Mclanahan Pendragon

Nov 012015
 

Currently, TC is the Vice President for NLA-International; a Member at Large for NLA-Dallas, a board member of MAsT-DFW as well as MR Great Plains Olympus Leather 2013!

 

1. What first brought you to NLA?

After attending Beyond Vanilla I became interested in NLA and began attending meetings. 

2. What is it about NLA that makes it feel like home to you?

The people who are super awesome. 

3. If pressed, I’d identify myself as…

TC. 

4. Define what “Leather” is to you?

Warmth, protection, something to be counted on in the battle of everyday life and more than can be explained here. Let’s talk about it at the next bar night. 

5. What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?

Pantyhose, whips and teaching. Not necessarily in that order but most definitely in that order. 

6. What are your top 3 Vanilla passions?

Motorcycle riding, education and reading.

7. What was your first experience with Leather?

My first duty station a crazy sergeant introduced me to it in the most unconventional way. See Bards writing on my leather perspective for more

8. What is your most memorable Leather moment?

Having that same Sargent trust me with the fact that he was gay and taking me to a leather bar. 

9. What do you feel NLA is doing well?

Moving forward and not stagnating. 

10. What changes would you like to see in NLA?

Getting more younger folk in and involved. 

Oct 112015
 

2015 10 Leather Perspectives

Join us for LEATHER PERSPECTIVES!

Saturday September 26th
2:00 PM
(Doors open at 1:30 PM)
The Dallas Eagle
FREE for members
$5 for non-members (Join for $25/year!)

In October we will have Master Neko & koneko a speaking on Living in a Dynamic M/s World.

For more information visit www.NLADallas.org

The fourth Saturday of each month NLA-Dallas invites a person walking a leather journey, to present on leather related topic from his or her perspective (as there is no “one twue way”).

Doors will open at 1:30 pm and the class will start at 2 pm. The session will be held at our local leather & Levi bar, The Dallas Eagle!

• This class is FREE to NLA Dallas members and $5 for non-members.
• Bring a friend with you who might be interested in the leather/fetish/SM lifestyle!
• Members, please be sure to bring your current NLA card.
• Non-members can join for $25/yr.
Attendees must be at least 21 years of age based on the location.

Leather Perspectives is a monthly event sponsored by NLA-Dallas. NLA-Dallas is a DFW based organization focused on the education of those interested in and/or living the leather/SM/fetish lifestyle. As a gateway leather club, NLA-Dallas is open to people of all walks of life regardless of orientation or identification. We invite you to join us for a General Membership meeting on the first Tuesday of each month, a Leather Perspectives on the fourth Saturday of each month, or an Advanced Workshop each quarter.

Oct 012015
 

Our next featured guest for this spot is the newest MAL to join the EC Bard. Bard has written several pieces for the NewsLeather before mostly sharing with us highlights from Leather Perspectives over the past 2 years. He has now taken the time to answer our 10 questions so we can get to know him a little better

1. What first brought you to NLA?

I was observing people at the local dungeon and there were some that supported each other and held themselves to a certain standard.  When I inquired further I discovered Leather had many of the same values that I followed; it seemed a natural fit.

2. What is it about NLA that makes it feel like home to you?

I like that there are people who believe in setting a standard and discovering that my kinks are shared by others.

3. If pressed, I’d identify myself as…

 Hetero-Nerdual Dom.  I also am discovering a sadist side.

4. Define what “Leather” is to you?

Leather is something that is a choice and a direction you choose for yourself.  Before I discovered Leather, I was trying to live my life according to the Code of Bushido.  For some time I studied Kendo and Iaido and these created a love and respect for Bushido.  I found that Leather carried many of the same tenants as Bushido and so it appeared that I had been living my life as close to Leather as possible.

5. What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?

My fetishes include Sith Lords, Elf Sorceress, or any other Sci-Fi Fantasy tied to BDSM.  Oh, it said kink…  I enjoy Pony Play, Fire Play, and Latex/Leather clothing.

6. What are your top 3 Vanilla Passions?

Pizza, Education, and RPG’s.  As I said above, Nerd.
7. What was your first experience with Leather?I was attending a munch and the demonstration was titled, “What is Leather?”  The presenter described various things that I was already a believer in and so I attended my first Leather event the next month.  SO far, so good!

8. What is your most memorable Leather moment?

Volunteering for the Beyond Vanilla 25 committee.  This is has been a huge experience and I cannot wait till the day of the event!

9. What do you feel NLA is doing well?

I think that NLA is doing more in and for the community.  This is vitally important so that NLA can be a stabilizing influence for DFW.

10. What changes would you like to see in NLA?
 
I have not been a member long enough to fairly judge what NLA could change for the better, but I would like to see a sense of honor or prestige continue to build for NLA.  

 

Sep 152015
 
MizLilly is perhaps best known for her leadership role in the gateway Texas organization, Touch
Leather, though she has also been a counselor, a columnist, and presenter on many aspects of what
it is that we do.

1. What first brought you to NLA?

I found NLA in 2000, in Austin Texas. NLA-Austin was where I found a sense of home, of welcome, of acceptance. I was given friendship; reminded that others had come before me and it is honorable to remember those struggles and to not let them go unsupported. I also came to realize that there are still things that must be addressed, and that we can still make changes in our lifestyle & the laws that effect them.

2. What is it about NLA that makes it feel like home to you?

My grandfather, father and spouse were all veterans. The expectations of service, honor, integrity, loyalty, accountability ~ these things felt familiar and resonated with us. I felt accepted, challenged and part of something with a purpose.
3. If pressed, I’d identify myself as?
A Leatherwoman, a loyal friend, passionate, continually growing and willing to have personal conversations personally.

4. Define what “Leather” is to you?
It is a code that I live by, a family that I love in, and a part of my soul. It is traditions and graciousness and raunchy and steamy. It is physical and feasting and experiencing life from the soul. It is dependability and service. It is brotherhood and safe places. It is exploration and a journey. It has a history and a future and yet somehow it is about celebrating what we have in the present.
5. What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?
SM (the physical expression with partners), service (the daily acts of giving back), the traditions ( I am passionate about our history)

6. What are your top 3 Vanilla passions?

Reading, education, walking

7. What was your first experience with Leather?
(chuckle) That is a personal conversation.
8. What is your most memorable Leather moment?
Saying goodbye- to a great man and friend, and former President of our group, as he lay in the hospital preparing to pass beyond the veil. Raging at a system that did not support this person who was younger than I, and a universe who would take such a wonderful man away from us…and having him look at me with such love and compassion-and tell me to love…because that was what was important.
9. What do you feel NLA is doing well?
I feel that accepting newcomers is a good thing. Teaching the aspects of Leather that help one engage in our Community as well as the self expression of their kinks and fetishes is a good thing.

10. What changes would you like to see in NLA?
More investment by International. More unity within the chapters. More cross-club support. At one point I had the sad opportunity to watch a club lose a President and a Secretary and founder in it’s mourning and loss-without one bit of help from the mother chapter. That was not Leather to me. No club should experience that loss without brother clubs coming to support the members, hold them and help them find their paths again. Now the clubs wither away one by one because they feel alone and unneeded. What would happen if we began to reach out to each other within the NLA circle could only be an edifying thing
Sep 012015
 

As we continue to get to know the people who make up NLA Dallas we next turn the spotlight on Master Neko who is currently serving as the Male Co-Chair. A big thanks to Neko for taking the time to answer our questions.

  1. What first brought you to NLA?

When I was first exploring the leather community in Dallas, I found NLA-Dallas. I found the people to be engaging, knowledgeable and friendly. I joined then and haven’t looked back. ​

  1. What is it about NLA that makes it feel like home to you?

​That it’s a great place to grow and connect with like-minded leather folk.​

  1. If pressed, I’d identify myself as…

​A kinky, bisexual Leather Master with a sadistic feral side. ​

  1. Define what “Leather” is to you?

​Leather to me is a path you must craft for yourself. My leather path is based in the Code of Bushido. Simply put, I believe my walk should consist of having courage to do what’s right, compassion for others, acting honorably, living in integrity, showing respect, living a sincere life, and always being loyal. My leather family is the House of Blood and Ice. We live by these words and what you’ll find on our leather vests and in our hearts.

  1. What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?

​If we’re talking play, it’s rough body, rope, leather sex.​ And kink education – I love giving back to our community through educating. That’s three, right?​

  1. What are your top 3 Vanilla passions?

​Homemade, Vanilla Bean, and French (with an emphasis on French) – We’re talking ice

cream, right?​

  1. What was your first experience with Leather?

​When I was in my twenties, I was invited by a friend to a party. He warned me it was not the usual party atmosphere. Curious, I went. At the party, I saw the hostess was a tall woman, dripping in leather. She had a total of six people in leather gear and collars serving her and her guests. We met and I found her fascinating. She could engage on most any topic I brought up. She gave me a tour of her home, which included a large dungeon. I found myself in the midst of my first play party. As I began to ask questions about what I was seeing, she began explaining leather to me. She spoke of scenes, leather sex, and the heart of what she found in leather. It was the Code of Bushido. This resonated in me deeply. And thus, my first paw stepped on the leather path I dearly love.

  1. What is your most memorable Leather moment?

​Watching my kitten (slave) don her vest for the first time.​

  1. What do you feel NLA is doing well?

​I feel like we’re beginning to connect to our community again. We have an established bar night with a good number of members coming out. Beyond Vanilla is bigger than ever and growing every year. We’re participating in more activities outside of our own meetings and I’d like to see that continue. ​

  1. What changes would you like to see in NLA?

​I’d like to see the growth continue and more positivity return to our work. There are so many good things going on that we lose sight of when picking on something we don’t like in the organization. ​We’ve got good people doing good things here at NLA-D.

 

Aug 152015
 
As we continue to get to know the people who make up NLA Dallas, Fred happily took the time to answer our 10 questions. Also while Fred didn’t mention it here he recently competed for the title of Great Plains Olympus Leather  and won the title.
1. What first brought you to NLA?
I first started coming to NLA in 2005, I was 21 years old and just now able to get into the bars legally, I had attended a few Discipline Corps play parties at Sanctuary but I was still trying to find myself as I was that awkward, shy person who didn’t really talk to anyone or know how to introduce myself. I started to hang out with the DFW Power Exchange at Sanctuary each month and attend Fourth Fridays at Papa’s BBQ when I heard about the National Leather Association. I came out to the monthly meetings a few times and would listen and learn, becoming a Member in October 2005 after attending my first Beyond Vanilla.

2. What is it about NLA that makes it feel like home to you?

NLA feels like home because of the people in the organization, it’s a friendly group that has always made me feel welcome at meetings. A safe place to learn about leather and kink.

3. If pressed, I’d identify myself as…

A Leather Top and a Daddy, someone who likes to teach and mentor others.

4. Define what “Leather” is to you?

Leather has always been very personal to me, it’s the feel of it on your body, the power and that hot sexy feel against your skin, the smell filling the air.

5. What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?

Boots and Leather Care, Bondage with whatever toys I have including Rope, and Fisting.

6. What are your top 3 Vanilla passions?

Cigars, Reading and Photography

7. What was your first experience with Leather?

My first experience with leather was going down to Shades of Grey and buying my first leather vest in 2002, I had purchased it from Johnny Grey.

8. What is your most memorable Leather moment?

In 2008, I had decided to run for Gulf Coast Community Bootblack and won, I would attend a lot of events that year and finally started to feel like I was coming out of my shell, that I wasn’t that awkward, shy person anymore and as I got to know people better, they got to know me. I became more included in things and started to feel like Dallas was my home.

9. What do you feel NLA is doing well?

NLA has always made me feel included, that I was welcome regardless of how I identify or what I was into, the workshops change and cover a variety of topics I’m interested in and as a member I feel like I have a voice in the direction of the organization.
10. What changes would you like to see in NLA?
I can’t think of any changes for NLA, one thing I thought we were lacking in years past was being more social as a leather organization. We now have a bar night the second Saturday of each month at the Dallas Eagle, we are also at Fourth Friday at Papa’s BBQ more often, we have Leather Perspectives for those interested in more about the history.I think the direction we are going in is wonderful and wish more people would step up and volunteer.
Aug 132015
 

2015 08 Leather Perspectives

Join us for LEATHER PERSPECTIVES!
Saturday August 22nd
2:00 PM
(Doors open at 1:30 PM)
The Dallas Eagle
FREE for members
$5 for non-members (Join for $25/year!)

Facebook Event Page

FetLife Event Page

In August we will have Master Tallen speaking on His Leather Journey

For more information visit www.NLADallas.org

The fourth Saturday of each month NLA-Dallas invites a person walking a leather journey, to present on leather related topic from his or her perspective (as there is no “one twue way”).

Doors will open at 1:30 pm and the class will start at 2 pm. The session will be held at our local leather & Levi bar, The Dallas Eagle!

• This class is FREE to NLA Dallas members and $5 for non-members.
• Bring a friend with you who might be interested in the leather/fetish/SM lifestyle!
• Members, please be sure to bring your current NLA card.
• Non-members can join for $25/yr.
Attendees must be at least 21 years of age based on the location.

Leather Perspectives is a monthly event sponsored by NLA-Dallas. NLA-Dallas is a DFW based organization focused on the education of those interested in and/or living the leather/SM/fetish lifestyle. As a gateway leather club, NLA-Dallas is open to people of all walks of life regardless of orientation or identification. We invite you to join us for a General Membership meeting on the first Tuesday of each month, a Leather Perspectives on the fourth Saturday of each month, or an Advanced Workshop each quarter.

Master Tallen’s Bio

International Mr. Olympus Leather 2011

Master Tallen came into the Master/slave lifestyle in 1997 as a slave. He began his evolution into Mastery in early 2002 and is proud of where his journey has taken him. He has experienced a lot on both sides, and with the help of many, has been exposed to numerous perspectives. He enjoys sharing his experiences with others and trying to help them find their own paths. He has presented classes and judged Leather Contests all over the U.S. and beyond.

Currently Master Tallen is an owner of Great Plains Olympus Leather Contest, is the Executive Producer of International Puppy and Trainer Contest, and is on the Board of Regents of Leathermens’ Academy. He is a Member of NLA Dallas, DPEX, and MAsT.

In 2005, he created the Master/slave Flag. In 2008 he won the Leather title as Northeast Master. In 2011 he became Mr. Great Plains Olympus Leather, and subsequently was honored to be selected as International Mr. Olympus Leather 2011.

He loves sharing what he has experienced as well hearing from others. He is also honored to have received many Pantheon of Leather nominations over the years. But the most rewarding thing of all has been the countless number of people he has helped along in their own journeys. Their successes, and words of thanks to him, mean more than anything.

Aug 022015
 

We are bringing back the members spotlight and will be highlighting two of our members every month so we can all get to know each other a little better. Our first highlighted member is our new Female Co-Chair Audra.

Audra has graciously agreed to answer these 10 questions to help us get to know her better.

1. What first brought you to NLA?

My friends were involved and I was intrigued with what being leather was. I figured the easiest way to learn was to come to meetings and watch and learn.

2. What is it about NLA that makes it feel like home to you?

The friendships. The fact that we might not agree on how to accomplish a goal but in the end most of us will compromise to do what is best for the group.

3. If pressed, I’d identify myself as… a leather service oriented slave with a side of brat and a smidge of sarcastic little. 🙂

4. Define what “Leather” is to you?

To me it is a family of individuals who uphold honor, integrity, and honesty who work together and while holding each other accountable are forgiving of mistakes made that are awcknowledged and worked on to not happen again.

5. What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?

Bootblacking, knives and education

6. What are your top 3 Vanilla passions?

Molding our kids to be stewards of their future , reading, coloring lol

7. What was your first experience with Leather?
I was honored to be surrounded by people who were leather from the second I stepped into the lifestyle however my first experience outside of just small interactions was going to my first event at Women in Leather and the easy camaraderie and feeling of family and acceptance that I found. Of course those feelings were after I got used to feeling like prey. 🙂

8. What is your most memorable Leather moment?

I have two when I was gifted my “boots” and later my vest. My boots fit my personality since they were three pairs of leather heels. 🙂 Some don’t get it or approve but it’s my journey not theirs so I get to walk it on my terms. The boots and vest were all legacy items owned by the individual who honored me with them.

9. What do you feel NLA is doing well?
I feel we are finally coming together setting our differences aside and trying to move the organization forward together. We still have challenges but if we work together we can do it.

10. What changes would you like to see in NLA?

I would like to see us having frank honest conversations with each other. If you think someone is doing something wrong or not above board then go ask them  about it first. Their answer might surprise you. Remember whispering behind backs and spreading unverified rumors will destroy us not move us forward. If your scared to ask them come to me because I am not afraid to ask difficult questions.