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The Story of the Red Shirt

Last year, Flickr user Ron Berlin posted a bunch of pics from Folsom Europe (the event took place in Berlin in September), and I totally missed them! I only found out about them when he posted one of Dirk on my Facebook page recently. I hope he doesn’t mind that I’m sharing his really amazing photos of my sexy hubby!

The red shirt Dirk’s wearing has a fun story behind it. Way back in 2013 when Dirk and I were in San Francisco for the U.S. version of the Folsom Street Fair — and to film the Grabby-nominated TitanMen feature In the Shadows, which we’re both in — we stopped by Mr. S Leather to do some shopping. There was a certain red leather shirt that had been sitting on the rack for months; it was a custom job that someone decided they didn’t want. Dirk had been eying it for a while, but was balking at the somewhat hefty price tag (it was made from high-quality leather after all). But I got him to try it on and my jaw dropped (I took this picture at the time):

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And Dirk said, “Yeahhh… I shouldn’t have done that.” I could tell that he definitely wanted it… but he was hesitating because of the price. I knew he had to have it, though. Christmas was coming up, after all, and even though the price was a little steep, it was certainly fair. So as soon as we left the store (and unbeknownst to Dirk), I texted our friend Doug who works at Mr. S and had seen Dirk try it on:

Heya Doug… so the red leather uniform shirt that Dirk just tried on… how much was it again? I want to get it for him for Christmas. I can’t come back in the store this trip (leaving for home in a few hours) so I’d need you guys to need to ship it to Boston. Would that work? Thanks…

Doug wrote back and took it off the rack to ship to me back home. I flew home later that day, but Dirk was staying in San Francisco for a few days to hang out with friends. As it turns out, he went back to Mr. S a couple of days later to buy it… and, of course, the shirt was gone. “You’ll never believe it, but somebody bought the red shirt!” he texted me. “Sigh… I guess it wasn’t meant to be.” I played dumb, noting that it had been a really a beautiful shirt and was bound to sell eventually.

Fast forward two months. It was the beginning of December, and Dirk and I were figuring out what to wear to the annual Toys for Joys fundraiser we attend. “Dammit,” he said, “I really wish I’d bought that red shirt!” I smiled. I’d been waiting to give it to him until Christmas, but the timing was just too perfect. “You mean this one?” I said, pulling the shirt out of my closet, where it had been hiding inside a garment bag. And then it was Dirk’s jaw’s turn to drop.

He wore it to that year’s Toys for Joys event (see the first picture below), and he brings it with him to pretty much all the leather events he attends all over the world… including Folsom Europe. I know I’m biased, but I think he looks fantastic in it… don’t you?

Toys for Joys 2013 (Small)

An On-Stage Kiss

Sometimes it takes a few weeks for pics to surface online, but it’s often worth the wait. This trio of images of Dirk and me were posted by Twitter user @RonKingAlien yesterday; he took them at the Steamworks booth during last month’s Folsom Street Fair. Thanks, Ron!

Here are the original, uncropped photos:

My 2014 Folsom Scrapbook (NSFW)

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The 2014 Folsom Street Fair is in the books, and I’ve gotta say that it was one of the most exciting and memorable ones I can remember. For starters, I accidentally walked into the wrong house right at the start of the weekend (the whole story is here). We also had an amazing new venue for Magnitude, a party I’ve worked at for the last several years that benefits over a dozen great charities… and over 3,000 people attended! Dirk and I had a blast playing Naked Twister for Steamworks (I’ve posted the pictures in a separate blog post). But most of all, what I’ll remember from this year’s Folsom Street Fair is the people. Dirk and I reconnected with some the dearest of friends — including three people who’ve been right there with us since the very beginning of our relationship — and made some amazing new ones. I know Folsom just ended, but I already can’t wait for next year!

Here are some pictures I took during the weekend; I’ve written captions for each of them that you can read as you click through. Hope you like ’em! And if you’ve never been to Folsom… try to go sometime. It’s amazing!

Let’s twist again, like we did last Folsom (NSFW)

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Dirk and I had so much fun playing Naked Twister last year at the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, so when Steamworks invited us back this year, we jumped (and stretched and reached and lunged) at the opportunity. And once again we had a blast! The crowd seemed even bigger than last year and really got into it. A new “twist” this year was that spectators got to call out the instructions. (Left hand on red jockstrap, anyone?) I think my favorite command, though, was “Jesse make out with Dirk.” Loved that one.

As always, anyone from the crowd who came up on stage to play with us walked away with a Steamworks gift pack, including hats, t-shirts, golf towels (at least that’s what we called them), and of course free passes to Steamworks Berkeley. I’m hoping that Dirk and I will be invited to play again next year; if so, we hope you’ll come twist with us!

Here’s a bunch of pics that various people sent me or posted on Twitter. Trust me, it’s as much fun as it looks!

Post-Twister Portrait 2014

Leather and Feathers

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Mark your calendars! Leather and Feathers, AIDS Emergency Fund‘s annual fundraiser gala, will be held at Temple SF (560 Howard Street, San Francisco) on Thursday, Sept. 18… the start of Folsom weekend! There’ll be food, cocktails, and special performances… including the first ever Fantasy Runway, in which community members show off their finest in leather/gear/fetishwear and drag. TitanMen Exclusive Nick Prescott will be working the runway, along with International Mr. Leather 2013 Andy Cross and celebrity blogger Noodles and Beef! I won’t be able to attend — I couldn’t get an early enough flight — but I’ll be there in spirit, and I hope tons of people show up to support this great cause.

Buy your tickets now!