By Rick Conley
Need a winter getaway with a twist? The Ninth Annual Snowbound Leather Weekend blows into Provincetown, MA February 19-21.
Events include a Beer Blast, White-out (thermal underwear party, Educational Workshops by Full Kit Gear, Chaps and Straps, Leather Dance and lots of hot and horny men looking to warm up their winter.
Jay Falcon, 2011/2012 Northeast Community Bootblack and 2012 International Community Bootblack first runner-up, will be on hand to shine boots throughout the weekend.
Full Kit Gear will be running the workshops.
Snowbound Leather Weekend is being sponsored by The Watership Inn, The Atlantic House, Bayside Betsy’s, The Crown and Anchor, Gifford House Inn and produced by Mates Leather Weekend and Full Kit Gear.
Meal discounts available at Bayside Betsy’s and The Central House.
For information on the schedule and discounted accommodations, log on to http://www.matesleatherweekend.com/snowbound or phone (800) 330-9413.
And, not to forget, Mates Leather Weekend will celebrate its 20th Anniversary the weekend of September 29 - October 1.
By Matthew Mullins
The first Los Angeles Pup Contest happened in mid-November and gave los angeles its first pup titleholder since 2004. The winner, Ryan "Pup Zero" Evanshowled alongside, first runner-up Morgan Gregory (Pup Asher) and second runner-up Mark Laraway (Pup Nero), while the audience that packed the Bullet Bar roared with delight and excitement.
November 12-15, The City of Angels was given its first los angeles Puppy Pride weekend, and it was a smash hit. Puppies and handlers from all over the US, came to the inaugural four-day celebration. The first Class of los angeles Pup in order of the number draw included Thomas Wright (Pup Blu), William Carter (Pup Cosmo), Johnny Angel (Pup Jax), Ryan Evans (Pup Zero), Morgan Gregory (Pup Asher), and Mark Laraway (Pup Nero).
The judging panel had pups and handlers from all over the US, including Jefferson Tugger, Jay Heimbach, Don Mike, Justin Oliver Hartman, Amp Somers, and the lead judge was Pug Moliski.
On Thursday night, the weekend began with a documentary about a remarkable pup, Tim Hamilton, who was one of the first international pup title holders. The film outlined Tim and his historical journey to International Puppy in 2002. Following the treasured opus, Pup Tim, Don Mike, and Pup Pug gave a detailed account of the pup scene back during the filming. The night was informative and intimate. The panel was visibly emotional from the screening and inspirational to the new generation of pups. Everyone learned some important facts from the history of the pup community in los angeles.
On Friday night, the Bullet Bar was standing-room only. A smash hit event, Dog Pound, had taken hold of the bar and the amount of people who came to support LA Pup was astonishing. The 2015 LA Pup class was selling raffle tickets like mad, and prizes were awarded from Oxballs, Volgur, Spunk Lube, Tykables, and Rough Trade. It seemed that the night was in full swing as the contestants drew their numbers, then headed off to mosh in the largest mosh pit in los angeles.
On Saturday night, the tension and excitement reverberated through the the walls of the Bullet Bar and the LA Pup Class of 2015 had the full attention of the audience. Jordan Frink and Moon O'Neal were the emcees, alongside producers Dan Lovell and Matthew Mullins. The contestants answered a funny question and a serious question, acted out a puppy scene with a mystery object, and ended with very emotionally-driven speeches. The crowd was on the edge of their seats while the tally master added the votes.
Matthew Mullins and Dan Lovell awarded Pup Tim with the first Legendary Pup Award. They also awarded Michael Lara and Cyn Duby a special Skullbit Award for their dedication to the event. Before the announcement of the winner of LA Pup, Dan Lovell danced with each pup on stage, while the audience clapped and became raucous. Pup Zero claimed the gold to a thunderous applause. It was history in the making and it is obvious that los angeles has a home for LA Pup.
The Mr. Leather 64 TEN 2016 contest will be held March 11-16 at the Jackhammer in Chicago, IL and is sponsored by Leather64TEN.
Mr. Leather 64 TEN 2015 Michael Pacas will serve as the head judge. The rest of the judging panel will be named soon.
The emcees will be slave Travis and Todd Davidson. Davidson is a past Mr. Chicago Leather.
Funds raised during Mr. Leather 64 TEN 2016 Weekend will be split between the Leather Archives and Museum, located only about two blocks from Leather64TEN.
The fun starts on Friday at 8 PM with a meet and greet followed by a dance at the Jackhammer.
Saturday will see the contest doors open at 9:00 PM, contest starts at 10:00 PM at the Jackhammer followed by a VIP party in The Hole below the Jackhammer.
Sunday's victory party is titled Cotton Tea Dance and will be hosted by Christian Andrew.
The winner will compete at International Mr. Leather in Chicago in May.
For more information check out http://www.Leather64TEN.com or phone (773) 508-0900.
Article Amended to correct title name and event start times. The previous version also erroneously stated that Mr. Leather 64 TEN 2015 Michael Pacas was the first to hold this title.
The new Ms Iowa Leather is Tink Harvey of Des Moines, IA and Mr. Iowa Leather is Rob Anderson of The Quad Cities.
Held October 9-12 in Des Moines, Iowa Leather Weekend saw record attendance. With over 600 people at the contest and 1,700 attendees for the weekend, it was Iowa Leather Weekend’s biggest year yet.
Events and attractions featured during Iowa Leather Weekend included an inclusive community spectrum: Superhero Gear Night, a Smoke-Out/Grill-Out, Rubbermen Invasion, Power of the Pussy Party, Bear’tails and the Thrive Jockstrap Party.
In addition to the socials and cocktail events, Iowa Leather Weekend featured a series of KINK U workshops and demonstrations sponsored by Titans of the Midwest, a Littles Party, a Bootblack Lounge and a Pup Mosh sponsored by the North Star Kennel Club.
Eight contestants competed. For Mr. Iowa Leather, James Sargent of Des Moines was first runner-up and Anthony, Sivanthaphanith of Iowa City was second runner-up. For Ms Iowa Leather, Murph McDaniel Sousa of Omaha was the runner-up.
The judging panel included IML 1994 Jeff Tucker, founder/owner of Le Chateau Exotique Joyce Rubin Berger, Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2013 Sir Robert Miller, IML 2012 Woody Woodruff, Mid-Atlantic Leatherwoman 2009 Cowboi Jen, Mr. Iowa Leather 2015 Rob Kreisinger-Denk and Ms Iowa Leather 2015 Lucket Kiche.
Den Daddy was Jon Jack Trujillo, Den Mother was IMsL 2013 Sarha Shaubach, Tally Masters were Randolph KMA and American Leatherboy 2013 Tank Teachworth, and Contest Bootblack was International Mr. Bootblack first runner-up Zach Bellman.
Iowa Leather Weekend sponsors were The Blazing Saddle, The Garden Nightclub, Buddy’s Corral, Oxballs USA, Corn Haulers Levi and Leather Club, Le Chateau Exotique, NYC Leather Man, Fort Troff, Twin Cities Leather and Latte, Studio 13, Titans of the Midwest, Atons of Minneapolis, North Star Kennel Club, Minnesota Leather Pride, Leatherati, The Imperial Court of Iowa, CIPEX Mischief in May, Doll Distributing, Everett Allen Photography, Pjur Lubricants, Leatherati, Pride Sports League, The Dunes Resort, CLAW, Capital City Pride, and Great Lakes Den.
Host hotel reservations and weekend packages for Iowa Leather Weekend, October 14-16, 2016 are on sale now at http://www.iowaleatherweekend.com
Contributors to this article include Mark Turnage, Jeremy Morris and Rob Anderson