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.
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.
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.
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!
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Name: 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.