3XL has kindly asked me to do some guest writing for Lust, Love & Latex. As my introductory entry I’ve decided to do a review of the Winter Warmup rubber event which took place at the Helios Resort in Palm Springs, California on February 20-22. It was hosted by the Los Angeles West Coast Rubber group.
What could be better than wearing latex outdoors in a desert resort on a beautiful weekend?
Once I got to the hotel on Friday evening after taking the train from San Diego, Aqualaboy – my roommate for the weekend – immediately went to work repairing my white Libidex suit which had incurred damage a few days earlier. He had it completely fixed by the time I was rush-lubed into my catsuit. After quick adjustments to our latex, 12 of us were off to Hamburger Mary’s for dinner. I got to meet everyone I hadn’t met at previous events. This weekend brought out rubbermen from L.A., San Diego, Phoenix, Houston, and Calgary.
Immediately after dinner we headed to the Barracks, Palm Springs’ leather bar, where L8xdad and L8xboy set up their West Coast Rubber ticket table and started getting set up for demos. As usual, many rubber and non-rubber men were interested in watching the vac-rack and liquid latex body-painting demos. Pallet wrap sheeting was used for the vac rack since it is easy to apply and easy to replace. Unfortunately, L8xboy only got spot painted! We were there until 1:30 or so; most guys had already headed back to the resort. Back at the resort, the stragglers hit the hot tub. Everyone was tired and went to bed knowing full well that Saturday was going to be a long, energy-intensive day.
In the morning Aqualaboy was the first to don fresh rubber. I jumped into some lycra and we met a few others for brunch poolside. Soon afterwards as several of us hit the pool, Rubberfiend was into his latest latex outfit and doing some fantastic condom breathplay and the rest of the gang showed up from the nearby resorts where they were staying. Afternoon events included socializing on the pool deck in the nice weather, taking lots of photos and videos, changing into as many latex and rubber outfits as possible, trying out the vac-cube, giving and receiving massages and polishing, wrestling in the slime pit, and running off to the play room when necessary. The pups had a great time playing with the owners’ dogs; the canines were quite confused with what they were witnessing. Yipe! Men that looked like dogs!
(Photo courtesy of Rubberfiend)
At the end of the great afternoon we all went and cleaned up for the ‘formal’ rubber dinner. There were 16 of us rubbered up at Boscoso. We had a few people coming up to the table and complimenting us on our gear in addition to the standard gawkers. Restaurant drama followed; after cooler heads prevailed and everyone was satiated, we all headed back to the resort for the play party.
L8xdad and L8xboy started up some electro demos in the play area. I became the second ‘victim’ to try both CB and anal electrostimulation. It’s hard to describe the sensations. I yelped and laughed a lot and I came out of the session intrigued by electrostim. It is something I would like to try again – different environments will produce different results.
We played around in the slingroom for awhile then went across the courtyard to our room where we convinced Aqualaboy to get out the hogsack so we could put one of the pups into it. This fun went on for awhile and pretty much wrapped up the evening for us.
In the morning we got up and dressed up again. Instead of wearing the white catsuit on Saturday night I put it on this morning, ate brunch and got geared up in Aqualaboy’s red straightjacket. This got attention from the guys as they were showing up to say their goodbyes. Some had to leave early – a few had to make the trip home, others had to make it into L.A. in time for their Oscar parties. Those of us remaining spent the morning and afternoon playing around poolside and in the pool, putting Aqualaboy in the hogsack, then finally getting packed and departing for our respective destinations.
Personal newbie observations…try as many new things as you can since you have the opportunity to experience gear you don’t see everyday. Always have lots of black latex on hand for play parties. Always black. The learning experiences never stop! I’m grateful there are so many great mentors in the community.
Thank you West Coast Rubbermen; thank you Palm Springs for the great weekend! Check out L8xdad’s report on the weekend here.
Next up: Easter weekend in Vancouver, Canada for Rubbout 18…
In an earlier post we mistakenly credited Vex Clothing for the production and creation of the latex worn in both M.A.C. Cosmetics’ Hello Kitty promo video and at the store launch in New York. Later we were told that Atsuko Kudo actually made the latex in the video, so naturally many of us were baffled as to who actually made the clothes.
“I have had confirmation that the outfit in the Ads are Astuko Kudo.
The items we designed and produced for the project were all of the latex pieces that you now see on the ‘Wild’ character (the darker skinned girl) apart from her ears(!) The significant pieces are her catsuit, gloves and collar as these pieces quite define her look. All of these pieces are items which have been available from the Atsuko Kudo range for some time and were chosen by Katy as she specifically wanted to use this style for the ‘Wild’ look. We also made all of the bows.
For the ‘Mild’ character (the lighter skinned girl) all of the latex bows including the one in her hair were made by us. These are items we have been producing for many years. The rest of her costume as far as we know is not made from latex and we did not have involvement with that.
We had no involvement with the costumes for the male characters.
So this was a commission for Atsuko Kudo designs which we duly completed in June 2008. It appears MAC contacted Vex in August 2008 some two months later and as yet we do not know what the pieces Vex made for them look like.
We, like many others no doubt, are looking forward to seeing the Vex version of the clothing for the campaign as so far no pictures of the Vex version have been published. The pictures of the NYC launch party are of the Atsuko Kudo designs.
In the meantime, we hope that all latex fans and Hello Kitty fans can enjoy the pictures created here in London last summer, knowing that the latex pieces so lovingly designed, crafted and used were indeed produced entirely from the studios of Atsuko Kudo.
Thank you again,
Ako and Simon (Atsuko Kudo)”
Kitty and I love for fetish artworks is growing and so is our collection! Recently, we purchased three posters from Gernot’s Bizarre Gallery and had them framed, they now hang over our bed in our bedroom.
Gernot was born in 1969. He is a painter, freelance illustrator, sculptor and designer who lives and works in Bavaria (Germany). After he crated and exhibited large sized, frightening machinery pictures and ugly creatures in oil paint during the 90’s, he decided to concentrate more of his preference for the bizarre, unusual and especially the female shape.
Several illustrations of bold mistresses, voluptuous ponygirls, masked nuns and rubberized maids followed. The consequence were first publications in fetish magazines such as Secret and Twilight and a permanent cooperation with Marquis.
Gernot draws and paints his bizarre characters mostly with a wink of the eye but with technical seriousness and passion.
Since about 1998 he earns his living out of book, original art, flyers graphics, copies for tattoo studios and commissions works for private clients. Besides he also sculpts figurines for his series of stylish fetish sculptures.
To see more of Gernot works visit his Bizarre Gallery!
Etsy.com is continuing to attract new and established latex designers such as Lust Designs & Fiece Couture, who seem to appreciate site’s smaller boutique feel, as well as Scandinavian newcomers like Fashion Statement accessories from Denmark, and Naucler Design, a firm from Sweden specializing in feminine dresses and hats.
Art with Latex Design has updated their web site with many new styles, including unique pasties crafted in rubber.
The Rubber Sisters have opened an online shop called 2nd Skin, which serves the ever-growing army of Rubber Dolls in the scene. On sale are high-end female prosthetics, masks, transformation suits and other essentials for achieving the ultimate female transformation. Of special interest is sure to be the Made to Measure service which the store offers!
And finally, you may have missed Libidex’s January sale, but there’s still opportunity to snag a deal on their website if you order this week. All orders made before February 28 are reduced 12.5% as a reward for slower delivery times caused by the massive rush of orders placed during January. This works out to be a tasty deal for American latex fiends, who haven’t seen the Pound this low since probably the last time a Democrat held the highest office!
Next time we’ll meet the newest wave of high end latex designers coming out of London. Until then, stay shiny!
We here at Lust, Love & Latex are now able to present you with a dynamic list of upcoming fetish parties in cooperation with Altparty.net.
Altparty.net is collecting fetish party listings from all over the world and they are delivered here on Lust, Love & Latex on a daily basis, and show up in the side bar of the main page, and on our new “Fetish Parties” page. Readers wishing to learn more about a party can simply click the title and are taken to the relevant page on Altparty.net.
We strongly recommend that all fetish event promoters register at Altparty.net and submit their parties to the calender, so it will show up here on Lust, Love & Latex.