Monday, August 8

mr. hoist 2005 . the gentlemen interviews

1. Tell us how you enjoy life.

I love spending time with my partner, we are both very tactile. My greatest pleasures are singing and bodybuilding. I also love communing with nature and exploring the universe.

2. Describe The Hoist in your own words.

The Hoist is one of the world’s best leather/fetish clubs, it can be as sleazy as you make it, friendly or full of attitude, depends what you are looking for. My few times at The Hoist were back in 1999 with my partner - we would find a dark corner and have a hot, sweaty time; various guys tried to join in but we kept it exclusive.

3. Tell us about your experiences since winning Mr. Hoist 2005.

Well, the main event was taking part in the International Mr Leather contest in Chicago at the end of May. I was proud to represent my country and fellow leathermen. I had a fantastic time meeting loads of great guys (contestants, contest organisers and helpers, and spectators). I enjoyed putting on a show for the crowd! Things have quietened down since then, but I’m hoping to get to some of the leather events in Europe later in the year. I’ve had a few invitations, but finding the time is difficult. A few people recognise me when I’m out and about; the whole Mr. Hoist thing is quite low-key, I’m not a celebrity!

4. Leather, Fetish, Europe. Talk freely about each subject.

Leather - I just love the look, feel and smell of it. The whole Tom of Finland image really helped me to come out, it’s just the most fantastically positive image of gay men. Leather, like any image, is a projection of oneself, so I guess it’s a way to express my sexuality in a very graphically. Although it’s physically constraining, it’s spiritually liberating. The paradox stimulates me.

Fetish - Again, fetishes are about projecting aspects of oneself into the physical world so potentially anything can be a fetish. I have a very vivid dream-life in which my sexual fantasies have no boundaries. I’ve experimented with lots of things in reality; I’ve got a vanilla centre with many flavours mixed in. I enjoy traditional macho images (bears, uniforms, cowboys, truckers, lumberjacks, cigars etc, etc). I particularly like chains with my leather.

Europe - I want to see greater European unity, but this must be done slowly and steadily. Europe is like a family - we have centuries of shared history, good times and bad, but we should stick together. I’m not happy about certain countries being part of the European Union because they have poor human rights records.

5. What's next for you after Mr. Hoist 2006 takes over?

Life carries on as before, constantly looking to grow and expand my horizons, enjoying the small pleasures of everyday life as well as the big adventures. I doubt I’ll be entering any more leather contests, I’ll be looking for new challenges.

6. Educate us about love.

Another big question. For me love is about giving others freedom to be themselves. If I love someone, their happiness is what matters even if that means they fly away. I’m deeply loyal to my friends and family; even if I don’t see someone for years, I’m always there for them if they need me. Of course, to be able to give love, you first have to learn to love yourself, which can be difficult - it’s taken me years of self-exploration. Like every other aspect of life, love is an ongoing journey, the best. Love is my favourite word.

7. Educate us about sex.

Sometimes sex is just pure biology - like eating, sleeping, it’s just something I need to do and that’s great. However, sex is best when it involves love and romance. The great thing about sex is it’s a different experience every time. Sex is about fun, freedom and human intimacy. I enjoy mindless sex occasionally, but I prefer some kind of mental connection. Nothing can replace the intense feelings I have with my partner, though it’s good to be able to explore other people sometimes.

8. Voice your opinion(s) on pop culture, politics and religion.

Pop Culture - Mmm, this is such a vast and subjective thing; I like to keep up with new developments in music, TV, fashion etc but I’ve never followed the crowd and most pop culture is so transient. Novelty is fun, but like junk food it quickly gets dull. I’m quite whimsical and eclectic in my tastes. I don’t watch soaps, I don’t like movies which proselytise and I’m not interested in celebrities. I enjoy adventure films and video games, listen to music of all kinds and watch a lot of comedy shows.

Politics - I don’t ascribe to the bipolar approach of Left-wing/Right-wing politics. I guess I’m an autocratic, socialist, libertarian, radical, anarchist, theocratic humanist. Politics is ultimately about pragmatism - if it works use it, if it doesn’t work ditch it. I would like to see the end of Nationalism as a model of international society.

Religion - My relationship with God gets stronger all the time. I belong to a sacred Order. Dogma, evangelism, hierarchy and religious establishment are some of the things we work to combat. We promote love, unity, truth and balance

9. What's the best thing about being 41 years old?

The actual number has no significance for me, I look for fulfilment in every day and as the years pass I value my time even more. Getting older is part of life’s adventure.

10. You say in your online profile that you are a "mystic” and "have been giving people spiritual guidance for 20 years". What advice do you have for all twenty-something guys?

Be true to yourself, don’t try to please everyone. Follow your dreams no matter how far from your current reality they may seem. Persistence through adversity will get you where you want to go. The more love you give, the more you receive.

any last words:
If you want to change the world, change yourself first.

gentlemen links
big muscle bears . arctophilax
big muscle . arctophilax
mr. hoist . gallery
raw image studio . photography
mr. hoist . may 1999


Blogger Todd said...

I think Richard is one of the sexiest men alive. His comments also show he has a brain in that pretty head too. You should come down to Fort Lauderdale and hang at the beach.

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