Folsom Street Fair 2015 – Flogging Booth

Dude getting a bare-assed flogging at the 2015 Folsom Street Fair.

September 27, 2015 People who know virtually nothing about the Folsom Street Fair still know about the flogging booths. Steamwork’s Naked Twister games are a relatively recent innovation, as are’s bondage demos, but the flogging booths have been around for generations. In essence, fair-goers make a charitable donation for a chance to get spanked, paddled, or flogged in public, sometimes fully clothed, sometimes in their underwear, sometimes naked. Girlfriends talk their shy-as-fuck boyfriends into dropping trou to take a paddling … and for some reason, their boyfriends do it, sometimes on their bare ass despite the presence of hundreds of … Continue reading

Folsom Street Fair 2015 – Stage's Bound in Public did a rather dramatic gay porn homage to Mad Max: Fury Road.

September 27, 2015 In 2006, purchased The Armory, a castle-like historical building in San Francisco’s Mission District, to build into a porn studio. Although a majority of the company’s porn titles are geared towards straight audiences, there are a handful of titles — BoundGods, Bound in Public, NakedKombat, and Men on Edge, among others — that are geared towards gay men. As perhaps the single largest producer of fetish porn, would probably be a major sponsor of the Folsom Street Fair even if they weren’t already based in San Francisco. And as they have in recent years, they … Continue reading

Folsom Street Fair 2015 – Naked Twister

Innocent-looking Twister player ended up totally naked and loving it.

September 27, 2015 In our last post, we shared some general photos of the 2015 Folsom Street Fair, the world’s largest fetish events that draws 400,000 attendees to San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood every September. Several years ago, Steamworks — a local bathhouse across the bay in Berkeley – introduced a new event at the fair: Naked Twister. Paid models and casual fairgoers play a large-sized game of Twister that last about five minutes. For the first few years, the spinning wheel was used in the traditional way to determine which hand or foot went on which color. But … Continue reading

Folsom Street Fair 2015 – General

2015 Folsom Street Fair

September 27, 2015 San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair bills itself as the largest fetish event on the planet — and with an estimated 400,000 attendees each year, it probably is. The fair, originally created in the 1980s to show the vibrancy of the SOMA neighborhood, was naturally flavored by the areas numerous gay leather and biker bars. Although it’s often mischaracterized as a gay event, the fair caters to all sorts of fetishists of every gender and sexual orientation. Craft booths sell leather, latex, paddles, and other fetish gear and paraphernalia. Porn studios have their favorite models on hand. Although … Continue reading

Nudity ordinance protest – Sept 26, 2015

Nudity Ordinance Protest

September 26, 2015 Although public sexual activity in California is banned under state law, mere nudity without sexual activity is unregulated by the state and left to local control. And up until recently, San Francisco’s only law around nudity was a ban on full nudity in public parks — a law written in the 1960s or ’70s in an effort to curb gay late-night trysts. Several years ago, several nudists noticed the loophole and became increasingly bolder in their nude walks through the City. Though these first occurred later an night, some nudists began to hang out during the daytime … Continue reading

Baloney returns to Oasis mid-September

Simon Palczynski and the cast of BALONEY at SF Oasis in San Francisco. Photo by Michael Phillis.

San Francisco’s long-running all-male burlesque troupe sfBoylesque now has some competition! We always knew that Heklina and D’Arcy Drollinger’s new SOMA club Oasis would be the perfect home for drag shows, including Heklina’s old Trannyshack that has been reincarnated as Mother. But we’re delighted to see that they’ve added several male burlesque shows to the line-up. One of them is Baloney, a tightly-choreographed male strip show by Michael Phillis and Rory Davis that’s heavily reminiscent of Broadway Bares’ story-driven burlesque fundraisers in New York City. Baloney has now released a hot new shower video that’s sort of a Youtube-only sequel to the … Continue reading

Get Wet – Mar. 29, 2015

Two guys wrestling in lube at the Powerhouse for Team Unpopular's lube wrestling AIDS LifeCycle fundraiser.

March 29, 2015 Last year, we reported on Team Unpopular’s lube wrestling fundraiser at the Powerhouse to raise money for their AIDS LifeCycle charity ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. This year they partnered with the Glamcocks (which I believe is a Burning Man group) to hold two “Get Wet” lube wrestling events at the Powerhouse. The first round was held in late March, with the winners proceeding to the finals that were held in late April. Many of the guys were in wrestling singlets, though some were in just jockstraps. Check out our photos from the March event … Continue reading

Boy Bar – Aug. 22, 2008

Go-go boys in red jockstraps at Boy Bar, the Friday night party at The Cafe in San Francisco.

August 22, 2008 Another Friday night at Boy Bar, Gus Presents‘ weekly party at The Cafe, the Castro’s largest gay bar. In between go-go sets, a spontaneous game of spin-the-bottle broke out at the lower pool table (which was then covered to provide a platform for the go-go boys, who dance for a half hour every hour on the hour, followed by a half-hour break). Lots of kissing, but sadly, it wasn’t a game of strip spin-the-bottle. Even so, fun! Note: we are experimenting with a new content delivery system for our photo galleries to address an issue that has … Continue reading

World Naked Bike Ride – April 2015

Riders gathered naked before the April 2015 edition of the World Naked Bike Ride in San Francisco.

April 18, 2015 Today San Franciscans bared all to participate in the annual Earth Day edition of the World Naked Bike Ride, which tends to be the smallest of the four WNBR events in the City. (The largest, which coincides with the Northern Hemisphere ride, is in June.) Riders typically gather behind the (currently dry) fountain at Justin Herman Plaza. For the first time, a park ranger actually shooed the riders away and made them congregate on the sidewalk of the Embarcadero. I’ve heard conflicting stories of why. One report said that a longtime San Francisco ordinance from the 1970s (or … Continue reading

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August 24, 2015 We might be out of the woods soon. We’ve settled on a company to host our photos externally in order to reduce the CPU strain on the company that hosts our website. Hopefully that will work! We’re in the slow process of migrating more than 300 galleries over there, one by one, and then embedding them back here. You can see which galleries have been completed here. June 23, 2015 We are in the process of experimenting with a new content delivery network to host our photo galleries externally. Please check out our gallery for Boy Bar … Continue reading