Saturday, 31 December 2011

Get Offline & Support Your Bars!

A very Happy New Year for 2012 - lets hope this is a great one! I'm certainly planning on making it one!


But in 2012 it's time to go back in time and do it properly! Times change, habits change, people change and that is all great. But we are running a risk of loosing something that is so important to and that is our bars and clubs. Places to meet, drink, socialise, share, play and just enjoy spending time!

BLUF have started the 12x12 pledge - twelve visits in twelve months to a bar or club. It doesn't have to be the same bar, it could be local, somewhere your visiting. It doesn't need to be in gear ... just get out there and rediscover the scene!

So come on guys turn off Grindr, Scruff, Qrusher, Gaydar, Recon and just get out there and meet some guys! Support your local businesses.

I'm signing upto the 12x12 pledge, are you?

Decent custom chastity device for less then £200?

Many people love chastity and being unable to touch or play with their dicks, many Masters love to control their subs orgasms through enforced physical chastity. For many people the CB range of devices are perfectly suited and work well.

As with all things one size does not fit all, and for many they feel that only a bespoke made to measure device will work well enough to do the job and be comfortable enough for long term wear (more then a few hours). There are several companies and designers making beautiful bits of kit that really are the Rolls Royce of chastity ... the problem is always cost. Like their name sakes they are expensive!

I've just come across a company I wasn't aware of before, Mature Metal. They do a range of devices all bespoke and made to order / measure and apparently really rather good! I came across them reading a blog of a submissive who's wife / Mistress has him in their Jailbird device - lots of positive comments on the website too.

And all for $290 (approx £180) - not at all bad! I also quite like the look of their lockable cock rings - a way of showing submission without the restriction.




Thursday, 29 December 2011

CLAW - What is it? Why am I going?

I have listed on my Recon profile that I am attending CLAW 11 in April 2012. I've had quite a few people ask me what it is, or where it is. So I thought I would do my best to explain what it is and why I'm going - though the what may be more difficult as this will be my first CLAW event.

Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend

There you go, that's what it is. Hopefully that answers the question as to what it is. Still non the wiser?

CLAW is a non-profit convention held in, as the name would suggest, Cleveland (Ohio, USA) every year for the past ten years, the 2012 event is the eleventh. CLAW 10 attracted over 1,250 people from 34 US States and Canada - it's not very well known outside the US Leather scene, hence I suspect the interest and curiosity in my attending.

Most guys who identify as Leathermen, pervs, fetish players, BDSM enthusiasts, Masters / slaves, Handlers / pups or just plain kinky have heard of the two big gay fetish events. Namely Folsom and IML (International Mr Leather), if you're lucky they will also be familiar with MIR (Mr International Rubber) and MAL (Mid Atlantic Leather). Folsom is the biggest leather / kink gathering ever - it is crazy, for my tastes a too busy now. Its not fun when you can't move, see anything etc.

IML, MIR and MAL are all title events where someone will be awarded a title and sash for the year. This as a concept in itself is something that the UK scene doesn't really embrace. Yeah we've had Mr Hoist a few times, there have been attempts at a Mr Leather UK and Mr Rubber UK but for one reason or another they have never really taken off. Though I will just make a mention and credit John Pendal for becoming IML 2003, and being a very inspirational Leatherman for myself and I am sure many around the world and of course for putting the 'I' well and truly into IML.

One of the principles of CLAW is that there is no contest and there is no title. It is an event about community, learning, awareness, support, and honouring.

The event takes over the host hotel, and spills over into a few others. But what goes on? Well there are lots of hot guys in lots of leather and aside from a lot of kissing, sucking, fucking and beating a whole lot of good stuff! There is a market to spend your hard earned cash in, a host of organised parties and dinners to meet people. There are also lectures and discussions you can attend and become involved in, or workshops to learn new skills or improve on your existing ones while helping others explore new ones. It's not all about play, there is also an art show and silent auction fundraising cash for good causes (CLAW 10 shared $34,300 amongst 18 causes).

Not so much the workshops, but most of that stuff is familiar to anyone who has attended IML - except on a much much smaller scale. But then as you start looking into it you notice some differences between CLAW and IML, and I suspect part of that is because it is a smaller event and it can do these things.

They have a Boots & Cigars tent / marquee set-up that hosts various events (just the name of it makes you want to spend time there). Events such as the CLAW Volunteer party, the CLAW Newbie party to meet and greet others if its your first time.

I am signed up to help out as a Volunteer, and so far through Recon, the Facebook group and registration I have already been introduced to loads of guys who I am very excited about meeting.

CLAW is also home to two very different events that I would be surprised if many in the UK had heard of. The Leather Hall of Fame is an annual event whereby the leather community can recognise those who have given so much to it. It is the leather equivalent of the life-time achievement BAFTA or Oscar. So far there are only ten individuals who have been inducted in the three year history of the event, but CLAW 11 will some more added to that.

And the other event is the Leather Family Dinner - a time to come together as Leathermen and to share stories over food and wine, to meet and honour ourselves and each other. To recognise that for many their interest in the Leather lifestyle is much then just fucking in gear. Pup Kevin describes the Dinner as:
The International Leather Family Dinner is my favorite event every year at CLAW. Everyone dresses in their formal attire and sits down to a nice meal. You are seated somewhat randomly at a round table of 8 people, which is actually really nice: you get seated next to people you might not otherwise get to meet and you quickly make conversation with the entire table. There are few speeches and awards given out, and the food is always good. You get a real sense of community from these dinners, and I always walk away with a few more friends.
You can read his full review of CLAW 10 on Leatherati.

So yes, I am excited! I'm buying some new leather to take with me, getting my hair done especially and I can't wait to be involved, to find out more, to meet some great people and to share the exprience with those I meet and those who follow my Twitter, Tumblr and of course blog.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Merry Fistmas



Hope everyone has a happy, safe and kinky Fistmas and that Santa empties his sack on / over / in you this year. See you in 2012!!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

2012


SM Apartments Berlin


It has been decided.

We are going here next year and I can't wait!

Monday, 29 August 2011

Get the fuck out!

Nice idea maybe, and so easy to say for those of us who don't know what its like. Who have never been in the situation - and I consider myself very lucky to be in that position.

But for many many guys who are the victims of domestic violence it isn't that easy.



I'm not really a big fan of porn actor blogs, they are generally rather boring. But for some reason I was reading that of Spencer Reed last week and was very touched by a recent posting he made - The Damnage: Results of Gay Domestic Violence.

The photo above is what happened to him when his ex boyfriend attacked him for the last time (note last - this wasn't the only). And I am so impressed and pleased he has made this post public! For too fucking long male domestic violence victims (gay and straight) have had a huge stigma against them. The man is supposed to be all butch, and able to defend himself, and wouldn't stand for it. That is the difference of domestic violence - it isn't a random stranger you want to hit back at. This is being done to you by someone you love and you thought loved you.

So if you are in a violent relationship please protect yourself and do what you need to get out of there! Pick up the phone and call a local support organisation, suicide line, gay switchboard / organisation - whoever it is try to take that first step! Get yourself some support - even if its just someone at the end of a phone!!

Remember when you were a kid and you thought you were the only gay in your school, town, city, country or the world? You know what you weren't - just as you aren't the only one having the crap beaten out of you by someone you love. There is help!

And if you suspect someone is in an abusive relationship then please reach out - however you can send that lifeline! You may well save someone's life!!

UK: 0300 330 0630 - London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard

UK: 08457 90 90 90 - The Samaritans

ROI: 1850 60 90 90 - The Samaritans

Australia: 13 11 14 - Lifeline (24 hour Crisis Hotline)

USA: 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233) - National Domestic Violence Hotline

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Change The World

Everyone by now should have heard of the It Gets Better project. World leaders, sports players, policeman, kids, teenagers, Leather boys, Leather Masters, drag queens, drag kings, men, women, even animated characters ... and just everyday folk have recorded thousands of video's.

Thousands of video's that all have one simple message: It Gets Better!

This one idea, one simple video, by one guy shows the power of the Internet. And it shows that one person really can change the world! Not a music superstar, not a politician, not a newspaper editor, not a world leader. Just a guy with a webcam and access to the Internet.

This video from Google really shows that power, and the difference it has made to the world and the lives of others.



Woof: Random



Sunday, 15 May 2011

Afterlife

I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.
Professor Stephen Hawking, 2011

Friday, 6 May 2011

Amazing Leather & Bondage Gear Supplier

When looking for some really good and very original kink gear I think it could be a safe bet to say that you wouldn't start your search in Switzerland.

Well that is the home to one such company, that really is developing some amazing looking and really original gear. The company is called Black Store and I am particularly fond of their straight jacket shown below:





Make sure you click to enlage to get the details. The extra arm straps look fantastic, give it that extra visual edge, and I'm sure makes it even better for the subject to be strapped into! Talking of being tied up about their Rebellion Harness?



Imagine being tied up in that ... or having your boy restricted in it and then their collar / leash attached to a hood on the wall. Check out their website and their Rebellion range for details.

Oh and if you want to really get into the heads of these guys? They have partnered with a local metal worker to come up with some the most extreme bondage benches and gear I have seen ... this is the stuff that most bondage pigs couldn't even dream of!

There are many versions of the basic wrist and ankle irons that can be used to hold a slave in position. But these guys have a slightly different approach - hold the ankles in place along with the balls!



Take a paddle to that arse and they will regret trying to pull away very quickly! But this is just the start of how their minds think!

The pics below is just one of their benches ... as you can see it has a fucking machine built into it. That is only the beginning ... the available options include two fucking machines (arse and mouth) and then a milking machine. Some serious metal and physical overload if your not prepared!


Delicious.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Tumblr

I've joined the revolution that is tumblr. I will be using that for posting regular porn pics I like from my own collection and reposting ones i like from other people's. I am currently working on a few posts for here too at the moment. In the meantime check me out.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Commemorative Royal Wedding Ring

Royal Wedding fever is sweeping the nation, well the tabloids, and the shops are full of shit products that 'celebrate' it. It's like rainbow products - why do companies think that because it has a rainbow on it we'll need to buy it? It's still shit, just shit with a rainbow on.

Anyway, in celebration of the wedding you can now buy a Royal Cock Ring! Check it out at Lovehoney.

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Sunday, 6 March 2011

IML 2011 / 2012

Many are starting to make plans and preparations for International Mr Leather in Chicago at the end of May. I had the pleasure of staying at the host hotel last year and loved it! I didn't do as much as I would have liked ... as in go to many of the social / events, but I still had a blast surrounded by wall to wall leather!

This year I won't be able to make it over there - finances mean I can't afford the £1,500 flight and hotel before food, drink and leather market spend. A real shame, but these things can't be helped!

I am though planning on attending again in 2012! I know it is over a year away, but I'm still really excited to be getting back to the Daddy of Leather events!

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Woof: Nasty Pig

I have never been a fan of the NP 'Lid' baseball cap. But this one I love ... oh and how smoking hot is he?

Friday, 25 February 2011

Sub


A friend took this photo of a sign and tagged me in it on Facebook. Awesome pic!

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Coming To XXL

What was I saying about good things come in bears?

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Great things come in bears

You got that right Booboo!



Woof: Muscle & Ink

Website for Leathermen - Leather Navigator


I rather randomly remembered one of the very first Leather profile sites I used and had a profile on. Most of the guys on there have moved on and I have no idea what happened to them. One or two are still around and I read their blogs regularly.

LeatherNavigator was quite a pioneer as far as I remember. Long before the days of Recon and alike here was a website connecting leathermen. It started at some time in or just before 1997 and the original profile version ran until 23rd June 2005 when the US government introduced the now infamous Federal Regulation 18 U.S.C. Section 2257.

This legislation required all companies hold copies of photo ID of everyone related to porn. It was all wrapped up in a "child protection" PR spin, but it was pretty much anti-porn. Unfortunately this legislation had this effect on quite a few excellent websites.

Companies and owners didn't really know what to do, and they didn't have the resources so had one option - close.

LeatherNavigator did relaunch in the summer of 2006 as effectively a LeatherWiki site - a fantastic idea, but unfortunately the community didn't really support it. They wanted their find-a-fuck site back. A shame, it would be awesome to have such a site!

Gone, but not forgotten by this perv.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Boyz Awards - Vote Vote Vote!



So the Boyz Scene awards are up for voting again this year. So I did my duty as a perv and voted for the best Leather store in London. I'm sure you can't guess who it is - and quite frankly when they provide us with pictures like this why wouldn't you want to vote for them as best Gay Retailer and Best Website?

You can cast your vote here.

I love these awards, we have them in the Midlands - best host, best DJ, best club night. I have no fucking idea - I'm not some bloody scene queen! I go out, I have a good time and well that's about as far as it goes. Out of every night I have had in a club I cannot name a single DJ ... to me they are just there to play some records so we can dance away.

God I sound so old and miserable.

Housekeeping

Finally getting back into the swing of things, fixed all the broken images. Got some updates coming in the next day or so and a new mini-website. And a few exciting new things to talk about. Yay!

Monday, 7 February 2011

Normal service returning soon

No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by the force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power governments, and tyrants, and armies can not stand.
Had a bit of a strange few weeks, really lost all connection to my kink side. Been a bit stressful and been concentrating on work stuff. But hopefully coming through it once I get through this next week or two.

Monday, 17 January 2011

For pervs who crew

I've just updated my newly acquired iPod shuffle and one of my fave flying (and that is a popular past-time in our house) tracks came on. I was feeling a bit crappy about work and this really brought a smile to my face!

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Romance & MAL

Who says Leather boys can't be hopeless romantics?


I love the engagement ring too! Anyway, if you're heading to MAL this weekend have an absolute blast! I know they've changed the entry policies a bit this year, hope it doesn't upset the atmosphere and event too much. I look forward to seeing and hearing the stories across the Leather blogosphere!

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Ben Cohen Acceptance Tour 2011 (USA)

Just when you think the sexiest man in Rugby can't get any better he is now travelling to New York with his PR team (we love Jill) to finalise details of the Ben Cohen Acceptance Tour 2011. Ben's support of LGBT awareness and issues is unparalleled in professional sport, he is a true inspiration to many and hopefully his support of gay teens have helped a few realise that it does get better.
For some years now Ben, has been supporting his gay followers on matters of equality, acceptance of diversity and mutual respect.

He is now stepping up his involvement in both the UK and the USA with The Acceptance Tour 2011.

The Acceptance Tour 2011 will be supporting the activities of GLSEN based in the USA. The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Ben is passionate about these issues and is compelled to take action. He will be teaming up with Gay/Gay Friendly Rugby Clubs in the UK and USA and heading a variety of events raising money and awareness.

Ben says ‘ I believe that every person on this planet has a right to be true to themselves, to love and be loved and to be happy. That’s what we all want. I am in a privileged position to be able to spread some important messages across the globe – and that’s exactly what I am going to do’.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Threesome

Catholic Church #Fail (shocking I know)

Stonewall are reporting that a a spokesperson for the Catholic Church in Scotland has been quoted in the Scottish Daily Express as saying ‎"The adoption of children by homosexual couples is not only simply and honestly wrong, but it is also intellectually incoherent."

The story isn't online yet. But I don't think the Catholic Church really have too strong a leg to stand on when it comes to child welfare! That, and Stonewalls Different Families research (conducted with Cambridge Uni) found children of same-sex parents enjoy equal quality of upbringing. Read & download.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Friday, 7 January 2011

Woof: Leather Master

Friday Blog: No Safe Word

The No Safe Word blog is one that I have been reading more and more lately, but I think Sparky's own description of the blog sums it up the best:
In the last seven years I have had the chance to learn about my own sexuality and kinks. Now it is time to take it to the next level by sharing my experiences, and using this blog to talk with and introduce some of my friends to share their experience. There is so much out there to share and learn, and the journey so far has been one of the hottest fucking rides I could have ever asked for. I have come to realize that I want to share the expereinces. Perhaps there is a bit of an exhibitionist coming out in me, or just that I enjoy the play so much it makes it hotter to talk about it.
The blog is a great mix of his own experiences, stories, videos of play, photos of play, his newly built playroom equipment and just stuff that is good to share. Definitely one worth adding to your own blogroll.

So check it out: No Safe Word.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

XXL Leather

XXL Leather returns to the Arches in London. Unfortunately I don't live in London. But we do have XXL Birmingham near us that I intend to make more use of this year. And hopefully they will have a few Leather nights this year, hell even if they don't I may don some gear anyway!

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Woof: Rope

Showing that the most erotic of pictures don't have cocks in them, or indeed faces or very much else.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

New Year - New Wank

Well here we are in 2011 now. Happy New Year fellow kinksters, pervs and visitors. Not one of New Years Resolutions, but there is one that I would like to be able to do. Really hope I can this year!