Be honest. You are curious about the world of kink, after all you clicked the link. That's okay, no judgment here. So was I… and what a world it is.
Metro Inclusive Health sponsored it inaugural KINK - An Art Affair on Saturday. The organization is a non-profit providing inclusive health and wellness services for the Tampa Bay area, much of it involving HIV awareness, maintenance, and prevention. In an effort to bring some of the community together they hosted this event thinking they could invite folks to party and educate them at the same time. It worked. The event sold out!
As I enter, the room is bathed in purple and red lights and lasers. Dozens of pieces of (mostly) erotic visual art along with bid sheets for the silent auction are strung on a chain link fence around the perimeter of the room. Dance music thumps as my eyes fill with dozens of bodies. Leather wearers, from the aged and wrinkled to young and curious, are scattered throughout the crowd. Some, like myself, are wearing street clothes. Some partiers wear masks to hide their identity and some wear very little at all. It’s hot bodies and not so hot bodies crammed together in a loud mix of dance club, art show, and love fest. It is clear that one’s sexuality matters less here than acceptance and tolerance for those who might live a different lifestyle. People are friendly and open and best of all let me photograph them. Iz all good…
Demonstrations were available including a variety of leather goods, electro-play, and bondage for the curious.
One of the subcultures in the world of kink is all about leather. There are competitions, clubs, and activities for those who are interested. I mean I thought I knew…. but nope!
Entertainment for the night included erotic performances by TigerLily, pole work by Dondelion, and a male revue Tampa.
KINK was educational. I am immutably straight and live a fairly conservative lifestyle. Still, the lack of inhibition and over abundance of acceptance in this community is enviable. If you are curious you ought to go next year. If you haven’t guessed, “tasteful nudity” is present (exposed breast must wear pasties and no exposed genitalia). Guests are encouraged to dress up or down in their fetish finest. KINK is a 21+ event.
You will meet an engaging group of folks celebrating their own diversity and unity. If you are not secure in your sexuality or have limited ability to understand or accept cultures other than your own, this event may not be for you.