We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Black Thorn is a beautiful, welcoming, well-equipped dungeon located in the lovely Lake Merritt area of Oakland in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Featuring five themed rooms and over twelve play stations, as well as offering safe, high quality equipment, Black Thorn is able to accommodate a diverse array of fetish interests, and lends a luxurious atmosphere to any private party or play date.
Black Thorn is also welcoming to photographers and videographers looking for a well furnished, elegant fetish photography studio or dramatic BDSM themed set design.
Other offerings include free parking, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, hardwood floors, well-appointed furnishings, dimmable lighting, heating, and AirPlay speakers for music in every room.
Black Thorn is available for private rental to artists, couples or groups seeking to refine their skills and explore unconventional relationships in a clean and safe environment.
Monthly gatherings are hosted at Black Thorn. If you’d like to be kept informed of these exciting happenings, please join the mailing list.
Read more about our new play space, Sacred Muse!
Please note that no illegal activities are allowed on premises, and all play is safe, sane, and consensual between adults of legal age.
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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become.
Dreams are necessary to life.
The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.