Director of Volunteers

Derron Onyx


Photo by: Bob Burkhardt

Director of Creative Production

Karson Kelley

Director of Finance


Outreach Director -
Trans Community


Outreach Director -
Women in Kink


Outreach Director -
BIPOC Community

Mx. Idris Dior

(Mx/ Mx Idris / Idris)
Outreach Director -
Bootblack Community

Pup Dodger

Director of Creative Marketing

Pup Flash

Director of Operations

Sir Jonathan


OFFICiAL KDS Photographer

Boy Mason aka Pup ISO


Founders & Producers

Photo by: David Clifton-Strawn 



David was introduced to the Atlanta leather scene in 2013, taking many steps forward (and back) along the way. With the help of close friends and mentors, David has gained confidence in himself and the community – both locally and nationally.

Following the closure of too many Atlanta institutions, he was compelled, together with his friend Paul, to salvage what aspects of the leather scene they could; and thus what eventually became known as Kink Down South was born!

David seeks to welcome other newcomers (and introverts like himself), who are curious about getting involved and discovering new aspects of themselves through gear – as he did so many years ago. David identifies as a submissive and a boy, whose fetish interests include formal leather, rope bondage, and impact play.



Paul was introduce to kink back during Atlanta Leather Pride in 2011, shortly after moving back to Atlanta. When a long time crush invited him to the Heretic one night and suggested he try on a harness…his love for leather began. 

Having spent the past 13 years working as an activist in various roles for the LGBTQ+ community, he wanted to turn his attention to his passion for kink. After the closing of the original Atlanta Eagle location, he felt that it was time to get involved to support more queer business.

Together with David and a few bourbon on the rocks, they hatched a plan for a Gear Night happy hour and thus, the seeds were planted for what would become Kink Down South!

Paul’s passion for kink extends to ensure there will always be safe spaces for people to learn and grow in their sexual identities, regardless of their gender, orientation, creed, ability, national origin, or the color of their skin. 

Photo by: David Clifton-Strawn 

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