It’s hard to change old deep settled thoughts and cliches especially when it comes down to sexual taboos. Revolutionary vision has to break the barrier of impeding societal constructs. Allowing men to feel okay about having sex toys is one of the tougher challenges, but today we interviewed two young guys form Berlin who are up to the task.
How did you guys come up with the idea for the Ussy?
Thomas: Well, I was working at a place that makes prototypes for other companies out of silicone and its always been a dream of mine to have my own product. I realized that there were lots of sex toys for men on the market but that they all seemed to be marketed to perverts, hyper-realistic molds of porn-star vaginas, or silly gags, and the majority of them are made out of crappy material. So I thought that if I could come up with a nice design I could provide something that a lot of people appreciate.
How did you meet each other?
Michael: I was actually staying in the room right next to Thomas in Buttmanstrasse in some kind of crisis after breaking up with my girlfriend. One afternoon I asked him, “What should I do with my life?” Thomas replied, “Well I’ve been wanting to come up with a nice design for a male sex toy for a while now, maybe you can do it?” That night I drew up a bunch of designs and the next day I went out and bought 8 kilos of clay and went to it. I made some miniatures of my favorite drawings but it was somehow clear from the beginning for me how it should look.
What makes it different from other sextoys?
Michael: Well, Its abstract, beautiful, stylish, not objectifying, and made out of high quality silicone that is super easy to clean . Functionally, one of the big differences is that you squeeze it to make it as tight as you want. It’s soft and easy for anyone to hold. You can cover its breathing hole to make suction and it has spreadable lips that massage with your movement. Hold it from the top, the bottom, with one hand or two, and turn it in every direction. Every position will lead to a new sensation. You can also have it in any color you would like.
How did you choose the material?
Thomas: If you re looking for high quality and safe material which you should actually expect from a sex toy, silicone cured by a platinum catalyst is the only way to go. But, we still had to find the perfect softness with our high safety standards in mind, and it had to be able to be molded in a vacuum chamber. After years of testing different silicones we found the perfect solution. It is so safe that The Ussy is certified and it is the only product that I know of on the market that has its own insurance.
What were the ideas behind the way it looks?
Michael: I wanted to make something easy to hold that looked like a modern sculpture and had seducing power from the shape and curves alone. An elegant abstract work of art that you can stick your penis in, and when you do it should feel as good as it looks. I wanted it to be unique and complex but appear simple, and I wanted to allow the user to be able to improvise and play with it. The creative process definitely had its hand in materializing things that I didn’t think of when I first started out, so I guess it ended up exceeding my expectations.
How did you come up with the packaging?
Thomas: The Ussy comes cleaned in a food neutral plastic bag which is slightly vacuumed and sealed so our customers are able to see and feel the product before breaking the hygienic seal. We are against packaging with excessive material that will be seen once and thrown away. Of course the Ussy gets shipped very discrete in a cardboard box sent by a private address. If it has to cross boarders the Ussy will be declared as silicone product.
How much does it cost?
Thomas: It cost 149 Euros and it will last a lifetime if it is properly cared for. This is because of the high quality silicone. With other toys the material hardens or gets sticky in as little as three months. Inserts need to be replaced, or you need to use chemicals to make them soft again. Cheap material can also have dangerous substances inside that are bad for your skin. The Ussy will be as versatile as it was when you first bought it forever.