"Sadomasochism has always been the furthest reach of the sexual experience: when sex becomes most purely sexual, that is, severed from personhood, from relationships, from love. Never before was the relation of masters and slaves so consciously aestheticised. The color is black, the material is leather, the seduction is beauty, the justification is honesty, the aim is ecstasy, the fantasy is death." - Susan Sontag

I thank Depeche Mode for twisting my mind around the age of four or five. I thank the creators of films like "Cruising" and artists like Tom Of Finland for inventing the world that we, the current generation of kinksters, enjoy.

Now the generations born in the 70s and 80s are in the driving seat and where we take fetish now is our own decision and one we will have to live with.

In recent years life has become duller than ever. Cities that were once renowned for their danger have had their sharp edges smoothed over, lifestyles once considered outré are now legitimate choices, and clothing that once would have you arrested are now mainstream fashion.

It is more important than ever now to create kinky art and push it further than we thought imaginable. It is an outlet of frustration in a boring, planned world. Fetish art must find new taboos to break, new rules to disobey and new excitement to be discovered. 

I started working as a leather escort at 22 years old. At that time, not many young kids were domming, and my mind was still young, getting warped quickly by exposure to fantasies of death, suffering, humiliation, exhibition and voyeurism. 

Years of kinky prostitution changed my life for the better. I now know there are human relationships beyond the norm. These are dark alliances, formed purely by a basic need to fulfil a primal urge that no amount of shopping malls and coffee shop chains can break. 

"It's a lot like life
And that's what's appealing
If you despise that throwaway feeling
From disposable fun 
Then this is the one"

- Depeche Mode, Master and Servant

I will now explore this in my work as a photographer and videographer, and I hope you'll follow me on my journey of taboo breaking, shocking, and hopefully one day, direct confrontation with those who seek to sanitise our thoughts.

I love leather, always have. Therefore, wherever possible, the characters in my scenarios will wear leather. Leather in my view accentuates animal sexuality, it is powerful and transformative, it's subversive if worn head to toe, it can make you look dominant or submissive, and it smells and sounds beautiful. 

In addition to leather, other symbols of ostracised masculinity appeal to me. The chav (bogan, hillbilly) look, which marks you as an outsider, is incredibly powerful, associated as it is with crime, dysfunctional sexuality and disorder. I will try and explore as many of these new trends as possible and mix them with the old styles.

The next phase of fetish has arrived.

Matt Spike


  • September 2013: Strand Gallery
  • February 2014: Fetish Pride Italy
  • March 2014: Dirty Show, Detroit
  • March 2014: Toronto

Published Work

  • QX - 2009 - Act Art Feature
  • Boyz- 2012 (June) - Front cover artwork
  • QX Men - 2012 - March
  • Adam Magazine - July 2012
  • Agenda Q magazine - December 2013
  • Boner Magazine - January 2014
  • Meat Magazine - January 2014