The self-proclaimed party of the year did not disappoint — Skinful 2009 was every bit as overwhelmingly fun as we expected it to be. Driving out to the Navy Yard at Noisette, you could already see the beginnings of the madness, as vans filled with costumed folks nodded and waved in recognition of the shared night ahead. Once inside the warehouse, the party’s sheer size hit home — thousands of people filled the expansive space (2,500 was organizer Liz King’s estimate). The spacious warehouse provided plenty of room for everyone to move around, but the crowd was still massive — you might run into people you hadn’t seen in years, but never even see your friends you knew were there.
Most people crowded around the main stage blasting fusion funk, while others danced in the black light room, took in the sideshows, cooled off outside, or had fun on the jump castles and mechanical bull. The VIP rooms were packed to the gills as well, though some seemed to think that area was a little more of a disappointment. Laid out like a steamy college house party, the area boasted a personal DJ, a spread of southern-style food, and several bars — which started running out of alcohol and even water within a couple of hours. Hopefully that speedbump didn’t ruin anyone’s night.
Checking out everyone’s costume was my favorite part of the night — we spotted everyone from Balloon Boy to Max from Where the Wild Things Are (at least four of them, in fact) to Nurse Betty the Butt Plugger. There were slutty costumes, funny ones, scary ones, and non-costumes, too. (Seriously, you wore a polo and jeans to Skinful? Lame.) And for the record, we didn't see any naked people ... unless you count painted girls or guys in butt floss.
If you got tired of looking at costumes, there was even more to see — glass walkers, dancers, hoopers, circus performers, and pounding music. All of this excitement resulted in a blurry sensory overload that probably would have felt the same even without all the booze. This old fogey left at 3, but we hear people were partying till 5 a.m. Thankfully we’ve all got a week to recover before Halloween.
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