They say when in Rome but I doubt Romans whipped their slaves to heighten their sensual pleasures. Plus I am sure the last thing you’d want to see after beating your laborers is them crumbling to the floor from an orgasmic coma. It’d be pretty counterproductive and smoke breaks would occur every 10 to 15 minutes.
In my 7 years living in San Francisco, I have never attended the Folsom Street Fair and mostly cause I just never had to. It’s a day that proves as an excuse to let all your inner sexual ambitions out for the public to see. I’ve always heard of the urban myths that proceed it whether it be the public blow jobs, cane-like whipping seminars and the countless of nude bear-like men, but I just had to go to say I went before I inevitably move out of this city for good. Plus figuratively speaking, this is top notch street porn for any photographer enthusiast. I only wish I had taken more photos.
I stayed near the main stage area where mostly women were on display. I was even asked by the MC hosting the BDM talent show if I was a “religious fuck that got my jollies off of taking pictures of fags hags and dike queens!“. I shook my head in puzzlement and just told him that “I just like taking pictures bro” and then he told me to “fuck off and masturbate to President Bush portrait“. I am lover not a fighter, so I shielded the rest of his sounds with my sunglasses and quietly told him to eat a dick while chewing my gum.
In a way I get where that guy was coming from. Folsom Fair has fallen victim to the same issues as Gay Pride. Rather than promoting general awareness of the lifestyle, the day has become more of a spectacle for culture vultures to partake in. Though the intent is harmless, true followers would rather keep it core to the people would represent it properly.
So remember that next time when sticking rubber ball in your partner’s mouth. When you whip them, do it with some sort of conviction! You’d make your leather clad masses very proud.
I honestly have never done this prior to the release of this shoe (the low top version). Many have done it even though I’ve despised the approach. Camping out for any shoe just seemed insane at the time, but the Diamond Dunk SB just had everyone in a frenzy. With the rumors of it only having 4,000 in existence, it gave most people a sense of urgency to try and lock a pair up. I called my boy Robby and we both drove out to HUF SF to join rank with about 15 people already in line at about 9pm. I had a hoody, my boy had his skateboard and the rest just all sat there entertaining themselves on the sidewalk waiting for the shop to open at 11am the next day. This is how I learned to know of Nick Tershay and his company Diamond Supply Co, and this is how many passersby learned that Asian American Idol auditions were being hosted in a small shop above the Tenderloin. And I thought we were the dumbasses.
It’s been about 10 years since that day and believe it or not, I still have that lone pair in my closet which is now posing as a relic of my immaturity in my 20s. Nike SB still continues their onslaught in the skateboard industry and Diamond, once only being a skateboard bolt company, is now one of the leading streetwear giants of today. The recently opened up their new flagship store in San Francisco and The Hundreds sent me there to go check out what’s good.
From first impressions, this place is fucking nice. You can easily forget you are in an independent store as things are very reminiscent of any high end shop in downtown SF. Amber wood paneled floors, glass casings, lighting in each and every direction and all showcasing Diamond’s latest garments and accessories for the season.
Speaking of relics, this is a little piece of San Francisco history. This is an actual EMB block which is from a skate spot in SF that spawned the careers of legends Mike Carroll, Jovontae Turner, Henry Sanchez and James Kelch to name a few.
There’s a little resurgence back in the Haight St. area which used to be the sole area to get anything streetwear back in my days (think Fairfax for Nor Cal). The Diamond store is definitely a mandatory stop when you’re in my city.
Diamond Supply Co.
1560 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117