Friday, October 21, 2011

The Dirty South Rises Again!

After a couple of relatively quiet years the dirty south rises like a phoenix in 2011 as we saw three of our local/regional titleholders go on to claim International Players Titles. In November 2010, G-Man won the 2011 Mr. International Rubber Contest in Chicago.  Then, this past July in San Francisco me and Nitro went on the win the 2011 International LeatherSIR/boy contests. It is with these successes that the southeast region welcomes a new event called Southeast Black and Blue Weekend. Calling Atlanta its home, Southeast Black and Blue (SEBB) is a weekend for leather, rubber, and fetish enthusiasts from all walks of life to celebrate who we are as players.  This event serves to remind the rest of the nation why we are still called the “Dirty South”!

The public portion of the weekend festivities began Friday night with our SEBB Meet and Greet at the Atlanta Eagle.  This is actually one of my favorite parts of the entire weekend.  Robby and Jack from the Eagle gave us the lower level patio bar where we set up intense BDSM demos, the bootblack contestant Interpersonal Skills station, and where the members of our local Leather club, Panther L/L tended bar and sold jell-o shooters.  All of the tips raised at the bar as well as all jell-o shooter proceeds were donated to the SEBB Titleholders fund. This was an opportunity for the contestants and judges to get to know one another in a more casual setting as well as offer the judges an opportunity to see how each contestant interacts in public with weekend guests and bar patrons.

I teamed up with Insatiable Amazon (Producer of Southeast Olympus) to conduct an intense and sometimes amusing Violet Wand and Stun Gun demo with our slaves.  In addition, Archer provided an incredible Single Tail demo followed by Marshall (International Leatherboy 2006) with his flogging demo. All of the demos were real crowd pleasers.

At 11:00pm our bootblack contestant set up for her interpersonal skills demonstration.  The bootblack judges had 60 minutes to observe how girl dale interacted with her customers.

During the night we had several volunteers going around selling raffle tickets for some great prize drawings to be held during the Saturday evening portion of the contest.

The Friday evening event wrapped up around 3:00am and was very well attended. Well over100 people packed the patio deck to enjoy the kick-off of our first SEBB Weekend. The fun didn’t end there as we heard several reports the next day of some fun private parties that kept many of our out of town guests quite entertained through the following morning.

One thing that we tried to do is make the judging experience as pleasant and fun as possible for those people who have volunteered their time to help us select our titleholders.  To that end we were committed to valuing the judges need for proper rest and time to eat good meals. So instead of starting our day at the early in the morning, the judges all met at the Atlanta Eagle on Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm for the Bootblack Technical Boot, Speech and Personal Interview portions of the contest.  We tried something a little different this year by combining the speech portion of the contest with the closed personal interview.  We did this in order to allow the judges an opportunity to ask the contestants questions about their speech.  This arrangement was very well received by the judges and the contestants.  This portion of the contest concluded at about 3pm. After the interviews were done the judges left the eagle to eat, rest and get ready for the evening’s festivities.

At 5:00pm the Atlanta Eagle was hoping again for a BBQ and $5 beer bust which we named the “Find your Kink BBQ”.  During the BBQ we had a Leather vendor, LeatherHorse Gear, set up to sell leather gear as well as a Leather Swap table of donated gear for sale. All of the proceeds from the gear swap went to the SEBB titleholders travel fund.

During the BBQ there were demo stations set up throughout the bar where people could observe and try out different kinks that they wanted to.  The afternoon kink demo stations included single tails, flogging, paddling, caning, violet wands & stun guns, rope harnesses, and a buzz-cut station.  This was also a time for open bootblacking. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun and the BQQ raised over $300 for the travel fund.

The Saturday evening contest began at 8:15pm in front of a crowd of about 100 or so spectators.  As the contest continued the crowd steadily increased in size.  The emcees for the night were the three current ILSb Titleholders: myself, Nitro and Luna (International Community Bootblack 2011). We had two A.S.L. sign interpreters who volunteered their services to translate the contest as needed.  The bootblack was judged on the final category Leather Image in which she made three appearances on stage, one of which was to auction off her two baskets for the travel fund.  The judges used all three of these stage appearances to arrive at a score for the Leather Image portion of the bootblack contest. The rubber contestant was judged on Rubber Image, Play Gear, and Grab Bag Fantasy. Me and Nitro performed our fantasy scene that we did at ILSb which turned out to be a real of the crowd pleaser again. By the end of the evening contest the entire bar was filled wall to wall with people and it was a very enthusiastic and interactive crowd. 

We raised a total of $2,325.50 for the titleholders travel fund over the course of the weekend from things such as our 24 page Sponsors Book, Friday night Panther L/L bar tips, Raffle, Auctions, BBQ Donations, and Gear Swap. 

At the end of the contest we had two new Southeast Titleholders: girl dale our 2012 Southeast Community Bootblack and Jamie Payne our 2012 Mr. Southeast Rubber.

I would like to thank our contest judges for the weekend:
Alex Lindsay, American Leatherman 2009
Boy Dave Hudson, Southeast Bootblack 2011
Red Warrior, International Community Bootblack, 2011
Nefarious, Mr. Southeast LeatherFest 2009
Boy Andy, South Carolina Leatherboy 2011
G-Man, Mr. International Rubber 2011
Pamm, Lloyd E. Russell Foundation and Ms. Atlanta Eagle 2001
Ben Carter, Mr. SECC 2011
Loren Berthelson, Editor-In-Chief,
Master Dan, local rope bondage instructor

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