The LEATHER Scene

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    Aug 20, 2010 5:14 PM GMT
    So, ive always been interested in getting into the leathermen scene, but dont know what to do and where to start.
    Gentlemen, any suggestions for a newbie?
    Thanks.
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    Aug 20, 2010 5:19 PM GMT
    Ramrod's, Ft. Lauderdale.

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    Aug 20, 2010 5:21 PM GMT
    Talk to http://www.realjock.com/original714. I think he just went to MAL http://www.leatherweekend.com/
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    Aug 20, 2010 5:24 PM GMT
    GigoloAssassin saidSo, ive always been interested in getting into the leathermen scene, but dont know what to do and where to start.
    Gentlemen, any suggestions for a newbie?
    Thanks.


    Could you be more specific as to what you mean by "getting into" the leathermen scene? I just read your profile and I don't see you there, though there are all types and I am not familiar with all the various subtypes.
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    Aug 20, 2010 6:57 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidRamrod's, Ft. Lauderdale.

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    Wow, this looks like a lot of work, but its so cool! icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 20, 2010 7:03 PM GMT
    BuddyinNYC said
    GigoloAssassin saidSo, ive always been interested in getting into the leathermen scene, but dont know what to do and where to start.
    Gentlemen, any suggestions for a newbie?
    Thanks.


    Could you be more specific as to what you mean by "getting into" the leathermen scene? I just read your profile and I don't see you there, though there are all types and I am not familiar with all the various subtypes.


    I mean when you go into the leather bar, whats the 'etiquette', what to wear, how you interact with everyone, etc.
    I'm just interested in it.
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    Aug 20, 2010 8:41 PM GMT
    The following site might give you a better idea, a taste.
    http://www.seattle-leather.com/
    As for bars, they're all different.
  • OptimusMatt

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    Aug 20, 2010 8:43 PM GMT
    check out recon.com...
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    Aug 20, 2010 9:28 PM GMT
    GigoloAssassin saidSo, ive always been interested in getting into the leathermen scene, but dont know what to do and where to start.
    Gentlemen, any suggestions for a newbie?
    Thanks.

    Leatherman scene? What's that? ;3
  • Halcyonz

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    Aug 20, 2010 9:31 PM GMT
    GigoloAssassin saidSo, ive always been interested in getting into the leathermen scene, but dont know what to do and where to start.
    Gentlemen, any suggestions for a newbie?
    Thanks.


    Folsom Street Fair is coming up here at the end of September in San Francisco. I suggest that event, Mwahaha! I'll be there ;) It's pretty fun and exotic out of a lot of the parties that happen throughout the year..

    http://folsomstreetfair.org/
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    Aug 20, 2010 9:34 PM GMT
    Check out the Avatar Club Los Angeles. It is close enough for you to visit and has a long history of helping people explore their sexual identity:

    http://www.avatarla.org/
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    Aug 20, 2010 9:46 PM GMT
    Halcyonz said
    GigoloAssassin saidSo, ive always been interested in getting into the leathermen scene, but dont know what to do and where to start.
    Gentlemen, any suggestions for a newbie?
    Thanks.


    Folsom Street Fair is coming up here at the end of September in San Francisco. I suggest that event, Mwahaha! I'll be there ;) It's pretty fun and exotic out of a lot of the parties that happen throughout the year..

    http://folsomstreetfair.org/


    Youre going?! icon_biggrin.gif
    Well then. I have another reason to check it out. icon_twisted.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 20, 2010 9:49 PM GMT
    Well depends on what you want in the leather scene.....



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    Aug 20, 2010 9:51 PM GMT
    UrsaMajor saidCheck out the Avatar Club Los Angeles. It is close enough for you to visit and has a long history of helping people explore their sexual identity:

    http://www.avatarla.org/


    Thanks ill check this out too. icon_biggrin.gif
    As far as my sexuality goes, ive pretty much eXXXplored everything, lol! This is just more specific, to 'expand' my taste. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 20, 2010 10:39 PM GMT
    You can start with a history lesson... I expect a 3-page report on Tom of Finland, and a brief spoken summary while you shine my boots.

    I started by meeting guys in the leather community. I'll admit, it's hard to break into, since most of the people that come to us to talk are only slightly interested, or giggle when they enter a leather bar or shop, thinking "I hope my friends don't see me here." Or you've got the fashion leathers, who just happen to think leather looks hot on guys, but are not interested in the lifestyle at all. Just start slow, make a few friends, and if you're seriously interested in it after studying the lifestyle a bit, find a Sir you trust and have known for a while, and become his boy if He's interested. You'll earn your boots in no time. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 20, 2010 10:52 PM GMT
    Pyrotech saidYou can start with a history lesson... I expect a 3-page report on Tom of Finland, and a brief spoken summary while you shine my boots.

    I started by meeting guys in the leather community. I'll admit, it's hard to break into, since most of the people that come to us to talk are only slightly interested, or giggle when they enter a leather bar or shop, thinking "I hope my friends don't see me here." Or you've got the fashion leathers, who just happen to think leather looks hot on guys, but are not interested in the lifestyle at all. Just start slow, make a few friends, and if you're seriously interested in it after studying the lifestyle a bit, find a Sir you trust and have known for a while, and become his boy if He's interested. You'll earn your boots in no time. icon_wink.gif



    I'll be your boy any day icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 20, 2010 11:13 PM GMT
    Space_Cowboy_89 said
    Pyrotech saidYou can start with a history lesson... I expect a 3-page report on Tom of Finland, and a brief spoken summary while you shine my boots.

    I started by meeting guys in the leather community. I'll admit, it's hard to break into, since most of the people that come to us to talk are only slightly interested, or giggle when they enter a leather bar or shop, thinking "I hope my friends don't see me here." Or you've got the fashion leathers, who just happen to think leather looks hot on guys, but are not interested in the lifestyle at all. Just start slow, make a few friends, and if you're seriously interested in it after studying the lifestyle a bit, find a Sir you trust and have known for a while, and become his boy if He's interested. You'll earn your boots in no time. icon_wink.gif



    I'll be your boy any day icon_biggrin.gif


    Back off Cowboy, he was talking to ME!
    Anyway....icon_cool.gif
    I pretty much read everything about Tom of Finland, bought his books, all that.
    And yes sir, i'll study them again while i shine your boots. Sir.
  • Webster666

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    Aug 20, 2010 11:16 PM GMT
    The #1 thing to do is to buy some leather from a gay leather store. Don't buy the cheap crap from stores that sell to straights and women.
    Start out with a pair of boots, a vest, and a jacket.

    Then, hang out where leather men hang out.
    No need to be nervous.
    Just be friendly.
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    Aug 20, 2010 11:17 PM GMT
    GigoloAssassin said
    Space_Cowboy_89 said
    Pyrotech saidYou can start with a history lesson... I expect a 3-page report on Tom of Finland, and a brief spoken summary while you shine my boots.

    I started by meeting guys in the leather community. I'll admit, it's hard to break into, since most of the people that come to us to talk are only slightly interested, or giggle when they enter a leather bar or shop, thinking "I hope my friends don't see me here." Or you've got the fashion leathers, who just happen to think leather looks hot on guys, but are not interested in the lifestyle at all. Just start slow, make a few friends, and if you're seriously interested in it after studying the lifestyle a bit, find a Sir you trust and have known for a while, and become his boy if He's interested. You'll earn your boots in no time. icon_wink.gif



    I'll be your boy any day icon_biggrin.gif


    Back off Cowboy, he was talking to ME!
    Anyway....icon_cool.gif
    I pretty much read everything about Tom of Finland, bought his books, all that.
    And yes sir, i'll study them again while i shine your boots. Sir.



    I burst out laughing over this. Not the WHOLE comment. Just the "back off.!!" comment. *sigh*
    It would be nice if Knoxville, Tennessee had a leather scene.
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    Aug 20, 2010 11:24 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidThe #1 thing to do is to buy some leather from a gay leather store. Don't buy the cheap crap from stores that sell to straights and women.
    Start out with a pair of boots, a vest, and a jacket.

    Then, hang out where leather men hang out.
    No need to be nervous.
    Just be friendly.


    I got leather jeans a long time ago, but they don't fit me anymore. icon_sad.gif
    And i can't any Doc Martens anywhere, or is that even relevant?
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    Aug 20, 2010 11:28 PM GMT
    mynyun said
    GigoloAssassin said

    Back off Cowboy, he was talking to ME!
    Anyway....icon_cool.gif
    I pretty much read everything about Tom of Finland, bought his books, all that.
    And yes sir, i'll study them again while i shine your boots. Sir.



    I burst out laughing over this. Not the WHOLE comment. Just the "back off.!!" comment. *sigh*
    It would be nice if Knoxville, Tennessee had a leather scene.


    Hahaha!
    Thank you, i'm glad you got my sense of humour.
    Well....i Was partly serious about the studying and the boots thing. icon_wink.gif
  • neosyllogy

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    Aug 20, 2010 11:29 PM GMT
    Fetlife.com
    is a good kink community site. Should list events in your area. And you might even find some cool people to offer guidance.

    The gay leather scene tends to be a bit separate from the general kink scene (in my limited experience; offer not valid in some locations, etc.), but the the general scene tends to be pretty open and often has pre-designed ways of easing yourself in. Via "munches", pseudo-public parties, etc.

    Probably worth noting that even in a particular area (e.g. boston) it is not by any means a homogeneous community. So if you don't like the vibe at one event or another don't necessarily assume there aren't other places more to your taste. (Just FYI.)
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    Aug 20, 2010 11:34 PM GMT
    neosyllogy saidFetlife.com
    is a good kink community site. Should list events in your area. And you might even find some cool people to offer guidance.

    The gay leather scene tends to be a bit separate from the general kink scene (in my limited experience; offer not valid in some locations, etc.), but the the general scene tends to be pretty open and often has pre-designed ways of easing yourself in. Via "munches", pseudo-public parties, etc.

    Probably worth noting that even in a particular area (e.g. boston) it is not by any means a homogeneous community. So if you don't like the vibe at one event or another don't necessarily assume there aren't other places more to your taste. (Just FYI.)


    Thanks for reminding me the difference between the leather scene and the kink scene; i don't wnat to go that far, lol!
    Well, we'll see...
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    Aug 21, 2010 11:42 PM GMT
    GigoloAssassin said
    Webster666 saidThe #1 thing to do is to buy some leather from a gay leather store. Don't buy the cheap crap from stores that sell to straights and women.
    Start out with a pair of boots, a vest, and a jacket.

    Then, hang out where leather men hang out.
    No need to be nervous.
    Just be friendly.


    I got leather jeans a long time ago, but they don't fit me anymore. icon_sad.gif
    And i can't any Doc Martens anywhere, or is that even relevant?


    I'd advise against going out and buying a ton of leather right off. Talk to people, and get to know leather well before wasting money on a lot of what's being sold. Go out and find some leather that really gets you going, and find out who made it, what type of leather it is, how heavy it is vs. how heavy of leather you want. When you know who made it and what kind of leather, I'd recommend going online to buy it, or finding it at a leather fair for much cheaper prices. I've never been to California, so couldn't really recommend anyone local to you, but I've bought several pieces of gear from Mr S, and have always been satisfied with the quality. The last shirt I got was from Rubio; bought it at Mates Leather Weekend in a leather market. It's my first piect of clothing from Rubio, and I'll be buying more.

    As for boots, Dr Marten has light, comfortable boots. They're fairly durable, but don't hold a shine very well in most of their boots that I've owned. My favorite boost are by Wesco. To get the best feel of what you really want to look for in a boot, I'd recommend finding a Sir to teach you to bootblack. If you do well enough, you may be given your first pair of boots. Most of the leather gear I have has been earned, and I didn't pay money for them. As you start to get involved more in the leather community, you may earn pieces the more you serve. I've given shirts, chaps, harnesses away to boys that have made their way scrubbing floors after events, bootblacking, learning techniques, etc. When you earn a piece, it means far more than running out to the store to buy what you think will look hot.

    When you earn your gear, it also comes with a lesson. You don't want to be the guy walking into a leather bar with a collar that you bought yourself, a leash with nobody holding it, baggy pants and tennis shoes. Find someone who was trained Old Guard, and ask them to recommend a trainer.

    Also, your "Back off Cowboy" comment was damn hilarious.
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    Aug 22, 2010 2:56 AM GMT
    Pyrotech said
    GigoloAssassin said
    Webster666 saidThe #1 thing to do is to buy some leather from a gay leather store. Don't buy the cheap crap from stores that sell to straights and women.
    Start out with a pair of boots, a vest, and a jacket.

    Then, hang out where leather men hang out.
    No need to be nervous.
    Just be friendly.


    I got leather jeans a long time ago, but they don't fit me anymore. icon_sad.gif
    And i can't any Doc Martens anywhere, or is that even relevant?


    I'd advise against going out and buying a ton of leather right off. Talk to people, and get to know leather well before wasting money on a lot of what's being sold. Go out and find some leather that really gets you going, and find out who made it, what type of leather it is, how heavy it is vs. how heavy of leather you want. When you know who made it and what kind of leather, I'd recommend going online to buy it, or finding it at a leather fair for much cheaper prices. I've never been to California, so couldn't really recommend anyone local to you, but I've bought several pieces of gear from Mr S, and have always been satisfied with the quality. The last shirt I got was from Rubio; bought it at Mates Leather Weekend in a leather market. It's my first piect of clothing from Rubio, and I'll be buying more.

    As for boots, Dr Marten has light, comfortable boots. They're fairly durable, but don't hold a shine very well in most of their boots that I've owned. My favorite boost are by Wesco. To get the best feel of what you really want to look for in a boot, I'd recommend finding a Sir to teach you to bootblack. If you do well enough, you may be given your first pair of boots. Most of the leather gear I have has been earned, and I didn't pay money for them. As you start to get involved more in the leather community, you may earn pieces the more you serve. I've given shirts, chaps, harnesses away to boys that have made their way scrubbing floors after events, bootblacking, learning techniques, etc. When you earn a piece, it means far more than running out to the store to buy what you think will look hot.

    When you earn your gear, it also comes with a lesson. You don't want to be the guy walking into a leather bar with a collar that you bought yourself, a leash with nobody holding it, baggy pants and tennis shoes. Find someone who was trained Old Guard, and ask them to recommend a trainer.

    Also, your "Back off Cowboy" comment was damn hilarious.


    Thanks alot Pyro.
    I didn't know it's a lot of work, but I am very interested. I'm gonna visit some bars I know and just feel my way around. Thanks again guys.

    Poor Cowboy, lol!
    Peace man. icon_wink.gif