Adrian is a founding member of the core team at Kinky Salon Berlin. He’s one of those people who likes to deconstruct experiences and build new ones from the parts. He’s a thinker, a doer, and a true community builder, and having visited almost as many Kinky Salons as I have he has a unique perspective on the global community.
This story on gentrification in New York could be the same story in London, Berlin, Portland. Any of the Kinky Salon cities. Mission Control started it’s life on a grotty part of Mission Street 15 years ago and we watched as the neighborhood changed until we were finally evicted. Now we’ve taken up residence in a corner of West Oakland where gentrification (including us) is already shifting the community there. But we don’t have many choices about where we can go! The issue here isn’t that nightlife is responsible for gentrification, it’s that nightlife isn’t valued culturally. If cities supported nightlife, rather than burying us in bureaucracy, then we wouldn’t be forced into these corners. Nightlife, particularly nightlife that is not profit oriented, should be supported, nurtured and valued like the rest of the arts. Nightlife brings fun, connection, creativity and social bonding to a community. Without it your city is dead.
In this episode I visit Lucy and Phil in London and we chat while their baby gurgles in the background. What a cutie! Great to hear from a couple with a young baby and how they navigate participating in the community. They are supporters of Kinky Salon London whose relationship and life has been transformed by their experiences there.
On this episode I chat with Reid Mihalko, “America’s Favorite Sex Geek,” about his experiences in sex positive community and how Kinky Salon impacted his life. Are you curious how went from throwing orgies for his friends in his tiny New York apartment to teaching people how to have better sex lives? He tells all. www.reidaboutsex.com
This episode is coming to you direct from Seattle where I just emceed the cabaret for the very first Kinky Salon Seattle! I talk to Heather, who was the instigator of the event, about the differences between Kinky Salons in London, Portland and Seattle, and her journey all the way from Barcelona.
This episode things get super intellectual as I interview Christina Bazzaroni, the PhD (ABD) who is studying Kinky Salon. We started out being her lab rats but then she went native! She’s part of the team that set up Kinky Salon in New York and she’s been all over the world interviewing the community leaders in all the different cities for her dissertation. She’s real smart. The photo is of us in Berlin. She’s deeeep in her research dressed as a pirate to blend in. It’s purely professional. Ahem.
Following the last episode’s introduction to the Porn Clown Posse, this time I’ve got Ouchy the Clown in an intimate tête-à-tête about his personal life. He’s an iconic character in San Francisco subculture, a loving father and husband, and a total perv. Apologies for the bad jokes and to the coulrophobic.
Jessica and Brian Berlin have been regulars at Kinky Salon San Francisco forever. They’ve tried monogamy and polyamory and now they’ve got the perfect balance. Listen in on how they became a Kinky Salon power couple! Warning: it involves clowns.