The San Francisco South of Market Leather History Alley [Edit]

The San Francisco South of Market Leather History Alley, which opened in 2017, consists of four works of art along the Ringold Street alley in San Francisco’s South of Market district honoring leather culture.

Collectively titled Leather Memoir, the artworks, mainly created by landscape architect Jeffrey Miller, are:

  • A black granite stone etched with a narrative by Gayle Rubin, an image of the “Leather David” statue by Mike Caffee, and a reproduction of Chuck Arnett’s 1962 mural that was in the Tool Box,
  • Engraved standing stones that honor community leather institutions including the Folsom Street Fair,
  • Leather pride flag pavement markings through which the stones emerge, and
  • Bronze bootprints along the curb honoring 28 individuals who were an important part of local leather communities:
    • Jim Kane (community leader and biker)
    • Ron Johnson
    • Steve McEachern (owner of the Catacombs, a gay and lesbian S/M fisting club that was the most famous fisting club in the world)
    • Cynthia Slater
    • Tony Tavarossi (manager of the Why Not)
    • Chuck Arnett
    • Jack Haines (Febe’s and The Slot owner)
    • Alexis Muir (an owner of South of Market bars and baths, including the Stud)
    • Sam Steward
    • Terry Thompson (SF Eagle manager)
    • Philip M. Turner (founder of Daddy’s Bar)
    • Hank Diethelm (The Brig owner)
    • Kerry Brown, Ken Ferguson, and David Delay (Ambush co-owners)
    • Alan Selby
    • Peter Hartman (owner of 544 Natoma art gallery and theater)
    • Robert Opel
    • Tony DeBlase
    • Marcus Hernandez (Bay Area Reporter leather columnist)
    • John Embry (founder and publisher of Drummer magazine)
    • Geoff Mains (author of Urban Aboriginals)
    • Mark Thompson (author and cofounder of Black Leather Wings)
    • Thom Gunn
    • Paul Mariah (poet, printer and activist)
    • Robert Davolt (author and organizer of the San Francisco Pride contingent, and editor of the gay male bondage magazine Bound & Gagged)
    • Jim Meko (printer and South of Market activist)
    • Alexis Sorel (co-founder of The 15 and member of Black Leather Wings)
    • Bert Herman (author and publisher, leader of handball community)
    • T. Michael “Lurch” Sutton (biker and co-founder of the Bears of SF)

The San Francisco South of Market Leather History Alley is part of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District in San Francisco.

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