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FETISH LOCKER – HOME OF THE PORTABLE SLING & RIMMING SEAT HQ.

Fetish Locker is a well-known ‘umbrella’ company brand based in the West Coast gay fetish capital that is Palm Springs. They are the originators and market leaders of portable slings and almost certainly the World’s best known & biggest Rimming seat company. Their premises and factory have been the base of a million fetish gay porn films and their dungeon furniture has made it into the best basements, garage’s and bedrooms of the Top sleaze players from Tennessee to Timbuktu and from New York to New Zealand. PAUL STAG spoke exclusively to the main man himself John McBain ‘The Worlds Rim Seat King’ & ”The Sling Master’ for Alphatribe and he is ably assisted here by Internationally very well-known Fetish Porn Star…..now retired, Rik Jammer (Ken Blochowski) who is now full time at Fetish locker and puts his filthy as fuck and hugely experienced knowledge of what the Worlds pigs want and need to good use so that the company can stay right at the top of our great cum soaked industry. You want sex/dungeon furniture….or indeed anything else, then you need Fetish Locker in your life.

John you had a very successful corporate career before Gear Leather & Fetish & Palm Springs drew you to the dark side of extreme gay retail, so what lead you to start the current well-known emporium of sleaze which is much admired far and wide?
Well, I was looking for an entrepreneurial opportunity in Palm Springs when I met my partner Ken, who was doing some modelling for 665 Leather & Fetish in LA. They wanted to have an increased presence in the Desert without having to open their own store, so it was sort of a match made in heaven. We partnered with them as their very first wholesale account and opened Gear in October 2005.

John McBain

You call your store a ‘Lifestyle Destination’ & ‘Not just another gay store’ what was your concept and what differentiated you from other retailers and how has it developed up until the creation of the more recent ‘Fetish Locker’?
We had never planned on being a store that sold rainbow stickers and flags. As serious players with wide ranging experience in the leather/fetish/BDSM communities, it was always our intention to cater to other men like us. We already had tons of favorite gear vendors and we wanted to bring them to our part of the world. From the very beginning, we considered ourselves to be ‘the store for men who play hard’ (however that may apply to you!). Today we continue that legacy for new generations of men. And over time we’ve added more and more brands of the world’s finest gear.I think what really sets us apart is our attentive, friendly, non-judgmental staff and world-class selection. Gear is bright and beautiful instead of being dark and scary. We like to say that we’re a ‘sexy’ store, not a ‘sex’ store.

In 2013 you took over two brands from your wholesalers – Jim Support & Leather Stock renaming the whole group under the current recognised ‘Fetish Locker’ brand. Jim Support is one of the best-known Fetish furniture companies in the World so can we ask about the legendary Porta Sling?
We love the Porta Sling! In fact, we have one of the original models in our personal playroom to this very day. It is a simple, elegant way to hang a sling when you can’t drill into your ceiling. It’s masculine, rock solid, yet still portable, which makes it ideally suited for tons of kinky guys without dedicated play spaces. Since it was created in 1999, it has become the most popular portable sling frame in the world.

Arguably you are most famous for your Rimming Seats all made in your own factory which greatly interest our readers and porn star asseating regular contributors Porn Stars Blue Bailey and Silver Steele – how have they developed over the years, which is the most popular and have you had any strange requests?
Our rim seats definitely have a cult following, both among porn stars and regular ass-eating connoisseurs. We make more different models than anyone else which is partly why we sell so many. Our T-Leg Rim Seat with Handles is by far the most popular. Bottom guys really love grabbing onto the handles and pulling themselves up deeper into their top’s ass, while tops like using the handles to grind their ass harder onto their bottom’s face.The strangest request we’ve had is to develop a hammock sort of device which would attach to the seat to push a bottom’s head into the top’s ass. We just sell pillows instead.

How far and wide have your signature ‘Classic Rim Seats’ gone?
Our Classic Rim Seat was the first one we invented. It really put rim seats on the map! We’ve sold thousands and thousands of them worldwide.

A lot of our readers will have seen your fetish furniture and fuck benches in some of the biggest gay porn films ever made and indeed your website has a number of horny pictures with the likes of former Raging Stallion exclusive Cole Streets and Hothouse main man Kyle King in sexual action. What studios, films and stars have you supplied…..we know that our local Palm Springs writer Dallas Steele has filmed for Titan at your premises so any particular memories of that?
To tell you the truth, we’ve lost track of the number of porn studios which have filmed with our equipment. Suffice to say, if you see a portable sling frame, fuck bench or rim seat in a porn film, it’s almost certain that it came from us. We’re honored that some of the most beautiful men in the world have been filmed getting off on our equipment. Titan, in particular, has used our warehouse as a setting for several films and even based one—Sling—on the mythical goings-on behind the scenes in our factory. If only our work was so kinky!While Titan was on site doing another film, we were lucky enough to work with Dallas Steele, who filmed our sling frame assembly video. You could tell that he used to work in television as a news reporter. He was totally professional and shot the video in a single take!

Leather Stock is your fetish fragrant enterprise how did that come about, how did you capture ‘Sex in a bottle’ and how do you develop the scents?
I wish we could take credit for inventing the famous LeatherStock™ scent, but to be honest we were just big fans of the LeatherStock™ products and carried them at Gear for years. We were really honored to get a request to keep the company going when the owner wanted to retire. We are proud to carry on, using the original proprietary scents that were developed for the company by professional perfumers.

The current Covid 19 pandemic must have been difficult so how have you coped and are there any Palm Springs or Southern Californian gay companies that have not made it through?
The hardest part for us was to adjust to being shut down for eight weeks and not having any of the major LGBT events which boost our business happening anymore. But we have been extremely fortunate. Our customers have been very supportive and we have been able to adapt in ways which have allowed us to survive. We know that all of the LGBT businesses in Palm Springs and Southern California are really struggling right now. A number of bars in West Hollywood have permanently closed and we are very sad about that.

Your business partner and marketing guru Ken Blochowski is very well known in fetish circles under his model name of Rik Jammer how did you Two meet unless it was somewhere awkward like a sling in the Barracks or Tool Shed dark rooms and does he still run the Worlds leading watersports event in the heat of Palm Spring Summer & the Colarado Desert ‘Wet N Hot’?
I first saw Ken at a birthday party being held for the legendary Daddy Zeus of Zeus Studios. I knew immediately that I wanted to meet him, though I’m not so sure that he wanted to meet me! After chatting for a bit, I convinced him to attend a pool party the following day that I had created on the spot just so that we could hang out again. At the pool party I asked him on a date. We did indeed go to the Tool Shed, and the rest is history!Ken is retired from the porn industry and works full time for Fetish Locker as our marketing director. After working as a producing partner for Wet ‘n Hot—the world’s largest water sports play party—for twenty years, he retired from that endeavor as well. Now we just attend and have fun!

Ken Blochowski

If we ignore the pandemic as i am sure we would all like too what is the gay scene like in Palm Springs currently? Is Leatherpride your busiest time of year and what other important/interesting or new gay fetish events are there annually that you support or would recommend?
Sadly, we in Southern California have had to go into a severe lockdown recently because of the prevalence of the Covid 19 virus. Gyms and bars are closed, hotels are reserved for essential emergency workers only, and businesses are open under strict capacity limits. The gay scene, along with the entire community, is pretty much shut down right now.In a normal year Leather Pride, Palm Springs Pride and Halloween (all of which occur in the same two-week period) are our busiest days of the season. They didn’t happen this year, but we were able to anticipate the downturn and we’re doing ok. We’re incredibly grateful for our amazing customers who have stuck with us through the pandemic and made an extra effort to support us. It’s made all of the difference in the world.

You stock your superb quality own brand items and the best from the biggest names like a who’s who of gay sleaze such as Nasty Pig, Fleshjack, Electrastim, Cellblock 13, Mr S, Oxballs etc so what items are currently hot, in demand and selling well?
We’ve always strived to carry the very best products that we really use in our personal lives, regardless of who makes them. Over the years that has meant we’ve developed a really enviable selection of products from around the world and an in-store clientele that extends across the entire southwest United States. When people from around the world visit Palm Springs, they make a special effort to visit our store and that makes us really proud.
Because people have been staying at home and playing by themselves lately, we’ve had a huge increase in sales of our larger toys from SquarePeg and Mr. Hankey’s. They’re super high quality silicone products and people really love training their butts with them!

What is the funniest thing about running your business?
Lots of guys call us about JimSupport factory tours, which we don’t do. I guess they imagine that we have a bunch of naked hunky staff fucking around on our furniture all day. I suppose having porn shot in your warehouse can cause guys to make assumptions! But seriously, we’re just a normal dirty factory—with sexier than average employees!

Shopping at Gear can be a voyeur’s paradise on the right day. It’s not uncommon for guys to slide open the fitting room curtains while wearing next to nothing or to stroll around the store nearly naked to ask for opinions or look for another size. What are you guys working on at the moment & the plans for the future?
Our main project right now is beefing up our JimSupport product inventory. Our backstock was decimated during the Covid shutdown and that has prevented us from fulfilling some of our global wholesale orders as quickly as we’d like. We’re working very hard to return to shipping every order within 24 hours, which is our usual practice.

How do our readers find out more and follow you guys and your company online and social media?

Just go to 
www.fetishlocker.com
www.gearleather.com
www.leatherstock.com
www.jimsupport.com 
or follow us across our social media.

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Written by Paul Stag

Paul is an international porn star and a long time editor for Alphatribe magazine.

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