Xris SMack in San Francisco at the VON GUTENBERG Fetish Ball

FlyerPostcardsmErik von Gutenberg is happy and proud to announce that Fetish DJ Superstar and NYC resident Xris SMack is coming to San Francisco for the VON GUTENBERG Fetish Ball for NAUGHTY Christmas on Dec 5, 2009.

Xris SMack is one of the most well known fetish DJ’s and rocks the crowds from Florida to NYC, from LA to Atlanta and from Montreal to Chicago.

More on Xris SMack you can find here: www.smack-fetish.com , he is running the craziest and most inspiring Multimedia Play parties in NYC.  It’s NYC’s longest running event and he also will be setting the trends in the future.

We will enjoy a naughty Christmas with a special pervy Santa from local fetish favorites KinkySalon and performance by RUBBERDOLL, as well as Anastasia Pierce and Athena Fatale, Mistress of Mayhem.

We will celebrate the beginning of the holiday season in San Francisco with great performances and great music- DJ Xris SMack from New York City, and KINGFISH from the much-loved local Burlesque spectacular Hubba Hubba Revue will be the MC!

Additionally we will have DJ Netic from local DNA lounge and DJ Shatter from Bondage a GoGo and LIVE MODEL CASTING with Charles Gatewood for the websites and blog

VON GUTENBERG FETISH BALL

Marquis America in association with Mister S and Madame S present the VON GUTENBERG FETISH BALL in San Francisco, Dec 5 at the supperclub

www.vongutenbergfetishball.com
December 5, 2009 doors at 9pm
San Francisco, at Supper Club, 657 Harrison Street, SF  in the SOMA district

Xris SMack in San Francisco at the VON GUTENBERG Fetish Ball

FlyerPostcardsmErik von Gutenberg is happy and proud to announce that Fetish DJ Superstar and NYC resident Xris SMack is coming to San Francisco for the VON GUTENBERG Fetish Ball for NAUGHTY Christmas on Dec 5, 2009.

Xris SMack is one of the most well known fetish DJ’s and rocks the crowds from Florida to NYC, from LA to Atlanta and from Montreal to Chicago.

More on Xris SMack you can find here: www.smack-fetish.com , he is running the craziest and most inspiring Multimedia Play parties in NYC.  It’s NYC’s longest running event and he also will be setting the trends in the future.

We will enjoy a naughty Christmas with a special pervy Santa from local fetish favorites KinkySalon and performance by RUBBERDOLL, as well as Anastasia Pierce and Athena Fatale, Mistress of Mayhem.

We will celebrate the beginning of the holiday season in San Francisco with great performances and great music- DJ Xris SMack from New York City, and KINGFISH from the much-loved local Burlesque spectacular Hubba Hubba Revue will be the MC!

Additionally we will have DJ Netic from local DNA lounge and DJ Shatter from Bondage a GoGo and LIVE MODEL CASTING with Charles Gatewood for the websites and blog

VON GUTENBERG FETISH BALL

Marquis America in association with Mister S and Madame S present the VON GUTENBERG FETISH BALL in San Francisco, Dec 5 at the supperclub

www.vongutenbergfetishball.com
December 5, 2009 doors at 9pm
San Francisco, at Supper Club, 657 Harrison Street, SF  in the SOMA district

San Francisco's first kinky cafe and art gallery opened September 16th, 2009!

logowhitetextnohelveticaLocal news from SF:

The SF fetish community is abuzz with the news that Wicked Grounds, the city’s first coffee shop and gallery catering specifically to kinksters, opened on September 16th!
http://www.wickedgrounds.com/WG/Home.html

For any business, it’s location, location, location, and at 289 8th St. just off Folsom, Wicked Grounds is at the perfect center of SF kink businesses. Fetish wear giants Stormy Leather/Stockroom, Mr. S and Madame S, and Leather Etc. are all within a block. Alt-porn giant kink.com is just a short walk away at 14th and Mission, as is the beloved community dungeon and playspace SF Citadel at Mission and 9th. A corset fancier visiting Dark Garden might even stroll over from Hayes Valley without breaking a sweat, and settle in for Ritual Coffee or Red Blossom tea.  The cafe features locally produced vegan baked goods and sandwiches as well as milkshakes and waffles. Kinksters gearing up for a night of play at Citadel can now be seen powering up on snacks and playing boardgames, while admiring the artwork on the pale cream walls. The first Wicked Grounds art show is of photographs by celebrity bondage artist Lochai; the next show is by yours truly, Suzanne Forbes.

San Francisco's first kinky cafe and art gallery opened September 16th, 2009!

logowhitetextnohelveticaLocal news from SF:

The SF fetish community is abuzz with the news that Wicked Grounds, the city’s first coffee shop and gallery catering specifically to kinksters, opened on September 16th!
http://www.wickedgrounds.com/WG/Home.html

For any business, it’s location, location, location, and at 289 8th St. just off Folsom, Wicked Grounds is at the perfect center of SF kink businesses. Fetish wear giants Stormy Leather/Stockroom, Mr. S and Madame S, and Leather Etc. are all within a block. Alt-porn giant kink.com is just a short walk away at 14th and Mission, as is the beloved community dungeon and playspace SF Citadel at Mission and 9th. A corset fancier visiting Dark Garden might even stroll over from Hayes Valley without breaking a sweat, and settle in for Ritual Coffee or Red Blossom tea.  The cafe features locally produced vegan baked goods and sandwiches as well as milkshakes and waffles. Kinksters gearing up for a night of play at Citadel can now be seen powering up on snacks and playing boardgames, while admiring the artwork on the pale cream walls. The first Wicked Grounds art show is of photographs by celebrity bondage artist Lochai; the next show is by yours truly, Suzanne Forbes.

Art of Restraint at Femina Potens Aug. 22

 

big_judy2Once again it’s time for Art of Restraint at San Francisco erotic art gallery and performance space Femina Potens!
“Art of Restraint” is a very special, intimate event held at SF’s much-loved Femina Potens. Like so many other events at FP, it is all about community and being present to your true kinky, queer, sexy self. I have now been a “performer” ( i.e. I have been present to do my live drawing) at two AOR’s, and thoroughly enjoyed both.
Here’s Violet Blue’s article about the last AOR for sfgate:

This AOR features rope artists Midori, Lochai, James Mogul, and Fivestar. Award winning suspension model and Indie Porn Pioneer of the year, Madison Young, as seen on MTV, HBO, Independent Film Channel and Curve Magazine. French porn actress, performance artist and bondage enthusiast Judy Minx will be traveling all the way from Paris to get your blood boiling. Performance painter, porn star and bondage model Satine Phoenix will be indulging us in her live erotic performance painting. And of course, Suzanne Forbes (me!) will be doing live drawing of the sensual events as they unfurl! I am looking forward to this one enormously!
Madison Young is an extraordinary force for kink liberation in this city and the world, and she has created a gallery unlike any other.
About FP and its creator, Madison Young:
Femina Potens is a sex positive art gallery and performance space dedicated to women and transgendered artists. Founder Madison travels the world with her sex positive performances, workshops, panels, art work and readings from her upcoming memoir “The Tail of a Bondage Model”. Madison ’s writings have been published in On Our Backs and Girlfriends Magazine and can also be found in the anthology “Baby Remember My Name”. Madison has been featured on MTV’s LOGO channel program Out and About, the documentary Lesbian Sex and Sexuality Porn Today: Pushing the Limits, and was featured in Brian Alexander’s recent book release “America Unzipped”.

 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – August 22nd, 2009 –

Step inside and experience rope cinching tight into eager flesh as bodies struggle and dance in the air in an erotic ballet of dominance and submission. Be a part of this celebration that notes the greats of kinky bondage culture, “Making a Mark; Our History; Our Story”. Witness our brave and unyielding artists as they evoke a beautiful tale of art and bondage. Take pleasure in this as beautiful bound submissives offer you champagne, sweet strawberries and dark chocolates, listening to the music from one of San Francisco’s hottest DJs. Doors will be locked at 8pm sharp, placing you in the center of a hot avant-garde bondage scene. Welcome to the third edition of Art of Restraint.
This August’s Art of Restraint will feature rope artists Midori, Lochai, James Mogul, and Fivestar. Award winning suspension model and Indie Porn Pioneer of the year, Madison Young, as seen on MTV, HBO, Independent Film Channel and Curve Magazine. French porn actress, performance artist and bondage enthusiast, Judy Minx will be traveling all the way from Paris to get your blood boiling. Performance painter, porn star and bondage model, Satine Phoenix will be indulging us in her live erotic performance painting. Minnie and Mo will be our dedicated service submissives, constantly pleasing us with sweet treats, sparkling beverages and boot blacking. We are delighted to be joined by a special Celebrity Guest, who will delight us with her sexy and humorous songs! Live drawings by Suzanne Forbes, the ultimate kinky voyeur. Our performers will utilize rope, metal, flesh, and other articles of choice that play with the archiving of our lineage.
Lights out at 11pm sharp…unless you are fortunate enough to be a Femina Potens Member. Members of Femina Potens will be invited to stay for the sexy after hours with the artists and models. Come be a part of what the SF Gate called “The Most Happening Art Space in San Francisco” and the SF Guardian calls “The Best XXX XX in the Castro”.
‘Art of Restraint’ Erotic Rope Bondage Art Salon
Femina Potens Art Gallery
2199 Market St @ Sanchez
August 22, 2009 @ 8:00 – 11:00 pm
Doors open at 7:30pm
Doors locked at 8:00pm sharp – no ins and outs
$75 per ticket
$50 for Members – Sign up to become a member today!
For more information please visit www.feminapotens.org

Art of Restraint at Femina Potens Aug. 22

 

big_judy2Once again it’s time for Art of Restraint at San Francisco erotic art gallery and performance space Femina Potens!
“Art of Restraint” is a very special, intimate event held at SF’s much-loved Femina Potens. Like so many other events at FP, it is all about community and being present to your true kinky, queer, sexy self. I have now been a “performer” ( i.e. I have been present to do my live drawing) at two AOR’s, and thoroughly enjoyed both.
Here’s Violet Blue’s article about the last AOR for sfgate:

This AOR features rope artists Midori, Lochai, James Mogul, and Fivestar. Award winning suspension model and Indie Porn Pioneer of the year, Madison Young, as seen on MTV, HBO, Independent Film Channel and Curve Magazine. French porn actress, performance artist and bondage enthusiast Judy Minx will be traveling all the way from Paris to get your blood boiling. Performance painter, porn star and bondage model Satine Phoenix will be indulging us in her live erotic performance painting. And of course, Suzanne Forbes (me!) will be doing live drawing of the sensual events as they unfurl! I am looking forward to this one enormously!
Madison Young is an extraordinary force for kink liberation in this city and the world, and she has created a gallery unlike any other.
About FP and its creator, Madison Young:
Femina Potens is a sex positive art gallery and performance space dedicated to women and transgendered artists. Founder Madison travels the world with her sex positive performances, workshops, panels, art work and readings from her upcoming memoir “The Tail of a Bondage Model”. Madison ’s writings have been published in On Our Backs and Girlfriends Magazine and can also be found in the anthology “Baby Remember My Name”. Madison has been featured on MTV’s LOGO channel program Out and About, the documentary Lesbian Sex and Sexuality Porn Today: Pushing the Limits, and was featured in Brian Alexander’s recent book release “America Unzipped”.

 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – August 22nd, 2009 –

Step inside and experience rope cinching tight into eager flesh as bodies struggle and dance in the air in an erotic ballet of dominance and submission. Be a part of this celebration that notes the greats of kinky bondage culture, “Making a Mark; Our History; Our Story”. Witness our brave and unyielding artists as they evoke a beautiful tale of art and bondage. Take pleasure in this as beautiful bound submissives offer you champagne, sweet strawberries and dark chocolates, listening to the music from one of San Francisco’s hottest DJs. Doors will be locked at 8pm sharp, placing you in the center of a hot avant-garde bondage scene. Welcome to the third edition of Art of Restraint.
This August’s Art of Restraint will feature rope artists Midori, Lochai, James Mogul, and Fivestar. Award winning suspension model and Indie Porn Pioneer of the year, Madison Young, as seen on MTV, HBO, Independent Film Channel and Curve Magazine. French porn actress, performance artist and bondage enthusiast, Judy Minx will be traveling all the way from Paris to get your blood boiling. Performance painter, porn star and bondage model, Satine Phoenix will be indulging us in her live erotic performance painting. Minnie and Mo will be our dedicated service submissives, constantly pleasing us with sweet treats, sparkling beverages and boot blacking. We are delighted to be joined by a special Celebrity Guest, who will delight us with her sexy and humorous songs! Live drawings by Suzanne Forbes, the ultimate kinky voyeur. Our performers will utilize rope, metal, flesh, and other articles of choice that play with the archiving of our lineage.
Lights out at 11pm sharp…unless you are fortunate enough to be a Femina Potens Member. Members of Femina Potens will be invited to stay for the sexy after hours with the artists and models. Come be a part of what the SF Gate called “The Most Happening Art Space in San Francisco” and the SF Guardian calls “The Best XXX XX in the Castro”.
‘Art of Restraint’ Erotic Rope Bondage Art Salon
Femina Potens Art Gallery
2199 Market St @ Sanchez
August 22, 2009 @ 8:00 – 11:00 pm
Doors open at 7:30pm
Doors locked at 8:00pm sharp – no ins and outs
$75 per ticket
$50 for Members – Sign up to become a member today!
For more information please visit www.feminapotens.org

DJ Netik confirmed for MARQUIS FETISH BALL July 18 San Francisco

marquisfetishballforweb1Erik Von Gutenberg in association with Mister S and Madame S presents the first-ever Marquis Fetish Ball!
Saturday July 18, 2009 at Supperclub, San Francisco Doors at 9pm
Your opportunity to Dress to Impress!
A night of glamorous fetish fashion and performances- San Francisco’s high style fetish event for 2009.
Join Marquis America for this fabulous high-style event where San Francisco’s naughtiest and sexiest players will be strutting their stuff!
Doors at 9! All-night play space and VIP salon.
Bondage performance by international superstar Midori, aerial performance by Evacide, live drawing by popular fetish artist Suzanne Forbes!
Just added to the lineup is top San Francisco turntablist DJ Netik of Meat, DNA and Exotic Erotic Ball fame.
Fashion excitement will be provided by edge designers Black Lickorish Latex and Antiseptic Fashions, who are coming together to do an outrageous fashion show!
Best-Dressed contest winners will participate in a live model shoot for Marquis America and Marquis Fetish Blog.
Midnight Madness Raffle with spectacular prizes from Stormy Leather, Madame S, and Stockroom toys!
Supperclub is located at 857 Harrison St. in San Francisco.
Visit MarquisFetishBall.com for travel and accommodation info.

• Tickets $45 at door, onsale online thru June 1 at a discounted price of $30.
• After June 1, tickets are $35 online. Tickets are $35 at these locations:

Los Angeles: Stockroom, 2807 W. Sunset Blvd. LA 90026
San Francisco:
Stormy Leather, 1158 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Madame S/Mister S, 385 8th St., San Francisco CA 94103
Dark Garden Corsetry, 321 Linden Street, San Francisco CA, 94102
* VIP tickets $65 includes All Access, bar menu until midnite, private drawing session with Suzanne Forbes, your own complimentary issues of Marquis 44&45 and VIP Salon.
* Tickets will be available soon at Stockroom and Mister S in San Francisco $35 until July 1, $45 up to event.
Sponsored by San Francisco’s own Stockroom/Stormy Leather and Mister S, Second Skin Couture, and MyFetishCafe.com

For Online tickets go here: http://www.marquisamerica.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=36&osCsid=tbf6ckm21f1s04m8amgfgstdf6
Sponsored by Clips4Sale, Stockroom, Second Skin Couture, My FetishCafe.com and ProDommes & Beyond and supported by SF’s local BDSM and Fetish community.
For more information on Marquis America’s upcoming projects, contact Erik Von Gutenberg at press@marquisamerica.com. To subscribe to Marquis Magazine and purchase fetish DVDs, art, books and gear, visit the official MA site, www.marquisamerica.com.

MARQUIS FETISH NIGHT in San Francisco Supperclub

marquisfetishball1Erik Von Gutenberg presents the first Marquis Fetish Night!

Saturday July 18, 2009 at Supperclub, San Francisco.

Your opportunity to Dress to Impress!

A night of glamorous fetish fashion and performances- San Francisco’s high style fetish event for 2009.

Join Marquis America for this fabulous fetish event where San Francisco’s naughtiest and sexiest players will be strutting their stuff!

Doors at 9! All-night play space, theme rooms, VIP salon.

Bondage performance by international superstar Midori, aerial performance by Evacide, live drawing by fetish artist Suzanne Forbes!

Midnight Madness- Best-Dressed contest winners participate in a live model shoot for Marquis America and Marquis Fetish Blog. Raffle with spectacular prizes from Stormy Leather, Madame S, and Stockroom toys.

* Tickets $45 at door, onsale online thru June 1 at a discounted price of $30. After June tickets are $35 online.

* VIP tickets $65 includes All Access, bar menu until midnite, private drawing session with Suzanne Forbes, your own complimentary issues of Marquis 44&45 and VIP Salon.

* Tickets will be available soon at Stockroom and Mister S in San Francisco $35 until July 1, $45 up to event.

Sponsored by San Francisco’s own Stockroom/Stormy Leather and Mister S, Second Skin Couture, and MyFetishCafe.com

For Online tickets go here: www.marquisfetishball.com

The Tom of Finland Foundation

ev_2009_04_10_leatherarchives_beauties1“About The Tom of Finland Foundation:
In 1984, the non-profit Tom of Finland Foundation was established by Durk Dehner and his friend Touko Laaksonen a.k.a. Tom of Finland. As Tom had established worldwide recognition as the master of homo-erotic art, the Foundation’s original purpose was to preserve his vast catalog of work. Several years later the scope was widened to offer a safe haven for all erotic art in response to rampant discrimination against art that portrayed sexual behavior or generated a sexual response. Today the Foundation continues in its efforts of educating the public as to the cultural merits of erotic art and in promoting healthier, more tolerant attitudes about sexuality. ”

ToFF is located in Tom’s old house, a beautiful Craftsman in a fairly sketchy part of Los Angeles; I’ve had the pleasure of attending the Christmas party at the house, and actually been taken downstairs into Tom’s old basement dungeon where leather straps and rubber suiting and bits of chain hang quietly in the darkness.

The ToFF is not just about gay erotic art; they really are committed to supporting erotic and fetish art of all kinds. The house itself is a museum, with erotic works on all the walls, and the people who run the Foundation are fantastic. They have Emerging Erotic Artist contests, social events and fundraisers, maintain archives of erotic art, and support the development of a global erotic art community.

My favorite of their resources is their free international Erotic Art Events Calendar, which lists shows and exhibitions and fairs all over the world.

http://www.tomoffinlandfoundation.org/foundation/events.html

The image shown here is from a show called “Beauties Service”, a collection of gorgeous watercolors by Kate Tastrophe at The Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago.

http://www.leatherarchives.org/
-Suzanne Forbes, Marquis Fetish Art blogger
www.suzanneforbes.com

Is Steampunk the new Fetish?

steamdoxie-216x3001MARQUIS AMERICA is looking closer at steampunk, is steampunk a new fetish? What do you think?

Some of you may be familiar with steampunk art, fashion and style; others may not be. This trend has come from the world of science fiction and fantasy, and is being rapidly swept into music and art. Imagine a world where computer technology arrived a hundred years earlier, the Victorian age with the science of HG Wells and Jules Verne brought to life.

It’s both a principle and a fashion; it’s about Doing It Yourself and also looking different- in a Neo-Victorian apocalyptic way.

Much Steampunk art is gadgets and technology; you can see fine examples of these at Jake Von Slatt’s Steampunk Workshop:(click here for steampunk fun!)

But fashion is just as important, and everywhere people are making their own Steampunk fashion. Sewing together leather girdles with antique medical corsets, adding lace trim to wrist cuffs and collars, hand-dying stockings and distressing the finish on their granny boots. The look is a mixture of Victorian aristocrat, chimney sweep, and mad scientist. It’s democratic, because it’s DIY; anybody who can get to an Army surplus store can modify a pair of goggles and sew ruffles on a skirt.
How does this look relate to fetish? Well, it’s about object and gadgets being attached to the body to modify it and make it sexier, for one thing. People obsessing about the antiqued finish on their jetpack are very similar to people shining their latex hoods and gas masks. Also, corsets, especially ones by Dark Garden, as sold here on the MarquisAmerica website:
are a huge part of the look, and so are shoes and boots with vintage details and as many extra straps, buckles, pouches and buttons as possible. The hardware is brass instead of silver, the leather is brown, and the heels are not quite so high, but it’s very much like seeing a fetish girl strapped up in giant Pleaser boots, a latex corset with millions of straps and buckles, and a full-sensory deprivation hood.


As far as Steampunk fetish art goes, there are just a few of us doing it so far. You can find my steampunk set on my flickr stream; it’s focussed on fashions I’ve seen on real steampunks as well as fashions I’ve invented.
And if you search “steampunk” on deviantart.com, you’ll get lots of images.
I hope to continue combining my fetish and steampunk worlds, and making sexy pictures of both!
-Suzanne Forbes, Marquis Fetish Art blogger