IMsBB 2017 Contestant: Beau Korvin Black - The Leather Journal

IMsBB 2017 Contestant: Beau Korvin Black

BeauKorvinBlackLeatherJournalI am Beau Korvin Black.

I live in Seattle, Washington.

You can often find me at the Cuff Complex hanging out with my Leather family and friends.

I am the past Vice President and a current member of the Seattle Boys of Leather. I have recently been one of the hosts for Blood Sweat and Queers; a BDSM play party at the Center for Sex Positive Culture.

My favorite piece of leather would have to be my hunter harness from Bad Daddy Leather.


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

I am being sponsored by the Washington State Mr Leather Organization (WSMLO). They are the organization who own the titles of the Washington State Leather contest which includes Mr, Ms, and Bootblack titles. Toby Noon is the current president of the board. I am honored to be representing this organization and my state.

I am also honored to be sponsored by Bad Daddy Leather owned by JJ Whitehurst. JJ is the patriarch of my leather family, The Labyrinthine, and a mentor of mine as well. I will be wearing several pieces made by Bad Daddy Leather during the contest.


Tell us about your favorite charity.    

The Seattle Area Support Groups is my favorite charity. They have done so much for the greater Seattle community. They offer peer coaching, peer groups, and voucher programs that allow clients and volunteers tickets to various entertainment venues.
The Seattle Boys of Leather volunteered at the tree lot this last December helping prep and sell holiday trees to local community members. They taught us how to operate a chainsaw. I can now say I am officially "Beaver Certified".
Tell me in your own words how you feel about community service.    Having been part of a service oriented leather club for the last four years, I have learned community service is vital. Now more than ever, we need to come together to offer help and support to our friends, family, and community members.
I have a very service oriented heart. I enjoy doing tasks for others. It makes me happy to make others' lives a little easier.


What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    

I am a leather woman who identifies as two-spirit. I am also a bootblack. The two co-exist within me. Being both a leather person and a bootblack to me means having a desire to learn from those who came before me. I also strive to be the best person I can be and to continue to improve daily. I believe strongly in personal responsibility or as my leather family motto states, "Own your shit."
Bootblacking came naturally to me. I enjoy working with my hands and getting dirty. There is something so satisfying about taking a pair of dirty, filthy, sexy boots with a rich history, breathing life back into them so they can play once more.



Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?    

This is a very tough question. I actually have a group of favorites. There are several women who have been influential in my leather journey who I look up to. I can name two that have been most influential.
The first being Carla Whitehurst. She has been in the greater Seattle area leather community for about 20 years. She has is always willing to help make things happen. She is a tough bottom who can take a beating and ask for more. She is also a sadistic top, as well as a patient mentor. She loves to share her devious knowledge with others.
The other leather woman that immediately comes to mind is Carmelle La Sirena. Her work to document, preserve, and share the history of leather women is crucial. She brings the voices of leather women to the forefront. Her work and passion are not an easy journey, yet she keeps moving forward. She also packs quite the punch! I'll share the story someday, with her permission, of course.


What do you feel is the most dangerous mis-information passed through traditional & social media affecting our community today, and how would you combat it should the opportunity arise?    

The most dangerous piece of misinformation affecting our community today is that Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States.
I have become more politically active the last several months and plan to continue. I have signed petitions, used my fear and anger to fuel action, and educated myself as to exactly what I can do to make a difference. I will continue to do my part.
If I had a magic wand, I would permanently cast "petrificus totalus" on Trump. Then I would ask the centaurs to take Pence away and reinstate Obama.


In 100 words or less what will you do as IMsL or IMsBB to promote your title?    

If I should win the title of IMsBB, I would promote the title by traveling to as many events, states, and countries as possible. I would black alongside as many bootblacks as I was able, sharing and gleaning knowledge and wisdom. It is my hope to encourage more people to discover their inner bootblack and help it shine. I want to continue to bring bootblacks into the spotlight by being out and proud, showing everyone how sexy and fun blacking can be.

What do you say to those who think there are too many titles and that it has diluted the meaning of holding a title?    

I feel the only thing that has possibly diluted the meaning of holding a title is those who earn one and do nothing with it. To me, it is a springboard for personal transformation, and betterment of the community. It is a chance for outreach, education, and fostering connections. During my year as the 2015 Washington State Bootblack, I grew personally. I went from being a shy introvert to a more outgoing person. Running for that title, and running for IMsBB is a decision I will always be glad I made.
We make of our titles what we want and get out of them what we invest.

About Author

Vonn Tramel has been a kinky "friday night femme" since she was 17.  She found the Leather community in 2007 and began her Leather Journey in 2008 after attending a Cigar Play Class in Long Beach, CA at Pistons Bar. A meeting with Dave Rhodes in May of 2008, changed her path for better or worse when she filmed and photographed the 2008 West Coast Olympus Contest, then International Olympus in Chicago that year....the rest they say is her-story. 

Edit: In 2012 she was approached by Dave to join The Leather Journal as it's Webmaster with business partner Bryan Teague.

Most misspelled word: Leahter (Sad but true)