I’ve always thought it might be a tricky prospect being a rubberist.
Just the thought of squeezing myself into something so figure-hugging is exhausting, and would soak up all the talc in Tesco.
That’s why I have a lot of respect for the people who throw themselves into this all-enveloping kink.
It’s no longer just a stereotypical ‘gimp’ outfit, you can find some wonderful uses for our favourite material.
Want to dress up like a plastic doll? Done.
How about lying down, and having latex sheets slowly encase you in a vacuum bed? Easy.
You can now find a wide range of rubber outfits, masks, shoes and boots in a variety of sizes and styles without any of them looking like you went to a fancy dress shop.
I’m jealous. I wish I could justify the cost of a custom made outfit or lie in a vacuum bed without feeling self conscious about myself.
I wish I didn’t feel like a space hopper shoved into a wellington boot.
It’s with this grim lack of self confidence that I spoke to ‘Latexmunky’, a self-professed lover of rubber who was more than happy to share his experiences with a nervous newbie like me.
Can I start with some vague details about yourself, and what started it all off?
‘I’m male, mid-thirties, UK-based but often in Continental Europe, office-based job.
‘Yes, I do sometimes wear rubber under a suit.
‘I am single.
‘I’ve always liked the look of skintight materials, and it started with women in lycra swimsuits, but soon went to rubber.
‘I remember the first picture I saw of a man and woman together in shiny black catsuits. It was literally breathtaking.’
What’s your experience of the rubber scene? Are there specific events one can go to?
‘I have been in the scene since my early 20s, attending events throughout the UK and also in Germany, mostly London and Berlin.
‘There are the well-established fetish events like Torture Garden in London, Kitkat in Berlin and Wasteland in Amsterdam, while there are also more rubber-centric events like Rubber Cult in London.
‘Mind you, this is just the centralised rubber scene. You can wear rubber anywhere.’
Have you told your dates you’re into wearing rubber?
‘I’d happily tell a person on a dating site that I’m a bit of a kinkster and turn up to the date wearing a smart latex shirt.
‘Its harmless, fun and gets people talking.
‘A few months ago I met a friend in a pub in Notting Hill and I was wearing a matte black rubber shirt underneath a smart suit jacket and a nice fella complimented me on it and said he likes rubber too.’
Do rubber outfits have to be custom made all the time because they’re so figure hugging? Are they hard to get into?
‘They don’t have to be custom made as there are plenty of choices off the peg.
‘Many shops stock a wide range of sizes and are very helpful in welcoming the new and the old in trying on and advising on what’s best.
‘In London, Libidex in Covent Garden and Breathless in King’s Cross are a very good start
‘Don’t be put off by the first item you try on as there are so many colours, styles and thicknesses to choose from.
‘Also, if anyone thinks they are too big or unshapely for rubber, then they would be surprised at how they can look in it.
‘Talcum powder is a must, especially when putting on the more skintight items.
‘Thinner rubber is stretchier but also easier to tear so you have to be careful re: sharp jewellery or finger/ toe nails etc.’
What is the turn on for you, and do you think it’s the same for other rubberists?
‘The feeling of contentment and freedom when wearing skintight rubber really does it for me.
‘The sweet aroma of good quality rubber is also pleasant.
‘Also, although I like the subtlety of matte rubber, the sight of a person in beautifully-polished rubber is very nice.
‘There are clear exhibitionistic and also voyeuristic elements to it.’
Are there particular activities you enjoy doing whilst dressed in rubber?
‘If I was at a private party, I might wear skintight clothing depending on the event, ie a catsuit maybe with a hood/mask.
‘I always welcome mutual rubber fun as it’s a massive thrill for me. Two people in bed in full head to toe skintight thin rubber is an ethereal experience.
‘That feeling of being safely cocooned in thin rubber whilst simultaneously feeling naked, the warmth, the feeling of the second skin on both bodies… it’s an extremely erotic, unique and beautiful sensation.’
What would be your advice to newbies to the rubber scene?
‘Have a go! I went to my first fetish party in my very early twenties and I’ve never looked back since.
‘It’s such a good feeling being around people in fabulous outfits, of all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and beliefs.
‘People are usually very chatty and friendly especially at the smaller events.
‘The larger events have more of a nightclub atmosphere, usually with themed areas, but you will also meet fun people there.
‘One important thing to clarify is that a fetish party is usually a safe haven for people to go to, to dress up and feel sexy without being harassed for it.’
What’s the best, and what’s the worst part of being a rubberist?
‘The best part comprises the magical feeling of wearing rubber. Literally I’ve had headaches and when I put on rubber I just feel better.
‘Also, being kinky is naughty so there is nothing better than the feeling of doing something risqué.
‘The worst part would be the expense of the outfits.’