Sink the Pink are an eccentric high-kicking, can-canning London-based collective made up of DJs, dancers and drag-queen divas. They’ve mastered the club night thing and now they’re here to give you buns of steel and washboard abs.
S.T.P. firmly believe that dressing-up and commemorating the ridiculous is the most effective, if not the only way of letting down one’s high-top weave after a busy day at work! The “straight-friendly-gay-disco” vibe they offer promises to combine everyone’s favourite elements; a debauched night on the town with the essential ingredients from any good house party. The result? “A fun, safe, accepting movement of peace, love and dancing where all of our friends are welcome.” i-D online caught up with the Sink the Pink crew to find out what’s currently going down in their neck of the woods and how they’re going all Mr Motivator on us.
Who are Sink the Pink and what do you stand for? We’re a community of fun and frisky folk who LOVE to dance and be merry. We believe in celebrating the ridiculous and that small peace will lead to big peace. Sink The Pink’s Mum and Dad are Amy and Glyn, best friends, co-presenters and dance partners. They’re a modern day Eddie and Pats!
How and when did the collective first get together? Three years ago we were sat drinking Pimms in the park, moaning that there weren’t any clubs we liked, so we decided to start our own. We listed all the things we love from a night out and combined it with our loves from a good house party. With that, Sink The Pink was born. Over the years we have gathered a gang of merry freaks, they tell their friends and word of mouth over time has created a strong cult following. The intention is the same as it ever was, come leave your week at the door, get in some ridiculous clothes and make up and then lose yourself on the dance floor. Our slogan is ‘the ultimate house party experience and everyone’s invited’; we want everyone to be able to feel like it’s their best friend’s house party! A good ol’ fashioned shoes off, knees-up!
What are your creative influences? Trannies, Jill Tyrell from Nighty Night, Kath & Kim, Absolutely Fabulous, Beyonce, Timmy Mallet, Su Pollard, Xanadu, Gaga, Showgirls. The trashier the icon, the more we adore.
Where can we catch you all in action? Monthly at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club and Bi-monthly at Dalston Superstore. We also do most of the UK festivals including Glastonbury and Lovebox with the NYC Downlow and we are leading the fancy dress parade on a float at this year’s Bestival. Our weekly dance classes start tonight at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. Come get in some lycra and take part in the most entertaining dance class in London. Then it’s onto shandies, nuts and a dance-based film. First week: Dirty Dancing! Come join the revolution.
Starting this evening, The Sink the Pink Dance Class takes place every Tuesday from August 16th at The Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. Entry £10, including the dance-based flick.
Text: Michael Stephens