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.
- 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.
- 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.
- If pressed, I’d identify myself as…
A kinky, bisexual Leather Master with a sadistic feral side.
- 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.
- 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?
- What are your top 3 Vanilla passions?
Homemade, Vanilla Bean, and French (with an emphasis on French) – We’re talking ice
- 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.
- What is your most memorable Leather moment?
Watching my kitten (slave) don her vest for the first time.
- 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.
- 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.