Dara has been in BDSM since 2005, began learning leather care in his first service relationship, and the love of leather paired with service led Dara to bootblacking in the Leather community. Dara is an active bootblack, a dynamic bottom and Top, and a charter member of the PDX Bootblacks, formed in early 2010. For the last six years, working together with the PDX Bootblacks at Kinkfest, thousands has been raised for local and national charities. He has taught bootblacking and leather care as well as trigger point play for WestCoast Bound, Leather Reign, Boot Weekend, Boot Day, Decadence Dungeon, the Coastal Munch, and Bad Girls.

In further service to his community, Dara has been honored with the titles of Oregon State Bootblack 2013 and International Ms Bootblack 2014, and has served on the IMsL Foundation board. Currently, he's developing the Portland BootLab and working into other community service positions. He is also honored to be called Mama's Batman Bootblack.

After 20 years of formal teaching experience and a PhD in German culture and language, Dara now self-identifies as a recovering academic and works as a licensed massage therapist.