17 May 2011 13:26
Seattle, WA – FetishForce is rallying in Chicago Memorial Day Weekend for IML and the Grabby Awards. This message summarizes and outlines our plan of action for Chicago, Thu 26 through Tue 31 May 2011. Since IML is a major event for our community, FetishForce has chosen the IML host hotel as our base of operations for the weekend. This will facilitate each of us enjoying the festivities of IML while visiting with our friends in the community in addition to engaging in our promotional efforts at the various Grabby events. As you all know this all co-insides with our DVD release of Industrial Encounters and my co-hosting of the 2011 Grabbys. I am thrilled by the crew I will have with me to ‘Represent’ our community of family and friends at these huge events. I know we are going to have an outstanding time.
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3 March 2010 0:26
Palm Springs, CA – A very interesting thread hit my inbox a couple weeks ago from the GLPW mailing list. What apparently began as a question regarding Sashes became a discussion about titleholders, and I was called out by my brother Gene Romaine (pictured right on the left at the most recent Gear Night at the Cuff courtesy of Graves). Yes, it’s true, I am a Leather titleholder. I served my local community as Washington State Mr Leather in 2002. And yes, I wore the Sash that came with that title on exactly three occasions; the night of the contest when I stepped up, the day I marched in the Seattle Pride parade with the Leather contingent, and, finally at the contest a year later when I stepped down. Truth is I don’t really like sashes; I find them so pretentious. My title vest, however, I have worn with pride on countless occasions. Even now, eight years later, around this time in March, my title vest comes off the heavy plastic hanger in the closet and put back on my back. Read the rest of this entry »
5 February 2010 10:58
San Diego, CA – Of all the scenes we do, it is our impact play that seems to freak people out the most. Impact play is a common yet misunderstood part of the Leather-S/M scene. Whether delivered with bare hands (our personal favorite) or through a variety of implements designed or perverted to do wicked and nasty things – impact play can create strong physical, emotional and mental connections. Read the rest of this entry »
8 November 2009 12:12
Seattle, WA – A few months ago, International Mr. Leather founder and current president, Chuck Renslow, sent a message to IML Leather Market vendors and the members of our leather community. The letter announced a policy adopted by the Executive Committee of IML regarding the promotion or advocacy of barebacking – the practice of unprotected anal sex among men who have sex with men. This new policy specifically disallows entities that distribute and sell merchandise tending to promote or advocate barebacking from participation in the IML vendor market. Personally, I have myself questioned the level of acceptance bareback studios enjoy at leather community events. I have been troubled by the growing perception that barebacking (especially the marketing of unsafe sex with multiple, anonymous partners) is somehow an acceptable practice among responsible fetish/Sm players. Given our tribe’s long tradition of taking care of each other and teaching each other how to play more safely, I am amazed our response has not been stronger or come more quickly. But, I get ahead of myself… Read the rest of this entry »
25 May 2009 9:59
Chicago, IL – The Titan crew spent its Sunday working and playing at the Titan/Priapebooth in the IML Leather Market. Now don’t get me wrong, working a booth in the market is work. For me, it meant answering a lot of questions about our IML release Folsom Flesh (“No, that’s not makeup on his ass. Those are blood blisters from the paddle”) and the new Rough line of fetish/Sm features I’m co-directing with Paul Wilde for Titan (“Copper wire wrapped around each nut and hooked to a crank generator [Giggle]“). It also meant stealing away brief moments to visit with friends from around the world and recruit players.
Honestly, I love performing but I get a little uncomfortable in large crowds. I don’t generally like people I don’t know getting in my space or touching me. It makes me irritable [read: dangerous]. That’s one of the reasons I like to play. A scene is kind of like theater; an invisible fourth wall exists allowing the audience to witness while providing an understood barrier. At least until someone from se-cu-ri-ty comes to shut you down.
Luckily, I had plenty of volunteers willing to help create a scene. Since we brought in our pup Element, who appears in Shock Treatment, the soon-to-be-released second feature of the new Rough line, I figured a little Sunday afternoon puppy play was in order. Director Brian Mills (pictured above) got into the action. Now, for a clip of some of the fun we had courtesy of Titan Media… Read the rest of this entry »
24 May 2009 10:28
Chicago, IL – Yesterday evening I attended the 18th Annual Grabby Awards with my boys, Derek da Silva and Chris Yosef and our pup, Element (pictured right). We joined director Brian Mills and my fellow Titan exclusives Dean Flynn and Will Parker at the studio table and helped collect three Grabby honors. The first was Folsom Prison‘s Grabby for Best Fetish Video. This was a particular honor because I helped co-write Folsom Prison with Brian Mills and Diesel Washington and it was my first opportunity to help direct the scenes in which I performed. Titan Media also earned a Grabby for Best Art Direction with Funhouse and Dean Flynn took home Lucite as the Grabby’s Best Versatile Performer of 2008. Read the rest of this entry »
23 May 2009 17:31
Chicago, IL – Today at the IML Leather Market, I joined Titan exclusive and friend, Dean Flynn with my boys Derek da Silva and Chris Yosef and our pup, Element to work the Titan/Priape booth. I also got an opportunity to play with Will Parker, my scene partner in the TitanMen release, Folsom Flesh. Impromptu rope bondage, Tomcat flogging/whipping and male bonding is a great way to start-off a day of work and play. As you can tell from the video clip below, the chemistry between Will ‘the Pig’ Parker and I is as strong now as it was when we shot our scene for our TitanMen/Folsom Street Events co-branded release for IML in association with Priape.com. Read the rest of this entry »
22 May 2009 21:06
Chicago, IL – Today at the IML Leather Market, Titan Media released Folsom Flesh in association with Priape. Folsom Flesh is the sixth in the series of co-branded Folsom films and exclusive leather/fetish films of the Folsom Street Fair. Yes, that’s me on the cover with my scene partner, Will Parker. As I’ve written before, I’ve seen our scene, which opens the film and it is one of the most stunning depictions of hardcore fetish/Sm ever captured on screen. I was at ShibariCon with my boy Derek da Silva and our pup Element and haven’t had a chance to see the reactions from the crowd watching the extended trailer at the Titan/Priape booth yet. But judging by the reports I’ve received from director Brian Mills, the facial expressions and comments would indicate agreement.
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20 May 2009 18:02
Chicago, IL –- As I sit here contemplating the myriad of events lined up for this Memorial Day weekend, I can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed and amazed. Memorial Day weekend is of course, IML Weekend in Chicago. It is also the weekend of ShibariCon, the Grabbys, play parties at the Chicago Hellfire Club and now the Pantheon of Leather Awards. With a line up like that, you’d figure Chicago would be the place you’d find me this weekend but I’m not sure I can really express just how queer this coming weekend feels to me… it’s kind of surreal…
You know, I’m still not really sure how all of this came to present itself, but somehow over the course the past year and a half, I not only became an adult video performer, but a leading player within the fetish/Sm scene both on screen and in play spaces and forums across the US and Canada. This weekend, for sure, is a long way from my roots as an activist once content acting in his local community. Read the rest of this entry »
1 March 2009 14:42
San Francisco, CA –- Just a couple of days after arriving home in Seattle, I was off to San Francisco to perform in the last scene shot for the Titan/Folsom co-branded release for IML in association with Priape. Since the shoot was Thursday and Friday I flew in Wednesday evening and stayed over a couple of extra days.
When I arrived at SFO, Patrick our Production Coordinator was waiting for me in Baggage Claim with my scene partner, Will Parker. As you can tell by the photo (right by Brian Mills), this boy is quite the little hunk. Standing approximately five-feet-eight-inches, Will is a 22 year old gymnast who just graduated college on the east coast and decided do to enter the industry to ‘create something extraordinary’. He had done only one other shoot with Titan prior to being paired with me and had zero fetish/Sm experience before we shot our scene together, but that didn’t prevent him from delivering one of the most impressive performances I’ve ever witnessed either on screen or in any play space. This kid is, without a doubt, extraordinary. I know he impressed me and I would welcome any opportunity to work or play with him again and again.
As always, I’m not going to comment in any detail on the content of the scene Will and I just completed, but I can provide you with the following observations to give you a frame of reference. While I probably get more than my fair share of boys seeking an introduction to this thing of ours and whose limits I then help them to explore and push, very rarely do I get an opportunity to push a boy quite so far and to such an extreme as was done in this introductory scene with Will. Watching it, you would almost swear this kid was an experienced Player, except there are those moments of pure and brutal honesty that reveal his innocence lost in the scene, captured by the cameras. It’s fucking beautiful.
Moreover, Will is an even more exceptional young man off camera. I had the distinct pleasure of spending some social time with him over the course of the shoot and what I discovered gave me an even higher regard for him. He is observant, articulate, inquisitive and intelligent. Very few people that I have met in this industry, especially among the performers, left me with as positive an impression. Never have I been so impressed by a man so young. Will has great potential and I would very much like to help him cultivate it as a mentor and friend.
Priape is the official fetterer for this Titan/Folsom co-branded feature scheduled for release over IML. All most all the gear you’ll see in the movie was supplied by Priape. They provided the custom leather apron (designed by Stéphane) that I’m wearing in the picture above, a full body leather suspension harness used in the scene, and leather shackles for Will. The quality of the gear was excellent. I especially love the apron (and I don’t generally get into gearing up). The body harness facilitated a great suspension scene and we sent the fetters home with the boy. He earned them.
I can’t wait to see our scene on screen, and hopefully more of Will and the guys from Priape in Chicago at the end of May.
Before heading down for the shoot, my co-director of the new fetish/Sm line, Paul Wilde informed me that the 15 Association was having its annual dinner while I was going to be in town and offered me an invitation. Paul is a Player in the community and a member of the 15 in addition to being a friend so I was happy to accept the invitation. I asked my San Francisco boy, Rico, to attend with me and to my delight he jumped at the opportunity. I had him in a scene collar for the event and we played quite a bit before (and through) dinner. I simply love the way Rico laughs when I hurt him; it really is rather delightful. After dinner we did a suspension scene in the play space. It was a great time.
Saturday night, I met Rico at Chaps II and then spent the night with him again. At some point during the evening we were chatting with friends about MAL back in January. This of course included some good natured ribbing directed at me because of Ben’s (the kid) posting about the weekend. As those of you that follow his blog know, the kid called me out as being a ‘cuddler’, identifying it as the reason he slept on the floor of the suite I had with Derek one night that weekend. In my own defense, however, I will point out that only a kinky little boy like Ben would categorize a night-long rear naked choke hold as ‘cuddling’. At any rate, the entire thing is giving my dear friends endless amusement. Rico even found the story entertaining enough to motivate him to snap and forward the picture above to me while I slept Sunday morning. I just had to include it in this post because it is just too cute and funny not too.