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Since I am getting emails from girls asking questions about the strip club on the boat in Kodiak AK, the Wild Alaskan, I decided to write a bit more about it. Who knows, maybe somebody will find it useful.
Back in July I personally met the owner Darren, by chance as he came into the club I work at looking for girls to come out onto his boat. According to what he told me, I was the only girl in the club that particular night that he was interested in dancing on the boat. We chatted for a while, I was still unsure about the whole deal.....he wanted me to come within a few days, so I decided to meet him the following day (a Tuesday) at Kaladi to get a better feeling about the whole deal. After some thought I decided to bring another girl with me to the meeting, to get her input. So we both met up with Darren the following day. He was nice and very enthusiastic, he brought along pictures of the boat and paperwork of licenses and permits. He also told us that his wife Kimberly would be tending the bar, plus another girl on the weekends. There had already been a few online articles written about the boat since they'd had a soft opening (three evenings) a few weeks earlier but after that they ran into some regulatory problems that were fixed at the time me and the other girl met with him.
We asked him many questions, like hours of operation (8-9 pm until 4 am), security (yes), lap dance price ($40 topless strictly no touching), nights open (every), tip out (to staff meaning security, bartender/s, guy driving the other boat to pick up the guests at the dock), amount of tip out (whatever we wanted, I recall he said about $10/person as a suggestion). He also said that us girls would sleep on the boat in our own rooms that would be heated throughout the night, we would have access to a vehicle to use during the day so we could move around on the island, there would be no leaving the boat after work to go and "party" with guys, no guys on board after business hours, we would have a shared bathroom with a shower with enough hot water to go around. He repeatedly mentioned that he wanted to run a classy club "Bush Company style". If you are not familiar with the Bush Company, it's a club in Anchorage and yes I worked there so I had an idea about what he was looking for when he said classy and "Bush Company style". I am all for that. So it all sounded good to me. After about an hour of talking I decided to take the chance and fly out to Kodiak the following day, a Wednesday. My ticket round trip in AK cost me about $780 and that is something you pay yourself, keep that in mind. Initially it was going to be me and two other girls that Darren met at another club in Anchorage called Fantasy on 5th. Two more were scheduled to arrive a few days later (also from Fantasy).
When we finally landed on Kodiak, Darren was waiting for us at the airport. I introduced myself to the other girls with a smile and a handshake. The first impression was not that good, they were standoffish and barely shook my hand and did not say a word, glaring at me. Two Russian girls that happened to be in AK from Miami. Anyhow......We arrived at the boat, it was raining very hard that night and we actually got ready within an hour and were open for business by Midnight or so. That night we all agreed on, together with Darren and Kimberly, that we would also offer nude lap dances for $60/song or two nude in a row for $100 or three topless in a row for $100. Strictly no touching from the guys. That first night ONE guy came on board. So we didn't make any money, I made like $17. So I felt a little bit like.....OMG, I hope things will IMPROVE or I will have to work 30 nights in a row to make some kind of money. And that is not what I had in mind, my plan was to stay a week or so.
Forward to the arrival of the two other girls, one more Russian and one American. I think all girls except one were nice looking/cute. And all of them liked their liquor, A LOT.
Alcohol habits like that take years of practice to develop. They got wasted like every night. And things started spiraling out of control quickly. The classy and "Bush Company style" was in my opinion not happening after the other two arrived. They were drinking, I was not, that created a bit of a "them against me" situation, plus they all knew each other from before. They thought I was a stuck up bitch according to Darren and I thought they were crazy and embarrassing drunks. They were being really pushy with the guys to buy them booze and also getting off from the stage nude, crawling all over the guys sitting at the stage. Not getting dressed when done with stage and hustling guys for dances naked. No. Of course I was the odd one out, sober and sticking to the "classy". Whatever.
Then I noticed Darren lying about stuff. One night he said that two separate groups of guys complained that they got ripped off by us. No. Nobody got ripped off to my knowledge. Therefore we had him put up a sign stating the prices for dances. So there would be no further confusion.



He also said something in the line of that us girls were making all the money and there was nothing left to the bar and the bartender/s. I had guys buy me several drinks (juice) basically every night and the other girls downed shot after shot too. The guys were definitely spending on drinks. The bartender/s cannot expect to make dancer money when they work in a strip club, the focus will be on the dancers (as it should). If you want the focus to be on you, go work in a regular bar. That's just how it is. Or go on stage, get naked and do lap dances and make dancer money.
We also had a problem with people whipping out their phones the first few nights, taking pics and filming us. Yes, I caught a guy filming me on stage and when I confronted him he lied about it. When we brought this PROBLEM up with Darren and security not much was done about it initially. I think that Darren didn't want to step on anybody's toes, keeping the guests happy. So they would rave about how fun they had on the boat, Kodiak is a small place and news spread fast. But taking pics or footage of the dancers is a HUGE no no in every other club I worked in, you will either get kicked out, your camera/cell phone taken from you, some or ALL the pics in your phone deleted (I've seen it all). After a few nights of this we finally had enough and told Darren that we were serious about the no pictures. He finally took us seriously and put up no photos signs. It only took a while......LOL. And that should had never been an issue to begin with.
Then there was a problem with the windows being uncovered, Darren wanted all windows in the club to be uncovered, free advertising perhaps? First of all, it was bright freakin' daylight in the club until about 11 pm (summer time in AK), then I am not really willing to "advertise" that style of entertainment to unsuspecting people passing by, think a family with children that might pass the boat with their boat looking in, getting an eyeful. This is America and some people are rather conservative regarding nudity and no dancer wants to go to Kodiak and get sued for indecent exposure by some person feeling offended. One night Darren tried to remove the curtain from the window directly behind the stage (the only window covered), I told him no way am I going on stage with that window uncovered. He put the curtain back on. The following day I found some information about the laws regarding that. From my understanding businesses with an adult theme need to have the windows covered or blacked out so nobody from the outside can look in at the dancers but Darren only looked at me like I was annoying. This is the window in question (with the black curtain).



Darren also told us that WE were responsible for knowing about the laws regarding dancing in a strip club on Kodiak. US girls. First of all, it wasn't clear to me what the rules were.
Besides the no touching during a lap dance (from the guys). And the no drugs policy. He said the law was different on the boat since it's on water. I think it is HIS responsibility as the owner to know the law and then inform the dancers about it.
I also brought up that the "Bush Company style" that he was aiming for seemed to be a memory. If anything, if he was concerned about any possible legal problems, I advised him to address some issues. To his credit he did lay down the law that evening and said that he wanted things to change. Back to the original idea. And things did change for the better. Good.
I noticed Darren getting very frustrated several times, annoyed with us girls, annoyed with the guys coming on board. He definitely needs to work on his people skills. I could see him brewing a couple of times and I told him that working with a constant rotation of girls takes some patience, sometimes a lot of patience. He also talked bad about the other girls but would happily get drunk with them at night. I'm sure he talked bad about me to them as well. And the three that were there for the soft opening were "bitches, old and ugly". It's not nice to talk about people like that as an employer. Talk about the girls with your wife, not to the other girls. There are many kinks to be worked out with any new business and I'm sure it is very frustrating, I felt bad for him a few times. He had a lot on his plate. I'm sure I would had been annoyed too with stuff if I was in his shoes but you have to keep it professional.
I do have to say that the guys coming on the boat were all super nice and very appreciative of us girls. Nobody made me upset or tried to get away with any funny business, as in touching or not paying for dances. Yes, the money situation improved a lot after that first rainy night. When I was on the boat there was a cap on how many people could be on board at the same time, that included the staff (yes, us dancers too). I can't exactly recall the number of customers now but I think it was 12 total. But don't quote me on that. And to get on the boat they had to pay $20 and to stay on the boat they had to pay $20 per hour or leave and let others come on board. A smaller boat would go out on the hour to pick up more guys (if we had room). We did close early a few nights.
OK.....there were also some slight issues with getting a ride to shore and getting picked up. I clearly stated before my arrival there that I needed to get off the boat once a day to be able to eat and do stuff before work. When you have 5-6 girls with different schedules and wants that need rides to shore and back there will be issues. Of course. But I did go back and forth to shore every day, Darren took us.
When I left I wished I could had stayed a bit longer, overall I enjoyed my time on the boat. Both Darren and Kimberly expressed to me that they wanted me back.
Shortly after I left a girl arrived on the boat that had found out about it by reading my blog (or from another girl reading it). She initially LOVED the place and said guys were giving out $100's like candy and that she wanted to stay for as long as possible. Well, about ten days or so into her stay she (according to her) got pushed by Darren and had to call the police so she could leave the boat. Then a personal friend of mine went out there and had a similar experience, basically she got told (yelled at) to get the fuck off the boat at 4 am because of a tip out dispute. Darren wanted more money from her. The airport does not open until 6am so she sat in a hotel lobby waiting and then took a taxi to the airport. She had no ticket booked that day, obviously due to the unexpected turn of events and had to wait a long time to get a flight out of Kodiak and then wait even longer in Anchorage to get a flight home and it cost a pretty penny too. You can read about what they had to say about their ordeals here
I felt bad for my friend. Darren also lied/made some facts up about something pertaining her, a stupid lie, completely unnecessary.
Since I was on the boat things have changed, there is now a house fee and the club is not open on Mondays and Tuesdays (I heard, don't take my word for it). Personally, when I travel for work I want to work every night to make the most out of the situation. I am not interested in sitting around doing nothing for two nights when I could be working, especially on Kodiak island. New York City sure, I can occupy myself with a plethora of things there but not in a small place. It has also been brought to my attention that Darren has had several complaints filed against him from his prior businesses. These complaints are from "regular' folks, not high strung, spoiled drama queen dancers (as we are often perceived as). The complaints are rather serious (here is an example, "displayed aggressive behavior and language, including profanity, and what some employees perceived as “slander” or threats”.) I do not know of any validity to these complaints since I was not present during the situations, it's online in case you feel you should learn more about this. I definitely did notice that Darren needed to simmer down a few times and I told him that myself. I never had a problem with his wife Kimberly, I thought she was pleasant.
Girls are e mailing me asking if they can make $2000/night at the Wild Alaskan. I don't know. It's the same as with my Williston blogs, I got so many e mails from girls from all over.
Look, maybe you can make $2000/night. I didn't, not even close to it. But that's me and you are you. I definitely think the concept is GREAT, it is unique and they only have one strip club on Kodiak island and people DO have money to spend there and like I said, the guys were very nice. I don't know if they are allowed to bring more guys on board now and I do not know how many girls they employ now either. Since I left I have not been in touch with Darren. I am assuming I am not welcome back there due to the blog (he made some comments about it) and he can probably pick and choose from Playboy Playmates and top models now, so why would he want a crusty, flabby and stuck up bitch like me back? Ha ha. ;-)



It can also have something to do with that two girls that indirectly and directly worked there because of me had some very negative experiences on that boat, so in a way that makes me somewhat "responsible" for them going out there. Oh well.
I thought the boat was clean, nice, safe (I felt safe), I had fun most of the time. I thought sleeping on the boat in my little room was cozy. Here is the dressing room.



If you have a good group of girls there at the same time I'm sure it can be lots of fun, the wrong girls and you might be miserable. In the end, I though that the two initial Russian girls were OK, we warmed up a bit to each other (one had gorgeous eyes, I told her that I thought so a few times). The other two - no. We didn't really click. One was a great dancer on stage and on the pole but a hot mess and the other one just a mess in many ways I thought. I also HEARD that all four girls started living off the boat non working hours because they were fed up with Darren.
In the end it's up to you to decide whether to go to Kodiak and dance or not. I personally like adventures. If Darren works on his approach to people and situations and figures out how to run things more professionally I'm sure it can be a great experience. Everybody will have their OWN experience, just like with everything in life. By now, things SHOULD run smoothly there, wouldn't you think? If not, it's a lawsuit waiting to happen.
Oh, one more thing. A girl told me she heard that the place is a brothel on water.
Absolutely NOT true. First of all, I would NEVER work in a brothel and guys were not allowed to touch during dances. I've seen way more questionable stuff go on in other clubs during dances. Ladies, if you go.....good luck and have lots of fun! And make sure to visit Monk's Rock for the borscht!

Dancers Talk

So......I did say that dancers talk to each other, good AND bad stuff about the clubs we work at. There are plenty of places where we can share and view information besides the dressing room. Here is what two girls that went out to the Wild Alaskan in Kodiak have to say about it. They arrived and worked there after I had already left. I consider one of the girls my friend and the other girl an acquaintance, I have worked with both in the past. I did not have anything close to the experiences they had, although I have some stuff to add myself.
But that will be another blog/s. I have quoted them as they told it (at an online forum for dancers only) except I am using the initials D and K for the owners of the Wild Alaskan instead of writing out the full names.



"My experience on the Wild Alaskan Kodiak was a nightmare. We didn't have power on the boat all the time, made it pretty cold at night when you were trying to sleep in the little cubbies. We only had hot water for maybe two hours in the afternoon. We also did not have the freedom to get on and off the boat. The majority of the windows go uncovered, so when we are open during the day and night not only would everyone be able to see inside the boat, but you would dance in daylight...NUDE...until it got dark. D and K are on drugs. You can see it in their eyes, the way they clench their jaws, and obviously their erratic behavior. D will find little reasons to yell at you about weird and random things, or just make something up. He is a liar. Both would act like assholes then apologize later and act as if everything was completely normal. He also gets off on watching the girls on stage. The Russian girls they had working when I was there, without going into detail, were also a complete nightmare to work with. I think anyone who endures that boat for that long probably has a few screws loose also. Living with other dancers 24 hours a day in close quarters...not ideal. When I left, I was prepared to fight my way out. I was told to get the fuck off the boat, but I couldn't leave until I gave them more money. I could tell D wanted to get physical but held back. I also wouldn't have put it past anyone else to physically harm me. Oh, and let me tell you one of the first things he said to me when I arrived, before I knew he was nuts. "We have a lot of guns on this boat, and we know how to use them. You'll be safe here, everyone in town knows I mean business and won't even think to mess with the boat" Very comforting that this psychopath has access to a lot of guns. I had other plans to explore Alaska when I was there, but that experience messed with my head so much I traveled 36 hours and spent all the money I made to go straight back home. I've walked down the streets of New Orleans at 5am and have been less scared than I was there."

"Hello ladies I wanted to give you an update on the Wild Alaskan. After being on the boat for 2 weeks horrible things are happening. Today I had to call 911 to come and get me off the boat. The owner D has a horrible temper and he put his hands on me and pushed me to the ground. When I told him I was going to call the cops he took my phone and computer away from me and hide them. Bob D's friend got D to calm down then D left to go into town that's when I found my phone and computer that he took from me and I called the cops. The police came in their boat and helped me get my luggage on their boat that is when D returned and tried to take my luggage from the police. When I got to the police station a federal detective interviewed me along with city cops. The city is pressing charges on D for domestic abuse and he is under federal investigation. Ladies it is not safe there after all.

"Hello beautiful ladies, I'm in the process of creating a niche website for the dancer community. The aim of the website is to inform exotic dancers through out the country of dangerous and abusive strip club ownership/management. As traveling dancers are on the rise, we need more information and resources we can refer to, to help us analyze a new club and make an informed decision before we book a flight or drive to our next location.
After having a dangerously terrifying experience with a strip club owner in Kodiak Alaska, I'm taking the responsibility upon myself to create this much needed website. How will the information be gathered? By the dancer community reaching out and sharing anonymous 1st hand, personal, truthful stories of abuse, danger, and unprofessionalism in ownership/management of certain strip clubs across the country."

Stay tuned for more.......

Wild Alaskan Kodiak

Here are some pictures of the actual boat, the Wild Alaskan where I recently worked and stayed. Overall I had a good trip. There were some things that I was not too happy with but nothing major. BUT I know a person that had a very bad experience on that boat. I was not there when all of that transpired so I was not there to witness any of that. I have not said much about my overall impression......yet. I might sit down tomorrow if I have enough time and write a summary. The word about the boat is spreading and again my blog is getting some attention. Not everybody seems to understand what a blog is and they also have a negative view about a blog. For your information, blogging is normal and there are A LOT of blogs out there, shocking - I KNOW! Some people can barely compose an email and spell and only know how to update stuff on their Facebook. I have a blog and I read and research things online that vary from TMZ to Al Jazeera. Now you know.
Dancers will talk about their experiences (good and bad) amongst themselves in the dressing room at work and on any public forum available for these discussions. There are plenty of places online where dancers discuss work related issues, this is no secret. If they don't like something, the word will spread.....trust me. My blog is much more important for me than any club. And freedom of speech is one of the most important freedoms we have. That I will not give up. And if you have been reading my blog for a while, you also know that I write about SO MUCH more than just my job and all the drama that sometimes comes with that.
With that being said, I like Kodiak island. I enjoy traveling and gathering new experiences.
I wish every dancer that goes out to the Wild Alaskan much luck and if you want to ask me any specific questions you can do so in an email. tatianasupernova@yahoo.com















Room

I am not done with my Kodiak adventure here in the blog yet, I still have some more to share with you. Lucky you! Lap it up, I know some of you are so very thirsty to find out every detail you can about my time there (this is directed to all the dancers that read my blog but never have anything to say about it). Hi ladies, continue reading.......! :-D
So all dancers stayed on the boat (when I was there). I did check prices with Best Western out of curiosity, it's rather steep but they are pet friendly. In case I would go back and bring Chhaya, she can't stay on the boat. That staircase is way too steep for a dog her size and then she needs to be able to relieve herself on a regular basis. Housing in Kodiak is pricey in general and they seem to have a shortage of places to stay. Kind of like Williston. The rooms where we slept were small but I had all I needed. Basically a bed, that was very comfortable by the way. Plenty of covers to keep me warm and pillows. And a place to put my stuff. I like sleeping on boats in general, it's cozy with the waves and all. I felt safe on the boat too, never had a moment of feeling scared.



I got a text message from somebody I know saying that a friend of hers is going to work on the boat and would like to know where I kept my money. Well, I kept my money in a lock box that was attached to a rope and a weight, I would drop down my loot into the ocean every night. My money was safe with the fishes. I also made regular deposits into my Swiss bank account, by the assistance of my personal accountant and banker residing in London. I mean what serious business minded dancer does not have an off shore bank account? Although I am considering switching mine over from Switzerland to Qatar.....another great tip from me to you! Some of the girls kept their money permanently attached to their thigh in a garter belt. Not for me. I don't care for that look at work.
Those garter belts (especially the larger frilly kind) remind me of some old cowboy movie with a foul mouthed hooker in a brothel, with a cigarette permanently dangling from her lip, snapping her garter. I only wear a garter belt at work if that is a rule and I absolutely have too. But my money stays in my purse. Some very observant man with a sense of style that was on the boat one evening said that the practice of keeping a wad of money in your garter belt looks tacky, I absolutely agree.
It's also totally outdated. Just like neon green thongs that you hike high over your hips and that too bleached crispy big 80's rocker hairdo. A cute and/or discreet purse is the way to go or keeping the money in your locker (if you have one that you can lock). And do not shlep around a large bag, I see dancers carrying large handbags around. Really now......! What's in there? Your Summer's Eve, a sewing kit, a taser, an extra pair of thongs and some spare shoes?
That large handbag dangling off the arm just looks awful! Reminds me of a scene out of Cops when they zoom in on the working girls on the corner.
Another place you can keep your big bills you earn at the boat is in the toilet tank, nobody will look there. Tatiana knows all the great spots for hiding money. Be grateful and happy I am so willingly sharing my secrets with you. Also popular by dancers for money transactions - PayPal and those Square credit card readers. Another question I am getting and that I know I will be getting now that I am writing about dancing in Kodiak is, how was the money? Well, it was good but not fantastic. I had a few bad nights. I never lie about my income, even if it's shitty. And I never exaggerate my income to boost a low self esteem (not that I have a low self esteem, quite the opposite). My self worth and confidence has nothing to do with the money I make. I did better in Williston (keep in mind that that was over two years ago now) actually but I had to spend more money on getting to Williston from Kenai. So if you live somewhere close to North Dakota it might be better for you economically to go to Williston to try your luck or to some other club/s in the country, there are plenty of spots to choose from. I am keeping in touch with the girls on the boat, so I know about the money. If you expect something amazing, pray for luck and great timing when you are out there. Sometimes that is all it takes, to get lucky. Unless you are a hooker and make your money that way, then you don't need luck. I know girls that still make $ 500 - 800 plus in Vegas several times/week. Because it's Vegas in a busy club.
You don't need luck there, you just need to be motivated and go to work. It also helps if you look good. Or just be one of those dirty dancers (works everywhere) but that does not apply to me, I never resort to those gross practices. I'm way too good for that. Call me a stuck up bitch if you want, I'm used to it. ;-) I'd rather be perceived as a stuck up unattainable bitch (by the people that don't know me) than resort to some of the things I have seen go on in some strip clubs. If I was going to do stuff like that I would be a high class escort making the big bucks. Thank you very much. I am very well aware of my options and my potential.......
One afternoon tanning on the deck. The big boat in the background is the M/V Tustumena ferry that I took from Homer to Kodiak and back a few years ago.



Beautiful view of Kodiak. On a nice day that place is magical.




Unexpected Visit

Yesterday evening we got an unexpected visit from the Coast Guard (yes, I'm on a boat) they barged in clad in full uniform with all kinds of weapons hanging from their belts and one of them even had a machine rifle of some sort out. I think it was like 7 or 8 of them.
Routine check to make sure the vessel had all the appropriate safety regulations on board, like life jackets and stuff like that. Completely normal you know. Plus we all had to show our identifications, I'm glad I'm not an illegal! It would had been deportation time otherwise perhaps. Or not. So that was quite interesting. Just one more interesting experience.
I did get some sun yesterday but not much, planning on laying out on upper deck today because we are having another beautiful day here.





I saw this eagle today on my walk into town. The water here is crystal clear too. Again, Kodiak Island is a gorgeous place!







Random Pics

Just some random pics from the other night at the Wild Alaskan.



I like these lights. I wish I had somebody with me (a co worker dancer friend) that could take the pics for me, there are lots of really cool photo opportunities and I have many ideas but I am limited to selfies and using the 10 second timer function on the selfie machine (cell phone).



Crawling out of my den.






Nice Day

It started out raining today but here I am sitting at Harborside with my latte and it's a nice day out. I will be here a few more days and then go back home to Kenai and enjoy being with Chhaya and maybe go camping next week. Chhaya wants to go canoeing.
I don't really have much to say, feeling a bit tired. I think I am going to go for a walk and enjoy nature for a while before work tonight......recharge my body with fresh air.







Oh.....I just remembered something from last night. There were a few girls sitting around the stage and many times when girls (civilians) sit around the stage in a strip club they want to be funny and put dollar bills behind their ears, in their cleavage and in between their legs and want us to dive in and pluck the dollars off them while their male companions watch.
The fake lesbian "show". Sometimes I participate and other times I am not in the mood.
Well, there were two girls at the stage last night and one of them had her boyfriend next to her. I have to say that they were a really good looking couple, I did my little thing for the girlfriend, she smelled good and was fun. Then they wanted their other friend to be part of the action too......so they put a few dollars in between her legs, she had jeans on. Keep in mind, this is all like a fun and easygoing pretend show. I don't make out with strangers or actually stick my fingers or tongue into any openings. (In case you are confused to how this works.) Well, this girl REEKED down there. It was really bad. How anyone can walk out of the house and go out for the night smelling like that in their crotch area is incomprehensible to me. If I had an odor like that down below I would go and see the doctor. I feel bad for her boyfriend if she has one. Not even Summers Eve would work on that. Besides....if you need to spray yourself down with Summers Eve to mask any odors and keep your crotch stank at bay.....you do need to see the doctor. I have never used Summers Eve or any of those VAGINE deodorants. If it's healthy and clean, it is. Otherwise Planned Parenthood can help you with your intimate issues.





Borscht

I got so happy yesterday when I found a place here that served hot borscht.....not my Moms Polish style barszcz but still beet soup and it was so good that I had two bowls. And the chleb (bread) was good too, that is very important!



Besides that....I'm working. So far so good and that's all I have to say about that for now.



I went on a quick boat trip today.....landmark bridge in the background. Maybe you can guess where I am now?



My new million dollar temporary home and view....



And I need to find a place with WiFi......Safeway connection is unstable, so says my laptop.
I have been blogging through my phone and it's not the same. Now I'm going to see what's on today's menu food wise and later work......starting at 9 pm.