Balloon fetish is rather new compared to many other fetishes. Latex party balloons hit the American market around the 1930s and foil balloons appeared in the 1970s. The first organization for looners was in 1976 and was called Ballloon Buddies and they’re still around to this day. A balloon fetish might not be something you’ve heard of, but it’s out there. Balloon fetishists are usually referred to as “looners”. Some fetishists love to pop balloons but others prefer to site on them or even lay on them.
Dynamic Sexual Symbols
Unlike other fetishes, many looners believe it’s not an acquired fetish. Usually, your love of balloon will be acquired during your period of sexual development of mid to late teens, but sometimes earlier or much later. During that time, they become a dynamic sexual symbol for the person, to get off with members of the opposite or same sex, or both. There are more men into it, but the number of women is growing.
The loonists are a community of a few thousand for those that like to be counted. Hundred are active in the community online. With clips stores on Clips4Sale and adult sites catching on, more people are learning about the fetish and it’s becoming more popular with established pornographers and photographers.
There is a long list of things looners enjoy about the balloons themselves. Here are a few of most popular ones:
- The suddenness or intensity of the pop
- The rounded shape of the balloon
- The way they inflate the balloon
- The actual fragile, delicate or light nature of balloons
- How tactile inflate latex is and how it feels on their skin
- The bright colors and transparency on an inflated balloon
- How balloons squeak and make other sounds when being inflated
- The oxidized rubber smell that balloons emit
- They remind us of happy times in our lives
Top POP or Not to POP
There are two types of looners—poppers and non-poppers. Poppers will explore different methods of popping to find out what gets them off. Most people do B2P, sitpopping, riding, squeezing, and/or stomping. Some will stomp or pop balloons with cigarettes or long fingernails. Non-poppers obviously enjoy not popping their balloons. They will inflate a balloon as big as they can (without popping it). Many get off on the tactile and sensual sides of balloons by riding, squeezing or stuffing them. The reason they don’t pop is that they see it as a waste or they have an actual phobia of popping. There’s no rivalry between the two schools of balloon fetishes—the looners are a very welcoming community and quite tight knit.
Choices, Choices… Lots of Choices
Of course, there are many types of balloons. Fetishists tend to prefer larger more rounded, large zeppelin or airship-shaped balloons with 16 to 36-inches balloons being the most popular. And, some looners even imagine themselves having sex on a huge airship-like balloon. Poppers like larger balloons that pop loudly (or bang) with lots of color and surface area.
You might wonder how balloons and sex mix. They are involved in sexual activities, but not always necessary for arousal and can have pleasurable sex without them. Many looners don’t like when people call their love of balloons a fetish, since they don’t necessarily need them to get off. They prefer the term paraphilia, which is an abnormal sexual desire typically involving extreme activities.
Inflatables is an interest that is shared by looners, especially when it comes to vinyl inflatables and beach balls. Some looners prefer them over actual balloons.
Most balloons are inflated by lung power and it also makes it more intimate. With larger balloons that are physically hard to inflate, electric inflators or pumps are used.