Slipping into An Alien Skin: The Magic of Ego Assassin

“Always be yourself… unless you suck.” ~ Joss Whedon

Great ideas – along with great people – are born of strong personal beliefs and convictions. The quote above isn’t exactly the kind of “corporate rallying cry” one might expect to see printed in 10-foot tall letters on billboards, let alone trumpeted loudly via mass-media marketing vehicles such as radio, television and even the Internet. Yet, there is simplicity in the statement; one that must surely resonate with most of us who have any kind of self-importance.

Be honest: we all have an ego to satisfy. Some of us (quite obviously) need to be vetted and fussed over more than others. For instance, Your Humble Narrator and Only True Friend is quite comfortable and secure in the knowledge that you all love me.

Perhaps it is appropriate, then, that our focus for this episode of “Kardynyl SynysTyr’s Fabulous Fetish Fancies” features an up-and-coming design studio whose very name just so happens to literally refer to the cold, hard death of one’s smug self-assuredness.

You may have heard of them. You may already love them. There is no question, if you’re even the slightest admirer of all things ‘latex’ you’ll be wanting a piece from them at some point. They’re known in latex enthusiast circles as Ego Assassin, and all tongue-in-cheek references to anyone’s sense of “self-importance” aside, what they do is nothing short of astounding.

Their friends know them as James and Slinka. Both of them are the brains, the passion and indeed the very industriousness behind what (I believe) is sure to be a revolution within the latex fashion world. Sure, there are certainly other designers out there who are (for now) far more known, publicized and patronized. Your Humble Narrator says this in all solemnity: I have been around latex fashions and latex wear for a very, very long time. These eyes have never beheld the artistry and the workmanship that is so expertly exhibited in the work of the Ego Assassin duo.

So, what’s in a name, anyway?

“Our name and our concept come out a personal belief that our personalities are not fixed,” James told me during a visit to their studio recently. “We all have the ability to adjust and change, if we want to. Anyone can set their ‘ego’ aside and go completely into a different head space.”

“Basically, when you wear one of our pieces, we want you to feel like you’re literally slipping into another skin. You can be anything you want to be; an entirely different character,” James said. “If you believe you’re a goddess or an alien creature (wearing one of our creations), then you’re a goddess or an alien. The medium and the philosophy can fit together really nicely.”

In essence, then, the combined words “ego assassin” are meant to emulate a personal attitude: to wit, a positive, sensual transformation as opposed to any negative, assumed verbal evisceration usually associated with the haughty and self-indulgent club crowd.

In point of fact, James and Slinka are somewhat “obsessive”, if we’re telling the whole truth. They’re both absolute perfectionists when it comes to their work. Simply put, the hand-crafted, painstaking detail that is put into each one of their creations ensures that each and every customer is going to get a truly, unique and exceptional piece – regardless of whether that particular piece is part of their design inventory or not. It is this industrious dedication to quality (very much like their good friends and symbiotic partners, Elastica Engineering, who supply Ego Assassin with a superior quality of high-tensile sheet latex) that somewhat sets Ego Assassin apart from any other latex garment design studio.

I say “somewhat” for good reason, here. There is another aspect of James and Slinka’s work that puts their craftsmanship on a whole other plateau when compared to their peers in the industry.

While James is very clear in stating that “they really don’t have any trade secrets” that he feels needs protecting, it would be a serious disservice to describe in detail the one area of perfection in which Ego Assassin has definitely developed a loyal and dedicated clientele. Friends and customers who have been fortunate enough to have been offered a “sneak peek” at the line-up being currently constructed for Toronto’s Torture Garden Weekend (May 21 – 24) have been amazed at the quality of the images printed onto the rubber material as a signature feature of their collection for the Fashion Show. One such piece, which has been photographed and posted on a few fetish-related websites already, features a near-flawless, ‘color-favorable’ copy of The Great Wave by legendary Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849) across the front bodice of a latex corset. It is but a small and yet staggering taste of the artistry that is so integral to the reputation of James and Slinka as truly formidable garment designers.

Naturally, there are dozens of other printed patterns and designs that have been produced by Ego Assassin over the past several months (“Through a hell of a lot of trial, error, anger and heartache,” James recounts with a half-smile). Once the process and procedure for creating the designs, images and patterns on the latex had been perfected, naturally the rapid interest in their product lines began to grow. The one thing James and Slinka refuse to compromise on is the commitment to quality through patient design, printing and construction processes. “We don’t hide our process, and while it’s really pretty simple it’s also very labor intensive,” Slinka said. “We have no interest in mass production. We’re in an industry where customers are extremely passionate about their clothes. We want them to know that we’re equally as passionate about making them as they are about wearing them. ”

There are certainly other successful latex garment designers throughout North America – and Europe, for that matter. Some entities (specifically in the New York and Montreal areas) have been in business for years, if not decades. However, the universal truth here is that many of those companies tend to produce product that has become somewhat “standardized”. In short, the variance in artistic style, and even quality, has varied little from company to company. Many of those “more established” design houses rely on repeat business from loyal customers merely due to the simple, convenient fact that competition for “name brand” product isn’t exactly fierce. Very few latex garment enthusiasts are 100% completely loyal to one particular brand, for instance.

It is exactly the very uniqueness of the Ego Assassin product that sets distinguishes them from the competition. While they too will build garments for “everyone from hardcore fetishists to soccer moms”, it is their momentous decision to commit to the superior formula being produced exclusively by Elastica Engineering combined with their own without-peer design and artistic skills that truly will make them (if they aren’t regarded as already) the absolute best in the business. That’s quite an accomplishment in such a relatively short period of time.

Their personal story, about how they came to be as a couple, couldn’t be exactly billed as “typical”. As it happened, they met while doing some modeling work. “My first thought of him was, ‘that boy spends way too much time on his hair.” Slinka said of James with a smile. “I mean, boys don’t wear make-up, right? I wasn’t sure I wanted to date a boy who might spend more time in front of a mirror than I did.” A chance meeting at a fetish event a short time later, some shared beverages and a mutually enjoyable conversation led to the discovery of a mutual interest in fetish wear – and specifically, latex. James, who had for years been employed as a professional artist in some capacity, was given the task of making his new lady-love a “one of a kind rubber dress” in the way of a somewhat playful challenge from Slinka herself. Little at that time did either of them realize that a white latex one-piece dress that featured a large “handcuffs” motif across the chest area would quickly lead them both toward the design adventure of their young lives. “It was really quite crude compared to what we’re doing now,” Slinka laughed. “But I wore that dress until it was eventually no longer recognizable as ‘white’, and it was falling apart.”

The white “Handcuff Dress”, as they called it, garnered a tremendous amount of attention at the huge annual Northbound Leather fetish extravaganza that year. “So many people were asking us ‘wherever did we find that dress,” James said. When fellow revelers were informed that James had, in fact, crafted the dress himself, the requests for product started coming immediately. “We even took a couple of orders while out on the dance floor,” he said. That fateful Northbound Leather event (titled, somewhat appropriately ‘Climax’) was five years ago. Ego Assassin, for all intents and purposes, has therefore been “in business” for a little less than five years.

Both James and Slinka credit the immensely popular and respected “Fetish Diva” Midori and Toronto promoter extraordinaire Craig Galbraith of Subspace and Torture Garden fame with being amongst their first true champions of their work. “In the first few years, there wasn’t a real lot of interest in us, especially in our own back yard,” James said. “But thanks to word of mouth from Midori and Craig especially, we really started to develop a loyal following and customer base.”

The quality of their product line has obviously and dramatically improved. Some of their more popular pieces – printed tops, their in-demand “Reverend” Bondage Skirts and a variety of mind-boggling dresses – have garnered attention in some very high profile camps. Their designs have been featured prominently in the Japanese edition of Vogue (Vogue Homme) magazine, and thanks to the enthusiastic endorsements of an admired and in-demand fashion stylist named Nicola Formichetti and the highly-respected fashion photographer Stephen Klein, orders have been placed for no less a talent than Lady Gaga for product that was to be seen in one of her over-the-top popular music videos (Bad Romance). Some of the Ego Assassin pieces were even targeted for use in some of Lady Gaga’s live stage performances.

Good stories about good, talented people usually end with a typically cliché commentary about the past. It cannot be said, though, that “the rest is history” in this particular instance: Ego Assassin is still revolutionizing the latex fashion industry and have started making history. You’ll be hearing about them for a long, long time to come.

Kardynyl SynysTyr

(All Photographs courtesy of Ego Assassin)

Slipping into An Alien Skin: The Magic of Ego Assassin

“Always be yourself… unless you suck.” ~ Joss Whedon

Great ideas – along with great people – are born of strong personal beliefs and convictions. The quote above isn’t exactly the kind of “corporate rallying cry” one might expect to see printed in 10-foot tall letters on billboards, let alone trumpeted loudly via mass-media marketing vehicles such as radio, television and even the Internet. Yet, there is simplicity in the statement; one that must surely resonate with most of us who have any kind of self-importance.

Be honest: we all have an ego to satisfy. Some of us (quite obviously) need to be vetted and fussed over more than others. For instance, Your Humble Narrator and Only True Friend is quite comfortable and secure in the knowledge that you all love me.

Perhaps it is appropriate, then, that our focus for this episode of “Kardynyl SynysTyr’s Fabulous Fetish Fancies” features an up-and-coming design studio whose very name just so happens to literally refer to the cold, hard death of one’s smug self-assuredness.

You may have heard of them. You may already love them. There is no question, if you’re even the slightest admirer of all things ‘latex’ you’ll be wanting a piece from them at some point. They’re known in latex enthusiast circles as Ego Assassin, and all tongue-in-cheek references to anyone’s sense of “self-importance” aside, what they do is nothing short of astounding.

Their friends know them as James and Slinka. Both of them are the brains, the passion and indeed the very industriousness behind what (I believe) is sure to be a revolution within the latex fashion world. Sure, there are certainly other designers out there who are (for now) far more known, publicized and patronized. Your Humble Narrator says this in all solemnity: I have been around latex fashions and latex wear for a very, very long time. These eyes have never beheld the artistry and the workmanship that is so expertly exhibited in the work of the Ego Assassin duo.

So, what’s in a name, anyway?

“Our name and our concept come out a personal belief that our personalities are not fixed,” James told me during a visit to their studio recently. “We all have the ability to adjust and change, if we want to. Anyone can set their ‘ego’ aside and go completely into a different head space.”

“Basically, when you wear one of our pieces, we want you to feel like you’re literally slipping into another skin. You can be anything you want to be; an entirely different character,” James said. “If you believe you’re a goddess or an alien creature (wearing one of our creations), then you’re a goddess or an alien. The medium and the philosophy can fit together really nicely.”

In essence, then, the combined words “ego assassin” are meant to emulate a personal attitude: to wit, a positive, sensual transformation as opposed to any negative, assumed verbal evisceration usually associated with the haughty and self-indulgent club crowd.

In point of fact, James and Slinka are somewhat “obsessive”, if we’re telling the whole truth. They’re both absolute perfectionists when it comes to their work. Simply put, the hand-crafted, painstaking detail that is put into each one of their creations ensures that each and every customer is going to get a truly, unique and exceptional piece – regardless of whether that particular piece is part of their design inventory or not. It is this industrious dedication to quality (very much like their good friends and symbiotic partners, Elastica Engineering, who supply Ego Assassin with a superior quality of high-tensile sheet latex) that somewhat sets Ego Assassin apart from any other latex garment design studio.

I say “somewhat” for good reason, here. There is another aspect of James and Slinka’s work that puts their craftsmanship on a whole other plateau when compared to their peers in the industry.

While James is very clear in stating that “they really don’t have any trade secrets” that he feels needs protecting, it would be a serious disservice to describe in detail the one area of perfection in which Ego Assassin has definitely developed a loyal and dedicated clientele. Friends and customers who have been fortunate enough to have been offered a “sneak peek” at the line-up being currently constructed for Toronto’s Torture Garden Weekend (May 21 – 24) have been amazed at the quality of the images printed onto the rubber material as a signature feature of their collection for the Fashion Show. One such piece, which has been photographed and posted on a few fetish-related websites already, features a near-flawless, ‘color-favorable’ copy of The Great Wave by legendary Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849) across the front bodice of a latex corset. It is but a small and yet staggering taste of the artistry that is so integral to the reputation of James and Slinka as truly formidable garment designers.

Naturally, there are dozens of other printed patterns and designs that have been produced by Ego Assassin over the past several months (“Through a hell of a lot of trial, error, anger and heartache,” James recounts with a half-smile). Once the process and procedure for creating the designs, images and patterns on the latex had been perfected, naturally the rapid interest in their product lines began to grow. The one thing James and Slinka refuse to compromise on is the commitment to quality through patient design, printing and construction processes. “We don’t hide our process, and while it’s really pretty simple it’s also very labor intensive,” Slinka said. “We have no interest in mass production. We’re in an industry where customers are extremely passionate about their clothes. We want them to know that we’re equally as passionate about making them as they are about wearing them. ”

There are certainly other successful latex garment designers throughout North America – and Europe, for that matter. Some entities (specifically in the New York and Montreal areas) have been in business for years, if not decades. However, the universal truth here is that many of those companies tend to produce product that has become somewhat “standardized”. In short, the variance in artistic style, and even quality, has varied little from company to company. Many of those “more established” design houses rely on repeat business from loyal customers merely due to the simple, convenient fact that competition for “name brand” product isn’t exactly fierce. Very few latex garment enthusiasts are 100% completely loyal to one particular brand, for instance.

It is exactly the very uniqueness of the Ego Assassin product that sets distinguishes them from the competition. While they too will build garments for “everyone from hardcore fetishists to soccer moms”, it is their momentous decision to commit to the superior formula being produced exclusively by Elastica Engineering combined with their own without-peer design and artistic skills that truly will make them (if they aren’t regarded as already) the absolute best in the business. That’s quite an accomplishment in such a relatively short period of time.

Their personal story, about how they came to be as a couple, couldn’t be exactly billed as “typical”. As it happened, they met while doing some modeling work. “My first thought of him was, ‘that boy spends way too much time on his hair.” Slinka said of James with a smile. “I mean, boys don’t wear make-up, right? I wasn’t sure I wanted to date a boy who might spend more time in front of a mirror than I did.” A chance meeting at a fetish event a short time later, some shared beverages and a mutually enjoyable conversation led to the discovery of a mutual interest in fetish wear – and specifically, latex. James, who had for years been employed as a professional artist in some capacity, was given the task of making his new lady-love a “one of a kind rubber dress” in the way of a somewhat playful challenge from Slinka herself. Little at that time did either of them realize that a white latex one-piece dress that featured a large “handcuffs” motif across the chest area would quickly lead them both toward the design adventure of their young lives. “It was really quite crude compared to what we’re doing now,” Slinka laughed. “But I wore that dress until it was eventually no longer recognizable as ‘white’, and it was falling apart.”

The white “Handcuff Dress”, as they called it, garnered a tremendous amount of attention at the huge annual Northbound Leather fetish extravaganza that year. “So many people were asking us ‘wherever did we find that dress,” James said. When fellow revelers were informed that James had, in fact, crafted the dress himself, the requests for product started coming immediately. “We even took a couple of orders while out on the dance floor,” he said. That fateful Northbound Leather event (titled, somewhat appropriately ‘Climax’) was five years ago. Ego Assassin, for all intents and purposes, has therefore been “in business” for a little less than five years.

Both James and Slinka credit the immensely popular and respected “Fetish Diva” Midori and Toronto promoter extraordinaire Craig Galbraith of Subspace and Torture Garden fame with being amongst their first true champions of their work. “In the first few years, there wasn’t a real lot of interest in us, especially in our own back yard,” James said. “But thanks to word of mouth from Midori and Craig especially, we really started to develop a loyal following and customer base.”

The quality of their product line has obviously and dramatically improved. Some of their more popular pieces – printed tops, their in-demand “Reverend” Bondage Skirts and a variety of mind-boggling dresses – have garnered attention in some very high profile camps. Their designs have been featured prominently in the Japanese edition of Vogue (Vogue Homme) magazine, and thanks to the enthusiastic endorsements of an admired and in-demand fashion stylist named Nicola Formichetti and the highly-respected fashion photographer Stephen Klein, orders have been placed for no less a talent than Lady Gaga for product that was to be seen in one of her over-the-top popular music videos (Bad Romance). Some of the Ego Assassin pieces were even targeted for use in some of Lady Gaga’s live stage performances.

Good stories about good, talented people usually end with a typically cliché commentary about the past. It cannot be said, though, that “the rest is history” in this particular instance: Ego Assassin is still revolutionizing the latex fashion industry and have started making history. You’ll be hearing about them for a long, long time to come.

Kardynyl SynysTyr

(All Photographs courtesy of Ego Assassin)

Fetish Nation Los Angeles May first

Erik von Gutenberg recommends Fetish Nation in Los Angeles May 1 this upcoming Saturday!

LA’s monthly fetish- goth- industrial mega-club
every 1st saturday, explore a different fetish in a microcosm of a nation
driven by diverse individual and cultural obsessions.
May 2010 FN: drool over seductive maids, servants, & caretakers
while poking fun at our new socialist nanny state

FETISH NATION
contained within hollywood’s
most massive club venue:
C I R C U S
6655 santa monica blvd.
(couple blocks east of highland)
hollywood, ca 90038

SATURDAY
may 1st, 2010
and every 1st saturday of the month
(alternating with our sister club Batcave,
which is every 3rd saturday at Circus)

area 1: electro- industrial, ebm, futurepop, noize
djs robo-DM, Dem6nSeed, Asphyxiation

area 2:fetish stage performances by:
CharlyB – 11pm
The OtherWorld – 12am
Mistress Melissa – 1am

area 3: dark 80s / darkwave / retro- industrial in upper level

area 4:trance laserium

area 5:nanny state social yard

German Fetish Ball 2010 May 12 to16

Erik von Gutenberg recommends the German Fetish Ball in Hamburg, Germany coming up this May from may 12 to 16! An extraordinary event and a must go for all fantasy, fashion and lifestyle fans.

Website: http://www.german-fetish-ball.com/home.html

The German Fetish Ball is Germany’s premier fetish event, enjoying a good reputation all over the world. The weekend in Hamburg sets and  points out fashion trends and offers a worthy atmosphere to celebrate this great fetish subculture. It already becomes apparent, that in 2010 the Ball will prove again why it is the fetish event in Germany and among the few big ones worldwide. The guest can happily look forward to an unforgettable weekend full of attractions.

Like the last years, we were able to win some of the best designers and fashion labels worldwide, to present their fashion in unique shows, starring some of most wanted fetish models. There is no better way to find out on where fetish fashion is currently developing to.

International show acts complete the program of the German Fetish Ball and will entertain the guests on the various stages. There is much to see and to discover, even a full size bdsm playroom.

Fetish is more then just a headline, it is fashion and it is a lifestyle, it is colourful and versatile. The German Fetish Ball Weekend reflects this variety and is set to bring this lifestyle to people, enjoy your time in Berlin and celebrate this wonderful world of fetish.

The weekend kicks of with a cocktail party on Wednesday, for Thursday is a public holiday in Germany (Father’s Day) and finds its highlight with the actual GERMAN FETISH BALL, as the main event, on Saturday. In between and afterwars there are events and parties for every taste, wild nightlife at the KICK OFF COCKTAILS and the PreParty FETISH DECADENCE, the sensual bdsm play night SWEET SURRENDER at a gorgeous venue on Thursday as well as the big GERMAN FETISH FAIR on Friday and Saturday.

Alongside the official schedule Hamburg is the perfect meeting place for the fetish scene from all over the world. There will be get-togethers of various fetish communities, photo shootings, workshops and so on. We will collect all the information of what is going on and publish it on this website, in order to give you a full overview on what is going on.

VON GUTENBERG MAGAZINE issue 2 with Ashley Fires

Von Gutenberg Magazine is proud to announce that VON GUTENBERG issue 2 is now available.

VON GUTENBERG magazine issue 2 features models Ashley Fires, January, Princess Donna and Marissa and Foxy Squire. The second issue shows top designers and simply stunning couture at its finest. The US based fantasy magazine shows the direction for the best print in Fantasy, Fashion and Lifestyle. Fetish in Greece, the US Burlesque Scene, the history of the Goth Culture and Midori’s Fetish guide for Europe part 1 are only a few highlights of this second edition.

A must have for every fantasy and lifestyle fan and everybody who loves fashion at its finest, a truly collector item VON GUTENBERG magazine issue 2.

Please go here and get your copy now: http://www.vongutenberg.com/shop/Von-Gutenberg-Magazines/

Burst your bubble at The Baroness’ Fetish Retinue

Von Gutenberg Magazine recommends the BARONESS in New York.

Burst your bubble at The Baroness’ Fetish Retinue

Thursday, May 6th,  this month’s Fetish Retinue is all about big, bright, beautiful, bouncy balloons! The Baroness, New York’s twisted latex diva, explores this explosive concept, creatively containing her victims in colorful orbs, and bringing new meaning to the big bang theory!  With such a kinky hostess, don’t expect sausage dogs and funny hats; this party is about balloon bondage, sensory deprivation, and things that go pop! Of course there are always bullwhips and the usual mayhem!

New York’s longest running monthly fetish party, The Baroness’ Fetish Retinue, “A Safe Space to do Dangerous Things” is held at Batista Lounge, a wickedly seductive location with a sinfully decadent, equipment-filled back room play space, so bring your toys and come prepared to play! 

Doors open at 9 pm, with music by  DJ Therma-nuke, drink specials from 9-10:30,  and champagne flows all night. Batista Lounge is at 40 Avenue C, between 3rd and 4th streets, New York City. 

Dress code: full Fetish $7, $20 in all black, $30 in street clothes, and absolutely NO blue jeans or sneakers. A firm believer that “Any occasion to dress is an occasion to overdress” The Baroness rewards those of you who do so with FREE ADMISSION if you look absolutely fabulous.

Fetish Factory in Florida simply the best party

Erik von Gutenberg recommends the Fetish Factory’s 15 year anniversary party  in Fort Lauderdale! Memorial Day weeekend May 28 to May 30!

Memorial Day Weekend will be a pervy marathon of fetish fun with three different themed nights at three venues. The infamous innovators from the Fetish Factory host three full-scale, high-production events on back-to-back nights – plus one kink-under-the-sun fetish pool party on Sunday for a total of 4 fetish events. The weekend will also feature a total hotel takeover by FF’s world-famous fetish crowd, poolside afterparties with a special guest DJ every night, as well as Kinky Workshops by LAC on Saturday.

All this takes place over the long Memorial Day Weekend: May 28-29-30, 2010. This event is only two months away and the anticipation is building. Last year’s event attracted fetishists from over 32 countries and countless cities across the USA. Attendance was over 3,000+ crazy partygoers through the weekend.

All 3 nightclub venues have been announced. Please visit the official website for all the latest info.

FF has already confirmed world-class performers Masuimi Max, Empress Stah, glam-fetish performer Perish, Rebecca of Rebecca’s Rubber Room, as well as contortionist & extreme pole dancer S1N F!ST3D with more still TBA. Visit the who’s who webpage for more info.

Advance discount tickets are now on sale in-store & online. Buying your tickets in advance will offer you a significant discount when compared to the door price. FF recommends you save some money and get yours in advance. All tickets purchased online are available at will-call.

For a limited time, purchase an all events ticket pack which includes a transportation pass and customers will receive a platinum membership upgrade to the Alter Ego website, good through May 31.

Hotel Update

All nights are now booked solid at the 1st host hotel the Sheraton, but if you want to book a room, there is still hope. FF recommends you book across the street at the 2nd host hotel the Hilton where all room nights are available.

This beautiful hotel also has a $99/night rate with up to 4 in a room, and it’s within easy walking distance of the Sheraton. Best of all, FF guests at the Hilton will be treated as guests of the Sheraton all weekend long.

Pervy Pool Party
FF Guests at either host hotel get complimentary passes to the Pervy Pool Party for up to 2 in a room. Please contact Glenn with your hotel reservation information and real name to be added to the guest list.

If you are not staying at either hotel, or if you have more than 2 guests in your room, additional tickets are available for the Pervy Pool Party online or at the FF store.

Book Your Flight
If you are coming in from out of town, FF recommends that you make your flight and hotel reservations as soon as possible to assure availability. Flights go fast and late bookings become costly, so the sooner the better.

Both host hotels offer FREE airport transfers (pick up and drop off) from the Fort Lauderdale airport (FLL).

Let FF do the driving!
Fetish Factory has also innovated simplicity for its guests providing comfortable, air conditioned tour bus transportation to/from all events. Now you don’t have to bother with the hassle of renting a car or the fear of getting lost in an unfamiliar place.

Also, enjoy free stretch limo service to & from the hotel to the Fetish Factory store over the weekend.

Fetish Factory in Florida simply the best party

Erik von Gutenberg recommends the Fetish Factory’s 15 year anniversary party  in Fort Lauderdale! Memorial Day weeekend May 28 to May 30!

Memorial Day Weekend will be a pervy marathon of fetish fun with three different themed nights at three venues. The infamous innovators from the Fetish Factory host three full-scale, high-production events on back-to-back nights – plus one kink-under-the-sun fetish pool party on Sunday for a total of 4 fetish events. The weekend will also feature a total hotel takeover by FF’s world-famous fetish crowd, poolside afterparties with a special guest DJ every night, as well as Kinky Workshops by LAC on Saturday.

All this takes place over the long Memorial Day Weekend: May 28-29-30, 2010. This event is only two months away and the anticipation is building. Last year’s event attracted fetishists from over 32 countries and countless cities across the USA. Attendance was over 3,000+ crazy partygoers through the weekend.

All 3 nightclub venues have been announced. Please visit the official website for all the latest info.

FF has already confirmed world-class performers Masuimi Max, Empress Stah, glam-fetish performer Perish, Rebecca of Rebecca’s Rubber Room, as well as contortionist & extreme pole dancer S1N F!ST3D with more still TBA. Visit the who’s who webpage for more info.

Advance discount tickets are now on sale in-store & online. Buying your tickets in advance will offer you a significant discount when compared to the door price. FF recommends you save some money and get yours in advance. All tickets purchased online are available at will-call.

For a limited time, purchase an all events ticket pack which includes a transportation pass and customers will receive a platinum membership upgrade to the Alter Ego website, good through May 31.

Hotel Update

All nights are now booked solid at the 1st host hotel the Sheraton, but if you want to book a room, there is still hope. FF recommends you book across the street at the 2nd host hotel the Hilton where all room nights are available.

This beautiful hotel also has a $99/night rate with up to 4 in a room, and it’s within easy walking distance of the Sheraton. Best of all, FF guests at the Hilton will be treated as guests of the Sheraton all weekend long.

Pervy Pool Party
FF Guests at either host hotel get complimentary passes to the Pervy Pool Party for up to 2 in a room. Please contact Glenn with your hotel reservation information and real name to be added to the guest list.

If you are not staying at either hotel, or if you have more than 2 guests in your room, additional tickets are available for the Pervy Pool Party online or at the FF store.

Book Your Flight
If you are coming in from out of town, FF recommends that you make your flight and hotel reservations as soon as possible to assure availability. Flights go fast and late bookings become costly, so the sooner the better.

Both host hotels offer FREE airport transfers (pick up and drop off) from the Fort Lauderdale airport (FLL).

Let FF do the driving!
Fetish Factory has also innovated simplicity for its guests providing comfortable, air conditioned tour bus transportation to/from all events. Now you don’t have to bother with the hassle of renting a car or the fear of getting lost in an unfamiliar place.

Also, enjoy free stretch limo service to & from the hotel to the Fetish Factory store over the weekend.

“And You Want To Be My Latex Salesman?” The Artistry of Kink Engineering

Ah, can there be a more sensual and gentle envelopment of sheer intoxication … and ecstasy …than that which comes exotically wrapped within an alluring kiss of latex?

Within the past few weeks, there has been a curious growth in the selection of new on-line forums devoted to all things latex, and across numerous related websites. One very popular website in particular, the wildly-successful and enthusiastically supported Fet Life (as the prime example), saw the formulation of a straight-forward “Where to Buy Latex?” discussion group. Within mere minutes, the group was populated with latex lovers from every metaphorical corner of our globe; each one with a timely and topical suggestion where (within their respective areas), an enthusiast may actually purchase their finest and favored rubber trappings. It should not come as a surprise to any that many of the “known” names in the fetish supply and demand business – Polymorph, Libidex, House of Harlot, Vex, etc. – were undoubtedly mentioned and appropriately vetted. Invariably, a great many of the postings tended to direct adamant potential customers to online aggregators (such as eBay, as the best example) rather than to the individual designer/manufacturer and their respective websites. In short, it wasn’t the brand per se that the enthusiastic forum writers were championing, as much as it was the individual styles and pieces themselves.

In other words, it didn’t seem to matter which manufacturer a particular latex catsuit may come from: it mattered more what selection of colors were available, and particularly, what the cost was.

There is a strange relationship between latex enthusiasts and rubber garment designers and manufacturers. Some die-hard rubberists will forever swear that one particular designer or design house is “without question” the best bang for their hard-earned buck and simply won’t spend their money anywhere else; while another clear across the continent (or ocean, for that matter) another equally anxious purchaser is far more concerned about availability.

Enter, if you will, and with apologies to Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander, a self-described “latex salesman.”

He is perhaps best-known in latex circles as the Mad Scientist. Working in close conjunction with his long-term partner in life, and in enterprise (an absolutely brilliant-minded and drop-dead-fetish-model-gorgeous beauty by the name of Archean), he has managed to create not one, but three successful enterprises which feature and utilize the sensual sap of everyone’s favorite fetish tree (that’s ‘rubber’, in case you’re not quite keeping up with our tour).  Within the time frame of only the past twenty months or so, they have managed to not only have founded the corporate entities known as Elastica Engineering, Sheet Latex.Com and Kink Engineering – but have managed to gain a solid, loyal and extremely enthusiastic customer base. They’ve managed to garner and win the respect of these rubber enthusiasts (and we all know latex fetishists can be a potentially finicky lot) without having to design a single garment.

You see, Mad Scientist and Archean work on the industrial side of things. They’re suppliers – of some of the most innovative, durable, colorful, versatile and coveted natural rubber materials that the wide world of all things “fetish” has ever seen. Their business model is simple enough to understand: Elastica Engineering is the development and production (and major) component of their business and Sheet Latex.Com is the order fulfillment component. What about Kink Engineering, you ask? Patience: we’ll get to that very soon. You won’t be disappointed.

It would do them a serious injustice to give away even a single one of their trade secrets: but suffice to say both Mad Scientist and Archean come from actual engineering backgrounds, and both are directly responsible for the “recipe” which makes their sheet latex product unique, and dare it be argued superior, to all other similar products currently available. An example: during an in-person demonstration of the resiliency of their product line, a single 6” swatch of astonishingly translucent sheet latex (“If you can’t read a newspaper through it, we don’t want it”, Archean told us with a confident smile) was stretched, before our eyes, to a length of at least four feet – and could have been stretched farther still before encountering a catastrophic ripping point.

Over the years, these eyes have seen a lot – an awful lot– of latex. Not once have I encountered latex with quite the sheer strength, and mind-boggling flexibility, of the Elastica Engineering product. My beloved partner in this life and I happen to own quite a few pieces of latex wear that are easily thirty years old – and strong enough to have been stitched and sewn together rather than traditionally glued. It is my opinion that the product we saw demonstrated for us this past week is far, far stronger.

“We really try to give (our manufacturing partner) a continuous challenge,” Mad Scientist said, “so that we can equally continue to introduce, and evolve, new products.”

In truth, Mad Scientist is being far too modest when he describes himself as a simple “latex salesman”. In essence, what he and Archean have managed to do is enter into an enviable partnership with an Asian resource and manufacturer in which the formula which makes the material so strong was co-developed through a (sometimes painful and relatively agreeable) communication process. One of their biggest supporters, and best customers, is the Toronto, Ontario design house Ego Assassin, a rapidly up-and-coming serious and heavy “player” to the latex garment game in North America. According to Mad Scientist, “it isn’t a coincidence” that admiration for Ego Assassin designs, and subsequent orders, have increased significantly since supplier-and-designer entered into agreement with each other. “It’s a symbiotic relationship, like any good marriage,” Mad Scientist said. “We’re both trying to help each other out when we can. That leads to increased orders (for both) at the same time.”

“Ego Assassin was the ‘missing link’ for us in our construction process. We took their excellent introductory course on latex construction – and they worked closely with us to provide us the education and skills necessary to perfect our own process.” (Author’s Note: You’ll be hearing much more about Ego Assassin in the weeks leading up to the spring and summer Fetish wear ‘Season’!) One of the new products being offered by Elastica Engineering, developed with the aid of Ego Assassin, is a “Do It Yourself” latex craft kit, in which the buyer receives all the tools necessary in order to craft their own small latex garments or “toys”. “It’s not enough to give you the expertise to make a latex dress,” Mad Scientist said. “But it’s more than enough to give you a taste.”

However, there are and never will be plans to go head-to-head with their appreciated and revered clientele. “It’s our interest to do more of the bondage-crafting and supply side (of the latex business). Ego Assassin is the master of the runway and we will keep a strict ‘no-compete’ policy with them,” Mad Scientist said.

If it was the garment supply-side alone that was so enormously ground-breaking and successful, that unto itself could end the story here on a satisfactory and appropriate note. But wait … there’s more!

Both Mad Scientist and Archean are self-described “obsessive innovators” (really, can anyone think of a better definition of the professionals known as ‘Engineers?’). This brings us, of course, to the Kink Engineering side of their enterprise. One might make a persuasive argument that Kink Engineering was created out of need: Both Mad Scientist and Archean had more than just a casual appreciation and interest in somewhat more ‘extreme’ methods of restraint, and both are simply observant and intelligent enough to recognize a potentially lucrative supply-and-demand trend.

One of the most recently popular and in-demand prototypical bondage apparatus devices introduced within the past decade or so has been the full-latex enclosure simply called the “Vacuum Bed”, or “Vac Bed” in short. For the uninitiated, a “Vac Bed” could best be described as one of those vacuum “food saver” or “space saver” devices you see featured on popular cooking shows, or during late-night infomercials on television. Naturally, “Vac Beds” are built on a much larger scale and are designed to keep humans (rather than carrots and cabbage or unused blankets and linens) in a stringent state of bondage. The premise of the apparatus is simple enough: Entice a willing man or woman (or even both) to “slip between the sheets” of latex that are attached to a specially-constructed vacuum frame; affix your basic, hardware-store variety home vacuum cleaners’ suction hose to a valve attached to the specialized frame of the vacuum bed, flick the “on” switch – and watch complete immobilization ensue.

One of the standard problems with most Vac Beds has been in trying to discover a fool-proof way in which to keep the seal absolutely tight, all around the frame, to prevent inevitable air leaks – and therefore sometimes a disappointing and early end to a fascinating yet somewhat scary complete bondage experience. Naturally, with the strength of the sheet latex being developed by Elastica Engineering combined with a deep appreciation (can we possibly even declare a ‘fetish’ for?) Vacuum Bed restraint systems, it was a natural progression for Mad Scientist to move towards designing his own. Like most trained engineering professionals, he and Archean weren’t content just to follow a basic, standard pattern pioneered by others. He wanted to create a superior product with superior materials – and Elastica Engineering’s sheet latex products, naturally, were to be the focal point. While they admit their first efforts weren’t entirely and exactly what they’d “hoped for” in the way of perfection, it didn’t take them very long to work out the kinks (you’ll pardon the play on words, of course). They demonstrated their first fully-functional Vac Bed not too long after, and waited someone nervously for their first orders. “Our first sales model for the Vac Beds saw us selling five (units) in the first year,” Archean said with a very satisfied sigh and a smile. “We actually sold twenty-five.”

“That first Vac Bed we built – we can admit it – it was a mess, the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen,” Archean said, noting it still occupies somewhat of a hallowed place within their work space. “But we worked at it, almost non-stop – and we got better.”

Since then, Kink Engineering has expanded their Vac Bed product line to include tongue-wagging, incredibly sensual 3-D versions of their Vac Bed system. “Really, we initially just wanted to tweak the old, standard initial design,” Mad Scientist said. “Our main focus was to solve the air leakage problem, and we managed to do that early on in the process. Like our sheet latex product line, our Vac Beds have evolved: Ours are more bondage intensive, they provide a better play experience.” Kink Engineering Vac Beds now come in a variety of style, colors and degrees of translucence.

We could end our tour right here, with a full and bittersweet telling of how Mad Scientist and Archean met, fell in love and eventually strode into a brave new business world together, hand in hand and heads held high with eternal optimism. But wait! That’s not all! There’s still more!

The engineering twosome have introduced a custom-crafted line of hand-decorated, “Fashion Gas Masks” (Your Humble Narrator calls them ‘Fash Masks’ for brevity). The mask itself is based on two different styles of somewhat popular, but older, European industrial gas mask designs – but it’s what they do to them artistically that sets them apart from similar “custom offerings”. Each “Fash Mask” is a one of a kind creation: whether a customer has a deep interest in a spiked, old-school punk or Goth style, or leans more towards more of the Steampunk aesthetic, Mad Scientist and Archean can assure each customer a one-of-a-kind, wearable piece of industrial-age art that is sure to provide the buyer years of deep satisfaction, and admirable peer recognition, at any fetish event they may attend while wearing one.

Any of the products outlined in this tome are available for order directly from Sheet Latex.Com and Kink Engineering. Other projects currently in development include an interesting (and needed) online blog and “how to” guide being created by Archean. “There are lots of people who would love to buy a latex catsuit,” she said. “But you might be surprised at how many people actually don’t know how to get one fitted, let alone get one on, properly. We’d like to be able to help with that, get more people interested in latex. Rubber really shouldn’t, and doesn’t need to be, so intimidating to people.” Part of her online education plans also include advice (“A distinct advantage when coming from a woman,” Archean said) on how partners can “cross that communication bridge” and appropriately inform their partners of a developing interest in latex wear.

“You just can’t look bad in a latex catsuit,” she said. “It’s all about fit: Everyone can ‘rock’ a properly-fitted rubber catsuit. They’re absolutely beautiful!”

(Photos courtesy of Kink Engineering and Lord Morpheus)

Batcave at Circus in Los Angeles

Erik von Gutenberg recommends Batcave! Circus at 6655 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA, 90038. It starts at 9pm and goes until 4pm in this mega club with 3000 capacity. April 17 go to Batcave in the Circus!

5 realms to explore under the big top:

area 1: cybernoize fetish chamber
electro- industrial, ebm, futurepop, noize
djs robo-DM, Dem6nSeed, & Asphyxiation
fetish shows by Fetish Jade, Mistress Melissa, The Other World,
Sir SkipDog, and The Ladies of the Dominion

area 2: retro attic
dark 80s, darkwave, old school electro

djs ESER, Jermz, Sally, Bruce Perdew, and Juicy Jay

area 3: psycho-vortex music hall
live performances by
Cherry Kiss Burlesque
Moodorgan
Regenerator
Reloader

area 4: electro- laserium
Ronski Speed

area 5: Grand Courtyard
Group dark art show curated by Liquid City
Dark Market with vendors:
Vamps and Tramps dot com
Infested Films
Hilary’s Vanity
Yxtabay
and additional sponsorship by
Manic Panic
Schecter Guitars
Fetish Party Info