Clubbers invite touches and kisses
THE latest party trend to hit the club scene here is - quite literally - a hands-on one.
Originally a South Korean concept that gained momentum in 2010, the Touch Me party has reached Singapore, with several taking place since April last year.
Hundreds of clubbers are lapping up the chance to let loose, say club owners, although some more conservative Singaporeans are not quite sure what to make of the concept.
Party-goers are given a stack of stickers - emblazoned either with a hand or a pair of lips to represent touching and kissing respectively - on arrival at the party venue.
A person then pastes these stickers on various parts of his or her body, and this indicates to other club-goers where exactly they can touch or kiss that person.
So far, three such parties have been held at Club Gossip at St James Power Station and Mansion at the Esplanade. The latest one at the latter venue attracted more than 500 people.
Events and marketing company Revolution Singapore, which decided to import the concept after noting its popularity overseas, told MyPaper that the aim is simply to lower clubbers' inhibitions in a fun way.
Asked if they have any concerns of unsolicited touching occurring once clubbers are intoxicated, the company's partners, Mr Jurrel Toh and Mr Gabriel Lim, said the stickers actually help "set boundaries" and "prevent misunderstandings".
"If a drunk person wants to touch another person, he's going to do it, with or without the sticker there," Mr Lim said.
Mr Bryan Sng, the marketing director of the Mansion Bay Group, said: "We didn't receive any complaints about the event. People get intoxicated everywhere, not just in clubs or at these particular events."
Mr Kamen Lim, Gossip's marketing and events manager, said the club had bouncers to make sure things did not get out of hand.
Mr Lee Terk Yang, a director at law firm Characterist, told MyPaper that pasting the stickers on one's body suggests "implied or expressed consent". However, if the person is touched or kissed at a place not designated by a sticker, that may constitute molestation.
Undergraduate Sheryl Lim, 20, attended one such party in September with a group of female friends, and pasted stickers on her waist and backside.
"When the party got lively, people just started walking around, daringly pasting stickers on whomever they liked," she said.
People did not mind, she added, saying that the party was "refreshing". "Everyone was generally very well behaved...it was a wonderfully different experience."
But sales executive Nicole Lee, 29, expressed scepticism. "Why would anyone want strangers touching them all over? It just seems like a very sleazy concept."