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Dave Rhodes

Dave Rhodes

 

 

Flash Back Gallery - Tom of Finland Events

This week, we focus on events held in Los Angeles at the Tom of Finland House and Tom-related activities in Los Angeles, CA. These 67 photos should captivate your mind and stir your sexual energy - Tom would have it no other way.

Scroll down to Flash Back Gallery to see photo from each year and a link to the Tom of Finland Foundation.

 

 

 

 

Flash Back Gallery - Smokeout

Smokeout Las Vegas has given the entertainment capital a terrific event for close to two decades and is hosted by the Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club and LUC Las Vegas and has been at the Alexis Park Resort the whole time. Now it is moving to the Tuscany Suites Resort and Casino the weekend of August 25-30.

Scroll down to Flash Back Gallery to see photo from each year and a link to Smokeout 2021 for registration and hotel reservations.

 

 

 

 

 

Flash Back Gallery - International Olympus Leather

International Olympus Leather was founded in 1996 by The Leather Journal with its first contest being held at the Landmark Hotel in Metairie, LA where Daddy Flo and Ron Hendon became the first International Olympus Leather titleholders. Since then, the contest has been held in Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Diego and Chicago. Dave Rhodes sold the contest to Vonn Tramel in 2016. Scroll down to see photo from each year.

 

 

 

 

Flash Back Gallery - Pantheon of Leather

The Leather Journal began giving community service awards in 1988 and formed the Pantheon of Leather Awards show in late January, 1991 in Los Angles and Circus Dance Club. Pantheon of Leather has made its way around the USA with visits in Orland, Houston, New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles again, Atlanta and Dallas. 2020 was on hiatus due to the Pandemic and a new date is still undecided.

 

 

 

 

 

The Suit Guy Is A Leather Man - Patrick Grady

By Rodney Burger

In 1997, Patrick Grady was working as the Director of Catering at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Logan Circle in Washington, DC when he learned that a Leather club called the Centaur Motorcycle Club had booked the hotel for their Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend. Although born in the small town of Peru, Indiana, Patrick was from a military family whose father was stationed in England and brought him to Europe as a small child on the RMS Queen Elizabeth, so he had seen a thing or two in his life. Plus, he always loved seeing men in boots and uniforms dating back to his years growing up in England. While living in Germany, he discovered that the German soldiers, unlike Americans, were far from prudish and had no problem stripping down and going for a swim. In those pre-internet years, he learned about the world by sneaking into adult bookstores. He moved around a lot and learned a lot too.

 

Flash Back Gallery

Southwest Leather Conference

The Southwest Leather Conference was held in late January in Phoenix, AZ. It was known as the "Woo Conference" due to its emphasis on spirituality in particular. This photo is of a drumming corps which played at the main events on Friday and Saturday nights in 2011. Southwest Leather Conference included workshops, classes, spiritual meetings and services for a variety of faiths, Southwest Master slave contest, group dinners, cocktail parties, an awesome hospitality suite, a limited vendor mart and huge play parties on Friday and Saturday nights. Scroll down to see all 45 photos.


 

 

Flash Back Gallery - Motor Sport Amsterdam's 25th Anniversary

Dave Rhodes' first and only trip so far to Europe brought back many memories including Motor Sport Amsterdam's 25th Anniversary and the ECMC Annual General Meeting European Council of Motorcycle Clubs in the Netherlands. Nearly 2,000 hot men from all over the planet descended on land of Vincent van Gogh for a weekend of revelry and partying. Scroll down for our 33-photo gallery. At the invitation by International Mr. Leather 1993, Henri ten Have,I made the trip.

 

 

 

 

Flash Back Gallery: Mid Atlantic Leather - 1993 to the present

One of the top Leather club runs is Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend produced by the Centaur Motorcycle Club of Washington, DC. It's main double feature is Leather Cocktails on Saturday nights and the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather Contest on Sunday afternoons. Big are the vendor market, Saturday and Sunday night dances, club-sponsored parties, announcements of the IML judges, great food at the host Hyatt Regency, tourism and dining in the nation's capital. Oh, and the virtually all-day, all-night lobby crowd, Scroll down to see what photos The Leather Journal has from over the years.

 


 

Flash Back Gallery - 1993 March On Washington

Bill Clinton had only been in office a few months before the 1993 March On Washington occurred in the nation's capital. The 1993 March On Washington saw almost 1,000,000 LGBT, friends and allies from all over the United States, its territories and several friendly countries on April 25, 1993. President Clinton was not there, but Hillary was and she delivered a proclamation. Politicians and leaders spoke on The Mall, and Leather made a huge presence, just as it had in the 1987 March On Washington.