Ruben AKA Pup Smokey
receives his first earned leathers
from mentor Jerry Moreau
at FMSD social September 9
Pup received his first leathers to represent his dedication of his journey as a leatherman and his demonstration of service to others. Several years ago Pup Smokey asked me to mentor him. I took him on and his commitment to this journey began. Smokey continues to grow and develop into the leatherman he is becoming. He has been part of the leather and pup community for numerous years. His service to the community has been through FMSD and the Leather Realm.
“Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, we're afraid!" they responded.
"Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, We will fall!" they responded.
"Come to the edge," he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.”
― Guillaume Apollinaire
FMSD End of Summer Party
Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Time: 2PM to 6PM
Location: "Tom's Place" in Hillcrest
Men: Tom has graciously opened his back yard to us again. Join your Leather Brothers for a potluck social, a double feature of movies about "Tom of Finland", and bring a towel for the pool!
Location: "Tom's Place", Email FetishMenSanDiego [at] GMail.com for address no later than the day prior to the event. We might not check the email account the day of the event.
See you there!
First Feature: "Daddy and the Muscle Academy" (1991)Daddy and the Muscle Academy (1991) Summary on IMDB
TOM OF FINLAND is one of the gay world's few authentic icons. His drawings have had an enormous influence on gay identity - not only on the visual appearance of gay people, but also on their attitudes and self-understanding.
DADDY AND THE MUSCLE ACADEMY is the only film ever made with Tom of Finland. The film uses a variety of visual elements, including:
Tom of Finland in his own words. Tom tells his own life story, starting with his childhood in rural Finland, and going on to the influence on him of WWII, his drawings and his experience in the United States. Tom also describes his drawing method and explains the personal and professional motives behind his drawings.
A retrospective of Tom's drawings. There are hundreds of Tom's original works, starting with his early childhood drawings and first sketches. The development of Tom's photorealistic style is illustrated using images from various magazines, books and posters spanning five decades. Tom's last color originals are also included.
Tom's men and their stories. Leather men from different parts of the United States talk about how Tom's drawings have influenced their own lives. There are also interviews with fellow artists Etienne and Nayland Blake, Bob Mizer of the Athletic Model Guild and Durk Dehner of the Tom of Finland Foundation.
Daddy and the Muscle Academy shows how Tom of Finland's work passed from being the private fantasies of a man in Europe to underground images that shaped a generation's ideas of how a gay man could look and act. - Tom's work is a blueprint for the appearance and attitudes of gay men in the latter part of the 20th century.
Tom of Finland's ultimate leather men are known and seen all over the world. They are key icons of Western visual culture.
Second Feature: "Tom of Finland" (2017)
Tom of Finland (2017) Summary on IMDB
Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of the homosexual men around him, even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specializing in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work - made famous by his signature 'Tom of Finland' - became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.
II. Upcoming Events
Local upcoming eventsFMSD End of Summer Party, Sunday October 14, 2018 (details above)
Local event pagesFetishMen SanDiego Facebook page www.Facebook.com/groups/FetishMenSanDiego
For information from Mr. San Diego Leather 2018, Doriam www.Facebook.com/MrSDL2018
For news from Mr. San Diego Eagle 2018, Jody www.Facebook.com/MrSanDiegoEagle2018
For upcoming events at the San Diego Eagle www.Facebook.com/groups/255559724621047