"There a little fetish in everyone."
San Diego's number one LGBT community events and social magazine SDPIX is harnessing the power of leather in their February issue.
This popular collector's edition features a pictorial by Rob Lucas and coincides with the annual leather and kink event known as the Leather Fetish Ball taking place on Feb. 16.
Creator and producer of the event, Robert Rodriguez, is elated that it's featured in SDPIX, especially since the centerfold showcases this year's models including, Glitz Glam, Bill Willis, Deximus Starr, Alberto Sosa, Jose Antonio Hueso, Nina Bel Vande, and Paulo Batista, to name a few.
"This year I have partnered up with SDPIX to bring you the best Leather Fetish Ball ever," says an excited Rodriguez. "We will have Glitz Glam as our returning host along with special guest appearance from RuPaul's Drag Race Mariah Balenciaga, with beats from DJ Eli Correa." He adds there will be demos on stage and female and male dancers, "a little bit of something for everyone."
Some people can be a little intimidated when they hear the word fetish, but Rodriguez is certain that there is a little kink in everyone and LFB can help you explore that side of yourself in a safe and fun environment.
"LFB is the largest pansexual event In San Diego, everyone is welcome: Men, women, straight, gay, or however you identify," he explains. "There a little fetish in everyone; from wearing leather, latex, corsets, stilettos etc. so I expect a lot of people from all walks of life to be present."
Photographer Rob Lucas agrees even though he's newer to the scene.
"I’m not too familiar with the backstory of leather and fetish," he said. "I’m what you call a vanilla guy who experiments."
Lucas says that as he was taking pictures for the SDPIX issue one thing was very apparent; the degree of family and unity that was displayed on set. "I could definitely feel that. I’m a very empathetic person and that energy grabbed ahold of me immediately, so I think that was something very powerful, and I did enjoy that period."
Hosted by the outrageous and edgy Glitz Glam, The Leather Fetish Ball, as Rodriguez said before, will feature an appearance by special guest Mariah Balenciaga of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3 and RuPaul's Drag U season 2 and 3.
Lucas summed up his photo shoot in the following statement, but he may have also described the spirit of the ball itself, "It was interesting to see the level of individuality," he says. "It was like pieces of an intricate puzzle that came together to make a beautiful picture."
This year's event has also gotten some significant upgrades with incredible sound and lighting design. You can also get your own keepsake taken in the SDPIX leather fantasy photo booth.
Get the hardcopy issue of SDPIX at venues around San Diego, or download it HERE.
Tickets for the Leather Fetish Ball are on sale HERE.
$25 General Admission $40 VIP ( Includes Front Of Line, Appetizers, & 2 Drink Tickets)
Rodman Productions and SDPIX Present Leather Fetish Ball on Saturday, February 16 from 7 pm to midnight at The Sunset Temple.
The Sunset Temple is located at 3911 Kansas St., San Diego.