HELLBENT FOR LEATHER | Scott Moore has planned for a year to try and repeat the achievements of Dallas leathermen Jeffrey Payne and Jack Duke. (Arnold Wayne Jones/Dallas Voice)

Dallas has become a player in the international leather scene, and Scott Moore hopes to keep streak alive

ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor

Scott Moore has some big boots to fill — and we don’t just mean size 13 triple Ds.

In 2008, Dallas’ Jeffrey Payne parlayed his Mr. Dallas Eagle leatherman title into Mr. Texas Leather 2009, then went on to score the top international prize: International Mr. Leather. His service was seen as a benchmark for the entire community, and an award was even named after him.

The next year, Dallas’ Jack Duke pulled off almost the same feat, going from Mr. Dallas Eagle to Mr. Texas Leather and coming in an impressive third overall at IML.

The Texas leather scene — and more impressively, Dallas’ — was on the map for its depth and seriousness.

And that’s where Moore has to follow.

He’ll slide on his jackboots and strap on his harness this weekend to compete in the 16th annual Texas Leather Weekend, as leatherman from across the state gather in Dallas to celebrate their brotherhood and crown the new Mr. Texas Leather.

Whoever wins will go on to Chicago and IML in the spring, but Moore would like for North Texas to represent for a third year in a row … and, of course, work its way onto the winners’ podium.

“It hit home for me after I won Mr. Dallas Eagle and [the Voice] started listing [in Instant Tea] the history of the event, which I knew, but seeing it in print … well, as you say, I have big boots to fill. Jeffrey was phenomenal and Jack has also done a lot. But for now my goal is not to trip when coming up the stairs or fall off the edge of the stage. The rest will work itself out.”

Moore is being modest — this isn’t his first time on the runway. A few years ago, he was entered by a friend in the Bear of the Month contest at the Eagle, and eventually went on to be named Mr. TBRU 2007. Still, Mr. Dallas Eagle was the first leather contest he’d ever entered.

It was the culmination of a long journey for him. Moore, 43, started in the leather community 14 years ago when he still lived in San Antonio. That’s when his lover gave him a gift: His first piece of leather.

“It was a harness — I still wear it,” he says. “I have been increasingly active ever since.”

In fact, it was watching Payne and Duke win — as well as attending IML and other events — that gave him the impetus to seek out the title for himself.

“I really wanted to get more involved and be part of this brotherhood. It was on my mind for a year. So I read extensively, and have gone to a lot of events. There’s quite a bit of preparation. And it’s not a cheap hobby,” he says.
When it comes down to it, though, he knows the competition will really just be an opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of the leather community.

“I have met all of my competitors and have a really good group of people but there is no history or drama. Everyone’s advice is to be yourself and have fun. As a contestant, the have fun part is harder. I tend to be a little uptight — it’s in my nature. Paranoia helps as an attorney.”

Might not be had for a leatherman, either.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition Jan. 28, 2011. 

—  John Wright

Scott Moore named Mr. Dallas Eagle 2011

The Mr. Dallas Eagle title has been a stepping stone for greater things recently. In 2009, Jeffrey Payne went from Mr. Dallas Eagle on to Mr. Texas Leather and finally International Mr. Leather, the top leatherman title in the world. In 2010, Mr. Dallas Eagle Jack Duke also became Mr. Texas Leather, ultimately finishing third at IML. So pressure is on Scott Moore, who on Saturday night was named Mr. Dallas Eagle 2011. Moore will compete for Mr. Texas Leather at the end of January; IML, if he goes on to it, is in late May.

I spoke with Jack Duke Friday, his last full day as Mr. Dallas Eagle. He told me he was a little sad to lose the title, but he only had it a few weeks before becoming Mr. Texas — that one, he says, will be hard to lose.

Congrats to Scott!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Heavy metal

Jack Duke, Dallas’ top leatherman, bucks the odds by placing at IML

ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Life+Style Editor

2009’s International Mr. Leather, Jeffrey Payne

BRONZE LEATHER | Jack Duke took a medallion at IML, only Texas’ fourth finalist win in the competition’s history, right on the heels of 2009’s International Mr. Leather, Jeffrey Payne. (Arnold Wayne Jones/DallasVoice)

Even though he really wanted to win International Mr. Leather, Jack Duke knew going in not to expect lightning to strike twice.
It almost did though.

Duke was already the reigning Mr. Dallas Eagle and Mr. Texas Leather when he headed up to IML in Chicago last month to compete alongside 52 other leathermen for the top title in the community. The problem was, his story was already news last year. That’s when Jeffrey Payne — who was also Mr. Dallas Eagle and also Mr. Texas Leather — won the IML title. What were the chances Duke would repeat?

Not very good, especially since Payne was already considered one of the top winners of IML ever — so good, in fact, that this year, an award was named after him. Those are big jackboots to fill.

But Duke did almost the impossible, coming in second runner-up and bringing home to Texas only its fourth IML medallion in 30-plus years.

“Almost 1,500 men have competed in IML in the last 34 years; there are just 34 of these [second runner-up medallions]. And this is just the fourth medallion in Texas ever. Not bad. My only hope is that the community is happy. It was a lot of work,” he says.

Not bad for a man who barely spoke English five years ago when he moved to Dallas from his homeland of Italy.

When he first arrived in the U.S., Duke spoke some English but was not fluent, especially when in groups or with those who spoke too fast. He’d just “smile and wave” a lot, he says — not bad training for his pageant career, as it turned out.

His current arc marks the first year that Duke, who was also involved in the leather community in Italy, has competed. But it’s probably the last time, too.

“It’s been a very long few months and I’m happy the way I am. I don’t think I’m gonna do another competition — I’m good with what I got,” he says.

While it was his first competition, it wasn’t Duke’s first time at IML — he was an observer in 2009 when Payne took the title. The experience this time, however, was very different.
“I was there last year and it was fun; this year was fun in a different way,” he says. “This year I had so much to do, from Wednesday when we arrived till Tuesday morning when I left, that I didn’t have time even for eating. But it was a good experience. I think I made friends for the rest of my life.”

There’s certainly evidence that he was a popular finalist. Already he has received offers from leather groups in Europe (Italy, Germany) to be an honored guest, as well as Oklahoma and Houston. And in true Texas fashion, he says his first obligation will be to the Lone Star State.

“My obligations are for Texas first,” he says. “Since I am not the IML winner but second runner-up, I have the option to choose. So I’m setting all my dates in Texas and any other offers will be evaluated. Luckily I travel so much [with my job] I can manage” appearances all over the country.

The overall experience was surreal for Duke — from taking over and entire downtown Hyatt Regency to the pace he had to maintain.

“When you’re there, you live in this bubble,” he says. “You can even walk on Michigan Avenue in leather and no one looks at you twice. Then you come back to reality. Last night, we went to see Sex and the City 2 and we haven’t seen so many women all week as we did at the theater!

“I got zero sleep. It was terrible. You have to get up early and go to the gym, which is packed with all the guys competing. The meetings are so early. And if an event starts at 6 or 7, we have to meet at noon. Winners get invited to a private dinner with the owner. The next morning you wake up and do photo shoots. It was like being in the army.”

Duke is proudest that he was able to give the Texas leather community another victory to crow about.

“This is good, putting Texas out there alongside Mr. Los Angeles Leather and Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather,” he says. “That’s giving a lot of focus on Texas. People are gonna pay attention now.”

Although, he concedes, “The next Mr. Texas is gonna have a lot of work!”

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 18, 2010.

—  Dallasvoice

Jack Duke placed third at IML

Reigning Mr. Texas Leather Jack Duke — who we profiled last week — made a great showing in Chicago for International Mr. Leather, coming in second runner-up behind Mr. San Francisco Leather and the winner, Mr. Rio Grande (based on New Mexico, not Texas). That’s a remarkable achievement, on the heels of outgoing International Mr. Leather Jeffrey Payne, who followed the same path as Duke last year.

Payne himself was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award … but not just any kind. He is the first recipient of the JEFFREY PAYNE Lifetime Achievement Award, which will henceforth be named after him. Payne really dedicated himself to leather during his tenure, and the citation reads: “In recognition of service above and beyond to the international leather community.” Yea for Duke! Yea for Payne! Yeah for Texas.оптимизация и продвижение сайта киев

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Mr. Texas Leather holds last IML fundraiser

Jack DukeIn the upcoming print edition of the Voice, we’ll have a story on Jack Duke, the reigning Mr. Dallas Eagle and Mr. Texas Leather, who hopes to become — next weekend! — the International Mr. Leather (a position currently held by fellow Dallasite Jeffrey Payne). In the run-up  to the contest in Chicago next week, Duke is holding his final local fundraiser on Thursday (before we hit the streets), so I figured we’d give a shout-out on his behalf.

For a $20 donation to the travel fund, you can join Duke and others in the leather community at a private residence in Oak Cliff for cocktails and appetizers, starting at 8 p.m. If you wonder whether it will be worth it … well, let’s put it this way: I’ve met Jack and photographed him. He’s not only nice, he’s hot, with a sexy, make-ya-melt Italian accent.

To RSVP and for directions, call 214-394-4640.наполнение сайта этобелые методы продвижения сайта

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Jeffrey Payne profiled in HIV Plus magazine

In the Ask and Tell feature of HIV Plus’ May/June issue, they talk with 2009’s International Mr. Leather Jeffrey Payne, who also happens to be based in Dallas. Payne gives props to the Dallas leather community as well as talks about his role as the 2009 IML in speaking about HIV to the masses.

Here’s a snippet from the q&a:

So what’s been the crowd reaction in general to your candidness about your life with HIV?
It’s been terrific! In fact, at one conference where I gave a speech about being HIV-positive, one of the MCs also came out of the “HIV closet” and said he’d been positive for eight years but never felt comfortable telling anyone before. I know that if I continue to share my journey, others like him may draw strength and be able to free themselves of those invisible chains that HIV has wrapped around them.

Payne will surrender the title May 30 at this year’s IML in Chicago. All of our eyes are, of course, on Jack Duke, the current Mr. Texas Leather. We’re hoping he can pull off a clean sweep of leather titles just like Payne did in 2009.реклама на станциях метрораскрутка новых сайтов

—  Rich Lopez