The Twin Cities fetish scene unbridled

Mistress Bardot and friends take us on an erotic tour

"I love what I do. I hold a little secret that I carry around all day," Sybil confides. "I have this pretty girl character I can spring out on you at any time."

It all began at the age of 7 when he got his hands on Cosmo, and some of those old detective magazines with girls tied up on the cover. He imagined what it was like to be a woman, to dress like a woman, but didn't have the guts to make a first move.

It wasn't until that toasty Halloween evening in Boca Raton, Florida, at the age of 20, that he got his first taste. That began a lifelong obsession with satin, lace, corsets, stockings and garters, leather, and latex.

Dressing up in women's clothing was a different sensation than anything Sybil had ever experienced. Some compare this rush to a runner's high. Sybil doesn't need sexual release to have a good time.

"Bondage is about the sensations. I love the feel of being tied to something, my freedom being taken away—I give control over myself to someone I completely trust," Sybil explains. "It feels good to be wrapped up and kept. It feels like I am loved." 

Free Range Silicone

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"The most rewarding part of our job is knowing we are getting people off," Joshua exclaims, pouring iridescent pigments into the mold, his head cocked to the left as he inspects the flow of the silicone goo.

When John, Amy, and Joshua found each other, they realized that their collective fetish was a love for creating orgasms. And so their "synergistic interdisciplinary art practise," as they call it, began—crafting handmade silicone sex toys under the name Free Range Silicone.

Formally trained in sculpture, these young artists want to, as their tagline says, "help people get they fuck on 'mo betta."

Joshua looks up as he completes the top-secret process of sealing the psychedelic mixture into the mold and says, "The intensity of discomfort can be exciting, too. Like sharp bits of pain that linger out, and kinda sparkle at the finish."

John adds: "Pleasure is anything that makes you feel worth something."

Amy reaches for a bucket of recycled silicone materials and shuffles across the room to find the scissors. She returns to mix the unique shapes into a bold blue pigment she created. Joshua adds a scoop of cosmic neon colors. As the particles fold on top of one another, they settle into a tranquil harmony.

"It's like I birthed a baby from the molds," Amy says. "The process of creating something with your hands is erotic. This is my ultimate labor of love."

Specializing in custom fetish objects such as dildos, cock rings, masturbation sleeves, butt plugs, kinky finger puppets, and dental dams, Free Range Silicone believes that sex toys are essential to maintain a happy and healthy sex life.

But stimulating your senses isn't the only goal this threesome has on its collective minds. They also enjoy fostering the community's cultural growth by hosting workshops and encouraging discussion.

"You can't forget voyeurism is participation," John says. "So if you are going to just look and watch, you are, in essence, part of the kinky activity. And you are actually involved in kink whether you talk about it or not." 

Mistress Bardot

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The theater goes silent as Jean Bardot snaps back. She scans the mass of smiling faces from the stage and takes a bow to the roar of applause.

After seven months of intense planning, the Fetish Ball concludes, and the last guests are ushered out. For at least one evening, they enjoyed a space where they were accepted, free to be themselves, not judged or looked down upon.

"Everyone should be able to feel this loved," Bardot says.

Growing up in a conservative suburb of the Twin Cities, Jean Bardot found her place at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. From falling in love with latex to interning with Prince in his costume department, she always knew this was the work she loved.

Every time she covers her body in lube and slips into the soft latex, the tightness transforms her into an international fetish goddess. The feeling is still as exhilarating as the first time she put on a latex dress back in 1992 for a fashion show.

Mistress Bardot closes the door to her studio, plops down on the leopard-print chaise lounge, and lets out a euphoric cry.

"It was an amazing feeling," she explains of her sudden vocalization. "I didn't know what to do but let it all out!" 

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Jean isn't a fair representative of the Twin Cities Fetish Community. Its much more diverse and interesting than that. It's sad that the largest public venue for the fetish community, Ground Zero, isn't even mentioned in the article. This article wasn't about the Twin Cities fetish community at all but rather it was about Jean, a so-so photographer, and an inexperienced person who has done fetish modeling, and one of Jean's close cross-dressing friends.

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Nice article, Rebecca, and although I'm not a pro photographer, I liked your photos a lot, too. Dback, I looked at some of your photos and they helped me get sleepy, thanks.


Wow! Definitely not what I thought it was going to be based on the title. I enjoyed reading it! There are so many questions I have about the "community" though, will there be more articles on it? Great article, thanks for introducing the subject in a wonderfully insightful manner!


realTC, if you think Ground Zero needs to be mentioned in an article about twin cities kink, you are much more clueless than those you are tearing down with your negativity... And if you don't see that this positive portrayal of kink in the twin cities is good for the community (regardless of who is profiled), then you are totally missing the best part of this article and should keep your narrow mind focused somewhere else. Go argue with somebody about politics.


If you're interested, just go to events. The fetish crowd are friendly types who are happy to see new faces.