Jul 8, 2015

Under the Tape

As promised, I got my turn under the tight embrace of hundreds of yards of duct tape. I chose the colors myself prior to the wrap and quite like how it turned out. This was by far the most secure mummification that I have ever been in. There was absolutely no way I could get out on my own. I couldn't even wiggle enough to manage to roll over. It was a fantastic 4 hours!





CLAW

Well, it's long over due, but better late than never. I recently attended my first Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend. I have to say, it was not what I expected.

I suppose I went into the weekend expecting a more quiet, toned down version of the larger, more prominent events like IML or MAL. For starters, I was pleased to discover that CLAW was not a title, like the other events I mentioned. I'm not saying that I disagree with holding pageants at these events, as I feel they are quite important, but I do have to disagree with them being the focus of these events. At least for me, these events have always been more about like minded people getting together, building friendships, sharing experiences, learning, and having a generally amazing time.

And that's exactly what I found CLAW to be. The weekend felt like it was less about looking good in your gear and being with friends, and more like it was about feeling good in your gear and being with friends.

There is not a doubt in my mind that I will be attending again.

Jun 16, 2015

Mummy Time

A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be able to mummify two guys in the same week! Here are some of the results!

For the first wrap, I got to experiment with finishes, gloss vs. matte. The final product is relatively subtle, but I like it.


The second wrap, only 2 days later, was more simple in design for a visiting puppy. He chose the colors, but otherwise let me have at it. I tried running the colored tape vertically, rather than horizontally, hoping for a smoother surface and was happy to see that it worked!


I always love wrapping and decorating a boy. Soon it will be my turn under the tape :)

Feb 13, 2015

Creating Change 2015

I was recently given the opportunity to travel to Denver for something called "Creating Change". This event is a conference on LGBT equality, attracting nearly 4,000 people. This event landed on my calendar because Sir was to speak against conversion therapy and its harmful effects. I happily agreed to come and support him, before being told that he was also participating in a kink themed workshop; a workshop that I was to be involved in: as his subject.

I got in Thursday night, when Sir, myself, and a good local friend had dinner and spent a short time at the Denver Eagle. Upon returning to the hotel, we found a group of 10 people waiting outside our hotel room door for us. Sir had planned a little get together for some members of the community that had an interest in kink. We had a busy weekend ahead of us.

Friday morning brought some excellent fun prior to starting the day. We rushed down to a conference room that was rather difficult to locate, just in time for Sir to participate in the workshop about conversion therapy. After the important workshop was finished, we headed off to grab a quick lunch. After lunch, we headed back up to the room to catch up on a little bit of rest before the big kink workshop. While the workshop was all planned out, my role was to be Sir's subject of a flogging demonstration. It wasn't until right before the workshop started that Sir told me that our portion of the demonstration would also include paddling.

Our first workshop of the morning attracted about 50 people, so I was expecting to see about the same amount for our second workshop. Sir had a somewhat higher estimate of about 100 people. As we started the workshop, there were easily 200 people sitting and standing in the room awaiting the presentation. The room was packed. When the chairs were full, people sat on the floor of the isle. When the isle was full, people stood behind the chairs in the back of the room. I would say that the room was 'standing-room-only', but there wasn't even room for that. Everyone involved in the workshop was floored by the turn out. The workshop got underway and when Sir got to the topic of roles, he used our relationship as an example and wasted no time in ordering me into the spotlight and onto my knees. To put it as simple as possible, I was extremely nervous. I don't do well in front of large crowds, and here I was, on my knees, in front of the largest audience I have ever been in front of in my life. While nervous, this time in the spotlight worked well to acclimate me to the additional attention. Before long, I was ordered back to my spot on the floor just off the "stage" area.

After a couple of additional information segments, the crowd was pleased that it was finally time to see the live demonstrations, which was what attracted many of them to the workshop. Most workshops at this event involved speeches and presentations, so live action demonstrations draw a little more attention. For the duration of the workshop, I was tasked with session photography. The time finally came for me to put my phone down and rejoin Sir before the crowd. But this time was different. This time I would be paddled. As I walked up to Sir, he began to reintroduce me to the crowd, but he did something unexpected. Knowing I was nervous to be in front ofso many people, he pointed it out to the audience and asked for a round of applause for me. The room erupted with the sounds of clapping and cheering, and all for little ol' me. I just about melted. I understood right then, just how excited and serious this group of people was about learning about what we do. I was no longer nervous. I was no longer afraid. I was thrilled and high on life. I can't thank Sir enough for breaking that barrier for me. I will never be afraid to speak or demonstrate kink in front of a large crowd again.

The workshop continued with other demonstrations, including rope work, temperature play, additional impact play, and another demo where I was flogged. When the workshop was over, we began to pack up our gear as the main presenters (Sir and three others) answered questions from the extra-curious members of the audience. Sir and I were both shocked and thrilled when one of the first questions came from a very young new comer, but was directed towards me, rather than any of the main presenters. This was my first real glimpse into Sir's life as an acitivist and teacher of the community. It was incredible to be able to speak to someone at such a young age about their curiosity and questions about kink. Additional questions, comments, and adorations really helped to hit home the reality that there is more interest in kink than one might see at first glance.

That is incredibly exciting.

Later that evening, we attended a drag show at the event before hosting another little informative play session in our room and calling it a night. Saturday morning started with another fun play session before starting the day. Sir and I got a chance to explore the flexibility of our roles as we both Dominated a guy together who was experiencing bondage for his first time. When we finished, we headed down to a kink caucus, where a small group of about 70 people got together to discuss kink in their region, how well it is accepted, and how to better improve its acceptance. After dinner, Sir had plans to play with a great local guy before the three of us headed back out to the Denver Eagle for an hour or so. Due to the success and overwhelming interest from the kink workshop, Sir had helped to organize a last minute, off the books, demonstration session that would allow the participants to get a little more hands-on than the workshop. We started this immediately after we left the bar. Everyone that participated seemed to have an incredible time. The smiles and laughter that I saw in that conference room in those early morning hours was heart warming.

Sunday started in the usual way, but included a very fun third party. When we finally managed to drag ourselves out of bed and pack, we headed down for a parting brunch before heading to the airport to return home.

This weekend was unlike anything I had experienced before. This was the first event I have ever attended that included the full spectrum of the LGBT community. I was there to help Sir teach, but in turn, ended up learning more about the community than I ever could have predicted. The support, love, and caring that this community holds for its members was enlightening and beautiful. I can't wait to be a part of it next year.

Jan 22, 2015

MAL 2015

MAL has once again come and gone, and like any leather event, it was incredible. This was only my second MAL, but I did things a little differently this time. An opportunity to attend the event by staying with Sir allowed for the personal time we both desired, while still allowing easy access to the event and so many friends and amazing guys.

To start, the weekend was an amazing success. Travel was cheap and easy, the weather was cooperative, and the event went off without a hitch. I arrived Thursday night, along with a couple close friends, and spent the night at the hotel with them. Sir and I met at a local bar that was hosting a bit of a welcoming party for the event before heading to the hotel to socialize a bit more before bed. The next morning brought some quick play and an excellent breakfast, followed but more play in the hotel room with both new and old friends. We did some shopping to get the essentials for the weekend and by the time we were done, the market was opening up, so we headed down that way to check it out. Sir bought a leather shoulder to wrist restraint system and led me around the market in it, which was amazing.

After the market, Sir and I headed back to his place to drop off my luggage and collect a few things for the event. Upon returning to the hotel, we began preparing for a rubber meet and greet. I've been in rubber many times before, each one was great, but always had a bit of a feeling like I was on display. I suppose that's not entirely strange; being squeezed into something so tight and shiny. This time was different though. I had never felt so comfortable and 'right' in rubber before. It was perfect!

Sir and I had an perfect Saturday morning in bed before grabbing lunch on our way back to the hotel. We headed back to the market, where I was again led around by collar and leash while bound in leather. Sir had some volunteer work in the evening, so I headed out to dinner with friends before getting back to the event for some play and to socialize in the lobby and dance a bit downstairs. Later that night, Sir and I enjoyed our personal time together, away from the event.

Sunday morning started off about the same way. In the afternoon, I had plans to get tied up while Sir had to take care of some things. I ended up strapped down to a bed in the most intense and restrictive hogtie I have ever been in. It was amazing. After my scene, I headed back to the hotel to hang out with a few friends in their room. While there, I met a few new guys and made a few new friends. After a bit more time in the lobby, we said some goodbyes and headed home with a cute pup in tow.

Monday was a 'non-event' day, but far from uneventful. Sir and I had plans to expand my interests by fisting me for my first time. As I had been told before, fisting is an intensely trustworthy activity, not to mention an intense experience itself. I didn't quite take the whole fist, but I'm extremely excited to have been able to make it past the widest part. I'm in no hurry to go again, but I can definitely say that it will be happening again!

The weekend had one downside: staying somewhere away from the hotel. It was great having the privacy, but the frequent commute to the hotel was time consuming and needing to store the things we brought in our gracious friends rooms was not not convenient. We will definitely be at the host hotel or a nearby hotel next year. All in all, the weekend was fantastic. Now... how long until IML?