Saturday Night, July 17th, 2010.Â A balmly summer’s night.Â Day 2 of Artscape 2010.Â But most importantly, the date of Super Art Fight 7.
Our return to The Metro Gallery for a full event for the first time since Super Art Fight 5 last fall, the evening featured four intense bouts in front of a brand new crowd.Â It was a night to remember, as Jamie Baldwin notched the first successful victory on her championship belt, Chris Impink gained a surprise victory, Michael Bracco and Bryan Prindiville went toe to toe in a tightly contested bout, and Chelsea Grose earned a perfect 2-0 record.
Hosted by Ross Nover and Marty Day, with DJing by DJ Sheephead and musical interludes provided by Goodbye New Plans, here are the full details of what went down.
Bout 1: Chelsea Grose (2-0) defeated Kelsey Wailes (2-2).
With the starting topic of “SPACE”, these two SAF rookies battled tooth and nail in an Art Fight that saw Space Hippos, flying poop and a giant hammer appear.Â Tightly contested the whole bout, Chelsea Grose narrowly snagged the victory out of Kelsey’s hands, giving “Grose Misconduct” a perfect 2-0 record.Â Not a bad start for a rookie!
Bout 2: Chris “Impact” Impink (2-4) defeated Jami “Angry Zen Master” Noguchi (1-4).
A much anticipated battle between two SAF veterans, this clash quickly enforced the 21+ rule of the evening, with Noguchi drawing many a phallic object on the Art Fight canvas.Â But perhaps it was too much, as after a bout where it seemed Noguchi had it in the bag, Impink grabbed the audiences love and appreciation in the oh-so-crucial voting stage, giving “Impact” a much needed +1 on his record.
Bout 3: Michael “Spaghetti Kiss” Bracco (5-2) defeated Bryan “Silent But Violent” Prindiville (0-3).
It was Bryan Prindiville’s first one-on-one bout, and honestly, he couldn’t have had a harder opponent in former SAF Champion Michael Bracco.Â Prindiville did his best to hold court and stand at the same level of an SAF veteran like Bracco, but at the end of the bout, Bracco (and his horrifying art) held the audiences favor, giving Bracco an unheard of 5-2 record.
Bout 4: Jamie “Brawlin'” Baldwin (4-2) succesfully defended her Super Art Fight Championship against Nick “Ghostfreehood” Borkowicz (2-5).
Six months in the making, this match lived up to the hype.Â Both competitors stepped up the psychological warfare with full costumes, both ready for the war that would ensue. They threw each other off the stage, dived off the stage, the battle going both on the canvas and off, and despite an extremely close audience reaction, the official decision was made – the Metro Gallery continues to smile on champions, and Jamie Baldwin now had her first successful defense.
So where do we go from here?
Super Art Fight officials are aiming at a fall date for Super Art Fight 8. The date and location is still to be determined, but we do aim to keep the numbered events within our home town of Baltimore.Â As for Jamie Baldwin’s next challenger?Â Coming out of SAF7, the victors were Michael Bracco, Chris Impink and Chelsea Grose, with Michael Bracco having the best record of the 3.Â Could we see a Bracco/Baldwin rematch at SAF8?Â Only time will tell. Stay tuned!
Coming later this week: Post Match Interviews with ALL of the evening’s competitors!