Last year we were excited to catch up with Club RUB founder, dominatrix Miss Kim. And, as London begins to open up, we thought it was the perfect time to delve into the flyers for the Club, and look at the illustrations Vince Ray designed.
Miss Kim would work closely with two creatives each year on designing the Club’s flyers, who would be illustrators, artists, photographers, or a combination of both.
Each of the flyers would be perforated so you could keep the information about the Club RUB event and then use the illustration as a postcard.
Vince Ray was just one of the artists Miss Kim commissioned, with his illustration work often having a retro edge. Ray also works in the music industry, having customised guitars for companies like Fender, and even has his own line of guitar strings.
Browse through some of his illustrations below, which we hold as part of the Club RUB Archive:
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The history of Club RUB
Club RUB was a fetish club run by dominatrix Miss Kim for over 21 years.
As a vital part of the fetish scene, the club hosted themed nights, including pirates and Alice in Wonderland. Regular DJs at the club included Irish Pete and Rob Parish, and Boy George even made an appearance for a Christmas show.
We're honoured to be home to the Club RUB Archive, and recently caught up with Miss Kim about stories from this collection and how it came to be housed at the Institute.
Meet Vince Ray
Vince Ray is a UK based artist and musician, with his illustrations bringing together lowbrow artwork and Rock N Roll. His striking images often include vamp-ish women, flaming hotrods, skulls, valentines, and guitars.
Having received a BA in Fine Art Printmaking, Ray draws his inspiration from retro graphic styles, tattoos, and old horror comics. A lot of his illustrations begin as a black and white line drawing, before bringing the image together on the computer using Photoshop.
Are you looking to learn more about the UK Leather and Fetish Archive?
The UK Leather and Fetish Archive is dedicated to documenting and celebrating the history and heritage of the leather, rubber, kink, BDSM, and fetish community in the UK.
It started in 2016 with the deposit of the records of numerous gay/bi male UK leather clubs and has since expanded to hold the archives of organisations, clubs and individuals of all sexualities, gender identities, and kink persuasions. We also hold an extensive collection of books, pamphlets and magazines documenting UK fetish history from the early 1900s to the present day.