Saturday, December 31, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

Rubberstud(s) of the Week #191

The boys from Rubaddiction. Amazing

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Holiday Gift for All Of Us

SCTV Sexy Holiday Special

OMG, was this from, around 1980? I remember SCTV so well, this era was the pinnacle of Canadian comedy. Check out the dancers with Andrea Martin (Marcie) at 2:30. John Candy is still divine as Divine! :)

Quote Of The Day

12.22.2011 BY ADAM RATHE for OUT.COM 'American Horror Story' star talks about life in the gimp suit Discussing his time in the latex bodysuit that was an object of intense fascination this season, grungy babe Evan Peters told Vulture a bit about how he slipped into the skin-tight costume.
"I don’t know if you’ve ever put on lube before, but it’s not like there’s a layer of Vaseline on you; it’s just almost like your skin is super smooth and slick; it feels kind of gross, but at the same time, you feel really well moisturized. You’re not like, 'Ew, get it off of me.' You’re more like, 'This is kind of gross. I want to get this off as soon as possible. But maybe I can stop and get a sandwich first.'"

Ho Ho Ho


Blackstyle Rubber Santa :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Invasion

Oh...my....dog...a reader just showed me the most awesome inflatable alien hood, made by rubear.net.  I am drooling as I write this, this is perfect for Rubbout 21!  I gotta think long and hard whether to get this....it will definitely be utilized more than just once, but....the same internal arguments arise.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas to Me

Last week, my catsuit order from Libidex LatexExpress showed up. It took less than two weeks to get here from London, which is impressive.

I wasn't sure about the colour choice - whether the online swatches of Metallic Peacock were accurate, but once the suit showed up I was really impressed; it is a pretty unique, yet masculine color. I had originally ordered the suit with no thru-zip but the one that showed up had one. I was initially concerned about this as the latex above the butt zip is always the spot on the suit that rips first for me (due to my damn big ass lol) however it appears that Libidex has even improved their design on that. The butt zip only goes halfway up the butt and seems to avoid being in a pressure zone. If I bend over, the pressure at that point seems minimal. I can only hope that this remains the case.
As for the styling, I like the multi-panel look in this case. It makes the suit look very professionally done (which it is, quel surprise). I ordered the suit in a Medium, something which I hadn't done with Libidex before (the white catsuit was custom-sized, the olive green one is an off-the-rack Large) and I'm happy to say I like the fit even more than the other cuts. My litmus test is whether the cut of the suit will follow the curve of the small of the back. An air pocket there typically means to me that the suit isn't fit to my frame just right.

Now, only to loose a few pounds to give the suit its proper wearing visual!

Now that I have a metallic pewter and metallic peacock suit in addition to the olive green 'official' military catsuit, I have devious plans to get a couple of guys to suit up with me in all three suits and pass off a 'military invasion' look at the Rubbout Kickoff party in March, or Rubbout itself. Exciting!
Not too shabby for $200, eh? I consider this partially a Christmas present to myself, justifiably also a birthday present to myself. Since it's the big 4-0 at the end of the month, maybe one's not enough? ;)

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Laboratory of Personal Experience

The Laboratory of Personal Experience is a great post by Race Bannon on his blog. It so summarizes how fetish and kink is a very unique personal experience for each of us, even as we attempt the innate task of categorizing our kinks. I like the post and I'm interested to see people's responses!

Rubberstud(s) of the Week #190

Wow wow wow

Friday, December 16, 2011

Rubberskin's Website

We all know who Rubberskin is. He's the guy that creates his own amazing latex and lycra outfits and pervs out on superheroes and has a great time training his slaves....you know who I'm talking about! If you have spent any time on any of the fetish sites or seeking out gay fetish video on YouTube, you have undoubtedly come across his work. He has done many videos outlining his makeup techniques, fantasy scenes insides and outside, slave training skills, and showing off his latest creations. He is a great contributor to the rubber community, a very talented photographer and videographer, makeup artist, and latex designer, and now I'm happy to say he has effectively put all of his work in one place...on his Rubberskin website!
Go to Rubberskin

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Separation

Well, that was interesting...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

December Anvil Club Party

NEXT ANVIL CLUB DECEMBER 17

Anvil Extreme Dress Code Club is back in action on Saturday, December 17. Doors open 9 PM and the party goes late (or early!) Get your tickets online or at local LA kink retailers.
This month we're getting back to our roots as we celebrate the hard, full leather and uniform look of BLUF and Tom of Finland.

As always, other gear is welcome too.

Anvil Club is an extreme dress code club. Think of it like a retool of our hot leather bars where everyone is in gear, the cruising is intense and you've got a convenient backroom if you feel like getting a nut off.
The huge main room of Anvil Club is all about cruising and socializing in your gear. Step through the heavy black drape at the rear of the club and take your cruising to the next level with some major darkroom action. Anvil Club is not really a sex party. It's a full-on gear dress code club in a private space with a fully equipped dungeon and a huge darkroom.
Anvil Club is men 21+ only and the dress code will be enforced. The Anvil dress code includes full leather, uniform, rubber, sports kit, skin gear, super hero, and jock strap with boots. Boots are required for everything except sports gear. Anything that screams masculine gear to the doorman is on and his word is final. A changing room and secure clothes check is available so you can get as wild as you want with your gear.

No cologne, tennis shoes (except with sport), flip flops, shorts or cell phones. Jeans, other than bleachers, are only allowed with tall boots and leather on top like a jacket, shirt or harness, or with chaps.
Tix are $30 and are only available in advance - no door sales. Tickets are available online, or at our local LA retailers 665, Rough Trade and Syren/Stockroom. Doors open at 9 PM and the club goes until 3 AM.

West Coast Rubber 2012


It's 2012 and West Coast Rubber is heading back to our roots - yep we're back in Palm Springs!

WCR 2012 is set for February 24 - 26, 2012. We've reserved the entire Camp Palm Springs resort for all of the hot rubber and gear action. Check out the weekend schedule and then snag your Full Weekend Package or individual tickets. Remember that you must have a full weekend package to book a room at the host hotel*. And that's definitely where you'll want to be this year.

FRIDAY
Meet and Greet, 7 PM - 9 PM - CPS (Camp Palm Springs)
Play Party, 10 PM - 2 AM - CPS

SATURDAY
BBQ and Perv Pool Party, 12 Noon to 4 PM - CPS
Full Rubber Dinner, 6 PM - 8 PM - Location TBA
Mr WCR 2012 Contest, 9 PM - Midnight - Location TBD
Mr WCR Victory Party, Midnight - 3 AM - CPS

SUNDAY
Brunch 10 AM - 12 Noon - Cafe Lulu (on your own - not included in weekend package)
Goodbye Pervs Pool Party 1 PM - 4 PM - CPS

What's in a name? Well obviously we love rubber! But we're multi-function kinksters and get hard for other gear as well like tight gear spandex & lycra, sports kit, superhero, hazmat, skin, uniforms, and leather. The important thing is to Get Your Gear On & Get Your Rocks Off!

*You must have a full weekend package in order to book a room at the host hotel. Once you book your full weekend package, you'll receive an email within 24 hours with a booking code to give to the hotel. Buying a weekend package doesn't guarantee a room however. The hotel is on a first come-first served basis.

Rubbout Travel Subsidy

For those of you inquiring about travel subsidy to Vancouver for Rubbout weekend, here is what we have:

Mitch has graciously released 100,000 of his air travel miles that we are going to divide into four sets of round trips to anywhere in North America (25,000 miles each) available for $400CAD for each 25,000 mile package plus taxes/fuel surcharges which seems to add on average $130 for a total cost between $500 to $550.

Unfortunately, because it is Easter, availability is disappearing fast.  Below are some example direct flights.  You can see many flights are no longer available both days.  There are also many non direct flights available too.

Here are examples of flights available today, December 13 for travel next Easter:


Direct Flights

Chicago

Arrive
09:45 - 12:09 Thursday
15:00 - 17:41 Thursday/Friday
17:15 - 19:41 Thursday/Friday
20:00 - 22:44 Thursday/Friday

Depart
06:30 - 12:29 Sunday/Monday
13:48 - 19:47 Sunday/Monday

Taxes $89.01

Toronto

Arrive
08:30 - 10:26 Thursday/Friday
10:00 - 12:00 Friday
12:00 - 14:00 Thursday
14:00 - 16:00 Friday
17:00 - 18:53 Friday
18:00 - 19:48 Friday
20:25 - 22:14 Thursday/Friday
22:55 - 00:55 Thursday/Friday

Return
09:00 - 16:20 Sunday
11:00 - 18:20 Sunday
15:00 - 22:20 Sunday
16:30 - 23:50 Monday
22:30 - 05:50 Monday
23:45 - 07:05 Sunday/Monday

Taxes $156.08

Montreal

08:00 - 10:27 Thursday
14:05 - 16:32 Thursday
17:55 - 20:22 Thursday
19:55 - 22:22 Thursday

Return
17:00 - 00:45 Sunday/Monday
23:40 - 07:25 Sunday

Taxes $157.22

Los Angeles

14:20 - 17:16 Thursday/Friday

Return
07:40 - 10:26 Sunday
10:40 - 13:26 Sunday
17:50 - 20:33 Sunday/Monday

Taxes $123.51

Email rubboutvancouver@gmail.com if interested.

Kinky Ornaments

I guess it's just the trend that tree ornaments are just getting stranger and stranger each year (or should I say, more niche-y?).  There are of course, such collections as Star Trek and Simpsons ornaments - those are pretty standard deviations.  For 'balls' to hang off the tree, I've seen pickles, and this year I saw a sushi roll.  Getting weirder...

This is a great one though!  I wonder if there's a snowman orgy series?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Fall 2011 Poll Results

Thank you everyone who voted in my informal poll on How We Don Our Latex.  I never expected so many to use silicone lube/dressing aids as the poll indicated.  Personally, I use lube 90% of the time.  It just seems to work so much better with those of us with body hair.  I always found in my tight suits that powder is fine for getting a suit on, but it doesn't allow the skin and latex surfaces to slide against each other enough that you don't end up getting a lot of tugging on hair, particularly in pressure point areas like the knees and large sections like forearms.

I have used water-based lubes like ID lube or J-lube before, but they don't have the longevity in the suits long enough for extended wearing.  Eventually you are either swimming in fluids or the lube dries up and you are left with nothing.  This is a similar experience to putting a suit on in the shower.  It is easy to put on but this doesn't really set you up for extended wearing.

I think a lot of people just getting into latex tend to do the more rudimentary activites just as rubbering up in the shower or using water-based lubes.  The tightness of the latex is another consideration.  I have some looser suits that I tend to put on with talc; it's just a quicker process.  Once you become a more seasoned player and realize you need to maximize your latex time, you seek what will provide you maximum comfort.  So far, the best for me personally, and for many others is using silicone-based dressing aids or bodyglides.

Rubberstud(s) of the Week #189

Yum.

Friday, December 9, 2011

MIR 2012 Post FINALLY up!


My week and a half of travel madness ended Sunday November 13 when I finally got back to Vancouver after spending a five days in Alberta celebrating family Christmas and hooking up with old friends. A week before that I was packing and preparing to travel to Chicago to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Mister International Rubber and the crowning of the new 2012 title holder.

AND HERE IT IS!

Since then, it's been work and Rubbout planning; I apologize for this taking a month to finally get around to doing...after all Tynan and Pup Nitro had their reports up within days! That is typically the way I like to do this annual report to, however this year I was just too sick to finish it and been very busy since! :(

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So now, the next big event is Mr. West Coast Rubber on the February 25th weekend in Palm Springs.  I will (finally, LOL) be stepping down as Mr. WCR and handing the title over to some new deserving rubbery dude.  I am looking forward to judging and having fun with the west coast gang....always a good time to be playing and rubbering up poolside in the sun!  I am at least bringing a bit of an entourage with me down to Palm Springs.  In fact, the resort rooms are already booked!  Woot!

Rubbout hosts monthly contests at Pumpjack Pub on the second Saturday of every month.  I had to miss November's for MIR and now missing December's due to family obligations on Vancouver Island.  January's contest is going to be tied in with the official Rubbout poster unveiling, the contest is minimal leather and will also be an opportunity to promote West Coast Rubber.  February's contest is Kinkiest Kink, and the March contest, tied in with the official Rubbout Kickoff party and 'Try Out Rubber' Night is RUBBER!  Woo hoo!  So much to look forward to in 2012 (including possibly a visit by Mr. International Rubber 2012 to Rubbout or WCR?  I guess we'll have to wait and see! :)


Titan Media's Stockroom

I know Ruff has posted these pics several times, but I just had to.....a tall, dark, built hunk of a man who appears to be enjoying wearing his black latex? Incredible! Thanks for making us all quiver, Spencer Reed :D

Red Rubber Wank

Great new vid by Cornholio!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Now that's gotta induce a sweat....

AGRH! YouTube made the video private this morning...now we can only wait until it is made public again. Great fight scene with the rubberman, for those of you wondering what you're missing.
Is it wrong that this gave me a boner a little bit?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Photoshoot

Finally!  Some images from the September VML photoshoot!







10 Things to Know

Dan Savage referenced this 2008 post from Ben In Leatherland's blog this week.  I think it is great advice for gay guys just beginning to explore BDSM.

As you'll read in the description, this blog is aimed at bridging the gap between the leather community and those clean cut, preppy boys (and girls, but my experience is mostly with gay men) who were always curious about bondage/sm... but turned off by the perception of leather as old, fat, hairy men. A friend of mine suggested I start with a list of basic things you should know before you start exploring. So here are 10 things you all should know:

1. Start with your dick! Look at porn! What makes you hot? The community is large and has a variety of fetishes: BDSM, gear, leather, etc... Look at porn and check out kinky social sites! While the sense of community can be great, it really all starts with play. So, what are you into?

2. And this is directly related to #1: use porn as an inspiration, not as a rulebook. When it comes to BDSM and D/s relationships, a lot of people have made the mistake of trying to be just like the guys they saw in some hot porn. At best this can lead to disappointment. At worst it can put you in real danger. Porn and erotica are not real! They are scripted and designed to make our dicks twitch. While it may sound hot, being tied up for five days straight isn't terribly realistic.

3. Start slow. Now you are all horny and ready to go, but don't rush things. This whole world can be overwhelming if you try to become too many things at once. Take the time to figure out who you are when it comes to kink!

4. Be open and honest. If you want to tell your boyfriend you are curious about fetish play, then tell him! Drop hints if you want, but I find being blunt and open works best. If you are starting a D/s relationship, be open and honest about what exactly you want and realistically can handle (I recommend jerking off before these discussions so you aren't thinking with your dick heh). Even if you're just starting to play with someone new, find ways to slip it in or your partner won't know.

5. Don't be an ageist. If you aren't into older men, that is your business, but be respectful. I have learned from a lot of different men, some of them much older than me. What I have learned from them has helped me explore my sexuality deeper than I otherwise could have. Whether friends or lovers, be open to the more experienced.

6. Do some research. As much as I recommend having mentors in the scene, make the effort to educate yourself. There is plenty of literature on kink and BDSM, both online and in print (I highly recommend "The Ties that Bind" by: Guy Baldwin).

7. Be accepting of other people's sexuality. It is a little hypocritical to judge another guy's kink when you like to get pissed on. By normative sex standards, we are all pretty fucked up, so try not to be too judgemental. Just say "that isn't really my scene, but its cool if you are into it". If you disagree, try to consider the parallels between this and homophobia.

8. Know yourself. This is a multifaceted rule. Know what you love, like, tolerate, and won't do in terms of play. Also try to figure out why you are looking for certain things. Most kink is perfectly healthy sexual behavior. However, make sure you aren't getting into something for the wrong reason. For example: some "slaves" want to loose all their rights and privileges because their life is shit and they are looking for an escape. Since no Master is capable of fixing everything, it never works out for either partner.

9. Protect yourself. If a situation seems really shady: it probably is. Once you are tied up, you really are in the other person's hand, so make sure they are trustworthy. If you are meeting someone online for the first time: leave a note saying where you'll be and who you are meeting (with a friend or just on your desk so if you go missing the police will find it and track down the psycho who, unfortunately, has killed and/or kidnapped you). Make sure the guy you are meeting knows about this. If he is really uncomfortable with it, explain your reasoning. If he is still uncomfy, move on.

10. Talk about it. Don't feel the need to be too graphic, but the more we talk about kink, the less taboo it becomes. All my friends know I am a kinky little pig. Plenty of them have even confided in me that they have their own interests they have wanted to explore. When we all open up, we make kink more accessible, and therefore more fun!

Last but not least: HAVE FUN!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Wrap Your Package

Pumpjack Pub and Rubbout present:
        Wrap your Package - Best Wrapped Package Contest!
Saturday Dec 10th, Pumpjack Pub, Vancouver

There is a $200 first pize for the man with the best wrapped Package..!
 Line privilege for men in leather or rubber, all night!

...come on guys, show your package!!

The Perfect Gift, Indeed...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Spider-man Compilation

Glad I'm not the only one obsessed with the skintight Spidey suits...someone's taken the time to do a compilation of the best scenes of them!

Rubberstud of the Week #188

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Rubbout 20th Anniversary Book

A Christmas gift idea: Click here to order the Rubbout 20 Years book from Blurb.com.
Hardcover: $49.39
Softcover: $29.95

Breath restriction hood

I had some great fun with a friend while in Alberta for my family Christmas.  He isn't a big breath control fan but had a restriction hood.  He suggested I take it home with me, which I eagerly did.  I've been having quite a bit of fun with it this week, as you can see!


I've managed to Vivishine the hood and attempt to protect the latex in addition to allowing better vision through the visor.  Things look a lot more hot from the outside than from the inside! :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mr. West Coast Rubber 2012



After a lot of planning and pleading, it looks like Mr. West Coast Rubber 2012 is a go! 

The West Coast Rubber men's fetish weekend and Mr. West Coast Rubber contest are moving back to sunny Palm Springs for 2012!

The host hotel is Camp Palm Springs Mens Resort in the heart of Palm Springs.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Meet and Greet, 7 PM - 9 PM - CPS (Camp Palm Springs)
Play Party, 10 PM - 2 AM - CPS

Saturday, February 25, 2012

BBQ and Pool Party, 12 Noon to 4 PM - CPS
Rubber Dinner, 6 PM - 8 PM - Location TBD
WCR Contest, 9 PM - Midnight - Location TBD
Post Contest Victory Party, Midnight - 3 AM - CPS

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Brunch 10 AM - 12 Noon - Cafe Lulu
Informal Pool Party 1 PM - 4 PM - CPS

Check out www.westcoastrubber.com for more information on the event and inquire about running for the new Mr. West Coast Rubber 2012!!

Check out the WCR 2012 Facebook page.
Check out the Rubbout 2012 Facebook page.

Monday, November 21, 2011

I Can See You...


MIR 2012 videos on YouTube





I can't say enough how lucky we are to have Rubberwilli as a visible spokesman for the gay rubber community.  I couldn't agree with him more!  Well said, Willi!

Videos courtesy Third Rail Media

Rubberstud of the Week #186

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rubbout on Facebook


Rubbout # 21, Rubbout: Invasion takes place April 5-8, 2012.  The Facebook page has been created, though only a fraction of the invitations have been sent out so far.  If you're planning on coming to Vancouver for a slippery good time, please let us know by indicating you're 'Attending' Rubbout: Invasion!!!!

And yes, I am in the process of writing my MIR 2012 post and editing appropriate pictures for it.  I hope to have it done by the end of the weekend.  I haven't been transitioning back to the real world very well this week, things are taking a bit longer than I had hoped, though I did do about seven hours of Rubbout stuff last weekend.

Why I Like Rubber

Rubber Anubis, who I consider a good friend and playmate, has posted a GREAT answer to the question, "Why I Like Rubber".  I couldn't have said it better myself!!!

It was great to see him at MIR, and he has 99% convinced me that I need to attend Gummbalaya in June 2012!

Mobilized

Rubber Canuck is now optimized for smart phones!  I have updated the online and small-screen templates, which will allow for more reading of RC on the move.  Unfortunately I also had to change the template style, but the minimalism of the new template looks pretty good.  It's more about the content anyways, isn't it? ;)

Some more advice....

Another guy wanting to get into rubber and bondage, asking lots and lots of questions.....

Hi ****, Just got back from a couple of trips, sorry for the delay.

Is it cool to own a bondage suit? 

There is a distinction between rubber fetishism and bondage fetishism. Rubber, leather or lycra are an attraction to the material itself, bondage fetishism is for those that like to be tied up or restrained and under the control of a bondage top. It just happens that a lot of rubbermen and leathermen like bondage play as well. Latex/rubber just seems to be a natural material to be stuck in before getting restrained. I myself like both, and do bondage both as a top and a bottom. There are many ways bondage can be applied with rubber: some examples are wrist and ankle restraints, straightjackets, sleepsacks, vacuum devices like vacbeds, coffins, cubes. All are a lot of fun. I own a rubber straightjacket, a sleepsack, a vacbed and a vaccoffin.

Looking for some great male bondage? Try seriousmalebondage.com or boundgods.com


How often do you wear it?

I love to wear latex as much as I can. My work situation (working at home) allows me to wear it by myself as much as I please, and I do wear it quite often. In fact, I'm wearing a black catsuit and socks right now. As for wearing it out in public, I usually save that for special nights out, like contest, gear or dress code nights at the local bar. I try to get to a few fetish events in other cities several times a year too, where it's possible to wear latex 24/7 if desired. As for play, I have a steady boyfriend that isn't really into latex so I don't get to play in it as much as I'd like to, but we have an open relationship and when I get an opportunity to play with another guy, if I'm in the headspace I usually take advantage of the situation. I have lots and lots of gear so the play dates tend to happen at my place, and at that point there is no script, things just unfold as they do, always considering the other guys experience and comfort level with certain types of play.


How much was it?

Unfortunately, most fetish gear is expensive. Latex clothing usually costs as much as leather gear does. When a guy is curious about starting to get into rubber, it is best to suggest to them to start with something small; a jockstrap, a wrestler or a front zip shirt. If they like what sensations and attention they get out of it, then they can move up to items that cost more, like a catsuit or a bondage suit, masks, hoods, leggings, bondage gear, etc. Shorts and shirts start around $100. The most expensive suit I have is a full enclosure suit and cost me around $900. My sleepsack, which I imported from the UK cost me close to $1000. There is gear that goes beyond that price.....depends on what you're looking for and how customized it is. There is a big war going on between the traditional high-quality tailors and manufacturers, typically based in Europe, and the low-cost, low quality producers, typically from China. With latex, 'quality costs' is generally the rule. Eventually China and other Asian tailors might increase their quality to rival the European houses but for now the best stuff is still coming from the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.


How did you find out you liked bondage?

I've been dressing up in skintight clothing since I was 12. I was hard-core into lycra during my teens and 20s, but really didn't discover that there were actually people creating latex clothing until the mid-90s when the Internet started becoming big....though I fantasized about it. I recall lots of images of skin divers in tight rubber suits and guys in tight clothing, tights, etc. when I was a kid that really turned me on. I think most people are either born kinky or not, and may or may not explore it depending on whether they have a 'triggering moment' or not. For me, it's been an evolving adventure since my early teens. I came out gay in my early 20s, this gave me the confidence as a man to explore my kinks even further. The Internet changed the way kinksters connect, before that if was difficult to find guys into similar things. I grew up in a very remote part of Canada and for most of my developmental years, thought I was a freak because I was the only one into these things, or so I thought at the time.


Is it easy to find others that are into bondage?

The Internet changed everything. Now there are lots of websites where you can connect with guys into the same things. Recon, Gearfetish, Gearplay, M4MKink, Rubberzone, Spandexguys, Fetlife....there are lots of them and lots of big communities out there. I consider myself fortunate enough to be able to attend fetish events around North America like International Mr. Leather, Mr. International Rubber, West Coast Rubber, Rubbout.....I've made some very important and lasting friendships through the connections I've made at these events.

Does that answer some of your questions? Check out the blog for more info, I've been blogging on all of these topics and more for over five years now. Cheers RC

Mister International Rubber 2012

I landed in Chicago Friday November 4 in afternoon and made it to the host hotel with some time to get ready, however I didn't get a chance to get into the Kink Market until Saturday. That flight across three time zones makes for a long day. My original roommate, Nicemuscles, the new Mr. TORN Toronto had to cancel his appearance at MIR due to illness; fortunately another good friend, Rubberbuck, took his place in the room at the last minute. Rubberbuck showed up around the same time I was unpacking in the room, so we got ready and headed over to the Center on Halstead for the 'Greet the Meat' Cocktail party and Part one of the MIR 2012 contest.

As soon as we got there, I felt like a gimp with an electro buttplug and a sadistic master as I jumped around the reception lobby saying hello to everyone, happily greeting everyone I knew and anxiously awaiting all my good friends to show up. The reception flew by and suddenly we found ourselves in the auditorium for the opening night of the Mr. International Rubber 2012 contest.

Nine contestants this year, all looking like they knew what they're doing. There was good representation from across North America - Fort Lauderdale, New York, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Toronto, Montreal -  only one European guy as compared to three last year. I see where Rubberwilli and Kinkrubber are now seriously thinking about having the contest in Europe (Berlin) on alternating years. I think that would be a lot of fun!  Highlight of the Friday night part of the contest was definitely the Wet Rubber portion.  It happened after an intermission; a lot of guys left, I don't think they realized the best part of the contest was still to come!

Anyways, I had lots of fun hanging out with the gang again tonight. Rubberbuck and I went back to the hotel after the contest and got ready to head to the private MIR play party. When we got there, it wasn't very busy but the space was huge and would be a great place to have a big party, however tonight the energy was pretty subdued. The crowd waxed and waned, a few activities were to be had in the slings and the piss space was busy, the guys that were there made the best of it. I managed to get laid on a couch in the in drain room so all was good :)

I was having energy problems all weekend. I had been sick all the week before and felt okay this weekend, but just didn't feel anything above 80% all weekend. So, I woke up Saturday all groggy, however managed to get out of bed, rubber up and head back to the Center. I was involved in the discussion panels in the afternoon, but I wanted to get some Rubbout promotional stuff out in the Kink Market before I got side-tracked with that. The Squeak Latex guys came up and asked if I wanted to be their victim in their raffle giveaway vac-bed but I had to decline since I was heading downstairs for the panels shortly :(


The first panel was cancelled because the speaker was sick (see a trend here?), but I got together with Tynan, Pup Nitro, and Topher to discuss our upcoming panel on 'Building Kink Communities' and the conversation got so interesting that we continued it all the way up to the room we had for the panel. We only had a few people show up for a lively and interesting conversation, however Topher seemed to like what was being said and it sounds like they might have an expanded version of this next year with more advertising and more topics.



I went back to the Market for a short while to push off some more Rubbout promo posters and cards, hooked up with Tigermasc and we headed over to our friend Junya's place who was hosting a birthday party for some of our rubberbuddies. We had fun over there, then I had to head back to the hotel quickly to change for the evening's contest. Of course, as always, I was running late and got to the Center again after the intro dance routine was done (merde!) so settled in at the back of the room for the remainder of the evening.



I saw video of the performance, it looked amazing. The contestants all looked amazing, did a wonderful job of their questions and kicked ass in the Mystery Bag round. After the crowd voted and a quick break, the winner was announced. Mr. International Rubber 2012 is Si Hands of Manchester, UK! He was an excellent choice and my vote. He is one of the nicest guys I've met! Si has almost singlehandedly grown the Manchester Rubbermen into the formidable group that it is and he is well-known in the rubber community in Europe and North America as a great photographer and role model! Congratulations Si!




Highlight of the contest on Saturday night for me was the 'Exploding Rubberman' performance by the Squeak Latex guys.  It was hilarious!  I wish I'd seen Eddie and Roger's opening 'Alejandro' number as I heard it was very very good as well.

After the excitement of the contest waned, we went over to Junya's for a quick drink then onto the Recon Full Fetish Party at the Jackhammer/Cellar complex. Things were crowded and fun but around 1:45 Rubberbuck and I decided to pull the plug and head home. I heard that the party went ballistic after the walls were taken down to the other half of the Cellar, but I was so exhausted I wanted to go home, even if my checklist for the weekend had fisting high on the list (and never got checked off, incidentally). Anyways, the big drama later was when I discovered I lost my wrist wallet with my driver's license and $150 in it on the way home. Still hurting from that one, but crap happens.

We got up in the morning. While Rubberbuck had a lunch date, I traipsed over the the Market again to finish distributing my posters and cards and finally do some shopping. I had a Mr. S gift card from last year that I used to help purchase a pair of the neoprene Cyber pant with red piping. What a great pouch on those babies! Roar! I also got a green latex polo shirt from Full Kit Gear and a few other fun small things to take back to Vancouver. The day flew by, we whipped back to the hotel and changed and then went to Sidetrack for ShowTunes Sunday. It was great to relax and chat with everyone though I was going through waves of totally feeling like crap and not feeling very sociable. I had a Red Bull then went back to the hotel as I had the opportunity to play with a few guys in the 'RMSF Room'. It was good to finally have some quiet time with Rick, Brent, Todd and Kai, though I was feeling wiped after a couple of hours and bailed out around 11:30. I headed over to Berlin for Madonnarama where I met up with the party crowd again and we had a great night dancing away to Madonna. I got back to the hotel around 3:30.



I crashed hard. Rubberbuck had to check out early for his flight home however I slept in, checked out and wheeled my luggage over to Junya's place. The guys were just getting up. Junya made a great brunch, we had a chance to sing Happy Birthday to Y before he headed to the airport. Rubberchris, Junya and I rubbered up and had another play session with them before RC had to head to the airport as well. Junya and I cleaned up and headed out for some food. Tigermasc met up with us, we went out for some drinks, he went home and Junya and I went to Drag Queen Bingo to end off the night. We headed back to his place and crashed. I got up, messed around getting ready and headed off to O'Hare to fly back to Vancouver. Exhausted, sick, but happy, I dropped off my gear, picked up another bag as Higherlycra came over to get keys as he was going to stay at my place for a few days while I was gone, and then headed over to Mr. P's for the night before getting up at six to head to the airport again. Whew!

I spent the next five days in Alberta, visiting friends in Calgary before heading north for family Christmas. It was nice and quiet -- perfect for healing, although I did get an opportunity to get together with Smileguy on Friday night for a bit of fisting fun (I love being a fisting top! How fun!). And that's the end of my story. The End :)