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Monday, 05 December 2016 21:28

IPTC and IPC will meet in Saint Louis



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.

Published in Regional Leather
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 13:03

Pup Dazzle wins LA Pup 2017 title


LA Pup 2017 Contestants on stage at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA. All photos by Dave Rhodes.

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.

Published in Regional Leather



Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2016 Christopher Durbin, Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2017 Jimmy Hicks and PSLOD president Leo Newcomb immediately after the contest at the Palm Springs Air Museum. All photos by Dave Rhodes

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.

Published in Regional Leather
Thursday, 27 October 2016 10:51

American Brotherhood Weekend held in Chicago


American Leatherman 2016 Doug Kuhn, American Leatherwoman Steph and American Leatherboy Steve Carlisle. Photos by Brian Mincey

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.

American Leather Family with the judges.

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.


This Santa fantasy wowed the Etienne Auditorium crowd.
Socializing during Sunday brunch.



Published in National Leather
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 23:34

ILSLb ICCB 2016 draws over 450

Left to right: International Leatherboy 2016 boy jake, International Leather Sir 2016 Ivan and International Community Bootblack 2016 boy patrick. All photos by Dave Rhodes.

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.

Contestants appear on stage during Opening Ceremonies.

Friday and Saturday saw the vendor market open with several classes and demos and a FETCH! Puppy Mosh.

Published in International Leather



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.




Published in International Leather



Story and photos by Dave Rhodes

When the dust settled around 9 PM or so at the Harris Theater in Chicago, IL on Sunday, May 29 Mr. New Jersey Leather 2016 David "Tigger" Bailey was named International Mr. Leather 2016 by IML Executive Producer and Founder Chuck Renslow. Not long befor, Andrew Bootdog Johnson announced that Erick Joseph was International Mr. Bootblack 2016.

It is notable that IML 2016 first runner-up Mr. Chicago Leather 2016 Todd Harris and second runner-up Mr. Midwest Leather 2015 Adam "Pup Vino" Henderson reside in Chicago.

59 IML contestants and four IMBB contestants vied for the coveted titles, representing the United States, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel and Europe.

Officially, IML 2016 began on Friday, May 27, but a Roast of the stepping down IML 2015 Patrick Smith and IMBB 2015 Bamm Bamm at the Leather Archives and Museum on Thursday night, and parties and other activities started before, such as those at Touche, Leather64TEN and the Jackhammer. The host Congress Hotel was already filling up and the halls and lobby were full of hot, horny men. Women made a strong showing with probably the highest percentage in attendance in IML history.

The International Mr. Leather Opening Ceremonies at Park West saw contestants introduced in groups by country or state. Their numbers were selected on Thursday during the Contestant Orientation.

Pecs and Personality, held at Park West on Friday night gave the contestants an opportunity to share how they can react on stage as each dressed minimal wear answered questions which were related to information they supplied in the contestant. The mostly humorous questions were created by IML staff.

The weekend had so many events that it was virtually impossible to attend them all. There were the big night parties at the Congress Plaza Hotel including the San Francisco Party and Gear Blast Party on Friday night and International Bootblack Reception on Saturday night. The huge ONYX party was held off campus this year. The Chicago Hellfire Club held play parties at the club house throughout IML 2016 weekend as well as a cocktail reception on Saturday afternoon at the Congress Plaza.


Earlier on Saturday the That Puppy Thing saw a panel of several community leaders explain the puppy phenomenon. Not long after was Puppy Yoga. Off Leash: The Pup and Handler Romp was the big puppy mosh party. The vendors took note of the popularity of the puppy scene a few years ago and almost all of them had puppy paraphernalia on sale in their booths. Just about anywhere one looked at anytime of the day at the Congress Plaza and at Park West and the Harris Theater puppies were visible wearing dog masks and puppy tails.

Following tradition, the staged portion of the contest opened with an address from Chuck Renslow. He closed his statements by urging everyone to "vote Democratic, up and down the ticket, from President to Dog Catcher."

The International Mr. Bootblack contest added judges a few years ago and there were three - International Mr. Bootblack 2015 Bamm Bamm, International Ms Bootblack 2016 Meghan and Ms Alameda County Leather 2006 Joan Norry.


The Bootblacks have been judged by popular vote solely, but now that balloting among IML IMBB attendees accounts for only part of the scores. IMBB 2015 Bamm Bamm lamented on what he and many others feel is that IML treats the Bootblack contest as an aside, citing several reasons why he felt that was the case.

Bootblack stands were set up behind the escalators on the second floor of the Congress Plaza where IMBB 2016 contestants worked boots for votes Friday, Saturday and early Sunday.


Bootblack winners

International Mr. Bootblack 2016
4 Erick Joseph, Anchorage, AK

First Runner-up
3 Bootblack Beta

Second Runner-up
2 Brooklyn

Brotherhood Award
1 Fuzzybuns

International Mr. Leather 1992 Lenny Broberg and International Mr. Leather 2013 first runner-up Thib Guicherd Callin teamed up as the emcees and they were brilliant working together. Both had great senses of humor and neither denigrated any of the contestants - a class act indeed. Thib is from San Jose and Lenny is from San Francisco, both are in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A dance tribute to Chuck Renslow's late partner Dom Etienne Orejudos titled La Danse Apache En Cuir was performed by Joe LaChance and Peter Navarro and dancers. The crowd was in awe of the presentation, making no noise during the dance and a powerful applause at the end.

There was a strong tribute to the Leather Archives and Museum which will celebrate its 25th Anniversary the third weekend of September. The Centaur Motorcycle Club's Patrick Grady presented a check in the amount of $20,000 to Leather Archives Director Rick Storer and several Leather Archives notables shared moments of history from the discussion of the founding of the Leather Archives by Chuck Renslow and Tony DeBlase, the catchphrase "Located in Chicago and serving the world" by Joseph Bean, the move to the Greenview address and other milestones in Leather Archives history. The funds will be used by the Museum to preserve and provide access to Leather history and art. With this contribution, Centaur MC has donated over $60,000 to the LA&M.

The IML 2016 judges were International Mr. Leather 2015 Patrick Smith, Mr. Boston Leather 2008 Joe Barlow, Mr. Northwoods 2011 Jeff Gruenberger, Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2012 Derek Harley, Seattle Leather Grand Dad 2012 Jeff Henness, Women's International Leather Legacy 2015 Penelope Jones, Mr. North Florida Drummer 2000 Steve Laviolette, Secretary of Geared Ireland John O'Brien and International Master 2014 Michael Shorten. The tally masters were Great Lakes Leather Sir 2002 Don Leach and past president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ONYX Dominion ONYX.



International Mr. Leather 2016
28 David "Tigger" Bailey, Mr. New Jersey Leather 2016, Howell, NJ.

A Massachusetts native, Tigger grew up on the east coast and attended MIT graduating with a degree in Management Science. He is currently a senior retail executive. Tigger lives in Howell, NJ with his husband Cubby and their three dogs, and is a proud Sir to his extended Leather family.


First Runner-up
53 Todd Harris, Mr. Chicago Leather 2016, Chicago, IL

At 54, 6' 210 pounds, Todd Harris is a large animal veterinarian and owner of Stonewall Construction, Inc. He's been lucky and blessed to be in the community since 1987 - and live to tell about it. Chicago native, sports fan, gear head. tequila man; Dom top, flag red, yellow, black and grey on the left.


Second Runner-up
16 Adam "Pup Vino" Henderson, Mr. Midwest Leather 2015, Chicago, IL

Adam "Pup Vino" Henderson is a Virginia native. He moved to Chicago in 2013. A Leatherman at heart, he became heavily involved in the pup community. He is a member of the Chicago Puppy Patrol, the North Star Kennel Club, BLUF Chicago and is a Titan of the Midwest. He has also volunteered at IML doing ticket sales and CLAW. He is the founder of the Midwest Kink Alliance, a group of titleholders and non-titleholders who are involved in the kink community and sharing events and keeping people informed.


Top 20 Finalists - Numerical Order

3 Conor Vaughan-Buggy, Mr. Geared Ireland 2015, Clonee, Dublin, Ireland

5 Danny Kaylor-Hawkins, Mr. DC Eagle 2016, Washington, DC

10 Tim Ball, Sydney Mr. Leather 2015/16, Neutral Bay, Australia

11 Christopher Durbin, Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2016, Palm Springs, CA

12 Jeffrey Erdman, Mr. los angeles Leather 2016, los angeles, CA

15 Rob "Papa Bear" Anderson, Mr. Iowa Leather 2016, Binghamton, NY

19 Dave Hughes, Mr. Tri-State Leather 2015, Louisville/Jefferson County metro go, KY

22 Jason Black, Mr. ICON Detroit Leather 2016, Waterford, MI

30 Brett Baldwin, Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2016, Oklahoma City, OK

39 Jim Rios, Mr. San Diego Leather 2014 - 2015, San Diego, CA

41 Todd Leavitt, Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2016, Arlington, VA

49 Steve Morgan, Laird Leatherman 2015, Melbourne, Australia

50 Thorsten Buhl, Mr. Leather Europe 2015, Graz, Austria

51 Jason Hall, Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2015, Philadelphia, PA

56 Codybear Elkin, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2016, San Francisco, CA

57 Q Ellis-Lee, Mr. Eagle NYC 2016, New York, NY

59 Sir Shawn Fox, Mr. Alamo City Leather 2016, Austin, TX


Remainder of Contestants

1 Tom Matt, Mr. Connecticut Leather 2016, Berlin, CT

2 Kippy Marks, Mr. Friendly 2016 SF/Bay Area, San Francisco, CA

4 Alpha DJ, Mr. Harbor Room 2015, Milwaukee, WI

6 David Saban, Isreal Mr. Leather 2015, Tel Aviv, Israel

7 Joël Royal, Mr. Long Beach Leather 2015, Long Beach, CA

8 Eric Masters, Mr. 501 Eagle 2016, Indianapolis city, IN

9 Ray Sherwin, Mr. Bolt Leather 2016, Sacramento, CA

13 Rick Boehle, Mr. CMEN Leather 2015, Burbank, CA

14 Russell Waisanen, Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2016, Woodbury, MN

17 Jim Drew, Washington State Mr. Leather 2015, Seattle, WA

18 Jay Blackshire, Mister Leather Ottawa 2016, Woodlawn, ON, Canada

20 Darran Mazaika, Mr. Ramrod 2015, Fort Lauderdale, FL

21 Gregory James, Mr. Wisconsin Leather 2016, Green Bay, WI

23 Element Eclipse, Mr. Powerhouse 2016, San Francisco, CA

24 Kelvin Davis, Mr. Ohio Leather 2015, Swanton, OH

25 James Tyrcha, Mr. Leather 64TEN 2016, Chicago, IL

26 Eric Alden, Mr. New England Leather 2016, Boston, MA

27 Khalid El Bey, Leatherman of Color 2016, Washington, DC

29 Emerson Kellogg, Mr. Twin Cities Leather 2016, St. Paul, MN

31 Bill Spencer, Mr. Oregon Bear 2015, Portland, OR

32 Tony Salvat, Mr. Firedancer Dallas 2014 and 2015, Houston, TX

33 Danny O'Leary, Mr. Phoenix Leather 2016, Tucson, AZ

34 Sylvain Deparpe, Mr. Leather France 2015, Migne-Auxances, France

35 Jeremy Feist, Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2016, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

36 Mark Nelson, Mr. Nebraska Leather 2016, Omaha, NE

37 Dave Barnett, Mr. GNI Leather 2015, Arlington, VA

38 Brian Mailley, Mr. Michigan Leather 2016, Royal Oak, MI

40 David Eisentraut, Mr. Queensland Leather 2015, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

42 Randal Zotigh, Mr. Route 66 Leather 2016, Oklahoma City, OK

43 Werner Hall, Bavarian Mr. Leather 2016, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

44 Daddy Rick, Mr. Compound Leather 2016, Elbert, CO

45 Tim Goodman, Mr. Louisiana Leather 2016, New Orleans, LA

46 Drake Edward Sherbert, Mr. Texas Leather 2016, Dallas, TX

47 Harry Kong, Mr. San Francisco Eagle Leather 2016, Pacifica, CA

48 Elie Darling, M. Cuir Montréal 2015 (Mr. Leather Montreal), Montreal, Quebec, Canada

52 Eli Onyx, Mr. Maryland Leather 2016, Hyattsville, MD

54 Justin Herren, Mr. Jackhammer Fetish 2015, Chicago, IL

55 Ty Portell, Mr. Missouri Leather 2016, Woodson Terrace, MO

58 Austin Epps, Mr. Austin Leather 2016, Austin, TX

The Congress Plaza Hotel played host as it did in 2015 and will in 2017. The halls, lobby and outside front of the Congress were busy at almost all hours - and the stair wells and out-of-the-way areas were occupied by those involved in extra curricular activies. There were heaps of praise for the hotel staff, complaints of elevators being stuck, door locks not always working which led to at least one room with an intruder asleep in the bed when the rightful hotel guest entered the room, toilets not flushing and bathtubs not draining properly. Many love the Congress because so much is available for those on the prowl. For many the $33 price for the dinner buffet was the last straw - people felt they were being gauged and the restaurant was empty other than for breakfast. Rumors spread by so many claiming to be in the know as far as where IML will be held in 2018. There has been no official statement as to where IML will be held two years from now.

The religious zealots were there of course. "Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) held a peaceful Christian truth outreach against the homosexual “International Mr. Leather” (IML) conference Saturday night (May 28, 2016), across the street from the Chicago’s Congress Plaza Hotel, which hosted the perversion-fest." was that organizations account. Several IML attendees walked across the street, pulled out their cellphones and took selfies with the protesters who left once they realized that they were being played. Their guilt trip did not work and once they realized it was not working, they simply left.

The Leather Market had approximately 50 vendors. Because of the layout of the Congress Plaza vendors were spread out on three floors. Every vendor with whom we talked reported strong sales. That is good because most of the time there are a few that leave disappointed. The Congress can accommodate so many due to size, but those vendors did quite well.

Leather64TEN was celebrating its 10th Anniversary and is open all hours. On Friday night after the Bear party the store was full like one would expect around Christmas.

Touche' had its own bus carrying visitors between Touche' and the Congress Plaza. There were bar events by the hour as bar manager David Boyer created a busy IML weekend schedule. Other bars and establishments around Chicago were swamped, too.

A bit of history about International Mr. Leather, excerpted from www.Wickipedia.org - "The forerunner of the competition was the 1970s 'Mr. Gold Coast' bar contest held at Chicago's Gold Coast leather bar, owned by Chuck Renslow and his then-partner, Dom Orejudos. The 'Mr. Gold Coast' contest became one of the bar's most popular promotions causing the need to locate the competition to a larger venue (1979), and title change to International Mr. Leather.[3] The International Mister Bootblack Competition was added (1993) to the IML program.

The Leather Archives and Museum has placed IML in a trust (May 2009) with event profits to benefit the museum. [4]

IML established (July 2009) the policy that IML Leather Market participation would exclude "any entity which promotes barebacking or distributes/sells any merchandise tending to promote or advocate barebacking."[5]

In 2010 IML was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame."

The massive circuit parties, IML Victory Celebration at the House of Blues on Sunday night and the Black and Blue Ball at the Sound-Bar on Monday night at drew several thousand attendees each. Noted deejays rocked the walls to their foundations and the IML and IMBB 2016 winners were introduced.

Until next year - congratulations to IML 2016 David "Tigger" Bailey and IMBB 2016 Erick Joseph.




Published in International Leather



By Vonn Tramel, Photos by Rich Stadtmiller and Muffin
IMsL Weekend 2016 the “Dirty 30" Celebration was held in San Jose, CA, April 14-17. Seven contestants competed for the titles of IMsBB and IMsL 2016, but Saturday night it was Bootblack Meghan and Lascivious
Jane who came out on top of each class.

The weekend was a culmination of a year of travel for slave Tabitha and her Master who were only separated on three trips and over 93,000 miles of travel for IMsL 2015 Sarge – travel which included Northern Alaska and the southern most tip of Africa, four continents and over 10,000 selfies.

Tabitha’s “last shine” opened the festivities, followed by Queer happy hour and the opening reception. However, Thursday night’s Seduction was again the highlight of the weekend for me. With performances by hot butches and super femmes, and of course the eternally-hot Peggy Sue. Who would choose to miss this IMsBB and IMsL travel “fun”rasier? The runway was longer, the lights were darker, and the women hotter than ever, dancing their way into the attendees' wettest dreams.

Friday was chock-full of amazing classes and intensives, receptions and hot bootblacking.

New this year was a Jamberry nail salon, hosted by IMsBB 2009 pony girl with a percentage of proceeds for the entire month of April benefiting the IMsL Foundation.

The vendor and auction spaces were open and chock full of delicious and devious devices and duds for dolly’s and Daddy’s to do with as they please.

Friday and Saturday night’s show’s were judged by a panel of firsts … the first Ms World Leather Annie Romano, first American Leather Woman Sara Humble, International Mr. Bootblack Pasken Burrel, Producer Gen 1 Sky Renfro, and Metis Black owner of the first sex toy company to mainstream silicone sex toys ensuring industry material safety, IMsL judges were joined by Head Judge IMsL 2014 Patty.

IMsBB judges were first IMsL Judy Tallwing McCarthy, International Mr. Bootblack Bamm Bamm, International Ms Bootblack 2014 Dara Bryant.

The Contest nights were simulcast to the contestant’s hometowns by The Leather Journal for IMsL and recordings of all four ballroom events will be donated to the IMsL Foundation for historical record. Friday’s show featured roll call for all four generations of contestants.

Saturday night, an announcement of all IMsL’s and IMsBB alumni was presented during the Contest Finale. The Mama's Family photo included over 100 members, including two new members: IMsL Staff member Oliver Clothes Off is now Mama’s Left Shark and Ms San Diego Leather 2016 Jae Marie is now Mama’s Cold Hands.

Saturday Night's contest featured fantasies and formality. Bubblinsugare performance as Emcee was downright sassy. Each contestant brought fantasies, which reflected their own brand of kink and desire. IMsL runner-up Aurora Lee’s musical tribute to back-alley gang-bangs and Lascivious Jane’s Victory Girl domination of Uncle Sam brought down the house.

The bootblacks spoke with a common conviction and clarity of purpose during their speeches. The Leather Archives & Museum and The Carter/Johnson Leather Library were on hand each displaying special pieces that had not been out of private collection in almost 10 years. The Carter Johnson Leather Library’s centerpiece was a Bootblack quilt with boot patches chronicling titleholder names through 2005. The quilt was acquired in 2005, during an auction. IMsL Weekend was the first time it had been seen since then.

Reuniting many titleholders with a piece of their history, each IMsL and IMsBB wore their sashes Saturday night during Alumni introduction.

Emcees Tristan Taormino and Bubblinsugare kept the stage alive throughout the weekend, each with their own special brand of wit, snark and sexy stamina.

Hospitality was hoppin’ as usual and was hosted by Portland Bad Girls, SFgoL, ACLC and Mama’s Family, The Exiles, The Canadian’s Bevies with Beavers, Dragon Tear Tribe hosting the Cigars and Boots Social on Saturday Night, a Disney Social hosted by The Little Scouts, and the Pajama Party in lieu of the traditional Afterglow party. Bootblack Scout was on hand with pancakes and peanut butter to supplement a wonderful continental Saturday morning spread during the SFgoL’s Brunch. Mama’s family pinning’s and Volunon patching by Rich during which my partner PuP~ and I were patched by Rich Stadtmiller during the ACLC and Mama’s family reception.

Master George and slave bren also took the opportunity to appoint Teagan as the 2016 Southern California Leather Bootblack during Mama’s reception.

Sunday morning, Mama Vi’s keynote was told in storyteller fashion. With her “grand children” gathered at her feet. She spoke about the history present in the room, giving us a taste, but skillfully, leaving us wanting to know more about each of the hero’s she spoke of. After her keynote, the applause continued until Emcee Tristan Taromino called her back to the stage and she pulled a tearful Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt with her, for a full 120 seconds of thunderous applause for the two women.

Sunday afternoon I was lucky enough to be the only press at the meet the titleholders press conference, scoring some much unexpected one-on-one time.

Meghan hopes to continue working to elevate Bootblack status and Jane will continue to bring the men’s, women’s and queer communities together. Meghan looks forward to traveling outside the US and meeting bootblacks from other countries and Jane wants to learn more about bootblacking and the care of her Leathers. Something tells me this dynamic duo will make some memorable moments and bring some great stories to share next April 20-24 in San Jose, CA.

Read more about this years contestants, winners, parties and see video highlights online at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/home/imsl-news



Published in International Leather
Monday, 16 May 2016 22:07

IML Class of 2016 Bios and Photos



The Leather Journal welcomes our readers to our annual preview of the International Mr. Leather contestants. There are 52 who made it by our latest deadline and a couple more that did not make it. Word had it that byt the end of April that there would be at least 60 men

Enjoy - and select your favorite.

If you are going to International Mr. Leather make note of your favorite. Maybe you will met him and he will turn out to be everything you hoped he would be. Hands off for the weekend because each man is going to have what might be the busiest weekend of his life.

The IML 2016 judges are International Mr. Leather 2015 Patrick Smith, Mr. Boston Leather 2008 Joe Barlow, Mr. Northwoods 2011 Jeff Gruenberger, Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2012 Derek Harley, Seattle Leather Grand Dad 2012 Jeff Henness, Women's International Leather Legacy 2015 Penelope Jones, Mr. North Florida Drummer 2000 Steve Laviolette. Secretary of Geared Ireland John O'Brien and International Master 2014 Michael Shorten.

The tally masters for IML 2016 are Great Lakes Leather Sir 2002 Don Leach and past president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ONYX Dominion ONYX.

International Mr. Leather 2016 will be held Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Chicago, IL. The Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL will be the host hotel for IML 2016.

For complete bios and photos of the judges and tally masters, and weekend information go to http://www.imrl.com

It was announced that Tyesha Nicole Best will be the social media coordinator for International Mr. Leather 2016.


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International Mr. Leather 2016 Contestant bios and photos


Mr. Alamo City Leather 2016 Shawn Fox

Shawn Fox is a California transplant who is now an Austin resident. His involvement in the Leather and BDSM community spans 16 years. He’s a founding member and current president of GULP, a gear and fetish group in Austin and a member of Discipline Corp for 12 years. Fox has dedicated himself to educating people about many varieties of kinks and is dedicated to educating and mentoring the next generation of Leather men and women.


Bavarian Mr. Leather 2016 Werner Hall

Born and raised in Germany. I was elected on February 25th, during the famous Munich Starkbierfest to the Bavarian Mr. Leather 2016, by the members of the MLC - Munich and representing the fetish and Leather community of Bavaria, since that moment. My key sentence for my year as the title holder is "Together we are powerful" so therefore I want to bring the power of the complete LGBTIQ community together to one point, that we can fight together for our rights. Photo by Taco D. Smit.


Mr. Bolt Leather 2016 Ray Sherwin

Ray Sherwin joined the Leather Community more than a decade ago. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, and is currently working towards a Nursing degree. Ray resides in Sacramento, CA. Ray was first introduced into the Leather Community as the boy of two amazing Leathermen, Earl Grist and Jake Andersen. He was quickly to become intimate with Triad/Polyamorous Relationships, Motorcycle Clubs, Gear, Fetishes, Boots, Cigars, and Leather Families/Tribes. Photo by Robert Weaver.


Mr. Chicago Leather Todd Harris

I am 54, 6' 210 pounds, a large animal veterinarian and owner of Stonewall Construction, Inc. Been lucky and blessed to be in the community since 1987 - and live to tell about it. Chicago native, sports fan, gear head, tequila man; Dom top, flag red, yellow, black and grey on the left. Photo by Colin Davis.


Mr. CMEN Leather 2015 Rick Boehle

Rick Boehle, from los angeles, California, won the title of Mr. CMEN Leather 2015 at CMEN's West Coast Gathering in Malibu on September 10. Rick has actively volunteered as part of West Coast Gathering leadership for the last decade. He is looking forward to representing CMEN at local Leather community events.


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los angeles Leather Pride: Bound, held March 27 - April 3 saw the sashing of Mr. los angeles Leather 2016 Jeffrey Erdman and the Off Sunset Festival as its highlights among other shining star event .

Mr. Christopher Street West Jeffrey Erdman was tops among 10 men vying for the opportunity to succeed Mr. LA Leather 2015 Patrick Smith who won the International Mr. Leather 2015 title, Erdman's next goal. The Globe Theater in downtown los angeles was the venue for the contest on Saturday night, April 2. First runner-up was Mr. So Cal Leather Eric Slayton and second runner-up was Mr. Sister Leather Joe Gregory. Mr. Oil Can Harry 's Leather 2016 Caleb Engen took the Brotherhood Award.

The Off Sunset Festival was a huge success on Sunday, April 3 on Santa Monica Blvd. from Hoover Street to Sunset Blvd.

The Leather communities of los angeles and San Francisco began making a concerted effort to support each other's Leather Pride weekends. At least 50 Leatherfolk from the San Francisco Bay Area for most of the LA Leather Pride events. Awards are presented to individuals in the host city by the visiting city each year. Howie Ramirez was this year's recipient with the honor being presented by The Assembly uniform party produced by the Regiment of the Black and Tans in the Rough Trade parking lot early on Friday night. This was an official BLUF event.

LA Leather Pride kicked off with Glory Bound, a huge parking lot party at the Faultine on Sunday, March 27. The 10 Mr. LA Leather contestants were brought in on motorcycles, a tradition that has gone on since the early days of Mr. los angeles Leather. They drew their numbers. Snow blowers covered the parking lot.

The VIP Party was for movers and shakers at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood. Invited guests included judges, contestants, top level sponsors, feeder contest producers, los angeles Leather Coalition board members, city, county and state officials, and representatives from the Charity Partners. Great food prepared by Lane.

The roast for Mr. LA Leather 2015 Patrick Smith was harsh and brutal on Thursday night at the Precinct Bar in downtown, los angeles. The emcees skewered Patrick, each other and members of the audience.

Leather Dog Pound was hosted by LA Pup 2016 Pup Zero at Bullet Bar in North Hollywood on Friday night was the Official Puppy Party for LA Leather Pride. Join the guys from Dog Pound as they put on their awesome puppy party at the Bullet Bar.
The Assembly crowd made it to the Eagle LA for a Cigar Social hosted by Maximus.

Friday night saw two play parties hosted by Avatar Club los angeles with the men's being at 333 Live, co-hosted by http://www.NastyKinkPigs.com with live performances by Aarin Aske and a simultaneous pansexual play party at the Sanctuary Studios LAX.

Saturday afternoon kept locals and visitors busy with the Desert Bonds Beer Bust and Cigar Party hosted by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert at the Bullet Bar.

Immediately following the Mr. los angeles Leather 2016 contest there was a Legion Victory Dance at the Globe Theater.

Sunday, April 3 was the big finale, the Off Sunset Festival which seemed to have at least doubled its size from its previous three years with above 10,000 in attendance. The weather could not have been better. There were bands, vendors, food, beer. LA is known for its food trucks lined the south side of Santa Monica while most of the vendors were on the north side.

Vendors included Folsom Street Events from San Francisco as well as local clubs and Leather shops. The eye candy befitted the warm weather and sunny skies. The bands were great with the crowd packing around 6 PM. Not long after, the Sun Set Over Santa Monica Boulevard and the 2016 chapter of los angeles Leather Pride was in the books – and it was a good one

For more information go to https://losangelesleatherpride.com


Southern California Puppy 2016 Pup Zero won the raffle for a trip to Folsom Street East in Berlin, Germany.

The judges were IML 2015 and Mr. los angeles Leather 2015 Patrick Smith. Joining him were Master Kevin, Eric Pruitt, Robert Blackmon, Jasun Mark, Clifton Tatum, David Stringer Hughes and Mr. Ireland Leather 2015 Kevin Murphy.

The emcees were Ben MacLean and Johnny McGovern with special entertainment by Hi Fashion.

los angeles Leather Pride - Bound beneficiaries were the Tom of Finland Foundation, ONE Archives Foundation and Sexual Minorities Uganda.

Missing was the Southland Honors. Not to worry - The LA Leather Coalition voted to make the Southland Honors its own special event which will be held Sunday. May 15 at Oil Can Harry's in Studio City at 2 PM.

There will be a significant addition to Los Angles Leather Pride Week as the Ms los angeles Leather 2017 contest will be held during the week. Ms LA Leather 2016 Moon made the announcement.




Published in Regional Leather



By Terry Laupp

Mr. Missouri Leather (MML), celebrated 33 years the weekend of February 26-28 at JJ's Clubhouse Annex in St. Louis Missouri where Ty Portell  from St. Louis was sashed the new Mr. Missouri Leather 201. Three men competed. For the first time in three years the weather cooperated with unseasonably warm weather with no snow or ice!

The now defunct Gateway MC founded MML in 1983 and was one of the longest running annual Leather contests nationwide sponsored by a single Leather club. In 2014, Terry Laupp, Mr. Missouri Leather 2010, and Chad Carroll took over the competition. Currently, Mr. Missouri Leather is the only drug-tested Leather contest in the nation.

The weekend kicked off with a meet and greet on Friday evening with the Leather tribe gathered to renew friendships and acquire new ones. The evening culminated with the introduction of the judges and the three contestants choosing their numbers. The judges for the weekend were: Mr. Tri State Leather 2014 Brian “Pup Bolt” Donner, Mr. Midwest Leather 2014 Jay Johnson, Mr. Chicago Leather 2015 Luis Tipantasig, Mr. Heartland Leather 2015 Russell McDaris and Mr. Missouri Leather 2015 Andy Struckhoff.

Saturday started early with a Morning of Service and Fellowship at Food Outreach, a St. Louis area organization providing nutritional support to low-income men, women, and children with HIV/AIDS and cancer. Over 20 Leathermen volunteered, packing over 5,500 meals in just under three hours!

While the contestants were being interviewed at Attitude’s Nightclub, the Titans of the Midwest presented Kink U at JJ’s clubhouse. Topics included Rope You Can Use by Elton Davis, Sensations by Mr. Colorado Leather 2016 Ric Poston and Don't Stick Your Dick In Crazy by Karen Ultra.

The contest kicked off at 10:30 PM in the Annex at JJ’s Clubhouse with Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2003 Richie Johnson presenting a powerful version of our National Anthem. Emcees for the evening, Oklahoma Leatherboy Chad Neal and Miss Continental Plus 2000 Tumara Mahorning entertained over 200 Leathermen in attendance with their onstage chemistry and humor. The tally masters were Mr. Missouri Leather 2003 Mark Bozif and Mama’s Kinky Educator Aaron Laxton. Den Daddies, O. John Groebl and Mr. Missouri Leather 2013 John Metzner assisted our contestants back stage. Mr. Pride St. Louis 2007 Jimmy Walsh interpreted. DJ TimmyB dazzled the crowd with his lighting and music, Pup Wolfe-Cybrus, a well-rounded puppy, was the judge’s runner, and Boy Ashley was the bootblack.

CLAW donated a CLAW weekend package as a door prize and presented each of the contestants with a CLAW package. A silent auction ran during the entire evening and an army of current titleholders roamed the crowd selling raffle tickets and shots,

The constants were judged in Cruise Wear, Pecs and Personality, Image in Leather and delivered a two-minute speech on a topic of their choice. During intermission Mr. Missouri Leather 2011 DJ Kaiser organized the Mama’s Family photo and introduced a new member to the family, Mike Lunter, Mama’s Kinky Specialist.

While the final scores were being tallied the informal Gateway Guy contest, consisted of 10 hot men from the audience, where the winner was chosen by audience applause. The Gateway Guy contest has been a staple of the MML contest and strives to actively involve more people in the event while fostering interest in future contestants. Tumara Mahorning brought the house down and turned back the hands of time with her rendition of Cher classics. Almost 20 clubs, organizations and titleholders were recognized with a Parade of Colors.

Mr. Missouri Leather 2015 Andy Struckoff gave a heartfelt step aside speech, thanking everyone who was instrumental during his title year and ended by encouraging all in attendance to let his or her voice be heard during this election year.

Ty Portell is a full member of Blue Max CC, a member of the St. Louis Balloon Brigade and Team Friendly-St. Louis. He competed at Mr. Missouri Leather 2015. Ty will go on to compete at International Mr. Leather in May.

The weekend concluded with the Mr. Missouri Leather Victory Brunch presented by Chef Elizabeth Schuster and her Tenacious Eats crew and was held at Food Outreach. All in attendance congratulated Ty and no one left hungry.

Boom Magazine at www.boom.lgbt videoed the entire contest it can be viewed at http://www.Vimeo.com Simply search for Mr. Missouri Leather 2016.

Mr. Missouri Leather Weekend 2017 will be held February 24-16 when Leather collides with Mardi Gras!


Published in Regional Leather
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 20:49

Atlanta Eagle has three new titleholders



By Daddy Rod

The 29th Anniversary of the Atlanta Eagle Bar and the Seventh Anniversary of Atlanta Leather Pride held April 8-10 saw three people sashed and they are Ms Atlanta Eagle 2016 Princess Leigh (Janelle DeFoor), Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2016 Daddy Rod and Mr. Southeast Rubber 2016 Sean "Red" Franks.

Atlanta Leather Pride benefited The Leather Heart Foundation: Our Community, Our Heart. http://www.leatherheart.org/ which provides charitable assistance in times of financial hardship to individuals of all sexual orientations in the Leather, BDSM, M/s and fetish communities.

$6,000 was raised for the Leather Heart Foundations new Sir Alan Penrod Bare Necessities Fund. These funds will be used to make sure folks have their bare necessities taken care of.

Daddy Rod is the first African American Mr. Atlanta Eagle winner. He will be competing at International Mr. Leather in 2017.

To see more photos check out http://www.atlantaeagle.com/atlanta-eagle-news/



Published in Local Leather
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 14:46

San Diego Leather Pride


The highlight of San Diego Leather Pride was the San Diego Leather 2016 contest at the World Beat Center in San Diego's Balboa Park on Saturday night, March 19 with the titles going to Ms San Diego Leather 2016 Jae Marie, Mr. San Diego Leather 2016 Jay Heimbach and San Diego Bootblack 2016 Eric.

All official events took place March 17-20 at the World Beat Center.

One of the highlights was the Women's Leather History display presented by Viola Johnson of the Carter/Johnson Leather Library which included books, magazines, articles, photographs, illustrations and sculptures.

The judging panel for Mr. and Ms San Diego Leather consisted of Head Judge Viola Johnson, Carmelle, Ms San Diego Leather 2010 Tiger, Mr. San Diego Leather 2004 Adam Latham, American Leather Boy 2015 Boypup Max, International Ms Leather 2015 Sarge (who was also Ms San Diego Leather 2014-2015), and Master Anjin.

The judging panel for the San Diego Bootblack contest consisted of International Ms Bootblack slave tabitha, Ms. los angeles Leather 2016 Goddess Moon and Southern California Leather Bootblack 2015 Danielle.

Mark Frazier of Dallas, TX was the keynote speaker at the Victory Brunch on Sunday. Mark gave a thought provoking speech on "Building a House of Leather" that was well received and appreciated by all. Frazier stated that this was his last keynote speaking engagement and San Diego was proud to have him choose to do it there.

San Diego Leather contest producers Annie Romano and Bryan Teague announced that this would be their least year producing the contest and weekend and that a new producer would be named soon.

Friday night saw a meet and greet with food where the contestants, one for each contest, introduced themselves to the judges and guests.



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The Heart of the Flag Federation announced that Shahrazad, Ms Leather Toronto 2016, is International Person of Leather 2016.

The International Person of Leather Contest was held on Saturday, February 6, in Las Vegas, NV, during Sin in the City at the Alexis Park Hotel from February 5-7.

The International Person of Leather Contest is a celebration of the diversity in the Leather community. The title exists to promote diversity and is a community service title because the Leather community consists of extremely diverse people with a common thread throughout, that thread being Leather culture.

Each year, a single International Person of Leather is selected, not based on gender-identity, sexual-orientation, race, physical appearance, age, or disability, but rather on their ability to articulate their views, passions, and dedications, and to make an impact in their communities.

IPOL expects these People of Leather to act as mentors, educators, role models and spokespeople throughout their title year. The goal of International Person of Leather is to promote and celebrate the diversity of Leather Culture, both regionally and internationally, throughout the alternative sex-positive community, on behalf of the International Person of Leather Contest. Person of Leather: one title, one community.

Shahrazad becomes the 18th Canadian and the fourth HOTF titleholder in five years to bring home an international title.

Five people ran for the title. The runner-up was Master Donna. Ikon was presented the fellowship award from last year’s titleholder IPOL 2015 Papa Bear.

HOTF would also like to take this opportunity to thank Shahrazad’s amazing support team, George, Victoria Windsor, and Susy Gee. Shahrazad’s team traveled with her to Las Vegas to assist in her run for the title.

A celebratory victory party was held for Shahrazad, on Saturday, February 13, at The 519, in the Grand Ballroom during Toronto Bound weekend.

Published in International
Friday, 01 April 2016 14:45

Mr. Leather64TEN 2016 is James Tyrcha



James Tyrcha, a trans male, was chosen to be Mr. Leather64TEN 2016 at the Jackhammer in Chicago, IL the night of March 12 and as a result, will compete at International Mr. Leather in May.

First runner-up was Gerald Cernak and second runner-up was Matt Cardoni. Steve Bell and Adam H. filled out the roster of contestants.

Michael Pacas Mr. Leather64Ten 2015 Michael Pacas was the head judge. Joining him on the panel were Justin St. Clair, Tinac Mackay, Will Boyd-Bohaczek and Dan Ronneberg. The tally masters were Pup Scout and Alex Tatum.

Emees Slade Travis and Todd Davidson kept the contest moving at a good pace.

The producers were Leather64TEN store owners Eric Kugelman and Michael Syrjanen.

James Tyrcha transitioned 10 years ago this April, and yet for years after he lived in fear of rejection just for being transgender. Two years ago, that stopped—when he came out to everyone about his transition. According to Ross Forman of the Windy City Times.

Tyrcha told the Windy City Times, "I just needed to be open about my transition and be an advocate" for the transgender community, said Tyrcha, spurred to speak out by bathroom/locker room use debates for transgender and the hoard of trans-bullying and physical attacks, particularly against trans women.

Flash-forward to the present, and Tyrcha is now an award-winning trans male. Click here to see full article in the Windy City Times.


Trans males have fared well at International Mr. Leather with Tyler McCormick winning the title in 2010. Years before, Billy Lane finished in the IML Top 20.

Tyrcha said to The Leather Journal, "My passion in life is creating change through acceptance in our community.

Acceptance is the road to the future of our community, especially for our newest members. I love dogs, the beach, and life!"

There was a VIP party on Friday night at the Jackammer followed by a meet and greet.


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