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The Mr. San Francisco Leather 2015 contest was held on March 7 in the packed auditorium at the Hotel Whitcomb in San Francisco, CA where Trevor Black won the coveted title.

Mr. San Francisco Leather 2015 Trevor Black. Photo by Rich StadtmillerMr. San Francisco Leather 2015 Trevor Black. Photo by Rich StadtmillerThe emcees were Pollo Del Mar and Pup Don Mike.

The panel of judges include Mr. San Francisco Leather 2014 Scott “Big Red” Farrel, Erik Will of Leathermen’s Discussion Group, Mr. Los Angeles Leather Eric Paul Leue, Ms San Francisco Leather 2015 Little Bad Daddy, Mr. Bolt Leather 2014 Matthew Bunch, long time Leatherman Don Ho and judge emeritus Garry McLain (aka Marlena).

The contestants were Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2015 Daniel DeLage, Mr. Sober Leather 2015 Stephen Shute, Mr. Edge Leather 2015 Gerald Borjas, Mr. Eagle Leather 2015 Chris Humphreys, Mr. Friendly SF 2015 Steve Jirgle and Mr. Daddy’s Barbershop Leather 2015 Trevor Black.

Trevor Black is the youngest Mr. San Francisco Leather in history.

The Mr. San Francisco Leather contest is part of the Bay Area Leather Alliance Weekend which was held March 6-8 and includes the Community Awards Brunch which celebrated 49 years.

Published in Local Leather
Sunday, 15 March 2015 09:51

Burning calories for a cause

On February 22, Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2015 Clifton Tatum, stated in his contest speech that having spent his career working with youth in the California Department of Corrections, providing opportunities for LGBT youth and fighting to make sure that their lives are free from bullying and violence would be the centerpiece of his title year and did so in leading a benefit that raised $5,000.

Mr. Tatum started making good on that promise. Instead of getting Leathered up to go to a bar, the Leather community in the Desert put on their workout gear and headed to World Gym. There, three of the World Gym's foremost trainers, Ian Harris, Ted Guice, and Dennis Daniels, gave generously of their time to hold exercise classes for 30 participants who had secured pledges for donations for each class they completed.

Beneficiaries for the Remembering Our Youth Fund Raising Marathon included: The Trevor Project, a suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth; For The Children, a foster/adoptive parent support group in the Coachella Valley; The LGBT Center Of The Desert's suicide prevention and anti-bullying efforts; The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; and Sanctuary Palm Springs, working to provide a home for youth in foster care who are self-identified as LGBT, inter-sex, or questioning.

At the end of the day, $4,800 was raised through the efforts of participants, and $200 additional dollars was secured from new donors to bring the total to $5,000.

States participant Drew Kramer: "Man! I am hurting in places I didn't know I had places! Ian worked every part of my body,

Ted got my heart pumping, and then I got my Downward Facing Dog on with Dennis! Cliff is really to be commended for making this happen."

Event organizer Clifton Tatum commented: "This is not the usual way I get men together to work up a sweat and stretch and strain, but I am so pleased that this community that I love so much came together to support a cause I hold so close to my heart. And this is just the beginning! Wait till you all see what else I'm bringing!"

Published in Local Leather
Thursday, 12 March 2015 05:28

SoCal Leather Woman 2015 is Brenda Scilepi

The Southern California Leather Woman contest celebrated its 10th Anniversary at Threshold in North Hollywood, California, where Brenda Scileppi was tops among three contestants on Saturday night January 11 in front of about 200 people

SCLW founder and producer Duff Roberts is retiring the title and she is moving to Europe where she has been hired as a teacher. She did not want to turn the title over to anyone else.

The other contestants were Cupcake and Val.

The judges were SCLW 2005 Jesse Duran, SCLW 2006 Bikkja Amy, SCLW 2007 Rane Fox, SCLW 2011-2012 Mistress Melissa, SCLW 2012-2013 Naria Jordan and SCLW 2014 Brigette B. The judges' slave was slave tuesday and the tally master was Casey.

Ms Sanctuary Leather 2014 Shae Flanigan announced that the Ms los angeles Leather title would be revived in 2016. This received a loud ovation.

Published in Local Leather
Thursday, 12 March 2015 03:56

Andy Anderson passes on March 5, 2015

Andy Anderson passes on March 5, 2015

By Jack Pearce
Andy Anderson, Mr. Leather Fellowship Toronto 1989 and Mr. NLA International 1992-93 passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Andy Anderso Passes Supplied By HOTFF Web 375ìIt is with deep regret and sadness that I share the news of the passing of a legendary member of our vibrant community,î said Robert Miller, President of the Heart of the Flag Federation. ìLooking at how far our community has come and has grown, we gratefully salute a trailblazer who set the stage for our now, memorable TLP competitions that we host and produce annually. This yearís competitions, in August, will include a special memorial to Andy Anderson.î  
Details of Andyís memorial will be shared when they become available.
Andy (Duane) Anderson was born and raised in Montreal and was first introduced to the Leather Scene when he was 17 years old. In 1976, he moved to Toronto and became involved with the growing community, traveling frequently between the two cities.
In 1989, Andy was chosen as the first Mr. Leather Fellowship Toronto by his fellow contestants at the first Mr. Leatherman Toronto Competition. There was no title sash and no specified duties that first year. With the prize money and the permission of the Board, Andy went to George Giaouris of LeatherCraft (Northbound Leather) and together they came up with the original idea of the Fellowship Sash that would be used for the next 10 years.
In 1990, he was asked to be Chair of the 1990 Competition Committee, which consisted of seven people. He also chaired the 1991 Committee.
In 1992, Andy competed in the Mr. St. Catharineís Leather Contest, even though he lived in Toronto. He won the title and represented the St. Catharineís Leather community at the International Mr. Leather Competition in Chicago, where he placed fourth out of 64 contestants. That same year he competed at International Mr. Drummer with Richard Bannerman, representing the Central Canada Drummer region. That fall, Andy became the first Canadian to hold an international Leather title, having won Mr. NLA: International 1992-93, with KT Chase as Ms NLA: International 1992-93 at the Living in Leather Conference in Chicago.
Andy received the International Award from Pantheon of Leather in 1993 for his contributions to the International Leather community. He was the first recipient of the Francis Robichaud Award from MLT in 1996 and received numerous honors for his work on behalf of and with the local and international Leather communities.

Published in Leather Obituaries
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 07:56

Mr. Chicago Leather is Luis Tipantasig

luis tipantasig chicago leatherWinter’s cold and snow failed to deter the hundreds of Leatherfolk from converging on Chicago for the Mr. Chicago Leather 2015 Contest Weekend hosted by Touché January 23-25 with Chicagoan Luis Tipantasig emerging as the winner at the Leather Archives & Museum.

The task of selecting Mr. Chicago Leather 2015 was carried out by International Mr. Leather 2014 Ramien Pierre, International Leather Slave 2014 slave angie, Joe Spaceman, Sir Volt, Mr. Chicago Leather 2014 Miguel Torres. Tallymasters were Pup Ryker and Ron Moser.

IML 2003 John Pendal emceed, marking the 12th straight year that John has returned to Chicago from London to host the contest.

Joining Luis Tipantasig in the competition were Stitch, Michael, Shadi and Clint, all fine Chicago Leathermen.

The evening began with a blessing by the Chicago Abbey of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

John Pendal then introduced the five contestants as they were judged in five categoires, their leather image, cruise leather, speech, Q&A and the crowd pleasing jockstrap. During the evening Touché bar manager David Boyer announced the recipient of the Chuck Windemuth Mentorship Award. The bar established this award to honor the life of Chuck who was himself Mr. Chicago Leather 1991 and was instrumental in the revival of the title in 2004 after a five year absence. The purpose of this honor was to recognize those who have demonstrated a major role as a mentor to new, younger Leather/fetish folks coming into the community year after year. This year’s honoree was Mr. International Rubber 2002 and producer of MIR William “Rubberwilli" Schendel.

The weekend featured a full schedule of events beginning with a Welcome Party on Friday with introductions of the judges and contestants. During the party, the five contestants conducted a raffle of the Mr. Chicago Leather Travel Fund with a 2015 IML weekend registration donated by IML as the top prize.

The night also featured the roasting of outgoing Mr. Chicago Leather 2014 Miguel Torres which was hosted by Thib Guicherd-Callin, Mr. Santa Clara County Leather 2012. Once again Thib did a tremendous job giving the many “roasters” on hand a chance to speak about Miguel while delivering several jabs of his own.

Saturday afternoon, while the judges were interviewing the contestants at Chicago’s LGBT Library and Archives, the Gerber/Hart Library, Touché kept the crowd entertained with a Leather/fetish flea market.

Several groups and individuals were on hand offering Leather gear and more for sale. Gerber/Hart Library also hosted a Dirty Book Sale with thousands of magazines, books, videos and DVDs. The Titans of the Midwest also hosted a KINK U at the bar during the afternoon with three sessions, hot wax, rope and sensory deprivation with large audience for each session.

Survivors gathered Sunday for the Leather Brunch at the Andersonville Brewing Company and were treated to a scrumptious buffet and libations.

Published in Local Leather

SWLSb-CBB 2015

By: Cherielle

swlsb cbb2015 familyThe desert heated up the weekend of March 5-8, 2015 as the SWLSb-CBB 2015 contest was held in Phoenix, AZ. Daddy Mark, producer of the contest, has revamped the contest and created a new mission for the titleholders. The new titleholders will work closely in their local community, showing leadership within the Leather and LGBTQ communities. Another element will be training, as the titleholders mentor men and women who want to learn more about the leather groups.

The festivities were kicked off with a Meet & Greet hosted by The Rock. Cherielle, the bootblack contestant, provided bootblacking services while Sir Joe and boy Tater (Sir and boy contestants) worked hard to sell tickets to the Bar Crawl. Friday night, the contestants, judges and supporters loaded a Greyhound bus and invaded several of the local bars. This was the first year for the Bar Crawl, and the participating bars (Nutowne Saloon, Plazma, Stacey’s, Pat O’s Bunkhouse, Oz and Anvil) were rocking with all the shenanigans that were enjoyed by all.

Saturday afternoon, the judges (Stephen Palaschak, Mama Sandy Reinhardt, Ahmed Refky, Pup Max (Florida Leather boy 2013), boy Paul (International Leather boy 2014), slave Tabitha Arie (SW Bootblack 2009), and boy pup Gizmo (SW Leather boy 2014) gathered on the patio of Daddy Mark’s home to conduct the contestant interviews and bootblack technical portion of the contest.

The fun continued on Saturday night as Emcee Thib Guicherd-Callin kept the packed patio at Pat O’s Bunkhouse entertained with laughter and an impromptu song. Daddy Mark introduced the brand new Leadership award, which is given to the contestant who demonstrates leadership during the weekend. This award is voted on by the judges, producers and staff of the contest and the recipient of this award was Cherielle. All three contestants earned more than the required points, and were awarded the hard sought title. The new titleholders representing Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada are: Joe Rodriquez, SW Leather Sir; boy Tater, SW Leather boy; and Cherielle, SW Community Bootblack. The three will travel to Dallas, TX in September to compete at International Leather Sir, boy and International Community Bootblack Labor Day weekend.

Published in Regional Leather

Eagle LA Leather 2015 Patrick By Motorboot Robert Web 500Patrick Smith becomes Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2015

By Motorboot Robert

Patrick Smith walked out on to Santa Monica Blvd. in los angeles, CA with a sash, medallion and back patch as Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2015 on Sunday night, January 18. The first runner-up was Esteban Bartholo Iriarte and the second runner-up was Joseph Arellano.

The other three amazing contestants were Michael G. Liberatore, Dan Lovell and Troy Coe.

Hosted by Jasun Mark with a Special blessing by the los angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2015 Contest featured music by DJ Sean Niles.

The judging panel was led by Kevin Casey with, Mr. LA Leather/Eagle LA 2014 Eric Paul Leue, Eddie Hibbs of the Stockroom, Eagle LA DJ Eric Pruitt and Robert Green of the CA B&B Corps.

Eagle LA rarely has the contest on a Sunday yet, the bar was still packed with a line outside. Space was at a premium even for the judges squeezed in at against the bar for their view of the show.

With six sexy, articulate and fun contestants, it was a tight race. Eric Paul Leue had an emotional step down speech as Mr. Leather Eagle LA 2014.

Patrick Smith will vie for the coveted Mr. LA Leather 2015 title during LA Leather Pride Week, March 22-29.

To see more photos of the Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2015 Contest go to the Facebook Album of Motorboot Photography

Published in Local Leather
Sunday, 08 March 2015 20:05

Drummer North America debuts in Florida

Drummer North America Winners Web 350The inaugural Drummer North America (DNA) Fetish Weekend, held February 12–15 at the all-gay Flamingo Resort in St Petersburg, Florida saw Doc Hoskins Jr. of New York won the title of Drummer 2015, with Marshall Roberts of Baltimore, Maryland placing runner-up; Wouter Popelier of central Pennsylvania being named Drummerboy and Pup Scuff of Cincinnati, Ohio becoming Drummer Bootblack.
With only one contestant in each of the Drummer boy and Drummer Bootblack categories, boy Wouter and Pup Scruff were required to achieve a minimum score of 70 percent to be awarded the titles.
The judges for the Drummer and Drummerboy 2015 titles were Ms Sanctuary Leather 2014 Shae Flanigan, International Leatherboy 2002 Jose Gutierrez, International Drummerboy 2001  Mark S. Greene, Viola Johnson of the Carter/Johnson Leather Library and Collection, Northwest Leather Sir 2009 Thom Butts, Northwest Leather Sir 2009 and International Leather  Sir 2013 George Saltzman.
The judges for Drummer Bootblack 2015 were International  Bootblack 2003  Boi Gwen Hardy, International Mr. Bootblack 2001 Paksen and International Ms Bootblack 2012 Tarna Scyanne.
Highlights of Drummer North America weekend included a frisky meet and greet featuring contestant BDSM demos, a Cigar and Brandy Social that transformed the onsite Code bar into a smoky, vintage era Leather bar mixed with modern sports kit and western cowboys, and Leather and BDSM history on display in the Carter/Johnson Leather Library exhibit room. Tented play spaces situated on the Flamingo’s Grassy Knoll created a unique outdoor men-only play area and cruising park. While there was only one bootblack contestant, more than a dozen bootblacks turned out to offer support or participate in open shine stations.

Published in National Leather
Sunday, 08 March 2015 01:57

Leather HEAT coming to LA in April

Leather HEAT with the theme of Honorably Embracing All Tribes will be held April 17-19 in Van Nuys, California at the AirTel Hotel.

Leather HEAT 2015 will be a Leather/BDSM/Kink

Published in Local Leather

The Ms and Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2015 contest was held at the Bike Stop on Valentine’s Day - the first time the contest was held there since 2008 - and Lascivious Jane from Philadelphia, Artistic Director of the Liberty City Kings of Drag and Burlesque, who ran unopposed, was chosen as the new Ms Philadelphia Leather, and Jason, from Philadelphia, who ran against four other contenders, was chosen as the new Mr. Philadelphia Leather.

Winners’ prizes were sashes, Leather back patches, custom-fitted vests from Wolfstryker Leather, and hotel and airfare to the next International Ms Leather and International Mr. Leather contests, in which they will compete.

Published in Local Leather

The 2015 Southern California Leather Woman Contest's judging panel was comprised of all past SCLW titleholders.  Caught on video here is their performance prior to the final segment of the contest.

Published in Video
Saturday, 20 September 2014 11:53

Folsom 2014 titleholders introduction

Published in Video
Saturday, 04 January 2014 12:41

DC Eagle open and new location announced

DC Eagle HeaderThe dynamic nature of Washington, DC’s urban redevelopment has allowed the landlord to grant the DC Eagle yet another extension of their lease at 639 New York Avenue NW. The DC Eagle will be staying at this location though January 2014. During the weekend of Mid-Atlantic Leather the DC Eagle will be testing out their first pop-up location which is at the other end of the DC Eagle's current block - 607 New York NW, the Fringe Building.

At a time where many established Leather, gear and biker bars are closing across the globe, the DC Eagle has viewed the challenge of a location move as an opportunity to create a stable home for the DC Eagle and a destination for all members of the community. If all goes to plan the new home will be at 3701 Benning Road NE with an anticipated settlement in February 2014. After renovations and improvements, the DC Eagle management anticipate an opening in late summer of 2014.

Published in Local Leather
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 01:48

Pantheon of Leather Nominations Extended

Pantheon LogoThe nominations for the Pantheon of Leather Awards 2013 are now open. The Awards will be presented in Atlanta, Ga in October. Negotiations are ongoing with two hotels and the result will determine the date of DomCon: Atlanta and the Pantheon of Leather Awards 2013 presentations.

Click on Pantheon above, then hit the Nominations button and make your nominations. Please read the rules as they contain the names of those who are ineligible this year.

The schedule for this year appears below, followed by the names of the Selection Panel which will determine most of the Pantheon of Leather Awards recipients

Nominations, Balloting and Awards Presentation Schedule
April 17 - Nominations begin
June 7 - Deadline for Nominations to be submitted by the community.

June 7-20 - The Nominations Committee will have prepared Nominee Finalists in each Award Category.
July 1 - Nominee Finalists will be announced in The Leather Journal,

www.theleatherjournal.com under Pantheon, and distributed to other media outlets and these winners will be notified individually.
July 1-14 - Selection Panel will vote on all Award Nominees.

September 1 - Recipients the Awards will be named in The Leather Journal, www.theleatherjournal.com under Pantheon, and distributed to other media outlets

and these winners will be notified individually.
September 20 - Awards will be ordered from the manufacturer.
October - All Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards will be presented in Atlanta, GA.
Each Nominee Finalist will be given the opportunity to submit a biography suitable to them and that will be checked for accuracy before being submitted to the Selection Panel for voting.

Selection Panel

Sir Bear Abbott
Dan Fabrici
boy Tyler Fong
Bryson “Pup Nitro” Hankinson
Master Chuck’s boy iain
Master Jim
Princess Kali
Daddy Jeffrey McWhirter
Lord Mercury
Ed Nicholas
OB of O Whips
Tom Pardoe
Jack Pearce
Sir Alan Penrod
Jeff Plunk
Brent Seeley
Rick Storer
Daddy Sal Susino
Ms Suzan
Justin B. Terry-Smith
Mario Torrigino
Ces Williams

Published in International Leather
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:07

Desert Brotherhood MC Hosts Smokeout

IMG_1901Hundreds of horny cigar men and their admirers descended upon the Alexis Park Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, NV the weekend of April 4-7 for Las Vegas Smokeout, produced by the Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club. Men travelled from far and wide with a few from the United Kingdom. There were plenty from San Francisco and undoubtedly the most scen club patch was that of Alexis Park Resort. Colorado, Arizona, California, Oregon, Texas, Florida, Virginia, New York, Ohio, New Mexico, Missouri, Georgia, Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Utah were among the states represented and their undoubtedly were others. The weather was great, even mildly warm after midnight. This changed late on Sunday as gusty winds up to 50 miles per hour replaced the mild, balmy weather.

IMG_1860The Las Vegas Smokeout weekend centered around cigars and pipes, with so many other events included that it was impossible to attend all of them. One such excursion was to the nearby Iron Horse Tattoos shop.

The Dip Tasting Party on a grassy knoll dubbed Dipper Hill was a tobacco chewing bash with at least one volunteer spittoon whose wife beater shirt was covered with tobacco chew. While a few thought that this was too much there were plenty who loved it. After the human spittoon thing a large group went to the Las Vegas Strip for the Manhattan roller coaster ride art New York, New York.

The Desert Brotherhood's day ride to Valley of Fire State Park on Saturday, April 6. For some, this was the big event of Las Vegas Smokeout weekend. Of course, bikers and buddies were participants, but those with four-wheeled vehicles were welcome.

The Buffalo, about a quarter mile from the Alexis Park Resort, will host several bar parties. By Friday night word was going around that the Buffalo was going to close in September. Seems that the University of Nevada is expanding and has bought the land known to many as the Fruit Loop, a series of GLBT bars and other friendly establishments. It is not known if Howard, the Buffalo owner, plans to open the Buffalo at another location. The Buffalo was packed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon. Bar parties went on at the Las Vegas Eagle.

There was a private Leather/Rubber/Uniform play party at Hawks Gym on Saturday night.

There were groups of parties, loosely organized, which went go on shopping tours of local cigar shops, piercing and tattoo studios. DJ and Joe from Maximus were on hand with their barbering and cigar shop. DJ celebrated his birthday on Saturday night before the sun went down with a pinata party. Two prizes went to those who found an egg inside plastic Easter Eggs that fell out when Dave Rhodes tore the pinata apart with his cane. Following this, there was a huge pipe-shaped birthday cake. There was so much cake that not event to 150 or so bears in the crowd could not eat it all. This was Maximus' 10th Anniversary.

IMG_1953 WebThe same for a variety of lunches and dinners. With all of the shows, great restaurants and buffets, many will opt for these most of the time. The Saturday sushi buffet at Yama Sushi was as busy as ever. Among other places where loosely-organized groups went for lunch or dinner were the Harley Davidson Cafe, Buca di Peppo, and the Hard Rock Cafe. The Alexis Park Resort had a good breakfast buffet for all of the hotel guests each morning.

The Alexis Park Resort also hosted a Friday night buffet that received rave revues. Many did not attend because they thought $31.50 was a lot for a dinner at that hotel so they went to places like the Bellagio, Wynn, Rio or some of the other big and famous Las Vegas buffets. When they got back to the hotel they heard word about the Alexis Park Resort's buffet.

The friendly poker party at the Alexis Park Resort on Saturday night had all table spots filled and when one player left there was always one to fill in.

IMG_1945 WebThe hospitality suite was well-staffed with volunteers and the bootblack stand was busy morning, noon and night with International Mr. Bootblack 2012 Nick Elliott, Bootpup, Scout, International Leatherboy 2012 Bamm Bamm and Bootdog taking care of boots and Leather.

Paul and John from Off Ramp Leathers had a room set up with Leather gear for sale.

The men from the Utah Rebellion were back to host their wild cocktail parties. In the past, the Utah Rebellion partied in their own suite. This year the parties were held in the hospitality suite and near the pool. Less that half the usual Utah crowd was there and those missing were some of the most popular guys at Smokeout every year.

IMG_1908 WebEveryone was off to their bergs already longing for Smokeout 2014. Of course many wonder what will become of the Buffalo. Will it reopen at another location, and if so, how far will it be from the Alexis Park Resort? One thing is a given though - most of those who attended this year will return. Smokeout has a high recidivism rate.

Thank you Bulldog and the men of the Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club for all of the years of producing Las Vegas Smokeout. The nature of your city with its great casinos, restaurants and shows are one thing that makes it possible, but it is your brotherthood that makes it work.

Published in Local Leather
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