The interview section of my blog features different people from the looner scene and gives some information on their background, their work, experiences and opinions.

Interview with the balloon manufacturer CATTEX

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– Danilo Catallo from CATTEX gives us a short insight in the family business – 

When you think of CATTEX what comes to your mind? I immediately think of unique figure balloons, huge giant balloons, tons of printing motives and Italy. But I´m sure there are much more things to learn about this successful family business. Danilo Catallo is part of it and answered me some questions exclusively for LOONERS UNITED. Thank you Danilo for letting us take an insight look in your work and life, enjoy reading it!

I would like to know some personal details about you, like: Where are you from? Age? Job title?

My name is Danilo Catallo, I am 31 years old and I’m from Italy. My job title is printing manager, quality supervisor, and color designer.

Tell us something about your family business! How and when did everything start? What is your philosophy?

My philosophy is: “always to do better“!

CATTEX produces natural rubber balloons since 1964 and what started off as a craft business became an industry in 1987.

Over the years production has increased considerably. The needs of a constantly expanding market and the demand for new products have helped to improve the quality of our balloons. In 1993 machinery installed was entirely run by computers and during the same period, the company began working with plastic materials and the production of articles for medical use. In 2001 CATTEX  built a new factory and renewed all its machinery.

Thanks to continuous investments, CATTEX was able to grow and become an important industry leader.

The continuous development and research of manufacturing techniques and state of the arts printing quality have elevated CATTEX to be one of the leading companies in Europe and our balloons fly in the skies all over the world. Today CATTEX offers a complete range of products and accessories in over 75 different colors. CATTEX has the ability to print on two sides from 1 to 8 colors,CMYK, CMYK + white, up to 3 colors all-around and giant balloons up to 6 colors.

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Did you always wanted to work at your family´s business? How many family members are actually involved in it?

Yes, I always wanted to work in my family business, since I was a little boy. Eleven family members work in the family business.

What exactly does your job look like and what do you like most about it?

I´m in production and my favorite part of the job is “selling the product” ;).

What do you like about Balloons and do you have a favorite one?

I love everything about balloons and my favorite is the next one. This is a saying because all of our balloons are my favorite ones.

What is the idea behind your giant figure shaped balloons and what are they usually used for?

The idea was to make balloons that were massive to distinguish us from the competition. The giant balloons have many uses from compositions to looners so forth and so on.

Are you and your company aware of the looner scene and what is your opinion about it?

Yes, we are. We appreciate that our product is giving so many looners, so much pleasure!

Can we look forward to some cool new balloons from CATTEX in the near future?

We are always researching new ideas for balloons. We invest heavily into this area of the business as we think this is the most important part to give us competitive advantage.

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Interview with the producer of the looner studio Italoon

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– Ciao bella! An Italian institution for looner clips –

Can you please introduce yourself?

My name is Andrea Bini ( a male name in Italy), I’m 46 years old and I live in Livorno, in Tuscany, Italy. I’m a self-employed electrical installer and I have a wife. Together we live in the same house but we are in fact separated.

Are you a Looner?

Yes I’m a looner (popper)

How did you discover this fetish for yourself?

When I was a child I was scared about the balloons popping noises. I guess it’s because of a big explosion caused by a firework bomb launched from someone outside and entering the window of my bedroom in the 31 December 1973 that burned a part of the room. Well, this fear is gradually involved in the excitement of watching females who are playing and popping balloons.

Does your partner know about this and your local community like family and friends? How did they react?

Yes, my wife knows, my family not properly but they suspect something.

What exactly do you like most about a balloon?

Women who love popping balloons make me crazy, but I don’t use balloons during sex.

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Which is your favorite balloon?

I especially love helium bouquets.

How would you describe the looner community?

The looner community is my second family and an essential part of my life!

What was your craziest, nicest or most interesting experience with a balloon?

Years ago, before I started to produce balloon clips, I found myself in the company of a girl who was part of the group of my friends. She started to inflate balloons to decorate the house for a New Year’s Eve celebration. Well, she liked to make some burst by overinflation and even stomping balloons on the floor while we were preparing them for the party. She didn´t suspect me having this fetish and it was a great day.

Do have other sexual preferences?

My fetish is about balloons, inflatables popping and fireworks lighting by women.

What is the name of your clip store?

My Clips4Sale store number is 47601 and it´s called „Italian balloon girls“.

When and how did you start to make clips?

13 years ago I asked my neighbor Daniela if she can help me popping balloons for a site that I wanted to start. I explained her everything about the balloon fetish and then she said „YES“. So I designed the first web page of italoon.org and we filmed like 20 outdoor clips to start. This was the beginning of a long story…

Do you just produce looner clips or also clips for other areas?

I produce clips with balloons, pool toys, and fireworks.

Who are your models?

I worked with over 40 models since I started in December 2002. At the moment I work with 15 models. Most of my balloon girls are also models for other photographers and a few of them are sexy porn stars.

Where is the limit or how far would your models go?

It depends, some of them make dressed clips, some bare clips and a few erotic clips like women kiss, hug or lick each other. I don’t make masturbation or male/female porn clips.

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Does your partner knows about your work and your local community like family and friends? How do they handle it?

My ex-wife is not happy about it, but she knows. My family and friends don’t know about it.

Do you have a member pay site or is it also possible to buy just a single clip?

I’ve got a member pay site www.italoon.org and a specific version for mobile/tablet www.andrea918.wix.com/italoon

What are your prices?

The prices are similar to other balloon websites: 30 days membership for €23 then €21 recurring and special discounts for 60 and 90 days subscriptions. I also accept balloon orders instead of payment if someone wants to join but don’t have a credit card.

What is the average time of a clip and how long does it take to produce it?

I produce clips which can have a length up from 5 minutes to 20 minutes and full movies in DVD/DiVX 60/90 minutes long. I spend a lot of time to edit the clips with attention before I put them online.

How do you handle customer requests?

I listen to every request and if it’s possible I try to satisfy everyone. But I only do custom clips if the model requested agrees with the content of the customer´s request.

What are the most favorite topics?

I love topics which describe real life experiences/situations with balloons, especially if they are unexpected.

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Video interview with custom fetish model Paige Erin Turner

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– Southern state charm with the BALLOON ANGELS – 

Today I present you BALLOON ANGELS, a custom studio from the USA. David, the photographer and editor, was so kind to interview Paige Erin Turner for us, who is a popular looner and fetish model. But now comes the really great thing: it´s not just a written interview, David also made a short videoclip!

David, thank you very much! Could you first tell us some hard facts about you and your work?

Balloon Angels was founded around 2007 by balloon and wrestling model Tara Bush. During the early years Tara was the main model working for Balloon Angels with me serving as her primary photographer/editor. Over the years multiple models have joined Tara in working with Balloon Angels and most of them continue to do so to this day. Tara still works behind the scenes as an advisor and periodically still provides custom balloon shoots for long time fans. I provide most of the videography and editing for Balloon Angels and serves as the project manager for most sets. Each of the models however also produce balloon material outside of Balloon Angels.

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In general the Balloon Angel models are both highly experienced in working with balloons and enjoy what they do as well. Included in the Balloon Angel’s stable of models are Kobe Lee, Galas, Paige Erin Turner, Jacquelyn Velvets and other guest stars who appear from time to time. Often the models are heavily involved in building sets, communicating with fans and offering their own creative input into their productions.

When working under the Balloon Angel umbrella most efforts are focused on custom requests and shoots specifically designed for a particular fan. This enables the girls to concentrate of fulfilling a particular fantasy for an individual and making the experience personal in nature.

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During shoots the girls may also produce clips for their own web site or clips4sale offerings. Shoots generally take place in studios in the Atlanta area, but at times they also take place on locations throughout the US. Depending on demand, shoots may last for hours or even over the course of several days.

Paige has been heavily involved with Balloon Angels for over five years and is one of their more popular models. Bringing a fun, country fresh attitude to the set has been her trademark over the years. Highly popular with her fans, she is heavily involved in contributing her ideas to custom shoots and introducing her own personality to everything from building sets to how she performs in front of the camera. In addition to using the studios in Atlanta, Paige also offers her Tennessee country home as a backdrop to many of her sets.

That´s where we are today, but get to know more in the interview with Paige now!

Transcription of the interview:

Paige, tell us a little about yourself and how you began working with balloons.

Hi. I’m Paige Erin Turner and I’ve been building this beautiful set with these BALLOONS UNITED balloons. They’re so pretty. I love this purple color. And I just wanted to tell you a little about myself. I’m from Tennessee and I first did my very first balloon shoot probably like about eight years ago. It’s been a while. And I did a few balloon shoots initially and then…I do a lot of request work so I didn’t get balloon requests for a while and then suddenly about two years ago I started getting so many balloon requests. I was very happy about it. So I’ve done a lot of balloon stuff since then.

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So what do you like the most about shooting with balloons?

It’s just so fun. Like it’s like the balloons are happy and bright and colorful and I just get to laugh and giggle and be silly and enjoy myself!

How do your friends and family react when you tell them what you’re doing?

Well, there are really like two reactions. Some people are like oh wow that sounds like fun ya know. That’s different but it sounds like fun. Other people are like hmmmmm is that a thing. Like what do you do with…….why??? So people are like mostly confused or they’re like oh that’s cool.

How would you describe your interactions with the balloon community?

They have all been really nice. Like they’re very friendly. Very nice people. Ya know. And it’s interesting. I find it very interesting how passionate everyone is. I think it’s great ya know that everybody is really into this. So yeah, it’s cool.

What are some of your craziest experiences on a balloon shoot?

Well today it’s been really windy so it’s been interesting like trying to control and corral the balloons while we’re shooting outside. But one of my earlier balloon shoots I was shooting for Dave for Balloon Angels and I walked down into the basement. We were going to do sets down there and it was all set up and I was blown away. I had never seen … it was like floor to ceiling balloons. I had never seen so many balloons in my entire life. I was totally blown away. And there were huge ones. There were like five foot balloons down there. Like I had to get my phone and like I had to take pictures of this. This is crazy. This is amazing!

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Tell us about your clips for sale store.

Its Clips For Sale store number 69103 and it’s called Paige’s Fetish Variety Show. And the kind of name tells you there is not just one thing. It’s a good bit of variety. There is a lot of balloon stuff cause like I said I’ve been getting a lot of balloon request the past couple of years. So yay for that!! But it also is, ya know, there are ideas and requests people send in, custom orders and then things that I think hey, this might be interesting.

Do you have a limit of what you will or won’t do?

Uh, I don’t do like any boy-girl sexual work. Just not my thing. Um and I don’t do things like I don’t do smoking. I know smoking is very popular but I’ve never been a smoker. I’m just not good at it. And so it’s like…yuk.

So if someone wanted a custom request from you what would they do?

It kind of depends on . If it’s a balloon request honestly the best thing to do is to get in touch with me through Balloon Angels because we work together a lot and Dave knows a lot of logistics about shooting balloon stuff. If it’s anything else you can email me at paigeerinturner@outlook.com and that’s the best way to get in touch with me.

Would you consider yourself a popper or a non-popper?

So as to whether I’m a popper or a non-popper, it’s kinda hard to say.  I mean I love balloons. They’re so fun to play with and to just like hug and squeeze and play with. They’re so pretty.  And sometimes after a balloon shoot, a stray balloon will just float around my house for weeks just there being happy.   

But, the popping….it can be fun too. I like to do it playfully, though. Like I don’t like being mean about the popping.    We’re all playing together. It’s fun popping.

What’s Your Favorite Kind of Balloon?

Well, like I said I really love the fact that there are bright, pretty colors and they look like pretty jewels or something and like the bigger ones like 16 or 18 inch something like that. Those are nice and yeah and they’re happy.

What’s your favorite method of popping?

Oooh. I think I like squeeze pops the most. Cause like you really get your hands on it there you know and it’s like you can draw it out.

What was one of your most fun shoots?

Ooohh. We did this one set where I got to wear a Belle costume like from the movie. I love costumes they’re so much fun. And so I got to do this whole setup, it was a really pretty set like helium balloons and everything. It was really pretty and then at the end, we did a big balloon drop and that was a lot of fun. The balloons were coming down. That was cool. I liked it. And it was fun to come and do the whole set up beforehand

Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?

I would just like to say thank you because it’s so much fun. The balloon shoots  I really love them. And it’s all because of you that I get to do these things and play with all these huge beautiful sets and all these different kinds of balloons! And then, you know, on top of that ya’ll have such nice comments on line and leave such nice notes and reviews and everything and I really appreciate it so much! I love that you enjoy the work that we do and I love, you know, bringing your fantasies to life. I love being able to do that and so, yeah, just definitely keep it coming.

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Interview with looner girl Oxana

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– From Russia with love – 

Can you please introduce yourself?

My name is Oxana Efremova, I’m from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Occupation – medical ward nurse. Married.

Are you a Looner?

I don’t know if I can call myself a looner or not. Just like you Maggy, I don’t have “inherent” fetish for balloons. However, I love balloons and assume that playing with them is arousing.

How did you discover this fetish for yourself?

I discovered it from my husband Valentin. In that time we were not married yet but had been dating for five years or so. I had no clue that he had some special sexual preferences. One evening we were laying on the couch and Val said: “Do you want to know my biggest secret?” Of course, I said yes 🙂 And he said: “I have a fetish for balloons”.

Fist I didn’t believe him. I thought it was a joke and there was no fetish like that 🙂 But next day he showed me looner videos, our local looner community in VK (he appeared to be a prominent member of it)…wow, it was such a revelation. I was shocked, in a good way, because I was introduced to a huge part of my beloved one’s life I hadn’t known before…and I found it amazing ’cause I was always curious about kinky things that make people excited. Some of them may be disgusting, but balloons and inflatables…I guess it’s the most lovely, innocent and cute fetish in the world :)) I fall in love with it at the first sight.

Next day I asked Val to get the largest balloon available. And that’s it 🙂

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Does your local community like family and friends know about it? How did they react?

I keep it in private. The only one who knows (except Val) is my twin sister. I know her very well and I was 100% sure that won’t judge me.

What exactly do you like most about a balloon?

Oh, I thought about this a lot so my answer is complicated 🙂 The best thing about balloons is their latent and metaphorical sexuality that can only be seen from the right angle. Expanding balloon is like ongoing excitement of sex, squeaky sounds are like passionate breath of your lover… and of course the burst is like orgasm. You can be tender with the loon and have a long play with it even without popping or you may go crazy and have insane popping session. Just like sex 🙂

Well actually it took time (and dozens of balloons) to realize that sensual side of balloons. Of course physical sences came first – the touch of tight surface, the pleasure of sitting on a balloon that is ready to burst under you…I also love the scent of latex. Not all, some balloons smells like chimney. But the scent of GL’s or Olympics is sooo great…I’d love to make a perfume with this odour 🙂

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Which is your favorite balloon?

I love big bouncy balloons and the ones with the big necks. I guess Giant Dolls, RCR 20×32” and Cattex 32” Longnecks are the best ever!

How would you describe the looner community?

In short – 90% passive and reserved observers, 9% active public members and 1% brainless guys who send you pics of their dicks over balloons.

What was your craziest, nicest or most interesting experience with a balloon?

The most interesting experience – cooperative shootings with Alissa and her girls. We should definitely do it one more time.

The nicest one – meeting my fan in Greece who brought me 100 helium filled balloons 🙂 They hardly fit my room but it was very pleasant.

The craziest experience is to private to share 😉

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Do have other sexual preferences?

Vinyl toys / Inflatables

What is the name of your clip store?

ExoticLoonz

When and how did you start to make clips?

We shot our first clip in late 2012. We used to make several photo shoots with balloons before but it was the first balloon video. I felt soooo stupid and clumsy…but then I got huge positive feedback and it inspired me to shoot more.

Do you just produce looner clips or also clips for other areas?

I also shoot clips with inflatables and plastic bags. Sure, it’s much better for business to make clips for many types of sexual preferences…but it’s just boring for me. I have several clips about foot fetish and object crush but it’s mostly for fun.

Where is your personal limit or how far would you go?

My rules are simple – no nudity, no vulgarity, and covered eyes. And I never shoot anything that I find humiliating.

Do you have a member pay site or is it also possible to buy just a single clip?

I don’t have pay site and I don’t want to run it. Since shooting clips is my hobby and art I don’t want to be obliged to make 2 updates a week or something like that. It kills all the pleasure. I used to have a Clips4Sale store but I closed it too. People can get any clip directly from me and pay via PayPal or get a wholesale clip lot in my Ebay store.

How are your prices?

Talking about money is boring.

That is the average time of a clip and how long does it take to produce it?

I don’t know the average time of my clips. Seriously, I don’t care how long or short it will be – it all depends on action. The clip should be exciting till the last second, running time is not the point. Some clips are shot in 1 hour, some take several days for planning, obtaining outfit and accessories, setting, shooting, editing etc. We usually shoot 1-2 clips per session.

How do you handle customer requests?

I do take requests but I’m very picky about them. If I find a request amusing, fitting my rules and if I have time for that I take it. But actually, it’s less than 5% of all incoming requests.

What are the most favorite topics?

Blowing to pop is the most popular topic. But when people ask for custom clip they request something special that they like most – outfit, shooting style etc.

What was your craziest experience in this context?

I receive a lot of crazy requests, most of them are not even related to balloon fetish. Something like to learn to play trombone and make a clip playing guy’s favorite song. He was ready to pay for the lessons and the instrument. Or to make a clip about stuck between couch pillows and waving dirty bare feet during it …omg.

Thank you for the interview and keep enjoying your balloons!

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Interview with looner girl Angel Daily

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– The looner girl from Brazil –

Can you please introduce yourself?

Hi, I am Angel Daily, I´m 22 years old, work at a candy store and maybe it’s hard to imagine but I´m single. I live in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I´m a girl who likes to play video games, animes, cosplay, dancing…. and a woman who knows what she wants….

Are you a Looner?

Yes, I am. I love balloons since I was young. It took a lot of time to understand what I feel and to say that I´m proud of being a Looner!

How did you discover this fetish for yourself?

Well, everything started when I was just a kid. Balloons are something that fascinated me and at the same time, they made me very afraid. So when I was a teenager (13-14 years old) I started to try to lose my fear of balloons by popping small 9″ balloons, but one day I felt one strange itch … you can imagine what happened after this…

Did your former partner know about this and your local community like family and friends? How did they react?

I’m single now, but I tried to tell this to my ex-boyfriend… and he didn`t accept it very well, men are usually not very understandable with women’s desires. But one day I will find someone who will understand and accept this. At the moment only a few friends know about this, but they weren’t surprised because I’ve always been pretty childish with my balloons and teddy bears.

What exactly do you like most about a balloon?

This is not easy to say… I like so many things. But I love the touch, the smell, the colors and the noise that a balloon makes when I scratch it with my nails.

Which is your favorite balloon?

I have tried a lot of balloons but now my favorite balloon is the 40″ Brazilian balloon because it is so soft and strong.

How would you describe the looner community?

Very open. They always try to help everyone and I´ve made really good friends here.

What was your craziest, nicest or most interesting experience with a balloon?

I did a Blow-To-pop with a huge 24″ balloon in public with a lot of people watching me!

Do have other sexual preferences?

I’m bisexual … so beautiful girls can turn me on.

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What is the name of your clip store?

Hotlooners” – clips4sale.com/80267

When and how did you start to make clips?

I recorded my first video about 3 – 4 years ago and I started to make videos to earn money to buy big balloons like the 16″ balloons and the Qualatex 24″ balloon because sadly I can’t find balloons like this here in Brazil and the shipping costs are expensive.

Do you just produce looner clips or also clips for other areas?

I have tried new things like inflatables, bags and bubble gum, but all of them in the inflatables area.

Where is your personal limit or how far would you go?

I will never make topless or naked videos!! Never!

Do you have a member pay site or is it also possible to buy just a single clip?

No, I don’t have a member site. I make my videos for fun and it´s hard to have fun when you have the obligation to post something new every week, but I make custom videos if someone asks me.

How are your prices?

I try to make the fairest price possible, but good balloons are really expensive.

What is the average time of a clip and how long does it take to produce it?

It´s hard to tell how long I take to produce them… I can´t say for sure but at last 2 or 3 days.

How do you handle customer requests?

It´s fun, I always learn something new.

What are the most favorite topics?

People always ask me to make a Blow-To-Pop.

What was your craziest experience in this context?

One guy keeps asking me to stay behind clear balloons and act like I´m stuck in the balloons…

Thank you for the interview and keep enjoying your balloons!

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