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Wednesday, 16 March 2016 23:27

Mr. Bullet Leather Jason Atkinson


The celebration of Mr. Bullet Leather on Saturday, February 6 at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA led to the appointment of Jason "Pup Woody" Atkinson to the Mr. Bullet Leather 2016 title.

After a constructive discussion with all parties involved in a significant disagreement, Bullet Bar owner Michael Lara exercised his right as a producer to appoint a Mr. Bullet Leather 2016 who will be a
representative at Los Angeles Leather Pride events, including Mr. los angeles Leather to be held Saturday, April 2 at the Globe Theatre in downtown los angeles.

Don Mike served as emcee as Mr. Bullet Leather 2015 Esteban Bartholo gave a short and sweet step down. Jeremy Ronceros headed a roast of Esteban that seared him.

Esteban was presented his los angeles Band of Brothers backpatch by club president Ronceros after his step down speech, a tradition the club has for all of its members.

Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt was on hand to pin several new babies into Mama's Family.

Mama was to be on the judging panel for the contest which was canceled due to a dispute between the Bullet Bar and the LA Leather Coalition. We will not go into it, but suffice it to say all matters seem to have been resolved.

When Lara announced the appointment he noted that Jason was first runner-up in the Mr. Bullet Leather 2015 contest. Jason informed The Leather Journal that he ran as Pup Woody in 2015.



Published in Local Leather
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 11:53

Ms Los Angeles Leather Nicole Moon O'Neal



Under the production of Shae Flanigan, the Ms los angeles Leather title was resumed the weekend of January 14-17 with Nicole Moon O'Neal besting Tuesday Niles and Persefonie Di Stefano to become the first to hold the title in about two decades.

Emcees Dave Faunce and AJ aka Sister Amanda Reckonwith were on top of their game.

The recipient of the Ms los angeles Leather 2016 Leather Heart Award was Persefonie Di Stefano who is the President of the los angeles girls of Leather.

The head judge was Lee Lambert with slave Bren, Eric Paul Leue, Dara Bryant, Melissa Miles, Slave Pug, Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt and Rik Newton-Treadway working with her. The tallyfolk were Anthony Harmon and Stela Furtado, the judges' boys were Aaron Duke and Chris Owen, the contestant coordinator Tiara Gollaher was assisted by Muffin, and den daddy Gus Norris.

The meet and greet was at Rough Trade, the interviews were at Sanctuary, the contest was at Threshold and the victory party was at the Bullet Bar.


Published in Local Leather
Sunday, 13 March 2016 00:29

Mr. Twin Cities Leather Emerson Kellogg


By Tynan Fox
Twin Cities Leather Weekend 2016 concluded this year with attendance of just under 2,000 people over three days of events.

The weekend kicked off with a great Meet and Greet, which included a raffle, contestant number draw, and Twin Cities Leather & Latte’s unveiling of their new logo and plans for the future. This was followed by a women and men’s kink/Leather night. Flogging, bondage, and paddling were clearly represented.

The contest judges this year included: Head Judge Andrew Bertke of The Atons of Minneapolis, Mr. Tristate Leather 2015 Bolt Donner, Mr. Ireland Leather 2015 Kevin Murphy, Mr. Phoenix Leather 2015 Pup Tugger, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2015 Trevor Black, Ms Iowa Leather 2014 Lucket Kiche, International Leatherboy 2015 ASH! and Mr. Twin Cities Leather 2014 Greg Menzel.

The Tallymaster was Mr. DC Eagle 2011 Michael Kramer. Assisting Mr. Kramer and the ASL Interpreter for the weekend was Great Lakes Leatherboy 2015 Boy Woody.

Four contestants ran for Mr. TCL; Steven Sinclair of Minneapolis, MN, Anthony S. of Iowa City, IA, Justin Anderson of Minneapolis, MN and Emerson Kellogg of Minneapolis, MN. Emerson Kellogg emerged the winner and was sashed Mr. Twin Cities Leather 2016.

The event included featured bootblack Erick, the first and current Alaska State Bootblack.

Sunday Brunch sponsored by Nicollet Diner was hugely popular, where TCL&L presented the 2016 Bobbie Smith Community First! Award to John Bigger for his selfless donations of his time and energy.

The weekend closed with the Sunday Saloon Shower contest where a number of the weekend attendees jumped in the shower to win a chance at $500.

The event sponsors include Twin Cities Leather and Latte, The Saloon MN, Uberlube, Si Novelties, Nicollet Diner, Smitten Kitten, Everett Allen Photography, Ox Balls, Slam Dunk Lube, Leatherstock, Nasty Pig,
Instigator Magazine, Coit Photography, Twin Cities girls of Leather, CLAW, IML, ILW, and BearSKN Underwear.

The winner receives $1,000 in custom Leather from Twin Cities Leather and all travel and accommodations to IML, CLAW, and MAL. Twin Cities Leather, in partnership with the other contest sponsors, takes great pride in strongly supporting their titleholder.


Published in Local Leather



By Jim KZ
The Mr. and Ms Philadelphia Leather 2016 contest was held on Saturday, February 13, on the third floor of the Bike Stop in Philadelphia, PA. There were seven contestants total: six going for the title of Mr.
Philadelphia Leather (Dennis, BearWoof, Daniel, Damon, Jonathan, and Rudy) and one for Ms. Philadelphia Leather (Alaina).

After a rousing competition, Rudy Flesher was named Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2016 and Alaina Hummel was named Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2016.

Rudy and Alaina each have their choice to compete at International Mr. Leather or American Brotherhood Weekend for Rudy, and International Ms Leather or American Brotherhood Weekend for Alaina.

First runner-up in the Mister competition was Damon and Alaina ran unopposed but had to score a minimum number of points in order to win the title. The contest
was co-hosted by Ms Philadelphia Leather 2008 Carlota Ttendant and American Leatherboy 2013 Tank Teachworth.

Judges were Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2015 Jason Hall, Ms Philadelphia Leather 2015 LasciviousJane, and MasoMutt, coproducer of the Philadelphia Fetish and Bootblack Contest and Chair of the Mid Atlantic Puppy and Handler Contest. Tally Master was Craig K, and the den staff consisted of Mr. Maryland Leather 2011 Alex Lemaire, Ms Mid Atlantic Leather 2014 Nikki Wireman, and Mr. Philadelphia
Leather 2003 Jim KZ.

The bar was at capacity all night long. The contest was held in front of a live audience on the third floor, and broadcast in HD to screens on the second and first floors for the overflow crowd to enjoy. There was no pre-judging. The Philadelphia format provides for all interviewing to be conducted on stage during the Bar Wear and Jock/Hot Wear segments. Contestants also had the chance to give a speech during the Formal Wear segment. Everyone in the bar and even folks at home were able to vote online for their favorite, and those votes counted in the fourth category to help decide the winner.

The contest was immediately followed by a Gear Party featuring DJ Dave Huge from NYC, which ran until closing time.

The contest was co-produced by the Bike Stop and Philadelphians MC.


Published in Local Leather
Sunday, 21 February 2016 14:50

Mr. Chicago Leather is Todd Harris


By Vonn Tramel

Mr. Chicago Leather Weekend was held January 22-24. Hosted at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL and was produced by David Boyer of Touché Chicago. Six Contestants, #1 Jonathan, #2 Achilles, #3 Rod, #4 Todd, #5 Steve, #6 Stitch competed to represent The Windy City’s Leathermen as Mr. Chicago Leather 2016. In the end it was Contestant 4, Todd Harris whose scores won Mr. Chicago Leather 2016.

Contest Judges were IML 2015 Patrick Smith, International Mr. Rubber 2015 Jeffrey GummiBarchen Basile, Mr Tri State Leather Brian Bolt Donner, DC Eagle 2015 & American Leatherman 2015 Dan Ronnenburg, Mr. Chicago Leather Luis Tipantasig  (He’s single and looking).  Tally Masters were Josh Fortuna and Ron Moser, Den Daddy was Rob Czar, and Judges’ boy was Sara Beth. Bootblacking at the bar for the event was by Great Lakes Bootblack Meghan and Sparkie.

The show itself was skillfully conducted with playfully slick and appropriately dirty humor delivered via John Pendal’s jocular tongue and its vigorous Leather base.

Mr. Chicago Leather Weekend unofficially kicked off with the Opening Night Gala of Leslie Anderson Naked Leather Exhibit in the LA&M Gallery downstairs. Officially it started at Touché with The Welcome Party at 10 PM and the Roast of Mr. Chicago Leather 2015 Luis at Midnight. Saturday was a busy day of Flea Marketing and Kink U classes hosted by Titans of the Midwest, followed at 8 PM by the contest at the Leather Archives and Museum.

This year’s recipient of the Chuck Windemuth Mr. Chicago Leather Mentorship Award went to “Founding Father of Onyx Mufassa," for 20 years of service and mentorship to the men of Chicago.

2016 marked was the first live webcast from LA&M. It was sent to Touché for the overflow crowd to enjoy the contest at the bar.  The webcast was made possible by Touché and The Leather Journal.

Sunday’s Brunch was held at Andersonville Brewing Company followed by a Beer Bust and Black T Dance at Touché.


Published in Local Leather
Sunday, 21 February 2016 13:52

Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather is Caleb Engen



After the last rodeo at Oil Can Harry's in Studio City, CA on Sunday night, January 31, Caleb Engen was announced the winner of the Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather 2016 title and a slot in the roster of contestants for Mr. los angeles Leather 2016 to be held on April 2 at the Globe Theater in downtown los angeles.

The first runner-up was Matthew Robitaille and the second runner-up was Johnny Yamamoto.

The judges were Bobby Allen, Franco Americano, Shelly Lyn, Gerald Hill, Lou Romano and International Mr. Leather 2015 Patrick Smith.

The los angeles House of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence opened the night with one of their blessings. Spoiler alert not needed - wild.

The emcee was Jeremy Ronceros outrageous humor led to a fun evening. Ronceros, who is the president of the LA Band of Brothers, presented the stepping down Mr. Oil Can Harry's Leather Franco Americano after his speech.



Published in Local Leather



On Saturday night, January 30, Monte Freeman was named Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2016 in a very packed bar, following in the footsteps of Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2015 Patrick Smith who went on to become Mr. los angeles Leather 2015 and then International Mr. Leather 2015.

The runner-up was Shane Boyd. Five men competed with Skip Burnett, Johnny Yamamoto and Christopher Guara completing the roster of contestants.

The head judge was Kevin Casey and assisting him were International Mr. Leather 2015 Patrick Smith, Steve Ganzell, Gabriel Green and Cody Troy. The tally master was Mike Van Horn. The judges' boy was Boy Chris and the contestants handler was Ted.

Past Mr. Oil Can Harry's Lou Romano was the emcee and his biting humor had anyone else who appeared on stage on edge. The crowd loved it.


Before the winners were announced, bar owner Charlie Matula presented Eagle LA Recognition Awards to Patrick Smith and Steve Ganzell.

Freeman will compete at Mr. los angeles Leather 2016 on Saturday night, April 2 at the Globe Theater in downtown los angeles.



Published in Local Leather

IMSL Contestant Aurora LeeName: Aurora Lee

Current Title: Great Lakes Ms. Leather Pride 2015

City, State: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Website & (if any) regular community events that you produce or participate (limit 3): I currently produce ‘Cigars and Leather: A Play Party for the Community,’ monthly socials for the Twin Cities girls of Leather, and a variety of Minnesota Leather Pride fundraisers.

Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: I would have to say that my favorite item in my leather arsenal would have to be my Leather Hair Bows. They allow me to flag without having a back pocket.

Is your IMsL run in April sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization? If so Please tell me about your Sponsor:   I am lucky to have overwhelming support from my home community and region.  My main sponsor is Great Lakes Leather Alliance, producers of my current title: Great Lakes Ms. Leather Pride 2015. I have three supporting sponsors: Minnesota Leather Pride, Twin Cities Leather and Latte, and The Saloon.  Minnesota Leather Pride awarded me the title of Ms. Minnesota Leather Pride 2015, and I currently serve on the board for MNLP.  Twin Cities Leather and Latte is my current employer and the local Leather shop. The Saloon is my home bar for the fundraisers and events that I produce.

Published in International Leather
Sunday, 14 February 2016 11:07

Sir Alan Penrod passes on January 14, 2016


Sir Alan Penrod of Atlanta, GA was reported dead on January 14 due to medical emergency.

A Celebration of Life was held for Sir Alan at the Atlanta Eagle on the evening of Saturday, January 30. A You Tube video was posted on Facebook with Sir Alan's partner Nitro Hankinson speaking by Stefan Shagwell.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCl0SQAr_kI&feature=youtu.be There are additional segments of video of several community leaders eulogizing Sir Alan videographed by Stefan Shagwell.

On Sunday afternoon, January 24, friends and family gathered for a service at H.M. Patterson & Son – Spring Hill Chapel in Midtown to pay their respects to Sir Alan.

This bio for Sir Alan was entered for a recent Pantheon of Leather Award nomination for him: International Leather Sir 2011 Sir Alan began his journey into the Leather and BDSM lifestyle nearly two decades ago while living in South Florida. He began exploring the heavier side of BDSM in 1996 while in his first recognized DOM/sub relationship. Alan moved to Atlanta in 2004 and was an active member of Atlanta’s Leather, BDSM, and Fetish communities. Alan was a full member and past President of Panther L/L club and the co-founder of the Hotlanta Rubber and Gear Club. He co-owned and produced the Southeast Black and Blue Weekend and co-produced Atlanta Leather Pride. Alan held the titles of International LeatherSIR 2011, Southeast LeatherSIR 2011 and Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2009. Sir Alan shared his life with his two collared boys: pup nitro and boy david. He facilitated classes and demos on a wide variety of BDSM topics including corporal punishment, whips, stun guns, hot wax mummification, CBT, clothes pins and clamps, and cigar play. Alan and Nitro received the Pantheon of Leather 2015 Couple of the Year Award.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on January 21, "Dr. Michael 'Alan' Penrod was born May 27, 1963 and was called home on January 14, 2016. He was a lifelong teacher, helper, humanitarian, and would do anything for his friends and extended family with a smile from ear to ear. He is survived by his partner((s) two partners Nitro Hankinson and David Robinson...), amazing family, and friends that always surrounded him."

I have never heard one negative word or even a hint of one about Sir Alan. He was the epitome of a Southern gentleman. His partner Nitro is the same. Someone like Sir Alan does not come along often and they are hard to replace.

Upon arrival Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC to attend Mid Atlantic Leather I received word of Sir Alan's passing. It was stunning news that no one was expecting.

So loved around not only by the local Leather community, Leatherfolk attended the Celebration of Life from around the country. One even gave a fitting tribute to Sir Alan by buying him a permanent light on the San Francisco Bay Bridge project in his honor.



Published in Leather Obituaries
Monday, 08 February 2016 16:26

Southwest Master/slave contest winners



The Southwest Master/slave contest winners were Master Orpheus Black and slave Indigo Black, and Southwest Bootblack Xiaoyi, taking their titles during the Southwest Leather Conference at the Four Points Sheraton in Phoenix the weekend of January 21-24.

The highlights of the Southwest Leather Conference were the Dance of Souls, Carter/Johnson Leather Library exhibit and awards brunch.

The Southwest Leather Conference also featured a wealth of workshops, panels, and discussion groups, Our Place room for rituals and meditation, a community-sponsored hospitality suite, nightly dungeons and a bootblack lounge.

International Mr. Bootblack 2012 Nick Elliott returned as emcee of the Friday and Saturday evening celebrations.

The judges were the target of the man from Vancouver, BC with a British accent. Each night he had pop questions for each one of them as they were introduced.

Master Orpheus Black and slave Indigo Black competed under the Southern California Master and slave title. The other contestant team, Master Shado and slave Neeka, are from Colorado. Orpheus and Indigo, and Xiaoyi will compete at International Master and slave in 2017 in Dallas, TX.

The judges were Patrick Mulcahey, slave Jazz, Douglas Connors, Sir Cougar, Master Trish and Allena Gabosch.

The lone Southwest Bootblack contestant, Xiaoyi, received enough points to win the title.

The Southwest Bootblack judges were Gabriel Majors, Marta, Sarge, Tyesha Best and Bootdog.

Southwest Master Orpheus Black

Orpheus Black is a published author and erotic educator specializing in hierarchical dynamics, non-monogamous relationships and extreme sexual encounters. This two-time Bawdy Storytelling champion has been traveling the country teaching his fun and light-hearted educational events for more than a decade. Orpheus is a regular presenter at DomCon: LA and is the founder of Cirque de Sade - a high profile group of Dominants whose mission is to advance the art of BDSM through a commitment to innovation, excellence, and active leadership in the D/s, M/s, and fetish communities.

Southwest slave Indigo Black

Indigo Black, wife and property of Sir Orpheus Black, has been not only a sub and slave to Orpheus, but also his lifelong companion and inspiration. Her journey into BDSM and the fetish lifestyle began when she volunteered to be Orpheus’ bottom and submissive in early 2000. Like Orpheus, Indigo got her start co-hosting the Severe Society radio show. Soon after that, Orpheus and indigo began their dark journey onto the fetish stages, performing at countless Hollywood hotspots such as the Viper Room, Club Blue, the Music Box, and Dragonfly, to name just a few. During this journey, indigo was not only an amazing bottom and submissive, but also an invaluable asset behind the scenes. Recently she participated in the Tyrant Thinks podcast together with Orpheus and his co-host Recks Robert interviewing people from all different aspects of the fetish world. Currently she co-hosts the Orpheus Black Show every Sunday afternoon on Chocolate Radio.


Xiaoyi is a slave at heart and a bootblack at large. She teaches about consensual slavery, bootblacking, BDSM, relationships, poly, and many other topics. She is most fulfilled in a 24/7 TPE style relationship and is poly-play and omni-sensual. Xiaoyi loves Leather, Leather, costuming, pain, and protocols. She flags orange and Leather Worship. Xiaoyi earned her BA from MSU in Chinese Culture and Lore. Her mission is to help create understanding and acceptance among people for each to learn and grow and be as they are. She works to do this through education and demystification. She serves her community before herself. She is a lifestyle coach and mentor who openly shares of her journey in hopes that she might help others who face similar challenges.

For more about Southwest Leather Conference activities, visit http://www.southwestleather.org



Published in Regional Leather
Sunday, 07 February 2016 10:20

Bar Raid At Alamo Leather Contest

Edit by Vonn Tramel 3:48pm 2/7/16: Dave Rhodes and I have spoken with Event Producer Steven Parker, who informed me that "TABC told me during their "raid" that we (the event) did nothing wrong and they were going after the bar."

/end edit Original Post:

Attendees of The 2016 Alamo Leather Contest will certainly never forget!

lawna and lips at mad marlinLate Saturday evening, at approximately 1030, just a few minutes prior to the announcement of The Alamo Leather Contest’s Winners bar staff swept through the Mad Marlin’s basement and parking lot. They were instructing customers in the basement to finish their drinks and instructed to dump their drinks if they were in the parking lot. Soon thereafter contest producers abruptly announced Mr. Alamo Leather 2016 Shawn Fox and Alamo Bootblack 2016 Sugar Bear.

At this time the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and San Antonio Police Department proceeded to raid the north side establishment. It was announced at the beginning of the raid that persons with faces not matching their photo ID could be ticketed and or arrested. Members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the event’s emcee bolted from the establishment.

The neighborhood watering hole has been described by Website My San Antonio as a fun, unpretentious addition to the neighborhood who is valiantly trying to set itself apart. According to International Ms Olympus Leather 2016 boo, “that describes the bar, its owner and management to the Tee”. She went on describing the bar as completely accepting of all folks just wanting people to have a good time. “The bartenders were asked to dress in fetish wear and seemed to have fun with the evening. During an auction for Project H.O.T. An HIV outreach program, the bars owners announced that they would match each bid.

We do not yet know if, any arrests were made or if this raid was related to an incident in December during which a young man and a young woman were shot after an incident occurred in the parking lot at the bar.  We have reached out to both the bar and San Antonio information officers, but do not have any more information at this time.


Update can be found here



Published in Local Leather
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 15:55

Drummer North America heats up Las Vegas



The second Drummer North America (DNA) held January 28-31 at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada saw Thomas John emerge as Mr. Drummer North America 2016 and Dan Gurule named North America Drummerboy 2016 in front of a crowd close to 300.

Thomas traveled to Las Vegas as Mid Atlantic Drummer 2015 while Dan who lives in Kansas City arrived as Missouri Valley Drummerboy 2015

The Mr. Drummer runner-up was Paulo Batista from San Diego, CA and the Drummerboy runner-up was Billy Seablom. There were six Drummer contestants and five Drummerboy competitors.

There was to be a Drummer North America Bootblack. There were no contestants for that title. Bootblacking was part of the weekend with several bootblacks kept busy.

Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 1993 and emcee extraordinaire Frank Nowicki emceed the weekend.

The judging panel included International Mr. Drummer 1989 Brian Dawson, Ms Alameda County 2009 Deborah Hoffman-Wade, American Leatherman Aaron Duke, Leather Uniform Club Las Vegas founding president Marcus Christenson and Great Lakes Bootblack 2008 Trooper Long.

The tally masters were Andy Liu and Henry Sabia.

“DNA weekend rekindles the Drummer tradition of self-identified masculinity. The weekend is a celebration of gay masculinity, whether it is expressed in leather or sports gear or fetishes, at a joyful family reunion where history is honored and diversity respected,” says Master Mike Zuhl, co-owner of DNA.

Highlights of DNA fetish weekend will include a meet and greet featuring contestant demos, the Top Men’s Cigar, Bourbon and Scotch Social, hospitality suites, the Top Men’s Club educational series of interactive workshops, both men’s and queer play spaces, open shine bootblacking stations, Women of Drummer social events, the HypnotiXXX comedy hypnosis show.

Workshops included Rope Bondage to Shibari by Sir Joel, Flogging by Sir James Keohane, Single Tail Whip Play by Sir George Saltzman and CBT: Using and Abusing the Family Jewels by Master Tony Palazzo.

While The Leather Journal was unable to be there, our spies had things to report.

Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt was there and that meant, of course, more babies added to Mama's Family and a Mama's Family photoshoot. Queer Leather Alliance president Alex Conley was one of those pinned.

Paulo Batista was proud of his tremendous showing as first runner-up and the first transgender man to achieve this level of placement at any International Drummer or North America Drummer - Drummerboy - Drummer Bootblack competition.

There were men-only and queer-space play parties.

Vegas being Vegas, no doubt may hit the Las Vegas Strip and downtown for hot shows, great food and casino play. The Hard Rock Cafe saw many Leathermen as it was across Koval Avenue and down the street from the Alexis Park Resort

There was a Leather Women's Roundtable Discussion and Mama's Family Reunion in the bootblack lounge. American Brotherhood Weekend hosted the brunch on Saturday and ONYX hosted a huge party on Saturday night after the contest.

While all of the official events were going on, the pool at the back end was busy as was the Jacuzzi. There was a variety of pool parties throughout the weekend.

According to all accounts reporting to The Leather Journal the crowd was good and people making up the entire spectrum of Fetish, Leather, Gear, BDSM, Rubber/Latex community had a blast.

For more information including Drummer North America's statement of purpose, regions and other information check out http://drummerna.com/


Published in International Leather
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 23:29

Mid Atlantic Leather sets attendance records



It was reported that Mid Atlantic Leather 2016 sold out of weekend packages early Saturday afternoon, January 16 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC where Todd Leavitt was chosen to be Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2016 and Leather Cocktails was full to the rafters. The Liaison Hotel across New Jersey Avenue from the Hyatt was full of Mid Atlantic Leatherfolk.

Most of the events during Mid Atlantic Leather, presented by the Centaur Motorcycle Club, were full. Thursday night was good indication of what kind of crowd was about to descend upon he nation's capitol with the size of the crowd attending the DC Eagle party. The huge place was full with only a little space to move in the storied bar's patio. There was lots of anticipation to see what the newest location for the DC Eagle would be like. Other than a not-so-terrific parking situation, the place works and will easily accommodate major events.

While Leather Cocktails is the main event of Mid Atlantic Leather, the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather contest gets most of the press as a good percentage of attendees are titleholders and that is their focus.

Todd Leavitt, entering as an independent, walked out of the Regency Ballroom with the sash, patch and medallion. First runner-up was Mr. Connecticut Leather Tom Matt and second runner-up was Mr Pittsburgh Leather Fetish Keith Zalezalo-Greene. Greene was also presented the Brotherhood Award, a nice trophy of whose recipient is decided by the other contestants and members of the Centaur Motorcycle Club. Seven men vied for Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather. The remaining contestants were Todd Kitchen from Delaware, Arsenio Amadis from New York, Steve Bell from Chicago and Mr. Mayhem Leather Kevin O'Connell from St. Louis, MO.

Todd Leavitt will compete at International Mr. Leather 2016 over Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago in May.

Saturday night's Leather Cocktails had the usual great feast and open bar and the focus was on the Leather/BDSM/Fetish/Kink/Motorcycle clubs with a presentation of Club Colors being the highlight of the short show, all introduced by weekend emcee Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 1993 Frank Nowicki. Approximately 60 clubs were represented with several being from Canada and Europe. The buffet stations were highlighted by carved-to-order Roast Steamship of Beef. There were Mediterranean and Grilled Cheese and Dumpling food stations as well as desserts. Vegans were given consideration and many vegans commented with their appreciation.

The club spirit that helps make Mid Atlantic Leather so popular is the many events hosted by the likes of MAUL (Mid Atlantic Uniform Leather), Highwaymen TNT, ONYX in a variety of ways, CODE, SigMa among others. There were probably 300 or more different club backpatches visible all weekend bearing the colors of the likes of Seattle Men in Leather, Atons of Minneapolis, Panther L/L, Arizona Pups And Handlers, ICON Detroit, Chicago Hellfire Club, FIST (Females In Search of Trouble), GMS/MA, Three Rivers Leather Club, Titans of the Midwest, BLUF, California B&B Corps, Long Island Ravens MC, Rochester Rams MC, Knighthawks of Virginia, Ottawa Knights, Knights d' Orleans, Discipline Corps, SigMa, Avatar Club los angeles, Albuquerque Leather Daddys, Rangers, Highwaymen TNT, a variety of ONYX chapters, COMMAND MC, Shipmates of Baltimore, TULSA; and the list goes on.

Mr. International Rubber hosted a huge meet and greet in the 11th floor suite that drew a few hundred attendees.

Another tradition at Mid Atlantic Leather is the announcement of judges for the upcoming International Mr. Leather contest. The 11th floor suite was the venue where about 25 IML 2016 hopefuls and friends cheered as past IML executive director Jon Krongaard named each judge and their bios. With great humor, Krongaard had the room in an upbeat spirit. The contestants stayed around for press photos following the announcement. See IML 2016 Judges

Named at https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/international-news/item/1797-international-mr-leather-names-judges-and-tally-masters

The main lobby and lower lobby of the Hyatt had several bootblack stands that were busy all weekend and most hours.

The vendor market was at capacity. Not news since this is dog-bites-man - the vendor market is full every year.

A newbie which had some incredible custom designs was Wolfstryker Leather. They have a staff of at least five. The owner and lead artisan, Todd Wolfstryker, wore a vest with six snake heads in it.

Judging Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather were Chief Judge Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2015 Daddy David Gerard, 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 were Mr. New Jersey Leather 2015 Thomas Fincannon and International Mr. Puppy 2014 Pup Tripp.

Near the beginning of the contest, the full membership of the Centaur Motorcycle Club appeared on stage where the new officers were introduced. Out going officers dimmed candles on a nine-candled Centaurnorah and the new officers re-lit the candles as they were introduced.

IML 2015 Patrick Smith and Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2015 Daddy David Gerard speeches were short and to the point which helped keep the contest moving.

The Mama's Family photoshoot had over 60 Leatherfolk appearing in it. Mama was not able to be there.

Each contestant was asked impromptu question. Todd Leavitt was asked to do something with the hair of one person living or dead. He chose Kentucky marriage license clerk Kim Davis and it drove the crowd wild. Dan Ronnenberg posted this video of it on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/100009363128633/videos/1552008595121230/?pnref=story Link does not work here, but copy and paste it into your browser and voila. You won't be disappointed.

The official closing event was the Sunday night REACTION Dance party at the 9:30 Club. Usually the crowd in Hyatt lobby becomes sparse during the REACTION Dance, but it was huge and remained so until the wee hours of Monday morning.

The weather cooperated and was in the mid-50s on Thursday and Friday and got cold on Sunday where there was a very light snow. The early good weather may have attributed to late deciders attending. The last two years were frozen tundra, perfect for northern Manitoba. This time it was mild Mid Atlantic and most were grateful.

There was a pall cast over the entire weekend as the news of the sudden passing of Sir Alan Penrod on Thursday afternoon in his his hometown of Atlanta, GA.

In 1976, Glenn Pitcher of the Links Motorcycle Club (MC) in New York took a suite at the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in that city, and in a grand gesture to visiting friends from the west coast, threw an intimate cocktail party. Guests all arrived in full Leather. As the story goes, it was Jerry McChristiansen, another member of the Links MC, who had a difficult and somewhat mysterious time in the bathroom before the group was ready to leave after an hour of cocktails. A loud and unmistakable clang was suddenly heard as a metal cock ring hit the tiled floor, revealing to all that Jerry had been struggling to free himself from great discomfort.

In the following months, the group was invited to San Francisco to repeat the weekend. During the Saturday evening cocktails the west coast hosts decided to drop a metal cock ring in the bathroom at the hotel where they were staying, and that revived the hilarity of the previous occasion thus setting a tradition.

Back in New York in January of 1977, the same suite at the Waldorf-Astoria was taken and invitations were sent out – extended to anyone in club colors and anyone who looked good in leather, and for the first time a commemorative pin was given to each participant. Guests arriving at the Waldorf were guided directly to the room number without having to approach the front desk. A cock ring was dropped in the bathroom to signal the opening of “Leather Cocktails," as it was now called – the origin of the ceremony we continue today. The success of that event led to an annual event that grew ever more popular and the costs, too, had grown. A suite at the Waldorf was no longer practical, so the friends decided to burst out of New York and take to various east coast cities, and the party become open to all Leatherfolk.

In 1979 at The Strap in Washington, DC, then at the 2-4 Club in Philadelphia, the Hippo in Baltimore, and again in Washington, this time at the Eagle in Exile on 9th Street, by which time more than 500 Leatherfolk were in attendance, prompting Ray Hard (originally of the Links, but by then with the Spartan MC) to make the announcement that the friends could no longer host the event. Tony Bachrach and Joe Johansen of the Centaur Motorcycle Club were dismayed by this news and did not want to see this beloved tradition come to an end, so they approached Ray to ask permission to preserve and perpetuate the admirable ritual.

Centaur MC presented the 1984 Leather Cocktails at the Exile and have since worked hard to continue sharing the sense of pride and brotherhood, adding in the following year the Mid Atlantic Leather Contest instituted by Tony Bachrach, Jim Mantis and Al Santora, making the party into a full weekend of celebration.

Known now as Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend, participants now number in the thousands and the event still includes Leather Cocktails (the heart of all weekend events) – Sunday brunch and Mr. MAL Contest, a Leather Exhibit Hall and the official closing party, REACTION. Entering their 46th year in 2016, the members of Centaur MC wish to thank all the people who have faithfully shown up over the years and for their efforts to sustain this celebration together with the Washington community and a multitude of Leather/Levi clubs and supporters from all over the world.

Mid Atlantic Leather 2017 will be held January 13-15. Check out http://www.leatherweekend.com for details.




Published in National Leather



The judges for the International Mr. Leather 2016 contest were announced during a press conference which began at 12 PM in the 11th floor suite at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC by past executive director Jon Krongaard.

It is no secret that the stepping down IML titleholder is asked to judge each year, so hearing Patrick Smith's name was no surprise.

Before naming each judge, Krongaard short bios of each that left clues for those in the know of each judge.

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.

Link to Mid Atlantic Leather 2016 article https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/national-news/item/1798-mid-atlantic-leather-sets-attendance-records

International Mr. Leather 2016 will be held Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30, 2016 (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, weekend information, ticketing, hotel reservations and frequent updates go to http://www.imrl.com

About 25 of the IML Class of 2016 were on hand for the press conference. It was announced that Tyesha Nicole Best will be the social media coordinator for IML 2016.




Published in International Leather
Monday, 11 January 2016 23:54

Mr. LA Leather 2016 judging panel named



By Steven Carlisle
BOUND, the 17th edition of los angeles Leather Pride, March 27 – April 3 has the Mr. los angeles Leather 2016 contest as its main event.

The judges will be International Mr. Leather, Mr. LA Leather and Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2015 Patrick Smith, Mr. Sister Leather 2001 Robert E. Blackmon, Folsom Street East president David Stringer Hughes, Maximus Cigar Man of the Year Master Kevin, Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2009 Jasun Mark, Mr. Leather Ireland 2015 Kevin Murphy: Mr. Leather Ireland 2015, 1st Runner Up IML 2015, Eric Pruitt also known as Sister Candy Cide and Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2015 Clifton Tatum.

Full Bios for each judge are located at https://losangelesleatherpride.com/judges

The 17th Annual Mr. LA Leather Contest will be at Club 333 on Saturday, April 2 and will be followed by LEGION Victory Dance.

There will be two full weekends of events including Assembly uniform party, play parties, a meet and greet, a VIP reception at the Tom of Finland Foundation and a Sunday party in the Faultline parking lot.

On Sunday, April 3 the Off Sunset Festival will close out LA Leather Pride week.

Tickets are on sale now with weekend packages starting as low as $70. https://losangelesleatherpride.com/tickets


Published in Regional Leather
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