Taboo Masquerade 5 in pictures: Stryker Vawn gets the crowd naked (NSFW)

make him her slave. Was that really too much to ask? As I was there more to ogle and take photos of the nearly naked crowd, I didn't much mind that women weren't beating me with riding crops or commanding me to lick their heels, but that was just me.


Performances by StrykerVawn, Oni & Jody and Thee VaudVillians heated things up throughout the night. Compared to the performances on the main stage upstairs, the shows in the dungeon room were more intimate — by which I mean random participants were lovingly molested onstage by Stryker Vawn. While I can understand the impulse to want to be groped by Vawn, a vixen whose entire persona is extreme — from her enormous chest to her hyper-muscular body built for inflicting serious punishment and pleasure on submissives — I have a hard time understanding why volunteers would want to receive this attention in front of a crowd. But, hey, everyone has their kink. Some are exhibitionists wanting to get their nipples bitten on stage while others simply like to take pictures of these people — many, many pictures.


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"Is that dude dressed as Larry the Cable Guy?" I asked the large bald man in line beside me with a leather harness strapped across his broad chest. "I didn't know people had a fetish for blue collar comedians?"

"There's a fetish for everything," he said.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized this was true; it's just that most people call their fetishes "sexual preferences" or "types" instead of "kinks." For every funny fat man who wears camo ball caps and flannel shirts with the sleeves cut off, there's someone who loves him. The problem is finding those people who complement your fetishes perfectly.

We were standing outside the Castle in Ybor, waiting to get into one of the notorious Taboo parties. A line of fetishists and costume enthusiasts stretched around the block, drawing a crowd of spectators who just stood watching what must have appeared to be an early Halloween party with an S&M theme — which for the most part is exactly what these parties are.

Inside I spoke to a businessman visiting from out of time. He was frustrated trying to meet heavy fetish players mixed in with the costume enthusiasts. He just wanted a beautiful woman to

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