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Support Local Journalism. the Cleveland Scene Press Club. March 08, News » News Lead. Take a recent night at Tyr, the new goth and industrial club in Lakewood. In one corner, Mistress Madison, a Cleveland fetish clubs. dominatrix, whips a man's naked back before pouring hot wax on him. In another, a woman with platinum blond hair and a leopard-print top is tied onto a platform and spun upside down. In the recesses of the club, a medieval torture rack, a "foot worship throne," and other apparatuses stand ready for use.
Women dressed in black tow their boyfriends on chains attached to leather collars. This is "Torture" night, where fetishists, voyeurs, and exhibitionists indulge in spanking and light domination rituals. The rules here are simple: no penetration, masturbation, or oral sex, no nonconsensual groping, cameras, or drugs, and no bloodsport cutting one's skin. Everything else goes. There's a rumor circulating that rock musician Marilyn Manson, a Canton native who's made fetishwear popular, will show up with a few of his bandmates, as they're visiting a nearby city on tour.
They don't make it, but it doesn't really matter, because it's the event itself -- the first and only one so far at this club -- that's the draw for the vinyl- and leather-clad assemblage. Just over people are in attendance, including Randy, a web deer from Akron, wearing a sheer top over a G-string bikini and sporting a red sticker on his arm that re "pervert. Many Cleveland fetish clubs. share his idea of fun gravitate there for the circuit of clubs and stores catering to their tastes. Two Madison Avenue shops -- Chain Link Addiction and the Mission -- are the places to go for anyone into the fetish, goth, or industrial scenes.
Both carry news of upcoming events and stock the leather miniskirts, spiked collars, and handcuffs usually required for admission. A city of multiple identities, Lakewood has shown a notable tolerance for different lifestyles and interests, but for some in this West Side community, the fetish scene is taking things a little too far.
After the story ran, some people glommed on to the idea of club patrons being tortured. One woman called in to WMMS to report that there was a bed of nails at the club there wasn'tand by the end of the day, Fox 8 was sending reporters to Tyr and placing calls to TV Productions, the event's promoter, to see what the controversy was about.
Channel 8 depicted Tyr pronounced "teer" as a "bondage bar" and even filmed footage from the inside of Chain Link Addiction, making it look as if Tyr was selling fetishwear. Roth is troubled by the club's location on a quiet block of Madison Avenue. My concern is with the kinds of entertainment and making sure Cleveland fetish clubs. children are not present and drinks are not being served to people who are underage.
I didn't have to throw anybody out. The average age was 25 to We actually didn't have any underagers at all -- and an year-old isn'tanyway. They're of legal age. With the club's permanent liquor still pending, he says he's not willing to take a chance on anything that might endanger the club.
Larry Szyms, who works as a DJ at Tyr and was manning the turntables the night of "Torture," says that the club is susceptible to scrutiny because it opened less than a year ago.
At a recent hearing before the state liquor board, Lakewood Law Director Kevin Spellacy presented the city's objection to the transfer of the liquor Cleveland fetish clubs. It had little to do with "Torture. And between the time they started running this place and the time of the hearing, we've had a of calls regarding various things -- from fights to people who had warrants in there to loud music. We also did suggest that the type of establishment they want to run isn't cohesive with the neighborhood.
Not to sound prude, but it doesn't jibe with that type of behavior. It might be all right next to a truck stop. They have had "a of problems" with Cleveland fetish clubs. Chamber and the Phantasy, two industrial-and goth-oriented clubs on Detroit Avenue.
But "Torture," he says, is not suited to Lakewood. As far as that one evening goes, all was quiet. Tall and stocky, with a shaved head and tattoos on both forearms, Komlody works during the day as a substitute music teacher in Canton. He describes himself as "very religious" and says he isn't even that interested in the fetish scene.
His main focus, he says, is booking local goth and industrial bands and DJs. Basically, what I'm trying to accomplish with the club is giving the scene a nice place to come to. It's clean, it's air-conditioned, it's heated, and the bathrooms are pretty much immaculate.
I have a string of DJs who are first-rate. It has a nice dance floor, and there's no cheesy lights. I want it to be as classy as a gothic industrial bar can be. Its good schools, safe neighborhoods, and beautiful parks regularly get high marks in state and national surveys.
It has both an urban feel and a suburban feel. Judging from the relatively small attendance, she says, "It got more attention from the media than from a paying customer. TV Productions, a Lakewood-based company that promotes the biggest fetish balls in town, often hosts events at Metropolis, a club on the West Bank of the Flats. The fetish, goth, and industrial scenes in Cleveland are separate, but converge for fetish balls, where the music and fashion are combined into one event. The terms goth and industrial refer to particular types of music, while fetish is a broader category that suggests deviant sexual behavior and includes cross-dressers, voyeurs, and others simply into the look piercings and leather.
The scene in Cleveland has been strong since the late '80s and has grown remarkably in the last couple of years: It's comparable to just about any fetish scene in the country. Prior to starting Hellbomb, Lanza ran Nine Inch Nails' merchandising company for three years and toured with Marilyn Manson to film a concert documentary. It seems like there's no rules.
Cleveland being a conservative city, there's definitely rules. But there's definitely a big scene here, considering the size of the city. It's grown like crazy. In the '80s, Trent Reznor played at the Phantasy regularly, first with his band the Exotic Birds and then with Nine Inch Nails -- and it was then that Lakewood's reputation as a haven for alternative types was established. He now works as a publicist for Chicago-based Thrill Jockey Records.
You find all these kids who are really concerned with keeping up with fashion to make up for the fact that they live in Cleveland or something. When I was in high school in Middleburg Heights, I always thought that this is where it was. That's what attracted me to move here. I love it here, because it's a little neighborhood run like a big city.
Initially a punk clothing store stocking Doc Martens, leather jackets, black jeans, and punk hair dyes, Chain Link started to cater more to the fetish crowd when Viets took it over in and hosted in-store appearances by Marilyn Manson. Andrews, who now owns a vintage shop called Sea Monkeys, maintains that Madison Village isn't trying to cater only to the fetish scene. It's definitely alternative-type businesses that are countercultural and on the edge, however you want to look at it. At the same time, we're trying to develop more, so it's not just that.
We don't want to be pigeonholed as some kind of kids' hangout. We also have a lot of bicycle shops. In an article about TV Productions written for the January issue of Penthouselocal freelance writer Michael Seese quotes one patron who went to an early fetish ball at the west Cleveland club Euphoria and saw "three guys sitting on a couch and three girls kneeling before them, giving them blowjobs. But now, we're more familiar with the laws. At that time, we were just learning as we went along. Only the blood-red paint on the living-room walls suggests that they're not typical homemakers.
But they don't flaunt their fetishes and won't even divulge their particular turn-ons. That's very typical of a lot of the people who come and support us. As entertainment, a group of performance artists will hang from the ceiling by hooks pierced Cleveland fetish clubs. their skin. David Vidra, owner of the West Side store Body Works, will put a spear through his cheek in a reenactment of a Native American ritual that he says will provide him with "the experience of leaving my body. The Enigma has covered his body with tattoos so that it looks like a puzzle and has implanted small horns into his skull.
Katzen has tattooed herself like a tiger and has implanted whiskers on her face. But lately, the Mission has been offering some competition in the form of fetish-themed fashion shows called "The Bloodsucker's Ball" and "My Bloody Valentine.
You can wear clothing you wouldn't wear outside and do things you wouldn't normally do. It's a way to fulfill your fantasies, because you can go balls-out and everything. I love dressing up Cleveland fetish clubs. being as beautiful and sexy as possible. I revel in the contrast of my masculine anatomy in very feminine attire. They attract a "wide demographic" that includes people of all ages, backgrounds, and professions. We allow you to look how you want to look -- within Cleveland fetish clubs.
confines of our dress code. Places like this don't exist. Madison is bundled in a thick, black fur jacket that hides a black T-shirt that re "I do bad things," and Kaine, Madison's bodyguard and mentor for the last two years, is wearing a tight-fitting shirt that can barely contain his thick arms.
The two run a dungeon that they'll only say is located on "the West Side of Cleveland. Someone who's real and out there, and we do give that to them. Madison and Kaine have their limits, though -- they don't do scat defecation and urinationscarification, or "anything nauseating. People get tired of the common norm. It's the psychodrama, the anticipation, and the taboo that's appealing. He needs an escape, because he's not going to see his girlfriend or wife in high boots with a whip. It's just like an actor. You don't interrupt the moment. They will do lap dances, they'll even dress up in a clown suit to make a buck.
When you see Madison's website www. Like with everything else, when the scene becomes popular, there's less etiquette involved, and everyone in the world thinks they're a player in the game. Inside the hole in the box was a stubby cactus with a next to it that read "cacti erecti. In keeping with the fetish theme, the sisters hung black heart amulets in the shop and mounted a framed painting that Tina made -- a shapeless glob of paint around the words "Love is hahaha. Photographs by local artist Michael Timothy Sawyer depicted women in various stages of domination and submission.
There was a close-up of a woman's mouth about Cleveland fetish clubs. caress another woman's breast; another showed a naked woman with a chain wrapped around her neck and stretched to the ground, past her shaved pubic area; a third depicted a naked woman in thigh-high boots, standing atop an assortment of industrial pipes in an alleyway. The photographer himself was on hand at In a Bind, a bookstore on Madison that was also showing his work. This collection ranged from posed shots of naked women bound by thick ropes to candid images taken at local fetish balls.
Sawyer maintains that his art is erotic, but not pornographic. And the fact that the scene is concentrated in Lakewood means "people are more likely to get into it, because it's right here in their face. Lakewood has diversity, and it's eclectic. But shop owners have to work at not alienating other customers. In a Bind owner Toni Gentille has found it difficult to appeal to everyone without being offensive. When I opened my store, I was concerned about having a place where everybody could come.
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