In the three days since Taylor Swift’s new video “Bad Blood” hit the Internet, it’s been viewed almost 30,000,000 times. That’s only counting the official version, not the various mash-ups, annotated versions, parodies, and unofficial uploads that are already filling up YouTube.
The appeal goes way beyond the usual show-business hype. Take a look at it below, and you’ll understand. It takes its cues from the best of the superhero movies that have come out in the last decade or so: the action is fast-moving and elegant, the sets are beautiful, and the costumes are sexy as hell. We have to not-so-modestly admit to being proud of our part in helping with that last bit. Watch that first fight scene, and you’re watching the handiwork of Syren Latex’s designers in action. Literally.
That first scene features Swift in the persona of “Catastrophe” beating up bad guys while wearing our Newmar Basque latex dress. A word of caution: no matter how much pride we have in our craftwork, we wouldn’t expect any of our clothes to survive a ten-story fall out of an office building. Or the person wearing them, for that matter. Even we have our limits.
Catastrophe’s ally-turned-nemesis, Arsyn (played by Selena Gomez), is wearing Syren’s Garbo Blouse, a piece that we love because it’s a great combination of Old Hollywood style with modern fetish materials. The consensus around the Stockroom offices is that the metal briefcase that Arsyn slugs Catastrophe with looks suspiciously like the one our Agent Noir Neon Wand Kit comes in. If that were the case, the whole story becomes easier to understand: It’s one of our most beloved products, and certainly worth fighting over.
Finally, there’s a beautiful shot of Destructa X (Ellie Goulding) brandishing a huge rocket launcher while wearing Stockroom’s PVC Waist Cincher. While neither Stockroom nor Syren carry the rocket launcher, we have to admit that it makes for a great accessory.
Swift’s team came to Stockroom and selected some of our finest clothes during production, and we have say that we’re delighted to see what they did with them. A lot of creativity and hard work goes into Syren’s clothing, and even though we’re a business, not all of that labor can be counted in dollars and cents. “Bad Blood” with all its vigorous eroticism and bold heroics, depicts some of the things that we love most about the clothing we make, and we’re honored that Taylor Swift and her creative team were able to capture that in their video.
The lovely Stoya dropped by our Silverlake boutique where we outfitted her in some luxurious handmade leather pieces from the JT Signature Collection.
Each piece in the JT Signature Collection is designed and assembled in our Los Angeles workshop from garment leather and gold-plated hardware personally selected and approved by The Stockroom’s founder and president, Joel Tucker.
As an out-and-proud sex nerd, attending CatalystCon for the first time was a mind-blowing experience. With seminars entitled “Slut Shaming: The Clash Between Sexuality and a Sex-Negative Culture,” and “ECOSEX! Make The Earth Your Lover: Heat Up Your Sex Life as You Slow Global Warming,” and “Sex Toys: Past, Present and Future,” my two days of CatalystCon were jam packed with learning! It was kind of like being back in college except instead of talking about sex in secret, everyone there was talking about sex publicly in an amazing and open setting. Instead of a notebook full of penis doodles, I left with a notebook full of great information about all different facets of human sexuality (okay, and a few penis doodles.)
The seminars were led by some of the biggest names at the forefront of sexual education and sexual expression; Carol Queen, Annie Sprinkle, Cunning Minx, and too many other luminaries to name. It took a lot of restraint to not go full blown fan girl on some of my favorites (although I did wind up stopping Annie Sprinkle in the bathroom to take a photo.)
In the hospitality lounge, Wet Lubes had a full blown lube lab where you could try out different types of lubricants and offer up an opinion on your favorite. There was also a table full of books for sale by attending authors where I met tons of other kinky folks browsing tantalizing books about tales of sexual adventures, useful bedroom tricks, and how to safely and successfully fulfill your fetishes. I left CatalystCon a little nerdier, a little kinkier, and filled with a new appreciation for all of our amazing sex educators!
Check out this video from CatalystCon East to hear what Del Tashlin, Sex Nerd Sandra and others had to say about their fetishes, the kinkiest thing they’ve ever done and their secret sex tip! I cannot wait to get my geek on again next year! #CCONforlife
“Ernest Greene was one of the first 3 people I met when I decided to explore the kink subculture. Ernest has produced his own uncompromisingly and distinctively kinked version of the great American novel, and I’m pleased he chose Daedalus Publishing as the publishing platform to deliver it to the masses. We know his legion of existing fans will be pleased, and look forward to introducing his work to a wider audience.”
– Joel Tucker, owner of Daedalus Publishing, owner and founder of The Stockroom
Ernest Greene is renowned figure in kink circles for his longtime position as Executive Editor at Hustler’s Taboo magazine, as well as his directorial output including three erotic feature films featuring characters from the erotic classic The Story of O: O, The Power of Submission; The Surrender of O; and The Truth About O, starring his wife, legendary adult film star Nina Hartley.
“Like countless readers over the years, I found Story of O so compelling a tale but was disappointed by it for not being better,” said Greene. “I wanted to break down the walls of the cold, self-centered Steven and have him find someone who can give him the one thing he doesn’t have… love and slavery in the same place. In turn, I wanted O to have motivation for her passionate submission to him.”
Master of O is a completely new genre of romantic fiction that’s aimed at readers interested in the dynamics of power-based relationships, an appreciation for noir fiction and appetite for something more stimulating than Fifty Shades of Grey.
Update: Due to overwhelming response, we’ve expanded our celebration! Noir Lustre will now be a two night event, starting Thursday and Friday nights at 11pm!
New Year’s might be over, but that doesn’t mean the partying has to be! Not only will The Stockroom be a major presence at this year’s Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas (as co-hosts of The Lair, an interactive playspace for attendees), it will also be continuing the celebration of its 25th year in business with the ultimate fetish party, Noir Lustre.
Come dressed in your shiniest latex or kinkiest gear, let loose and mingle with legends such as Nina Hartley and Annie Cruz!
What: Noir Lustre, Play Party & Anniversary Celebration
Where: Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas
When: Thursday, January 16th at 11pm and Friday, January 17th at 11pm
Who: Lovers of kink, latex and fetish looking for an outrageous Vegas experience!
We’ve announced our list of the most exciting new sex toys of 2013! These top 10 items will be featured on Stockroom.com during the holiday season, along with a sale launching on Black Friday, November 29, 2013.
Rather than the traditional buzzing or pulsing associated with classic vibrators, this revolutionary, rechargeable sex toy features an organic thrusting motion that stimulates your every hidden part! Why you need this: Did we mention that it THRUSTS?!
Makers of the original Cocksling, Oxballs, present a sleeker, more compact version by Atomic Jock. A combination cock ring and ball stretcher that’s super stretchy and designed to accommodate most men. Why you need this: Experience firmer erections and more intense orgasms!
Big, thick and firm, this dildo comes packed with bumps and ridges, complete with a stimulating curve. The attached handle allows complete control over the depth of penetration. Why you need this: You promised yourself you’d take more control next year…
This modern version of a classic fraternity paddle is made of premium, flexible silicone, which transfers energy directly, rather than absorbing it like leather paddles. Sensations range from severe to sadistic. Why you need this: We all know someone who deserves a good “thwack”.
Aesthetically reminiscent of traditional medical gear, this set is ideal for any medical fetishist. The deluxe padded wrist restraints, arm splints, ankle cuffs, and posture collar are handmade in the USA and constructed of heavy-duty, high-quality leather. Why you need this: This is how modern kinksters play “doctor”.
This sleek, sexy metal implement is made of aerospace-grade aluminum with a stainless steel stem. The hefty lollipop-shaped slapper is anything but sweet, upping the ante on traditional corporal punishment. Why you need this: Your ass will wear out before this crop does.
Anyone who is looking beyond traditional nipple clamps will love these super magnetic balls! Simply hold 2 balls on either side of your nipple and the intense magnetic strength will pull them together while your nipple screams for mercy between them. Why you need this: “…because magnets – how do they work?”
The snug indent at the tip of the Sakura makes it ideal for pinching or hugging various body parts. The incredibly soft silicone texture also makes it perfect for all-over body massage. Why you need this: This non-threatening toy is the stress reliever every woman needs.
Quickly and easily transform your ordinary bed into a bondage scene! Adjustable to fit any bed, the sexy leather look and high-quality hardware take your bedroom play to the next level. Why you need this: They’re ready to go and easy to hide.
Made from top-quality elastomer and fully reversible, this stroking sleeve comes in four different styles, all offering unique textures to grip and satisfy you. Say goodbye to basic, ordinary masturbators and upgrade your experience! Why you need this: Your hands only come in one texture.
25 YEARS OF KINK
CELEBRATE STOCKROOM’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY!
Stockroom will be ending our year off with a BANG!
Stay tuned on stockroom.com for details on Stockroom’s 25th anniversary blowout on New Year’s Eve in Hollywood!
Have fun this holiday season with any or all of our featured favorite new sex toys!
Adult industry trade magazine, XBIZ, has announced the nominees for the 2014 XBIZ Awards, the industry awards event of the year. Stockroom, long-time makers of high quality BDSM gear, has been nominated for an unprecedented nine awards, including:
Shawn Gentry, Director of Operations at Stockroom, is pleased to hear the news: “It’s a big year for us as we prepare to celebrate our 25th Anniversary in 2014. This is truly an amazing way to end the year, learning that we’ve been nominated for a record 9 XBIZ Awards. We couldn’t be more proud and are very thankful for the support of our peers.”
The Stockroom is getting ready for a very exciting holiday season with the launch of their annual Black Friday sale and their SEXmas sale. This New Year’s Eve, Stockroom will also kick off their yearlong 25th Anniversary celebration with a giant bash in Hollywood and a year’s worth of special events and promotions.
Would you enjoy a 15% discount on your in-store purchase from The Stockroom?
Can you be in the Silver Lake area of LA on Thursday from 11:45am to 12:15pm?
Are you willing to appear (fully clothed, we promise) on camera in a short web ad for our upcoming holiday promotions?
If the answer to the above questions was “Yes!” then we want to see you this Thursday, November 14, in front of our Silver Lake boutique. We’ll be shooting a short promotional video, and we’d like to see you there! The video will only take between 15 and 30 minutes to shoot, will not require anything more physically demanding than standing up and walking, and you’ll receive a promo code good for 15% off in-store purchases from The Stockroom retail boutique!
Here’s what you need to know:
What: Be an extra in our Stockroom holiday commercial
When: 11:45am-12:15pm, Thursday, November 14, 2013
We care about your health, and this year we’re showing it by raising money and awareness in support of Movember, an annual charity event whose proceeds benefit research into the prevention and cure of testicular and prostate cancer, and other men’s health concerns. Participants grow mustaches throughout November to help make people aware of health issues unique to men.
Movember was started 10 years ago in Melbourne, Australia and has quickly grown into a global charity benefiting The LiveStrong Foundation, The Prostate Cancer Foundation, and many others – and involves millions of us who want to get involved and make a difference.
Everyone who donates to or participates in Movember has his or her own motivation. Our Director of Operations, Shawn Gentry, has been kind enough to share his:
“I lost my father three years ago to poor health. He was always very athletic and outdoorsy but, I fear that later in life, my dad fell into depression that led to him fall into poor health which ended his life far too soon. I will never stop wondering if there is anything I could have done to help that would have kept him here a little longer to get to know my daughter and watch her grow up into the beautiful little girl she is today – maybe even getting to see her graduate from high school, college, or beyond. But I’ll never know.
“So, I decided to be a healthier, fitter me and vowed to start eating healthier and less, getting regular exercise, drinking more water – and just taking better care of myself, as well as doing the regular maintenance of getting regular checkups, prostate exams, and spreading awareness whenever I have the chance. This will be my 4th year participating in Movember.
“Part of our mission at The Stockroom is to promote the ideal that making fetish and kink a part of your lifestyle can lead to a healthier, happier you. So, we plan to share tips and recommendations throughout the month of November to show you how.”
How you can help:
FIRST – go to our team page and join our Movember Team, or pledge your support as a Mo Bro or a Mo Sista!
NEXT – if you’re in LA, come to our Launch Party, November 1st immediately next door to our amazing and infamous Stockroom/Syren Fetish Boutique located in the chic SilverLake neighborhood of Los Angeles. (Full details below)
FINALLY, follow our exploits through the month here on our blog and across all of our social networks.
Let’s change the face of men’s health together, and have a lot of fun at the same time
We’re hosting a party next door to our flagship Silver Lake retail boutique, and you’re invited! Come join us for an evening of food, drinks, prizes, and a whole lot of shaving cream! Mustache growing members of The Stockroom’s Movember team will be shaving any remaining facial hair at the party, and presenting their baby-smooth faces to all attendees!
Our resident ponygirl, Biscuit, made this video to raise awareness of human ponies and the problems they face in the workplace. Even at a progressive, diverse employer like The Stockroom, it can be all too easy to ignore the signs of equestrian stress that drive a wedge between co-workers. Remember to treat your ponypeople with care and affection!
Crafted by our own in-house design team, this set consists of a harness, a blindfold, blinders, and a muzzle. The harness has four adjustable straps: three to fit snugly around the skull and one to secure under the chin.