Ever been struck by kinky Cupid's arrow?
If you're like Fetish Factory's Danny Martinez, then the answer is yes.
"I met my fiancée, who happens to be one of the lead dancers, at a Fetish Factory party and it was love at first sight," Martinez endearingly recalls.
"We're just the beginning. There are so many couples, not flaky couples that are just banging, couples that have been together for years," he says. "So many relationships have been built from this scene, and it goes back to the fact that there's such a sense of family and community."
Aside from healthy coupledom, though, the Fetish Factory Valentine's Ball, making its Miami return at Grand Central on February 8, is all about passion, kink, dungeons, and lots and lots of latex.
"What it is really, you have a club environment with a very strong erotic presence that revolves around kink and fetish, and it kind of manifests itself in a way that allows you to make your dreams come true, as far as who you wanna be, what you wanna do, how you wanna act."
While every Fetish Factory party invites you to fulfill your fantasies and partake in the fetish lifestyle, Martinez says the V-Day bash embraces the most powerful of emotions.
"This theme is really interesting because it brings out a lot of different feelings, but ultimately, Valentines feels like there's love for everybody."
Since 1995, Fetish Factory has hosted erotic parties, from the Back to School bash and Cos-Kink to the collective's enormous anniversary weekend hotel takeover. But if you're an FF virgin, Martinez says the Valentine's Ball is a good introduction to the scene, as long as you bring an open mind.
"Everybody is very cheerful. All the other parties have a harsher sense of 'I'm here just to kink! Let's fucking do this! It's awesome!' But that's not the case at the Valentine's Ball.
"Since it's still a club, you have wild DJs and people are dancing like crazy. But at the same time, we have our dungeon that we install, so there's a good amount of play. Some people bring their toys, or you can sit back and have a drink at the bar."
Regardless of how you choose to kink it up, though, come dressed in your best latex, bondage, vinyl, glam, and gothic gear. Otherwise, just stay home.
"The strict dress code is incredibly important. It equalizes everybody. You're walking into a room where everybody is like you, so put some effort and don't let yourself down."
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And along with those fishnet stockings, leather corsets, and whips, don't forget to bring some "curiosity and a smile."
Because, as Martinez says, "No matter where you go, you can't escape the kink."
Fetish Factory Valentine's Ball. Saturday, February 8. Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The party starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $15 plus fees via fetishfactory.com. If you live in BroCo and don't wanna make the drive to and from Miami, jump on the party bus. Tickets cost $12.50 plus fees via fetishfactory.com. Ages 18 and up. Call 305-377-2277 or visit grandcentralmiami.com.