Friday April 24, 2015

By Abby Hutmacher

Event Recap: Hack-A-Bong Competition 420 Culture

One of the many perks of writing for Colorado Pot Guide is the opportunity to attend exciting 420-themed events in and around Denver. This last Saturday, that included an invitation to the first-ever Hack-A-Bong and 420-themed burlesque show hosted by Lusty Kitten Productions.

Spy Kitten originally had the idea of hosting a hack-a-bong competition after talking with some friends about hack-a-thons. She bounced the idea off of her co-producer, Mae Lust, and then contacted the owner of LaMark 15 who agreed to help. Lusty Kitten's Hack-A-Bong and Burlesque show occurred on April 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm.

The event featured a table full of trinkets, goodies, gadgets and hardware that participants could use to make their own bong or smoking apparatus. Participants could choose from items on the table (or use their own) to create their best DIY stoner contraption to win prizes -- and, of course, bragging rights.

By the time I arrived, there were already a number of teams finished or nearly finished with their pieces. Though I admit I'm bummed that I didn't give myself enough time to make one, those who did give themselves enough time to make a pipe left that night with more than a new piece; they left with a whole new look at Colorado culture.

Prizes were awarded following the evening's entertainment, a lusty little treat featuring acts by Kali Kat, Buck Master Flex, Nadia Lotte, and, of course, Spy Kitten herself. There was music by Danna and even a sing-along portion of the evening hosted by Kenny Swaggar, which I would have sworn only happened in the movies until now. Nevertheless, we all knew the words to "Smoke Two Joints" by Sublime and thus sang along in celebration of the 420 holiday.

At the close of the evening, winners were awarded prizes like cannabis-infused massages, gift certificates or pipe pouches. An apple-turned-hookah, which won "audience choice", took the cake -- or pie, maybe?

There were some other cool contraptions there, too, including a pipe made out of Starburst candies and another out of a bird feeder, but my favorite part -- a toy bunny rabbit -- didn't make it into any bong apparatus! Fortunately, Spy Kitten told me she'd try to bring it back next year, along with a more focused theme and potentially shorter competition time. She also hopes to include more vendors, artists and sponsors in next year's competition.

Have you ever looked at an apple or kid's meal toy and thought That would make a great bong? Well, if so then the Hack-A-Bong competition and burlesque show is right up your alley. Featuring a slew of goodies and gadgets to create smokable masterpieces, plus a number of sexually-charged 420 scenarios played out right in front of you; this Lusty Kitten production is sure leave you satisfied!

Would you enter a hack-a-bong competition? Tell us about what you would create.

Abby Hutmacher Abby Hutmacher

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