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ccreaneimagesHS4MediaAbove: Christina Court (center) is surrounded by documentary participants on the red carpet debut of her award winning documentary High Shine.

In 1998, Amy Marie Meek announced at International Ms Leather (IMsL), that there would be a new Title for the Leather Women’s Community, and in 1999 the Title for International Ms Bootblack was erected. Now 17 years later, a Documentary about the Journey of the female-identified Bootblack Titleholders has been summed up in a one film, High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack.

After IMsL’s 25th Anniversary, Jayson Daboi (a bootblack and IMsBB 2010 ) felt it was time to tell their story, the Journey of the International Ms Bootblacks. He wanted to tell the story of how significant it was to be a female-identified bootblack, and how they had impacted and made changes in the Leather Community...he and his good friend, L.e. LeGirl, another Leather Community Member, wanted to bring it into part of the 15 year IMsBB Celebration. They had come up with a proposal that included the Documentary. They weren’t sure how they were going to do it, but they began the process anyway. L.e. LeGirl dedicated herself to the fundraising, having Leather & Lace parties all across the country. They wanted to be able to have as many IMsBB as they could, interviewed on film, and their stories told.  In late 2011, Jayson Daboi approached Christina Court about making the documentary, and she agreed to take on the endeavor which included, coordination, research and production of "The Bootblack Film". It became a second job, spanning just over 3 years to completion this year, 2015.

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In 1998, Amy Marie Meek announced at International Ms Leather (IMsL), that there would be a new Title for the Leather Women’s Community, and in 1999 the Title for International Ms Bootblack was erected. Now 17 years later, a Documentary about the Journey of the female-identified Bootblack Titleholders has been summed up in a one film, High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack.

To understand what it takes to make this Documentary, you have to remember, film was in different formats, and at various places.  There was dated film that reached all the way back to 1986 that was located in storage units in Berkeley. There were boxes of film in a basement in Omaha, Nebraska, and someone had to go get it. Christina had no idea of what some of the old film had on it, was it even salvageable, was it even useable...This Project also included getting as many IMsBB Bootblacks together and recording the stories of willing IMsBB Bootblacks. Then taking these various montages, and combining it all together into one film. With the help, coordination and assistance of various individuals, the dream making a documentary of International Ms Bootblacks became a reality, and High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack was born.

Last month, “High Shine” finally made it's debut at the Cinekink Festival in New York City. In attendance were many of the individuals that not only helped bring the film together, such as L.E. LeGirl, but also a few of the International Ms Bootblacks, including the first of the IMsBB Titleholders, Leslie Anderson, IMsBB 2011 kd aka Katie Diamond, who also designed the challenge coin that is used as the logo, and Pony, IMsBB 2009.  Making a documentary is not an easy task, it takes tireless dedication, unwavering focus, a lot of help and a lot of time.

I decided to sit down with Christina Court to discuss what brought her to making this her first film, how she got through it, and a few insights into the process and just what it took to make this Documentary.

 

Q: Why did you make this particular Documentary on Female Bootblacks, or what inspired you to make this particular Documentary?

The better question is who inspired me to make a documentary about female-identified bootblacks...and that would be IMsBB 2010 Jayson DaBoi and IMsBB 2009 Pony.

In 2011-2012, I assisted then-IMsL owner Glenda Rider and the folks at Kink Academy with some of the storyboarding aspects of Sisterhood of the Sash, a film short that profiled the International Ms Leather Titleholders. I came into the project toward the very end, as they were making a push toward meeting the CineKink 2012 deadline.  I loved working on the film project and working with Graydancer, who was the film's editor. After CineKink 2012, Glenda began to talk about the IMsBB Documentary that L.E. LeGirl and Jayson DaBoi proposed to her as part of a larger IMsBB XV Celebration. I agreed to help with the research/directing/storyboarding aspects of the film.  It was at the GLLA (Great Lakes Leather Alliance) Weekend that I sat with Jayson DaBoi and smoked cigars until 4am, and agreed to take on the project.

 

Q: I would like for you to shed some light on how hard it was to make this Documentary...and what are some of the things you had to do in putting this story together?

I started doing the research for this film in August 2011. I live less than 15 minutes away from Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M), which is an exceptional advantage to me as a researcher. From 2011 through August 2013, I was also serving on the IMsL staff as the Historian and Archivist. Holding this role in tandem helped simply because it was my "job" to track down lost and rare IMsL organization materials...and I still have some "on loan" media materials that I utilized in the High Shine film that, within the next two years, will also end up at LA&M for future researchers and scholars. I spent much of my "free time" seeking out materials, converting footage from antiquated media sources.  

Then on to the interviews of the IMsBB Alumni. Most people don't realize that, to prepare for a massive, six-person film crew, one-time film shoot like we did at IMsL 2013 requires a heap of planning and organization and knowledge of the subject's backgrounds. Nine of the IMsBB alumni were in attendance, and I needed to know a bit of each of their stories, what their title year looked like, all before we put a camera on them or set foot in the IMsL 2013 hotel. Much of this information was buried within unconverted VHS tapes or without a centralized depository of images, articles, etc., it becomes a wild and challenging mystery.

I've read every single piece all the way down to the grocery lists scribbled on scratch paper.  I have watched every IMsL contest I could locate. In order to utilize old footage, which was mostly stored on VHS and mini discs, I needed to convert everything and do some sound and image editing before even considering whether or not they were "usable" in the High Shine film. These media conversions alone have taken hours upon hours, and I did them at night and on weekends when I wasn't working my full-time professional job. On average, since late 2011, I've worked between 30-40 hours a week on something related to IMsL or IMsBB history…

 

Q: Are there particular moments or people in the film that you feel we should really pay attention to in the Documentary?

I think it all depends on the motivation that brings a person to watch the film--each person walks away learning something "new," even if they've been in the Leather Community a long while or just trying to understand what some of this "Leather stuff" is about.

What strikes me the most about the International Ms Bootblack (IMsBB) and female-identified Bootblack "story" is how those who hear the calling to be a Bootblack work and support one another, and I am often stunned and humbled by just how close knit the Leather community Bootblacks are with one another. On a different, level, I find that the stories that the IMsBB’s tell about busting through barriers in the gay male Leather community to be inspiring and empowering...and the changes that have happened in terms of female accessibility to Leather space has been fast and furious over the past 15 years.

 

ccreaneimagesHS9MediaQ: Throughout the film, were there any in particular bootblacks that have touched or inspired you on a personal level?

The first International Ms Leather Leslie Anderson (IMsBB 1999) and I have worked closely together over the years on the High Shine film and within the Leather Archives & Museum's Leather Preservation & Conservation Project. In watching her work, I see the amount of research needed to keep our Leather alive--and not just research about leathers, but about so many aspects of the Leather Community. Loving Leather also requires someone to learn their Leather history, and Leslie embodies this.

 

Q: Was there anything in particular that you personally learnt about Bootblacking?

While making this film, I learned so much from delving so deep into Bootblack history and bootblacking.  What's most striking to me was that I quickly learned that I couldn't separate the art and act of bootblacking from the Bootblack her/him/hirself.  While there are some basic techniques, some standardized tools and beloved products, Bootblacks don't do everything the same. In fact, more than one person I interviewed said, "Ask 10 Bootblacks a question, and you'll get 20 answers in reply."

 

Q: And in making this Documentary, how has doing this changed you, if it has?

First, let me say this: I absolutely loved having the honor of interviewing the IMsBBs and talking with so many Bootblacks. Bootblacks give in amazing ways. Interviewing them and then reviewing,  and spending so much time with the footage containing their stories of joys and sorrows has filled me in ways that are nothing less than spiritual. I will always be grateful for those whom we interviewed, and those having the courage to be so vulnerable and open to me and my team.

Trust me: it's not easy working a full time job, then coming home to try and work on a film that's financially breaking you... I think it's also important to be very honest about this experience. Since 2011, I have gained 70 pounds from sitting at my professional management job, then going home and sitting and working on editing and media conversions until 1am nightly.  My back went out on me in August 2014, and I ended up bedridden for almost two weeks. I took unpaid leave of absence from work specifically to get through a particularly research-heavy section of the film between 2013 and 2014.  It is exceptionally hard to try and work through rich and empowering footage, all the while bill collectors call. In essence, this film has made me "Leather Strong".

 

Q: Why did you choose Cinekink as your first place to debut the Documentary?

CineKink was the "obvious" choice for debuting High Shine for two specific reasons. It was where the first film project upon which I worked, Sisterhood of the Sash, debuted. For me, applying to CineKink and hoping I could do my world premiere at CineKink NYC, was a coming home and a full circle journey of sorts, and I am so pleased that things unfolded as they did.

It was at CineKink Chicago where I saw Mike Skiff's film, Kink Crusaders for the first time. It is a documentary about the IML experience and the IML 2008 contest, and I loved it. I remember watching the film and wondering why the International Women's contests didn't have anything equivalent and thinking that Leatherwomen should work to change that fact. Little did I know that, shortly thereafter, I'd be involved in creating that change and that, in 2013, I'd be working with Mike Skiff himself to create a feature-length film about female-identified Bootblacks and the IMsBB Title.

 

Q: Now that the film has been completed and it is out there to be seen by the public, how would you like it to impact people?

I think the best narrators are invisible to the story being presented. Now that the film is finished and being shared, it's my hope that, during a viewing of my film, I am forgotten...that would be the highest compliment for me to receive. In fact, after seeing the film, rather than turning and thinking of me, it's my greatest hope that folks turn and think about whether or not they've been tipping Bootblacks the amount of money that they're truly worth and giving Bootblacks the degree of respect they deserve.

 

Q: What do you want the current or future women, who are interested in bootblacking to know, understand or learning from this Documentary?

I wish for anyone who feels that they have a Bootblack Heart or the bootblacking bug to embrace that part of themselves, and never be embarrassed to reach out to another Bootblack. I find this generosity of time and spirit consistent with most Bootblacks I meet.  In learning the art, they hold onto the traditions of mentors and those who've passed, and in being such an inclusive bunch that often sees the "Bootblack" identity before sex, gender, orientation or presentation, they illustrate what could be the future for Leather, and in caring for others' Leather wear.


Q: Do you see yourself making any other Documentaries in the near future? or will you take a different film avenue?

Now that I've finished High Shine, I can also begin to move through a backlog of other interviews of Leather community members I've filmed (or inherited from previous videographers) for the LA&M Fireside Chat series, and I can begin to dive full throttle into the IML video production work needed to make the 2015 contest visuals look sexy as hell.

I have many "dream" documentaries I'd love to create and share with our community, so let's see what's ends up on my plate next. What I do know is that having the intent to provide a voice to people and resources that may otherwise be overlooked, forgotten or misunderstood.

Published in Society & Arts

GoddessMoonLeatherJournal2Goddess Moon O’Neal

Ms. Los Angeles Leather 2016

los angeles, CA

Co-Producer of Club FUK (Femdom play party)

My knee high 20 hole Doc Martins.


Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?

The Ms. los angeles Leather Organization http://mslaleather.com/  and the los angeles Leather Coalition http://lalc.info/  are sponsoring my run. The Ms. los angeles Leather Organization produced by Shae Flanigan brought this title back after 17 years and I am honored to have worn the sash for the past year.


Tell us about your favorite charity.    

My Favorite Charity would have to You Are Not Alone. Being a suicide survivor myself and having mourned too many lives lost to suicide, I love being part of a movement that is there to help someone to not feel so alone that suicide is the answer.

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    

Service is about giving back and support. Those willing to give of themselves back to the people and places that helped them when they needed it most; to support in anyway your able to.
What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    My love of my community, my desire to see my village to thrive. To be a mentor to the new generation, help them to experience the joys that our ways have to give.

 

Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?    

Mistress Melissa Miles. She is the leather woman I hope to be when I grow up. She is the type of woman who doesn’t talk about what she is going to do, she just does it. She leads by action not talk. And she’s slightly scary.

 

Published in International Leather

kate-bornstein-keynote-IMSL-2014IMsL Productions is pleased to announce that Kate Bornstein, author, playwright, performance artist, provocateur and gender theorist from New York, will be our 2014 Keynote speaker. She will bring her thoughts, her humor and as always, challenge us to expand our understanding and perceptions. Kate will also serve as one of our judges for the IMsL/IMsBB contest this year.

Many of us discovered Kate with her first book in 1994, Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. Kate edited Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation in collaboration with S. Bear Bergman published in 2010, which won the 2011 Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle Awards. Bornstein's autobiography, titled A Queer and Pleasant Danger: A Memoir was released May 2012, and in April 2013, Bornstein released My New Gender Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity.

One of the best parts of the IMsL/IMsBB weekend is the diversity and power of women who span the spectrum of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Kate, as our key note speaker at the April 24-27, 2014 event at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose, CA reflects these principles and this is a rare opportunity to hear Kate speak on the West Coast!

You can read all about Kate at her blog. Register now and be sure to purchase a brunch ticket or sign up for an all-inclusive weekend package so you don't miss this opportunity to see all the ways we are bringing sexy back!

 

Published in International Leather
Sunday, 08 March 2015 06:34

IMsL 2015 Contestant: Selogadi Mampane

SelogadiNgwanangwatoMampaneName: Selogadi Ngwanangwato Mampane
Current Title: Ms SA Leather 2015
City, State: Tshwane, Gauteng, South Africa

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
Gala Youth Exchange

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear
My dyke boots

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
IMsL Contestant Selogadi: I am being sponsored by South Africa Leather, which is being led by Jaco Lourens.

My club recently opened up its doors to womyn. Previously, the community only invited in cisgendered men, most of whom were White. In 2014, Jaco led a road to opening up the community to anyone who identifies with Leather, regardless of their gender. Whilst SA Leather lost many members, it creates a foundation for a more open and accessible Leather organization.

I joined SA Leather in 2014 and was able to be part of the first competition open to womyn! I haven’t looked back since.

Published in International Leather
Saturday, 07 March 2015 22:36

IMsL 2015 Contestant: Tris

Tris LJProfilePhotoName:  Tris
Current Title:  Washington State Ms Leather 2014
City, State  Seattle, WA

Website (if any):  http://leather-life.com; Facebook: tris.seattle Fetlife:  -Tris-

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):  Evergreen Leather Productions (Production company for Leather Reign); MAsT (Masters And slaves Together, co-director MAsT Marysville 2014 - 2015); The Center for Sex Positive Culture (Paradise Unbound, Education, Fundraising, Marketing, Social Media and Volunteerism)

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear:  My first pair of boots, they are like my second skin!

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
IMsL Contestant Tris: I have four incredible sponsors!

Washington State Mr. Leather Organization as Washington State Ms. Leather 2014.

Seattle Women in Leather is an organization focused on service, education and mentorship. I am a founding member and the website/social media coordinator.

The Edge Riders Riding Club – Evergreen Chapter are the Platinum Sponsors of Sin in the City 2015 and Leather H.E.A.T. I am an avid rider and founding member.

The South Sound Leather Alliance advocates for the freedom of expression for all members of the Leather community and to explore what it means to be Leather.  I am honored to be a member of such a diverse and outstanding group of individuals.

Published in International Leather
Sunday, 24 March 2013 03:21

IMsL XXVII 2013 Contestant Master Ces

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VT: Is your contestant run sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?  Please tell me about your Sponsor(feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.

MC: Texas Leather Productions owned by Jaffrey Payne-Roy and David Roy. The contest is held at the Dallas Eagle.

VT: Power Exchange or SM?

MC: Both, I am in a power exchange relationship and I also practice SM.

VT: In 100 words or less, tell me about your answer to number 2.

MC: I have been in a power exchange relationship with my slave for 17 years, and we both enjoy an SM relationship. For me personally there is nothing better than surrender and control in our dynamic. Those two words describe all aspects of our relationship. There is a connection both in play and the relationship that goes beyond words for me. It is the mind and whole body experience that you do not get with everyone. Sure I can do a power exchange in a dungeon with just about anyone, but it just doesn't go as deep as when you have that person who will do anything to please you. They surrender to your every whim knowing that you will do no harm.

VT: Tell me in your own words how you feel about Service.  

MC: I love service, I love the whole idea behind service. Not everyone is into service and some just don't understand just how much service is a turn on. Service good service is a turn on and those that truly understand it can make even the toughest dominant melt. Kneel at my feet and I get hot.

VT: How does your body react to the scent of worn leather?

MC: Leather the smell and the feel of leather is such a turn on. Yes I can appreciate a woman or a man that is wearing leather and when you walk up to them and that smell hit your nostrils I get wet! There is no other way for me to describe it.. I just get wet.

The basics:
Ćes Williams
Houston, Texas
Women In Leather International
Women's International Leather Fest

My Leather Vest is my favorite item..just don't ask which vest is my favorite.. .

VT: 100 words about what you will with the IMsL Title.

MC: To carry on a proud tradition, a tradition that is filled with herstory and history, to continue my work on giving back to the community that I love, to inspire other women and men to step up and help the community not step away from the community. As an elder it gives me the golden opportunity to teach our herstory and history to a wider audience than ever before.master-ces-williams-2013-ms-texas-leather

Published in International Leather
Saturday, 07 March 2015 06:34

IMsL 2015 Contestant: Val Langmuir

ValIMsL141c300smallName: Val Langmuir
Current Title: none currently. I recently completed my title year as Ms San Francisco Leather 2013
City, State: Millbrae, California

Website (if any): I am on Fetlife, and Facebook. My blog is here!

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):
I help to put on the Ms San Francisco Leather contest.  
I’m on the committee that produces Leather Alley at San Francisco Pride.
As an officer of The Exiles San Francisco, I help produce our monthly kink education programs for women and anyone whose gender self-identity is other than male.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: My favorite items of leather in my wardrobe are always my boots for sure. I truly love boots. It’s a little tricky to pick my favorites, because I have a lot of really fabulous boots, but I have to say my utterly badass custom Wescos.

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
IMsL Contestant Val: I am fortunate to have two great organizations sponsoring my title run.
Ms. San Francisco Leather. I had the honor of representing this title in 2013.
Powerhouse This friendly leather bar with a diverse clientele is on the corner of Dore Alley and Folsom Street in San Francisco. During my title year as Ms. San Francisco Leather, I grew to love Powerhouse. I enjoy the wall-to-wall hot leathermen, stellar bootblacking, and varied calendar, including the Kink Salon open mic. And I love Powerhouse’s welcoming atmosphere, and especially the bar’s support of leatherwomen.
My thanks to both my sponsors!

Published in International Leather

Survived by her life partner Margaret Begley. Meek had been suffering illness and had suffered several falls over the last few months but details surrounding her death this morning are unknown at this time.

Amy Marie was known to many as Daddy, Bare or Papa or Aunt Bare.  The nickname Bare was short for Bare Images, which was the company that Meek ran that actually held ownership of IMsL during Meeks "IMsL Gen 2".

Amy Marie "Bare" Meek with IMsBB 03 Boi Eddie Shared by a Screen Shot from High Shine by Christina Court of High Moo Productions

Perhaps best known for her IMsL/IMsBB Legacy, her title journey started in 1992 with Ms Nebraska Leather. Then in 1993 she won International Ms Leather. In 1994 she purchased IMsL from the board and ran the contest 1995-2006.  It was under her ownership that the contest grew into the weekend event style we enjoy today. It was also Meek who approached Chuck Renslow, owner of the then co-ed International Bootblack Contest, and convinced him to endorse splitting the contest in two. Creating the International Ms. Bootblack Contest in 1999.

Meek is the first of the IMsL/IMsBB Alumni to pass away. Our hearts go out to each and every reader whose life was made better by this phenomenal woman.

Meek was the first female to judge IML, however, she was so much more than a titleholder. Amy Marie has been described as trailblazer. An out and proud lesbian since the 80’s. She came out in high school amid a climate that was less than ideal or supportive.  She was also an activist. Meek was a member of the 1993 March on Washington as well as a rabid backer for the DSM-IV revisions.

Amy Marie was definitely her own person and lived life on her own terms.  She was an influence to those who sought out how to be masculine women and have pride in one's self and their community, no matter what community one’s path would take them to. An unorthodox sense of humor, Meek gave hugs that tried to heal the world.  Even when she didn’t understand or appreciate a person's view she still loved and encouraged them to follow their heart.

Unapologetic, strong, brave, and troubled, Amy Marie “Bare” Meek was a Leather Icon. Her methods of community involvement made for some legendary battles. But, one thing is for certain, Amy Marie Meek forever changed the leather landscape for all women.

 

Published in Leather Obituaries
Sunday, 31 March 2013 03:00

IMsL XXVII 2013 Contestant Christy Ford

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VT: Is your contestant run sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?  Please tell me about your Sponsor(feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.

CF: Alameda County Leather Corps (ACLC) is a non-profit organization that promotes educational and charitable activities through social interaction among people with an interest in leather, Levi’s, uniforms, and latex. The club is composed mostly of residents from San Francisco’s East and South Bays. ACLC was founded in 1993 as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) leather corps, and has since donated in excess of $300,000 to charities serving Alameda County. We are proud to state that 100% of the net receipts, raised at our events, go directly to the chosen charities. ACLC’s website is:  http://www.acleather.org/

VT: Power Exchange or SM?

CF:

VT: In 100 words or less, tell me about your answer to number 2.

CF: My preferences, in regards to kink actives, are not confined to limited landscapes. My strength of will is matched by my innate character of fairness. I enjoy drawing people into my world, where they will belong. Being especially sensual and erotic, I enjoy sharing fantasies and indulging fetishes. My keep my sphere safe, in which I explore my deepest, darkest, and most secret desires within S&M, B&D, and Fetish. I am a sadistic top who teaches and tortures partners, to shape them to my perfection. My partners serve and suffer pain, by my stinging touch. 

VT: Tell me in your own words how you feel about Service.  

CF: I believe in selfless service to the leather community, which I demonstrate when I participate or produce an event and it benefits our leather/bdsm/fetish community, and I view service by all as a vital part of the camaraderie process. We all provide some type of service, whether we think of it as service or not, and I believe there is nothing sexier than when service is offered and provided out of a genuine and deep desire to help and be of service to others.

VT: How does your body react to the scent of worn leather?

CF: The scent of worn leather makes me genuinely a little hot and bothered. My reaction is similar to when I smell a good cigar or pipe tobacco, which is also a strong attraction of mine. Words that come to my mind when I think of the smell include: sexy, powerful and raw. Adding piss play into the mix of worn leather pants totally gets my attention every time!

The basics:
Name: Christy Ford
City, State: San Ramon, CA

I am a co-chair of ACLC’s Education Program, which is held the fourth Monday of the month at the Lighthouse Community Center in Hayward, California.

This year I produced Santa Slave Auction, a yearly event through ACLC where we auction off local community members for charity.

I am a co-producer of Lucky in Leather, a yearly event that raises funds for Tri-City Health Center, California.

CF: (my favorite leather?) My favorite leathers are my cargo pants; I just love all the pockets. I use them to carry around everything from lube to my lipstick.

VT: 100 words about what you will with the IMsL Title.

CF: In my title year I would like to incorporate my biggest interest into my duties, which happens to be art. Specifically, I would like to learn about other leather women’s mediums for their art, whether it be photography, acrylic or oil on canvas, or leatherwork. In my travels, I want to share, document, and highlight female artists within our sisterhood. My goal is to leave behind a living archive of 2013’s female perceptions of sexuality in the leather community. As a photographer myself, I wish to document the women who make our leather events happen, the people whom I spent time with, shared stories, and include both the well-known and unfamiliar of our community.

 

Published in International Leather

Sanctuary Leather 2014 Derek Paul Shae Flanagan By Dave RhodesDerek Paul was named Mr. Sanctuary Leather 2014 and Shae Flanagan was chosen to be Ms Sanctuary Leather, the first in history, at Sanctuary LAX in Lennox, CA on Saturday night, November 2.
The emcee, Sir Gabriel, sparkled as he led the women contestants through an International Ms Leather (IMsL) format including staged fantasy and lone contestant Derek through the International Mr. Leather (IML) format.
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The judging panel included head judge Dr. Lawrence Burden of Avatar Club los angeles, Genesis from Sanctuary Studios LAX, Sir Ian from Avatar and Mr. Sanctuary Leather 2011 Michael Sol.
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Since he will be competing in the Mr. los angeles Leather 2014 contest in March Derek Paul was inducted into the los angeles Band of Brothers after the victory photo shoot.
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The dungeon was open for play all evening.

Sanctuary Leather photo Gallery

Published in Local Leather
Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:56

IMsL 2017 Contestant: Alaina

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Alaina

Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2016

Philadelphia, PA

I produce a monthly gear event called Clutch at The Bike Stop

My favorite piece of leather is my harness boots.


Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about all your Sponsors (feel free to include a copy of their logos and a urls to their websites) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.   The Bike Stop owns the Mr. and Ms. Philadelphia titles. Their owners and staff are like family to me. Thebikestop.com
Philadelphians MC produce the Philadelphia Leather contest and I am an associate of the club. Philadelphiansmc.org
The Leather Man creates custom pieces for me. Theleatherman.com

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    Youth charities have long been my focus, but there’s a new organization that I have been focusing on lately, the LGBTQ Home for Hope, that has really galvanized the community. The only LGBTQ homeless shelter in Philadelphia, it is a 37-bed facility that also aids those in recovery and is funded exclusively from private donations.

 

Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    I feel that community service is an integral part of the leather community, especially as a title holder, and it is enriching to me to be a part of a group that I believe is like-minded. Community service is the most rewarding aspect of being a titleholder.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    Leather and kink have been a part of my entire adult life. Forgive me for being trite, but I think that I was born this way. Being able to participate in the community has allowed me to be a teacher, a leader and resource which is truly what's at the heart of being a leather woman.

 

Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?    My favorite Leather Woman (excluding my Philadelphia predecessors, of course) is Christy Lee, Ms. New Jersey Leather 2016. From the moment I met her she has been nothing but welcoming,  kind, and generous and has the biggest heart of anyone I know.  She is currently undergoing treatment for cancer and the overwhelming support she is receiving is reflective of how much she means to so many.

 

Published in International Leather
Sunday, 08 March 2015 06:29

IMsBB 2015 Contestant: Marta

Marta LJPhoto1Name: Marta
Current Title(s): Great Lakes Bootblack 2014 & Indiana Bootblack 2014
City, State: Indianapolis, IN

Website (if any): I’m currently working for my Facebook account reactivation after my name was reported in violation of the “real names” policy almost a full month ago.
Fetlife: BootblackPigGrrl
Twitter: @bootblackpigrrl

Regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3)
Indianapolis Kink Society sloshes at the 501 Eagle, Bootblacking 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays
Indianapolis Bootblacks’ Laboratory potluck and skillshare, Co-founder
Bootblack for many of the 501 Eagle’s leather contests and fundraisers: Including Indiana Sir/boy/Ms/Bootblack, Great Lakes Olympus, Great Lakes Power Exchange, cancer benefits and the High Shine IMsBB documentary fundraiser

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear
My 17” Chippewa engineer boots. Getting them off at the end of the night still involves pleading, bargaining and cursing but they’re so worth it!

TLJ-VT: Is your run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor (feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
IMsL Contestant Marta: Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend features dozens of workshops, parties and our regional Sir/boy/Ms/Master/slave/Bootblack contests. New this year: Larger hotel with attached waterpark and Great Lakes Puppy/Trainer contest!

Indianapolis Kink Society is the largest kinky social and educational club in Indiana. I’m incredibly thankful for their sponsorship and enthusiastic support of me as group Bootblack.

Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend provides support, education and service opportunities, sponsors our state-level Indiana leather contests and has generously continued their sponsorship through my International run.

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IMSbb Contestant AngelName: Angel

Current Title: Southwest Bootblack 2014

City, State: Norman, Oklahoma

Website & (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3):

I regularly participate in Southwest Leather Conference, Beyond Vanilla, and International Leather Sir and boy/ International Community Bootblack.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: My favorite Leather are my Harley Harness Boots.

Is your IMsBB run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:  

HardPink Sisterhood and The Dallas Eagle

 

Published in International Leather
Friday, 19 April 2013 00:44

Favorite IMsL 2013 Seduction Photo

If you are at IMsL 2013 and missed seduction...why?

If you are not at IMsL 2013 YOU MISSED SEDUCTION....Why?

Quickly...The more I get to know my community, the more I get to know amazing, selfless, talented and courageous women and men.  This mornings winner for FAVORITE PHOTO FROM SEDUCTION (not the best or most technically correct...but favorite).

 

fav seduction photo

Dear readers I give you Ultra discovers Dick in a box.   Off to coffee.

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Saturday, 05 April 2014 05:39

Meet The Contestants IMsL 2014: Flossie

VT-TLJ: Is your contestant run sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?
F: I am being sponsored by SouthEast LeatherFest https://secure.seleatherfest.com - Bulldog Custom Leathers http://www.bulldogcustomleathers.com and Columbia Leather Order.

VT-TLJ: Tell me about your favorite charity.
F: I support many charities one of my favorites has to be Harriet Hancock LGBT Center. It was one of the first LGBT support centers in the southeast starting in 1993. The center offers many programs to the community including Youth Out Loud, which gives youth 12-19 years of age a safe place to go for resources and LGBTQ Interpersonal Violence Task Force, which offers assistance to those in abusive relationships.  http://lgbtcentersc.org/

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