*UPDATE* NYC - Folsom East

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    Jun 19, 2011 7:57 PM GMT
    I'm gonna be there for a few hours to scope it out and see what its about.

    Pics to follow... icon_smile.gif

    * UPDATED *
    So here's a brief report about this lovely little event.

    I'm no leatherman, though I have a (probably passing) interest in leather and the community. That is, the only leather I have are a pair of black Danner boots, which I got for actual use hiking in mountain trails in snowbound weather.

    Though apparently they do good duty with black jeans in a leather scene.

    I did get to try on a half-harness, which admittedly was about 50% of the reason I made the trip to this event. Gotta admit, it gave me a little wood wearing that thing, and one of the staff working the harness/leather stall was very comfortable with feeling me in the harness to make sure I had a near-perfect fit. Cute guy too, who underguessed my age. Though he did that with all the customers, smart worker that he was...

    Some observations, most of which should be perfectly obvious to anyone:

    1) Wearing a yellow t-shirt tucked in your back left pocket or around your belt over the left side of your ass will get you some interesting requests. That is, until someone STEALS the shirt off your belt in the perpetual darkness that is the NYC Eagle. Note to self: wear an older shirt I won't mind losing, and tie the fuggin' thing instead of just looping it thru my belt...

    Fortunately, I had a second button-up shirt stashed in the car.

    2) NYC Eagle is... well, if you are unaccustomed to the leather scene, the Eagle is pretty much a flagship bar for the local leather community. And if you go in there, be ready for some (sub)culture shock. After making my way up to the roof deck from the nether darkened deeps (wasn't actually too bad, just insanely crowded and suffocatingly hot) after having been separated from my t-shirt, this upper deck, exposed to broad daylight, had numerous people kinda shadily clustered together. Interesting stuff going on:

    - Pot smokers (they had some realllllly good stuff, from what I smelled of it, and that's all I'll say about that)

    - Cock smokers (and one particularly lusty twosome actually fucked in ine of the cormers; when they finished, the top wiped his residue on the back of the bottom's head hair alá the "hair mousse" scene in There's Something About Mary")

    - Very friendly, but very grabby, people. If you can't handle being touched (to the point of some folks sticking their hands in your pants, you do NOT want to go here.

    - There is a LOT of sexual energy in a leather bar, much more so than the typical club. Thick like you could cut it with a knife.

    - Oh, and to the really cute bottom guy I was really considering going to your place with and bang you until your teeth came out, but wound up bouncing out on: Ya needs to wash your nasty ass crack. If I go for fingering your hole and I smell strong unwashed ass before I even get you unpuckered, that's a goddamned deal breaker. Soap in your crack at least once a day, is yer friend...

    And the pics will be ready shortly...
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    Jun 20, 2011 9:27 AM GMT
    (Pasty white guy alert!)

    Yay I tries on harness:





    ...but at $180 USD for this, it was simply not to be; more than what my discretionary budget allows.

    That and I haven't the foggiest idea how to put the contraption on without a second set of hands... icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 20, 2011 9:42 AM GMT
    In no particular order:

    Entering the Folsom Street East cordon from the 10th Ave/28th St. gate. Looks kinda dull from here, though there was a bit of a line to get in with a $10 USD "suggested" donation that was really pretty much required. I arrived there around 4pm or so.

    The money collected defrays the cost of the permit, and the porta-potties, and many various LGBT oriented non-profits, in particular a safe-sex group. Which of course, is a good thing... but the mixed message comes a few stalls in where some bareback porn outlet (didn't bother taking pics of that for some reason, so I don't remember what studio - more than likely, it was Treasure Island Media).



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    Jun 20, 2011 9:46 AM GMT
    Random sash bears/leathermen... the master is "Mr. Connecticut" and I think the sub had some "Mr. Pennsylvania" title.



    Not a bad couple.

    This guy is a jockstrap-and-suspenders man.



    Or is it just ass-less briefs? I learned that to leathermen, black with white piping (as in these briefs) means the wearer is a safe-sex bottom. Good to know, perhaps.

    Other colours are:

    Blue = general purpose fucking
    Yellow = piss play
    Red = fisting and other extreme expressions of sex
    (Rare) Brown = scat

    There are a dozen or so other colours, but those all address very specific kinks and/or may not be at all well known by even the general leather wearing public.
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    Jun 20, 2011 9:48 AM GMT
    I like that kind of harness - I would like to get one myself but like you, the cost puts me off really! I think they are way over-priced for what they are. A pair of leather shoes costs a lot less and are way better constructed.
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    Jun 20, 2011 9:57 AM GMT
    There were a lot of guys with some pretty damned hot inkwork:

    Tribal pattern of some sort, apparently still in progress


    Irezumi (Japanese sleevework) with a typical ocean-going theme, with octopusses, lotuses and other flowers and whatnot.




    Same guy had this kick-ass Bundesadler (German Federal Eagle) with some Chinese characters, that iirc, he told me that they meant "Strength from Within"




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    Jun 20, 2011 10:04 AM GMT
    P-p-p-p-puppy.... Power!

    Not exactly Scooby and Scrappy-Doo, I'm afraid.

    These pups were a match made.... somewhere. icon_biggrin.gif




    Now this guy kinda turned me on a bit... not so much so for the mask with the gag, but the way he was (somewhat) in the "kinbaku" fashion: the BDSM subset of the long Japanese tradition of "Shibari" - knot-tying.




    As an aside, a lot of folks here call this sort of erotic knot tying "shibari", but that word actual is the wider practice of tying decorative knots, such as on greeting cards and gift wrapping.

    And he had an ass that had me popping some serious wood...



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    Jun 20, 2011 10:10 AM GMT
    Rubio Leather, the vendor stall where I tried on the harness (among a few others) in the second post upthread.





    The tall blond guy pointing up at the harnesses was exceptionally helpful, and his charming style *almost* had me shucking out the geld for a harness. I'm a hard sale, though. ;)

    They had nearly everything covered, leather jockstraps, armbands, guantletts, pseudo-cop shirts, and of course, harnesses.

    The fun came when the other "clerk" suggested that I try a cock-ring harness, which I politely declined... icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 20, 2011 10:12 AM GMT
    Candles.



    Leather-scented candles.

    Definitely not gonna find that at your local "Yankee Candle Shoppe" or the Cracker Barrel.
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    Jun 20, 2011 10:14 AM GMT
    Pony-Girl (or transman/drag queen?) and random but hot bubble-assed guy in a gas mask.





    Yup, perfectly round bubble asses offset a multitude of "fashion irregularities".

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    Jun 20, 2011 10:21 AM GMT
    Master Taino and (a member of his) Leather Family. Apparently he has a large collection of live-in BDSM slaves in his household, and a number who live out of his home state (Washington DC) such as this sub (shown worshipping his master). They travel quite a bit doing demos like this, and even offer a training venue for slaves and "junior masters".



    This man (Master Taino) has about the most piercing glare I've ever seen in a guy: for whatever reason, he locked eyes on me, and needless to say, I think he visually raped me, lol....



    I didn't catch the sub guy's name, but he had a rather interesting collection of tattoos along with the beat-down marks on his upper back.









    The interesting thing is the affection between master and slave.... the (intensity) of the pain and discipline inflicted is well beyond my grasp or comfort zone, but there you can see that there is clearly a bond between these two men.
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    Jun 20, 2011 10:26 AM GMT
    Event card (front and back) for Sundays at the NY Bondage Club.





    I passed on going to this, lol... though a part of me wants to learn how to do that kinbaku rope tying. Rawr...
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    Jun 20, 2011 10:30 AM GMT
    Random bubble-butt guy I thought was insanely hot at first, but upon second and third glances, mmmm, maybe not so much?





    The Asian hottie in the ManHunt shirt (somewhat cropped out to the right, second photo) kept giving me the eye. Dang, I shoulda got his contact info.... lol.
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    Jun 20, 2011 10:34 AM GMT
    No shit, this is...

    ...the Emperor of Leathermen.

    No, seriously. He is the fucking Emperor of Leathermen.



    He is part of some fraternal organization that does a lot of fund raising, and I think a great big ole Luis Vitton done dropped right on out of his mouth when I asked him what he was about...
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    Jun 20, 2011 10:36 AM GMT


    This hurt my balls just seeing this from 15 feet (4.5m) away... the whip guy was lashing the guy in the St Andrew's cross on the dick (in particular, right near his PA piercing) and occasionally switching it up to his chest, as the red marks attest.

    That whip was crackin' loudly too.

    Periodically, whip guy would move in and deep-kiss the whippee... most of the crowd watching this had some very mixed reactions, some cheering them, and others going.... W....T....F...?!?

    BTW, there were a lot of non-leather scene folks like myself, so I'd imagine on Master/Slave night at the Eagle, there'd be a lot more cheering and little if any WTF'ing.
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    Jun 20, 2011 10:41 AM GMT
    I'm really not sure what this is supposed to be....



    ... kind of put me in mind of "Ghost in the Shell" meets "The Fifth Element" meets "Catwoman" from Batman.
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    Jun 20, 2011 10:43 AM GMT
    Ummmm, no. I don't care if this is Folsom Street East, those pants are a fucking epic fail.

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    Jun 20, 2011 10:43 AM GMT
    It's a bird.... it's a crane...


    ...no, it's Pink Flamingo Man!

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    Jun 20, 2011 10:45 AM GMT
    Ms. Gurrrrrl, you rocked that boy in the sling like was everything!

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    Jun 20, 2011 10:49 AM GMT
    One of my favourite asses of the day (and though he flags versatile, I am convinced that he is 100% bottom... just the body language, his posture... Grrrr. I wanted his ass bad, lol....)




















    This guy was one of the ManHunt hired/volunteer help... not too shabby either, in the ass dept.



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    Jun 20, 2011 10:50 AM GMT
    So, why is it ok for gay men to walk around on a public street exposing themselves? Why is it ok to have sex on a public street? Why should a public space be used for a "x" rated fetish event? I think this sort of thing give the public the perception that all gay men behave like this.

    And I have to say that pic of the guy with his upper back dark red and bruised from being whipped is sickening.
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    Jun 20, 2011 11:02 AM GMT
    There was little actual "sex on the streets" here; what you do see in my photos are just simulated sex acts, which had to be kept that way to stay within the bounds of NYC ordinances.

    I did see some very sexual things that happened in the Eagle NYC, but that skates in the thinly-iced puddle of being acts which happen on private property?

    I say thinly iced, as in verrrry thinly iced. While I was talking up folks in the Eagle, one of the regulars told me that (the Folsom St. East) festival was an occasional where the Eagle security staff turn more of a blind eye than usual to folks getting sucked off or jerking in discreet circles. Usually they clamp down on that, because the NYPD takes a dim view of public indecency.

    Or perhaps not; but like almost all police activities, they sure don't mind adding to the city coffers by arresting folks and eventually collecting the fines through the justice system.

    Though what bothered me was not the casual club sex (like I said, a couple of guys were going at it hammer-and-tongs right behind me - and that being bareback) icon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gif but rather the rampant party drug use. In the space of 3 minutes, I was offered a joint, some Ecstacy, and something-something nitrite (drug name?) in a nasal-spray looking device.

    No thanks! I've hit joints before, but I'm not touching the other stuff. I rather like being in my sound mind, lol.

    Seriously, I had to take a 30min+ hot shower when I got home to get the toxic stank from the crystal queens and the pot smokers that were circulating up on the top deck out of my hair, and the clothes are running in the washer as I type this, lol.
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    Jun 20, 2011 11:06 AM GMT




    I forgot her name (something involving a vegetable or a cantaloupe, I think...), but she had a stunning singing voice.
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    Jun 20, 2011 11:08 AM GMT
    About 5:30pm, the venue was very packed. Very hard to get to the beer that I never got around to buying.



    Cheap Bud Light mule-piss anyway. icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 20, 2011 11:10 AM GMT
    Sparkycat saidSo, why is it ok for gay men to walk around on a public street exposing themselves? Why is it ok to have sex on a public street? Why should a public space be used for a "x" rated fetish event? I think this sort of thing give the public the perception that all gay men behave like this.

    And I have to say that pic of the guy with his upper back dark red and bruised from being whipped is sickening.



    Thanks for the tour, Alphatrigger. My friends and I had a great time.

    @ Sparkycat: Really?! LOL Some say wearing six cats on one's head is sadistic and cruel. Do all gay men behave like that...?

    Live and let live.