Balloons combine the touchy-feely and smelly power of latex with the excitment of growth, and the fear of explosions. Balloon fans may enjoy watching their partners orally inflate them, or they may want to pop the balloons in a variety of ways using other core kinks such as cigarettes or feet. Partner play can involve bouncing on large balloons.


Core Kink: Latex, Mouth
Major Theme: Growth, Metaphors of Arousal and Orgasm


Katharine Gates has been collecting niche erotica since 1992. Her publishing company Gates of Heck was known for offbeat collaborations with artists like Annie Sprinkle (Post-Porn Modernist Playing Cards, 7 Men Inside Katharine), Joe Coleman (The Book of Joe), Gary Panter (Facetasm) and Art Spiegelman (The Narrative Corpse.) The first edition of Deviant Desires was published in 2000 by Juno Books. In 2006, Gates curated the year-long exhibition KINK:Geography of the Erotic Imagination at Museum of Sex in New York City. She has appeared on countless TV documentary shows such as HBO's Real Sex, BBC, and Discovery Channel. Her kinkmap has been published in College Sexuality textbooks.

People Interviewed

The Baroness

Latex Fashion Impresario

The Baroness is a designer and producer of latex fashion. Her downtown New York fetish parties were legendary.

Buster Steve

Looner Community Celebrity

Buster Steve loves to manhandle, overinflate and pop large balloons.

Domina Elle

Balloon Play Dominatrix

Balloon event creatrix, balloon enthusiast and more.