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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
April 16, 2010
A Night of Leather

Reflections On
A Night of Leather

by Louie Pacheco, Mr. CSW Leather 2010


All Photos by Manuel "Howie" Ramirez

I wanted to take a moment to express my feelings to you about the dinner the other night.

It was a very special night for me in many ways. I got to share the night with my brothers, and I saw a light in Durk that was very exiting for me to see :)

The tour Durk gave us was simply AMAZING. I could see the passion in him and how much fun he was having showing us all the treasures in the house. He shared the history that is part of who we are and of the Tom of Finland Foundation. It was a very unique and special experience for us all.

Thank you for the vest. I'm still overwhelmed over the gesture and you have no idea what that means to me. Durk presented me with leather — a unique piece of leather in front of my brothers. It truly was an experience that I will never forget. Thank you.

Before I had the pleasure to meet Durk I knew of him, and admired him, and loved him just for what he’s done in our community, with the love for the art and creativity within him towards our leather world. There are so many other things that if I start to mention them all in this email I would not end ;)

As I get the opportunity to know Durk further — to experience him, to know the man that he is, rather than just the Image I had of him before I met him personally, and continue to know the man he is — I am discovering the immensity of the space in his heart for our community. There is space for all his leather brothers and sisters, and that makes me admire and appreciate him even more every day.

Durk is truly an inspiration to me and the admiration I had for him before only continues to grow with each passing day. He is a true Mentor and Teacher... the passion in him that drives him to share his life and his world with us is truly special.

I feel very honored to be part of that and I'm humbled that he has been so true-hearted and generous with me by allowing me to be part of his world. I look forward to continue to learn from him and to continue to experience the wonderful man that he is.

Thank you so much.

With humble love,

Louie, Mr. CSW


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