19 March 2018

Blast from the Past: International Puppy #2, 2002

Three years is a long time and much has happened since the last posting; most good but some very bad (e.g., DT).  I apologize for the long absence as I've been working on a major project, but was blinding inspired this morning.  The Rubber gimp dog has been quite active and has a new look and all, but before this Rubber Dog posts more on his crazy antics and rompings, he wants to share these pix from 2002.  (I don't know why he is writing in the 3rd person but WTH.)  These rescanned photos (yes images were once recorded on acetate using organic polymers) are from the 2nd International Puppy contest and weekend in Houston Texas.  I think some have been posted elsewhere but I wanted to tell my part of the story today.

The event was the brainchild and effort of boy Patrick who was a great guy but already sick at this point.  He would pass away within a year or two of this and the event moved away up north (Dallas I think) where it went through a number of changes Rubber Dawg will leave to others to describe.  The International Puppy events were very important in the fetish community.  They gave credibility and visibility to a side of our natures that was very much in the darkness at that time.  Though sometimes used for play, puppy role playing was also sometimes used by masters to shame their boys or slaves in degrading behavior, and was rarely if ever seen in public.  How times have changed for the better!  

Puppy play can be many things to each of us but to this Dog it is a blessed and much needed release of the inner animal inside all of us, escaping the rigid confines that society and professional demands place on us all the time.  It is also a brief encounter with that simple, unbounded and unconditional love that we often perceive our dogs (and other pets) as receiving and giving and do not always find in our human lives, though I am well blessed in this regard.  Of course, any activity involving humans will inevitably involve interpersonal activities, occasionally leading to tensions or 'drama'.  Most of the time, however, the puppy community has been highly beneficial to its members by providing that explosion of joy and love, as anyone who has attended puppy romps at IML, MIR, CLAW, MAL and other events locally and nationally can testify.

Back to IPC#2.  My partner and I went to to this event ignorant of the 'human puppy' world.  We were blown away.  Boy Patrick (Nipper) and his group, the Lone Star Boys of Leather, had done a great job and put on a well organized show, one that was strongly supported by the community.  There was only one contestant, Pup Tim.  In those days there were not a lot of pups and they were more often shy about going public, but this pup did them proud.  I think if there were 50 contestants he would still have scored a perfect 100 and been top dog.  Well groomed, sleek and smooth, and perfectly trained, he commanded the floor with his firm posture and precise response to commands.  Cute as a button, too.  Wow.  

I have one regret about that weekend.  I did not get on all fours and nuzzle and play with this pup.  I thought about it, wanted to, but didn't want to scratch up my latex outfit.  It did not seem the right thing for me at that point, even though I recognized a great pup in this candidate and wanted to join him in romping.  The obvious lesson for any reader: think twice before saying 'No' to the true self inside of you.  If I had let go that weekend, my puppy side would have come out much earlier than it did, and who knows what else I might have accomplished.


boy Patrick at left

boy Patrick celebrating a great IPC 2 weekend

25 January 2015

Daily Life of a Rubberman in the Wild

I wrote this draft a long time ago then forgot to finish it off and post it.  Perhaps now is a good time.  Feedback welcome!  Is this helpful?  Accurate?

[ALSO check out the blast of new posts I uploaded yesterday]

What is it like to be a rubberman in public, in daily life?  A friend suggested I blog on this topic, so here is an attempt to answer that question in terms of how to do it wisely (next time I think I will look at more practical or emotional aspects).  Some rubbermen are probably curious about public wearing but are intimidated by the idea.  It is one thing to wear rubber in Boystown or Castro, quite another to wear it on Main Street, and completely different from packing up the car for a nite at the club.  We are talking about going out and mingling with the "raggedy-ass masses," doing routine activities outside the house except in latex clothing.

Rubber in Public is a lot like Defenzive Driving.  You want your "car" to look its best and don't want it damaged, so you learn to be careful how and where you "drive" it.  So here are some of my own  Rules for the Rubber Road:

1:  Dress Well, but Dress Appropriately.
In other words "Know your audience."  This is perhaps the key to a safe excursion.  You want to look your best, never a smudge or a bit of gear out of line: the "line" is key or you look sloppy.  But also be aware of where you will be going that day.  Certain parts of town (indeed some towns in some regions [think red]) are less likely to understand what you are trying to do.  Don't wear rubber in places where you might be uncomfortable in any way.  If it is a neighborhood or street you are unfamiliar with, it might be prudent to cover up.  Indeed, a backpack with loose-fitting clothes might be useful in case the need to cover up presents itself.  The flip side is feeling free to indulge when you know there will be a receptive audience.  COVER UP those naughty bits where ever it is the law.

To the market, to the barber or to the night club later that night, you are likely to meet people you don't know.  Tight pants with a big bulge are likely to get a different response than simple jeans, tho I have done both.  If you are new to this, try wearing it at your favorite hangouts first and get used to the feeling of being in public while in a familiar place.  Then venture out.

Will your destinations be crowded with teenagers?  Teenagers in large gaggles develop a mob mentality and can heckle or just plain be very annoying.  I avoid them or move quickly.  Teenagers in much smaller groups are usually more inquisitive and natural, so should not be feared so much.

2:  Leave Yourself an Out.
Try to always be aware of what is going on around you, just in case someone tries to be stupid.  In 10 years of rubber-excursions, we have had a "situation" arise maybe only 4 times.  It is extremely rare (mostly because we obey rule 1) but every so often it can happen.  There may be the occasional heckler.  Don't get yourself involved.  Unless you are prepared, find a way to disengage rather than having to stand your ground.  If you can handle to rough types, then perhaps you can explain yourself and defuse a situation but otherwise don't try.  Deflate a potential situation with humor if possible.  Body language can often tell you in advance if someone is agitated by what you are doing.  Move away if you sense something.   Be very wary around drinking, as it can influence people it two ways.  They can get veeerrry friendly, or (much more rarely) very aggressive.  Same rules in normal life apply but are doubled due to the latex.

3:  Mind the Weather.
If you expect to be out in the heat all day, dress lightly.  Rubber does not breathe.  If it is colder than say 50 or 60, layer up.  Either way, make sure you carry or have access to water and hydrating solutions.  Prolonged sunlight will damage the rubber and it gets very hot very quickly in direct Sun.  Stay in the shadows.  While it is fun to go out in 32 degree weather in nothing but rubber (giving a sense of 1000 needles poking you all over), it is hazardous to be so out for more than 15 minutes.  Be realistic.

4: Travel with a Friend, Travel with Confidence.
Two are usually safer than one, tho I frequently travel solo.  You can't always go with someone.  In either case it helps if you have (or can present) an air of confidence as you travel about.  If you look nervous or tense people sense that.   I have a suspicion that if you are physically imposing in some way that people tend to not give you as much trouble, but you can't always count on that.  As I say above, the vast majority of folks are either bemused or fascinated.  Just be aware of where you are and where you are going.

5:  Prepare to be Photographed!
With the advent of smart phones, everyone is paparatzi.  You will be imaged.  If you do not want or cannot afford to have your rubberized-self up on FB or other social media, you have only two choices:  camouflage the face (dark glasses or goggles may be enough), or stay at home.  A camo mouth mask may be enough but could make some nervous.  Face paint works too!

6:  Smile!
Finally, always remember that rubber is new and unfamiliar to most people.  They can be startled, stunned, perhaps even intimidated by a man in full latex.  So be friendly and smile!   Be forthright and open about your fetish, not curt or rude.   You can disarm almost any situation with humor or self-deprecation.  Probably best to not be vulgar about your rubber activities unless they ask for that kind of information.  You might be surprised that many are quite fascinated.  Some will even wish they had the balls to do that.  So I have been so told on a few occasions!

People will ask all sorts of questions.  "Can I feel it?" "What is that?" "Why do you wear that?"
The only proper reply to the inevitable "Is that hot?" is "I think so!" or "What do you think?"  Remember a smile and a pleasant reply go a long way, and can sometimes bring others into the conversation.  Rubber is fun.  Let others share in it!

I will be editing this in the future as I think of / remember more things.  Comments welcome on your experiences!

24 January 2015


Random Rubber Stuff as I travel the country, more than ever it seems.  I'm not just a pup but still a rubber guy who likes to wear it as he travels.   This large photo spread highlights RedRubberZanta's annual trek to SF during the holiday season.   Not much to say except it was rainy (darn, how he hates to get his latex all wet like that!), and the tourists and locals all seemed to enjoy it.

The above shots are all on the way to SF, including the decorations at LA station.

having a treat at Ghirrardelli Sq.

Someone likes riding Cable Cars . . .

And when shopping for self-prezzies?  boot store!  Wanted the shiny black and red boots but was really after the bottom pair, the rubber-coated Converse, immediately acquired.  yeah . . .

Pup About Town - Part 2

still catching up with new posts!  See the previous posts for more fun.  Pup also went to MAL 2015 just last week.  He arrived 15 minutes too late to join the Puppy Mosh.  aroooo!!!  (sad puppy eyes).  But got to hang with Figaro, Tripp and a couple other pups on his brief outing in the capital.  Ranger also got a good look at some rubber too.

Ranger has also been hanging out around the 'hood, too, or when local pups come to visit, as in these shots below.  He will even wear his collar out in town on some days.

Pup About Town - Part 1

This is the first of a couple of short catch-up posts reliving adventures from the past few months!    Last time I reported on my fun as a judge at the International Puppy Contest in StLouis last July.  Here are a few more pix from that. In March I will be in New Orleans helping judge for the first ever Southern Most Puppy Contest, hosted by NOLA-PAH!  There I plan to meet up with Pup Figaro and other new pup-friends for a fun weekend in the Big-Puppy/Easy.  Always a fun welcoming city but, as always, be careful out there puppies.

Scenes for IPC 2014 in StL last July.  That's me in the white and grey Pup.  The bottom two are contestant shots for Figaro, a fellow opera pup like myself.