As if Air Guitar isn’t embarrassing enough, a strange and explicit new fad from Japan has made its way to the U.S.—and it’s about to spread across the country. Last year, Air Sex (yes, you read that right) was confined to the Alamo Drafthouse and the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas. This year, Air Sex is taking the show on the road with a tour of 15 North American cities.

Here’s how the official 2009 Air Sex Championships website explains it: “It’s a lot like Air Guitar, but instead of rocking out with an imaginary guitar, you’re making sweet and/or filthy love with an imaginary sex partner.” Sounds simple enough, right? Think again. Air Sex features some of the most creative (and blush-worthy) acts you’re likely to see on a stage. Performers plan and rehearse elaborate routines that make regular sex look downright dull.

The tour stops in San Francisco next month, which means you have plenty of time to practice if you want to perform. (Yes, they’re still accepting participants!) If you just want to watch the spectacle, head to the Independent on June 24 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are on-sale now. And hey, if you just can’t get enough of that hot air action, you can head back to the Independent on June 26 and 27 for the annual U.S. Air Guitar Championships. Picture it—all that sex, all that rock-n-roll, all that … air.

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