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History of New Mexico Leather
& Alternative Communities

Overview Venues
Artisans • GroupsEvents

History is a foundation that helps us approach the future with more understanding.  Awareness of history helps us realize not just what came before us, but also understand how things have changed, are changing, what was attempted, successes, struggles, and the great time had by many in alternative lifestyle communities.  It reminds us that time passes by quickly and to be sure to be kind as you travel through your journey through these alternative communities.

Artisans

Some artisans capture their vision of the Leather and Alternative Lifestyle communities, brining us the emotion and record of what they experienced. Other artisans create the tools we need or care for them. These are the New Mexico artists, photographers, sculptors, leatherworkers, whip makers, etc., which contribute to our community in many ways.  We focus upon those  with substantial work or influence upon our communities.

Delmas Howe, The Martyred Angel
Delmas Howe

1935-

Delmas Howe (painter)

Delmas Howe, born in 1935, is a groundbreaking painter for the LGBTQ+ community; RioBravoFineArt is the sole representative of the work of Howe. He has a broad set of subjects including work on The Stations, Guys and Canyons, and Fresh Air.  His work is in the Albuquerque Museum and Leslie Lohman Museum: Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in New York City.  He was influenced by leather and  kink communities from his time in the New York City art scene and also​ affiliation with leather organizations in New Mexico.  The Motorcyclemen of New Mexico (MMNM) were inspiration and models for The Stations series of paintings.  Friends and visits by the Albuquerque Leather Daddys to Truth or Consequences, NM inspired other paintings including The Martyred Angel that features Ruben Gallegos, Rex, and Bruce Warren Davis in the background and artist David Zaintz as the angel.  Some of Delmas' showings in Santa Fe were originally rejected due to their contents.

Sources: Interviews with Delmas, Bear Mike, Bear Marvin, Pup Spike, Internet.

Delmas Howe, Marvin & Mike
Delmas Howe
Delmas Howe, Pup Spike
Delmas Howe, The Stations Series, <name of painting>
Delmas Howe, The Stations Series, The Gentle Executioner, 1997

2001-

Gear Werks (leathersmith, vendor)

Gear Werks is a leathersmith and vendor established in 2001 by JD (James Smith), and eventually included Wade.  Gear Werks had a shop within Sidewinders at 8900 Central Ave SE for many years in different locations until Siidewinders moved locations in 2020. JD was originally from San Francisco and also in Palm Springs.  Gear Werks provides a wide range of leather and kink items when they vent.  They also produced custom pins and patches for multiple organizations in New Mexico.

Sources: JD, Internet.

GearWerks

Gear Werks Pin - Wing Heart
Moonight Creations, Logo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Moonight Creations, Logo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Furniture, Moonlight Creations, Albuquerque, NM
Custom leather accessories, Moonlight Creations, Albuquerque, NM
Custom leather accessories, Moonlight Creations, Albuquerque, NM
Custom leather accessories, Moonlight Creations, Albuquerque, NM

2000-

Moonlight Creations (leather, wood, steel)

Moonlight Creations has been a custom low-volume vendor focusing on "unique creations from wood, steel, leather, glass and more." Their products have included leather wear, floggers, dragon tails, paddles, furniture, metal products, accessories.  They have vended at Spring Pandemonium, EvoRevo, Leather Fiesta and other events.  They have cooperatively coordinated with JD & Wade from Gear Werks, and established two play space that have been central to the community over the years in group and private events (#18 and Vodago)​ that were not part of their business.  See VENUES. Moonlight Creations had always focused on small volume custom items.  Eventually they chose to stop public event vending because the community at the time already had many of their products. 

Sources: Michael & Cindy of Moonlight Creations, moonlightcreations.biz, moonlightcreationsleather.com on web.archive.net (2012-2015).

2015-

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Max Woltman (photographer)

Max Woltman is a photographer in Albuquerque, NM, and has participated in alternative community events and included elements of our communities in his work.  His #WhatWeSee series is a compilation of portraits he has taken of strangers, acquaintances, friends, family, and lovers throughout the years.  He writes, This project evolved as I saw the need for us (myself included) to celebrate ourselves.  Our bodies, faces, feelings, dreams.  All of us, including our imperfections and insecurities, but also our courage, laughter, and beauty.  What makes us proud.  What makes us sexy.  What makes us feel alive."

Sources: Max Woltman, maxwoltmanfineartphotography.com.

Reproduced with permission from Max Woltman, 11Jun24, #WhatWeSee
R&S Whips Logo

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R&S Whips (whip maker)

R&S Whips creates custom single tails, floggers, cat-o-nine tails, whip variations.

Sources: Internet, interactions with R&S.

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Bad Bunny Bondage (leathersmith, vendor)

Justin.  Move to ABQ MMA.

Leather Play company logo
Master Bliss, Feral Heathen

2022-

Leather Play (leathersmith, vendor)

Feral Heathen and Master Bliss, are the creators, owners, life partners, and kinksters of Leather Play.  The idea was born after they met in Albuquerque in 2022. Between them, they have 35+ years in leatherworking and the world of kink.

Sources: Master Biliss, Feral Heathen, leatherplay.shop.

Other Artisans

More here soon.

Note: The history compilation on this page is courtesy of and Copyright 2024, Domum Corium Cordis, House of Leather Heart.  head@houseofleatherheart.org.

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