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A SFW recap of Mr. Skin's 15th anniversary party

August 25, 2014

By Luis Gomez, Chicago Tribune



Aug. 25--There were servers walking around the 15th anniversary party for Mrskin.com Friday at the Chop Shop in Wicker Park with trays of mini-cupcakes. My friend grabbed one with vanilla frosting and I grabbed one with chocolate frosting. Right when I was about to eat the under sized dessert in one bite, my friend pointed out a detail I had completely missed: The frosting was in the shape of a pair of breasts.

The Not-Safe-For-Work Mr. Skin has dedicated itself to female celebrity nudity since Chicagoan Jim McBride launched the website in 1999. The erotic cupcakes seemed appropriate given the host. And besides, they fit right in at a party covered by the Naked News crew and featuring appearances by porn stars Ron Jeremy and James Deen.

Upon entering the rented out Chop Shop, guests posed for photos on the red carpet with topless, body-painted models. Guests then made their way toward the main room, where they were treated to performances by aerialists and later a pole dancer as Mr. Skin's "150 Greatest Celebrity Nude Scenes of All Time" countdown played in the background (Scarlett Johansson's nude scene in "Under the Skin" was No. 1, in case you're wondering).

Hip-hop cover band Too White Crew also performed and made time for a booty shaking contest, much to the delight of Ronnie Mund (aka Ronnie the Limo Driver from the "Howard Stern Show"), who appointed himself the competition's co-host and was in full Spring break mode. There were women wearing bee hive wigs gliding around the party on roller skates, for no apparent reason. And the upstairs patio featured a Wiener Circle station with grilled burgers and hot dogs served by Wiener Circle employees, sans-their trademark sass.

The whole thing reminded me of the great parties that took place in Chicago years ago before the economy really took a toll on budgets. Some of those parties are no more and many of the ones that are still around are more budget friendly versions of what they used to be -- and understandably so. Apparently Mr. Skin hasn't been hurt by the economy. The invite for the event claimed the website was coming off of its best year yet and, according to McBride's interview with the Daily Beast, this year is going better than the last.

"I don't know if Mr. Skin is going to be around 15 years from now," McBride said Friday during a toast. "I don't know where I'm going to be 15 years from now. The only thing I can say with 100 percent certainty is that they're not taking nudity out of movies and TV any time soon. Here's to 15 more skin-tastic years."

I briefly met McBride at Mr. Skin's 10th anniversary party at Roof at the Wit hotel in 2009. I quizzed him about celebrity nudity back then (I threw out the name Vivica A. Fox, he correctly responded "Booty Call"), so on Friday I had my friend test him so that he could see the man in action for himself.

"Jessica Biel..." my friend told McBride, to which he confidently replied "Powder Blue." He then told us the exact time in the movie where Biel's nude scene took place, which neither of us could confirm because the only person who would know that sort of thing is, well, Mr. Skin.

lgomez@tribune.com -- Twitter @TribLuis -- Facebook @TribLuis -- Instagram @TribLuis

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