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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Upcoming Events

As always, check the FMSD monthly calendar-at-a-glance, which contains news about ALL known upcoming events.

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Men's Discussions: Current Status After One Year. I assert that the very best thing happening in San Diego's Tribe happens every Wednesday, and nothing else comes remotely close. Read my review to find out why.

San Diego Cigar and Boots Social, This Saturday Afternoon

hosted by Mr. San Diego Leather 2012 Aaron Duke and 
Ms. San Diego Leather 2012 Wish Linda

January 5th, 2013, 4-7PM (first Saturday of every month)
at Bourbon Street at 4612 Park Blvd, our host bar

Scotty, Wish, Aaron and Kane

Aaron says: Please join Wish Linda and I this Saturday at the Cigar and Boots social. We have assembled a great team of bootblacks to service your boots and leathers, so bring them and tip well! 

ALL proceeds from this event will benefit the 15th Anniversary documentary video of the International Ms. Bootblack Contest. We look forward to seeing you all there!

I'm in the Mood to DANCE!

The post-Holiday Season is officially here, and not a moment too soon… I will be at BearNight this Saturday, January 5th, at Numbers Bar, at 3811 Park Blvd:
SCRUFF invades BearNight January 5th!
Join us this Saturday as BearNight kicks off 2013 with a bang! It's going to be an epic night with SCRUFF is in the house. Come and party with Johnny Scruff and when you show him your SCRUFF App, he'll give you a free beer.*

DJ Jon Williams will be spinning the best in High Energy Dance and House in the Big Room and guest "bear daddy" DJ Tracy McKenzie (Nashville) will be tearing it up in the Sideshow bar ... Southern-style!

PLUS, the men of the SAN DIEGO ARMADA RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB will be selling their hot-off-the-press 2013 Calendar AND their famous Jello Body Shots, insuring an evening of revelry and debauchery.

*Limit one free beer per customer while supplies last.

-$3 Bud or Bud Light
-$6 Double SVEDKA Flavored Vodkas
-Jagermeister & Barenjager Shot Specials!

9PM-2AM | $5 before 10pm, $7 afterwards.
Cub Club SD presents HARNESS......THE PACK

Friday, January 11, 2013
10:00pm until 2:00am

Honestly, guys, I am SO glad the holidays are over. I have keenly missed the fun that we experience when we are in big, powerful crowds.

The HARNESS parties are entirely community-supported social occasions for us to gear up, swarm in close, friendly clumps, and engage in social intercourse!  Here is a recent review. These perfectly Tribal gatherings started up great, and then went into a holiday-season slump for a bit.  Now, we get to kick HARNESS into gear again as a team effort, creating a joyful gathering of happy, friendly and close-up men.

HARNESS is one of our best new traditions, based upon what works RIGHT NOW, in 2013 and beyond. Yes, there is a touch of the old-school leatherman in the flavor, but honestly, it's a celebration of all of us together, in our rather unique local, extremely modern subculture.  There is a lot to celebrate.

Traveling to Palm Springs?

I can't imagine why I forgot to mention this earlier, but the good folks at Desert Fetish Authority (our brother club) now have a live, always-updated calendar of events.  That way, if you are visiting the desert area, you will know what is coming up, and how to find it!

Project 50 Photo Shoot
3-9pm, Saturday, January 19

As I have said before, we have the best photographers seeking us out. For decades, it was pointless to gather gear, because chances are pretty good that you would be the only one showing up at the event showing ferocious style.  Now that we have a massive, unified Tribal vibe, the custom leather crafters in town are backlogged for months, the events are well-populated with handsome men looking their masculine best, and we have photographers who want to document our pride and confidence.

Recently, San Diego photographer David Gray took portraits of local men in gear, for free. The glorious results are here

Now, it is happening again, with Jay Lawson of JayPG Photography hosting "Project 50", where he will photograph gay fetishmen "of a certain age". If you are over 50 (and willing to sign a release) you can be part of Project 50. You can wear whatever reflects who you are, or nothing at all:

Project 50 is an ongoing effort to photograph 50 gay men whom are 50 years or older. The objective is twofold; On one level it is an effort to dispel the common impression that if you are gay and over 50 you are no longer considered desirable, this is often an internalized feeling for men over 50, so the second objective is to addresses this by providing these men the opportunity to confront these fears and display to themselves and to the world the unique qualities that make them attractive. These men are survivors; they were at their sexual peak during the AIDS crisis. Many of them; myself included, never dreamed that they would live to see this age. This is the common thread that underlies this series of images.
When the project is completed each of the 50 portraits will be printed on a 16 x 24 sheet of metal and displayed together in a gallery. 
If you are interested in participating please contact me at
The Drummer Archives

Younger men may not have the same experience of DRUMMER magazine as men of my generation did, but it stands alone as the premier leathermen's fetish magazine for many years (March 1977-December 1979). Unintentionally at the time, it also documented our community's progression through its most triumphant, and most horrific times.

Jack Frischer has been digitizing the various issues (a continuing work in progress). Check in to see his progress, and support him in any way that you can, even if it's only with encouraging words.

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