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Big Easy Leather Adikus Sulpizi By Ricky Taillon WebOn January 11 history was made at the Rawhide 2010 Bar in New Orleans, Louisiana as the first Mr. Big Easy Leather contest was held with Adikus Sulpizi winning the title.

Earlier this year the resurrection of a club which has had 40 years of rich history in this region, the Knights d'Orleans, were revived. The Knights had become inactive since Hurricane Katrina and through the combined work of Danny Alford, Bill Naquin, and Alan Bowers, this Leather group is now not only alive and thriving, but it has produced its first contest.

The judges chose from a field of four contestants in a packed house. The judges were Mr. Texas Leather 2013 Gabe Sims, Ms New Jersey 2014 Nikki Weirman, Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2013 Justin Emerick, Mr. Heartland Leather 2014 Michael "PupRyker" Kaplan and Louisiana Leather 2005 Dr. Alan Bowers.

Adikus will compete at International Mr. Leather 2014 in Chicago during Memorial Day weekend in May. New Orleans has had a proud tradition with its representatives at IML and this new title is expected to carry that into the future.

BOLD2014_splash-3709854_330x220The BOLD 2014 Conference, Our Leather Roots, will be held February 21-23 2014 in Burbank CA. The Third annual BOLD Conference will continue its tradition of providing classes, instruction, and events that enhance the Male Dominant Heterosexual Leather-female submissive (MDHL-fs) dynamic and help those who participate in the dynamic to build healthy, strong, empowered, and mutually gratifying relationships.

BOLD Con is proud to announced that the Carter Johnson Leather Library is curating a spectacular exhibit for BOLD 2014 and Los Angeles to enjoy. The Carter Johnson Leather Library will be available for public viewing on Friday February 21 only at a special event.

In celebration of the Library's 10th Anniversary, and their participation in this year's BOLD Conference, The Monarchs will host a special evening, open to the public: A Leather History of Los Angeles with a conversation with Guy Baldwin and Patrick Mulcahey. A select number of tickets are available to the public for $35. Get tickets at: http://leatherlibrary.brownpapertickets.com

The Mr. San Diego Eagle 2014 contest will be bigger than ever.  “It will be a 4-day event for the entire Leather community,” says Robb Rodriguez the current Mr. San Diego Eagle.  The event runs from February 20 to 23.

The main contest activities will be moved from the San Diego Eagle bar to the nearby Sunset Temple auditorium. “We’re moving the venue of the contest to the Sunset Temple because we’re expecting a large crowd to attend. Already we’ve heard from people from as far away as Phoenix that they’re going to attend. And one of our judges is from Minnesota while another is from Georgia.”

The seven judges are an all-star group of titleholders. The head judge will be International Mr. Leather Andy Cross. Other judges are: American Leatherman Aaron Duke, Mr. International Deaf Leather boy Richard, Mr. San Diego Leather2013/Mr. San Diego Eagle 2012 Eli Correa, Ms San Diego Leather 2013  Colt Everyday, Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2013 Bill Robertroy and Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2013 Ryan Brown.

Bob Thomasino At IML 2007 By Dave Rhodes WebA Celebration of Life Ceremony for Bob Tomasino, famed founder and sole owner of Oil Can Harry's bar in Studio City, CA, will be held at the West Hollywood Auditorium on Sunday, January 19 from 2-5 PM.

Eulogies will be given by Charlie Matula and Hunter Fox Long of the Eagle LA, International Mr. Leather 2007 Mike Gerle and Avatar Club Los Angeles Secretary Nick Drance.

Formal Leather/Fetish attire is requested. A parade of flags led by several Los Angeles clubs will start the memorial.

Bob Tomasino, owner of Oil Can Harry’s which is the oldest gay bar west of the Mississippi River at 47 years, was killed in an auto accident while returning home from work in the realy hours of November 23 in not far from his Lake Balboa residence in the Studio City area of Los Angeles, CA. He was 66 years old and was born in Rochester, NY.

Tomasino also ran the Country Dance Pavilion during the Festival at Los Angeles LGBT Pride in West Hollywood. He received many honors for his generous community service inculding when Christopher Street West Association honored Tomasino with its Sheldon Andelson Award in 2007.

Country Western music and dancing helped Oil Can Harry's to continue as one of the hottest night clubs in the San Fernando Valley. Before Country, Oil Can Harry's was a popular disco.