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Meet the 2014 winner of Laird Leathermen

Meet the 2014 winner of Laird Leathermen

CREATED ON // Sunday, 31 August 2014 Author // James Findlay

The Laird was filled with the leather-clad last week, as Tim Grant was sashed as Laird Leatherman for 2014.

Considering Tim is only 23 years of age, it’s no surprise he’s only been donning leather apparel for a couple of years.

“I was working in an alpaca farm to save up for my first piece of leather,” he told MCV.

“I bought a chest harness and I remember walking straight into the bar thinking, ‘oh no, what have I done’, but everyone was so welcoming.

“It was quite nice ‘cause as soon as you walk in, you realise everyone is so friendly and amazing – I kind of got addicted.”

Entering the Laird Leatherman competition was a no-brainer for Grant, who took the suggestion from his mates.

“I was kinda thinking about it, and I thought it would be fun to enter – so I did it at the last minute.”

This year, the competition added a new ‘talent’ category. As for Grant’s talent; “I can make a harness out of anything. Give me anything, and I’ll be able to make a harness out of it.”

Brett from The Laird told MCV it was great to see such interest from a new wave of young leather lovers.

"It's great to see so many younger guys getting involved in the leather and fetish scene, and the fact that they are welcomed so readily into the fold is proof that Melbourne has a scene to be proud of,” he said.

Grant will represent Mannhaus and The Laird locally and nationally over the next 12 months.

GALLERY: Check out the photos from Laird Leathermen. View the full gallery here


James Findlay

James Findlay

James Findlay is a Melbourne-based writer and broadcaster who has worked in community media for many years. He has won awards for his work on The Naughty Rude Show on SYN, and can be heard on JOY 94.9's breakfast program, Triple Threat, and Hide and Seek - exploring sex, sexuality and self. James was also the Marketing and PR Manager for Melbourne's Midsumma Festival for two years, before traveling overseas where he taught English in Germany and worked as a tour guide around Western Europe. He is currently studying his Masters at Melbourne University in Public Health (specialising in Sexual Health).

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