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.)

Xris SMack at New York Fetish Marathon

Erik von Gutenberg recommends Xris SMack and the New York Fetish Marathon this weekend! Also please see the venue change below for tomorrow night:

VENUE CHANGE for the SMack! Anniversary tomorrow

TOUCH 240 w.52nd St (between 7th/8th Aves) NYC 10019
(across the street from Roseland Ballroom)

and the last chance to buy ADVANCE TICKETS:
http://smack-fetish.tix.com/

and the NY Fetish Marathon events this week (June 2nd-6th):

http://nyfetishmarathon.com/

NEWS AND UPDATES:
the complete schedule for this years events has been announced :)
Fet Marathon” during registration for our special reduced rate

* our OFFICIAL HOST HOTEL:
the Hotel Pennsylvania NY – 701 7th Ave @ 33rd St NY NY 10001
(across the street from Penn Station) 212-736-5000 (“Transylvania-6-5000″)
$149 single bed room / $169 double bed room
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* If you are a visiting Mistress, we also have our “NYFM Domme Placement Center
that can help you find the right Dungeon or play space for your sessions :)

* if you have any suggestions, recommendations, or would like to volunteer,
please contact us at contact@NYFetishMarathon.com

* Advanced Tickets for Fetish Marathon Events will be available at:
Purple Passion : 211 w. 20th St. New York, NY 10011 (212) 807-0486
The Baroness : 530 E. 13th St. between Aves A/B New York, NY 10009 (212)
Demask : 144 Orchard St. New York, NY 10002 (212) 466-0814
Gothic Renaissance : 108 4th Ave @ 11th St New York, NY 10003 (212) 780-9554
** The Baroness offers 10% off all latex in her store for those buying tickets to any Fetish Marathon event!

LA kink Fetish weekend do not miss!

Erik von Gutenberg is recommending the LA kink fetish weekend! 4 days, 4 parties you cannot miss! It starts tonight with sexy fetish fun at April’s Fools Day!

Friday you will experience an evening of fetish erotic fashion, performance, dance & play: Rubberotica!

Saturday the Booby Ball2010! Prizes awarded for the most outrageous boobs!

On Sunday go to the Masque Event, Erotique Cabaret & Fetish Feast!

go to: www.kinkevents.com and get your ticket!

SIN FISTED at VON GUTENBERG FETISH BALL March 13

sinfisted001Erik von Gutenberg is proud to announce that SIN FISTED is performing Saturday night at the Glas Kat in San Francisco at the Grande Fetish Night! She will be performing Saturday March 13 on the main stage!

Here a small bio from SIN FISTED:

I have been performing for 12 years now. My skills include: extreme pole dancing, contortion, fetish & fashion modeling, s&m performer, burlesque dancing, latex & runway modeling (as well as featured in music videos & independent films).

Other modeling gigs include working with the ever famous Male Model: Tony Ward, Top Fetish Photographer: Steve Diet Goedde & World Famous Dark Artist & Painter: Michael Hussar (just to name a few).

I’m fortunate to be a performer & my reputation has taken me around the world (Japan- “System Hardcore” as well as Jamaica- “Kink in the Caribbean” twice!) to entertain my audience.

My style is all my own & I visually show my audience what I thing the song should “look” & “feel” like.
With my energetic performances, crazy flexibility & ever-changing “look”, it’ll be hard Not to get sick of watching me.
Don’t blink! Or you might miss something truely amazing!

You will see here March 13 at the Glas Kat Club in San Francisco, stunning, unique and extraordinary!

General Event Info: www.vongutenbergfetishball.com

Tickets here: www.vongutenberg.com/shop

sinfisted010More Information about the VON GUTENBERG weekend:

VON GUTENBERG FETISH WEEKEND — SAN FRANCISCO March 11,12 & 13

These are *3* amazing events back to back, THURSDAY, MARCH 11TH thru SATURDAY MARCH 13TH.
THURSDAY!
March 11th — Meet & Greet Party & More at MISSION CONTROL, SF!
                      Dance party! Play-space! Weekend kick-off fun!

FRIDAY!
March 12th — Burlesque Extravaganza at the World Famous DNA Lounge!
                      Hubba Hubba Revue, w/ special guest AVA GARTER, and
                      and an ultra sexy dance party with your favorite DJ’s!

SATURDAY!
March 13th — The GRAND BALL at Glas Kat, SF! Fashion shows! Live model
                      casting! Fetish superstar JEWELL MARCEAU and SIN FISTED and much,
                      much more

Von Gutenberg Fantasy Ball in the Bay Area

Poster Mr S WebErik von Gutenberg in association with Mister S Leather and Madame S is inviting again for another weekend of Fashion, Fantasy and Fun!

3 Nights, 3 locations, 3 times fashion, fantasy and fun!

The first evening will be a VON GUTENBERG Fantasy Night, Meet, Greet & Play at Mission Control. A great night to dress up for Performances, Dance & Play. Live Model Casting for the Von Gutenberg Magazine with DJ Xris Smack from NYC.

The second night you will experience Burlesque Superstar Ava Garter in a VON GUTENBERG Fantasy & Burlesque Night. Local Hubbahubba Revue will spice the night up with the hottest Burlesque talent in and outside the Bay Area. DNA lounge is the perfect place and DJ Netik will spice the crowd up.

Saturday night is the Von Gutenberg Grande Fantasy 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 Outfit! 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.

March 11,12 & 13, 2010 door every night at 9pm
Locations:

Thursday Night: Mission Control, 2519 Mission, San Francisco, CA 94110

Friday Night: DNA lounge, 375 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday Night: Glas Kat Club, 520 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

 • General Admission 3 day pass: $95 thru 2/28/2010, $105 thereafter
 • General Admission single days: Thursday: $35; Friday $35; Saturday $45

Event Hotel: Courtyard Mariott San Francisco Downtown with special discount!

Dress Code Strictly Enforced!

Tickets are available at www.vongutenbergfetishball.com , and may also be purchased at the following retail locations:

Los Angeles
Stockroom/Syren Retail Boutique
2807 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

San Francisco
Stormy Leather Retail Boutique
1158 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

San Francisco
Mister S & Madame S Retail Boutique
385 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

San Francisco
Darkgarden Corsetry
321 Linden Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

New York
The Baroness
530-B East 13th Street, New York, NY 10009

Von Gutenberg Fantasy Ball in the Bay Area

Poster Mr S WebErik von Gutenberg in association with Mister S Leather and Madame S is inviting again for another weekend of Fashion, Fantasy and Fun!

3 Nights, 3 locations, 3 times fashion, fantasy and fun!

The first evening will be a VON GUTENBERG Fantasy Night, Meet, Greet & Play at Mission Control. A great night to dress up for Performances, Dance & Play. Live Model Casting for the Von Gutenberg Magazine with DJ Xris Smack from NYC.

The second night you will experience Burlesque Superstar Ava Garter in a VON GUTENBERG Fantasy & Burlesque Night. Local Hubbahubba Revue will spice the night up with the hottest Burlesque talent in and outside the Bay Area. DNA lounge is the perfect place and DJ Netik will spice the crowd up.

Saturday night is the Von Gutenberg Grande Fantasy 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 Outfit! 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.

March 11,12 & 13, 2010 door every night at 9pm
Locations:

Thursday Night: Mission Control, 2519 Mission, San Francisco, CA 94110

Friday Night: DNA lounge, 375 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday Night: Glas Kat Club, 520 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

 • General Admission 3 day pass: $95 thru 2/28/2010, $105 thereafter
 • General Admission single days: Thursday: $35; Friday $35; Saturday $45

Event Hotel: Courtyard Mariott San Francisco Downtown with special discount!

Dress Code Strictly Enforced!

Tickets are available at www.vongutenbergfetishball.com , and may also be purchased at the following retail locations:

Los Angeles
Stockroom/Syren Retail Boutique
2807 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

San Francisco
Stormy Leather Retail Boutique
1158 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

San Francisco
Mister S & Madame S Retail Boutique
385 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

San Francisco
Darkgarden Corsetry
321 Linden Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

New York
The Baroness
530-B East 13th Street, New York, NY 10009

Xris SMack rocks the ultimate afterparty again

Erik von Gutenberg reommends the Ultimate Afterparty from the NYC tribe. It was again an amazing event in Las Vegas and the tribe organized an event which wins more fans than any other party during AVN in Las Vegas. Xris SMack was the super DJ again who played into the early morning hours. Xris was amazing and the crowd loved it.

Here the link for you for next year:

www.theultimateafterparty.com

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Xris SMack rocks the ultimate afterparty again

Erik von Gutenberg reommends the Ultimate Afterparty from the NYC tribe. It was again an amazing event in Las Vegas and the tribe organized an event which wins more fans than any other party during AVN in Las Vegas. Xris SMack was the super DJ again who played into the early morning hours. Xris was amazing and the crowd loved it.

Here the link for you for next year:

www.theultimateafterparty.com

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Fetish Ball in San Francisco MARQUIS America presents DEC 5 the next event

MARQUIS AMERICA in association with Mister S and Madame S presents the VON GUTENBERG Fetish Ball December 5 in the supperclub in San Francisco!

Get your discounted tickets now here and safe your tickets for a Naughty Christmas in the supperclub:

www.vongutenbergfetishball.com

You will see RUBBERDOLL, the top International fetish star and Anastsia Pierce and Athena Fatale! Local kinky salon will be Naughty Santa with his latex elves, smiles! KINGFISH from local hubba, hubba burlesque review will be the Master of Ceremonies! YEAH

We hope to see you guys again like you came on July 18!

Here some pictures from legendary photographer Charles Gatewood from our July 18 event this year, he again will be there December 5!

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