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Dave Rhodes

Dave Rhodes

 

 

Judges named for Mr. International Rubber XXV milestone weekend

Mr. International Rubber is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in Chicago, IL the weekend of November 5-7 and has announced its panel of judges. The judges are Adalberto Rubadam MIR23 from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ali Mushtaq from Long Beach, United States, Felix Fig from Mexico City, - Continues

The Leather Journal resumes printing

The Leather Journal, which first published in May 1987, is back in print with Issue #317, July - August 21. The newspaper had been on hiatus since March 2020 and its return was questionable as it was/is for many businesses due to the pandemic. - Continues

 

Bars reopening en masse

Once the date of June 15 was announced as the day we could begin to return to normal was all that owners of surviving bars needed.

Locally, Eagle LA, Bullet Bar and Precinct DTLA were ready to open completely after certain final touches were made to their venues. Some had soft openings and others were out of the gate and running on June 15. Bullet Bar is all-go and Eagle LA opens fully on July 1.

Because some bars had dining, they had already opened with Covid-19 protective restrictions in place. The bars in Palm Springs and Cathedral City were in full swing. Others opened with restrictions or waited until a special date to arrive. The SF Eagle was one of these with an opening on Friday, June 25 which was the beginning of San Francisco Pride Week.

The Leather Journal will resume its print schedule in early July and will have a long list of bars, shops and other Leather community businesses and how they fared throughout the pandemic.

 

 

 

 

 

IML IMBB 2021 cancelled

The Renslow Charitable Foundation, owners and producers of the International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack contest, announced on June 9, that both contests were cancelled and the the contest will be held during Memorial Day weekend in 2022.

The press release stated, "....We clearly understand that things are beginning to return to some new sense of normal. However, as we look to this November as well as May 2022, we must also consider many factors in making event decisions....That said, we have decided to cancel (IML and IMBB) 2021 events....The specific key factors behind this decision include a shortened weekend program and a space-compressed vendor market with reduced hours, the financial impact to our guests in possibly attending two IML weekends six months apart, the shorter title year for the winners who have waited patiently for their moment to compete and a necessary consideration for any potential reinstatement of large gathering restrictions."

The complete press release can be found at http://www.imrl.com

 

 

 

The Renslow Charitable Foundation, owners and producers of the International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack contest, announced on June 9, that both contests were cancelled and the contest will be held during Memorial Day weekend in 2022.

The press release stated, "....We clearly understand that things are beginning to return to some new sense of normal. However, as we look to this November as well as May 2022, we must also consider many factors in making event decisions....That said, we have decided to cancel (IML and IMBB) 2021 events....The specific key factors behind this decision include a shortened weekend program and a space-compressed vendor market with reduced hours, the financial impact to our guests in possibly atending two IML weekends six months apart, the shorter title year for the winners who have waited patiently for their moment to compete and a necessary consideration for any potential reimstatement of large gathering restrictions."

The complete press release can be found at http://www.imrl.com

 

Flash Back Gallery - IML IMBB, Part II

There are so many photos of IML IMBB-related activities that we could not reasonably post them in two parts, so our International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack galleries will be expanded to three sections. We only can touch the surface of Leather's premier convention.

Scroll down to the Flash Back Gallery to see photos, from each year and a link to IML IMBB where you can find out more about IML IMBB which will be held in Chicago in November.

 

 

 

 

Flash Back Gallery - IML IMBB, Part I of II

We take you back through Chicago, International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack. Our photo files on IML are huge. There is so much we have to do it in two segments. We only can touch the surface of Leather's premier convention.

Scroll down to the Flash Back Gallery to see photos, from each year and a link to IML IMBB where you can find out more about IML IMBB which will be held in Chicago in November.

 

 

Tom of Finland - 100th Anniversary

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth, Fotografiska in collaboration with Tom of Finland Foundation produced The Darkroom, an exciting study in artist Tom of Finland’s life and work process. The exhibition, curated by Berndt Arell, travels from Stockholm to New York in time for Tom of Finland’s 101st birthday, May 8. The Darkroom exhibits April 30 - August 29. The exhibition consists of photographic portraits which served as reference images for his famed homoerotic drawings. These photographs were confined to Tom of Finland’s home studio and darkroom, displaying them elsewhere would have risked a prison sentence, as homosexuality was criminalized and classified as a mental disorder in his native Finland at the time of this work. Even after a century of Tom of Finland’s birth, there are forces today trying to relegate homosexual desire into dark closets.

As part of the Tom of Finland 101 celebration is a new special edition of Tom's fully-illustrated biography, Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero, by F. Valentine Hooven, III. Take a course in how Tuoko Laaksonen became Tom of Finland, the iconic and groundbreaking, internationally renowned artist and experience his positive portrayal of confident gay men with a section devoted to The Darkroom.

https://www.tomoffinland.org/events/tom-of-finland-the-darkroom-2/

https://www.tomoffinland.org

 

 

 

 

Dave Rhodes had the opportunity to catch CLAW co-founder Bob Miller about the same time CLAW would have been held in Cleveland, OH had it not been for the pandemic. Bob now lives in Desert Hot Springs, CA. Here's what we found out...

 

 


Flash Back Gallery - CLAW

From the day Bob Miller and Dennis McMahon met and decided to do something different by producing an event that was "0-percent contest and 100-percent fun," CLAW, Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend was destined to become a hit in the American Rust Belt. Now it is a well-oiled event that draws a few thousand Leatherfolk at the end of April every year. They have over 600 volunteers which is more than the total attendance at other major events.

Scroll down to Flash Back Gallery to see photos, from each year and a link to CLAW where you can find out more about CLAW LA which will be held in Los Angeles in November.

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