Shoot the Arrow: A Portrait of The World Famous *BOB*

The World Famous *BOB* is a female burlesque dancer who was a central part of the neo-burlesque movement that began in New York City in the 1990s. Raised on an isolated, 115-acre farm in the California Valley, she renamed herself "Bob" after Robert Smith of The Cure when she was a teenager, and was later crowned "The World Famous *BOB*" (now her legal name) by her drag mother Jackie Beat when she performed in her first Wigstock. Born female, she longed to be a drag queen from a young age, which led to years of searching for her true gender identity, drug abuse, hustling, and alienation from family. A self-described "female-female spiritual transsexual," this intense, often painful personal journey eventually drew her to burlesque, which allowed her to embrace her femininity for the first time. Shoot the Arrow: A Portrait of The World Famous *BOB* documents striving, enduring, and dreaming through the lens of this extraordinary woman living in Brooklyn from 2002 to 2007. 

Shoot the Arrow: A Portrait of The World Famous *BOB* was published by Un-Gyve Press (Boston) in 2013.

Marquee Night Club, Chelsea

Marquee Night Club, Chelsea

With Pete

With Pete

Circus Sideshow Dressing Room, Coney Island 

Circus Sideshow Dressing Room, Coney Island 

Mike's Apartment, Bed-Stuy, No. 1

Mike's Apartment, Bed-Stuy, No. 1

2am, No. 1

2am, No. 1

Winter Morning

Winter Morning

Film Shoot, Chinatown, No. 1

Film Shoot, Chinatown, No. 1

Leaving Home

Leaving Home

Dollhaus Gallery Basement, Williamsburg

Dollhaus Gallery Basement, Williamsburg

Backstage at Galapagos Art Space, Williamsburg

Backstage at Galapagos Art Space, Williamsburg

Shoot the Arrow

Shoot the Arrow