Authentic, heart-centered spaces can be challenging to find. As a young adult, I struggled with depression and anxiety and craved deep, meaningful connections. Healthier environments that would nurture growth and interpersonal relationships were something I desired but didn't know how to find.
Dominic Pacifico – The Dom Behind Kinkmen.com
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Dominic Pacifico to get to know the man in front of, and behind, the camera. I found him to be articulate, soft spoken, professional, and extremely knowledgeable about the Kink life and Kink entertainment. He is currently an exclusive Director with Kinkmen.com.
Announcing Las Vegas Leather Titles
PROUD & Kinky is hosting leather title holders in 2023. There are four Las Vegas Leather titles that we are seeking nominations for: Mr. Las Vegas Leather, Las Vegas Person of Leather, Las Vegas Pup of Leather, and Las Vegas Bootblack. The Las Vegas Person of leather will receive a more specific title characteristic of what they feel fits them best.
Rouge at the Strat Hotel bills itself as the “Sexiest show in Vegas”. However, I would call it the most bisexual show in Vegas. With a strong ensemble cast and raunchy solos that feature aerialists, contortionists, acrobatics, and even a little bit of dildo juggling, this show makes for a fun and arousing date night activity.
As fashion and fetish-wear continue to become increasingly intertwined, designers are striving to incorporate the latter’s seedy aesthetic into their collections. The latest to combine ready-to-wear design sensibilities with kink-wear is the gay-owned menswear designer, Addicted USA.
Spilling the Tea in Sin City
Service and showing up to help foster community are big components of being a titleholder. I had the opportunity to ask our current royalty members a bit more about what serving in that role means to them and what opportunities they got to experience in 2022. The Las Vegas pup community is full of diversity and the sweetest pups. We had a blast getting this pack of pups together for the cover shoot.
The Ropists Are Not Therapists
Healing, transformative, exalting, spiritual, sacred, evolving - All things rope CAN be. Rope allows for a primal experience of vulnerability as its ethos. Understanding the biophysical, inter/intra-relational, environmental, emotional, and cognitive effects of rope provide one with a glimpse of the process that occurs in a rope or kink scene.
Liquid Red & Wigcraft Vegas Fashion Show at PROUD & Kinky
For the second time, Liquid Red graced the PROUD & Kinky stage at the Las Vegas PRIDE Festival at Craig Ranch Park in October 2022. The first time was in October 2019 at the PROUD & Kinky stage. This time, Liquid Red teamed up with Wigcraft Vegas and included their spectacular foam wigs in the show.
Mason Rose is a kinky, metal trans masculine photographer based in Los Angeles and Portland. Mason's photos are erotic. By definition, erotic means to arouse, and Mason's photography does just that: arouses queer revolution.
The day finally dawned, the day of Las Vegas PRIDE at the incredible Craig Ranch Regional Park in Las Vegas, and the beautiful people were out in droves, coming together and enjoying the huge range of food and drink and spectacular entertainment on offer.
Poppers = Euphoria
As a professional dancer, I worked for five years on cruise ships. Throughout this time, I experimented with many things pertaining to my sex life, including having sex with curious straight men, fooling around with guests in the sauna, and sniffing poppers with my friends on nights off.
From corsets to latex to harnesses and fishnet, kink fashion has evolved in many ways over the years and touched the mainstream in pop music videos, at music festivals, worn by influencers, on runways, and in mainstream club fashion.
Letter from the Editor
PROUD & Kinky is going to be doing even more to engage with the alternative queer community in the next 12 months. Shout out to all the folks that attended Merry Fistmas in mid-December. It was a fun and well-attended play party event, and we can’t wait to host more. I’ve seen the future of the kinky queer community.
There is No Rope for Fat Bottoms
Discussions abound lately concerning topics such as - “Rope for Bigger Bottoms” or “Ties for Larger Bodies.” Rope, in its essence, is adaptable, it is versatile, and ingenuitive. Adapting rope for EVERY BODY is a vital and admired skill in rope practitioners, however bigger bodies do not inherently require special ties.
Oof, there are so many things to learn in life. How to tie your shoes, how to be successful, how to invest, so many how to’s! Well here’s another one, but this one is a little truer and more dear to yourself. Think of it as how to invest in your own sexual happiness. Yes, you can have good sex. You can have healthy sex. You can have sex on your own terms.
Inside the Kennel
I am known as Puppy Demos, and I’ll be your service pup into the world of Puppy Play. Shall we em-bark? Puppy play is a newer form of kink within the BDSM Community where a person, of any gender, takes on the role or mindset of a canine. Choosing to interact or manifest, with the goal of becoming mentally like a biological pup or dog, for a dedicated period of time.
The Cupcake Girls
The Cupcake Girls® is a nonprofit organization providing support and services to victims and survivors of sex trafficking and consensual sex workers. They affirm the rights and dignity of all Sex Workers, and they work hard alongside Sex-Worker led collectives and community groups to provide education about the nuanced contexts of those who choose Sex Work consensually and those who do not.
Folsom Street Fair
This year marks the 38th anniversary of the Folsom Street Fair. The Fair takes place on September 25, 2022. It is the world’s largest leather event and gathering for the BDSM culture, drawing anywhere from 250,000 to 400,000 attendees every year.
The Brawling Beauty in Diversity
Bodies, historically, have always been political. From Grecian statues featuring nudity to the birth of burlesque in the 1860's and now with the neo-burlesque movement in a world where it is becoming inherently clear that bodies are a political shopping spree, the human form has always had a foothold in the political agenda of the world.
Five Fab Strains for Stoner Brains
With the abundance of cannabis available to us in the Vegas Valley, it can be hard to decide which strains to buy. During my time working in the industry, I quickly noticed that consuming the same strain from different growers would yield wildly different effects and flavors.
Spilling the Tea in Sin City
Tell me about your work and how it empowers you? I am actually a full service sex worker here in Vegas. For me, the most empowering thing is the privilege, that even though I am a marginalized person, that I carry within my work. Everyone, friends, family, know what I do and in my community and those communities, it's very much a privilege to not have to keep it a secret.
Letter from the Editor
According to NASA, Las Vegas is the brightest city in the world, many countercultures in the LV community are cast in the shadows just behind these bright lights. The kink scene is no exception to that. The juxtaposition of light and dark has been the core of many fictional and nonfictional battles. I believe the kink scene always operates in a shade of gray, no matter where the community is located (and no it doesn't have just 50 shades).
The Fuckball Rolls Into Town
The Erotic Heritage Museum has long been at the forefront of boundary-pushing exhibits and shows in the realm of sexuality for Las Vegas since it first opened in 2008. With a mission of preservation the museum is home to erotic artifacts, fine art, film, educational events and performance art.