Revised June 6, 2017 to include all contestants' photos. The Leather Journal has three International Bootblack 2017 and63 International Mr. Leather 2017 contestants photos and bios for your enjoyment. This is the first year that the IMBB contestants have been included. Undoubtedly the contestant count in both contests will increase between now and IML. See you in Chicago.
San Diego Leather Pride was held at the World Beat Cultural Center in Balboa Park the weekend of March 15-19 with the highlight being the Mr. and Ms San Diego Leather 2017 contest with the following winners: Ms San Diego Leather Tamanava Eden-McClintock, Mr. San Diego Leather Nathan Kendrick and San Diego Bootblack Red. Jake Ott was the Bootblack runner-up.
By Anthony Harman
California Drummer is a fetish weekend which begins Friday, June 30 concluding Sunday, July 2 at the Barracks in Cathedral City. The weekend will start off with classes ranging from BDSM 101 teachings to Intro to various Fetishes. Friday night will kick-off with our Fetish Masquerade Ball. Saturday while the contestants are having their interviews, there will be more classes and a pool party in the afternoon. And Saturday, July 1 beginning at 8 PM will be our “BIG TENT” event which will contain three acts, opening with the introductions of contestants showing off their bodies and answering a few questions, next act will show us what their deviant minds held in a fantasy and finally ending with a speech.
The judges are: from San Diego, Paulo Batista, SoCal Drummer 2015; from Concord, Robby “Dah Baby” DeWitt, SoCal Drummerboy 2015; Mike Brock, SoCal Drummer first runner-up 2015; from Palm Springs, Ken Blochowski, VP/Marketing Director for Fetish Locker; and Bill Freyer, owner of Not So Innocent.
California Drummer, California Drummerboy and California Drummer Bootblack are fetish titles — celebrating the diverse range of sexual fetishes of gay men. Titleholders network and do outreach to help educate individuals and the broader gay community about gay men’s fetishes, erotic expression, traditions and history — and of course, encourage fetish and gear play, BDSM and hot kinky sex. Contestants are judged in four categories: Interview; Speech and Image; Physique; and Fantasy Scene that highlight their fetishes and play.
California Drummer contests are designed to better reflect the reality of gay men active today in the fetish/kink communities. Each title is open to the broad spectrum of fetish identities celebrated by gay men — from rubber, uniforms, skinhead, Leather, to sports kit, military, punk, puppy play and more — and reach beyond any one specific power dynamic. Eligible contestants are gay-identified biological or transgendered men in the fetish/kink communities, age 21 or older, and residents of California or Baja California Norte, MX.
For information on contestant applications, vendor space or sponsorship; visit Facebook – California Drummer Event or http://www.DrummerCalifornia.com
California Drummer is a regional for the Drummer North America title.
By Anthony Harmon
January 26-29 Drummer North America held its Third Annual Drummer, Drummer Boy, and Drummer Bootblack contest at the re-known Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, NV with the winners being Drummer - Jack MacCullum, Drummer Boy - Pup Cruze and Drummer Bootblack - Boy Tig. The annual Brotherhood Award, voted on by the contestants, went to Boy Tig.
Approximately 500 Leatherfolk attended the Southwest Leather Conference which celebrated its 15th Anniversary at the Four Points Sheraton in Phoenix, AZ the weekend of January 19-22 with the highlights being the Southwest Master slave Contest and the Dance of Souls. The weekend was high on spirituality, branded "the woo" by regulars.
As tradition has had it for many years, the introduction of judges for the International Mr. Leather 2017 contest was done during Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend in Washington, DC. Jon Krongaard of the IML Executive
Committee made the announcement and added several important pieces of information.
Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend saw at least 3,000 Leatherfolk and kinsters converge on the host Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC the weekend of January 12-15 where Martel Brown was chosen to be Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather ans Todd White was installed as Centaur Motorcycle Club president.
At 5 PM on December 17th the contestant application for the 2017 Mr. Twin Cities Leather contest became available on the contest website. The contest producers sought a pool of five contestants to run for the title the weekend of February 17-19. 15 hours later, the fifth application had been received.
Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2016 Todd Levitt will head the panel of judges for Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2017 which will be held at the sold out Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC the weekend of January 14-16.
A record attendance is expected for Mid Atlantic Leather which will be highlighted by Leather Cocktails on Saturday night. This is a formal affair with high-end food stations throughout the ballroom. Club members and officers are introduced.
By Pup Tripp
Recently in Dallas, TX, executive producers from both the International Pup and Trainer Contest (IPTC) and the International Puppy Contest (IPC) made a joint announcement that, beginning in July 2017, both contests have committed to a two-year period of running concurrently in the same location. This is seen as just the beginning of a transition that will bring the two contests together again and, in so doing, provide the pup and handler community a weekend event that is truly their own.
By Dave Rhodes
Los Angeles Puppy Pride Weekend 2017 has come and gone and what a weekend it was. The highlight was the LA Pup 2017 contest which was won by Alfonso "Pup Dazzle" Vasquez and concluded on Saturday night, November 12 at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA with 200 Pupfolk and friends attending. The runner-up was Joshua "Pup Tek" Yeager.
The weekend started with the Pup Play LA class and play party at the Sanctuary Studios LAX on Thursday night. LA Pup Weekend attracted 600 people all told according to los angeles Puppy Pride producer Matthew Mullins Pup Play LA classes were taught by Tim Hamilton, Pup Zero and Pup Ash Tray.
By Leo Newcomb
Palm Springs Leather Pride Weekend began with a great loss and sorrow for many of us on the eve of our 22nd annual celebration. On October 17, 2016, a week before our kickoff, we were struck with the hardest of blows with the unexpected passing of our beloved club brother, David Murdock, of natural causes. David was one of Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert’s pillars and for decades had become proficient in every facet of our weekend. In his memory, we honored him both at the formal Leather dinner and the contest with a video tribute by Randy Carmenaty, narrated by Larry Golubski. It was with a heavy heart that in his honor and in the spirit of who he was, we forged ahead, as David would often say, “the show must go on.."
David must have been watching over us because we take great pleasure and tremendous pride in having hosted one of our highest attended Leather pride events in over a decade. This year we decided to practically overhaul the entire weekend. The theme and namesake, TOPGUN: Desert Opps, began with Hawkers and Vendors: Cruise Alley, which was held on Arenas Road with LA DJ, Manuelito. Over 2,500 Leatherfolk passed through the gate in the Spurline parking lot on Arenas Road as several vendors marketed their wares.
Article and Photos by Brian Mincey
The 2016 American Brotherhood Weekend was held in the Etienne Auditorium of the Leather Archives & Museum October 7-9 in Chicago, Illinois. This year was an exciting contest with 11 contestants hailing from across the USA, vying for the titles of American Leatherman, American Leatherwoman, and American Leatherboy. The contest consisted of individual interviews, fantasies, speeches, and hotwear judging, and featured a number of opportunities for contestants, judges, and attendees to mingle and mix throughout the weekend.
On Sunday evening, contest producers Dean Ogren, George Hester, and Karen Ultra announced the following winners: American Leatherman Doug Kuhn, of Phoenix, Arizona; the first runner-up was Ryan Baehr, from Portland, Oregon, and the second runner-up was Scottie Tidwell, hailing from San Diego, California. Also competing were Sir Kevin, from Baltimore, Maryland, and Todd Sittler, from Pearland, Texas.
American Leatherwoman is Steph, who resides in Charleston, South Carolina. Her first runner-up was Margaret Irene, from Baltimore, Maryland, and second runner-up was Stormy Styles, from Portland, Oregon.
American Leatherboy is Steve Carlisle, from West Hollywood, California. He shared the stage with first runner-up Boy David, from Glen Burnie, Maryland, and second runner-up Josh, who hails from Prairieville, Louisiana.
The Brotherhood Awards, chosen by contestants, went to Steph, Boy David, and Doug Kuhn.
This year’s judging panel included Jefferey “Gummibärchen” Basile, Gabe Sims, Sarah Sloane, Vern Stewart, and Nancy Weinberger. The emcee was Karen Ultra.
The 2015 titleholders – American Leatherman Dan Ronneberg, American Leatherwoman LE, and American Leatherboy Boy Pup Max represented their titles with energy, dignity, and honor.
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.
Friday and Saturday saw the vendor market open with several classes and demos and a FETCH! Puppy Mosh.
The International Puppy 2017 Contest celebrated its Fifth Anniversary with Pup Rex Sheppard finishing tops among 11 contestants at R-Bar in St. Louis, MO on Saturday night, July 16 in front of about 200 cheering spectators. The runner-up was Pup Rok.
Main events were scheduled to be at JJ's Clubhouse, but had to be moved due to an electric outage from a severe storm that hit St. Louis earlier in the week that knocked out power to over 100,000 people. JJ's Clubhouses was among the last to have power restored. Power was restored so that activities on Sunday afternoon could resume there.
The contestants were Pup Turbo, Ryan "Pup Zero" Evans, Florida Puppy 2016 - Alpha Cruz, Dave Rex Shephard, Lupe Alvarez, Pup Razors, Pup Scout, Xavier "Pup Snuggles" Thrace, Chip "Pup Rok" Ware, Alan Rodriguez and Jay "Pup Atlas" Rush.
The judging panel included International Puppy 2016 Pup Incus who was the head judge, International Leatherboy 2015 Tim Hotchkin, American Leatherboy 2013 Tank Teachworth, American Leatherboy 2015 Eli "Boypup Max" Marquez, International Trainer and Puppy 2015 Pup Kona, The Leather Journal publisher and editor Dave Rhodes and International Leather Sir 2015 Sir Tug. Mark Bozif was the tally master.
The contestants were interviewed at Attitudes on Saturday afternoon. The on stage categories included a speech, fantasy and formal personal image. In the latter category contestants answered light questions drawn up by the judges - pick and envelope please by emcee Karma T. Cassidy.
Pup Rex Sheppard is from Pflugerville, TX and is the founder and a member of the Austin Pets and Handlers. He is also a member of the Austin Gears, Discipline Corps, North Star Kennel Club and an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club. Pup Rex Shepard has been a puppy for 15 years and active in the puppy community for six years. Pup Rok hails from Houston, TX.
The Holiday Inn Express Central West End on Lindell was the host hotel and was near several great restaurants and attractions. The Holiday Inn has hosted several other LGBT community events and the staff was very accommodating.
Events on Thursday included puppy movie day featuring Secret Life of Pets, Blue Ocean sushi dinner, kickoff party and mosh pit opening. While there were guests from all over the United States and Canada, the largest groups seemed to be for Texas and Florida.
Friday had a class in the afternoon including Domestic Violence versus BDSM by pat Machate, Pup Awareness by Tank Teachworth, and Trainer and Puppy Couples by Pup Incus, a pub crawl, meet and greet and a titleholder's cocktail party followed by a mosh pit. Saturday classes included Leather and Gear Care by Meghan and Seth, Headspace and Event Drop by Daddy C. John, and Community Perspective by Pup Tripp; a puppy obstacle course, judges' dinner the contest and mosh pit. Sunday concluded with a victory cookout at Linder's Pub.
It was noted from the stage that Square Peg Toys was the exclusive corporate sponsor of the winner's travel fund and the amount donated was huge.
International Puppy executive producer Joe Mastrapasqua was impressed with the number of contests, the quality of contest, the growth over the first five years and with how well his team handled the venue situation at the last moment. His fellow owners are Flip Gray, Bruce Taylor, Tripp Hutchings and Papa Woof Roth. Many people noted how well the International Puppy Contest staff handled all of the sudden changes.