Tig, Ms. SouthEast LeatherFest 2017 - The Leather Journal

Tig, Ms. SouthEast LeatherFest 2017

TigLeatherJournalBasic Information: Name Current Title City, State website (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3) Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear & social media:

Tig, Ms. SouthEast LeatherFest 2016 and 2017 from Charlotte, North Carolina

Three of my favorite events include SouthEast LeatherFest, South Carolina Pride in Leather, and Trademark.

My favorite leather item in my collection is my earned leather vest with my North Carolina Leather Contest patch. It was presented to me by my Leather brother, family, and the Charlotte Tradesmen.

Facebook: Tig Natious

Instagram: msself2016

Twitter: Tignatious

Sponsors:

I am sponsored by SouthEast LeatherFest. I am Ms SELF 2016-2017 and have actively worked my title for two years. SouthEast LeatherFest was founded in 1995 by Jack Stice, Victoria G., David Armstrong, and several others with the goal of creating a place for everyone to be able to learn, share, and celebrate diversity. https://secure.seleatherfest.com

I am also sponsored by Mayfaire Moon Corsets and Costumes, maker and designer of couture corsets.     

Favorite Charity:

For me, as a Leatherwoman and as a human being, I feel it is my job to do what I can, when I can, for causes I believe in. I support several charities. Some of them are the House of Mercy who provide a home and care for people living with HIV/AIDs, Child’s Play that donates toys and games to children’s hospitals across the country, Triad Health Project providing support, education, and testing for HIV/AIDs, the Carter/Johnson Leather Library, and numerous others.  Each one is important, and needed in their own right, for both the local and national communities. Call me poly-philanthropic, but I could not rank one charitable cause above another as the need is great for all of them.

How you feel about community service?:

Being in service to my community is a part of who I am. Growing up, volunteering was just something my family did. There is a Ghandi quote that perfectly captures my feelings about service, “The best way to find oneself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Our community doesn't just magically function, it is run on the blood, sweat, tears, and passion of your everyday Leatherfolk. Enjoying all the community provides, without giving back in the ways that I can, feels wrong for me. So, I do what I can, when I can. Whether it's putting my literal ass on the line for a charity paddling, taking an extra volunteer shift, teaching, or simply helping to carry items for an event, it all counts and makes a difference.

Who is your favorite Leather Woman…Why?:

I choose to live my life with honor, being deeply loyal to my people and my principles, acting with integrity, and loving a good, rough, filthy fuck. For these reasons, I self identify as a Leatherwoman.  My favorite Leatherwoman is Lizzy, Ms. Atlanta Eagle 2013. She is an incredible woman who has worked tirelessly for years fundraising for charity and always managed to look amazing while doing it. The first time I saw her, I felt that she was the epitome of high femme. As another femme presenting, bi/pansexual woman in the Leather community, I have always looked to her as an example of authenticity. She has always been quick to help with charity fundraising, once even donating her own shoes to be auctioned off for the March of Dimes. Over the years, her health has presented challenges to her ability to volunteer, yet she has consistently met these challenges head-on and found new and creative ways to continue her work. Her determination inspires me daily.

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?:

A pervasive idea that has been ingrained in our community is that a young age denotes a lack of experience. We all have to start somewhere and the digital world that we live in today plays a major part in self-discovery. There are people who entered the community as soon as they were able to at eighteen and have now put in over ten years. The best way I have found to deal with this misunderstanding is to open a conversation, share my experiences, and find out why someone is holding onto this misconception. As a Leatherwoman, I combat this injustice by bringing up what young leaders in the community to showcase their achievements experiences, and find out what I can do to dismantle these preconceived notions by using positive dialogue and by building a personal connection.

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

 I hope to inspire and educate others in everything I do. I will to continue to invest myself in all of the events that I attend. When you work at an event, or a place, that isn't your home people notice. In my experience, pursuing this personal investment allows the title to be represented and makes me as a titleholder more approachable. I know that social media plays an important role in today's society. I believe that by combining it with personal connections that we build within our community- we are able to create a bridge that lasts a lifetime.

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)