rettig (below), aka Rettig To Rumble aka Fangirl aka The Yellow Dragon. (I can only imagine the FBI file on this woman.)
For the record, this was billed as: World Extreme Pencil Fighting Championships WXPFL VIII: Hard Wood. “The Schoolyard Sport of Pencil Fighting goes Pro! Pencil vs. Pencil Until Somebody Breaks!”
The Rendezvous is a perfect venue for Extreme Pencil Fighting, modest but intimate, with roving waitresses taking orders for cheap beer. EVERYONE was into this night, which really was Pro Wrestling Bravado meets Pencil-Packing,Trouble-Making 3rd Graders with A.D.D. on crack.
Some lucky fans got to go onstage and battle the pros, Ticonderoga à Ticonderoga. This woman, above, dominated much of the field.
Yo, get her a costume and enforcer alias tout de suite!
As with the RCRG, I was able to infiltrate the backstage scene and make some fun photos. Apparently, The Yellow Dragon has pull.
I saw some familiar faces from derby competing with pencil fighting. Apparently, I’m not the only one who loves WEIRD SPORTS.
Why do I foresee a day when traditional sports will be looked upon as weird?
The current final book edit has 69 images, dude. Two are from Derby. And two are from Pencil Fighting.
Why does that feel so right?