Photos from Skin Two Rubber Ball 2007 are now live! See the entire gallery here.
Thanks to FetishMovies.com for sponsoring our trip to London to photograph the 2007 Skin Two Rubber Ball weekend, themed “The World of Fetish.” This was the second Rubber Ball weekend that we’ve had the opportunity to attend. Of all of the fetish events around the world, the Rubber Ball is probably the most familiar and is regarded as one of the best.
The weekend is a blend of shopping, partying, performance art, and perversions, as well as a showcase to some of the most innovative and beautiful latex fashions on the planet. I love coming to London, and if it weren’t for the horrific exchange rate I’d make the trip more often. The three-day event included Friday night’s Torture Garden party held at Mass, and the Rubber Ball which was held once again multi-room club SeOne. In addition to the two major parties, there were two separate expos during the day, which didn’t leave a lot of time for such frivolities as sleep. Lady Venus covered both expos on the October 9th entry on ErosArtist.com so I’ll stick with my observations of the two parties.
The first party of the weekend was held by Torture Garden at Mass Club, set in the converted St. Matthews Church in Brixton. The venue was a beautiful early 19th century church that was converted into a nightclub. The party took place on two floors, each with its own flavor of Torture Garden’s taste of music. There was a cage in one room, a stage in the other, and a nicely equipped dungeon that was unfortunately off limits to photographers. An area outside of the church was roped off for the smokers to congregate because a smoking ban had been introduced in London earlier this year. The outside area was pretty full, but I was able to snap some photos of a few ladies smoking for my smoking fetish friends!
After shooting outside for a little while, I made my way back inside to the party. Contained in a menacing cage, a shibari performance was taking place where a Japanese Mistress bound her submissive using neon-colored rope that immobilized her victim like a fly in a spider web. I shot a few photos of the scene before heading to the main stage where the Torture Garden fashion show was about to begin. The show was a sensual dance with the gorgeous TG models including Viktoria (who always reminds me of a young Elizabeth Taylor in rubber), wearing some new designs and a few that I photographed before.
The performance I was really waiting for was by Midori and Kumi Monster. They have been working on a large performance piece entitled ‘Elements of Suffering,’ and they planned to work on another installment of it whilst in the cage. I’ve missed their shibari performances for the past two events, and I didn’t want to lose the chance to catch this part. I love photographing Kumi and Midori, they are true artists and have a great chemistry together.
The Torture Garden party went on until 6 am, but I ended the night a little early, as we planned on hitting the Skin Two Expo Saturday afternoon before the Rubber Ball.
Skin Two Rubber Ball 2007
The Rubber Ball was held once again at SeOne in London. Situated in the railway arches under London Bridge station, SeOne began its clubbing life when illegal parties and raves took place under the arches, and has since evolved into the largest licensed nightclub in London. It’s a spectacular venue for a fetish party, with many different rooms joined by arches and tunnels. The theme of the party was ‘World of Fetish’, and each room was decorated for its particular part of the world.
Early in the evening, Shadow and her assistant tied up a willing male victim in a cage in the Oriental room. I caught her performance and took a few shots while working my way towards the dungeon. I noticed few people playing, and those that were, were reluctant to have their photos taken. In the American room, there was a disturbingly graphic performance taking place on the main stage. Situated by the stage, I watched Mistress Olivia’s performance. Her show demonstrated her erotic skills in American Tribal Belly dance in a fusion of medical gore, strap-on play, and cannibalistic carnage. This was definitely not a performance that would appeal to everyone.
I wove my way through the maze of rooms, snapping pictures of the partiers, performers and players, before finding myself in a prime location for FAQs performance, featuring the ubiquitous RubberDoll. This was the first time I saw her perform with FAQ, the Swiss band she has recently been working with in a show that combines live music with fetish performance. RubberDoll’s energy always excites her audience, as does her no-holds-barred performance that could possibly make even the most jaded pervert blush (take my word). Her show was great as usual, however I got caught in a shower of thick white splooge from her big red squirting cock. Fortunately, my lens was spared, but I looked like a drive-by bukkake victim.
After cleaning up, I moved through the even larger crowd to make my way outside for a little air… snapping pictures along the way. Just as the night before, there was a small area fenced in for smoking. The area was very narrow, essentially a strip of sidewalk with a black covered fence, that was packed with smokers who agreed to pay a quid for the privilege of smoking. I took a few shots and squeezed my way back inside to wrap up the night. By 5 am, jet-lag, lack of sleep, and a lot of walking had gotten the best of me, so we called it a night and walked around the corner where our hotel was conveniently located.
As always, I never feel like I took enough photos. I am sure that I missed much more than I was able to capture. Besides my gallery, you can find other pictures here:
London Fetish Scene… listed under the ‘LFS Latest Galleries’
Marcus T’s photos
Email me if you know of other places where photos from Rubber Ball can be found!
Thanks again to FetishMovies.com who not only sponsored our trip, but also sponsored the Rubber Ball, the SkinTwo Expo, and the Xpo at the Barbican!
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