Only in Tampa: Bikini Laser Tag party set for Saturday

Sara Laferriere shows off the proper, though not required, attire for women at the laser tag party this weekend.

Photo by Brian Roberts

Sara Laferriere shows off the proper, though not required, attire for women at the laser tag party this weekend.

File this under the label Anything Goes in Tampa: Bikini laser tag.

Anthony John Letourneau and his electronic dance music friends have organized a bikini laser tag party at Q‑Zar in north Tampa.

Girls are encouraged — but not required — to wear bikinis as they hunt and shoot their opponents with rounds of light. Guys can wear whatever they want. No one really cares.

Partygoers will spend the night playing laser tag and dancing to dubstep music, a kind of electronic music heavy in bass and drums. The party runs from 11:30 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday.

"This hasn't been done before," Letourneau said. "Girls are insanely crazy about this. Guys are saying, 'Can this happen?' "

The group is bringing together some popular DJs in the growing dubstep scene, from Jason "SubPirate" Feder from Fubar in St. Petersburg to DJ Kean from the Ybor City Social Club. Body painters will electrify skin with neon art.

In the two-level playing arena, thumping music and floating fog will create an out-of-this-world experience as players plot ways to shoot opponents and score points.

"It's like being in another planet," said Q-Zar co-owner Brad Cohen. "Your adrenaline takes over. Your body is saying, 'Oh my god, oh my god, I'm getting shot.' But you're not. You're getting tagged."

Anyone caught misbehaving at the party or being disrespectful will be subject to the "douche patrol." That means no dry humping on the dance floor without permission and keeping your hands to yourself. And if you dance with a girl one time, you don't own her.

Violators will be booted from the party or put in a "time out box" for 15 minutes. Female dubsteppers have written a list of party dos and don'ts to post in the box.

Organizers dreamed up the party to raise money for their trip to the PreHeat party April 29-May 1 at Lakeland's Maddox Ranch. The event is an official Regional Burn for the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada.

Proceeds will help the group create a camp for spinning electronic music powered by batteries and solar panels, one of several themed camps registered for the event.

Letourneau, 39, a part-time computer consultant, sold his car to cover the cost of the laser tag party. He hopes it exposes more people to dubstep and, if successful, becomes an anticipated event, much like Day Glo paint parties.

Bikini Laser Tag

The Bikini Laser Tag party goes from 11:30 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday at Q-Zar of Tampa Bay, 7807 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Tickets are $30 through bikinilasertag.com with discounts available, depending on if any tickets are left. Ages 18 and up.

Only in Tampa: Bikini Laser Tag party set for Saturday 03/31/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 31, 2011 1:50pm]

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