Sunday, August 27, 2006

Book Alert! 48: The Unrated Version


The first in a series of 3 books of photos by L.C. Misfit Studios, Brian Mackey, and Stewart Levine. 150 images of diverse fetish erotica and fetish glam. It gets pretty hardcore here, kids. Many pretty ladies were shot in--you guessed it--48 hours. Buy a copy to re-live the fetish mayhem. Here's a teaser, you pervs:

PHOTO: Stewert Levine 2006(c)

To buy, you can email L.C. himself: leonardw12[at]aol[dot]com. $30 +s&h.

Or if you're in NYC, get your ass to Purple Passion (212-807-0486).

Oh, Shiny...

It's best to lure the opponent in with some sort of shiny object.
--from a hilarious semi-famous anti-Spice Girl page.

[This post is NOT about lubing up the inside of your latex outfits to get into them. It's about shining the outside. Personally, I just use talc when needed. Go to the IAR forums for more info. If you don't already know, everything about everything latex/rubber/PVC/plastic is right there at your fingertips. It's free. However, if you find the site useful or have been a member for quite some time, please consider leaving a donation. Or one day it will not be there when you try to log on...]

Question: What should I use to make my latex shiny?

There are a few different ways to go about this, but before we go on, I'm afraid I'm going to have to upset you: You're never ever going to get your latex to stay perfectly, spotlessly, consistently shiny all the time. Pretty pictures are just that, pretty pictures. Shine is often sticky, moves around, rubs off on everything else. If you are a shine perfectionist, you have to keep doing touch-ups throughout the night. You shine my back, I shine your back, geddit?

I highly suggest not using products to condition/shine your beloved latex that are not manufactured and marketed towards our special purpose. Gee, you spent $400 on that catsuit, so you're gonna try to pinch a few pennies buy getting that Armor All crap? Whatever. Gonna drive your catsuit to work, too? Hmmm. That would be pretty awesome...

Before you begin to shine up your gear, make sure the outside is clear of all talc and dust. Clean surfaces are truely beautiful things. A quick once over with clean wet sponge does the trick. It's easier if you are already dressed and done with all the talc business.

There are several types of shine products on the market: aerosol spray, sex lube, "blue milk"/liquid, spray bottle (non-aerosol). They contain silicon or dimethicone (a type of silicon).

Aerosol Sprays:
Mainly used for photoshoots and the like. It really makes the latex look like polished glass. It's also very sticky and needs constant application. [Read: pain in the ass.] Clean up is more of a bitch, too. Some latex designers like Blackstyle and Demask have their own brand. (I spent $15 on the Blackstyle stuff. I also spent $20 in Customs fee, but that's another story.) Google "food grade silicon spray" and you can get the same crap for seven bucks, if not less. I only use this for photoshoots and fashion shows--basically scenarios where a fast and even application of extreme shininess is required. Do I have to remind you that aerosol sprays are a health and safety hazard? I didn't think so. Don't be a dumbass and store it next to that raging campfire.

Sex Lubes:
Lubrication such as Pjur Cult, Pjur Eros, ID Millenium are popular conditions (and dressing for *ahem* pleasure aids), Pjur Eros especially. The Pjur Cult has a, well, cult following and is supposedly hard to find in the US. I use the Eros stuff on occasion, but it's really really sticky and rubs off on EVERYTHING. Warning: this stuff is tres expensive! and very slippery! Be careful if you spill some on the floor or much busting of ass will occur.

"Blue Milk"/ Liquids:
The [in]famous blue milk. Guess what color it is? Yup. Demask calls it "Perv-o-shine" and Cocoon calls it Cocoon latex, PVC, and leather polish. I believe the manufacturer is Micro Chemical Products [sorry guys, no URL] from the UK. If it's your thing, you could probably buy tubs of the shit from them. The stuff smells really good, but you need quite a bit of coats to get a decent [read: totally bitchin' glassy] sheen. Warning: It may or may not yellow pearlsheen/metallic latex over extended use. I haven't done any long term official scientific tests with that or Armor All, but I really should...

Spray Bottle (pump, not aerosol):
Not an aerosol. It has the consistency of the "blue milk" stuff but usually white and often comes in a pump bottle. Demask's Rubber Rejuvenator, Deviant's Slick, and Black Beauty are just a few that come to mind. I never tried Black Beauty, so I have no kind of informed opinion on the matter. Personally, I use Rubber Rejuvenator and Deviant Slick the most. (I'm leaning towards the Deviant these days: you get twice as much as the R.R. for less than half the price. Plus, the feel is less "sticky" but just as shiny.) I'll spray it on the garment, then use a clean wet sponge for even application. For small items, I just spray it on the wet sponge instead and go. The Rubber Rejuvenator is especially great for old latex. It masks some light oxidization and gives an awesome shine. A little goes a long way with this stuff. Both brands last pretty fucking long compared to the other types of polishes. The night before a photoshoot or fashion show, I thoroughly powder the insides of the garments then use this type of shine to polish the outsides. It saves everyone a lot of time. For the inevitable "how'd those hand prints get on my ass?" touch-ups, I use the same stuff or the aerosol spray depending on time constraits.

303 Aerospace Protectant:
According to their website, 303 "is the most effective UV screening and anti-ozonant protection for latex rubber". I don't know if I would use it on an everyday basis but it works freekin' miracles on dying oxidizing latex. This place sells a 16 oz. spray bottle for $15. Make sure you read the MSDS [link is to an adobe acrobat file] before using it.

What to avoid like the plague:
Stuff with oils, baby oil, any type of petroleum products, petroleum jelly (brand name vaseline), fire, metals, sharp objects. Latex is "luxury item" expensive, so exercise care and common sense. Please.

Clean Up: The Aftermath
Please keep in mind that it's very difficult to completely remove the layer of shine with just one washing even with the recommended mild dish soap. As long as your gear is clean and well talced for storage, there shouldn't be a problem. If you just leave all that shine stuff on for a long time, there's a good chance the latex may horribly stick to itself. You may risk tearing it when the time comes to "unstick" it, especially if the items in question are rather old. Deviant claims its Slick product is safe for storage, but I dust the outside with talc anyway.

Happy Shining!

I am in no way affiliated with the companies, products, brand names, etc. listed herein. This blog post is, by no means the last word on latex conditioning. It's up to you to care for your own clothing. I am also not responsible if something goes horribly wrong.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

NYC Fetish Model Darenzia Gets Marquis Cover!

Big congrats to NYC latex queen Darenzia for getting a Marquis cover! Get your credit cards ready to order come October.

It's about fucking time is what I say. She's no longer the Susan Lucci of fetish modeling. This gal has at least one full spread in a fetish mag every month and has done billions of catalog shoots, not to mention the international name recognition-- but no proper cover. Well, at least one where we can actually see her face.

Now, how 'bout a Vogue cover?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Miss World Rubber 2006

Guess who's a judge for Rubber Ball New York Miss Rubber World 2006?

Yup, it's me. I'm judging. It's going to be freekin' awesome.

So all you ladies in the nyc area, join the fuck up! The prize pool is amazing. I also donated a $150.00 gift certificate.

It's also on my freekin' birthday!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Latex Sailor Xtina in Rolling Stone

That's right, folks. Christina Aguilera is on the cover of Rolling Stone again for August '06. So what big deal who cares, you say? Well, she's wearing a sexy little 2-piece sailor number in latex. Beats that Kanye West cover anyday. "The Dirty Girl Fights Back"? Don't rip your latex, hun. I don't do repair work any more. But I'll certainly fight you for that hat...

Christina's outfit is by the ominpresent House of Harlot. Looks like they have the monopoly on latex in print and film. See my last post for an example.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Latex Pics Fix in Fashion Mags

Fetish magazines aren't the only place to get your fix for pretty girls in latex. Let's face it, they're often expensive, and the publication times are often too far apart (for my taste).

Major fashion mags are a great place to find latex-clad beauties--and about 1/5 of the price! Get to your nearest newstand and start browsing.

The September 2006 issue of W magazine has a really cute spread with pink and white latex stockings, and pink garter belt from House of Harlot throughout. I could always scan them and post, but I'm not in the mood to be potentially sued for copyright reasons. Dig? It seems every other month, there is some spread with a gal in a latex catsuit or panties. Extra bonus: read the articles on plastic surgery for a good laugh (or cry). Sometimes I think those uptown rich folks have a bigger medical fetish than all fetish folks combined.

Zink magazine is worth the $28.00 for a full years subscription. It's far more dark and edgy than your average Vogue or Elle. The editorials and spreads often rival (and exceed) the best so-called fetish photography. Latex isn't in every issue but the staff seems to love expensive heart rate inducing lingerie and way out fantasy makeup. There's also a great section called "Ignition" highlighting very hip technological doo-dahs and gizmos and sleek "fetish friendly" homegoods. (Pick up the new issue to find out where you can buy pirate band-aids.)

And if you don't already know....The free online magazine Senze is amazing, and did I mention, free! They're based in Sweden, so you know it has to be good. It's fetish. It's fashion. It's free.

Disclaimer: I am, in absolutely NO way, affiliated with any company, product, or publication listed in this post. I am, however, totally affiliated with my own opinions. I don't get free swag.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Stuff Every Latex Comsumer Should Know About 4D Transparency Variations & Color Name Misnomers Vol. 1: The Introduction

Stuff Every Latex Consumer Should Know About 4D Transparency Variations & Color Name Misnomers Vol. 1: The Introduction

a.k.a. my blog titles now follow the rules of emo song titles

4D Rubber has the monopoly on latex sheeting for fashion apparel-- with only 43 colors. Boo! Hiss! Come on guys, start manufacturing some more colors. How about a regular cool grey to start? And a Pearlsheen dark navy blue? Did I mention they have a monopoly on natural rubber latex sheeting? Everyone uses it, from Joe Billy Boo making garments on the kitchen table as a hobby to Marquis to Vex to...Everyone else.

To start all of us off on the same page, the following's a rough description of the fashion sheeting lines they produce. If you already know this stuff, good for you. You get a cookie. Keep in mind other people (new or old to the joys of latex) might not.

Supatex: opaque "standard" colors such as white, red, black, purple, etc. Some companies may refer to it as Supatex or "standard" if at all. Official Supa-duper-tex colors include and are limited to: baby pink, black, dark brown, forest green, jade green, light blue, light brown, natural (same as semi-trans natural), olive [green], orange, pink, plum [red], purple, red, royal blue, scarlet [red], violet [purple], white, yellow.

Vibrant: bright, day glo, neon type colors. Some companies like me, Blackstyle, Marquis, etc. call them "neon" or "hot". Official club-kid colors include and are limited to: bright pink, green, lemon yellow, lime green, magenta, orange, red, turquoise, yellow.

Semi-Transparent: not completely transparent but still very revealing. Interestingly, the Semi-Trans colors are the same wholesale price as the standard Supatex set. Oops, did I just say that? Official nip-slip colors include and are limited to: blue, green, grey (there will be a whole entire seperate post devoted to this color), mauve, natural, pink, red, yellow.

Pearlsheen: has a shimery "pearlized" effect, similar to pearlized car paint or eyeshadow. Much more money wholesale than the Supatex, but worth every penny. Also known as "metallic". Official glittery goodness colors include and are limited to: blue, bronze, emerald green, gold, pewter, purple, red, silver.

F.Y.I.: 4D also manufactures dental dam. I could say something really witty and really dirty, but I'm not that smart. Honestly.

This is just an introduction to lay the foundation for future posts on transparancy issues...and blah, blah, blah. Yes, there will be a test. And yes, you should buy something from me.

Up next: hot pink vs magenta

Trend Alert: Rubber Shoes!

I'm digging this rubber and plastic shoe trend in mainstream fashion. Rubber shoes, goddamnit, SHOES! Cheap too! RIP (rubber in public) all the way--if you can stand the funky feet. I doubt I'll be able to withstand the athlete's foot, but I will definately snap up a couple of pairs, just for hoarding purposes.

First on the wishlist:

Marc Jacobs knows what's up. Remember those latex halter tops he did for Perry Ellis back in the 90's during the grunge phase? (I think he got fired for that. Something about being "grunge". ) Drool over these rubber gladiator sandals and flats with cut outs by him.

Check these out, too:

Kate Spade has some really cute hot pink flats with green trim. So preppy, yet so pervy.

Aaah, childhood nostalgia moment (80's childhood mind you):

As a kid, you wear clear pink shoes with glitter flecks in the material in a daily basis without being labeled crazy. I've always loved wearing those rubbery plastic sandals called "jellies". They did get really funky really fast. I mean really funky. Dirt, dead skin, and glittery clear plastic don't mix too well.

The jelly sandals are "super-awesome" according to Urban Outfitters. They're selling some hip retro (well, to me) plastic sandals for $16 in very nice fetish-wardrobe-friendly colors. Too bad they don't have a 5" heel.

Let's end with some ugly shoes:

These Croc clog things are pretty popular. Royally fugly for my tastes, but they're comfy looking. This company has some real potential to be the "fuzzy slipper" of the rubber fetish world. I'm sure they'll make billions. Their flipflops are very sleek and sporty, though. I would bring these ballet flats to a party and slip my aching-platform-stiletto-butchered feet into on the sly.