All Hail Your Shiny New Ambassador, Latexians: Miss Rubber World 2011

“A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears.”

~ Anne Roiphe, American Feminist and Author

 

The numeral “five” … is a very good number. It is one of the easiest for grade school students to ‘compute’ when doing their multiplication tables. It’s a convenient unit of currency – eclipsed perhaps only by a nice, round $10-spot or, in some cases, a fatter, newer $20 dollar bill. The number “five” holds significance in most of our daily rituals: everything from designations of degrees on cooking ranges to telling time on clocks are essential, if not completely taken-for-granted, everyday, natural occurrences. “Five”, or multiples thereof, is also an important designation when marking annual events such as birthdays, anniversaries, award ceremonies … and cherished annual events.

Naturally, a 75th Anniversary of a recurring event is a tremendous cause for celebration. Perhaps a 5th Annual Celebration may seem tame by comparison. That is, unless that 5th Anniversary happens to be celebrating the growth and continuous evolution of an exciting new event. Just such a circumstance transpired in New York City, during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend of January 14 – 16, 2011.

It was a little over five years ago, in New York City and in November 2006, that a small but dedicated group captained by long-time latex enthusiast, designer, promoter and New York fetish fixture The Baroness and an ambitious gentleman named Unit1421 decided that the time had come to create a competition that celebrated the allure and sensuality, and advanced the awareness of latex as a truly viable garment medium (and not just for Fetishists). Over the past five years, the competition has been fortunate enough to have had some stellar individuals compete for the title of Miss Rubber World – including such known latex personalities Steffy the Rubber Doll (2008 winner) and Jean Bardot (2009 winner).

According to The Baroness, the competition “really came of age” in 2010. That year was notable because it had “less attitude and more substance”, she said, and featured the work of (then) up and coming latex enthusiast Dawnamatrix, a well-liked and very well respected latex garment designer who calls Rhode Island home. Her journey into rubber life unto itself is incredible: Dawnamatrix spent years teaching in Japan and has become world-renown for her latex Kimono designs, and is viewed within the latex community as the “authority” on producing latex appliqués and overlays on her pieces.

It isn’t a stretch to suggest that Dawnamatrix brought some real positive attention, and some very welcome credibility, to Miss Rubber World in 2010 – she did, in fact, outright win the title. This year, she returned as one of the judges for the 2011 Miss Rubber World competition. Dawnamatrix, according to several sources, was the first contestant who clearly outshone her peers in all three competition segments: the Traditional Catwalk, Question Period, and the piece of latex performance art called Latex Fantasy.

Of the three components to the competition, it is the Latex Fantasy portion that the judges tend to attribute the heaviest opinion regarding their overall decision as to who will become Miss Rubber World. The Catwalk segment, as suggested, does include an element of fetish modeling – but what makes it unique is that it gives the contestants a chance to exhibit creations of their own making, and many Miss Rubber World competitors have manufactured many of their own outfits for the show. The Question Period is vital as it gives the competitors a chance to relate to the judges, and the audience, important answers as to appropriate latex-themed questions – and provides a valuable insight into each of the contestant’s attitude and comportment. The Latex Fantasy, however, is the segment that provides the best opportunity to impress the gathering. This point will become critical to our story a little later on.

The contestants this year for the crown, as outlined above, assembled in New York City amidst an icy, snow-filled cold weather snap. More than just a few of the participants had to battle the ill effects of a determined, and particularly nasty, winter virus. They came together from different parts of the world (mostly the United States) in order to vie not only for the coveted rubber sash traditionally given to the winner of the Miss Rubber World competition, but for an array of impressive prize packages that had been generously donated from admirable fetish fashion and accessory houses across the globe. The list of donations for the Prize Packages reads like a veritable “who’s who” within the global latex community, with corporations from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States all supplying lucrative and impressive prizes for the Crown Winner, as well as the First and Second Runners-Up.

Initially, there were supposed to be eight competitors for the Miss Rubber World sash. Sadly, due to a variety of reasons (mostly illness but in one case because of lost luggage), three of the contestants had to withdraw on the eve of the competition. That left five very beautiful and talented young ladies to figuratively tussle for the covetted Crown. One of the competitors, Toronto’s Archean, had more than just an ugly flu bug to battle. Traveling with her entourage, she had an array of competition outfits and items that she would later admit she was terrified was “going to give them some serious grief at the USA/Canada border.” Needless to say, Archean (and her travel companions Mad Scientist and their lovely and incredibly talented minion, Droidsy) had some anxious moments with Customs Agents once they arrived at the Border Crossing.

“The journey could generously be described as completely miserable,” Archean said. “Not only was I sick the entire way but it seemed like the entire universe was conspiring to make sure we didn’t make it to New York City.” The temptation to relate the entire, sordid details of their epic journey to New York City within this narrative is very strong – but it’s really too good a story for a third-party to relate. Truly, a more horrifying but hilariously-related travel tale related to Miss Rubber World 2011 simply doesn’t exist – but thankfully, Archean (and her beloved life and business partner, Mad Scientist) will be relating that story in its entirely within the pages of their new venture: a fantastic new latex-based website named Rubberlesque. Part of the new website, which will be devoted to introducing new enthusiasts to the joys of rubber life as well as taking an active role in educational opportunities and (somewhat) activist causes by expanding their highly-respected “Knockoff Knockdown” (wherein Archean and Mad Scientist aggressively take to task any number of so-called “designers” who very clearly steal the design ideas and techniques of others) and “Rubber Relationship Advice” concepts, will feature the video footage from Archean’s impressive Latex Fantasy competition segment.

Remember: earlier it was mentioned how important the Latex Fantasy segment was in determining who was crowned Miss Rubber World. It would be a serious disservice to reveal exactly what Archean’s Latex Fantasy performance actually consisted of – suffice to say it was definitely a “wow I didn’t see that coming” moment for all who witnessed it – but what we can say is that, in essence, her performance told her story of her growing interest, and eventual immersion into, rubber fetish expressionism. In short, it was polished, it was professional – and it was brilliant. (Note: The performance will be available for viewing in its entirety soon on the new Rubberlesque website. It will be well worth the wait!) Archean was aided in her performance by talented, well-known and respected rope and bondage artist, the incomparable Lotuslily, who graciously volunteered her time in the spirit of friendship, to render some much-appreciated assistance.

Her performance was also more than enough for the judges to crown Archean as Miss Rubber World 2011 – the first time a contestant from Canada’s largest city has won the sash. Popular New York latex performer Jade Vixen, for the second year in a row, was First Runner-Up and the irrepressible Lydia Lael was Second Runner-Up. The other contestants were Mistress Killspree, a popular club fixture from Boston and Sienna Aldridge, a classically-trained ballet dancer and fetish model/performer from New York City.

“Any of those girls would have been a worthy Miss Rubber World,” The Baroness said. “Lydia Lael was so incredibly cute with her performance! The combination of water with latex always has a lovely appeal. Jade Vixen’s performance was so incredibly intricate, so beautiful. She played to the crowd’s strengths – wearing a hood, putting on stockings, doing some simple things which crowds just love. It was a really close competition.”

“The political part of a competition like Miss Rubber World is unavoidable, but it’s also necessary and very important,” The Baroness continued. “That has been reflected time and again, during Miss Rubber World and in other important competitions. In order to be an effective ambassador – as any title holder is expected to be – you need to be able to play the politics game well. It takes a really exceptional person to overcome some of the solid connections that people can and do make in this life.”

“In the end, Archean might well have not won the sash, it was really that close – but she clearly won everyone over, especially with her performance in the Latex Fantasy. It’s easy to call the Latex Fantasy portion of the competition a ‘talent component’, and to a degree it is – but she showed us something very unique and certainly worthy of being Miss Rubber World. There was no question at the end of her performance, who rose to the top and who the real sash winner would be.”

This year undeniably was special. The Miss Rubber World Competition has evolved – and the bar continues to be raised each and every year. It is becoming one of the “Must Not Miss” fetish events on the annual New York City fetish calendar. The competition is drawing more talented and certainly more complete candidates. “The judges and I felt that this year, the competitors showed us a complete package,” The Baroness said. “Archean’s use of her equipment and her choice in color palette overall was really exquisite. She showed us something that, believe it or not, people in New York City don’t see a lot of especially at fetish events. People don’t want to sit and watch just a beauty pageant: they want to be entertained. Archean was absolutely entertaining.”

One of the most important aspects, and most significant consequences sure to come from Archean’s being awarded the 2011 pink latex sash as Miss Rubber World, is her awareness of the responsibility in becoming an actual ambassador within the entire latex community. “I believe what Miss Rubber World should be is a way to bring new creative people into the spotlight, and I think it’s a big stepping stone. It’s really important to give people an outlet like Miss Rubber World in order to showcase their own creativity.” Archean is also interested in helping to ‘coach’ other potential latex models and enthusiasts who may wish to follow a similar path and compete for such a prestigious sash. One of the things she and her life mate Mad Scientist plan to do to continue to raise a positive footprint and provide a comfortable roadmap for fellow latex fetishists is to continue to write about their own experiences and share their own knowledge with anyone interested. In addition to continuing her exhaustive work schedule as a full partner in Kink Engineering, the company she started with Mad Scientist that manufactures simply the most intricate and expertly-crafted Vac-Beds on the planet, Archean also plans to continue to put the pressure on those unscrupulous design houses who blatantly and unprofessionally expropriate ideas from reputable, good people. “I cannot tell you how impressed we all were, especially me, with Archean’s Knockoff Knockdown efforts,” The Baroness said. “That endeared her to me – it is such a welcome surprise, watching someone else want to take up that challenge.”

The Miss Rubber World 2011 competition was Archean’s first excursion to New York City – and she simply can’t wait to go back. “I knew no matter what happened, the outcome was going to be magical and an amazing story”, she said. While she and Mad Scientist didn’t have a tremendous amount of time to sight-see in The Big Apple, she did profess amazement with the myriad of Art Deco architecture and fixtures they were able to see. “New York is certainly the perfect city to be in and be in love,” she said. “Next time, I will get my carriage ride in Central Park!”

When she does return and claim that carriage ride, it will be as a Queen – and may her reign be spectacular, glorious … and indeed, memorable.

Kardynyl SynysTyr

(All photos courtesy of Miss Rubber World 2011 and Photographer Judith Stephens. All Rights Reserved.)

Burlesque Star Red Hot Annie

Von Gutenberg Magazine recommends Red Hot Annie!

A few weeks ago, von Gutenberg recommended the Texas Burlesque Festival.  Today, we have a chance to get to know one of the participants: Red Hot Annie. 

Red Hot Annie, who hails from Chicago, is not only coming to the Texas Burlesque Festival for the second year in a row, but she also has a unique knowledge of the workings of such festivals.  Her appearance in Texas comes just one week after her own Vaudezilla Productions teamed up with Chicago’s Belmont Burlesque Revue to present the first-ever Windy City Burlesque Fest.  The festival was met to rave reviews and even as this year’s festivities were dying down, Annie was already coming up with ideas for next year’s.

Annie burst onto the Chicago burlesque scene just over two years ago, having come from an extensive performance background and several years’ worth of pinup, figure, and fetish modeling. She has worked with some of Chicago’s top photographers, developing a reputation for her professionalism and eye for what works.

Just six months into her burlesque career, Annie joined forces with her partner Dick Dijon to create Vaudezilla Productions. They came up with Vaudezilla’s concept when they realized that they wanted to provide Chicago with much needed performances opportunities, and provide they did. In short order, they established Vaudezilla as the premiere source for free burlesque shows in Chicago – with a weekly bar-top show at Blue Bayou and a monthly show at Exit – as well as setting a new standard for theatrically-inspired burlesque shows.  Their critically-acclaimed box office smash hit, “Rollin’ Outta Here Naked: A Big Lebowski Burlesque,” will be back for a second year with a bevy of Chicago burlesque performers and hopefully a few familiar faces from across the country.  Along with team members Wham Bam Pam, Donna Touch, Maria May I, Barret All, RenZena, and Trixie Sparx, Annie has positioned Vaudezilla as a major force in Chicago burlesque.

As for Annie herself, she has been raising her profile by making appearances all across the United States.  In addition to her second appearance in the Texas Burlesque Festival, she will be appearing for the second year in a row at the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival.  And in just the first few months of 2010, she has made appearances in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Nashville. With more than a few cities left to visit, Annie has her sites set on more national and international touring within the year.

Wherever she goes, Red Hot Annie brings with her a unique style of burlesque that fuses storytelling, humor, and sexiness all in one stunning package.  Drawing on her theater background, Annie strives to put a distinctive character stamp on each of her acts.  Fans have come to expect a variation from Annie, both in costume and performance style. She has been a damsel in distress who finds a clever way to get someone to fill her tank, a hot dog vendor who turns lemons into lemonade when her business meets with an unexpected end, and a penguin. 

You never know what you’re going to see when she performs, but you can always be guaranteed one thing…Red Hot Annie always knows how to make the wieners boil!

Burlesque is one of the most famous sub-genres of fetish and well established globally from the Crazy Horse in Paris to endless bars and parties throughout the US. We always love to blog about this topic, which is dominated in the US also by the name Dita von Teese, Burlesque Star and Fetish Model.

If you are looking for some fashion items for your next visit to a Burlesque or fetish Event simply go to our fashion couture website from Von Gutenberg Couture: www.vongutenbergcouture.com

Arch Enemys the art of pin up and high heels

Von Gutenberg Magazine recommends ArchEnemys!

ArchEnemys was founded in 1997 by Nate LaChance with a mission to sell high heel  footwear.  We offered much more than average footwear.  It consisted of very expensive high heel shoes & boots with an extremely high heel.

As time passed we realized that the stock photos displayed on our site was not enough to describe such a unique product.  Customers asked if additional photos were available.  They really wanted to see what the shoes actually looked like an.  So we started doing our own photography & even started shooting video.  During this whole time a huge fan base began to develop.  Emails started to pour in about our  photos & videos.  They not only loved it, they wanted more.

Meanwhile Carrie LaChance came onboard, and approached us about taking ArchEnemys to a brand new level.  She explained her vision in a way that created a whole new look & feel for ArchEnemys.  We began to lay out a plan that highlighted  100% quality & customer satisfaction.  Simply put, Carrie wanted to get professional! 

Within 1 years time we began marketing our company through our new found “professional” Pin-Up photography & video.  We added an extensive line of clothing, latex, posters, accessories, videos, built a photography studio, opened up a retail store and launched two other websites.  ArchEnemys has earned a true position in the world of Pin-Up and we intend to keep getting better & better.  It is always a challenge trying to keep up with our edgy high heel pin-up theme.  Always striving to take it to the edge while maintaining a clean and sexy feel.  In the world that is today, to accomplish something this wonderful is a true blessing.

All our videos have two things in common, beautiful women in high heels.  You don’t need much more than that to make a video interesting  but if you really want to create something more than just “eye candy” you need to work a lot harder & become creative.  What makes our videos so popular you might ask?  Well, being sexy is probably the number 1 reason for sure.  But just like Hollywood, mix in a little drama, suspense and humor and you create the perfect recipe for real entertainment.  Even a 5 minute video clip becomes worth it’s weight in gold.  So, we basically find something that people find interesting and add our own ArchEnemys twist to it. 

ArchEnemys has have a lot of really big plans for the near future.  One thing in the works is “The ArchEnemys Show” hosted by The Latex Twins, and another is the very first ArchEnemys feature film slotted for 2010. These are just a few things that ArchEnemys is working on, so keep an eye out on our website for more updates!

Check out all of our work at the following websites:

www.archenemys.com
www.archenemysvideo.com
www.thelatextwins.com
www.carrielachance.com
www.danimcquillan.com

Torture Garden Redux: Five Days of Flesh and Fantasy in May

Madness!  This love was a part of me, like my own flesh; it had taken the place of my blood and marrow; it possessed me entirely; it was I! ~ Octave Mirbeau, The Torture Garden, 1899

Brace yourselves, rabid and feverish fetish party enthusiasts. The seeds that were planted last summer have taken root, and they are growing. Those roots are strong; as strong as the finest Japanese bondage rope, and they run about as deep as any exploration of individual desire would dare to descend.

The mind-exploding fetish party experience, known universally since 1990 as the exotically-named Torture Garden, makes its return to Toronto – and just in time to help devotees celebrate the May long weekend. In a somewhat appropriate yet potentially risky move, the venerable old franchise started over a decade ago by the British DJ “pair extraordinaire” David Wood and Allen Pelling has been expanded. This year, Torture Garden Toronto has evolved from a single evening’s festivities into an entire, exhilarating long-weekend of flesh, fantasy, revelry, indulgence and ecstasy.

The main motivating force behind bringing the legendary DJ pair and their franchise festival to Toronto, Craig Galbraith, is no stranger himself to organizing a large-scale “good time” for the over-all benefit of North American fetish party enthusiasts. For several years, he has been one of the prime (and most popular) event organizers in Canada’s largest city, and he is the tireless, brilliant mind behind the wildly-popular monthly Subspace Fetish Nights in Toronto. His efforts have become so admired (and so adamantly supported) by a good percentage of the gargantuan Toronto-area fetish scene that he’s generally and simply known as either just “Craig” or, more playfully familiar if not somewhat colloquially as “Craiger”.

“I’m just a regular guy who really just loves to throw parties”, Craig has been quoted as saying on more than one occasion. “I’ve only ever wanted everyone who wanted to come out to simply have a great, great time.”

Craig’s evolution as a major event organizer certainly mirrors that of his Torture Garden “mentors” David and Allen. His events started simply enough, with small gatherings in intimate settings either in private abodes or in much, much smaller nightclubs. It wasn’t long before demand, however, made him realize that he was soon going to have to look for ever-larger digs in which to satiate the rapacious appetites of his patrons. “Each time we held a party, they got more and more popular and even more in demand,” Craig said. “We needed to get larger venues just to accommodate everyone who wanted to come.”

The need for larger space eventually evolved into his well-patronized, exceedingly popular Subspace nights, held once a month at one of Toronto’s largest tri-level nightclubs (the legendary Toronto landmark nightclub, The Big Bop, which sadly closed its doors, forever, earlier this year). And yet, the demand for even greater bacchanalian and hedonistic pursuits still continued to clamor ever louder. Craig wasn’t entirely sure exactly what, let alone where, his ever-burgeoning party plans would allow for the accommodation of all who demanded entrance through his doors. It was sometime during the early months of 2009 that Craig realized the solution: he would organize another gathering, in a different location, and give the alternative crowds exactly the mystical, frenzied and adrenaline-fueled atmosphere they were collectively demanding.

Enter Dave TG and Allen TG – the aforementioned Messieurs Wood and Pelling, of course. Without going into a dissertation on the negotiation process involved that would eventually land the Torture Garden franchise in Toronto, suffice to say the first TG event (held at a venue known as The Opera House) in the summer of 2009 was, by all reviews and reports, nothing short of a runaway, smashing success.

Naturally, Craig’s crowds still demanded more. While other event organizers, in any community in any town in any number of countries, are undoubtedly envious and would give their metaphorical left arm to have the kind of “problem” that Craig has, it truly is a testament to the work ethic, dedication and drive that Craig has to simply give the “people exactly what they want.” What he decided to do wasn’t revolutionary by any means. Other event organizers were putting their names to more than one event on a regular basis: why couldn’t he do the same? The biggest difference, of course, being that for all intents and purposes, other events produced by other organizers tended to be rather viewed as virtually the same party, but slapped with a different name, or “theme”. There were exceptions to that, of course: Northbound Leather’s fetish nights (the longest continuously running fetish event in the world) and Sir Alex Dark’s monthly gatherings have always pushed the envelope in Toronto when it comes to keeping large-scale parties exciting and fresh. But Craig knew he had to do something a little bigger, with a little bit more of a “bang”, in order to once again raise the bar on his own uncompromising level of quality.

Striking a deal with the Torture Garden franchise, one which hadn’t quite been embraced by North American audiences in some large American cities with same degree of enthusiasm as their European counterparts, certainly managed to turn more than a few skeptical heads. Craig himself wasn’t quite sure what to expect as the initial 2009 Torture Garden Toronto event marched inexorably towards its debut date. He needn’t have been too worried: The Opera House was full of locals from every part of the Greater Toronto Area, and had attracted a sizeable crowd of attendees from not only all over North America, but from Europe and other parts of the globe as well. By all accounts, Torture Garden Toronto in 2009 was an unmitigated, unquestionable success. No sooner had Torture Garden Toronto 2009 ended, that the demand (of course!) for more started from the masses.

Thus, Craig being the man he is, he felt compelled to have to raise the bar one more time in 2010 and immediately began laying the groundwork for what very well may prove to become his magnum opus: an entire Torture Garden Toronto weekend. Instead of staging the event during the summer as he and his TG compatriots did a year ago, Craig moved the entire show to May in order to take advantage of a statutory long weekend. The festivities will commence with an Industry Night Martini Party at Toronto’s Club Nocturne on Thursday, May 20th, and wind up an almost-unbelievable four days later on Monday, May 24th with a late-afternoon “wine and cheese wind-down” at a venue known as Café Taste in Toronto’s trendy Queen Street West neighborhood.

It is the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening scheduled events, however, which are sure to cause the most reverent discussions long after the weekend has come to pass. On Friday, May 21st, in a private location, the official Launch Party will take place as an enticing “warm up” to the rest of the weekend’s festivities. Saturday evening, May 22nd, features the main event at The Opera House (735 Queen Street East). Three of Canada’s most respected and beloved spin doctors – DJ’s Lazarus, Pale and Prospero – will be joined by the aforementioned founding musicologists, David TG and Allen TG, in serving up an enticing and inciting wall of sound: an appropriate enough and perfect companion for the visual, intoxicating “torturous” displays that are sure to assault the eyes, and senses, of every attendee.

In addition to up-and-coming local Japanese bondage artist Lotuslily performing her jaw-dropping solo Kinbaku sets, the stage will be graced by the likes of world-popular fetish performers Satomi, the Tokyo Love Doll and Florida’s popular latex performance artist Rubber Doll. The much-sought after rubber garment designs of Kaori’s Latex Dreams will command people’s attentions during the fashion show segment of the evening’s performances, and Vivid Angel (described as “Freak Show Royalty” by some publications) brings her 10 years of experience as an exceptional vaudeville-style performer to the Torture Garden stage, and the mind-blowing hooks-and-suspension troupe I Was Cured will be doing their best to make audience members cringe in awed respect (and delight) with their high-flying flesh and metal aerial displays. Back as well for a second year is the amazing body painting artist ARK Angel, who has single-handedly raised the fetishistic practice of tribal and animal-like body art to atmospheric levels of appreciation amongst die-hard party-goers. There certainly should be more than enough eye and ear candy to gorge one’s self on, Saturday night alone.

As if a high-octane Saturday evening wasn’t enough, The Opera House will once more swing open its doors on Sunday, May 23, for an evening of “Medical Mayhem”. The expected dress code and the (scheduled performances) should be fairly self-explanatory. Whether Torture Garden guests are contentedly trying to recover from Saturday night’s debauchery, or merely getting wound up to a fever pitch for more, both Saturday and Sunday feature a series of seminars (to be held at two different locations on respective days) that can offer interested parties a little of the usual kind of instruction one would expect from such educational presentations – and a little of the unusual, as well. One of Sunday’s seminars in particular appears to be geared more towards the “Medical” theme that encompasses the evening’s “mayhem” to come.

It is true that Craig certainly has an enormous amount of planned delights for his guests during Torture Garden Weekend. What might be surprising to those contemplating purchasing tickets to any one night will undoubtedly be somewhat shocked to realize that prices are far from prohibitive. Even three-night passes and all-inclusive VIP entrance badges are exceptionally reasonable, price-wise. “We have never-before seen in Canada performers, over 20 acts, and several excellent locations that will make Torture Garden Toronto a ‘can’t miss’ event”, Craig said. “Toronto’s Fetish Weekend is going to be what it was intended to be: a fantastic party and a hell of a good time for everyone! It was important to keep the cost of tickets and passes reasonable so that everyone who wanted to come out and experience something new could really afford to do so.” The top-level pass, the all-inclusive VIP badge, includes access to all nightclub events, all seminars and even the “after parties” – and at a considerably less price-point than other large-scale events of a similar nature. Those who are wavering as to whether they wish to attend one or more of the scheduled events may wish to spend some time on the website, and allow the excellent selection of images and videos to help weigh their decisions. Truly, only the annual Northbound Leather event every fall in Toronto ranks with Torture Garden when it comes to spectacular stage and fashion shows, outstanding performances, and especially the dizzying range in personal selection of fetish attire by the prodigious and visually-theatrical guests at large.

Out of town attendees can still find rooms available at the host hotel, Toronto’s Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel located at 123 Queen Street West (directly across the street from Toronto’s space-age, landmark City hall complex). A full schedule of events, performers, seminars and information about “after parties” and any other assorted, necessary information can be found by visiting the Torture Garden Toronto website. Tickets for any, or all, of Torture Garden Toronto Fetish Weekend are available for purchase directly through the website or for pick-up in person at Northbound Leather at 586 Yonge Street in Toronto’s downtown central core.

After reaffirming that the entire enterprise truly has been a venture “for the people by one of their own”, Craig was asked just how he expected to be able to metaphorically “raise the bar” for next year’s event (and there is sure to be one). “Oh, I’m more concerned with making sure everyone has a fantastic time this year”, he said.

“But, I’m sure I’ll think of something!”

(All photos courtesy of Torture Garden and Torture Garden Toronto.)

Pictures from last night and forecast tonight Grande Fetish Ball

Erik von Gutenberg is proud to release the first pictures from last Night Burlesque, Burlesque and Burlesque! Hubba Hubba Revue was awesome and simply stunning!

Ava Garter was the highlight with the most unique and beautiful performance!

TONIGHT: Grande Fetish Ball

Von Gutenberg Grande Fetish Ball with Fetish Superstar and Performer Jewell Marceau. She will be followed by a spectacular fashion show from Emilie Jerard Fashion. Dress to Impress is the way to go for that night with your finest Latex! Live Model Casting with VON GUTENBERG Magazine and a play area upstairs. This night DJ Shatter and DJ Xris Smack from NYC will be spinning from house to trance to industrial.

Tonight:
Jewell Marceau Top Fetish Performance
SIN FISTED Extreme Pole Dancing and Contortionist
Perish Fetish Superstar with Fire Performance
Emilie Jerard Fashion Show & Tactical Corsets

March 13, 2010 door at 9pm

Locations: Saturday Night: Glas Kat Club, 520 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Dress Code Strictly Enforced
get tickets here for tonight for WILL CALL:

Judy Luck performing at the Burlesque Night March 12

Von Gutenberg Magazine is proud to have Judy Luck performing at the Burlesque Night March 12 in the DNA lounge in San Francisco!

Here the link: www.vongutenbergfetishball.com

“Sweet, Sassy, and Classy,” is how Los Angeles based performer Judy Luck is described by all who have crossed her path. This 22 year old girl next door may be young but don’t let that fool you, she’s been performing burlesque since age 17…. Before most clubs would even allow her entry! She began her career with International boylesque performer Bobbie Burlesque and Miss LuLu Lunaris in a magical trio. Soon after was on her own, craving all that is the world of Burlesque. Her acts are as all- embracing as her personality. Ranging from the classic striptease, to the naughty housewife. 

If that wasn’t enough, Judy also does pin-up and fetish modeling. She’s dabbled in Producing, by putting on her very own 21st Birthday Burlesque show last year, and donating all the proceeds to various charities. Her career has given her the opportunity to travel to the Playboy Mansion, featured in The Topless Art Project supporting breast cancer research, and participating in Lucha Va Voom! Her inspirations are Hollywood starlets, most importantly Judy Garland, and the class of the past. Her smile alone will brighten up your day, so get ready to enjoy the luck coming your way!  

Live performances/appearances:
Lolita La Vey’s Sideshow Cabaret- December 2006 (began with bobbie burlesque and lulu lunaris as a threesome act).
Bobbie Burlesques Anniversary Burlesque Show- January 2007
Be My Valentine! Burlesque Show- February 2007 (first show solo)

Judy Luck’s 21st Birthday Bash- December 2008

Fantasy Masquerade Burlesque Show- August 2009
Sunset Striptacular- October 2009
Burlesque and Cabaret- November 2009
Dollface Dames TripTease Burlesque Show- December 2009

Tickets here:  http://www.vongutenberg.com/shop/Event-Tickets/

Judy Luck performing at the Burlesque Night March 12

Von Gutenberg Magazine is proud to have Judy Luck performing at the Burlesque Night March 12 in the DNA lounge in San Francisco!

Here the link: www.vongutenbergfetishball.com

“Sweet, Sassy, and Classy,” is how Los Angeles based performer Judy Luck is described by all who have crossed her path. This 22 year old girl next door may be young but don’t let that fool you, she’s been performing burlesque since age 17…. Before most clubs would even allow her entry! She began her career with International boylesque performer Bobbie Burlesque and Miss LuLu Lunaris in a magical trio. Soon after was on her own, craving all that is the world of Burlesque. Her acts are as all- embracing as her personality. Ranging from the classic striptease, to the naughty housewife. 

If that wasn’t enough, Judy also does pin-up and fetish modeling. She’s dabbled in Producing, by putting on her very own 21st Birthday Burlesque show last year, and donating all the proceeds to various charities. Her career has given her the opportunity to travel to the Playboy Mansion, featured in The Topless Art Project supporting breast cancer research, and participating in Lucha Va Voom! Her inspirations are Hollywood starlets, most importantly Judy Garland, and the class of the past. Her smile alone will brighten up your day, so get ready to enjoy the luck coming your way!  

Live performances/appearances:
Lolita La Vey’s Sideshow Cabaret- December 2006 (began with bobbie burlesque and lulu lunaris as a threesome act).
Bobbie Burlesques Anniversary Burlesque Show- January 2007
Be My Valentine! Burlesque Show- February 2007 (first show solo)

Judy Luck’s 21st Birthday Bash- December 2008

Fantasy Masquerade Burlesque Show- August 2009
Sunset Striptacular- October 2009
Burlesque and Cabaret- November 2009
Dollface Dames TripTease Burlesque Show- December 2009

Tickets here:  http://www.vongutenberg.com/shop/Event-Tickets/

Mina De Sade at VON GUTENBERG Burlesque Night March 12

Erik von Gutenberg announces Madame Sadist Rubber ( Mina De Sade ) to perform Friday Night at the VON GUTENBERG FETISH BALL March 12 in the DNA Lounge in San Francisco.

Tickets: http://www.vongutenberg.com/shop/Event-Tickets/  

Madame S/R/N is a Lifestylist of the Fetish , BDSM , and Kink world for over 13yrs. She is currently a educator , Rubber Go-go dancer , BDSM performance artist , Domme and Fetish Model of the BDSM , Heavy Rubber and Latex lifestyle .  Her concentrations and background are Heavy Rubber , Containment fetish , Uniform , Smoking , Femme Domination, Encasement , Medical Fetish/Bondage and Fetish Burlesque . Ms. S/R/N has been seen @ Club Dungeon L.A. , Bondage Ball L.A. , Club Sanctus LA. , Confession LA., Batcave L.A. and Frightmare club L.A.  She was the former Ms. West Coast Olympus Leather 2008 & 2009 and 1st runner up Ms.International Olympus Leather 2008 . Madame Sadist Rubber has been a performer , educator and living the kink , fetish , bdsm life for over 13years and counting.

Burlesque and Rubber, how do you combine both?

I am what I am …. a Rubber go-go … I been dancing and strutting my shininess for over 13 yrs . I usually in pvc or zentia when I dance .. but now it is time to combine My 2 guilty pleasures / Sins …. Rubber and Dance.. Rubber is my skin .. it clings and molds as if you were born with it on …. In burlesque it is a sultry , active display of showing one true nature.. You are exposing ones inner and outer sexual persona …. This is a way for me to show both .. I feel my sexiest in Heavy Rubber and latex.. Since I love being a tease on the dance floor and stage back home in L.A. I want to bring the 2 most sexiest things that are within myself .. Burlesque and Rubber … I want to show that one can dance , tease , and taunt with out having to peel her skin to show the inner her !. I want to have the world fall in love with my second skin while they can still be able to see my ” human form ” … I love being in a transparent latex body and wearing latex lingerie on top . Making me feel so naked but so covered all the same …. I want to show the true flesh and bone of a Rubber girl … She is all transparent, 20g of shiny perfection !.

What do you like about Fetish?

* Fetish is my blood and my mind … I even work in a environment where I get to clean , shine and sell Latex , Leather and Kink supplies all day long . My uniform is complete with a rubber smock which I wear in pride and in lust … I love the psychological connections I have to my sexuality and my personality when involved or surrounded by one of my fetishes . It is even a point that i perform and educate in fetish identification and culture of fetishes and how they can complete a persons life . I know that with out my fetishes … I would be nothing more then a pretty face and mind with nothing else to show … But get me started on My fetishes and We can talk all day everyday with a different fetish for each conversation.

Latex, what is so special about this material?

* Latex , Rubber….I am a heavy Fetishist…The way it makes me feel.. I can not even notice at times that it is even on since it is like a second skin .. If any my true skin ! . I love how it has no gender, it is sexy and serious .. can be domineering or submissive . It can be just be purely for fashion yet can lead into sex.. It is something that has no rules but a beauty and a feel that only those who wear it can truly understand. It is the feel of being completely naked and completely covered . It is the epitome of avant gard and in a functional means . I love the idea of wearing something that is customized by your own shape , style and use . I sleep in Latex , have latex bedding and enjoy nights in my vac bed… I wear rubber and pvc shoes at work and educate other how to wear and handle Latex all day in a Rubber Butchers Smock …. I wear it as my second skin underneath all my other latex wears … A catsuit , bra and panties all latex , and then my fashionable latex outfit of choice …. It makes me feel one of a kind and when I see others in it .. I think they are all one of a kind as well.

What is planned for the VON GUTENBERG Burlesque Night, what will we see from you?

* It is a surprise !. I can definitely say I will give a new meaning to Neo Burlesque and shine a bit of latex and light on to the stage . I want to give a old fashion feel with a neo futuristic style … I believe a woman’s form in heavy rubber , latex and in containment is simply sexy ! . I want to show and introduce a form of beauty , sexuality and kink in a way many possibly have not thought about.. It is one thing having a girl dance in Rubber , another taking it off… But to have a true hardcore fetishist of burlesque , Rubber and Containment get on the stage it will be just as much fun for me , as it will be for those who will watch… All I have to say Erik is … It will be what I keep on that will keep you wanting … not what I take off.

You like San Francisco?

* I love San Francisco … i am planning to move to the East Bay or South SF area in late summer of 2010. I been exposed to SF on a regular basis off and on for 3 years and want to live in the town where i feel I connect most . I use to be part of a hook suspension team called CORE and their headquarters is out here and I want to get back into it . I am also a big advocate for kink and fetish and SF has it all for my evolving and all so collective taste in Fetish . I can definitely say in may instance when I had to pack to go back home to My home town Hollywood CA. I wish I did not .. The people , fun and leisure of SF makes me wish I was a local .. My heart is truly in San Francisco …

What are your plans for 2010 going forward?

To be creative as always ! . I just finished designing a few custom hoods and already have a few ideas in latex designs I want to have made . I am currently active in promoting and participating in the Montreal Fetish Weekend 2010, Dom Con LA. & Atlanta 2010 .. I am planning to visit the Rubber Doll Weekend in Minneapolis and whatever fun , fetish events that are to arise threw the course of the year … I hope to become more active in the many Von Gutenberg events and projects threw out the year as well . I love the magazine and the parties are live! I want to be part of such a evolving group of events . CHEERS !!! VON GUTENBERG!

www.vongutenbergfetishball.com

Mina De Sade at VON GUTENBERG Burlesque Night March 12

Erik von Gutenberg announces Madame Sadist Rubber ( Mina De Sade ) to perform Friday Night at the VON GUTENBERG FETISH BALL March 12 in the DNA Lounge in San Francisco.

Tickets: http://www.vongutenberg.com/shop/Event-Tickets/  

Madame S/R/N is a Lifestylist of the Fetish , BDSM , and Kink world for over 13yrs. She is currently a educator , Rubber Go-go dancer , BDSM performance artist , Domme and Fetish Model of the BDSM , Heavy Rubber and Latex lifestyle .  Her concentrations and background are Heavy Rubber , Containment fetish , Uniform , Smoking , Femme Domination, Encasement , Medical Fetish/Bondage and Fetish Burlesque . Ms. S/R/N has been seen @ Club Dungeon L.A. , Bondage Ball L.A. , Club Sanctus LA. , Confession LA., Batcave L.A. and Frightmare club L.A.  She was the former Ms. West Coast Olympus Leather 2008 & 2009 and 1st runner up Ms.International Olympus Leather 2008 . Madame Sadist Rubber has been a performer , educator and living the kink , fetish , bdsm life for over 13years and counting.

Burlesque and Rubber, how do you combine both?

I am what I am …. a Rubber go-go … I been dancing and strutting my shininess for over 13 yrs . I usually in pvc or zentia when I dance .. but now it is time to combine My 2 guilty pleasures / Sins …. Rubber and Dance.. Rubber is my skin .. it clings and molds as if you were born with it on …. In burlesque it is a sultry , active display of showing one true nature.. You are exposing ones inner and outer sexual persona …. This is a way for me to show both .. I feel my sexiest in Heavy Rubber and latex.. Since I love being a tease on the dance floor and stage back home in L.A. I want to bring the 2 most sexiest things that are within myself .. Burlesque and Rubber … I want to show that one can dance , tease , and taunt with out having to peel her skin to show the inner her !. I want to have the world fall in love with my second skin while they can still be able to see my ” human form ” … I love being in a transparent latex body and wearing latex lingerie on top . Making me feel so naked but so covered all the same …. I want to show the true flesh and bone of a Rubber girl … She is all transparent, 20g of shiny perfection !.

What do you like about Fetish?

* Fetish is my blood and my mind … I even work in a environment where I get to clean , shine and sell Latex , Leather and Kink supplies all day long . My uniform is complete with a rubber smock which I wear in pride and in lust … I love the psychological connections I have to my sexuality and my personality when involved or surrounded by one of my fetishes . It is even a point that i perform and educate in fetish identification and culture of fetishes and how they can complete a persons life . I know that with out my fetishes … I would be nothing more then a pretty face and mind with nothing else to show … But get me started on My fetishes and We can talk all day everyday with a different fetish for each conversation.

Latex, what is so special about this material?

* Latex , Rubber….I am a heavy Fetishist…The way it makes me feel.. I can not even notice at times that it is even on since it is like a second skin .. If any my true skin ! . I love how it has no gender, it is sexy and serious .. can be domineering or submissive . It can be just be purely for fashion yet can lead into sex.. It is something that has no rules but a beauty and a feel that only those who wear it can truly understand. It is the feel of being completely naked and completely covered . It is the epitome of avant gard and in a functional means . I love the idea of wearing something that is customized by your own shape , style and use . I sleep in Latex , have latex bedding and enjoy nights in my vac bed… I wear rubber and pvc shoes at work and educate other how to wear and handle Latex all day in a Rubber Butchers Smock …. I wear it as my second skin underneath all my other latex wears … A catsuit , bra and panties all latex , and then my fashionable latex outfit of choice …. It makes me feel one of a kind and when I see others in it .. I think they are all one of a kind as well.

What is planned for the VON GUTENBERG Burlesque Night, what will we see from you?

* It is a surprise !. I can definitely say I will give a new meaning to Neo Burlesque and shine a bit of latex and light on to the stage . I want to give a old fashion feel with a neo futuristic style … I believe a woman’s form in heavy rubber , latex and in containment is simply sexy ! . I want to show and introduce a form of beauty , sexuality and kink in a way many possibly have not thought about.. It is one thing having a girl dance in Rubber , another taking it off… But to have a true hardcore fetishist of burlesque , Rubber and Containment get on the stage it will be just as much fun for me , as it will be for those who will watch… All I have to say Erik is … It will be what I keep on that will keep you wanting … not what I take off.

You like San Francisco?

* I love San Francisco … i am planning to move to the East Bay or South SF area in late summer of 2010. I been exposed to SF on a regular basis off and on for 3 years and want to live in the town where i feel I connect most . I use to be part of a hook suspension team called CORE and their headquarters is out here and I want to get back into it . I am also a big advocate for kink and fetish and SF has it all for my evolving and all so collective taste in Fetish . I can definitely say in may instance when I had to pack to go back home to My home town Hollywood CA. I wish I did not .. The people , fun and leisure of SF makes me wish I was a local .. My heart is truly in San Francisco …

What are your plans for 2010 going forward?

To be creative as always ! . I just finished designing a few custom hoods and already have a few ideas in latex designs I want to have made . I am currently active in promoting and participating in the Montreal Fetish Weekend 2010, Dom Con LA. & Atlanta 2010 .. I am planning to visit the Rubber Doll Weekend in Minneapolis and whatever fun , fetish events that are to arise threw the course of the year … I hope to become more active in the many Von Gutenberg events and projects threw out the year as well . I love the magazine and the parties are live! I want to be part of such a evolving group of events . CHEERS !!! VON GUTENBERG!

www.vongutenbergfetishball.com

Erotic Signature

Erik von Gutenberg recommends Erotic Signature as already reported in the last issue of VON GUTENBERG MAGAZINE.

Erotic Signature is one of the leading publishers for beautiful and sensual art books. This event is
the release party for their 3rd annual publication entitled: “The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today” featuring over 200 beautiful artworks and sexy photography from all over the world (28 countries are included in the book).

In association with LIFE IS ART (http://www.lifeisartfest.org/) and the HOT JAM ENTERTAINMENT’s sexy dancers, expect an erotically charged night filled with Live Art, Bodypainting, Shibari demonstration (Rope Suspension), Shadow Dancing, Sexy Burlesque and Belly Dancing, sensual visuals for a sensory overload, an extremely sexy and uninhibited crowd, and much more…

Dresscode: Upscale, Sexy and Chic
Attitude: Debonair and Laisser-Faire
Live Painting by Kahra Keasling; Dianne Romero Buitrago; and Michael Diaz
Music by Joe Marella
Shibari Artist Deiter
Sexy Theatrical shows by Pamela Canellas and the Hot Jam Dancers
Sensual artistic visuals by EroticSignature.com

LA FETE EROTIQUE
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2010 @ MI-VI
901 S. Federal Hwy. (NE 213 St. and Biscayne Blvd) Hallandale Beach, FL 33009 www.mi6ent.com

FREE ADMISSION BEFORE MIDNIGHT!!!
(Just mention that you are attending the sexy art party)
RSVP/VIP table: fritze@prodigy.net  –  Tel: 305.375.8040