everyone (3a.m. PST that is). Man have I got a lot in store for you
this time: an event for us coming up Real Soon, another article from
England, news about possible club spaces, news about events, great
things to report and discussions of cutting edge topics. I must say
(as usual) that this couldn't be done with out all of you. In fact,
I am still daily being blown away by the sheer number of people who
want to contribute in a variety of ways. Some of you write, some of
you are out there doing footwork & field work, some of you are
making waves, and just about every letter I get is so incredibly positive
that it rocks me in my socks.
I also want to extend a special thanks to those
of you who write in with more serious issues and questions. This is
e-journalism, and if it is going to take a little digging and discussing
to get good answers, well then let me provide the palate for any of
you to paint your concepts upon. Not only am I not ruffled by poignant
questions about the things we do as a community and where we are going,
I am in fact overjoyed to have you write me about issues that other
Newsbitmaps are afraid to confront. In this issue we have two articles
prompted by readers who wrote in which bring to the forefront some
things we need to think about as a community.
I have also been happily surprised by the number
of sign-ups INIQUITY NEWS has received, from places all over the U.S.
All of these people had Iniquity News forwarded to them and liked
what they read. Now and always, INIQUITY NEWS will be public domain
-- forward it, pass it around, cut and paste it, etc, so long as no
money is received for this Newsbitmap or parts of it (i.e. please
do not paste any portions of this inside a pay-site). If you know
someone somewhere who you think would like to be on the e-mail list,
by all means zap 'em a copy. :)
For those of you new to INIQUITY NEWS, I.N. is
a newsbitmap (as opposed to a news paper) that focuses strictly on
items, articles, issues and events that all center around the theme
of Good S&M and Fetish Fashion. Anywhere, any subject where the
two items of S&M and Fetish Fashion overlap, Iniquity News wants
to know about it. Anyone can contribute, and in fact Iniquity News
comes out on an irregular basis when I have enough stuff to make an
issue. The only item that's "iffy" at this point is any
kind of pic (pix, picture, scan, image). Feel free to send stuff here,
but I will not be including it in issues of INIQUITY NEWS itself;
instead I will mention that a pic is available upon request in the
Newsbitmap. For example, I wrote about The Tower in Santa Cruz last
issue, and reserved the scan of the flyer for those who requested
it. Iniquity is also kind of a group and kind of a concept. The name
Iniquity (as in "Den of") is being reserved for parties
as well in the San Francisco Bay Area, and possibly even a permanent
club. It's also a kind of forum for ideas around our core "theme"
presented in a journalistic fashion, rather than another BBS. People
write to me, I put it all together and then send it out to you. OK,
enough about what this/we are/is (say that 3 times fast). Welcome
We got a lot of stuff in
this ol' Newsbitmap, so lets get goin.....
of you have written regarding the idea of archiving stuff written
about in Iniquity. A website is under construction as we speak, where
previous issues of Iniquity News will be stored for reference. The
URL will appear here when the site is finished. It will be publicly
Tons of you wrote back with your suggestions
and ideas about Club versus Dungeon. Seems we have a little of every
persuasion amongst our readership. Some said a dance floor is essential,
an equal number said they could care less about it. Some think a dungeon
party would be great, others lean more towards a "dungeony"
club where play is emphasized to a background of good scene music.
The really good news is we already have a few people who have come
forward to say that they have dungeon furniture that can be broken
down and transported. We have a few St. Andrews Crosses, a few play
benches, and a bondage table. Lets not stop there! If you have transportable
furniture and want to help out, let me know ASAP. You never know when
someone will be in town and someone else will be out, and it's good
to have back-ups, aye? (No, I am not Canadian; gorgeous country though).
;-) Ideally it would be nice to have 10 or more pieces of play furniture
wherever we land, and we're not at that total yet.
As far as which venue type we will land at in
the near future, it's still up in the air. I am investigating a few
possibilities, and several other readers wrote back to say they're
doing the same. If you know of a venue which we could take over /
convert / rent, etc, please also let me know ASAP. Ultimately we will
want an atmosphere with a Strict Fetish Dress Code and Good S&M
areas, possibly with a dance floor. As several readers pointed out,
this is what makes multi-level venues so appealing. Know any?
Mean Time...Lets Party!!!
magic club of our dreams hasn't manifested yet, but we are still going
to play. While other clubs deteriorate (i.e. they drop "fetish
attire" altogether and start using words like "exotic dress"
while letting in anyone in anything; they drop the S&M pretense
and admit that they are merely Goth-Industrial clubs, etc.), we are
pushing for a higher level of club altogether. It will happen, it
is happening even as we speak -- we are watching the parts come together
by a community effort, and the passion, the desire for this club is
very REAL. A little patience is good, but lets not get so relaxed
about it that we expect it to manifest on its own. With all of us
keeping our ears open for the pieces that we need and sending the
info here, the club WILL become a reality.
In the mean time, I personally need to get out
and play amongst you at least once a month. As it was organized last
time, the Power Exchange excursion left a little to be desired. Since
no other venue is as ready for us to meet on such short notice, this
next gathering will once again be at the Power Exchange Main Station,
albeit with a few changes for the better. The usual items still apply
(although the date is not ironed down yet):
The Date: Saturday June
6th OR Saturday June 13th (most likely the 6th -- you will be notified)
The Location: The Power Exchange Main Station, at 86 Otis Street,
one block west of Van Ness & Mission in San Francisco. Note
that Van Ness also looks like it is called "12th" at that
intersection. The Cost: Women are FREE, Men with an S&M play
partner are only $5. Yes, $5, which is half the normal price. Single
Men are $10 which is still half-price. The Deal: You MUST come in
Fetish Attire to get the half-price admission. You MUST use our
password at the door, which will be "INIQUITY" this time.
Only those men who BOTH show up in Fetish Attire AND use the password
get in for half price. WOMEN: It probably doesn't need to be said
if you're on this list, but please come in Fetish Attire even though
you get in for free anyhow -- it'll be to your advantage to be in
this habit later on...... ;-)
The Cool Changes For
The Better: It's called the King Arthur Room, and it's located upstairs
on the entrance level. After you pay your fee, etc, go into the
cage room and make a right turn. Walk through the strobe lit acid-flashback
hallway. Immediately after the hallway on your left will be a door
into a room with a set of thrones and a banquet table. This will
be the central meeting point for INIQUITY. From here we can run
off to the juice bar, the dungeon, etc, but we will have a central
place to see each other. At 11pm, we'll make a much more concerted
effort to meet each other (as compared to last time); anyone who
wants to meet others like yourself should come up to The King Arthur
Room if you are elsewhere in the Power Exchange at that time (11pm).
A few notes on the King Arthur Room: Mike Powers
says we are welcome to meet there and take it over by our presence,
but we are not allowed to rope off the room (nor is anyone else).
Players get priority over people standing around, so if we want to
"take-over" that room we should do scenes in there. There
is plenty of room for people to stand/sit around and watch without
interfering. Another "group" of people likes to meet in
that room as well -- they are informal and do not appear to dress
like we do. They have no priority over us. If we can get people there
at 9pm (basically at opening), we can fill/take-over the room. However,
we cannot keep them out if they wish to come in. For now, we can at
least be satisfied that theirs is a group of S&M players. We will
stand apart from them by our attire (and maybe influence them....).
Mike called them "Power Exchange Regulars," as in people
who have been coming to PE for over 2 years. Nonetheless, he doesn't
want either of our groups pushing the other around. Remember, those
who do scenes in the room have priority, but anyone can come inside
Also remember that the Dungeon entrance is IMMEDIATELY
to the left and down the stairs as soon as you walk through the doors
at 86 Otis Street. Thus if you want to hit the dungeon right away
after you pay your entrance fee, turn around and you'll see the stairs
going down to the dungeon. If you continue into the room with the
cages and the flashback hallway, you need to turn around and go back
to get to the dungeon.
This should hopefully help solve a few major
problems we had last time: people not finding the dungeon where most
of us were by midnight, and all of us having a central place to meet
and see each other. If you see someone who is well dressed in Fetish
Attire, walk up to them and ask the one-word question, "Iniquity?"
If they smile and say yes, you've found one of us. If they look at
you blankly like they expect you to sell them insurance next, they're
probably not from "our gang." Heck, if they're dressed well,
tell 'em about us.
Don't forget that the Power Exchange has a juice
bar, a pool table, and a smoking room. The music is mostly a sexy
dance mix, but different rooms have different music playing.
I'll send out a quick reminder with the ironed-down
date, but put June 6th (yes, a week and a half from now) on your calendar
now for an evening of meeting like-minded Fetish Fashion Freaks AND
an evening of Solid S&M -- a combination no other club that night
can offer you. ;-)
Fetish Fashion Gods:
you are reading this, one of the Fetish Fashion World's biggest events
is about to go down: The EUROPERVE in Amsterdam this weekend. Picture
several LARGE rooms filled with the most exquisitely dressed perverts
you can imagine. Now add any number of bizarre and provocative shows,
adding the obligatory fashion show of DeMask's latest line up of their
trademark rubber clothing. Throw in some playrooms, a fetish art exhibit,
and two dance floors. Now.....(muahaahahahah!) add just that tiniest
touch of the extreme permissiveness that the mysterious city of Amsterdam
is so well know for. Need I say more?
This is the Europerve, an International event
that draws the Perverted (a term of endearment) from all over Europe....and
I do mean ALL over Europe. Having been 3 times, I have met people
from just about any country you can name over there. Americans are
less often seen, but their presence is noted as well -- no, I was
not the token American. It's a WILD night, and day as well.....and
next morning too. The Europerve has pre-parties, the main party, after
parties, and of course the after-after parties, and when you aren't
at any of these, you can always visit any number of Amsterdam's notorious
spots, from the gloriously depraved red-light district (yes, with
real red lights everywhere), to over 200 "coffeeshops" that
sell a lot more than coffee, to such refined venues as Rembrandt's
house or the museum where you can see his famous "Nightwatch."
Hopefully one of you out there will be reading
this upon your return from Amsterdam & the Europerve. We would
LOVE to have a review of the event as seen through your eyes. :-)
The Tower, DTT
night, the 29th also sees the 2nd occurrence of a Vampire & Fetish/S&M
club in the quaint little seaside town of Santa Cruz, California.
We had good enough reports from the opening night such that I'll probably
be making the drive myself! Having been a Santa Cruz resident for
many years, I can tell you that this town NEEDS a club like The Tower.
So if you live anywhere in the area, head on down to The Blue Lagoon
on Pacific Ave, just south of The Catalyst this Friday night and show
They are having a contest for Best Fetish Attire
(amongst other things), so do it up. Reports say that almost everyone
is dressed up in some fashion or another (i.e. little or no street
clothes!). There is an S&M play space, and you can bet your scenes
will be appreciated. The proprietrix, Madame E, is about as sincere
in her S&M as you can get. :-)
little further away, over in Lost Wages, er, I mean Las Vegas, the
Dressed To Thrill Fetish Fashion Ball will begin this Friday. Running
through the weekend at the Tropicana Hotel, DTT is a Fetish Fashion
convention, dinner, show, and party. The S&M happens primarily
in the hotel rooms as they do not have an express "play area."
But if you want to take in a huge number of fetish-clad bodies, this
will be the place to be. Besides, even if you get bored at DTT, you
can be one of the many to liven-up Las Vegas traipsing around the
Casinos in your fetish clothes. ;-)
We already have a few readers who will be sending
us a review of the event, but feel free to send one as well if you
The Fetish Ball in Los Angeles
13th. Saturday. A four-story venue with a play area, three dance floors,
shows throughout the night, multiple bars and much more. A crowd of
deliciously dressed Pervs. Strict Fetish Dress Code plus.
This will be the setting of this year's Los Angeles
Fetish Ball at the Variety Arts Center in Downtown L.A. The name of
the evening is WORSHIP. Admission is $30 advanced, $35 at the door.
Advanced tickets are available at Stormy Leather in San Francisco.
The Variety Arts Center is located at 940 South
Figueroa Street @ Olympic. For more info, visit http://www.fetishball.com
or call 213-644-1811.
I might see you there.......
Our Biases #1:
Goth Vs. Fetish
one reader wrote me, there is a question about how the Goth scene
and the Fetish Fashion scene fit together. Like many styles of fashion
and clubs that revolve around them, there are the purists, the semi-purists,
the liberals, and the clueless. The Fetish Scene, The Goth Scene,
and even the Industrial Scene are no exception.
Take a look for example at the Goth vs. the Industrial
scene: In a HUGE number of cities, these two scenes have been pushed
together. Each group more or less tolerates the other, and the term
"Goth/Industrial" has become an archetype. Yet give the
Goths a chance to meet at a purely Gothic club and they will flock
like bats. Likewise, give the Industrial purists a chance to dance
and stomp their hearts away to a pure Industrial mix (of which there
are in fact quite few) all night long and they will offer endless
sweaty smiles. In Los Angeles for example, one of the original promoters
of Kontrol Factory, a rare and excellent Pure Industrial Music Dance
Club, went out of his way to make it clear that Goth and Industrial
are not the same thing. It wasn't so much that he excluded anyone
from his club, but rather he had fun with the whole idea, such as
an "Industrial vs. Goth Bowling Tournament." (Ed. -- KF
wants to know if anyone knows an outstanding pure Industrial DJ in
the San Fran area; if so write me). The Industrial purists want their
magnificent aggression, the Goths want their velvet realities. Who's
right? Neither of course because they CAN mix; Both because they have
a right to be amongst like minded individuals. In the Fetish Scene,
we have a similar disparity. Over in London a few years ago, I was
standing next to a friend who was dressed head to toe in rubber. I
was wearing a mixture of basically Fetish elements with the "goth
tidbit" of a velvet shirt. Dressed as such, I had never been
turned away from any "Strict Fetish Dress Code" event anywhere,
ever. That night's event was the infamous Torture Garden, probably
the only FETISH club I know of that so warmly welcomes the Gothic
community of London. Now understand that the Goths who showed up for
TG were not your "Adams Family/mourning" Goths; these were
the most exquisite and elegant vampiresque, velvet & lace Goths
you had ever seen. They had incorporated numerous, well-tailored fetish
elements in their attire -- collars, leather, PVC, corsets, and even
some amazing home-made items of clothing. To my eyes they were a delicious
melange of style, elegance, and pervery. I saw them as a bizarre and
beautiful addition to the evenings event at Torture Garden.
However, my friend standing right next to me
in her rubber multi-colored catsuit saw it quite differently. "Why
do THEY have to come here? Don't they have their own clubs?".....and
she was not the only one who made comments like that. Thankfully the
comments were the limit and there have never been any "incidents"
that I know of at TG regarding "Goths" at a "Fetish"
event. Nonetheless, my friend's comment sums up the point: How much
should one style mix with another? Does one style run the risk of
dilution into mediocrity if constantly mixed with another? Or should
a kind of Style Evolution occur where both styles benefit from exposure
to the other? Unfortunately, my experience says that it can go either
The presence of the Goths at the Torture Garden
was as seamless as it could get and still be very accurately called
a Fetish Club. Given an even more Strict Fetish Dress Code Event,
only the most Fetish-incorporated Goths might be allowed in. However,
that said, over the years I have seen many a Fetish Fashion Freak
weave a few more Gothic elements into their attire, and vice-versa.
At the TG it worked; over here on the other hand we have a case history
of a very failed experiment.
When I first involved myself in that other club
(Mass-Charade), I was excited to be building a Fetish Club on top
of a Goth/Industrial foundation. Musically I like all of it. Stylistically,
Mass-Charade was meant to be a copy of Torture Garden, where Fetish
was primary, and Goth was incorporated. Unfortunately, it didn't work
out that way, as the Goth/Industrial crowd became the mainstay of
Mass-Charade, and as much as I like Industrial music, the usual attire
of that demographic group doesn't fit in a Fetish Club (i.e. black
jeans & t-shirts). As I (before I left the core) confronted the
issue of how to get more Fetish and less non-fetish, I met with a
kind of typical American pro-Goth/Industrial response: Mass-Charade
was a Goth/Industrial Music club and so those people had to be catered
to. Needless to say my attempts to create a sort of Torture Garden
U.S. rapidly failed after that.
Nonetheless, there IS GOOD NEWS. As a kind of
result from the GOTHIC and FETISH purist scenes mixing over the last
several years, even at the most Strict Dress Code Clubs it is now
pretty common to see a change. What used to say "Strict Fetish
Dress -- Rubber, PVC, Leather" now usually says, "Strict
Fetish Dress -- Rubber, PVC, Leather, Lace, Velvet, Lingerie."
More and more we see the newer, extended description added after "Strict
Fetish Dress." It seems the Goths have made their statement and
genuinely contributed to Fetish Fashion. Likewise in any number of
Goth clubs you will undoubtedly spot numerous Fetish elements scattered
throughout the crowd nowadays.
The biases will remain, and the purists will
always find a way to improve a club. It seems however, that as long
as it's tastefully done, the semi-purists rule the day, mixing just
a bit of the best elements of other styles. The liberals who want
any style to walk freely in any club too often seem just a hair this
side of the clueless, and so I expect we will always have clubs that
cater to particular tastes, being run by the purists or the semi-purists.
When the stylistically liberal folks start running clubs, they are
usually more interested in making money and less concerned about catering
to a community of people; inevitably these end up as mixed up, often
mainstream clubs. And when clueless people run clubs.....yuck. Rather
not think about it. ;-)
Personally I find the modern definition of "Strict
Fetish Dress Code -- Rubber, Leather, PVC, Velvet, Lace, Lingerie"
to be perfectly admirable. At Mass-Charade I pushed hard to add the
terms "Fetish Glam" and "Fetish Drag" to the list
as I believe TV's to be a kind of perfectly evolved Fetish, although
not necessarily S&M oriented. For the SKIN TWO Rubber Ball, they
WILL make street clothes people stand on the street and not let them
in. As one SKIN TWO employee put it, "the person has to at least
make an effort to look sexy in an unusual manner beyond ordinary club
clothes." I find that to put it pretty well for a massive scale,
non-S&M Fetish event. People who go to all the trouble to look
outstanding and stunning in their best erotic and perverse finery
do not want to look at people in street clothes, including Industrial
attire (i.e. black jeans and black t-shirts); they want to look at
people who dress as excellently as they do. Perhaps the reason we
have seen a slight but pleasant mix of the Strict Fetish and Strict
Gothic styles is that many Goths take their appearance and desire
to be amongst similarly well-dressed people as seriously as the Fetishists
do, albeit in their own unique manner.
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