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Colorado Bootblack 2016

Proud to be a part of MAsT Metro Denver and the Boulder Munch.

My favorite leather would be my Dr Marten boots. They are my foundation and keep me grounded in leather.

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

I am proud to be sponsored this year by three amazing sponsors. The Leather Colorado Foundation sponsors and facilitates the Colorado Bootblack, Colorado Ms. Leather, Colorado Mr. Leather, Colorado Miss. Leather, and Colorado Mr. Rubber contests. (coloradoleather.org) The Denver Wrangler helps to raise funds for various organizations in the community with their weekly beer busts, and offers their facilities for meetings and other gatherings as they can. (denverwrangler.com) Finally, CJ’s leather has for years sponsored our local community with their fantastic leather products and custom works. Each patch and custom creation or repair is a true work of art. (cjsleather.com)

 

 

Tell me about your favorite charity.    

The Colorado Center for Alternative Lifestyles is my favorite charity. Although they have only been around since September of 2015 their dedication to our community becomes more and more evident as they constantly seek out new ways of fulfilling their mission of creating a safe space in our community for adults who engage in alternative lifestyles. The communities they strive to serve are those of the LGBTQ+, Non-Monogamy, and Kink, believing that it is up to consenting adults to decide who and how they love. They serve these communities through education on various related topics and are constantly seeking to expand and improve their service. They have expanded their community outreach by teaching classes on mental health first aid and hope to have a crisis hotline and conflict mediation programs for the people of Colorado in the future. (coloradocal.com)

 

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

Community service is so important for any civilization, and really is the mark of humanity. It reminds us that we are all human and all connected and reinforces those connections. Within the leather community it becomes so much more important for each of us to step up where we can. It’s our legacy, it’s where we’re from and it’s where we’re going. It is the foundation of everything we do. So many of our leaders and legends have given so much to see that we continue to progress, and I believe it is up to each of us to continue that. Whether it is helping to raise funds or by organizing ways we can get together in fellowship, the leather community is based on service to that community. It is built by those who are willing to be of service to our community. We pay no taxes to a leather monarch, we have no elected officials making sure there is funding for the things important to us, what we have at the end of the day is each other.

 

What makes you a Leather Woman and/or Bootblack?    

For me identifying as a bootblack is a core part of who I am. It is how I found my way home. I enjoy caring for leather, and that makes me a leather care specialist. I work on leather as people are wearing it, and that makes me a shoe shiner. I build relationships with those who enter my chair and with the leather. I do what I can to be a recorder and preserver of leather and leather history, and to be a resource to my community. That to me – makes me a bootblack.

 

 

Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?    

Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt is my favorite leather woman. Her passion for the leather community is palpable and she is fierce in that passion. Whether it is uniting us, raising funds for us, or correcting us when we stray she is one of the strongest of the ties that bind our tribe.

 

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?    

I think the most dangerous mis-information passed around today is the misunderstanding of consent. Education is the only light that can shine in the darkness of ignorance. I would therefore combat these ideas and assumptions with patiently explaining for those who have never been taught better and patiently disputing those who would continue to spread this false information.

 

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

As IMsBB I would promote the title by encouraging bootblacks I work alongside to consider running for possibly the best journey of their lives or at least one of them. Also, teaching as many classes as I am able. The future legacy of this title is in the hands of those who may not know what bootblacking is. It is in the heart of the person who wants to learn and needs a chance. I want to continue increasing visibility of the title and helping other bootblacks get ready to make their own journeys.

 

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

While I do not think leather titles are right for everyone, they are a prime example of what leather is and the more we have the better it is for all of us. There are so many times in this world where we feel unsafe or unwelcome displaying who we are. Leather titles create an opportunity for people to stand up in front of a crowd and proudly explain who they are and what they do, and for that crowd to cheer and validate that. Winning a title is an amazing experience, but so is running. When we accept, and validate our own true self, and accept and validate each other we spark hope that the acceptance will spread to the rest of society and remind ourselves that until it does we’ll be there to cheer for each other.

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)