October 2013 is the second annual National Kink Month: A 31 day celebration of kinky sex, fetishes, and those who have them! Last year’s Kink Month was a huge hit, and we want to make sure that we top it this year! To that end, we’ve expanded from the previous precision-focus on BDSM and bondage to reach out and welcome all kinky people into The Stockroom’s warm embraces!
Why National Kink Month?
Let’s face it, kinky people have to deal with a lot of sideways stares whenever their sexual predilections are made visible. We spend so much of our lives living either in fear of discovery, or within a close-knit group of like-minded people to avoid discomfort, work and social repercussions, or even family estrangement. Even if the results aren’t as obviously dire as losing your livelihood or loved ones, it can be heartbreaking to feel like the butt of someone else’s jokes for an unusual attraction.
So we’ve created a celebration of all kinks and kinky culture. Our aim is to provide you with the best information possible on a wide range of fetishes and -philias, to make you knowledgeable and stimulate your *ahem* mind.
Most importantly, we want to have some fun! We’ve created a series of exciting kinky daily specials, featured items of the week, and a social media smorgasboard of titillating and enlightening pictures, posts and special offers to keep celebrating kink month all month long!
Not to toot our own horn, but we have some happy news to announce: The Stockroom is now the proud holder of its first U.S. Patent for the Bolero Straitjacket™!
Handmade in our Los Angeles workshop, the Bolero Straitjacket has been one of our signature designs since its introduction in 2009, when we
filed our patent application. Each jacket is individually created by our in-house production team to ensure the highest quality of each and every straitjacket we produce.
The Patent Office grants a patent when the filing party demonstrates that they have created a product or design that is novel, non-obvious, and useful. Although a straitjacket restraint has been in existence for over 200 years, the design of the Bolero Straitjacket, with its cut-out chest, allows an examiner to take the heartbeat of the wearer, attach and detach electrodes easily, or monitor vital signs while in restraints. Simultaneously, the open chest design reduces chafing and overheating, permitting secure restraint without the intimidation factor of a traditional institutional straitjacket.
The Stockroom patent on the Bolero Straitjacket means that it cannot be legally manufactured or sold in the United States without a licensefrom The Stockroom. Adult and fetish specialty stores may carry the Bolero, but be sure to keep an eye out for counterfeits. Real Bolero Straitjackets are made of high quality leather or latex, so if a deal is too good to be believed, or the seller is overseas, be cautious. All Boleros have a Stockroom tag. Newly made Boleros will have a tag proudly displaying the patent number. Should you have any questions about authenticity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the appropriate information (web address, name of site, etc.) and we will assist you as best we can.
Aside from its medical properties, the Bolero is a stunning piece of fetish wear, combining fashion and restraint in a single design. The adjustable chest strap is one of the most significant innovations by securing the garment beneath the ribcage, rather than between the legs. This is a marked improvement over the classic between-the-legs style of restraint that keeps the jacket on the patient, but does not necessarily restrict the wearer from moving around with little resistance. D-rings placed at the front of the collar and mid-torso make attaching a leash or other bondage gear a snap.
Available in red leather, black leather, perforated black leather, and black latex, the Bolero is versatile enough to use in almost any scenario, from medical play, to costumed role play, or wherever else your imagination takes you. Please share any particularly devious designs for play in the comments below!
Khloe Kardashian made a recent trip to The Stockroom boutique in Silverlake while filming the show ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’.
Khloe was looking for some special pieces to spice up a sexy photoshoot for her husband Lamar Odom and found some latex items that hugged her curves beautifully. She also learned a little about some of our daring bdsm gear and puppy & pony play accessories too, thanks to the help of our boutique manager Eddie!
We’ve posted some tips and tricks for bondage tape beginners, but with our beloved bondage tape’s national daytime talk show debut on The Kris Jenner Show this week, we thought we’d re-kindle your passion with:
10 Reasons We Love Bondage Tape
1. Great for beginners. Don’t get all tangled up in knots or fret about losing the cuff keys. Bondage tape is simple enough for a kitten to use! (Do not give bondage tape to kittens.)
2. Comes in red, black, and pink. If you’re tired of your bindings clashing with the drapes and bedspread, this could be the answer to your BDSM prayers.
3. Attaches easily. Just wrap it carefully and evenly around the body part and surface you want to secure. Use chair arms, bars, racks, or anything else you can find to keep your partner in place.
4. Sticks only to itself. Bondage Tape won’t leave sticky residue on furniture or pull hair when removed. Firmly press the end of the piece of tape you’ve used to another piece of tape, and it will stay in place.
5. Inexpensive fashion accessory or outfit for the daring. Use overlapping rows of tape to create wristbands, thigh highs, or even tube tops and mini-skirts!
6. Strong, but comfortable. When wrapped properly, this tape will keep anyone in place, but doesn’t have the cold bite of steel restraints, or the complications that come with rope bondage.
7. Unique and attractive. No other restraint has the look and feel of Bondage Tape. It’s sleek and shiny, goes on smooth, and looks amazing against the skin.
8. Easy to remove. You can peel it off or use safety scissors to free your partner from their bindings. Even if you plan on unwrapping the bondage tape, it’s a good idea to keep safety scissors on hand in case a quick release is needed.
9. Reusable. If you want to reuse your bondage tape, simply detach the end and roll it evenly back onto the tape roll or other storage device.
10. Affordable. Fashionable. Dynamic. We know those are 3 things, but they sum up exactly why we’re crazy about KinkLab Bondage Tape, and why we know you’ll be, too.
As police attempted to arrest patrons in the bar, a crowd gathered in the street outside, tensions mounted, and a full scale riot broke out on Christopher Street outside the bar.
A confluence of events, from the turbulent atmosphere of civil unrest that pervaded in the late 1960s, to the continued harassment of the most disenfranchised members of the gay community that made up the majority of the club’s patrons, contributed to an anarchic rebellion against outside oppression and exploitation. Several days of sporadic protests, clashes with police, and looting followed, and when the dust cleared, a single question remained: “What now?”
A year later, on June 28, 1970, Christopher Street Liberation Day marked the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots, including the first Gay Pride marches in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Within 2 years, San Francisco, Miami, and Atlanta all had Pride marches on or around the 28th of June to commemorate the uprising, and the nascent gay liberation movement. This movement differed from previous gay rights movements in not wanting to disappear into mainstream straight America, but by demanding that members of the gay community not be marginalized or forced to conform to conservative social norms, but be allowed to be who they are, as they are.
The 1970s saw a gradual cooling of some of the radical liberation aspects of the gay rights movement, in favor of a more measured, inclusion-minded approach. On June 25, 1978, the first rainbow flag flew during the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. Designed by Gilbert Baker, the rainbow flag is meant to promote community, harmony, and pride in being a member of the LGBTQ community.
The ’80s saw an uptick in activism and reaction against perceived passiveness in the face of the AIDS crisis and local and federal government failures to fund research and stop a growing epidemic that disproportionately affected the gay community. This was the era of ACT-UP and the refrain “Silence Equals Death,” and effectively marked the birth of mainstream gay political action.
In the 44 years since Stonewall, the LGBTQ movement has metamorphosed into an integral and visible part of the culture at large. Through adversity, community, action, and dialogue, we’ve come from a place where you could be arrested and brutalized for congregating with like-minded people at a bar operating expressly for that purpose, to having your rights affirmed by the highest court in the land. Over the month of June, we ask ourselves, what does pride mean, and although everyone has a unique and different answer, in the end it comes down to being able to point to yourself and honestly say, “This is me. This is who I am,” and to be comfortable with showing that face to whomever you choose to.
June is Pride Month, so we asked Stockroom founder Joel Tucker what pride means to him.
To me, PRIDE Month is about acceptance of and appreciation for human diversity. I want other people to accept and respect my quirks and differences, so I tolerate theirs. Everyone should be free to pursue their own desires and dreams as long as they do not do harm. I started our company in that spirit, and I feel we have stayed true to those ideals. -Joel Tucker Founder/CEO, The Stockroom, Inc.
Now tell us in the comments what pride means to you!
All hands on deck! It’s time to honor one of our favorite topics- SELF-LOVE!
May is National Masturbation Month and in celebration of you and YOURS, Stockroom is observing this fantastic holiday by offering you a plethora of good times all month- including great discounts on a variety of sex toys for both men and women, sex toy giveaways, tips from expert guest bloggers, video reviews, and more!
Joanna Angel stopped by the Stockroom retail store in Silverlake recently. The punk princess of porn was picking out wardrobe and toys for a new production that she is starring in, and judging by the goodies she took with her she’ll be exploring the erotic side of dominance and submission, with a little bondage for good measure. Step inside the dressing room with Joanna Angel as she laces up a stiff Stormy Leather corset and slips in to a shiny slave collar and tight leather armbinder in preparation for her submissive adventures. The look in this sassy little spitfire’s eye says it all!
After serving the fetish community for 25 years with top quality BDSM gear and sex toys, innovating new designs and pushing boundaries, we are proud to unveil The Permanence Retreat, a destination resort for those seeking the next step in your journey towards complete subservience and making your permanent chastity fantasies come true.