Friday, August 19, 2016

Delay


The Summer 2016 Gallery will be coming in early September (which is still, technically, according to our calendar--the Gregorian calendar--summer until the 22nd of September) instead of late August.

So if the Gregorians (the chanting monks?) say that I'm posting the summer pics according to the summer deadline, then it's legit.  Summer is summer no matter if they've already starting selling Halloween crap at Target.  Even though Halloween is my favorite time of the year--it's basically 2 1/2 months now and I'm fine with that--but you know what I mean.....

We have more to shoot on this newest gallery but, hey, it will be pretty cool so it'll be worth the wait.  I've been busy with sessions and, also, non-BDSM projects.  It's been a busy few months.  Lots done but a lot still to do.

And then we'll be doing Bonus Pics in October followed by a really freaky-deaky Holidays Gallery (we'll talk about it later.....) before the closing of the year.

In the meantime, though, I'll be doing my sessions and beating some butts.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Super Duper


Why is it that so many of these comic book stories and superhero movies feature almost as much bondage and homoerotic shenanigans as one of my BDSM sessions?            

What's up with that?

What kinds of things are bubbling in the back of peoples minds whether they're fully aware of it or if it's more subconscious?

Picture this:

Handsome dudes in fetish outfits tying each other up, teasing, tormenting, poking, prodding, dominance, submission.

Now is that:

a.) a standard gay S&M scene?

or

b.) a moment in a superhero story?

It's pretty difficult to tell one way or the other isn't it?  Either one or both, I guess......

The same thing, basically.  Hmmm.  What does that tell you?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Heat and Leather


For those of you looking to take a nice, warm trip down south before the summer comes to an end, the SouthEast LeatherFest takes place in Atlanta, Georgia from August 25th through August 28th.

It's a big leather event for all kinky adults of all orientations and identities.  Learn more, get tickets, and see the schedule right  HERE

Friday, July 29, 2016

Summer Gallery Sneak Preview

Okay, I'm going to jump ahead a little bit and post up a sneak preview of our upcoming Summer 2016 Gallery.  The whole thing will be up here on this blog at the end of August.  The material below is just a small portion of the entire project.

The concept for this set of photos is something of a fancy-pants, gothic BDSM epic sorta-kinda based on characters from "Alice In Wonderland".  What if an empowered, grown-up Alice got pissed off at the Hearts (the king, the queen, and the knave) so she finally decided to get revenge on them and sends them off to be punished by the King of Spades?  No one ever talks about the King of Spades.  He's the "dark" king.  He's the mean, spooky, mysterious one lurking in the shadows.  The Spades, unlike the Hearts, are peripheral characters in the "Alice" stories.  They wear black and silver and occupy themselves.......doing what, exactly?

Perhaps the Spades are kinky, dark, and into BDSM?  I think so.  It would make sense (to me, at least).

I thought that it would be fun to portray the King of Spades as a young, cruel, bisexual Dungeon Master who's in charge of punishing the other royals when they need it.  Yes, that sounds good.

And I thought: "Let's do this next set of photos as a story told in still images and structure it as a kind of bedtime story for grown up's."  A gritty/grimy 16mm film aesthetic, some cool outfits, creepy backdrops, crumbling castles, masks, spookiness, etc., and so on.

I like doing narrative photo shoots sometimes because they help me figure out what kinds of scenes and themes I want to visually illustrate and how they could appeal to a diverse fetish audience:  not only traditional, gay leather themes but a little bit of something for everybody because the BDSM community holds such a wide crowd.  As you can imagine, most of the people who visit my blog and website are gay guys (and that makes up my client base as well).  Of course.  Obviously.  But I also know that plenty of the visitors to this blog are ladies and younger-ranging men and women with fetish interests.  I get the kink-exploring 21-year-olds, the bisexual college art majors of various genders, some folks from the anime crowd, etc.  I truly appreciate that you gals and guys enjoy the pics and essays that are posted here.  I hope that they're helpful and insightful.

Sometimes I want to do more predictable guy-on-guy S&M photos with leather gear and no "story" in particular.

And then sometimes I want to do photo projects that are a little more strange and challenging.  This project, however, will have a lot of guy-on-guy S&M plus female participants as well.  So it's going to be a photo shoot centered around a loose narrative and bisexual themes. 

In August I'll be shooting with the male submissives.  Last week, though, I had the pleasure of shooting with a terrific model known as StarlightSkye.  She's going to be portraying the Queen of Hearts in this upcoming photo series that I'm calling "Royal Treatment" (hahaha).  She's beautiful, kind, professional, and a pleasure to work with.  So Very Special Thanks to StarlightSkye as the Queen of Hearts, a Very Special Thanks to skslave for doing the behind-the-lens photography, and another Very Special Thanks to skslave and Mr. A. for providing the great location.

Here's a sneak preview of the stuff that we've done so far, the stuff that I did alongside StarlightSkye.  The scenes that I'll be doing with models portraying the King of Hearts and the Knave of Hearts will be coming up next month.  Needless to say, all models are over 21, yada yada, the basics. 

And, yes, I'll be tormenting a twinky White Rabbit also.  Because, hey, why not?





















Thursday, July 21, 2016

Balancing Act



I don't care what stories you may have heard out of someone's mouth, or what tales you've been reading online, no Dom or Dominatrix--no Master or Mistress--gets away with total, absolute cruelty towards a submissive.

Real submissives know this and by real submissives I'm referring to the ones that actually, physically participate in BDSM play not the ones who simply fantasize/talk/write about it.  I'm referring to the ones who do it.  The legit ones, not the talkers.  The ones who know what it feels like to be in leather or rubber or lycra bondage gear, the ones who've been brave enough to surrender to another man or woman taking on the role of Dominant.  The ones who've been bent over a spanking bench (or a bed, that works just fine), the ones who can truly recollect the different sensations involved in being bound to a St. Andrews Cross (for example).  The real submissives, not the fantasizers. 

Real submissives know that there are lines and there must be a degree of mutual respect between themselves and the Dom.  Yes, even in hardcore humiliation/degradation/pain play.  There must be lines.  There must be an aspect of consideration in play even if it's silent while the scene is in full swing.  But the understanding, and the care, must be there.

There are some people who mistakenly believe in the myth, and the value, of the relentless, vicious, out-of-control BDSM Dominant.  Don't bother.

Sociopaths aren't interesting.  They're a dime a dozen.  They're missing pieces from their puzzles.  They're stereotypes.  Cliches.  The world has a ton of them.

BDSM "Sadists"--the ones in the BDSM context--, the ones who do belong in dungeons, the ones who should be tying people up and "abusing" them (willingly on both sides, needless to say.....), are those who have a sense of understanding.  They know what's real and what's not real.  They know what's called for and they're familiar with that very specific, delicate boundary between what's right and what's wrong, what's fantasy and where those fantasies end.

The real Masters and Mistresses are the ones who are able to maintain some kind of a balance between "cruelty" and care/consideration.

If a prospective Master or Mistress doesn't have a grasp on that concept, if they don't get it, if that idea seems just too compromised--too unidealized--then they won't have submissives.  Not, at least, for any substantial amount of time. 

All Masters and Mistresses have to be careful, considerate people (even when they're pretending that they're not).  Of course.  That's rational.  That's reasonable.

The unstoppably mean, vile S&M Masters and Mistresses don't have submissives for a substantial amount of time.  Not in real life.  That's a fact.

Either find a realistic balance on how to treat people (or, preferably, have an understanding of that balance innately inside of you) or don't do BDSM.  It's very simple.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Great Outdoors


Twisted Tryst just finished one Midwestern kink event but there's another one happening next month in Michigan.

It boils down to this:

outdoor camping + summer + people of all orientations + kink and BDSM

That should suit plenty of you.

Visit their website HERE for full information, registration details, rules, and everything else that piques your curiosity.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Short Spank: Brush Strokes


BDSM is like painting.

You can't take any smacks/swipes/globs away once you add them to the scene.

Yes, you can cover them up, wipe them away, and move forward but what's now there is there or was there.  The moment happened.  Whether or not if it was a wonderful thing for you and your submissive(s) or if it was something regrettable.

Carefully add in what you want to add in.  It's best to do things a bit cautiously and have some kind of overall strategy....especially if you're the one holding the brush/whip.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Exxxotic Destination


I know that plenty of people enjoy going to this--some of my friends have gone and really liked it but, I have to confess, I've never had a chance to go to this yet--so, in case some of you have seen ads for this or are interested in going to this.....

Every year there's an erotica convention (hooray for 21st century America!) in the Chicago area (Rosemont, technically) called the Exxxotica Expo.  This year it's taking place on the weekend of July 8th through the 10th.  There will be seminars, toys, products, adult film stars, and all kinds of good stuff.  Exxxotica Expo is primarily for the straight and bi and ladies-leaning crowd but I know that gay guys go too (who've told me that they've had a good time there) and I know that there's definitely some leather/BDSM presence and representation at the expo.

So the Exxxotica Expo is something kinky, interesting, and different going on in the Chicago area for those of you who are looking for an adventure.

Visit the Exxxotica Expo website for location, schedule, and all the details right HERE

Thursday, June 30, 2016

bonus shots, June 2016

Updated

Here are some new pics that we did featuring yours truly with a couple of slaves.  Special Thanks to Slave W and Slave G for being my submissives.  Slave X was behind the lens on some of the shots and, for the other ones, a timed camera and tripod did just fine.

The black and silver N2N singlet is a good go-to uniform for dungeon work.  To me, this one is even better than that other red one that I have.  It's practical, comfortable, breathes, and the colors are sporty yet give off a cartoon villain/bad guy vibe (in other words:  perfect).  If I can't figure out what to wear for a session, it's good to know that I can just grab that sometimes and not have to think about it.  Good, done, off we go.

I would like to get a haircut soon but the upcoming Summer 2016 Gallery--which we're going to start working on at the end of July--is sort of a beautiful, wicked horror/fantasy story meets Japanese anime meets "Bram Stoker's Dracula" meets fairy tale meets freaky Euro S&M film that you shouldn't be watching kind of a thing (you'll see what I mean later this summer....) so I think that I should stick with the longer hair until we finish off that project.  Vampires and gothicness and so on. (is gothicness even a word?  no.)  I need to look like an evil, dark king for that one so the hair needs to stay as is and keep on growin' in the meantime.  After that, I can go back to looking like Johnny America but not right now.  Gothicness for right now.

Again, thanks to my slave men for this random, why-the-fuck-not? photo shoot (we'll do another one soon, I promise).....

to Slave X:  The mosquitoes in the woods weren't that bad.  You'll be fine.

to Slave G:  I actually preferred the pics where you're in the boxer shorts instead of the blue jockstrap.  That surprised me too.  I thought that the boxer shorts might look stupid but--with the leather mitts that you have on--the image is cool, it's different, unexpected, and it works.  It's sorta cute/strange in a pajama party/bondage party kind of way.  I like it!

to Slave W:  Thanks for doing great as ever and your gear is awesome.  The lights made our scenes look "spooky" even though we did those shots at 3 pm on a sunny afternoon.  I'm always okay with spooky.  Plus, beating your ass never fails to make me happy.