August Goes To The Dogs At Stockroom and the Antebellum Art Gallery

Dog and Pony Sale - 25% off Animal Roleplay gear until August 7

This week is a great one for fans of animal roleplay.

First of all, you may have noticed our Dog and Pony Sale going on right now. If you’re into any kind of animal roleplay, or have just been thinking about it, you should definitely browse through the sale page. The goods that are on sale represent some of our most creative items, going far beyond the selection of whips and chains that you find in your typical dungeon. A few examples:

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  • Pony Head Bridle Set: What pony wouldn’t be proud to be led around the corral in this beautiful bridle and harness set? Choose from black, white, or red leather, or black PVC. For those special occasions, you can order the black PVC set with a beautiful plume on top.
  • Silicone Puppy Tail: Perhaps the most adorable butt plug you’re ever going to see. Combining anal stimulation with the fun of being a puppy, you can let your puppy waggle their tail for you, or you can take it in hand and give them a little extra pleasure by wiggling it around yourself.
  • Leather Bunny HoodBunnies — underneath that adorable fluffiness,  we know they’re full of wickedness and mischief. Bring that combination into your dungeon with this high-quality leather hood that’s perfect for sensory deprivation play; the eyes are leather patches with nine small holes that allow minimal vision, making sure that your bunny will have to follow wherever you lead.
  • Molded Latex Pony Boots: Just what the well-dressed pony needs for a ride around the corral.

To tell the truth, we’re really enjoying this sale because it gives us a chance to show off the playful inventiveness that represents kink at its very best.

But those who are here in Los Angeles will have yet another chance to indulge their interest in animal roleplay. Tomorrow, the Antebellum Gallery in Hollywood is going to kick off their own Dog & Pony Show. Artists like Michael Manning, Dorian Katz, Victor Lightworship, and Rick Castro will be showing their own visions of dog and pony play fetishes through photography, painting, sculptures, and other mediums.

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Featured in the main window of the gallery will be a installation created on-location by Midori, one of Stockroom’s favorite educators. She visited us just last weekend to present two workshops at Stockroom University, and if you’ve been watching her Twitter and Instagram feeds, you’ve already gotten a few glimpses of her work in progress. She’s using flowers on a wire frame to create a statue of Anubis, the jackal-headed god of the dead in Egyptian mythology, and it just gets more impressive the closer to completion it gets. The shots below will give you an idea of where it’s going, including a view of Anubis’s heart and digestive tract.

Install day 2. Made progress. @rickcastro.antebellum #art #sculpture #LA #losANGELES

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Our Dog and Pony Sale goes until Friday, August 7. The Antebellum Gallery will be kicking off their show with a reception from 7-9PM on Saturday, August 1. (Adults only, Fetish gear encouraged but not required.)

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July 25 at Stockroom University: Two Workshops from Midori — Rope Dominance Moves & Humiliation Play

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We’re very proud to present not one but two great workshops from the renowned sex educator Midori this Saturday. Summer school will take on a whole new meaning as Midori gives her unique insights on control and dominance moves in rope scenes and how to make humiliation and embarrassment into a sexy part of your playtime.  Don’t miss these exceptional workshops at Stockroom University.

Summer School With Midori

Workshop 1: Rope: Control & Dominance Moves
Saturday July 25, 12:00-2:00pm

Learn effective rope moves to enhance control. What ever style of bondage or rope play you enjoy, these skills will boost the emotional and psychological intensity. In this hands-on class you’ll practice safe moves that are body-smart for the top side and bottom sides. Whether you enjoy Kinbaku, Shibari, Westen, Predicament, Damsel in Distress, Take-downs or Confrontational play, these techniques will integrate well into your fun! No experience necessary.

Bring: Two or three lengths of rope that you usually play with. If you’re not sure, bring two or three lengths of 20 to 30 feet of ropes. Some practice ropes will be available to borrow or can be purchased in the retail store prior to the class. Yoga mat or towels are suggested but optional

Wear: Comfortable clothing.

Pair attendance is encouraged, but solos are welcome as well. If you come solo, you’ll be paired with other solos for practice.

Workshop 2: Humiliation Play: Make ‘em Blush, Make ‘em Squirm
Saturday July 25, 3:30-6:00pm
Note: You can also purchase tickets on arrival if you prefer.

Why do people get off on being embarrassed or humiliated? Is this a style of play you’ve struggled to understand? Do you want to understand how to do this well and avoid disasters? What are the potential psychological ramifications? What’s different for a one-time scene vs. playing with your life partner? Emphasizing emotional safety throughout, Midori will explore a wide range of play from light teasing and embarrassment to serious humiliation.

What’s the difference between a healthy and constructive scene and one that is destructive and harmful?

Are you trying to better understand this difficult subject? Have you questioned yourself on your desires or ability to make another squirm? Or have you ever secretly wanted to be put on the spot or shown how really naughty you are? Then this class is for you!

Midori will share with you a unique model she’s developed to better understand and create an experience that is hot for all the players involved.

 

Where: Stockroom Hall: 2811 W. Sunset Blvd.  Located next to our retail store.

About the Instructor:

Midori is a renowned educator and writer on sexuality. Dubbed “the super nova of kink” by Dan Savage, she emerged from the Sex Positive Movement in San Francisco in the early 1990’s, soon becoming a much sought-after international presenter on sexuality, personal fulfillment and kinky adventures.

Cover of Her reputation as an authority and leading expert on alternative pleasures stem not only from her unique and entertaining process of teaching concrete skills, but in her ability to deconstruct and distill complex matters of desire into surprisingly accessible lessons with eloquence and humanity. She’s known for tackling challenging topics with fresh and relevant insights. She calls this her “head-heart-hands” method to create a space where people are allowed individual self-exploration. Fundamentally she is motivated by helping people to create authentic and intimate relationships while emphasizing self actualization, shame reduction, acceptance and justice.

Her writing is extensive, ranging from numerous articles, columns, works of fiction, to instructional books. She is the author of The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage, Wild Side Sex, and Master Han’s Daughter.

She leads transformative small group intensives, including Rope Dojo ®, ForteFemme: Women’s Dominance Weekend Intensive and Passionate Bonds: Creating Effective D/s Protocol.

When she’s not traveling and teaching, she’s creating provocative and haunting art and performances.

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July 18 at Stockroom University: “Sticks and Leathery Bits” With Entropy

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We are excited to welcome the legendary Entropy back to our University Halls to present a class on the Art of Flogging. During this hands-on course, Entropy will go over everything you always wanted to know about this type of impact play. Learn about the many types of implements used and what materials most are made of, as well as necessary safety, negotiation, and after care principles. In addition to the techniques of safe and sexy flogging, Entropy will also instruct us on how to care for our toys so they can provide years of pleasure.

What: Sticks and Leathery Bits
Note: You can also purchase tickets on arrival if you prefer.
When: Saturday July 18, 2:00-5:00pm
Where: Stockroom Hall: 2811 W. Sunset Blvd. Located next to our retail store.

About the Instructor:
Entropy is a long-time veteran and fixture of the LA BDSM club scene, having performed at legendary venues such as: Sin-a-Matic, Fetish Ball, Christopher St. West, Submission, Malediction Society, InSINer8 and countless others. He has taught annually at DomCon LA since 2009, at several Orange County Leather Assembly events, and founded the play space now known as “Purgatory.” (Held every Saturday at Bar Sinister.) In more than two decades of involvement in the public scene, Entropy has privately mentored and taught countless upcoming Dom/mes.

Entropy is considered to be the inventor of the two-handed flogging technique now known and used as “The Florentine.”

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Highlights From Stockroom University’s Trans Talk Panel

This Saturday, Stockroom University returned from a two-week break with a bang. Our own Hudsy Hawn and Grooby.com’s Marketing Director, Kristel Penn, worked hard to put together four of the most prominent trans adult stars to talk about a wide scope of issues around transgender people, whether in or out of the adult industry. Buck Angel, Tori Mayes, Morgan Bailey, and Michelle Austin joined us Saturday afternoon to speak honestly about their own stories and share their insights on issues like body image, pronouns, sexuality, and many other topics.

If you missed it, here’s a few of the highlights of the day, with pictures:

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July 11 at Stockroom University: “Trans Talk” With Buck Angel, Michelle Austin, Morgan Bailey, & Tori Mayes

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Bruce Jenner caused a worldwide sensation when he recently made the announcement that he would be transitioning from Bruce to Caitlyn. And while some transgender individuals spend their whole lives pondering this decision, there are many inspiring individuals who have made the choice to be themselves no matter what the cost, with grace, courage, and honesty that inspires us all.

The panelists at this event include some of Los Angeles’ most well-known transgender stars. Each of our guests will share parts of their personal journey and discuss the respectful use of pronouns, sexuality, labels, and much more.

There will be an open Q & A forum where we encourage attendees to participate in this fun, respectful, and safe discussion.

What: “Trans Talk” With Buck Angel, Michelle Austin, Morgan Bailey, & Tori MayesNote: You can also purchase tickets on arrival if you prefer.

When: Saturday July 11, 2:00-5:00pm

Where: Stockroom Hall: 2811 W. Sunset Blvd. Located next to our retail store.

About the Instructors:

Buck Angel: As an icon of popular culture, Buck Angel’s message of empowerment through self-acceptance and being sexually comfortable in your own skin has struck a passionate chord with folks all over the world. Buck is not only inspiring people to think outside the box, he is redefining gender and educating an entire generation on the fluidity of sexuality and identity politics. Since Buck coined the phrase,”it’s not what’s between your legs that defines you!”, the term has become an anthem for men and women everywhere who have been inspired by this message of self-acceptance.

Buck Angel made history when he received the prestigious award from Adult Video News (AVN) for Transsexual Performer of the Year in 2007 for his groundbreaking work in the adult entertainment industry. As the pioneer of an entirely new genre, Buck has received international recognition and continues to be a huge box office hit in numerous markets. Visit his official website at BuckAngel.com.

Michelle Austin: Michelle is an award-winning performer, director, and producer. Since entering the adult industry, she has always been about changing the way people look at body image. Affectionately known as the BBW transsexual of adult entertainment, she has made her own brand as she continues to produce. Michelle is the mastermind behind one of the most talked about transman DVDs, Trans Men Adventures and is changing the way trans porn is seen with her site FTM.XXX.

Morgan Bailey: Morgan is a popular adult performer who has been the red carpet hostess at the Transgender Erotica Awards for the past four years. She’s identified and presented as female since she was 17 and now proudly identifies as trans. “I’m an open book,” she says. “So please don’t hesitate to ask.” Follow Morgan on Twitter and Facebook.

Tori Mayes: An award-winning transgender adult entertainer, Tori has sought to be a positive influence within the transgender community by educating fans as well as being a supportive and encouraging friend to people exploring and realizing their gender identity. This past February she was presented with the first-ever Transcendence Award at the Transgender Erotica Awards (TEAs), recognizing her as an ambassador within the industry with her professionalism and positive influence within the adult entertainment community. Tori can be found interacting with fans and friends on Twitter and Fetlife.

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#HisNameIs Buck Angel: The Right to Your Own Identity Online and Off

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Here at Stockroom, we’re really looking forward to playing host to adult star and educator Buck Angel, the self-proclaimed “man with a pussy” in a couple of weeks. On July 11 Buck, along with adult stars Michelle Austin, Morgan Bailey and Tori Mayes, is going to take part in “Trans Talk,” a panel that will talk about the trans identities, experiences, and issues inside and outside of the adult industry.

The Trans Talk panel is especially relevant and important now: As trans visibility is increased by things such as Caitlyn Jenner’s glamorous debut in the pages of Vanity Fair or Laverne Cox gaining celebrity from her role on Orange is the New Black, more people than ever are talking about transgender individuals and identities in public. Unfortunately, just because the amount of talk in the mainstream is increasing doesn’t mean that understanding of trans experiences is keeping pace. It’s an honor for us that Buck Angel and his colleagues are coming to Stockroom to take the talk farther.

Not everyone is so honored to play host to Buck Angel, however. Last week, Facebook shut down his account until he could “verify” his identity in keeping with their “real names” policy.

Buck Angel is my name @facebook so why do you want to #delete me? Just #Google me. #mynameis

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Buck is not the first person to face this conflict with Facebook. Not even remotely. Controversy over Facebook’s “Real Names” has been building in the last year among queer, trans, and sex work communities. In San Francisco, a coalition of activists recently demanded that the Board of Directors of SF Pride ban Facebook from sponsoring or marching in last weekend’s parade. SF Pride refused, but it remains a contentious issue in the community, and the board itself was split on the decision.

One of the first things that you learn after spending any amount of time as a member of kinky or LBTQIA communities is that what’s on someone’s birth certificate or driver’s license isn’t really a good indicator of who they are. After spending years among kinksters, you’ll inevitably find that you don’t know the legal names of many of the people you love and trust most in the world. You also come to realize that it’s not important. You know who they are, and how much you can trust them, and the identity that they’ve chosen for themselves means more than what you’d get from the legal name.

The reasons those names are chosen vary as much as the people themselves: For trans people, the name is a statement of identity, chosen to reflect the person that they’ve always felt themselves to be; many refer to the old one as their “dead name,” representing a part of their life that’s behind them. For kink players, it may be a persona that they use in dungeon scenes. For youth whose families don’t support their sexual or gender identities, an online pseudonym is simply a way that they can participate in online communities without being outed.

What all those reasons have in common is that it is not only disrespectful to deny someone the chance to use their chosen name, in many cases it’s dangerous. While Facebook claims that its “Real Names” policy is meant to make the site safer, it in fact exposes many people to harassment and abuse, both online and off.

 

When Buck Angel was born, someone checked a box on his birth certificate that said “female”; he grew up and realized that what it said on that piece of paper was wrong. Other trans people have done the same thing in one direction or the other. Some have decided that neither box suited who they were, and identify as nonbinary.

The difference between us and Facebook is that we realize that Buck Angel is his real name because it’s the one he’s chosen for himself. Acknowledging that is not only a courtesy, but for some, a matter of life and death.   Despite the celebrity of Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, being trans or queer is dangerous in and of itself. Saying “I am trans” amounts to more than just unchecking and checking a box. Depending on where someone lives and in what circumstances, saying those three words could make them lose everything, up to and including their life.

One of the organizers of the San Francisco protest movement, drag queen Lil Miss Hot Mess, wrote in The Guardian about the reasons that people use aliases:

For many vulnerable users, logging on to Facebook isn’t merely a time suck, but is a way of building safe and supportive communities, sharing resources or planting the seeds of political change. For example, after launching a survey to collect users’ testimonials, our group heard from several transgender users who have used the site in different ways: one person used Facebook as a way of “testing names out to see if they fit” before going through the process of a legal name change. Another wrote us about using Facebook to share pictures and resources to demystify her transition and to encourage friends to “start using [the] new name”. A third disclosed that using her chosen name on Facebook allowed her space to avoid the abuse she otherwise endured in her real life.

As of now, Buck has his account back and is on Facebook again. But his identity has been hard-won, and he shouldn’t have to prove it to anyone.

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We hope that you’ll join us for the Trans Talk panel on July 11 so that you can listen to Buck Angel, Michelle Austin, Morgan Bailey and Tori Mayes speak for themselves.

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This Weekend: Stockroom’s Summer Rummage Sale

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When we have a rummage sale at Stockroom, you know that it’s going to be different than any other. It’s just that after 25 years of selling the best in sex toys and bondage gear, we have much different stuff to rummage through.

You’re going to get the chance to put that to the test this weekend. Twice a year, we bring out some out some of our best merchandise to sell at discounted prices. Our Summer Rummage Sale is happening this weekend, and we hope that those of you who are in the Los Angeles Area will come down to check it out. Not only are the prices very low, but some of the merchandise itself is very hard to get, even on our website.

Justine Jolie and Syren Latex: Two of the stars of this weekend's Summer Rummage Sale

Justine Jolie and Syren Latex: Two of the stars of this weekend’s Summer Rummage Sale

  •  If you’re a fan of the latex clothing that’s sold by Syren, this sale is definitely for you. We’re going to have lots of high-quality latex on hand, with discounts up to 75%.
  • Adult star and model Justine Joli has been a great friend to us at Stockroom, and she’ll be joining us to add some of the clothing from her own store to the mix, as well as selling 8×10 pictures of herself.
  • It’s going to be a chance to get your hands on some of our rare and one-off designs, such as impact toys made out of alligator hide.
  • Lots of DVDs and books, both instructional and artistic.

Hope that we see you there!

When: Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. 11 AM – 7 PM both days.

Where: Stockroom Hall: 2809 1/2 W. Sunset Blvd. Located next to our retail store.

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June 20 at Stockroom University: “Sub Space Theory” With Sir Nik

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This two-part class will be dedicated to the theories on what the BDSM community refers to as “sub space.” While covering many other people’s ideas of SubSpace, Instructor Sir Nik will discuss what happens when a sub gets there, how to go about achieving this most sought-after mystery space as well as how to come back from it safely, while leaving a “breadcrumb” trail to go back again and again. Metaphysical techniques will also be shared to illustrate how to go deeper, with thoughts and theories on The Super Subconscious, the Akashic records, the Aperture/Shudder Technique and the Metronome Effect.

Class then segues toward the joys of implement play with emphasis on everyone’s favorite, that good old fashioned spanking. This two-part event will serve both the submissive and the Dominant as you’ll walk away with skills to improve your scenes and lifestyle together… all through approaching subspace through metaphysics and spanking!

What: “Sub Space Theory” With Sir Nik

Note: You can also purchase tickets on arrival if you prefer.

When: Saturday June 20, 2:00-5:00pm

Where: Stockroom Hall: 2809 1/2 W. Sunset Blvd. Located next to our retail store.

About the Instructor:

Sir Nik Satanas has 30 years experience in the world of BDSM. Mentor to many of Los Angeles’ most well known Dominants, Nik still teaches, trains and performs all over the local scene today. He is a founding and active member of The Lair De Sade and Cirque De Sade, and is dedicated to sharing the knowledge of SSC (Safe Sane Consensual) and RACK (Risk Aware Consensual Kink) methods all over the world. Sir Nik was recently featured on Playboy and can also be seen in the French documentary film Sex and Music, produced by Laurent Abitbol.

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June 13 at Stockroom University: “Whips, Paddles, and Floggers, Oh MY!” with Rev Mel

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New to BDSM? Maybe your partner asked if you’d ever had a whip, paddle, or flogger used on you, and you had no idea what they were talking about? This class is for you. You will learn the right way and the the wrong way to negotiate the best scene for both of you.

This hands-on class will also share the basic beginning tools of BDSM with an open forum designed with the beginner in mind. Instructor Rev Mel invites seasoned players to join in the conversation and demonstrate how to use some of Stockroom’s wonderful implements.

 

What: Whips, Paddles, and Floggers, Oh MY!Note: You can also purchase tickets on arrival if you prefer.

When: Saturday June 13, 2:00-5:00pm

Where: Stockroom Hall — Located next to our retail store.

About the Instructor:

Rev Mel is a Female Domme with over twenty years in the lifestyle and an ordained minister who firmly believes that religion and hot sex go hand-in-hand. She is a BDSM consultant, educator, and freedom rider. Rev Mel founded The Sacred Realm known as The Church of Perversion and Debauchery (COPAD) in Los Angeles. She has also been teaching the S/m 101 open forum at the Lair de Sade for over 12 years.

Rev Mel is also the founder of BDSM Pride Day and the TSR Peoples’ Choice Awards, a live broadcast from Hollywood, CA. As host of The Rev Mel Show, she has interviewed Jay Wiseman, Venus De Mila, Guy Baldwin, Midori, Nina Hartley, Hudsy Hawn, Mistress Melissa and many other outstanding leaders in the BDSM Community. The Rev Mel Show is live on Monday nights at 8 PM PST on TSRnetwork.com, your place for Live Kink TV.

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June 6 at Stockroom University: Intro to BDSM With Sir Rucifer

stockroom-intro-to-bdsm-facebook-headerWhether you are brand spanking new, or have dabbled in those various shades of play, this class will teach you the basics of BDSM. Tasks such as planning and executing your first scene will be discussed. This course also includes practical hands on examples of proper and safe spanking, basic flogging and implement use, plus simple rope techniques to help get you started on your kinky journey!

What: Intro to BDSM with Sir RuciferNote: You can also purchase tickets on arrival if you prefer.

When: Saturday June 6, 2:00-5:00pm

Where: Stockroom Hall -Located next to our retail store.

About the Instructor:

We are pleased to welcome Sir Rucifer back to Stockroom University. Rucifer is a Lifestyle and Professional Dominant with over ten years experience in the BDSM community. A passionate teacher and lecturer, Rucifer has spoken at colleges all over Southern California. Recent appearances incude DomCon, AdultCon and The Lair. Rucifer is currently the only Resident Male Dom at The Dominion in Culver City.

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