Research Hits a New High Thanks to Northbound Leather
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Last year the annual event caught my interest, but I wasn't able to attend. This year was going to be different. This year I was going to be there. Believe it or not, I was a bit apprehensive about going to Tribe, an event Skin Two billed as 'the world's biggest single fetish night'. The picture on the Northbound Leather publicity postcard didn't do much to alleviate any of that apprehension.
See what I mean.
Even though my fetish experience is slim, my curiosity isn't and I made plans to attend.
This was Northbound Leather's 13th edition of what has become the world's largest fetish party. Each year the event has a different theme and 2009's was Tribe. And I was there. Along with two thousand other people, who came together at The Sound Academy for dancing and dungeon play, and all dressed to highlight their particular fetish. Here's a description of what the whole thing was about.
THEME and FASHION SHOW DETAILS:
Tribe is the story of a young man’s journey or rite of passage into manhood. He will be put through initiation ceremonies, which he must pass in order to be a full-fledged member of the tribe.
Some of those activities include:
- Play Piercing
- Fire Play
- Blood Sports/Cutting
Be prepared to have your senses overwhelmed with true fetish fantasies awakened.
Be prepared to join people from all over the world expressing their deepest desires in the way they dress and play at this once a year spectacular event.
Be prepared for the BIG ONE.
Now you see why I was a little bit apprehensive. But there was absolutely no reason for that apprehension. The whole thing was just incredible. The party started at 9:00 at night and dancing went until 6:00 the next morning. I left about two o'clock when my poor feet couldn't stand another minute in the high boots I was wearing.
As soon as I got there, I wandered around looking at all the amazing people, waiting for the fashion show that was to start at 11:00. Sean John Maggs (that's his Facebook name) generously allowed me to use some of his photos of people in the huge crowd.
While we were all mingling in the huge, cavernous expanse of The Sound Academy, those who had paid the price of a VIP ticket were being wined and dined upstairs. They also had their own play area. Thank you to Miklos Legrady for the wonderful images of the VIP area. I love the shot of the
Miklos also took some great shots of the dungeon area on the main floor.
As my brain registered what it was seeing, I remembered the call that went out for people to take part in the 'fashion show'. The look for the models is real people who have tattoos, piercings, scarification, branding, alternative looks and body modification. Real people are being used, not models, to fit the bill.
What followed was not a fashion show like any I've ever seen. It was an erotic, provocative, incredibly elaborate, sexy stage show following a young man’s journey or rite of passage into manhood. The audience was captivated as we went along for the ride and what a wild ride it was. Remember the activities listed above? Bloodletting, cutting, fire play etc This is where they all came into play to provide an absolutely unforgettable experience for the audience. The 'actors' gave an incredible look at the array of people who move through a world in which I have very little experience.
Thanks to Sean's wonderful photographs, I'll take you through the journey we went on: Tribe.
It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Northbound Leather put on an absolutely amazing show and I can't wait for next year.
Oh, did you wonder what I wore? What's my fetish? I'll post some photos and yes, it really is me.
I have no idea what story will come out of this amazing adventure or when. But I have to say that going to Toronto always makes for interesting writing.
Thank you to Northbound Leather for hosting such a mind-blowing event and to Sean and Miklos for allowing me to use their photos. I hope the photos have come through all nice and evenly spaced like they were when I set up the page.
Don't forget to check out Indulge Me, my story in the Naughty Nooners anthology. It takes place in the largest gay spa in Toronto. Here's the blurb.
Keane Daniels has received an anonymous note summoning him to Indulgence, one of the largest gay spa and bathhouses in Toronto. Since he's in unrequited lust with his boss, Keane thinks a clandestine tryst might just take his mind off his gorgeous colleague.
Rayche Marquette has wanted Keane since hiring him, but being his boss means Keane's off limits...until Rayche decides he can wait no longer and reserves the Wet Area of the spa so the two of them can spend a Naughty Nooner together.
Rayche and Keane meet in the elegant shower area, but when Keane discovers the sender of the note is his boss, his reaction is not what Rayche expects. Keane rebuffs him, thinking the lunch hour adventure is a lark for Rayche, a meaningless liaison. For Keane, that can never be enough with this man. How can he convince Rayche to turn their Naughty Nooner into a lifetime commitment?
See you next month,
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