Tuesday, November 14, 2017

5th Annual Leather Fetish Ball in San Diego, December 8!

Note from Papa Tony:  This event WILL SELL OUT.  Plan accordingly.

The Leather Fetish Ball Is Coming Again For A Special Night!

9PM to 2AM, Friday, December 8, 2017

Location: The Rail3796 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

A tribute to the works of Tom of Finland.

Please join us for the 5th annual Leather Fetish Ball in San Diego to celebrate the diverse community we are, with art, entertainment, demonstrations, vendors and of course, you.

A portion of the proceeds goes to the Tom Of Finland Foundation and our amazing sponsors include The Rail, Pleasures and Treasures, Leather Love and BoyPup Creations. Please mark your calendars for Friday, December 8th at The Rail.

DJ: Ryan David Racino

Mistress of Ceremonies: Glitz Glam

Get your tickets for just $25 each on EVENTBRITE, or in person at PLEASURES & TREASURES2525 University Avenue, San Diego, 92104

For further questions please contact Robert Rodriguez at 619-817-9926. See you there!

Please spread the word, and follow the Facebook link to RSVP.

Here are pics from previous Leather Fetish Balls.  They are always the event of the season!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Leather Protocols And History

I am posting an audio recording of a talk given by Todd, who is embracing his role as a Mentor for newer generations.

Todd is a North Carolina native, living in San Diego since 2010. He began his study of leather culture in 2007 after finding acceptance in the leather community. Theory met practice in 2015 when Todd and his husband, Nathan, began growing their own Leather Family.

Todd continues to emphasize his passion for building on our rich traditions and modernizing them for a new generation. He identifies as a switch with submissive boy and Dominant Daddy energy.

Here is Todd on the left, teaching the next generation.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Instructional Video: Playing Without Toys

Years ago, I started posting reviews and demos of kinky toys.  There are many, all over the Internet.

I recently realized that I have never done an instructional video where I specifically avoid using any form of toys or props (with one glorious exception, in today's video).

This is a small part of an actual scene, captured at a local leather bar.  The style of play is subtle to watch on video, but INTENSE to experience, up close.  I am using pressure-points (a lot), tickling, licking, breathing upon wet flesh, spanking, nibbling, gentle touch, FIRM touch, upper-body strength, safe body-punching, ice-water (can never get enough of that) and scratching.

Play By Play Explanation

00:00 - Foreplay, using fingertips.  Notice that I am NOT being sexually aggressive.  Going at the butthole and the genitals right away, is what beginners do.  This is not a porn film. Masterful players are subtle and seductive, working their way up to supreme pleasure.

00:30 - Applying upper-body strength to restrain, while warming up the ass and thighs.  This conveys a sense of being "taken over" by a Dominant.

00:40 - Changing the tempo, and varying the stimulation, however briefly. NEVER just go bang-bang-bang continuously, as if beating a drum.  The goal is to cause arcing and sparking in the sub's brain circuitry.

01:35 - Using my beard and stubble to vary the stimulation, and then BITING.  Most of this action involves nearly biting (scraping the teeth along the skin), rather than actually chomping down.  When any biting occurs, it is in the form of a nip, using the just the edges of two teeth, one on the upper jaw, and one on the lower.  When you nip, do it hard enough to evoke a noticeable response, and then back off.  Doing this rarely, and then nearly biting some more, creates a natural, anticipatory tension in the sub's mind: "Oh lordy - is it going to happen again?"  When nipping, move around.  Don't just concentrate upon one spot.

02:00 - After licking and biting, blowing upon the wet area, to rapidly cause a cooling sensation.

02:10 - Starting again with the biting, but adding more forceful gripping, and growling, in as authentically lustful of a way as possible. This causes the sub's subconscious brain to panic a bit.  This causes the Fight or Flight Response to kick in, and the endorphins will start pumping like water from a faucet.

My favorite pressure points for kinky play.  
There are MANY others, but not as useful for play.

02:20 - Pressure points.  The obvious ones to start with are the sides of the torso. Many folks are ticklish.  Many folks also can stifle the ticklish response, which can fool many Sirs.  Don't assume that they aren't ticklish, when they are being stoic.  You just haven't broken down their barriers yet.  Trust will cause that to happen.

02:30 - Pressure points, again.  Armpit, followed by...

02:40 - Inner thigh.  This is truly worth finding. Center of the inner thigh, just under the genitals. There are tendons that join up there, and when your firm fingers dig in between them, it causes a wonderful response.

03:00 - Warning the sub that things are about to go up a notch, and obtaining verbal assent.  Then, following through.  Intent, followed by action.  This establishes credibility.

03:20 - This is not a hairy sub.  However, tugging (and maybe even yanking) a few hairs where you can find them, is highly stimulating.

03:45 - Dousing with ice water.  I find it hard to resist doing this in bar demos. Total shock to the system, particularly if there is no warning.  That is why I was gesticulating, rather than using words that would warn the sub what was coming up.  That is a large container of bubbly water with lime juice.  I NEVER do kinky play when using alcohol, or any other substance that could impair my judgment. This would be unethical.  In the last forty years, I have seen too many scenes that have gone wrong (sometimes horribly wrong), when either or both players are not fully present.

03:55 - Spreading the wetness around.  Later, I like to fan the wet area with a flogger, but that is outside the topic of Playing Without Toys.

04:25 - Again, firm grasp, with biting.

05:10 - Slapping, then punching.  You will notice that I am ONLY doing this to the larger muscles which can handle it, not to areas where the bones are close to the surface.

05:45 - My personal goal for ass-spanking is to strike at the area of the ass above the butthole.  Everything else is just warmup.  This area can be spanked very hard, AFTER a nice, long amount of warmup.  This reminds the sub of what happened, as they drive home.  Normally, I work both sides of the ass equally.  In this case, since I am performing for the camera, I can't do as even of a job, without blocking the camera view.

After the Video Ends

There was much more to the scene, involving Florentine and regular-style flogging, and MUCH aftercare, cuddling and talking.  I omitted this because my play-partner was wary of having his face on video, and I respect that.

My Playmate's Reaction

Activity such as this is extremely emotive. I tend to immerse myself in the moment. Thoughts of past or future only interfere with my understanding of the now. Afterward, the experience in its specifics fade but I retain the overall emotion. When I speak in generalities it's often because the correct words cannot precisely express my intent.
Often, moments after an encounter, the lingering sensations and accompanying emotion will obliterate any distinguishable vocabulary leaving me with 'that was fun'. In this case I was alight and reeling from sensations. Sensations pleasurable, painful, and others that fall somewhere in between.
Papa Tony brought me through moments of endurance and through some sensory loudness. The ice water, a pleasurable surprise. The tickles that create an interior tempest rather than an external impact. The fur tugging, a welcomed spirit of humor. The bites that are high, bright, loud punctuation. That night Papa Tony had exposed, controlled, and brought to the surface my innate nature.
Watching the video is interesting. I can now visually equate actions with what, before viewing the video, I only had sensory memories. Memories from my skin, muscle and bone. The visual overview, in my opinion, does not compare to the physical stimulation I was feeling in that moment. At times the video shows activity that seems so small, so slight that one can almost overlook it but from the sensation point of view, it was a huge moment. I'm a very visual person, but often times a touch is worth a thousand pictures.

Monday, October 9, 2017

CHANGE OF PLANS: Movie Night Has Moved, with JUICY DETAILS!

The big Tom of Finland Movie Night is still happening, but in a different location, due to a confusion that has been cleared up.  The page with all of the information has been properly updated, and JUICY DETAILS have been added.

The new location is Landmark's Ken Cinema, 4061 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116, RIGHT underneath the KENSINGTON sign, at the junction of Highway 15 and Adams Avenue in Kensington.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Gear up for MOVIE NIGHT! Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Donnie's EXCELLENT poster.

Three previous Gear-Up Movie Nights.  
A you can see, you can dress up, or dress down.

Mr. Southern California Bear 2014/2015 Donnie Vella has taken up the noble task of organizing a fun excuse to gear up if you've got it!

The movie will be Tom of Finland, which is Finland's entry with the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film.  It's currently rated 95% Fresh on RottenTomatoes.com.

It's best to arrive early, for photos, socializing and fun!


Just getting dressed-up fancy and seeing a movie, simply isn't enough.  So, if there is enough time for everything that we have planned…

- There will be a raffle to raise money for charity.  Don't be too surprised if the tickets for the Tom of Finland-themed Leather Fetish Ball (coming upon December 8) are among the prizes.

- Marc Bellenger, the Curator and head of Community Development for the Tom of Finland Foundation, will be telling us what it was like to assist in making the movie as accurate as possible.

- After the movie, we are meeting at the San Diego Eagle to talk about the movie.  Bring your ticket stubs!

When:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017 (the movie starts at 7, but arrival around 6PM is a very good idea.  Tickets might sell out).

Where:  Landmark's Ken Cinema, 4061 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116, RIGHT underneath the KENSINGTON sign, at the junction of Highway 15 and Adams Avenue in Kensington.

Here is Donnie, from the Facebook page for this event

Come and Join the Fun at The Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas for the Film based on the Life of Tom of Finland 🇫🇮

Wear Your Favorite Leather Gear in Celebration of the Man who inspired the Revolution

Known to the world as Tom of Finland, the proudly erotic drawings of artist Touko Laaksonen shaped the fantasies of a generation of gay men, influencing art and fashion before crossing over into the wider cultural consciousness. But who was the man behind the leather? 

Dome Karukoski’s stirring biopic follows his life from the trenches of WWII and repressive Finnish society of the 1950s through his struggle to get his work published in California, where he and his art were finally embraced amid the sexual revolution of the 1970s. Tom’s story is one of love, courage and perseverance, mirroring the gay liberation movement for which his leather-clad studs served as a defiant emblem.

(We will also be collecting $ for The Leather Foundation by doing a Raffle and taking donations ~ The Leather Foundation is a 501c3 that does a lot to help those in need here in San Diego and also stocks the Bars with Condoms and Lube) help give back if you can.