Monday, March 28, 2016

The Weeknd

Easter long weekend proved to be a fun one! I like weekends that exceed expectations. It was a freaking busy one too.

Thursday night we had another Rubbout Org committee meeting particularly to go over Thursday and Friday night details. Mitch, Mikey, Rob and I are on the same page, thank god.

I went out with Mikey and M for a couple drinks after at FH and PJ.

Friday morning I was up early to work with Rob and Don on getting all the decorations and banners up at Pumpjack. We got done around 2pm then I went to the Friday meat draw with Mr. P where we won three times! After the meat draw, I went home and got ready for the Mr. Ruff 2016 Contest/RUFF Party 5 year celebration. R, F, and Wardog came with me, we had a lot of fun and ended up at Steamworks for the after party. We all kind of went our separate ways for awhile until Wardog and I ran into Justin HotTop. The three of us, roomless ended up having a great three way in the gym under the weight racks. It was pretty fucking hot. Wardog and I took Justin home with us and the three of us proceeded to fuck well up to 5am. Wardog had to work in the morning (poor guy) and I really would have liked to fuck Justin again on Saturday morning but I had too much to do.

I got some errands done including setting up demo equipment at 8x6 for the PLUR Sex and Shine party on Saturday night, went and pulled some stuff out of off-site storage and then headed to the Saturday meat draw, where Mr. P won three more times including a turkey! We got home from that and I got ready to head to 8x6 after a couple hours' nap.

I went to the PLUR party alone and just went to work on the demos. I ended up having such a fun evening! It was a great opportunity to promote the Rubbout events and meet tons of kinky straight and not-so-straight people. I had lots of laughs and ended up making out with a very cute bearded ginger boy at the end of the night. Time flew by, I didn't even get home from there until 3:30!

I sat up for a bit and went to bed thinking I'd have a lovely sleep in but as it turned out, I had a terrible sleep and was up by 9:30. Even though I was feeling like shit, I got to start on a final Rubbout 25 eblast going on on Tuesday, went and did teardown at 8x6 at 3pm, then went over to J's to work on some new banners including the new one with the new Vancouver Rubbermen logo that will get its official unveiling on Saturday, that was another chunk of work done.

J and I headed over to our place where Mr. P was putting together a wonderful Easter Sunday dinner with the turkey and had J and G over. We had good laughs until 10, when I kicked everyone out so I could go to bed!

I biked to work this morning...did a crapload of updates to the Vancouver Rubbermen sites and Twitter, new sales report for Rubbout, some more communications, and worked on the Mailchimp eblast a bit more including importing all the emails of the weekend pass purchasers for this year.  So much going on!

Sexy L shows up tomorrow evening on his flight from London. I have to pick up Mr. International Rubber and his husband from the airport on Thursday, and C (our other houseguest for the weekend) shows up on Thursday evening. Things are about to get mad!

Chores for tonight: clean the house, disinfect the vacuum bladders (bed and tower), and start Vivshining, Vivshining, Vivshining!!!! I also gotta get a hold of Del at Steamworks to ensure everything's a go with him. I'm actually going to do that now! Oh yeah, and tomorrow too - raise the credit limit on my credit card....the charge for the Brunch of $4000 goes through on my CC at the end of the week - I've already had to put the weekend program printing and a couple of Vancouver Fetish Weekend tickets on my card (due to the fact there were only 50 tickets left for the Sunday Cruise as of this morning! Yikes! Isaac informed me that we already had two Cruise tickets reserved as Friday performers but now I have four :D

Wish me luck, things are about to get crazy!

Rbrlover's Sunday Funday

Rbrlover and pup look like they had a fucking great rubber session this weekend!

Old School

Some old Regulation London adverts from their 1998 catalog floating around cyberspace this morning. We've all seen these images, I don't think anyone will mind taking a look at them again :)

Rubberstud of the Week #414

Thursday, March 24, 2016


Thanks Liam

Fulfilling Easter


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Bearded Spandex Studs

Tights Guy

Have you ever checked out Jeffrey Scott, the Tights Guy? He's got a great set of instructional vids, Flickr pics, and great quality gear for sale. I'd like to investigate his fab designs more!

Can-Am Hard Heroes Stud Squad

OMG did any of you ever see or own this? I used to have it on VHS! LOL Sooo bad. Nice bodies in lycra though. It's so funny to see this again.

Tight Spandex on Big Muscle

Dual Color Elegante

More thin gauge skintight goodness from Latexskin!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Rubbout celebrates 25 years of gay rubber love

Rubber, latex and its crossover appeal to newer gay fetishes like puppy play
Published on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 7:56 pm.
Nathaniel Christopher

“I rode the bus here like this,” Bill Houghton says, gesturing to his full rubber suit with waders. “I had a coat over me but people kept looking at the boots, then they’d look up to me and wonder what’s under the coats.”

When Houghton founded Rubbout 25 years ago in Vancouver, rubber enthusiasts were already gaining a reputation as the science-fiction little brothers of the wider fetish community.

“In the old days, people would wear industrial gear and gas masks and stuff,” he recalls.

(Rubbout founder Bill Houghton will celebrate 25 years of the community he helped foster, at the event’s anniversary weekend starting Thursday, March 31, 2016./Shimon Karmel photo)

Latex, he says, was hard to come by. “Back then, rubber to a lot of guys was not latex because it was not available where we were,” he explains. “Latex was basically available from Europe through New York, San Francisco. This was the 1980s before the internet and online ordering and stuff. It didn’t exist so in order to get latex wear people would have to go to other cities outside of Vancouver.”

Houghton founded Rubbout in 1992 as a weekend of rubber events for gay men into rubber and fetish gear. In the past 25 years, the event has grown from a modest, local gathering to one of the largest and longest-running rubber events in the world that attracts visitors from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe.

(Reid Dalgleish is co-producing Rubbout 25./Shimon Karmel photo)

Rubber, Houghton explains, is not just a fashion statement but also a source of pleasure, identity and community.

He compares his appreciation for rubber to other people’s appreciation for more conventional clothing fabrics, such as silk or cotton.

“You get this kind of thing that happens inside you when you put something on that you’re attracted to,” he says. “It may not be sexual, you may not get a hard-on, but you enjoy wearing it, being it and making it a part of your lifestyle — as opposed to just showing up in a bar every so often.”

(Rubbout 25 co-producer Rob Pont in full rubber gear./Shimon Karmel photo)

Rubber enthusiasts say a key feature of their community is its crossover appeal among other fetish communities, including the leather community.

Rob Pont, who began organizing Rubbout with Reid Dalgleish in 2011, has been a leather man for more than 30 years and a title holder since 1999.

“I haven’t really crossed over,” he says, of his participation in the rubber community. “I’m still a leather man. I still belong to Vancouver Men in Leather. But I like rubber also, so I just developed and evolved my kinkiness, which I’m very happy to say will never end.”

(Terry Halliday attended the Rubbout 25 kickoff party at the PumpJack Pub on March 11, 2016./Shimon Karmel photo)

Other than the material, Pont says, there’s no difference to him between leather and rubber.

“I have no personal distinction. It’s just a matter of what feels good at the time,” he says.

“But from a Rubbout point of view, I won’t be wearing leather,” he notes. “I’ll be wearing rubber all Rubbout weekend.”

(Sean McDowell attended the Rubbout 25 kickoff party at the PumpJack Pub on March 11, 2016./Shimon Karmel photo)

Dalgleish also notes the considerable crossover between the rubber community and newer fetishes that tend to attract a younger crowd, such as puppy play and furry fandom.

“People can just be who they want to be, and create their own identity if they want to do that,” he says.

(Sean McDowell and Terry Halliday show us why rubber is so hot./Shimon Karmel photo)

Events like Rubbout offer people who are into puppy play and other kinks a safe place to explore and connect, agrees Kona, who is a member of Vancouver’s puppy group VAN-PAH and an International Puppy 2015 title holder.

“When I’m at these events what I actually like is that I can put on my hood, sit around and wag my tail,” Kona says. “I kind of come up to someone and it doesn’t matter if they are the rubber community, the leather community or just another pup. I actually feel them engage me and pet me.”

He compares the experience to meditation or yoga.

“It kind of allows you to focus on being in the now, rather than worrying about what I have to do tomorrow,” he explains. “I’m only concerned about who is in front of me and what’s going on. It’s a very freeing experience.”

(Roy Woo attended the Rubbout 25 kickoff party at the PumpJack Pub on March 11, 2016./Shimon Karmel photo)

To celebrate its 25th birthday, Rubbout is hosting 13 events this year — its biggest weekend to date — including gear swaps, play parties, social events and a rubber circus.

After Rubbout’s big birthday weekend, Dalgleish says he and Pont plan to scale back next year’s plans to more closely resemble the event as it was held 10 years ago.

“That would be the bar night, the play night, and maybe the gear swap or a brunch,” Dalgleish says, “and that will give me and Rob a lot more time to do other things.”

Among those other things, Dalgleish recently launched the Vancouver Rubberman Group, which meets on the first Saturday of every month at the Pumpjack Pub.

“We have this big blast of rubber exposure in the community in April and then it kind of goes away,” he explains. “Rubbout’s a great event but I’m also starting this Vancouver rubber men group and what I want to do is get a regular group of guys to meet up every month.”

Rubbout 25
Thursday, March 31–Sunday, April 3, 2016
For Vancouver venues, tickets and times go to