29 March 2010 20:04
Seattle, WA – Today is a day of rest and recovery from Washington State Leather Pride Week for me. It was a busy, fatiguing week culminating with the Washington State Mr & Ms Leather Contest Saturday night and our Annual Victory Brunch, Memorial & Awards Ceremony yesterday. But it was also highly enjoyable and rewarding. As Doug and Angie stepped down from their title years as Washington State Mr and Ms Leather, we had two contestants for each of the 2010 titles. Jim and Herrmeister D competed for the Mr title and Boi Di and Panda Girl (pictured left to right in the image right, courtesy of Malixe) competed for the Ms. Our congratulations go out to all four contestants, and we welcome our new Washington State Ms Leather, Boi Di, and Washington State Mr Leather 2010, Herrmeister D to the Washington State Leather title family. Each of the four contestants is a fine representative of the richness of Washington’s leather community and an excellent example of the Washington State Mr|Ms Leather Organization (WSMLO)‘s efforts to identify, recruit and mentor our next class of community leaders.
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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 »
24 March 2009 19:08
Seattle, WA –- What a fucking week! I am completely spent but it was all well worth the effort and rewarding on so many levels. For me, Washington State Leather Pride week is about Clan, Family, Service and Play. Each year since 2002, this week in my local community has been marked by transforming experiences.
In 2002, I began my title year as Washington State Mr Leather and then stepped down in 2003 as my brother Mark Nunley stepped up. In 2004 I watched my brother Gene step up as Washington State Mr Leather and received a Leather Emblem Award for my service to the community. In 2005 I was asked to join WSMLO’s Board of Directors. In 2006 I began producing the contest that serves as the anchor event of the week’s festivities. In 2007, I got to share my family and local community with Derek for the first time. In 2008, Derek was with me again, only this time as my collared boy, and I was sainted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Or was that in 2007? I digress.
This year was no exception. Over the course of the past year, the Dragon Clan has grown to ten Brothers and Sisters. Eight of them were on-hand in Seattle this week including Brothers Gene Romaine, Odie Heaston, Mark Nunley, Hugh, myself and Sisters Panther, Mercea and Lynnda Hale. The only two missing, and missed, were Brothers Tristan Steel and Mark Bozif.
My own family has grown to four with three collared boys (photo above). Granted one is a collar of consideration, but I’m already beginning to consider Blueeyes part of the family. This was the first opportunity the three boys have had to meet each other in person. While the pace of events through the week and the sheer demand on everyone’s efforts prevented the kind of bonding I would have hoped for, I realize that will come over time. Three things are totally clear however; these are great boys, they already care for one another deeply and a sense of family has developed.
Of course, I ended up throwing yet another variable into the mix. Last week I invited Element (photo left), a boy I meet in Portland over Sash Bash, to come up and visit me. We had planned for him to stay Tuesday and Wednesday but something special happened so I asked him to stay through the weekend. Element is a beautiful and kinky 22 year old boy who has never really experienced what I had introduced him to during our short time together and he was acting very much like an orphan that had finally found a home. I couldn’t send him home without offering him a glimpse at the community that feeds my soul. He stayed and, much like Derek two years ago, witnessed why I call Seattle, the Pacific Northwest and our leather/Sm community home. He and Derek definitely bonded over the weekend… kindred spirits I think.
I had all four boys in tow for the contest on Saturday and a cast of volunteers that help the event go off without a hitch. And part of that going off without a hitch was the presentation of a National Leather Emblem Award to my boy Derek for his service to our community in Washington State, without him knowing about it before hand. For the record, I had nothing to do with the nomination, recused myself from the debate and abstained from the vote. You earned it all on your own, boy, and join the ranks of some pretty impressive past recipients. Congratulations.
I want to thank our judges for the 2009 Washington State Mr|Ms Leather competition: Linda Coomas, our Head Judge; International Bootblack 1996 Todd; Washington State Mr & Ms Leather 2007 Gylan and Candy; and Seattle’s own Bootblack Boris. I want to extend my deepest appreciation to the many volunteers including: our emcees, Ronda & Lynnda; volunteer ASL Interpreters Joel & David; Judges’ Runner Paka; Judges’ Tallies Dawn & Jeremy; Contestant Coordinator Panther; Doormen Tom & Percy; Stage Manager Odie; and our crew of boys Derek, Josh, Tim, Danny and Element.
My congratulations go out to Toby Noon and Lamalani who served outstanding years as Washington State Mr & Ms Leather 2008. My thanks and best wishes go with both of them as Toby continues his service in our local community as President of Seattle Men in Leather and Lamalani as she steps up as the new d’IMsL (inside joke… my bad).
Please join me in welcoming our new 2009 Washington State Mr & Ms Leather Doug & Angie, and in thanking our first runner-up for the Mr title, Jim, for putting himself in the running and for all the work he continues to put in for the community.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of our sponsors, Miller Brewing and Columbia Distributing Company; or our host bar, the Cuff Complex and its staff. Thanks guys.
30 January 2009 19:10
Seattle, WA – So, I met this boy… Yeah, I know… What’s fuckin’ new? Well, this one for starters.
His name is Tim, but I’ve taken to calling him ‘Blueeyes’ for obvious reasons. I met him over a year ago at a party but he was with another rigger friend of mine so didn’t go any further than the introduction. At least not until receiving a message from him a few days after creating a Recon account early last month.
It really couldn’t have come at a better time. I had just found out that the boy, Jeff, who I had been courting here in Seattle for more than a year had met someone, fallen in love and settled into a relationship with this other person. It didn’t come as much of a shock, but was rather heartbreaking nonetheless. I fell in love with the boy, I gave him a glimpse into my world, and I’m sure he loved me too, but the truth is Jeff wasn’t looking for the kind of relationship I was offering. And, in reality, truth is more important than desire.
As smitten as I was with Jeff when we first met I have to admit, the courting of this new boy has taken me by surprise. The first night we met out for drinks, I choked him out three times in the little local neighborhood bar. I had him strung from my ceiling shortly thereafter and been exploring all number of things since. I have a feeling this new relationship has the potential to develop quite rapidly, primarily because this boy is an actual player with some experience who has fully embraced his taste for BDSM and established a place for himself in the community.
He may only be 23, but this kid appears to have his head on straight. His basic philosophy and approach to play is strikingly similar to mine and from our conversations it seems we share those core values I write about so often in common. He has also expressed interest in many of my favorite sadomasochist arts and he’s a switch which means I might have found a boy in who I could invest some of my more advanced skills so they might be passed on to another generation.
I don’t know where this might lead. The connection here is strong but I will be proceeding with caution. I will say this I’m really enjoying our time together and having him at my side for the SML social Wednesday night made the event one of the best in my memory (photos above).
23 September 2008 3:03
Seattle, WA – With all the travel and events I’ve engaged in lately, I’m enjoying a little down time here at home in Seattle. I’ve been catching up on work, taking care of some much needed house-keeping, spending some time with my family and missing the two boys I’m most connected to.
The training business is picking up a bit. I’ve been slamming a full month of sessions into two weeks because of my little Inferno vacation, revamping client programs for fall and networking to bring new clients into the pipeline. Work with the two non-profit boards I serve on continues. I’ve pulled out of helping to prepare our Northwest titleholders for the International competition because I’ll be judging the contest in San Francisco next month, but Generic Leather Productions of Washington has several other projects I’m involved with and our annual meeting for the Washington State Mr|Ms Leather Organization is coming up in a few weeks. And, last Friday I taught a class on single tails for Tribal Instincts, Seattle Men in Leather’s educational series.
Side Bar: The class wasn’t very well attended. It might be that I’m just getting used to presenting to audiences of 50 (the needle demo Derek and I did at Inferno this year) to 100 (the class with Midori in Chicago), but I’m afraid it is more a reflection of SML’s floundering as an organization. I know a couple of months ago, the Dragon Clan (my leather family) were informed that our play at the leather socials, with all the whip cracks and noise from flogging scenes, was disruptive to peoples’ conversations. Give me a fucking break. SML has always been welcoming to both the leather/Sm and the leather/S&M crowds (go ahead, ask me about the distinction), but I’m getting the impression that the organization is losing its soul. This tears me apart because Dave Lewis, my Daddy in Seattle until he died, invested so much into SML and I don’t want to just walk away from the organization. We’re having another social at the Cuff this Wednesday. The Dragons will be there. Hopefully, other players will be too.
Speaking of the family, I met my brothers Gene and Odie out at the Cuff Sunday night. It was a pretty slow night, but a good opportunity to touch base and talk about the stuff coming up. And some of the boys were there too, including Danny (pictured above) a new boy to Seattle who was brought to my attention by my boy Derek. I got to meet Danny a few weeks ago during Northwest Leather Weekend and invited him to join Derek and I at the play party the Saturday night. Since then he seems to have found a comfortable home within the fold of our crew.
All in all, it’s been a good and productive period but I’m missing my boys immensely. Derek is home in Chicago and Jeff is on vacation in Hawaii. Both close to my heart and always on my mind but thousands of miles away. With busy days and close friends here in Seattle to occupy my time I shouldn’t feel so lonely but I do nonetheless. I’m looking forward to seeing Derek in San Francisco this weekend and thrilled that Jeff will be joining us at the street fair on Sunday. I’m going to be one very happy man.
18 March 2008 18:25
Seattle, WA –- Washington State Leather Pride Week continues with several events scheduled through the week. Here’s a breakdown of the remaining events:
Daddy’s Leather Tag Sale
Wed 19 Mar 2008 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm
In conjunction with Washington State Leather Pride Week at the Cuff Complex Black & Blue Room, the past Seattle Leather Daddy titleholders and Washington State Mr. & Ms. Leather Organization host a Leather Tag Sale during the March Community-Wide, Dress Code Leather Social, with the proceeds benefiting the Leather Archives & Museum. Donations may be made year round. Contact Daddy Jeff at HIDDEN EMAIL.
Coming Out in Kink (above)
Thu 20 Mar 2008 from 9:00 pm to Midnight
Titanmen Tony Buff & Derek da Silva host a kinky night out at the Cuff sponsored by TitanMen.com to benefit the Scott Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of St Joan’s Sisters’ Charity Fund with TitanMen product raffles, demos and twisted surprises.
Washington State Mr. & Ms. Leather Contest Public Meet and Greet
Fri 21 Mar 2008 from 8:30 to 10:00 pm
To be held at Lifelong Seneca Conference Room, 1002 East Seneca Street, Seattle, WA 98122. (Entrance via sunken parking lot. Cross streets – 10th Ave and Madison). No Charge. More Info at www.wsmlo.org.
The 26th Annual Washington State Mr. & Ms. Leather Contest (left)
Sat 22 Mar 2008 from 7:00 to 9 pm (Doors at 6:00 pm)
To be held at The Cuff – Dance Club, 1533 13th Ave, Seattle, WA. $8.00. More Info at www.wsmlo.org.
The Leather Emerald & Community Service Awards Victory Brunch
Sun 23 Mar 2008 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (Awards at Noon)
Join WSMLO, Generic Leather Productions of Washington, Seattle Men in Leather, Seattle Women in Leather and the Seattle Boys of Leather at The Cuff Dance Bar for a light brunch and awards ceremony. Enter on East Pike Street side, Seattle, WA. No Charge. More Info at www.wsmlo.org.
4 December 2007 13:17
Seattle, WA — So it’s been over a week since my last entry. While I’ve done my best to post twice weekly, sometimes the schedule just doesn’t permit. This has been another one of those weeks; filled with client sessions; business meetings & correspondence; social events; and some great times with the boys.
Wednesday night at the monthly Seattle Men in Leather (SML) social brother Odie and I facilitated some decorating for DogHouse Leathers. We instructed four of our local boys (including my boy Christopher and Odie’s boy Aaron) to wear underwear to the event. Once there, we scurried them off to the bathroom to help each other… how shall we say… adorne the items with something special. Then, we lined them up, shirtless in front of the crowd, made them drop trou’ and proceeded to cut their underwear off, stuff the removed clothing into their mouths and instructed them to make delivery to Daddy Jeff. It was quite hot and the boys seemed to enjoy themselves.
Friday night my number one client, Eric Robison had his 50th Birthday Party at Kurrent (photo above). I say, my number one client, because Eric has not only been with me for the longest period of time, he was also the first client to sign with me when I went private practice. Happy birthay, Eric. I took Christopher to the party and had him in handcuffed for the duration of the evening (photo below). Given the venue and nature of those present, it must have been an interesting sight for many of those attending. Chock another point for scaring your audience. Christopher was, without a doubt, extremely happy and that’s what truly counts. We also got to see many of our friends including my clients Anamaria and Cat as well as our buddies from Ajexx 63.
The SML Holiday Party, hosted by Daddy Jeff & Puppy, was last Saturday night. The house was filled with familiar faces but the mood was a little low key due to the recent news of a dear friend’s passing after a motorcycle accident. Jeffy was a recognize character in the local scene and the subject of many stories. He will be remembered and missed by many.
On Sunday I took Jeff (the boy from my 16 Nov entry) to the Bondage 201 workshop conducted by Max. I love these workshops. I especially love sharing them with new boys. Much of the information may be review for me and I might veer off in my own direction when it come to the practical application portion of the training, but exposing someone new to the experience and having my rigging used to demonstrate variance on the theme of the workshops is very satisfying. Jeff learned much during the instruction period, applied himself to the rope, looked phenomenal in my rigging and reported feeling sorry when the ropes came off.
I’ve posted my Titan photos to DudesNude. I think it will prove to be a good marketing and, um… recruitment tool. I’m looking forward to the launch of my own website which is in the works now and should be launched by the first of the year (more on that later). The responses have been overwhelming; my inbox will fill to capacity four times a day if I let it, with many hot prospects and potential fans from around the world.
This Friday I’ll be flying to Chicago for the weekend. My boy Derek and I will be performing a Shibari (rope bondage), dynamic suspension demo at the Hole bar (under the Jackhammer) after a CHC colors presentation. I’m really looking forward to seeing my boy again and it will be an excellent opportunity to make a demonstratable contribution to my brothers in the Hellfire Club. I invite all of my fiends in Chicago to join us, with the reminder that the Hole will enforce a BDSM/leather dress code that evening.
26 November 2007 12:27
Seattle, WA — Friday night at the Cuff during the Seattle Daddy/Daddy’s Boy contest Meet & Greet, I was surprised by a very special honor. Apparently, I had been nominated by members of Mama’s family here in Seattle and adopted into Sandy Reinhardt’s fold. Many of members of Mama’s Family who call Seattle home were on hand to present me the unique brass name tag that christened me as one of Mama’s own. The significance of this may be lost to many of you reading my journal, but I can assure you that I am more than honored by this recognition… I am humbled.
For those of you who do not know, Sandy Reinhardt is a legend and her family, an institution within my community of family and friends. Mama Reinhardt’s leadership has benefited more people than I can count and her service to our community has made her the subject of a National Leather Emerald Award. Mama’s family is comprised of some of the most active and involved I have ever met, because Sandy’s adoptions are based upon an exceptional demonstration of commitment. The gentlemen pictured with me above are a testament to that level of service. Gene Romaine, Puppy, Jim Drew and Daddy Jeff have been long time activists in Seattle’s leather community and tremendous impacts on my own life. I am filled with humility to be counted among these men.
On Saturday night I joined friends at the Cuff for the Seattle Daddy/Daddy’s Boy contest and had a good time visiting with everyone although it was rather strange being there without a boy at my side. Christopher had to work and neither of the other boys was available that night, but Christopher was able to join me for the SML Brunch at Martin’s Off Madison on Sunday before heading off to work.