Rake is a real live, honest-to-goodness ex-boy scout, trained rigger, former schooner (a boat with lots of ropes) sailor and an all around nice guy. Usually.
On the other hand, he has also been introduced as “an evil genius disguised as a teddy bear”.
Since arriving in Sydney ten years ago, he has been a visible and active member of the community, tying people up (whenever they stand still long enough) at Hellfire, über, The Chamber, The Sensual Ball, HCH, and other nefarious places.
He’s passionate about kink education, helping organize education events here in Sydney, and has taught workshops on theory and practice, rope, flogging, fire play, and other kinky topics locally at über, QC, The Couples Club, and The Gathering. Equally as important, he attends workshops regularly to hone and broaden his knowledge and skills.
Before moving to Sydney, he was active in the NYC kink scene, where he quickly became friends with fellow bondage enthusiasts, assisting and teaching workshops, organizing events and even judging bondage competitions.
Rake is looking forward to corrupting more people into the wonderfully evil ways of kink, and especially rope.
Knut Larson, originally from Norway, was introduced to Leather 25 years ago first experiencing the European scene in Oslo and Hamburg. He has been out in the leather for 10 years in Sydney and in 2014 represented Australia at International Mr Leather in Chicago as Mr WoofClub, he is still the current title holder.
An active community member of the Leather scene in Sydney, Knut has worked towards creating space with Pop-up Leather bars and continuing friendships here and overseas.
Bootblack KL oozes passion for her craft. With 6+ experience privately bootblacking, she didn’t see a stand until 2014 at a mixed leather event. Since then she has established herself as a community minded and engaging person; an educator of bootblack culture in both the Melbourne and wider Australian communities. Bootblack KL has been described as a loyal and committed community member who takes pride in her work. With the motto of Bootblack +, she is about the diversity of “us”. She is a mother, a daughter, a lover, an educator, a writer, a publisher and a bootblack.
Angel has been in the Sydney scene since 1999 and was very active for a number of years running fetish and BDSM events and performing. Over the last 12 years, Angel has spent a considerable amount of time quenching her thirst for knowledge in all things BDSM and kinky, travelling extensively through North America immersing herself in a Kink/BDSM culture attending events and teaching overseas.
Angels’ passions include chainmail, Lifestyle DS, Sensation and Corporal punishment play. She enjoys sharing her knowledge on a myriad of subjects from basic to advanced techniques; anything from Fire – “Flames are my weakness”, Sensual flogging, body impact, to caning and single tails.
Florentine flogging: Angel taught herself Florentine flogging in 2004 for use in a performance piece and finds it invaluable as a tool in her everyday play scenes.
Tiger discovered his interest in all things kinky at a young age, but has been actively involved in the BDSM and Kink community since 2008.
Tiger enjoys many aspects of kink and is a bit of an all rounder – Top, Bottom, Sadist, Masochist – you name it – he has either done it or wants to do it! To that end, he has attended many classes both locally and in North America in order to gain the knowledge and experience required to pursue his various interests.
Tiger is a craftsman who builds his own custom BDSM furniture; Crosses, stocks, frames and bondage chairs, and has been involved in building sets and props for 20+ years. He has also been commissioned to make unique custom furniture for others.
Florentine flogging: From the very first time he picked up floggers, Tiger has been Florentine flogging. He is self taught in the art.
Grad. Dip. Counseling - Australian College of Applied Psychology Grad. Dip. Health Sciences (Sexual Health) - University of Sydney Certified Sexological Bodyworker – Institute of Somatic Sexology Urban Tantra Graduate – Barbara Carrellas
A pleasure activist, coach and healer, Tanya is passionate about helping people to talk about and engage with their sexuality and their relationships. Having trained under some of the best sex and relationship educators in the world (John & Julie Gottman, Barbara Carrellas, Janet Hardy, Dossie Easton, Joseph Kramer, Deej and Uma and many more), Tanya is undeniably a sex geek and has many modalities to draw on.
Bringing 12 years experience as a clinical counselor and sexologist to her somatic sexology work, Tanya helps people with relationship and sexual issues; trauma and scar remediation; sex coaching; erotic awakening and engagement; embodiment; self-esteem and anxiety.
Tanya is sex positive and pro diversity (queer friendly, sex worker friendly, and works across gender fluidity, polyamory and other relationship presentations, BDSM/Kink and asexuality). She is easy to talk to and provides a safe and non-judgmental space for therapeutic work.
She has a background in trauma having worked as a sexual assault counselor for NSW Rape Crisis Centre and in relationships after working as a Family and Relationships Counselor for Relationships Australia.
Tanya runs her own practice in Surry Hills and along with an interest in researching she is a passionate workshops presenter, lectures on sexual health, relationships and sex therapy, writes articles and blogs, and is a supervisor for counsellors and sexologists.
Tanya has been a regular on Talking Lifestyle Radio with Jono Coleman and David Prior and has appearances on ABC Radio, Triple J, 2 SER and FBi radio.
Siren Vandoll is an Australian Sexuality Educator & Consultant working to empower people through education, creation and advocacy. Engaging her unique skillset, she collaborates with individuals, groups, organisations and companies to advance sex positivity, share knowledge and promote inclusiveness.
Passionate about sexuality, relationships, identity, feminism and social justice since her early teens, Siren evolved from “that friend” in high school, to Women’s Officer of her university residence at the Australian National University and began teaching workshops on sex, gender and sexuality in 2014. Using her background in activism, the not-for-profit sector, education, facilitation, public relations and communication; Siren now integrates these skills into her work in the sexuality sphere. Siren offers workshops, coaching sessions, sex positive community development, media engagement, guest speaking, PR and marketing for sexuality related events and brands, sex blogging and writing, professional consultancy and more.
As an educator, coach and facilitator, Siren’s strong sense of empathy and un-abrasive charisma allow her to create safe and comfortable spaces that promote authentic self expression, healthy curiosity and sensual self-empowerment. Allowing attendees to connect to the material in a shame-free and liberating manner. While her extensive range of knowledge and practical skills ensure that participants leave with the tools to enhance their sensual lives, relationships and sense of self.
Siren is dedicated to reforming and improving all intersections of sex, sexuality and gender and her consultancy and outreach are informed by this. Her work with brands, organisations and professionals not only aims to achieve the best outcomes for her clients, but to also for the people they serve. By keeping inclusivity, empowerment and accessibility as the foundation of everything she does, Siren hopes she can help build a safer, more compassionate world for all.
Horaki’s wicked sense of humour, witty discourse, and the warmth with which she interacts with others are usually the things people comment on when meeting her for the first time. Her knowledge of, and passion for, all things BDSM becomes evident as the interaction continues.
Horaki has been involved in the BDSM scene for more years than she cares to admit. She identifies as a submissive and is actively involved in many community activities, including being the Director of MAsT Sydney.
Initially, making candles was her hobby, but it didn’t stay that way for long. Horaki’s candles became a sought after commodity, both for candle lovers and wax play enthusiasts alike. Her venture into training is a natural extension of her candle making business, with an increased number of people seeking information on kinky play ideas and the safety practices involved in using wax.
Horaki believes wax play should be a delightful sensory experience. One that is exciting, enticing, satisfying and safe for all involved.
O2DV8 has been active in the BDSM lifestyle for over 30 years and has spent a lot of his time and energy exploring the physiological side of BDSM, especially how to use physical stimulus to bridge the gap from the physical to the mental so as to alter state.
O2DV8 has been active in the Sydney community for many years having run workshops for MAsT Sydney and the Dragons Den Wollongong, been a Leader of ‘The Den’ (A peer group for dominant men) for over 7 years mentoring many attendees along the way, and served on the MAsT: Sydney Committee for 2 years.
O2DV8’s focus is always has been one of power exchange, with many lessons learned along the way. As a result, over the years the use of rituals, protocols, and behavior modification have become an integral part of any of his ongoing interactions.
Peter Masters was born in Sydney in 1958 and is not dead yet. He has been doing nefarious things to members of the opposite sex since his early 20's and became a part of the Sydney (and occasionally Melbourne) BDSM scenes when he returned to Australia from a long stay in continental Europe in 1996. Since then he has written seven or so books about BDSM and about kinky sex, most notably The Control Book and Look Into My Eyes, respectively. He has also run many, many workshops and discussion groups about dominance & submission and mastery & slavery -- one of the earliest being in the late 90's at the Melbourne Consensual conference (who remembers that?) and more recently for the Sydney chapter of MaST (Masters and Slaves Together). He enjoys writing about himself in the third person and going for long walks. He can be seduced with Arnott's Mint Slices.
Canberra offers up many memorable attractions: – Parliament, roundabouts, porn, a thriving BDSM community and the most mischievous of Mistresses, WyckedMystress.
WyckedMystress is a well-known, strong Female Dominant - firm of hand, generous of heart...and well, wicked.
WyckedMystress lives and breathes all things D/s. To her, control is intoxicating. WyckedMystress and her boy, AxisofWycked, live a 24/7 D/s Female Led Relationship. This is an intense relationship that has loving female authority at its core.
For WyckedMystress there is nothing sexier than a strong man who is willing to submit to Her and explore all that the D/s dynamic has to offer. She is skilled in many aspects of BDSM and well respected for her skills in genitorture, ball-busting, D/s, and the sensual art of Female Domination.
WyckedMystress’ explorations in the world of kink have seen her criss-crossing this land, from Sydney to Melbourne, Adelaide to Perth, Hobart to Brisbane, in search of sublime and sensory dark delights. She is the owner of Fire & Ice, Canberra’s only public BDSM play party, and organises the monthly Canberra Kinky munch. Also, as the HeadMistress of ClubFEM ACT, WyckedMystress hosts more intimate private events for Female Dominants and male submissives.
For WyckedMystress, the world of BDSM is vibrant, exciting and sensual. Being active in the BDSM community offers opportunities to try new things without worrying about whether it makes you weird or not. As a firm believer that there is always something new to be learnt, WyckedMystress willingly shares her knowledge and experience with others, and in return, seeks to learn from them.
From the moment UnrulyNerdGirl (UNG) signed on to the internet, back in the days of AOL, she searched for her tribe. While she had no idea what BDSM, D/s, and the leather lifestyle was, she knew there was a part of her that craved to be controlled and cherished. Stumbling upon the Big/little lifestyle opened up a wide world of wonder.
Emphasizing features such as nurturing domination, domestic style discipline, and loving power exchange, age play quickly became a major influence that shaped her style of submission.
Searching every dungeon, treehouse, and blanket fort, she will leave no toy box or A frame unturned while looking for her compatible Big.
Pup Panther (or Tom) is the current and first ever Australian Puppy. He currently lives in Brisbane where he also won the Queensland Leather Puppy title in 2017. Panther got his start in pup play after being pushed over the edge by a kinky friend from Seattle. From there he dove head first in to the local fetish club BootCo. He has also been an active member with Queensland Pups & Handlers (Q-PAH) helping further the organisation in Queensland through volunteering and contributing to committee goals.
Panther has travelled regularly to all active PAH organisations and is a well-known member of each community. He has also extensively travelled to other fetish weekends and helped promote the pup and handler community to the wider public. Panther is a strong advocate for gender diversity and is passionate about providing safe environments for all pups regardless of location. By creating these environments, he believes it fosters positive growth within the pup and handler community. He believes pup play is the gateway to a large array of kinks and tries to instil key values of respect, consent and open communication in his workshops.
On the mats, you can find Panther quietly off to the side waiting to find the perfect puppy to pounce on. When he is in human mode he regularly engages with new members about the basics of pups and handlers and the general rules associated with play ensuring a safe space is created and can be enjoyed by all.
AugustusSeizeHer's interest in kink revolves around using the rich language of D/s to explore relationships and interactions. He believes that getting to know someone, r.e.a.l.l.y. know someone, is more than a sensuous or erotic experience, more than some bondage or impact play - important to the joys of life that such activities are. Yes, sex and kinky activities are "play for grown-ups". But the WAY we "do sex", the WAY we "do our kinks", tell our playmates who and what we are. While exploring these ideas Julian came to see that "vanilla" and "kink" are actually on the same spectrum, they are variations on the same theme that blend smoothly into each other.
Iz Connell is an LGBTIQ and disability rights activist living in Sydney. Iz was a Don't DIS my ABILITY ambassador in 2016-2017, and an ACON Honour Awards finalist in 2017. In 2017 she became the first woman elected to the board of a bear club in Australia, and possibly the first in the world. Iz now uses her role with Harbour City Bears to further develop links between the diverse and vibrant groups she encounters in the Sydney LGBTIQ community. She's a social work Honours student, and she enjoys dancing in platform boots, wearing leather, being tall and playing with her dog Harvey. You can find her at every Bad Dog, Extra Dirty, and other interesting places.