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Me At Folsom 2018Me and my leather.  Me in my leathers.  I've been at this for quite a few years now.  Quite a few.

This picture of me here on the left is from when I was last up at a Folsom Street Festival.  This one being back in 2018.

I think it's about as "leathery" as I can get.  Dehner motor patrol boots, leather jodhpurs, leather uniform style shirt, Sam Browne belt, police belt, leather gauntlet gloves and a nice big Heartwood flogger hanging from that police belt.  And it's a Folsom.  Hard to be more "leather" than that!

It's taken me a number of years to work up to all of this and I've had no few adventures during those years.  Decades, actually.

I've had a number of different outfits over those years.  Some of which are long, long ago since worn out.  Or aged to the point they became unwearable - mold will tend to do that leathers - or a simply so damn small I couldn't now squeeze into them to save my life!

But this page will serve to be a run through of my leather attire.  I've put it together as I keep getting asked "got any pics?" by guys on sites which limit the number of images you can upload onto their "app."
Just as a contrast to the image above, it being the latest one I have of me in full regalia, is this first picture of me in any sort of leather setting.

It's from back in 1986.  Yes, 1986.

I was all of twenty four years old in this image and it was at one of  my very first SM "educational" events - a night at a meeting of the "People Exchanging Power" group in Washington, DC.
Long ago

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
NLA XMas WrappingNLA-SD Holiday Party 1991

This was a fun time!  I'd been in San Diego but little more than a year and was having a fine time of it.  Among other things I'd found the local National Leather Association group and jumped right in!

They held a "Holiday Party" in 1991 at "Wolf's" leather bar there at 30th and Upas.
Wrapping continues...
And continues...The thought it'd be great to have a "living centerpiece and asked for volunteers!

Once again, my hand shot up and I was "it."
And continues
And continues some more...I had fun with this.  

Ere I to do this again it won't be with that much cold sour cream slathered on me for a couple of hours.  I actually got truly chilled from that!
Finally, some garnishing!

It was fun though and I think it all looked great!
The Centerpiece for the NLA-SD Holiday Dinner 1991
The early 90s were a good time for me leather-wise.  I was solidly connecting with some great leatherfolk in San Diego, in Orange County, and up in Los Angeles as well.

I'd also found the love of my life, Kim, and introduced her to the leather / SM / fetish world.  She took to it fully.  And for several years we had a blast together within it.  

She took this photo of me here on the right at the LA Pride Festival in 1993.  That her collar around my throat.  I was quite happy with the arrangement.

For a good chunk of the 90s I was heavily involved in the National Leather Association - San Diego Chapter.  I was on its board when we took the group independent of the NLA and created Club X San Diego.

I was also heavily involved with the kink / leather convention the NLA-SD and Club X held each year: LeatherFest San Diego.  I met a huge number of excellent people through my involvement with all that effort and it was quite fulfilling.
LA Pride 1993
31st Birthday Abduction31st Birthday Abduction Party

This was lots of fun and it was one of the reasons Kim and I worked so well as a couple.

I was always clear with her that I was bi and all of my gay friends got along quite well with her.  For my 31st birthday she set up a "surprise" party for me in which I was "abducted" out of Wolf's and "spirited away to an unknown locale."

There, my friends had their way with me.  It was a great gift from Kim.
Sharon Photo ShootMy involvement with the leather world didn't lessen through the rest of the 90s.  But, for some reason, I didn't have as much photos from those years.  This, being pre-digital.

In the summer of 2000 Sharon and I were dating and decided to do an outdoor photo shoot of us in our hides and such.  A friend of hers had a great place for it in a canyon with some privacy.
Working the NCSF Booth at Folsom 2000
I was back up at Folsom in 2000 and enjoying myself.

I volunteered for a stint and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom booth there at the Festival.  The NCSF had been of great and timely assistance in helping Club X beat the whole San Diego 6 thing so returning the favor with some of my time seemed right.

But I did have time left over during that day and enjoyed myself out and amongst the crowd there at Folsom.  

Lots of fun indeed!
Working the crowd at Folsom 2000
Longhair at IML 20012001 was also a good year.

I hit up IML for the first time in several years.  It was a lot of fun to have come back there with that much more experience under my belt.  My hair at that time was in its full glory and I enjoyed having such a mane.

I had a lot of fun with the guys I'd come to know over the years who'd also made "the pilgrimage" to IML.

I took in yet another Tom of Finland Erotic Art Weekend in 2001.  This was when it was at an art gallery on Santa Monica and the energy was great there!

And I was up at Folsom again where I discovered the photographer Mark Chester and his gallery there on Folsom itself.

At Mark Chesters during Folsom 2001
I was back at IML in  2002.  I just didn't get any pics just of myself that year.

I was back at Folsom, of course.  The first order of business that year was getting myself a new pair of combat boots.  These turned out to be Corcorans - THE combat boots!  Yay me!

That night I was over at the Loading Dock for the Hootboots.com boot party and got 'em shined for the very first time!  I asked one of the other boot guys there if he'd take my picture getting my boots shined.  He did.  And did so as the boot fetishist he was by focusing the picture solely on the boots and not me and the boots!


First Shine of my new Corcorans at Folsom 2002
Walk she said...
Ride, She Said...

At Folsom's end I joined my hosts for an excellent dinner at a nearby Thai place.  It was a great way to wind down the event and the weekend.

Among the friends there sharing the table with Richard & Marie was another friend of theirs, Traci.

She looked absolutely dynamite in her leathers that day.  And she was wearing these killer boots to set the whole outfit off.  Well, turned out the boots were also "killer" on her feet and once off of them during the dinner her feet then let her know that walking in those boots was out of the question.  Even just the few blocks back to Richard's place there on Folsom.  

Well, I did what any other gentleman would've done in helping such a distressed damsel!
IML 2003

A lot had changed since I first started going there in the 90s.  And I'd changed too.

Oddly enough, at IML in '02 I met the woman I'd eventually fall in love with and move out from Oklahoma to live with me in San Diego.  It was a passionate affair indeed.  And we "kicked it off" in '02 by my finding an unused room at the Congress Theater, pushing her into it, and making her howl with her legs wrapped around my head.
Coat Check Fun
Richard's Leather KiltPutting more of it all together.

On the left is the first time I was out and about with Richard Chatterton's leather kilt.  I inherited it from him and it's something I prize.  The man is still missed.

I'm also wearing the leather bondage corset that Marie had made for me.  She had it worked up by MacLeo's Sexy Leathers in San Diego.  She specified the three D-rings on each side as it made for an excellent way to keep a big guy like me securely bound.  At the Portland Leather Alliance KinkFest in '02 she proved just how effective those rings were.

I'm also wearing this leather arm sleeve on my right arm.  It's a neat custom piece that I picked up at IML in '02.  You can see it better in the image below.

Julia and I had some great times together.  In many ways her approach to sex with me was a lot like that of a gay man's.  I didn't mind that at all!

I brought her up to Folsom that year, her first time there, and we had a blast together.  I even brought her 'round Mark Chester's for some good leather photos for us that year.  Mark wasn't and isn't keen on dealing with women.  He's just one of those gay guys who doesn't even like touching females.  Oh well, his loss.  Good photos though.

Folsom 2003 with Julia at Mark Chester's
Julia and I had a helluva ride!

But, eventually, it was time to move on.

In 2006 I attended the San Diego Pride Festival and decided I'd rather be comfortable in the July heat of America's Finest City™ than be seating it in full hides.

So, I got myself a Leather Pride Flag sarong and headed out.  I was comfortable indeed!  And nothing like "going commando" on a hot summer's day in such an otherwise lightweight bit of attire.

I know I was more comfortable in it than Gayle there in her leathers.  Though, Gayle certainly looked hot in other ways!


The next year I was up at the Southern California Leatherwoman Contest as it was held in the El Segundo Masonic Lodge.  It was a fun and very much "community" event.  Far more so than the usual leather title contests.

Among other things, they had a community fund raising auction where the contestants provided items to be sold in it.  As one particular contestant was from San Diego and as I was from San Diego, the producer asked me to display the goods!

Well, shucks, if I must...

So, again in Richard's kilt along with my Dehners was I there.  This time up on stage holding a pan of Chocolate chip cookies!  No, I wasn't being auctioned, the cookies were!  It was a great event and I'm glad I got to attend it as well as help out - even if just standing there holding some baked goods in the process!
In 2008 I was living the life of a "road warrior" - that is, working as a consultant at various locations out of state.  That particular year it was out at Huntsville, Alabama.

The pay was outstanding and I'd damn little else to do but work and head back to the hotel room at day's end.  That, and do the twice monthly travel as per the contract I was on.  This was "flight back home or equivalent airfare to any other destination."  So, that meant I started hitting up other events and stuff!

And I knew I'd need some new leathers for that!   So, I hist up this one vendor I found out in Atlanta and got myself my very own pair of custom made 
jodhpurs.  Just the thing to go with my Dehners.

After a wee bit of back 'n forth with the leather maker, I was in fine form with this piece.  As part of the alterations she'd inserted a swath of Lycra down along the calves.  Aside from being stretchy and allowing them to fit me better, that Lycra was also slick enough to allow the boots to slide right off with minimal pulling!  She's now adopted that with each new pair of jodhpurs she makes.

Mark Chester liked them as well.
New jodhpurs at Folsom
Pony Play At Mark's With Ann 20092009 was quite the year for me.  My work had now shifted to El Segundo and I'd picked things up with Ann, who I'd met the previous year at the South West Leather Conference.  That was a very "woo woo" event.  But, she was there in all her ponyplay glory and connected.

Ponyplay was new to me.  And it was no small rush doing it at Folsom where she always drew a crowd.  Very ego stroking.

Even Mark had to admit the photos we took were among his most commented to date!
Pony Play with Ann at Folsom
Folsom 2015 at Mark's

Not a whole lot new over the next couple of years, leatherwise.  Did a nice set in 2015 at Mark's again.  That year Ann and I did some of the best images we'd had done with Mark.
Me at the premier of the Tom of Finland movieUp here in Los Angeles now, I've been able to attend a lot more of the Tom of Finland Foundation events.

On the left was taken at the 2015 LA premier of the Tom of Finland movie.  It was a nicely done film and it was great to be able to be there to take it in.

On the right was back in early 2020 at the "book premiere" of Peter Berlin's new book.  This was held at the Tom of Finland Foundation House there in Silverlake.

I was one of the few guys there in leather that night.  Kinda striking, that, for an event at the ToF Foundation for so few to be there in their leathers.
Peter Berlin at the Tom of Finland House
And for now, March of 2021, that's about it.  2020 was pretty damn dry for leather stuff.  And this year is starting pretty damn slow.  Hopefully, that'll soon change and I'll have more leather stuff to add here.  In the meantime, this'll do!

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This page was last updated on: 01 March 2021

 

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