2015 International Olympus Leather Judges Named - The Leather Journal

2015 International Olympus Leather Judges Named


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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.


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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."



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International Ms Olympus Leather 1999. I might not have been born into Leather diapers, but my love of Leather, Corsets, and Art developed at quite a young age. I was nine years-old when I received my first black Leather jacket (thanks, Dad) after falling in love with "The Wild Ones," starring Marlon Brando. My teen years were filled with fantasies of having Betty Page pin-ups as submissives as well as my first fledgling corset experiences with Mom’s 1950’s “form fitting” garments.  

By my college years, I would be wearing corsets under my "normal" attire. Thus bone-ribbed fortified, I earned two BA with Honors degrees, one in Art History, the other Business Administration; a Master’s degree and a PhD in Art History with a dissertation tome focusing on Women in 19th Century Cemetery Sculpture.  

Professionally, I spent my career at the University of Minnesota in both the U of MN’s Art Museum as the Financial Director and then at the Office of the General Counsel as Administrative Director.  

My favorite time of day is dusk, favorite color is pale purple-gray, favorite gem is moonstone, and find mystery in foggy mornings. I enjoy Marlene Dietrich films, thunderstorms, and gnarly trees. I indulge in Crème Brulle, fresh asparagus and White Teas from China. Other self-soothes are white carnations, clean sheets, and purring cats. I read myths, fantasy, folklore, and most things macabre - such as the works of Edward Gorey and Victorian Ghost Stories.


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Sherree Bailey

International Ms Olympus Leather 2001 as Sherree Dixon. I was fortunate to find PEP in 1997 and with the mentoring and friendship of Lady D and Grand Mistress Kay, I was given many opportunities to serve in the Leather Community. I have done fundraisers, volunteer work, and/or classes for PEP, The Sanctuary, Spring In The South, SELeatherfest, and Atlanta S&M Solidarity. I am a Switch who did ProDomme work for five years though I always enjoyed submission most.

In chaos, I will find the thread that leads to order. Choosing to walk an alternative path is not a frivolous decision. The compulsion to pursue a path not regimented by culture, society, family, or religion requires courage. It is a painful process frequently delayed by false starts, dead-ends, and the restoration needed to recover from fractured illusions.

After a long absence, I am grateful to part of Olympus Leather once again.


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Ron Hendon

Ron Hendon was the First International Mr. Olympus Leather titleholder, having won in 1996, and has been a member of the Leather community in the Athens - Atlanta area since 1987. A long-time member of the former People Exchanging Power Atlanta, and heading the Athens chapter of PEP for several years, Ron currently is involved with the Masters and slaves Together (MAsT) group in Athens, Georgia. Ron lectures, does stage presentations, judges and teaches classes both for the Leather and Tattoo and Body Piercing communities.

Ron is the owner of Athens Georgia's oldest Tattoo and Body-piercing studio, Midnight Iguana Tattoo, established in 1989 and has had his tattoo art and articles published in many national Tattoo magazines and trade publications.


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Mistress Simone

Mistress Simone has been a community educator and lifestyle-professional Dominatrix for 20-plus years.

In April 2008, she was honored to be the first recipient of the  Illinois Ms Leather Pride title. During her title year as International Ms Olympus Leather 2009, she aimed to help spread the word about Leatherwomen. She is also the 2004 International Puppy Trainer. Her community service has included the executive directorship of the LRA, Inc., GLLA judge 2006 and Illinois Leather Sir and boy 2007 judge, International Puppy judge 2012.

Some of the events at which she has presented include Kinky Kollege, COPE, NELA, Shibaricon, Dark Odyssey, Fetish Flea, Southeast Leather Fest and DomCon.

Her current project is a podcast based on female dominance called “The Femme Domme Mystique." She is headmistress of the Chicago branch of ClubFEM, an organization designed for female dommes and male submissives. She recently finished "The Toy Bag Guide to Chastity" from Greenery Press in 2014.


This year's contest is in Atlanta, GA and back together with The Pantheon of Leather Awards, which is now in its 25th year of celebrating those that make this community what it is every day.  Please join us at Anniversary in Atlanta weekend October 15-18.

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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)