Sunday, December 30, 2007
I love giant, random, ridiculous, inflatable objects. This monstrous rubber duck, titled Rubber Duck, is part of the "Loire Estuary 2007," an outdoor art fest in France. It's 26 by 20 by 32 meters and is made out of rubber coated PVC. For more info, go here.
Maybe this giant rubber whale can keep Mr. Big Duck company.
Special thanks goes out to Garlor for posting about Rubber Duck on the IAR. View the thread here.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Have you noticed the extreme lack of posts lately? The Rubber Betty Blog is still in business, but I'm taking a break from posting because I've got a lot of shit on my plate. For one thing, I'm very behind on latex orders, and I've had to ambiguously refuse new customers to keep from shooting myself from the stress. Also, I'm swamped with school work, and I have a film internship to go to.
Have I mentioned yet that I have a lot of shit on my plate? Basically, I have no more friends because I got a shitload of shit to get done that should have gotten done last week. I'm taking three night classes. Two of those classes require a finished essay handed in every week and longer papers due at the end of the term. The other one requires a fuck-load of studying everyday. Added to that is an internship I go to twice a week, and a latex clothing label that's full-time work with part-time pay. On top of that is this weird concept called sleep that's apparently necessary but really is just a waste of time.
There's good news, though. Next week is my last week of classes. After that, I'll be able to post all the crap I've been wanting to post. Stay tuned...
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Out of 34 votes:
17% voted "Nurse/Medical"
23% voted "Dominatrix"
11% voted "Maid"
44% voted "Rubber Doll"
2% (only one person) voted "Anything with big boobs"
The Rubber Dolls win! Word out on the street is that it's a trend or something like that.
Kudos to the guy or gal who voted "Big Boobs."
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Here's a patent leather product collage called "Enamel Erotica". No latex, but it's interesting to observe how the Japanese fashionistas are interpreting this season's obsession with all things glittery, shiny, and fetishy.
ABOVE: knee-high boots by Giuseppe Zanotti Design; patent leather hood with snap closure (bottom left) by Yves Saint Laurent; cuff bracelet (center left) by Erickson Beamon; bondage cuffs (upper left) by I have no idea 'cuz I forgot all the Japanese I learned.
BELOW: bow headband by Rada; gloves by Prada; spats by Celine; studded stilettos (upper right) by Dolce & Gabbana; gold and black buckled heels (bottom left) by Jimmy Choo.
Below is another sleek product collage adorably named "Color My Fetish."
THE SHOES: Red double-buckled platform mary janes by Dolce & Gabbana; grey t-strap stilettos by Stella McCartney; blue strappy-buckled tango heels (bottom left) by Chanel.
If you would bigger versions of these scans, let me know. My email is listed in the navigation bar.
Two cute but strictly serious pen-and-ink drawings from the horoscope section of said magazine. Illustrations by Miyuki Morimoto. Very 60's!
Monday, November 12, 2007
a dominatrix slash crime drama staring Leelee Sobieski.
The tagline is "Love. Latex. Larceny."
Click here to see poster at imdb, which won't let me right-click-save or even hot link it to the blog post.
Synopsis from Capri Films here [where I ganked the picture].
It's probably not that bad or not that good. The usual Hollywood filth. Yeah, you know you'll buy the DVD when it comes out anyway. Don't give me that "mainstream media is misrepresenting thee lifestyle" bullshit. I'm not in the mood. Besides, it's an indie movie. From Canada.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
DOMINATRIX: Dolce & Gabbana [above]
MEDIEVAL HARDCORE: Burberry Prorsum [below]
If you appreciate the work I've done the past year on this blog by buying all these magazines (especially those hard-to-get vintage fetish ones) and scanning them, please consider getting me a book on my Amazon.com wishlist. Thanks!
SWEET PUNK: Yves Saint Laurent [above]
BIKER BABE: Junya Wantanabe Comme des Garçons [below]
If you would like bigger versions of these scans (only the first picture will enlarge when you click on it) just let me know, and I'll send them to you. My email is listed on the side navigation bar.
EDIT: The très awesome blog Doll's Realm has posted the full-size versions of these scans. Go here and here to view them.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Here's some exciting news in the fast-paced, dog-eat-dog world of latex rubber sheeting. 4D Rubber has just come out with two new latex colors, Supatex Vibrant White and Semi-Trans Cloud Grey.
So why did 4D make another white and another grey?
White latex is not a true white; it's an off-white cream color that yellows very easily. Although the difference between the two whites is not so pronounced in this horrible photo I took, the Vibrant White is noticeably brighter than the standard white. In person, it really pops. The regular creamy white is nice, but it tends to look dingy after a while, especially if it's not contrasted with a dark color. Maybe with this new Vibrant White, white latex won't be such a frustrating "labor of love".
Supatex White contrasted with Supatex Vibrant White:
Onto the greys. You're already familiar with the Semi-Trans Grey, which is commonly referred to as "Semi-Trans Smoke" or just plain "Smoke" since it has no resemblance to any kind of grey. The new color, Semi-Trans Cloud Grey, is an actual cool grey. Look at the picture below to see the difference. I placed a Betty LaBamba label underneath the Cloud Grey to indicate the level of transparency.
Radical Rubber's Metallic Fuschia:
Halter by Betty LaBamba.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Halloween's almost here. You know what that means. It's SMack! party time, the best fetish/alt/punk/goth party ever! The theme is, like, demons n' shit. Now we all have an excuse to break out our red & black latex.
SMack! is tomorrow nite, but I think you still have time to buy advance tix and save $10.
Go here for all the info.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Here are the results from last week's poll, "What's the best fetish magazine ever?"
Out of 16 votes,
00% chose Skin Two
43% chose Marquis/Heavy Rubber
12% chose Secret
31% chose Atomage
12% chose I don't know
Jeez, Skin Two got nothing. Even Secret got votes. I mean, they're all fine magazines, bastions of literary excellence. Oh, shit. I guess I just blew my chances of getting in either of them. Oops. I'm kidding, I'm kidding. Can I kid once in a while, or is the "scene" under an iron curtain with a sign saying "No Sarcasm Allowed"?
Friday, September 28, 2007
Then again, Chalayan's a frickin' genius. His designs are very mechanical, not in a modern industrial sense, but rather in an ancient Greek and Italian Renaissance context. Go see the video from the fashion show here. It's a fantastic show in every way and you will not be disappointed.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
September 27, 2007
Who Was That Mask, Man?
By Sewell Chan
The police said Omeash Hiraman was wearing a mask yesterday afternoon when he was arrested on the campus of St. John’s University with a .50-caliber rifle, but there were conflicting reports about what kind of mask he was wearing.
We don’t mean to make light of a disturbing story. No one was hurt, but the campus was locked down for three hours; Mr. Hiraman, a 22-year-old freshman, is being arraigned today on weapon charges. But we are bothered by slippery details.
During and after the lock-down, rumors swirled on campus that the mask resembled President Bush or Michael Myers, the character from the “Halloween” series of horror-slasher films, according to Peter Doggett, 23, a first-year law student from Pittsford, N.Y.
Chris Benson, the 22-year-old St. John’s student who helped apprehend Mr. Hiraman, said he believed Mr. Hiraman was wearing a President Bush mask.
The police had a different theory. They said that Mr. Hiraman — who at points took off the mask — was wearing a rubber mask with the mouth portion cut away. They said it looked like former President Ronald Reagan or, perhaps, Fred Flintstone from the cartoon series.
So was the mask based on Bush, Reagan, Myers or Flintstone?
News reports couldn’t agree this morning.
The Times and The Daily News, citing the police and Mr. Hiraman’s lawyer, Anthony J. Colleluori, went with Flintstone.
The New York Sun, evidently relying on Mr. Benson, reported that it was “a rubber President Bush mask streaked in red with the mouth cut out.”
Looking at the picture of the actual rubber mask, we have to say it looks vaguely familiar — and nothing like any of the choices above.
--Article from THEE New York Times online blog stuff
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Step #2: Get another soft, clean, dry towel, and start drying the garment. Concentrate on drying the seams first. However, if your garment has any grommet closures (aka lace-up or corset style) or zips, dry that area first, then go onto the seams. You don't have to scrub or press hard. Straight, gentle motions are fine. Don't worry too much about getting it exactly bone dry on the first go.
Step #3: Turn the inside out garment right side out. If it has been repeatedly shined, you will notice that the shiny outside of the garment dries faster than the rougher inside. Once again, concentrate on the seams then dry the rest. This time, be a little gentler with the towel so you don't accidentally scratch the surface.
Step #4: Next, make sure you got the garment as dry as possible (both inside and out) with the towel. You will know it's dry because it will feel dry to the touch and the latex material will have turned a lighter color. See this post again.
Step #5: Now it's time to talc it up like no tomorrow. Maybe I shouldn't have phrased it that way. You don't have to use a massive amount of talc--just enough to get the job done. I use a make-up brush to apply the talc. Note: don't use your wife's make-up brush. Use a new one without any make-up particles on it. You can buy one for cheap in any drug store.
With the make-up brush, you can get an even application. Once again, I like to start inside out, then turn it right side out. You don't have to talc the outside of the garment if you believe it's unnecessary, but I usually put on a light coating.
Here you can see the final results of our drying and talcing demo. It's all nice, clean, and ready for storage or another night out on the town.
Legal Disclaimer: Neither I nor Betty LaBamba are responsible if you somehow fuck up your garment in any way. It's all you. Don't blame me for shit. I spent hours putting this entry together for your benefit.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Big thanks to Rubberron for emailing me the scans!
Please leave a comment if there's any broken or mislabeled links. Anonymous comments are OK.
The content of the following pages is 18+ and is reproduced here for anthropological reasons. I warned you already; don't get offended if you get offended.
Page 1 (front cover)
page 17 (my favorite out of the bunch)
page 18 (very cool pic)
page 30 (back cover)
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
If you love the IAR, visit it daily or almost every day, or even if you don't but can't imagine the internet without it, go and donate a bit moolah to keep it running. Anything you'll willing to give is great, whether it's ten bucks, twenty bucks, or even a hundred bucks. You can donate securely through PayPal. The IAR is a vast, gigantic site that takes an incredible amount of effort to keep it online. Although membership to the IAR is free, the upkeep of a website of such magnitude is definately not free! Show your love and support and donate. Don't let the motto change from "You are not alone!" to "You're on your own."
For those of you who have no idea of what I'm talking about, the IAR (rubberist.net) is the largest and oldest forum website dedicated to rubber, and membership is free. Within it's pages, you can find a wide range of rubbberlicious topics, from the psychology of rubber fetishism to random rubber sightings to high fashion to care tips and much, much more. Without a doubt, there's no other place on the web that offers you so much information and community support.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Found! in the Fashion Rocks supplement that came in the mail with my September issue of Vogue and Elle magazine: Jennifer Lopez, aka J-Lo, in a Dolce & Gabbana metal padlock corset and OMO Norma Kamali black leggings. The photo shoot details page in back of the magazine stated that the leggings are PVC. Too bad.
Monday, August 27, 2007
In both photos, you can see some type of red latex rubber hat thingamajig placed under the real hats. Don't go crazy looking for these hats on Madison Avenue; my guess is that the stylist cut up a sheet of 0.45mm or 0.55mm red latex and artfully arranged the pieces under the model's hats. Stylists--good stylists at any rate--do that kind of thing when it's time to add extra oomph to the clothing.
The "lipstick-red" leggings are by OMO Norma Kamali, who's known for her fetish-friendly PVC and spandex leg wear. The blurb doesn't say what kind of material the leggings are made out of, but they sure do look like latex. It's hard to tell from just a picture because PVC and certain types of shiny spandex sometimes photograph like latex.
In the second picture, the red gloves certainly shine like latex, but judging from the thumb seam, I think they are patent leather. Neither the maker nor the material is indicated anywhere in the magazine.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Found! in the '07 September issue of US Vogue magazine: a $858 boxy rubber shift dress I can't afford. The designer is Marni, who also did this jacket I wrote about in June. (I'm not linking to the Marni website because the site having major issues with my browser.)
The photo caption says the following:
BOLT FROM THE BLUE Beaver-fur mittens, a laminated rubber dress, and killer platform peep-toes create an electrifying ensemble; the cerulean stockings add even more voltage. Marni ebony dress [$858], mittens, and stilettos, Marni, NYC. Wolford tights.
And here's another rubber piece from Marni, this time an "onyx" rubber skirt at a mere $486. (Still complaining about the cost of rubber clothing, eh?) Vogue's fantastic caption writer tells us that "natural or synthetic--whatever the fabric, the more tactile, the better." I agree!
Let's come back to the first dress, since it's also featured in the Fashion Rocks supplement that came with the Vogue in a very oi! oi! old skool punk rock spread. This makes me wanna break out some Exploited and talk about the good old days.
Also note that the model in the striped mohair sweater/pull-over is wearing black latex leggings. So what's up with all the latex leggings in the fashion magazines? I could put it into some type of socio-economic-post-feminist-ersatz-intellectual context, but I don't wear a bow tie and sandals on a daily basis--and I like to think my readers can smell bullshit from a mile away. Here's my verdict: they're trendy and they look fucking cool with almost everything.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The first one is an ad for tarynrose.com that pictures a woman in evening wear pretending to do gardening while wearing--stay with me now--fuchsia rubber dishwashing gloves! It doesn't make much sense, but the photo looks very adorable and very elegant. Wouldn't it be a scream if all the starlet "it" girls began wearing brightly colored dishwashing gloves with their borrowed couture on the red carpet?
Next is an ad with a Blade Runner by way of Kill Bill theme for the RAZR cell phone . I think it says "RAZR 2" or "RAZR Z" on the bottom--the font's too screwed up for me to read. (Frankly, I don't give a crap what it says. Some of the buttons on my old RAZR phone started falling off, and I had to put scotch tape on the keypad to save them.) Too bad the outfit is not rubber; it's made out of some kind of PVC fabric. I can't tell exactly what material the accessories are made out of.