Northbound Leather Kinky Pride: Let Us Not Forget Our Roots …

Kardynyl SynysTyr and Lady J Two (Marquis)There are times we, as a community, tend to forget our established proprietors (who supply us with our trappings and equipment) are also integral parts of our respective Communities. In Toronto, Northbound Leather has been in, around and an integral part of the fetish and SM communities in Southern Ontario for what seems like eons. Other companies hoping to gain a foothold and a following will forever be benchmarked beside the iconic Yonge Street landmark leather emporium.

Your Humble Narrator and True Friend would like to take but a moment to thank the event organizers, George and Anna, for a really lovely evening in the Distillery last Friday night at the Kinky Pride gathering. The night was truly perfect, weather wise – one could not have asked for better cooperation from Mistress Nature. The skies did open up for a period of time during the day – this is summer in Southern Ontario, after all – but by the time things got into full swing, the evening had turned perfect for a mostly-outdoor affair amongst the pyramidal flame pots and ancient cobblestones of the historic District. The ambience and the atmosphere created by the impeccably-kept old Gooderham and Worts whiskey factory (you can still catch a whiff of long-ago brewed spirits in the rain-tinted air) was truly … Magic.

I do believe that the absolute most fun for everyone in attendance … had to be the astonishment at some of the passers-by, each in turn suffering some severe form of whiplash, from taking in all the delicious, classy and elegant eye candy having a grand time with their peers on the cobbestone patio. Lady J, my beloved partner in this life, and I both were quite pleased and honoured to renew acquaintances with some old friends (some rather surprised she had moved to Toronto) and start new friendships with great people.

Marina Black and Lady J One (Marquis)Our most special of “Thank Yous” to Ms. Marina Black in particular. The Lady was amazing last Friday night and Lady J and I both very grateful and honoured beyond compare for her hospitality, and her friendship. Legends are born from the minds and actions of great people: and this Lady is already well on her way to that elusive “legendary” status. From the bottom of our hearts, we send our love and our appreciations.

These days, I think that most of the general, world-wide SM Community take Northbound Leather completely for granted: They’ve been such an integral part of the Community for so long, that we just tend to assume that they’ll always “be there” to organize events, build our coveted apparel ensembles, and supply us some of our accoutrement’s. With the myriad of other options available for kinksters to prance about and ply their proclivities, I think it is sometimes easy to forget the contribution Northbound Leather has made to the success of our collective in the Gay and Lesbian and Heterosexual communities both. I think it’s easy to feel intimidated and therefore discount Northbound as a viable option: not just for attire and some equipment but as a venue host and event organizer as well. I know that last night, watching George and Anna (owners of Northbound Leather) tirelessly working to make sure each guest was having a good time (along with Ms. Black), I gained a new-found respect and admiration for all of them. Each year in the crisp autumn air, Northbound Leather hosts the largest annual gathering of fetish folk in the world at the immense Docks facility along Toronto’s storied waterfront. The quality of their smaller events does not suffer in comparison: George and Anna work very hard to try and provide a fantastic experience to each attendee who ventures out to any of their events – and the Kinky Pride Event was certainly no exception.

The Two Leather Boys One (Marquis)The previous evening, Northbound hosted a much smaller “Meet and Greet” at the Yonge Street store location, which was well attended by some of the more recognizable names that practice our lovely little pastime. It was wonderful to talk to some well known authors of important SM-related literature – and it was nice to see Midori, the Fetish Diva from the West Coast, out and enjoying the festivities amongst Toronto friends and admirers. The Lady is always so cordial, friendly – and the very personification of the word class – it is impossible not to instantly fall prey completely to her charms. On a personal note, the Friday Meet and Greet at the retail location was somewhat of a “Coming Out Party” for Lady J and most everyone in attendance made sure she was warmly welcomed. It is this kind of mutual respect and admiration for some of our iconographic figures that gives me great hope for the continued future of SM folk as a true, if not gigantic, extended family.

While the focus of Pride Week events on the Northbound calender have, in the past, tended to focus nearly exclusively on the Gay and Lesbian contingent, this year George and Anna decided to invite and include the general SM populace to join in the celebrations. While it is true that this decision may have ruffled some hard-core feathers amongst the Gay and Lesbian crowd, in general the gesture was received enthusiastically and was most welcomed by the majority of the party-goers in attendance. Lady J and I renewed acquaintances with new friends (pictured to the left) – who treated us with the utmost respect and welcomed us with open arms as one of their “own”. We loved their playfulness – and were deeply touched by the affections they both displayed for not only each other, but for all of their leather and latex comrades in arms that braved the early rain to take in the evening’s fun.

Northbound Anna (Marquis)

SM types are going to be hard pressed to match the enthusiasm and the boundless energy that is wrapped up in a little latex package known to all in the Toronto community as simply Anna. Amazingly, the lady took great care (as one of the hosts, naturally) to make sure all of their guests were taken care of. She did all of this, mind you, from the early morning until well into the wee hours of the next day, without complaint and an ever-present smile and enthusiasm that was unmatched – and all the while in skyscraper heels. Lady J and I were astonished at just how much energy and sheer joy she exhibited that evening. George, the other half of the Northbound team, was equally unmatched in energy and enthusiasm – and together they provided all party-goers a stark reminder of how grateful we as a Community should truly be for the efforts they both continually make to bring a little taste of leather and latex into the large and varied Toronto scene.

We are certainly looking forward to the rest of the summer’s events! Wherever you may call home in this world, we urge you to go out during your own Pride Week festivities (if they haven’t already passed, of course – but there’s always next year!) and support all aspects of our alternative communities. We also urge you to support the vendors and organizers, like Northbound Leather, who take the time to plan and organize such fabulous events that give all of us a chance to gather in the spirit of friendship … and be a part of a true family.

Northbound Leather Kinky Pride: Let Us Not Forget Our Roots …

Kardynyl SynysTyr and Lady J Two (Marquis)There are times we, as a community, tend to forget our established proprietors (who supply us with our trappings and equipment) are also integral parts of our respective Communities. In Toronto, Northbound Leather has been in, around and an integral part of the fetish and SM communities in Southern Ontario for what seems like eons. Other companies hoping to gain a foothold and a following will forever be benchmarked beside the iconic Yonge Street landmark leather emporium.

Your Humble Narrator and True Friend would like to take but a moment to thank the event organizers, George and Anna, for a really lovely evening in the Distillery last Friday night at the Kinky Pride gathering. The night was truly perfect, weather wise – one could not have asked for better cooperation from Mistress Nature. The skies did open up for a period of time during the day – this is summer in Southern Ontario, after all – but by the time things got into full swing, the evening had turned perfect for a mostly-outdoor affair amongst the pyramidal flame pots and ancient cobblestones of the historic District. The ambience and the atmosphere created by the impeccably-kept old Gooderham and Worts whiskey factory (you can still catch a whiff of long-ago brewed spirits in the rain-tinted air) was truly … Magic.

I do believe that the absolute most fun for everyone in attendance … had to be the astonishment at some of the passers-by, each in turn suffering some severe form of whiplash, from taking in all the delicious, classy and elegant eye candy having a grand time with their peers on the cobbestone patio. Lady J, my beloved partner in this life, and I both were quite pleased and honoured to renew acquaintances with some old friends (some rather surprised she had moved to Toronto) and start new friendships with great people.

Marina Black and Lady J One (Marquis)Our most special of “Thank Yous” to Ms. Marina Black in particular. The Lady was amazing last Friday night and Lady J and I both very grateful and honoured beyond compare for her hospitality, and her friendship. Legends are born from the minds and actions of great people: and this Lady is already well on her way to that elusive “legendary” status. From the bottom of our hearts, we send our love and our appreciations.

These days, I think that most of the general, world-wide SM Community take Northbound Leather completely for granted: They’ve been such an integral part of the Community for so long, that we just tend to assume that they’ll always “be there” to organize events, build our coveted apparel ensembles, and supply us some of our accoutrement’s. With the myriad of other options available for kinksters to prance about and ply their proclivities, I think it is sometimes easy to forget the contribution Northbound Leather has made to the success of our collective in the Gay and Lesbian and Heterosexual communities both. I think it’s easy to feel intimidated and therefore discount Northbound as a viable option: not just for attire and some equipment but as a venue host and event organizer as well. I know that last night, watching George and Anna (owners of Northbound Leather) tirelessly working to make sure each guest was having a good time (along with Ms. Black), I gained a new-found respect and admiration for all of them. Each year in the crisp autumn air, Northbound Leather hosts the largest annual gathering of fetish folk in the world at the immense Docks facility along Toronto’s storied waterfront. The quality of their smaller events does not suffer in comparison: George and Anna work very hard to try and provide a fantastic experience to each attendee who ventures out to any of their events – and the Kinky Pride Event was certainly no exception.

The Two Leather Boys One (Marquis)The previous evening, Northbound hosted a much smaller “Meet and Greet” at the Yonge Street store location, which was well attended by some of the more recognizable names that practice our lovely little pastime. It was wonderful to talk to some well known authors of important SM-related literature – and it was nice to see Midori, the Fetish Diva from the West Coast, out and enjoying the festivities amongst Toronto friends and admirers. The Lady is always so cordial, friendly – and the very personification of the word class – it is impossible not to instantly fall prey completely to her charms. On a personal note, the Friday Meet and Greet at the retail location was somewhat of a “Coming Out Party” for Lady J and most everyone in attendance made sure she was warmly welcomed. It is this kind of mutual respect and admiration for some of our iconographic figures that gives me great hope for the continued future of SM folk as a true, if not gigantic, extended family.

While the focus of Pride Week events on the Northbound calender have, in the past, tended to focus nearly exclusively on the Gay and Lesbian contingent, this year George and Anna decided to invite and include the general SM populace to join in the celebrations. While it is true that this decision may have ruffled some hard-core feathers amongst the Gay and Lesbian crowd, in general the gesture was received enthusiastically and was most welcomed by the majority of the party-goers in attendance. Lady J and I renewed acquaintances with new friends (pictured to the left) – who treated us with the utmost respect and welcomed us with open arms as one of their “own”. We loved their playfulness – and were deeply touched by the affections they both displayed for not only each other, but for all of their leather and latex comrades in arms that braved the early rain to take in the evening’s fun.

Northbound Anna (Marquis)

SM types are going to be hard pressed to match the enthusiasm and the boundless energy that is wrapped up in a little latex package known to all in the Toronto community as simply Anna. Amazingly, the lady took great care (as one of the hosts, naturally) to make sure all of their guests were taken care of. She did all of this, mind you, from the early morning until well into the wee hours of the next day, without complaint and an ever-present smile and enthusiasm that was unmatched – and all the while in skyscraper heels. Lady J and I were astonished at just how much energy and sheer joy she exhibited that evening. George, the other half of the Northbound team, was equally unmatched in energy and enthusiasm – and together they provided all party-goers a stark reminder of how grateful we as a Community should truly be for the efforts they both continually make to bring a little taste of leather and latex into the large and varied Toronto scene.

We are certainly looking forward to the rest of the summer’s events! Wherever you may call home in this world, we urge you to go out during your own Pride Week festivities (if they haven’t already passed, of course – but there’s always next year!) and support all aspects of our alternative communities. We also urge you to support the vendors and organizers, like Northbound Leather, who take the time to plan and organize such fabulous events that give all of us a chance to gather in the spirit of friendship … and be a part of a true family.

Darkly Sensuous is the Night in the Lair of Ms. Marina Black

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Marquis America is pleased to bring you this personal insight into one of North America’s premiere Dominas, Ms. Marina Black of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

She is, amongst her peers, regarded as the consummate professional. She is also a true SM lifestyle practitioner – and those fortunate enough to be invited into her presence are quick to note that in her world – there is simply “no nonsense”. She is discerning … articulate to a fault … experienced beyond measure … and thorough in all aspects (from initial introduction to eventual encounter) in all things fetish and sadomasochistic. When she walks into a room, whether adorned in the finest, custom-designed latex couture or comfortably ensconced in a pair of “sensible” leather boots, black jeans and classic silken blouse, there can be no doubt that she is forever and always in complete … control.

The lady has been an integral and visible part of Canada’s SM scene for a number of years, as a facilitator, educator, occasional film subject and, of course, as one of the most respected practising Dominas in the country. She is Ms. Marina Black, fetishist, visual artist and epitome of female power – and empowerment. This Montreal-born one-of-a-kind beauty has made Toronto, Ontario, her chosen home since an early age: but she is known as one of the premier latex enthusiasts throughout North America.

She grew up in Toronto, and describes her formative years as “living in a typically strict Portuguese household” (she speaks the language fluently), where expectations to excel were placed on her from both family and school teachers alike. “I never really fit in, though, with any identifiable group. Excelling at school was frowned upon by my peers”, she said. “I would have to say that High School was my ‘coming out’ party. Up until that point, my best friends were books.” She poured over text after text, for all intents and purposes teaching herself how to read, write and speak perfect English. She had a special interest and passion for Greek mythology and Egyptian history, and many a night was spent in fascination and appreciation of the ancient tales and lessons.  By the age of seven, she was deeply attracted to the aesthetic of the woman of power (Hatshepsut, the only female Pharaoh, for instance) she was learning about, and equally realized her proficiency and ability to absorb and maintain knowledge was far beyond those of an equal age. By the time she reached her teenage years, she knew she had to embark on a path set of her own choosing. Her parents chastised her for her chosen attire while attending school (she was drawn to the “punk” and Goth” alternative fashion culture), and she did extremely well in school despite what others may have thought of her “trappings”.

Marina_Selects -31The attraction to being empowered as a woman began to manifest itself during this “teenage rebellious” time. After experimenting with both submissive and dominant roles with boyfriends, she quickly realized that “bottoming was not (my) thing”. She was fortunate enough to have a long-term boyfriend whon was quite fine always taking the submissive role – and her education and experience as a Domina started to increase exponentially. She started to educate herself in everything to do with SM with the same passion and drive in which she lovingly worshipped the Greek goddesses of her literary childhood. She recalls with a smile the first time someone ever approached her, asking her “if she was a Dominatrix.” She knew then exactly what path she wanted to take in this life.

“By the time I reached my 20’s, I was beyond experimenting,” she said. “I learned very early on that being an ‘evil bitch’ and a ‘girly-girl’ were not mutually exclusive. To this day I can proudly say I remain extremely wicked but exquisitely soft and feminine.”

She had already started boldly into the professional SM world by the time she entered University – during that era, a most uncertain but incredibly courageous step for most to take at such a formative age – but not for her. She has, therefore, been a recognizable force within the Toronto and Eastern Canadian SM communities for well over two decades.

Her chosen style of Dominance is not for everyone and certainly not for the faint of heart: she offers a complete and totally immersive experience in all forms of the art of female domination – but she does not open her doors (or even a dialogue) with just anyone or everyone that approaches her. She has an extensive and intensive screening process for potential supplicants and makes no apologies for being so selective. “I’m not the most ‘popular’ professional by choice,” she said. “I am quite specific in what I do.” She points out with crystal clarity that she is “not a menu item Domina” and the clientele that is fortunate enough to pass through the initial screening process can be assured of a very heavy, exacting and completely enveloping scene.

Marina_Selects -10“I was a leather girl when I started, growing up in a leather town,” she said. “At one time, Northbound Leather was the only supplier in town and, naturally, everyone involved in the scene relied on them for their clothes and toys – me included.” Latex was not on her radar – and was extremely limited in supply, and even then what was available was not quite of the standard one would find in large European centers. By the early 1990’s, though, she started noticing and taking a great interest in “some really beautiful latex pieces” she would see in various magazines and online. She describes herself as a “very physical Domina” and realized very quickly that latex wear allowed her to move more freely and expertly when involved in a session. Latex didn’t curb her range of motion: “Latex loves your body when you’re engaged in a physical and heavy scene. What’s more, my own collared pet further exposed me to a fresh perspective on latex used in tandem with heavy and sensual play. He has most definitely been my muse.”

She has been a featured participant in several of the largest latex-focused fetish events (the annual Northbound Leather event in Toronto, for instance, and most recently turned heads and gained a new following from the younger fetish crowd for her performance at the famous New York-based Rubber Ball as an invited participant). There are few in North America with the dedication and knowledge of the latex aesthetic – and few can wear it with such a combination of femininity and sensuality combined with absolute power and control.

Marina_Selects -15In addition to being recognized as one of the latex world’s primary champions (especially in Toronto), Ms. Black is passionate about her art. “I’m totally addicted to bondage,” she said. “Everything to do with it, from rope work to fully inflatable body bags and sleep sacks, I’m in love with it!” She admits metal restraints are employed as a part of her repertoire – but she prefers the ambiance, anticipation and even delicious apprehension that occurs when engaging in wrapping a submissive up completely in ropes. “By the time they’re completely immobilized, I’ve taken the time to make sure they are comfortable with what is about to happen to them, building up the suspense and the sensuality of it all. They know they’re safe in my hands – even though they’re not going anywhere until I decide to release them and let them know they’re allowed to leave.” She loves being able to create what she describes as a “sensation overload” in her play – each client that comes for an SM experience in her chambers (Note: she is one of the very few professionals to boast both access to one of the most infamous establishments in the world, the Patricia Marsh House of Domination, as well as her own extremely well-equipped private studios) is guaranteed to appreciate her efforts, her time, and attention to detail. She is truly a “throwback”: she has a good base of dedicated clients and followers whom she considers to be “good friends” as well as exceptional devotees. This is rare: she isn’t seduced necessarily by the power of the almighty dollar, but by ensuring that each person that spends quality time with her will wish to be welcome back because of her insistence on a high degree of realism – and dedication to providing that authentic atmosphere and experience.

To that end, she describes herself as “much more of a physical Domina than a psychological one”. The implication is obvious: the bondage and discipline experience is far more tenable; far less fantasy; and easily more memorable. Her clients never leave her presence with the notion (or confusion) that she is “simply a professional doing her job.” This attention to detail and the care that she takes to treat each client with a high degree of genuine respect and authenticity, indeed, separates her from most of her peers. “It doesn’t matter what vocation you decide to practice,” she said. “To be exceptional at what you do, you have to love what you do – and I only do what I love.

Marina_Selects -34Ms. Marina Black also has a vocation outside of her professional domination practice. Since the year 1992, she has been trained in and is a much sought-after practitioner as a professional piercing artist. She also is proficient and popular as an Aromatherapist, and has even developed some of her own mixtures and cremes that have helped a myriad of people with a myriad of maladies. Both of these talents and skills blend well and help to compliment her as a Domina – and she is quite capable of combining all of her worlds, when needed, for those individuals who can appreciate her attentions.

Whether she is delivering an expert whipping or caning, planning and executing an extended bondage situation or delivering an abject lesson using one of her beloved electro-stimulation devices, there are none whom are permitted within her inner circle who would disagree that she definitely ranks among the world’s best as a direct, stern and dedicated Domina. “Just because someone chooses to spend quality time with a professional, it doesn’t make the experience any less real,” she said. “That is simply the way it has to be: Real!

Those interested in knowing more about Ms. Marina Black are invited to peruse her website: Serve Marina Black.

(All photos of Ms. Marina Black  are supplied courtesy of NTB Creative)

Darkly Sensuous is the Night in the Lair of Ms. Marina Black

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Marquis America is pleased to bring you this personal insight into one of North America’s premiere Dominas, Ms. Marina Black of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

She is, amongst her peers, regarded as the consummate professional. She is also a true SM lifestyle practitioner – and those fortunate enough to be invited into her presence are quick to note that in her world – there is simply “no nonsense”. She is discerning … articulate to a fault … experienced beyond measure … and thorough in all aspects (from initial introduction to eventual encounter) in all things fetish and sadomasochistic. When she walks into a room, whether adorned in the finest, custom-designed latex couture or comfortably ensconced in a pair of “sensible” leather boots, black jeans and classic silken blouse, there can be no doubt that she is forever and always in complete … control.

The lady has been an integral and visible part of Canada’s SM scene for a number of years, as a facilitator, educator, occasional film subject and, of course, as one of the most respected practising Dominas in the country. She is Ms. Marina Black, fetishist, visual artist and epitome of female power – and empowerment. This Montreal-born one-of-a-kind beauty has made Toronto, Ontario, her chosen home since an early age: but she is known as one of the premier latex enthusiasts throughout North America.

She grew up in Toronto, and describes her formative years as “living in a typically strict Portuguese household” (she speaks the language fluently), where expectations to excel were placed on her from both family and school teachers alike. “I never really fit in, though, with any identifiable group. Excelling at school was frowned upon by my peers”, she said. “I would have to say that High School was my ‘coming out’ party. Up until that point, my best friends were books.” She poured over text after text, for all intents and purposes teaching herself how to read, write and speak perfect English. She had a special interest and passion for Greek mythology and Egyptian history, and many a night was spent in fascination and appreciation of the ancient tales and lessons.  By the age of seven, she was deeply attracted to the aesthetic of the woman of power (Hatshepsut, the only female Pharaoh, for instance) she was learning about, and equally realized her proficiency and ability to absorb and maintain knowledge was far beyond those of an equal age. By the time she reached her teenage years, she knew she had to embark on a path set of her own choosing. Her parents chastised her for her chosen attire while attending school (she was drawn to the “punk” and Goth” alternative fashion culture), and she did extremely well in school despite what others may have thought of her “trappings”.

Marina_Selects -31The attraction to being empowered as a woman began to manifest itself during this “teenage rebellious” time. After experimenting with both submissive and dominant roles with boyfriends, she quickly realized that “bottoming was not (my) thing”. She was fortunate enough to have a long-term boyfriend whon was quite fine always taking the submissive role – and her education and experience as a Domina started to increase exponentially. She started to educate herself in everything to do with SM with the same passion and drive in which she lovingly worshipped the Greek goddesses of her literary childhood. She recalls with a smile the first time someone ever approached her, asking her “if she was a Dominatrix.” She knew then exactly what path she wanted to take in this life.

“By the time I reached my 20’s, I was beyond experimenting,” she said. “I learned very early on that being an ‘evil bitch’ and a ‘girly-girl’ were not mutually exclusive. To this day I can proudly say I remain extremely wicked but exquisitely soft and feminine.”

She had already started boldly into the professional SM world by the time she entered University – during that era, a most uncertain but incredibly courageous step for most to take at such a formative age – but not for her. She has, therefore, been a recognizable force within the Toronto and Eastern Canadian SM communities for well over two decades.

Her chosen style of Dominance is not for everyone and certainly not for the faint of heart: she offers a complete and totally immersive experience in all forms of the art of female domination – but she does not open her doors (or even a dialogue) with just anyone or everyone that approaches her. She has an extensive and intensive screening process for potential supplicants and makes no apologies for being so selective. “I’m not the most ‘popular’ professional by choice,” she said. “I am quite specific in what I do.” She points out with crystal clarity that she is “not a menu item Domina” and the clientele that is fortunate enough to pass through the initial screening process can be assured of a very heavy, exacting and completely enveloping scene.

Marina_Selects -10“I was a leather girl when I started, growing up in a leather town,” she said. “At one time, Northbound Leather was the only supplier in town and, naturally, everyone involved in the scene relied on them for their clothes and toys – me included.” Latex was not on her radar – and was extremely limited in supply, and even then what was available was not quite of the standard one would find in large European centers. By the early 1990’s, though, she started noticing and taking a great interest in “some really beautiful latex pieces” she would see in various magazines and online. She describes herself as a “very physical Domina” and realized very quickly that latex wear allowed her to move more freely and expertly when involved in a session. Latex didn’t curb her range of motion: “Latex loves your body when you’re engaged in a physical and heavy scene. What’s more, my own collared pet further exposed me to a fresh perspective on latex used in tandem with heavy and sensual play. He has most definitely been my muse.”

She has been a featured participant in several of the largest latex-focused fetish events (the annual Northbound Leather event in Toronto, for instance, and most recently turned heads and gained a new following from the younger fetish crowd for her performance at the famous New York-based Rubber Ball as an invited participant). There are few in North America with the dedication and knowledge of the latex aesthetic – and few can wear it with such a combination of femininity and sensuality combined with absolute power and control.

Marina_Selects -15In addition to being recognized as one of the latex world’s primary champions (especially in Toronto), Ms. Black is passionate about her art. “I’m totally addicted to bondage,” she said. “Everything to do with it, from rope work to fully inflatable body bags and sleep sacks, I’m in love with it!” She admits metal restraints are employed as a part of her repertoire – but she prefers the ambiance, anticipation and even delicious apprehension that occurs when engaging in wrapping a submissive up completely in ropes. “By the time they’re completely immobilized, I’ve taken the time to make sure they are comfortable with what is about to happen to them, building up the suspense and the sensuality of it all. They know they’re safe in my hands – even though they’re not going anywhere until I decide to release them and let them know they’re allowed to leave.” She loves being able to create what she describes as a “sensation overload” in her play – each client that comes for an SM experience in her chambers (Note: she is one of the very few professionals to boast both access to one of the most infamous establishments in the world, the Patricia Marsh House of Domination, as well as her own extremely well-equipped private studios) is guaranteed to appreciate her efforts, her time, and attention to detail. She is truly a “throwback”: she has a good base of dedicated clients and followers whom she considers to be “good friends” as well as exceptional devotees. This is rare: she isn’t seduced necessarily by the power of the almighty dollar, but by ensuring that each person that spends quality time with her will wish to be welcome back because of her insistence on a high degree of realism – and dedication to providing that authentic atmosphere and experience.

To that end, she describes herself as “much more of a physical Domina than a psychological one”. The implication is obvious: the bondage and discipline experience is far more tenable; far less fantasy; and easily more memorable. Her clients never leave her presence with the notion (or confusion) that she is “simply a professional doing her job.” This attention to detail and the care that she takes to treat each client with a high degree of genuine respect and authenticity, indeed, separates her from most of her peers. “It doesn’t matter what vocation you decide to practice,” she said. “To be exceptional at what you do, you have to love what you do – and I only do what I love.

Marina_Selects -34Ms. Marina Black also has a vocation outside of her professional domination practice. Since the year 1992, she has been trained in and is a much sought-after practitioner as a professional piercing artist. She also is proficient and popular as an Aromatherapist, and has even developed some of her own mixtures and cremes that have helped a myriad of people with a myriad of maladies. Both of these talents and skills blend well and help to compliment her as a Domina – and she is quite capable of combining all of her worlds, when needed, for those individuals who can appreciate her attentions.

Whether she is delivering an expert whipping or caning, planning and executing an extended bondage situation or delivering an abject lesson using one of her beloved electro-stimulation devices, there are none whom are permitted within her inner circle who would disagree that she definitely ranks among the world’s best as a direct, stern and dedicated Domina. “Just because someone chooses to spend quality time with a professional, it doesn’t make the experience any less real,” she said. “That is simply the way it has to be: Real!

Those interested in knowing more about Ms. Marina Black are invited to peruse her website: Serve Marina Black.

(All photos of Ms. Marina Black  are supplied courtesy of NTB Creative)