Mitch: Free & Fair

Mitch. Faces of the Festival 2017. Steven Meckler photo

I run the biggest fetish event in the state, in Phoenix. We have 1,000 people every October. I’ve been doing it for 12 years. We bring together communities of all disparate factions—Goth, industrial, punk, leather, latex, fem dom, domination, bondage, everything—into one building up in Phoenix. We used to do it down in Tucson at Hotel Congress, which was amazing, ’cause you have the staircase that comes down, it’s just so regal, Disney-like even, it’s just beautiful. I love coming to Tucson because it’s not Phoenix. I love it because it gives me a brief pause from the rest of the world. Tucson, as I’ve always said, is the little blue dot in our state. I love it because it’s so free and fair and everyone here is wearing something unique. The clothing is incredibly diverse and from a fetish perspective I find that very appealing because there’s so many diverse people.

-Mitch