Not something I ever saw coming, was the Rubber Cult closure.
During a sit down meeting with my Rubber Cult partner Cynth Icorn, she told me she no longer wanted to be a part of our event. In fact, she had a very good reason to leave, she wanted to now pursue her own art career.
Rubber Cult was never her idea, she had come straight out of university where she studied contemporary art. The idea for a rubber-only event was only ever mine. I hijacked her career path. I only wish her the best for the future. She's a star and needs to shine in her own way. We have parted on the best terms, in total agreement.
The Rubber Cult closure was agreed by myself as I could have carried on alone.
Fortunately for me, my friend JanFetishClubPix already had the domain name Rubber Cult, and instantly said he would love it if we used it. I can't lay claim to coming up with the name but everything else. In fact, if you were wondering what the Semana Santa (KKK look) photo is all about. We started the event off with some performance art at Antichrist (me below) and Torture Garden, as the 'Penitential Order of Rubber Cult'. It was a performance group before Jan gave me the name for my club.
Invented a brand new format in fetish clubbing; no DJ's and running early hours was my idea. I'd pretty much planned it all out when I asked Synth if she would like to be my partner. Even though she was a lot younger than me, we were in this together and that meant 50/50 split on everything.
We made Rubber Cult very affordable. With no regular day-job for either of us, we had to make this work. I would have never wanted to run a small event, but RC had to be a certain size to sustain both of us. Club promoting was not my hobby. It was my day job. We were just a small independent enthusiast-run event. At £27 in central London, with that much going on, it was a bargain.
Every venue we ever used, I found and secured with my expertise. With my history in fetish club promotion on a monthly basis, they took me seriously. Some had even heard of me. Reputation is everything. The first venue was Shillibeers and I had known the management 15 years. Perviously using one of their venues.
Plus I had a huge database of email addresses, from running Club RUB (at that stage 17 years) on a monthly basis. It's very easy to think an event can be launched on the back of social media mentions, it's another thing to achieve it. Saying that, there is always a place for smaller events.
Rubber Cult closure happen on Friday Nov 9th 2018.
My fully equipped dungeon meant that we didn't have to think about that when starting off. I currently hire out three whipping benches, that fold down and fit into the back of a car for only £100 per week. Ideal for smaller events. Pick up only from London E2. Email for more details: email@example.com
First logo design was from my darling friend Juju, an extremely talented and pervy artist. The second one we chose together, as we wanted something simpler to add to photos.
Fashion shows we always going to be a major part of the night, we are rubber lovers for goodness sake! We tried our best to use UK designers only, although Sebastian Couch and Exxess Latex got in. Well, they are amazing. Breathless, House Of Harlot (Robin Archer), Dayne Henderson, TripleL, Libidex, Latex101, Cause Perdue and House of Harlot (Iris).
Rubber Cult closure was met with many lovely comments on social media.
Each of our performance artists were require to do rubber-only shows; Charlie Bouquet, Marnie Scarlet, Apple Tart, Marie Devilrous, Fallen Angel, Lady Lola, I'm responsible for booking Marnie over and over. I love her.
Just think of all the amazing artists, performers and designers we featured before the Rubber Cult closure.
Sideshows were a main feature right from the early days - from the mattresses, to the vac cube, inflatable body bag, straight jacket, to the Libidex rubber bed.
Important to us was something else going on extra to the stage shows, like my medical installation and dungeon. For these we needed a team of helpers like Miss Sensation (below), RopeSluts, Mistress Silk and Kitty Bliss, Pussy Willow and Mistress Phoenix in the dungeon.
Art and culture were a huge motivating force that both Cynth and I shared. Even making our own rubber art for one event. We featured many amazing artists and TOGS that had dedicated their body of work to latex. Artists like; Benzo, Michelle Mildenhall, Beverly Carmichael, Valerian de Thorianie and Gernot, who featured in our 20 x A4 frames. Many of these were chosen by Cynth.
When the Rubber Cult closure was announced on Fetlife and Facebook there were loads of lovely messages.
Lovely free gift as you came through the door; rubber ducks were quite a theme and we had them as keyring, chocolate, badges, candy...
Something that has now become a collectors items are the plastic commemorative cards!
How we managed to talk each venue into letting us bring bottles of Cava to give out, free of charge, I will never know, but we did to all but two events.
Cynth and I carefully chose each amazing image to promote each event. Using the very best TOGS and models. Skilfully I would add the text and write the newsletter. Cynth was responsible for all the amazing blogs on the site.
Mind you, of course, the people are what makes any event. We has the BEST people ever at Rubber Cult. Viva la rubber!
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