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Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, May 9, 2019

International Olympus Leather 2019 - Three winners in Chicago

International Olympus Leather was held in Chicago, Illinois May 3-5 with Rayna kitten becoming International Ms Olympus Leather 2019, Ferris Oxide chosen to be International Mx Olympus Leather 2019 and Randal boy glovez named International Mr. Olympus Leather 2019. 11 International Olympus Leather Alumni were in attendance. Head judge Fred Anderson won the Leather Rhodes Service Award. West Coast Olympus Leather Producer Anthony Harmon passed the West Coast Producers torch to Rayna kitten and Mina Fatale. Anthony Harmon was named International Olympus Leather Contest Producer and Vonn Tramel announced she would be focusing her efforts on the expansion and administrative efforts. Karen Ultra emceed and lit up the stage in a neon-orange dress and blonde wig.

Published in Editorial
Thursday, 28 June 2018 22:51

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day, June 27, 2018


Southland Honors

On Saturday, June 23 the Los Angeles Leather Coalition (LALC) celebrated its 15th Annual Southland Honors at Taix French Restaurant in Echo Park, CA. The awards and recipients are: Business/Business Person - The Leather Journal, Next Generation Award – Taz Efeek, Mentor of the Year – Sir Frank Cavallo, Cultural Arts Award – Francisco Perales, Nasty Puerquito Photography, LALC Chairman's Award – Dennis Beisbier, Community Choice Woman – Cypher, Community Choice Man – Ben Kaufher, Olga Perez-Stable Legacy Award - Olga Perez-Stable, Co-founder of Desire, Jeff Burnam Community Service Award – Romaldo Mancilla, Club/Organization of the Year – AVATAR los angeles, Event of the Year – AVATAR LA 35th Anniversary and Erotic Art Fair and George Wong Person of the Year – Ralph Bruneau.

Published in Editorial
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 05:16

Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - August 9, 2017


Welcome to Dave Rhodes' Hump Day - Wednesday, August 9, 2017. This column will appear every Wednesday on TheLeatherJournal.com The idea behind this weekly is to keep up with, and even set, the pace in a snippet news-style. Many articles will be in one or two sentences as you will read below. Of course, we will publish larger news, feature stories and interviews as we have for the past 30 years. This is one of those new previously unnamed innovations I promised in my May Editorial.

How you can help. If you come up with a date and basic information on a new event, please send us the date and a short detail or two. This is designed for the web site and less so for print, so there is no 45 days-in-advance deadline. If your event is happening on August 20, make sure I have it by Monday afternoon, August 14. Make sure to add your events to the Leather Community Calendar by clicking on Calendar above - follow the directions.

You had a contest over the weekend - send us the names of the winners and a photo and a brief bit about it. We have it by mid-Monday and it will appear on Wednesday. Your events hotel room block opens - that is news. Send the link and a brief. Someone passes, let us know - photo please if available, but do not let lack of an immediate photo stop you from sending. This is news shorts.

If a news item comes in which we feel should also be a larger article we will contact you about it. Send to me at Photos need to be jpg format.


IML room block is OPEN. IML will be doing another year at the Congress Plaza Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL the weekend of May 24-28. Go to http://imrl.com/ to reserve your room. Click on Hotel Info on the right side of the IML home page.

Mistress Cyan and Jill Overfield were married at MCC in the Valley on Saturday afternoon with about 150 in attendance. Reverend Pat Langlois performed the ceremony. Cyan and Overfield are owners of Sanctuary Studios LAX. See photo below.

The Mayor of Folsom Street: The Auto/Biography of "Daddy Alan" Selby aka Mr. S - A biography of San Francisco entrepreneur and activist Alan Selby, founder of the iconic Mr. S Leather Store on Folsom Street. In the Introduction, Dr. Jones, a close associate of the late Mr. Selby, offers a biography of the man, who immigrated from London to San Francisco, where he became world-famous as the owner of the Mr. S Leather store and a key figure in the San Francisco gay community during the AIDS crisis. The second part of the book is an autobiography constructed from Selby's own journals.This book gives a unique inside look into the character and personality of one of San Francisco's most colorful figures. A must-read. https://www.facebook.com/TheMayorOfFolsomStreet See photo below.

The Regiment of the Black and Tans held their annual Change of Command on Sunday, August 6 in Sherman Oaks, CA. They followed that with a Wet Boxers Shorts contest at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood. See photo below.

The Pantheon of Leather Awards will be presented on Thursday night, August 31 during International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack contest weekend, August 31 - September 3, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas Near the Galleria in Dallas, TX. Check out http://www.ilsb-icbb.com

Speaking of Labor Day Weekend, Master/slave Conference 2017 runs from August 31 through September 4 at the Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown – Inner Harbor, 101 West Fayette Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201. Largest conference in the world totally dedicated to Master/slave lifestyle. http://www.masterslaveconference.org

Florida Leather Sir 2017 is Major Ty and Florida Leatherboy 2017 is Pup Napoleon. held June 15-18 at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg, FL. Both will compete at ILSb-ICBB this year over Labor Day Weekend in Dallas, TX. http://www.ilsb-icbb.com See photo below.

The Exiles All-Genders 20th Anniversary Celebration will be at the Center for Positive Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street in San Francisco at 7:30 PM. Sponsored in part by the Society of Janus and the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance, the Exiles' biggest event of the year is going to be even bigger than ever before, this all-genders party that kicks off Folsom Street Fair weekend and it just so happens to coincide with the Exiles’ 20th Anniversary. https://fetlife.com/events/533331

The los angeles Pony and Critter Club hosts EQUUS, an international weekend-long pony play event at Sanctuary Studios LAX in Lennox, CA, August 11-13. EQUUS is welcoming and open to all styles of pony play, all types of ponies. http://www.laponiesandcritters.com

Xavier Espejo of Sherman Oaks, CA is California Drummer 2017 and Eric Audet, of San Diego, CA, is California Drummerboy 2017. California Drummer Fetish Weekend was held at the Barracks Bar in Cathedral City June 30 through July 2 in Palm Springs, CA. They will compete at Drummer North America 2018 in Las Vegas, NV in February. Visit http://www.DrummerCalifornia.com See photo below.

San Francisco's Bare Chest Calendar 2018 Men will be at the Barracks in Cathedral City, CA the weekend of August 11-13. Saw 'em at Up Your Alley a couple of weeks ago and there are some hotties in the group.

The Leather Archives & Museum announced in July that CLAW Corporation donated $26,250 to the LA&M from its 2017 event. Since its inception in 2002, CLAW has donated over $137,000 to the Leather Archives & Museum and has raised over $799,000 in charitable funds nationwide. The monies raised this year will continue to to sponsor Thursday Free Days at the museum and help create a new LA&M traveling exhibit prototype. Ready to get dirty and have a taste of some nasty fun? Lick It is going back to its roots of funky and sexy fun. They have DJ Blackstone of Club Universe, Faith and Fag Fridays. August 11 at The Powerhouse (1347 Folsom Street, SF, CA), 10 PM. $5 at the door to benefit the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.

West Coast Mr., Ms and Mx Olympus Leather will be at the new Eagle 562 in Long Beach, CA August 25-27. The current International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather Anthony Harmon and Pixie Mary step down from their regional titles. https://www.facebook.com/

The Second Annual DTLA Proud Festival will again be held at Pershing Square from 12 PM until 10 PM on August 26 and 27 and will offer visitors a blend of local queer culture, art, history and entertainment with over 40 community and retail booths, a main stage hosted by the Boulet Brothers and the return of Summertramp, a pop-up water park that will transform Pershing Square into a colorful urban oasis. While not a Leather event, DTLA Proud will have strong Leather/Kink participation. https://dtlaproud.org/2017-dtla-proud-festival

Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather will see new titleholders on Saturday, August 19 at 6 PM at the Hayward Veteran's Memorial Hall in Hayward, CA. Go to http://www.acleather.org. The title is produced by the Alameda County Leather Corps.

Palm Springs Leather Pride 2017 will be held October 26-29 in Palm Springs, CA. The big news is the Friday night Parking Lot Party will return to lot behind the Tool Shed. Tom of Finland will have an exhibit and there will be a Saturday afternoon pool party. And oh, the Mr. Palm Springs Leather contest will be held in the newest hangar at the Palm Springs Air Museum. https://www.palmspringsleatherpride.org/

Fourth Annual Kinky Prom: Rainbows and Unicorns on Saturday, August 12 at 7 PM at Voo Doo Leatherworks in Colorado Springs, CO to benefit Colorado Leather Fest. $15 per person or $20 per couple. Features the Cycle Sluts, cash bar, food and snacks, DJ/music/dancing, Prom photos available for purchase, bootblacks, silent auction, kinky poker and a Kinky Prom Royalty Contest. Facebook look for Kinky Prom: Rainbows and Unicorns in Events.

The NCSF (National Coalition for Sexual Freedom) sent out this - There's a new bill in Congress that would threaten your right to free expression online. If that weren't enough, it could also put small Internet businesses in danger of catastrophic litigation. The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) wouldn't help punish sex traffickers; it would do is expose the Internet content platforms that we all rely on every day to the risk of overwhelming criminal and civil liability for their customers' actions. https://act.eff.org/action/don-t-let-congress-censor-the-internet

American Brotherhood Weekend in Chicago, IL is on tap for October 6-8 and features the American Leatherman, Leatherwoman, and Leatherboy contest at the Leather Archives & Museum. The judging panel will include David Katzenberg, Robert "Bobbie“ Smith, Bella Oliver, Jeff Willoughby and Laura Antoniou. For more information go to http://www.AmericanBrotherhood.com

The next Avatar Club los angeles public monthly program will be Predicament Bondage by Midori on Wednesday August 23 beginning at 8:30 PM at MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA. A unique form of bondage where strategy, physical and psychological insights, gamesmanship, wit, slyness, humor and creativity converge. It can challenge the bottom's endurance, physical, sexual or psychological states and more. Predicament scenes will be illustrated through devious scenes. http://www.avatarla.org/

Bad Ass Spanking Weekend VIII is all set for October 19-22 in Augusta, GA and is the largest multi-day event on the east coast for men who are into spanking. http://www.bawevent.com

Leather History Preservation Weekend, October 20-22, Radisson Hotel High Point in High Point, NC will be a weekend of shared journeys, camaraderie and fellowship, with multiple historiographers sharing their experiences. Among the historians are JAH Holiday, OB Hamm, Sir Tom Matt, JP Garner, and Angel Propps. Go to http://www.lhpfoundation.org and make your plans.

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 Jill "Goddess Genesis" Overfield and Cyan St. James were married on August 5. Photo by Dave Rhodes

 The Mayor of Folsom Street: The Auto/Biography of "Daddy Alan" Selby aka Mr. S

The Regiment of the Black and Tans held their annual Change of Command. Photo by Dave Rhodes

Florida Leather Sir and Florida Leatherboy 2017. Photo by Bill Hoeppner

California Drummer and California Drummerboy 2017. Photo by Motorboot Photography


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International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2017 contestants.

All photos by Dave Rhodes

Pixie Mary was named International Ms Olympus Leather 2017 and Anthony Michael Harmon was chosen to be International Mr. Olympus Leather 2017 at the Double Tree by Hilton Downtown San Diego on Saturday night, May 6 in front of about 150 people. The contest, under new ownership, was the first by Executive Producer Vonn Trammel. The 2017 Congeniality Award went to boy matt.

On June 3, 2017 in Dallas, TX, Matt "boy matt" O’Toole was appointed International Mx Leather 2017 by their fellow International Title Holders and the International Olympus Leather Producers at the Great Plains Olympus Leather contest. Boy Matt will join Anthony and Pixie Mary on the road and for stepdowns at Olympus Leather Weekend May 4-6, 2018 in San Diego. Read an explanation of Mx Leather, and why the title was awarded this year (as opposed to being held for the first time in 2018) at http://www.olympusleather.com/mx-leather-title.

Contestants in numerical order were Ms West Coast Olympus 2016 Pixie Mary, Mr. Great Plains Olympus Leather Pup Axel, Ms Midwest Olympus Leather Angie, Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather 2016 Anthony Michael Harmon, Mr. Central Canada Olympus Leather 2017 Bo Chi Huang, and Mr. Midwest Olympus 2016 Matt "boy matt" O’Toole.

The emcee was Karen Ultra who has handled the microphone for many international events.

Vonn Tramel presented the prototype Leather Rhodes Community Service Award to Dave Rhodes, who in turn presented the first honors to Summer and Julie of San Diego, CA.

The judging panel included Head Judge Pantheon of Leather Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dr. Larry, International Mr Olympus Leather 2015-16 Fred Anderson, International Ms Olympus Leather 2015-16 slave boo, Olympus Leather Founder and Producer Emeritus Dave Rhodes, Historian and Dedicated Volunteer Caryl Darkdesyre, Pantheon of Leather Woman Of The Year 2009 Mistress Cyan, and Community Fundraiser Sandy “Mama” Reinhardt. The Judges' Coordinator: Julie Hoffman and Judges’ Wrangler was Summer Lee. The Tally Master was Jonny Spencer.

Pixie Mary is involved with Sanctuary Studios LAX and Shadows DM program. Her fetish interests have her identifying as a dominant switch; her top side enjoys needle play, canes, crops, spanking, wax play, and power exchange; and as a bottom, her preferences include a
thuddy flogging, fire play and she feels a well done fisting is fabulous from both sides of the slash.

Anthony Michael Harmon is the producer of California Drummer and used to be involved with and on the board for both the San Diego Gay Rodeo and Leather boys of San Diego. He was President, Vice President and secretary For The San Diego
Gay Rodeo and President of Leather boys of San Diego. Anthony's fetish interests are impact and percussion play, bondage and rope, and mindfucking.

Matt "boy matt" O’Toole's club affiliations include Kentucky Leather Brotherhood, Associate Member and Titans of the Midwest, Full Member. Matt is Secretary of the Titans of the Midwest. His fetish interests are power exchange, edge play, taboo, heavy S&M and pain play, watersports, CBT, fisting, dildos/assplay, spanking, caning, vulnerability, humiliation and degradation, AB/DL, and rough body play,

For details on the workshops check out http://www.OlympusLeather.com

San Diego's Naria Jordan was interviewed Fireside Chat-style by Tracy Wolf on Sunday afternoon.

$1,750 was raised for the travel fund in a three-way win as the Producers of San Diego Leather Pride, Ms SD Leather 2016 Jae Marie and American Leatherman 2013 Aaron B Duke American Leatherman 2013 combined won the opportunity in a special auction Saturday night to shave Olympus Leather Producer Vonn Tramel's head during the Sunday victory brunch.

Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt raised $248 for the title holder travel fund by selling Jaeger shots.

Seven bootblacks participated in the first Blades and Boots Salon Event, and Goddess Moon ran the Survive-her Ticket Challenge.

Olympus Leather Weekend had five meals on-campus and that led to great camaraderie.

























Published in International Leather

Press Release

March 31, 2017

International Olympus Leather Contest


Vonn Tramel is pleased to announce the Seven Judge Panel that will select the next International Mr and Ms Olympus Leather over the course of Olympus Leather Weekend in San Diego California May 5-7, 2017.

Head Judge – Dr. Lawrence Burden – aka Dr. Larry

Dr. Larry has served on many judging panels including los angeles Leather, Mr. Hoist Leather in London, International Mr. Leather, and is also the permanent Head Judge for International Leather Sir/boy. This will mark his fifth year as Head Judge with the International Olympus Leather Contest.

International Mr Olympus Leather 2015-16 Fred Anderson

Fred Anderson is the current International Mr. Olympus Leather. He is also Great Plains Mr. Olympus Leather 2015 and Gulf Coast Community Bootblack 2008. He's been honored to have opportunities to teach at events, held positions of leadership in various leather organizations, bootblack for contests and be a part of many organizations such as Mr. Friendly who’s helping reduce the stigma of HIV.

International Ms Olympus Leather 2015-16 slave boo

Slave boo has been involved in the kink world, off and on, for almost 30 years.  After introducing her husband of 17 years to the BDSM community, they have not looked back. Slave boo is Great Plains Olympus Leather 2015, and the current International Ms Olympus Leather. She was humbled by being announced as South Central Regional Leather Person of the Year 2015. Besides her charity work slave boo teaches Negotiations and Expectations, is a mentor and strives to be a Leather Woman her family, and her community can be proud of.

Founder and Producer Emeritus Olympus Leather Dave Rhodes

Dave Rhodes is the publisher and editor of The Leather Journal which was founded in 1987. The paper of record for the leather-bdsm-fetish community is the longest continuously running Leather publication in history. Dave has judged IML, International Ms Leather, International Mr. Drummer, International Mr. Fantasy, International Leather Sir and Leatherboy, Mr. International Rubber, American Brotherhood, International Puppy, International Master/slave and NLA: International. In total, over 450 contests.

Community Fundraiser Sandy “Mama” Reinhard

“Mama” is respected and revered for her ability to motivate her international Family with her philosophies that include “Ask yourself what can I do to make a difference, and then do it from the heart”. It is estimated that through individual fundraising efforts and volunteering, Mama's Family has raised over 5 million dollars both locally and internationally, since its beginning.

Historian and Dedicated Volunteer Caryl

Caryl has been involved in the San Diego Leather and BDSM communities since 1999 having been involved in a wide variety of groups and events and has been honored with awards including the Sentinel of Leather, Leather Woman of the Year, Community Choice, and Gio Micu Award. She is dedicated to helping people find validation, contacts and education for their kinks and supporting consensual sexual freedom.

Pantheon of Leather Woman Of The Year 2009 Mistress Cyan

Mistress Cyan was introduced to The Lifestyle in 1989, and has since become a well-respected Leader in The los angeles BDSM and Leather Communities.  She served as Producer of International Olympus Leather from 2010-2015, was Producer of West Coast Olympus Leather in 2008, President of two of the largest FemDom groups in los angeles and served on The Board of Advisers for The los angeles Chapter of Club FEM. In June 2015, Mistress Cyan was diagnosed with tonsil cancer and spent most of the latter half of the year undergoing chemo and radiation therapy. It was during this time that she retired from Olympus Leather. After a long hard fight, she is now back on her feet and back working as hard as ever.




Olympus Leather Weekend is sponsored by Bulldog Custom Leathers, The Leather Journal, The Leather Foundation, San Diego Leather Pride, Boy Pup Creations, The Kinkdom Detroit

Published in International Leather
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 23:34

ILSLb ICCB 2016 draws over 450

Left to right: International Leatherboy 2016 boy jake, International Leather Sir 2016 Ivan and International Community Bootblack 2016 boy patrick. All photos by Dave Rhodes.

The International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack weekend was held in a new hotel in Dallas, TX over Labor Day Weekend where Sir Ivan won the Sir title, boy jake presented the boy medallion and boy Patrick take the Bootblack sash in front of approximately 450 Leatherfolk and Kinksters.

The four-day weekend started at the Downtown Doubletree by Hilton on Thursday, September 1 with a VIP reception, the Pantheon of Leather 2016 Awards in the Skyline Ballroom with Christopher Edwards serving as emcee, introduction of contestants with emcee Wayne Davis, meet and greet and contestant demos, followed by a roast of the 2015 ILSb-ICBB titleholders hosted Bamm Bamm.

Contestants appear on stage during Opening Ceremonies.

Friday and Saturday saw the vendor market open with several classes and demos and a FETCH! Puppy Mosh.

Published in International Leather

David Nelson passed away at his home in Atlanta on April 28, 2016 surrounded by family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn C. Nelson. David leaves behind his mother, Carolyn Nelson, brother, Jeff Nelson and sister-in-law, Dolores Nelson.

He was born on December 22, 1961 in Knoxville, TN. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1984 and went on to earn an MBA in Marketing from Georgia State University in 1994. David enjoyed working in the retail industry for over 25 years but his true passion was helping others through his work for many charitable organizations.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to charities which were dear to David.

Leather Leadership Conference (leatherleadership.org)

Leather Heart Foundation (leather heart.org)

Full obituary and Services details at: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=David-Nelson&lc=4944&pid=179826380&mid=6909013

Our hearts and soul's go out to David's chosen family. He was surrounded by family and friends at his passing, and I for one will miss is intoxicating smile and seemingly boundless energy. If you ever attended an auction for Southeast Olympus Leather or attended LLC you'll remember David's vivacious presence and love of this community. There are a few leatherfolk that I can honestly say I would have liked to have had the chance to know better and David was among those names.  In Leather - Vonn Tramel.

Published in Leather Obituaries



There is a lot going on this time around and some of it involves my interests, so I am going to go with that first.


International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather

I have sold the International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather contest to Vonn Tramel of San Diego, CA. Vonn has worked her way up the chain from being a contestant handler, contestant, stage manager, Contest Director, co-producer to now owner and Executive Producer. I will remain heavily-involved, not as an owner, but as Founder and Executive Producer Emeritus.

There were several things that converged at the same time, revealing to me that it was time for new energy and a change. I believe that Vonn is capable and that she will take it to the next level. Over the last year she has done most of the work. If that is going to be the case, and if the workload is huge, shouldn't she have the freedom to make key decisions on her own rather than having to wait for someone else to agree, amend or not accept ideas.

I am a team player and am not going anywhere. I will be a close part of Olympus Leather, but Vonn is now the boss.


Published in Editorial


Great Lakes Olympus Leather Contest Winners

By boy John Schmitt
The 2016 Great Lakes Olympus Leather and Great Lakes Power Exchange Contests were held November 7 at the 501 Eagle in Indianapolis, IN where Rhea became Ms Great Lakes Olympus Leather 2016, and Kevin and kate were chosen to be Mr. and Ms Great Lakes Power Exchange 2016.

Contest Producer boy John announced the Mactep accepted the title of Mr. Great Lakes Olympus 2016.

The judges were MS Great Lakes Olympus Leather Ms Tammy, 2015 Great Lakes Power Exchange Niki, Great Lakes Leather Sir 2013 Sir Papa Behr and owner of Abraided Leather Shane, artist and contestant handler Andi, Scarlett O'Hairy from the Bag Ladies, Indiana Leather Sir 2013 and past Indiana Leather Boy Brent.

The emcees were 2015 Power Exchange Sir Travis, 2015 Mr. Great Lakes Olympus Leather Mactep and Tri State Pup 2015 Pup Spaz.


Published in Regional Leather


international olympus leather 2015-16

The Great Plains Region swept the International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2016 contest on Saturday night, October 18 Fred Anderson and Boo winning the Mr. and Ms titles during the contest's 20th Anniversary during DomCon: Atlanta at the Ramada Plaza Downtown Atlanta. This was a celebration of 20 years of the title.

The runner-up in the men's field was Mr. Central Canada Olympus Leather Count Jeff and the Ms runner-up was Ms Tammy who was only three points off the pace. The closeness of the results was magnified in that the tallying as Straight scoring. One judge, International Ms Olympus Leather 1999 Cori had to cancel at the last minute so the producers decided to use Straight scoring instead of the planned Olympic scoring.

Ms SECC Leather 2014 Jordan "Roscoe" McCoy, a talented entertainer of many faces, was the emcee for the International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather contest and Pantheon of Leather.

International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of the Pantheon of Leather Awards which saw 30 honors presented on Friday night.

Dr. Lawrence Burden aka Dr. Larry served as head judge with International Mr. Olympus Leather 2014 Dave Faunce, International Ms Olympus Leather 2014 Shy, International Mr. Olympus Leather 1996 Ron Hendon, International Ms Olympus Leather 2001 Sherree Bailey and International Ms Olympus Leather 2009 Simone rounding out the panel. The judges' coordinator was International Ms Leather 2015 Sarge.

Contestants vied in Social Interaction, Interview, Question, Speech and Fantasy categories before tally master Mike Van Horn delivered the results.

There were two other men competing, Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather Matthew Mullins and Mr. Great Plains Olympus Leather Mactep.

The step down speeches by International Ms Olympus Leather Shy and International Mr. Olympus Leather Dave Faunce were not long and were well-received. Dave invited his partner Eric to the stage where on bended knee, Dave proposed to him. It was yet another moment in the evening where love was in the air.

Contest Director Vonn Tramel has built a team to produce the weekend and the improvements were very noticeable. Attendance at Olympus Leather was up 85 percent from 2014.

There were more auction items and bidding was good enough to show an increase from the 2014 travel fund.

Published in International Leather


olympus leather head judge Dr Larry


Dr. Lawrence Burden – aka Dr. Larry

Lawrence has been in the Leather scene for 51 years starting at age 16 in New York City. He has been the Secretary, Vice president, and President for two terms of Avatar Club los angeles as well as serving as the Secretary for the los angeles Leather Coalition for three terms. He has served as a Daddy/Mentor to the LA Boys of Leather, from whom he received the Green Star of Excellence Award in 2003 and was made official Den Daddy in 2004. Dr. Larry was the co-recipient of the Mister Marcus Hernandez Lifetime Achievement Award at Pantheon of Leather 2011. He received the Southland Honors Mentor of the Year, Fundraiser of the Year, and Person of the Year from the los angeles Leather Coalition and was honored by being made a Satyrs’ Motorcycle Club Hellenic Fellow. He was given the President’s Award at the Pantheon of Leather in Chicago and was voted the Pantheon of Leather’s Southern California Regional Award.

He has served on many judging panels including los angeles Leather, Mr. Hoist Leather in London, Sanctuary Leather and International Mr. Leather. He is currently serving in his fifth year as head judge for Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather and is head judge for International Leather Sir/boy.  He has written multiple articles for Instigator magazine to educate new members of the community about the safer aspects of kinky sex and has written for The Leather Journal and Instigator Magazine.  Lawrence has taught Safe/Sane/Consensual and Risk Aware Consensual Kink (RACK) BDSM techniques for Avatar as well as for multiple other organizations.  He is also a member of The 15 Association based in San Francisco.


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slave Shy

slave Shy is proudly owned by Master Patrice, who is Ms Great Plains Olympus Leather 2012. She had the honor of winning the Great Plains Olympus title the year her Master stepped down, then went on to win International Ms Olympus Leather in 2014.

She is now lovingly known in her community as the International Fudgepacker, due to the Shydiva Delights Fudge that she has made, packaged and sold for her travel fund as well as donated for several other fundraisers. She even took some to sell when she went to the Mr. Ottawa Leather contest, so she is truly International.

She has a fetish for socks and is always looking for new cute socks to wear. She also collects rubber duckies. Since she began traveling with her title, every time she'd see Orchid and Serpent (shameless plug) vending at an event she'd buy two new duckies. She now has a guest bathroom full of the li'l quackers!

slave Shy identifies as a little, but feels she is more a little boy than girl. She's been a tomboy at heart ever since she was a real little girl.

She has taught classes on littles and, with her Master, has taught classes on Topping From the bottom, Needle play, Violet Wands, and various M/s related topics.

slave Shy has been very service oriented all her life. Since entering this lifestyle, she has found great fulfillment in serving both home and community.


olympus leather judge

Dave Faunce

Dave was born in los angeles, which created his kindred spirit and unique connection to the City of Angels. His first Leather experience happened in 1990 at the Gauntlet Bar in LA where he was exposed to the hardcore old guard and became a kinky Angelino himself. That experience was the beginning of his raunchy Leatherman journey.

Dave was Mr. Bullet Leather 2012 and was inducted into the los angeles Band of Brothers in 2013. He was Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather 2014 and International Mr. Olympus Leather 2014.

While utilizing his title for fundraising and charity work, Dave never forgot to party and have fun while bringing a raw and sexually-charged element back into the events.

Dave is also a member of the oldest and longest running gay organization in the world, the Satyrs Motorcycle Club. "Riding a Harley-Davidson and being a gay biker in California is a dream come true. Being in the Satyrs M/C is like having the family you always dreamed of," he stated.  "I am one lucky man to be assimilated into a brotherhood of great men."

Published in Olympus Leather 2015

Ottawa Leather Fest XI will take place from July 31 to August 2 and the theme is The Pillars of Hercules. The honored guests will be CC from Florida who is Chair of Leather Leadership Conference and Master T’Hayla Ferguson who is coleader of MAsT: Toronto and recipient of the Heart of the Flag Federation’s 2013 Woman of the Year award.

There will be a Friday night Meet and Greet, with a screening of the documentary Kink. Saturday will feature seminars including Master Class: Life Lessons from Respected Masters. Saturday evening will be dedicated to the Kinky Cabaret and

Central Canada Olympus Leather contest.

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This year’s judges are head judge CC, former Central Canada Olympus Leather titleholders, Ottawa Bondage and Bad Schoolgirl, permanent trans judge Zelda Marshall and Ms Capital Leather Pride 2014 Shade Nyx. The tally master will be former Mr. Central Canada Olympus Leather Count Jeff.

More information will be posted on www.fetlife.com

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images/articles/news/sash-bash/2014/Great Lakes OLympus Leather and Great Lakes Power Exchange 2015 titleholders Photo by John Schmitt.jpgThe Great Lakes Olympus Leather 2015 and Great Lakes Power Exchange 2015 contests were held November 13 at the 501 Eagle in Indianapolis, IN with Mactep becoming Mr. Great Lakes Olympus Leather, Ms Tammy being chosen Ms Great Lakes Olympus Leather, Sir Travis and niki taking the Power Exchange title.

The panel of judges was comprised of head judge International Ms Olympus Leather 2010 christiana, International Mr. Olympus Leather 2012 Sir Greg, Great Lakes Power Exchange 2014 Linda, vending coordinator of the Great Lakes Leather Alliance Brad Plunket, Ms Great Lakes Leather Pride 2013 Lynn, Sir Victor of the Chicago Puppy Patrol, and Assistant Executive Director of the Great Lakes Leather Alliance slave garrett.

The emcees were Mr. Great Lakes Olympus Leather 2014 Master Bear Abbott and International Ms Olympus Leather 2013 robyn.  Tri-State pup 2014, pup Spaz served as judges pup, Den Mother was Lisa Kaye of Indianapolis.


Published in Great Lakes Olympus

As the lone contestant, Delmar had to exceed the 75 percent of points possible to become Mr. Southeast Olympus Leather 2015 on Saturday night, October 11 at the Ramada Capitol Plaza Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia during DomCon: Atlanta. He garnered the needed score and will represent the Southeast at International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2015.

Delmar is from Tennessee and loves teaching Leather/BDSM/Fetish skills. He is known for his expertise in liquid nitrogen play. Mixing the sting of a metal tipped flogger, violet wand and liquid nitrogen is quite an experience and Delmar does it well.

Southeast Olympus Leather producer Insatiable Amazon said, "Southeast Olympus contest 2014 was awesome, would not be without the continuing support of the community."

The judges were Alex Wisniowski, Judge Judy, girl Dale, Sir Tri, Carlton, judges girl, slave sasha, and the tally master Count Jeff.

Boy David Nelson was back by popular demand as the emcee. He served as the auctioneer for the titleholder's travel fund and knows how to make it entertaining.

Insatiable presented an earned Leather vest in high protocol ritual to her partner Phillip. It was another show-stopper that made the night a winner despite there being only one contestant.


Published in South East


A few days ago we received a phone call from our host hotel The Sheraton Gateway Atlanta Airport, that they were unable to host DOMCON Atlanta due to some emergency construction that was going to close the ballroom for three months. With their help, we have secured another hotel, the beautiful 16 Floor Ramada Plaza Hotel Capital Park, in Downtown Atlanta.

All room reservations that were made through The Sheraton Gateway are being transferred to The Ramada Plaza and any deposits made to The Sheraton are being refunded by The Sheraton Gateway.

All who booked within the DomCon room block will receive an email from The Sheraton Gateway informing them of this.

Due to the inconvenience, The Ramada has agreed to discount the standard rooms to $90/night.

All in the Sheraton Gateway room block will get the new rate. If you have not yet booked your room, you may still do so by calling the Ramada Plaza and saying you are in the DomCon Group.

Ramada Plaza Atlanta
Downtown Capitol Park
450 Capitol Avenue SW,
Atlanta, GA 30312To book a room
Say you are booking your room for DomCon

Room rate $90/night

The Ramada Plaza hotel has been a pleasure to work with over the past few days making this transition palatable. The staff has been friendly and helpful, and are happy to have us. There is more than enough space for DomCon and there are some nice amenities such as free internet and a rooftop pool.

We feel this is going to be a great DomCon, and we look forward to seeing you there. We will be posting more info soon here and on the on the NEWS page of the web site at http://www.Dom-Con.com

Ramada Plaza Atlanta Downtown Capitol Park hotel for business and leisure travel in Atlanta, Georgia. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, 24-hour business center, fitness center, rooftop pool, guest laundry facility, onsite restaurant and lounge. Convenient onsite parking is available for a fee for cars and large vehicles. Our spacious guest accommodations feature desk, iron, ironing board, coffeemaker and flat screen HDTV with movies on demand. Make your hotel reservation online today for the best rate. Parking has been reduced to $7.00

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