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IMsL_IMsBB_2013/IMsL 2013 WinnersInternational Ms Leather 2013 is Sarha Shaubach, from Meadow Lakes, AK, sponsored by The Last Frontier Men's Club of Anchorage; having won the title at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway in San Francisco, CA on Saturday night, April 20. The new International Ms Bootblack 2013 is Bella, hailing from Kentucky and sponsored by the Great Lakes Leather Alliance. Bella also won the heart and Soul Award by a vote of her sister competitors. Minion from Pittsburgh was voted the winner of the IMsL contest Heart and Soul Award. Youkali Youkali from Toronto was the runner-up for International Ms Leather.

In front of a sold out crowd, the 27th annual International Ms Leather Contest and 15th annual International Ms. Bootblack Contest was emceed by the outrageous Karen Ultra. Eight IMsL and two IMsBB contestants made for a busy weekend. The contests were both split over two days with in-depth  interviews, inspiring speeches, pop questions that centered around super heroes and television shows, the high energy opening number, sexy on-stage fantasies and the sashing of two new titleholders.

IMsL 2013 Web Bootblacks CelebrateThis year, International Ms Bootblack celebrated its 15th Anniversary. Many of the IMs-bubba, as it is affectionately labeled, were on hand. Each of those presented coins totaling 15 in number to individuals that they believed were most instrumental in the formation and development of IMsB.

High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack is a documentary that was filmed during this year's contest and will include footage from past years.

Sarha was back for a second try, energized by her hometown folks in Alaska to return. She proudly made it clear that she did not buy her Leather, she went out and caught and tanned it - something that Alaskans would expect. The idea resonated with the crowd and judges.

IMsL 2013 Web I UltraThe International Ms Leather 2013 contestants were Sarha Shaubach, Ces Williams, Christy Ford, Minion, Ms Charries Jubalie, Nyx, Toni Solenne, and Youkali Youkali

Read the interview that Vonn Tramel did with Sarha Shaubach before she competed.

IMsL 2013 Web Pam MeyerThe IMsL judging panel included Sarah Lashes, International Ms Leather 2011 Sara Vibes, International Mr. Leather 2012 Woody Woodruff, Miranda, sex blogger Sinclair Sexsmith and Tilly King of Vancouver, Canada, owner of Pittsburgh Leather Central Mike Zuhl.

The International Ms Bootblack 2013 contestants were Bella and Foxfire.

Read Vonn Tramel's interview with Bella, done before the IMsBB 2013 contest.

The International Ms Bootblack judges were International Ms Bootblack 2011 kd, International Mr. Bootblack 2012 Nick Elliot, International Community Bootblack 2012 Ruin and a secret judge, Lenny Earl, who was introduced with the other judges at the beginning of the contest.

The Sunday brunch keynote speaker was Lolita Wolf from New York, NY. Lolita told her story of coming out As Leather, her growth, apprehensions and fears, her progress and even of her online magazine, Lolita's Predictions and Predilections. She had a profound effect in the Big Apple, but through her writing she may be more influential and loved than she realizes.

IMsL 2013 Web Mamas FamilyIMsL included Inside Leather History, A Fireside Chat in its event line up this year. Douglas O'Keeffe conducted a two-part Fireside Chat with Leatherwomen Audrey Joseph and Amy Marie Meek. Audrey Joseph vividly depicted her attendance at Woodstock, her work in the music industry producing Sister Sledge, and Chic, and her production work for IMsL's first eight years. Audrey also produced the International Drummer contest for several years, and IML in its early years, sharing intimate details of both event.

IMsL 2013 Web Colby HobbitAmy Marie Meek discussed her production of IMsL, the changes she made to the contest when she assumed ownership, her political involvement and rumors she's heard about herself over the years. The Chats were filmed for historical preservation at the Leather Archives and Museum. Inside Leather History, A Fireside Chat is a coproduction of Mistress Joanne Gaddy and Douglas O'Keeffe.

Douglas hosts the live-on-stage Chats.  Future Chats for 2013-14 will appear at GLLA, Chicago's Center on Halsted, Master/slave Conference, and Mid Atlantic Leather.

The hospitality suite on the seventh floor of the Holiday Inn is one of the big attractions that makes IMsL special. It was most of the same party sponsors, and why not, as some of these have been terrific. Of particular note was the chocolates and champagne party hosted by the Exiles. Tracy Wolf made all of the candy which was plentiful and went as fast as volunteers could place it on the table.

IMsL 2013 Web Rich Stadtmiller Cowboi JenThe Alameda County Leather Corps and Mama's party was a meal that she spent the previous two days preparing. Always hot was the Stompers Boots and Cigar party following the contest. The contest went way over its expected end time, so attendance at the party was limited. American Brotherhood Weekend, DUC Uniform, Boys/Bois in Leather Service, DESIRE and WILL, Society of Janus, Littles and Bevies with Beavers - Canadian Style held bashes as well.

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There were numerous workshops and educational intensives. Play parties included separate women's men's and pansexual dungeons that were open every hour.

Sisterhood of the Sash: IMsL at 25 is a film telling about the largest Leatherwomen's contest in the world. International Ms Leather upholds the sexiness and strength of Leatherwomen, their accomplishments and acts of service. IMsL recently celebrated its 25th year and to commemorate that milestone, former IMsL titleholders gathered to cheer on the 2011 contestants and share their memories about the event’s history and reflect on the diversity, evolution and progress of its community.

IMsL 2013 Web Hospitality SmoochConceived by Glenda Rider and filmed, directed and edited by Princess Kali and Graydancer for Kink Academy (with special editorial assistance from Christina), Sisterhood of the Sash: International Ms Leather at 25 documents the IMsL 2011 contest, its sexy events and performances (think Seduction)and titleholders talking about the titleholding experience.  When asked about the film, Christina said, "Overall, the film celebrates Leatherwomen’s historical journey and evolution, and it shows how our badassery is most often balanced by community service, support and outreach."  

IMsL 2013 Web Male TitleholdersSisterhood of the Sash: IMsL at 25 is currently taking part in the CineKink road show with screenings scheduled in Portland,OR on August 5 and Chicago,IL on November 16-17 with more cities being added soon.

Published in International Leather
Saturday, 28 January 2012 15:00

Mr. Pistons Leather Zac Rigo

Pistons Leather Rigo By Dave RhodesTall Zac Rigo was named Mr. Pistons Leather on Saturday night, January 28 in Long Beach, CA. Four men vied for the chance to compete at Mr. Los Angeles Leather.

Following the contest, members of the LA Band of Brothers appeared on stage with their "laying on of hands" ceremony, welcoming Zac into the group of men who have competed at Mr. LA Leather.

Published in Local Leather
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 16:00

Desert Fetish Authority Palm Springs a new club

The Desert Fetish Authority (DFA) is a new Palm Springs, CA organization for men into gear and kinky play. The Desert Fetish Authority held its official Launch Party at Hunters on Thursday, February 9. The DFA is a brotherhood of men who are into fetish gear and kinky play and who want to learn more about both. It’s a next-generation organization built around the principles of Brotherhood, Gear, Education, Play, Pride and Fun. Newcomers and curious guys are especially welcome.

“For years now,” said John McBain, one of the group’s founding organizers, “I’ve been hearing from Desert men looking for a fraternal type of organization where they could hang out with friends, have fun and learn about fetish gear and hot play. After a lot of conversation, some of us have decided to step up and create what we’ve been seeking.”

Attendees can look forward to a casual, social atmosphere filled with sexy, geared-up guys and fun, kinky demos. They will also be able to learn more about the DFA’s mission and help shape its future activities.

The group is “unabashedly recruiting,” according to McBain. “If you want to be part of the Next Guard of fetish and kink, then we want you!”

Sign up for news about DFA at http://www.desertfetishauthority.com

The Desert Fetish Authority is a New Guard group of guys who are striving to create the Next Guard: one that respects the knowledge and foundations laid by our forebears, but applies them in ways that are more meaningful to our generation. We’re men for whom trust, honor and respect are important, but excessive protocol is not. We believe in the value of living a disciplined life, but not without having a lot of fun too!"

Published in Local Leather

Tom Of Finland Drawing 1990The Tom of Finland Foundation, based in los angeles, CA announced that Helsinki-filmi, the innovative Finnish production company, has asked it to do a feature about Tom of Finland. Helsinki-filmi has demonstrated enormous respect for the artist who started the Foundation that bears his name.

The Helsinki-filmi biopic will be the first feature-length portrait of Tom of Finland's influential life and career, and everyone involved has committed to crafting it the way that would make Tom proud.

"Every project we've seen from this esteemed company has consistently impressed us with its creativity. The production team has a full grasp of the layers of the subject matter they take on," says Durk Dehner, president and cofounder of Tom of Finland Foundation.

Tom's real name is Touko Laaksonen, he was born on May 8th, 1920 and "May" in Finnish is "Toukokuu." He lived and worked in Helsinki and later los angeles. He died in 1991 and was involved in two documentaries made about him during his lifetime (Boots, Biceps and Bulges: The Life and Works of Tom of Finland, 1988 and Daddy and the Muscle Academy, 1991).

 

Published in Society & Arts
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 16:00

Avatar Club Los Angeles Holiday Party

Avatar Holiday Party

Avatar Club los angeles is known for its annual Holiday Party, and the one held on Saturday night, December 14 in Glendale, CA was no exception as about 100 attended on a clear night which was chilly enough to wear plenty of Leather.

Published in Local Leather
Monday, 11 November 2013 15:26

Threshold Society's annual Bizarre Bazaar

Threshold Bizarre Bazaar 2013The Threshold Society held their annual Bizarre Bazaar on Sunday, November 3 at the Threshold Clubhouse, 11300 Hartland Street in North Hollywood CA 91605 with about 400 Leatherfolk attending to see demos, sample play and shop.

Taster booths were set up so that guests could try on all those kinky delights they have always been curious about but never got around to experimenting. These included Flogging, Wax, Littles, Whips, Spanking, Violet Wand, Fire Cupping and Canes.

Approximately 20 vendors were on hand including The Leather Journal.

There was a Silent Auction, Smoking Lounge, Entertainment and Food. One entertainer was a woman working in a suspended hoop that stopped the crowd each time she performed.

 

Published in Local Leather
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 07:03

Mr. Barracks Leather 2014 Dominick Owen

Barracks Leather By Marko RussellThe Mr. Barracks 2014 contest was held on Saturday October 5 at The Barracks bar in Cathedral City, CA and was won by Dominick Owen. The first runner-up was Randy Espinoza and the second runner-up was Mike Trent. There were four contestants.

Dominick will compete at Mr. Palm Springs Leather in November during Palm Springs Leather Pride Week.

The judges were Ray Perea, Jonathan Rosenblatt, DJ Reed, Rheo Bruneo, and Steven Crawford.

The emcee was International Ms Leather 1988 Shan Carr.

Published in Local Leather
Saturday, 26 October 2013 08:16

Andy Covarrubias was named Mr. Regiment 2014

Regiment Leather 2014 Andy By Motorboot PhotographyAndy Covarrubias was named Mr. Regiment 2014 on Saturday October 19th in front of a packed house at the Eagle LA in los angeles, CA. Andy wowed the crowd...and the judges with his charismatic smile, articulate remarks and sexy interaction with the audience.

Matthew Mullins and Daniel Flores made it a close race as these two gentlemen were mere points from victory themselves.

This was a sexually charged weekend of events for the Black and Tans who are celebrating 40 years of Service in Uniform in the los angeles community. Starting Friday night, the three contestants acted out their hottest fantasies at Enlistment which was held in the parking lot of Rough Trade in the Sliver Lake District of los angeles and only about three blocks from the Eagle LA. The contestants left the judges wet in their seats and drooling for more.

The party continued at the Eagle LA with Roll Call as the contestants officially kicked off the weekend, presenting themselves to the crowd.The highjinks continued on Saturday afternoon with an Interview and naked pool party.

 

Published in Local Leather
Monday, 14 October 2013 15:12

IMsL/IMsBB 2014 judges announced

IMsL New LogoInternational Ms Leather and International Ms Boot Black 2014 (IMsL/IMsBB) will be held April 24-27, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Jose, CA

International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack are under the new ownership of Pat Baillie and Sharrin Spector..

Traditionally, the judges for IMsL/IMsBB and tallies are announced at the Ms San Francisco Leather contest and this year was no exception.

 

Published in International Leather
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 05:35

Celebration of Life Ceremony for Bob Tomasino

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.

Published in Local Leather

Southern California Leather 2014  Xavier Espejo By Dave Rhodes WebXavier Espejo won the Mr. Southern California Leather 2014 at the Eagle LA in los angeles, CA on Friday night, February 14 with Jim Pelky finishing runner-up.

Mr. Southern California Leather 2012 Shad Cruz held the title for two years and that was by design as contest producer William Schindler asked Cruz to serve two years as the titleholder at the beginning of his term. The Mr. Southern California Leather Contest will be held annually.

Shad Cruz headed the judging panel which included Howie Ramirez, American Leatherman 2013 Aaron Duke, Christopher Street West cochair Steve Ganzel and Mr. los angeles Leather 2011 Leo Iriarte. The tally master was Mr. Christopher Street West 2007 Tom Wang who was able to tabulate the scores with his system designs for an iPhone.

Sister Unity was as shocking as usual with her constant humor. Sharp as a tack all night, Sister Unity never lost the idea that it was all about the contestants.

Xavier Espejo is a 32 year-old program manager who used to be a go go dancer. He is Mr. Gay Long Beach 2008 and will compete for Mr. Los Angles Leather 2014 at Circus Dance Club in Hollywood, CA on Saturday night, March 29.

Published in Regional Leather
Friday, 06 January 2012 16:00

Oedipus MC Coronation of Officers

Oedipus MC Coronation Photo By Dave Rhodes

The Oedipus Motorcycle Club, based in los angeles, CA, held their coronation of club officers at the home of Rick F. and Paul J. in Chatsworth on Saturday night, January 7.

Members of many of the los angeles clubs were on hand including a strong showing from the Satyrs MC. The Warriors MC, LOBOC MC and Pacific Coast MC were there in force, too. Other clubs included Trident: LA, Avatar and the California B&B Corps. Out of town clubs included Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert, The 15 Association, Chicago Hellfire Club and the Golden Gate Guards.

The new officers and their offices are: Rick Feldman, Rex or president; Lou Willsea, Regent or road captain; Michael Fagone, Scribe or Secretary; Michael Landsman, Thesaurus or treasurer; and Howard Ferguson, Digitus Maximus or web master.

As part of the celebration, the Oedipus MC provided a nice lasagna dinner.

For more information on the Oedipus Motorcycle Club and its riding schedule, check out http://www.omcla.org

Published in Local Leather

images/articles/news/regional/2014_Events/Orpheusblack.jpgThe Avatar Club los angeles educational program for Wednesday, August 27 is Fire Play with Orpheus Black at MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 starting at 8 PM.

Fire Play by Orpheus Black will include discussion on Basic Fire Safety: Preparing private or public fire play scenes, checking tools, fuel storage and transportation, safety equipment and measures, treating burns. Preparing the Sub: Easing fears, outlining safety protocols, negotiating safe words, phrases and gestures, cultivating the head space. Technique: Types of torches brushes and their differences, review of basic torching methods and basic cupping, tips and tricks Advanced Techniques  Fire Painting Techniques:How to perform half body trails and full torso transfers  Advanced Fire Cupping:Demonstration of horning, using cups as tie points and leads  Torching Techniques: Safely combining rope bondage and fire play, safely increasing the heat and intensity of the flame.

 

 

Published in Local Leather

Los Angeles’ Gay Community is mourning the death of one of their most beloved members, Bob Tomasino, owner of the popular Country Western dance club, Oil Can Harry’s, located in Studio City, CA. The club is the oldest gay bar west of the Mississippi and has been in business continuously for 47 years. Mr. Tomasino has received awards and recognition for his generosity many times over the years.

An unprecedented number of local Business leaders, family and members of the Gay community in los angeles are coming together in a virtual gathering for a moment of reflection scheduled for 8 PM, Wednesday November 26th. This moment of meditation is being lead by Reverend Les Demarco of North Hollywood Church of Religious Science, in the closing Benediction of their Wednesday evening service at 8 PM.

Published in Leather Obituaries

Oil Can Harry Leather 2014 Bobby Allen Photo By Dave RhodesDisplaying excellent command of the stage during his speech, Bobby Allen was declared Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2014 at that venerable bar in Studio City, CA on Sunday night, February 9. Gareth Chen was the runner-up and David Taylor also competed.

A tribute video to all of he past Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather titleholders prepared by Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2008 Randy Carmenaty entertained.

Sister Buffy was the emcee who handled the contestants quite well - and often. The crowd ate it up.The judges were Bullet Bar owner Michael Lara, International Mr. Leather 2007 and Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2007 Mike Gerle, Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2006 Tim Stake, Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2005 Lou Romano, Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2004 Mark Diamond and Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2013 Jeremy Ranceros. The tally master was Kris Larson.

The audience was blown away by Ranceros step down speech. One Leather community elder was heard afterward saying, "I think we are in good hands with this new generation.

Published in Local Leather
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