By Patrick Grady
The Centaur Motorcycle Club announced the judges and tally masters for the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2016 contest to held in Washington, DC the weekend of January 15-18.
Once again, the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001 will serve as the host hotel where Leather Cocktails will be held on Saturday night and the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2016 contest on Sunday afternoon.
Chief Judge Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2015 Daddy David Gerard will be joined by International Mr. Leather 2015 Patrick Smith, International Mr. Leather 2015 Seattle Mr. Leather 1998 Billy Lane, Mr. Eagle New York City 2014 Cee Jay, Mr. Eagle New York City 2014, Mr. Rock Bear 2015 John-John, American Leatherwoman 2000 Paula Smith and Mr. Leather Europe 2012 Kilker Alcaraz.
The tally masters will be Mr. New Jersey Leather 2015 Thomas Fincannon and International Mr. Puppy 2014 Pup Tripp.
Perhaps the main event of Mid-Atlantic Leather weekend is Leather Cocktails which will be held on Saturday night. The Centaurs put out one of the best food spreads and the formal Leather affair is not to be missed. Those who have attended Leather Cocktails before already know.
There will be many unofficial events including play parties hosted by SigMa at their clubhouse, bar parties at the Green Lantern and the recently re-opened DC Eagle.
In 2011, the Bootblacks were re-introduced to Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend and they will be there again in January. Since 2011, the Bootblacks have raised $9,828 – Half of which has gone to the Mr. MAL Travel fund and the other half to support a local charity.
The Weekend also includes official events organized by Centaur MC, that include a bustling Leather Exhibit Hall open Friday and Saturday, and a Sunday brunch before the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2016 contest.
Information on events, registration, and guest room accommodations can be found at http://www.leatherweekend.com
By Jeffrey Hart
Jason Black was named Mr. ICON Detroit Leather 2016 at the New Menjo’s Complex October 16-18.
This was the inaugural ICON Detroit Leather Weekend which had had two very strong contestants vied.
Jason Black from Waterford, Michigan will go on to represent Detroit in the International Mr. Leather 2016 contest held in Chicago in May.
The Mr. ICON Detroit Leather contest featured a Friday night meet and greet hosted by ICON Detroit with Josh Fortuna’s The Leather Project, A Second Skin in the ICON Lounge letting people try on Leather, see how it feels and to ask questions. Also in the ICON Lounge was The Silence Shoot on hand to help take a stance against Bullying and Suicide. Saturday night featured the contest and the annual ICON Brother Basket Auction to help raise funds for ICON Detroit’s three charities: Mr. Friendly, AIDS Partnership Michigan, and the Ruth Ellis Center. Then Sunday the Men of ICON Detroit Hosted a Victory lunch in Jason’s honor.
The judges were ICON Detroit Founder ALLEYCAT, ICON Detroit, Mr. Tri State Leather 2014 Brian Bolt Donner, Michigan Leather Sir 2009 Sir Merrill, Mr. Michigan Leather 2015 Josh Fortuna, and ICON Detroit Club President Martino.
The weekend was emceed by Mr. Michigan Leather 2013 Steven Teets and CLAW Party Coordinator Boy Kevin.
Event Sponsors included CLAW, Menjo’s, Dunes Resort - Mr. Dunes Leather Contest, Salon Danielle, NOIR Leather, Tri-State Leather Weekend and MML Weekend.
L E, from Oakland, CA, was named American Leatherwoman; the American Leatherman title was awarded to Dan Ronneberg, who hails from Arlington, VA; and the American Leatherboy title went to Boypup Max of San Antonio, TX. at the Leather Archives and Museum October 9-11.
American Leatherman 2014 Dominic Chevalier, American Leatherwoman Eileen Sanders and American Leatherboy 2014 Dave Hudson sashed the new titleholders.
Coming in as American Leatherman first runner-up was Robbie Butler from Atlanta, GA and Jim Scudder-Barfield of Tulsa, OK was named second-runner up. The American Leatherboy first runner-up boy was ahren from Pittsburgh, PA who also was awarded the Brotherhood award by his fellow contestants and the second runner-up was Cub G of Phoenix, AZ.
ABW celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the American Leatherboy with a special boy gathering and Leatherwomen's dinner.
Karen Ultra dazzled at the emcee.
The judges were American Brotherhood Weekend founder Mik Miller, Sarah Beth, IMsL 2014 Patty Patty, Neil Douglas James, Lily Fleur Noir.
A Friday night meet and greet, Sunday brunch and Victory Celebration were held at Touche'.
The contest was split over Saturday and Sunday to sash the American Leather Family 2015.
For more information check out http://www.AmericanLeatherboy2011.com or the ABW Facebook page.
By Robert Green
Matthew Jensen took the title of Mr. Regiment Leather 2016 in a two night competition, October 10-11. Steven Carlisle was the runner-up. The scoring started during the meet and greet with the contestants’ fantasy scenes played out on stage at Eagle LA. The former Mr. Regiments in attendance were brought on stage showing the strong legacy of Mr. Regiment title; appearing in descending chronological order: Rod Mercado 2015, Andy Covarrubias 2013, Justin Tate Emmerick 2013, Leo Iriarte 2011, Brad Taylor 2010, Ross Wood 2008 and Robert Green 2003.
The main event took place at The Bullet Bar with all judges being former Mr. Regiments. An energetic main bar area was filled with hot bodies clad in all sorts of gear from harnesses, rubber, Leather and of course it wouldn’t be a Regiment contest without lots of uniforms.
Always with a smile and his hearty laugh, show producer Regiment member Esteban Bartholo kept things moving. Emcees Jeremy Ronceros and Andy Covarrubias both brought the sexy charm and the laughs. Hot go-go dancers, frisky socializing and the occasional waft of cigar smoke set the tone on the patio during the breaks. Mr. Regiment 2015 Rod Mercado gave his step-down speech and received his Los Angeles Band of Brothers vest patch.
The new Mr. Regiment Leather, Matthew Jensen, was overwhelmed as the LA Band of Brothers swarmed him for the welcoming spider web ending in a brotherly cheer. Matthew joins the first two Leathermen on the road to the Mr. LA Leather Contest 2016 on April 2. Currently LA Leather has ten confirmed feeder contests, with the LA leather/fetish community growing we could see a couple more titles joining the run for 2016.