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New Mr. Midwest Leather and Midwest Puppy named

ST. LOUIS — Adam Heusinkveld of Chicago won Mr. Midwest Leather 2017 and Pup Axel, Cleveland Puppy 2017, won Midwest Puppy 2017 this past weekend in St. Louis.

The Midwest Leather and Puppy Contest was held at JJ’s Clubhouse, not far from downtown St. Louis. Adam came out ahead of two other contestants: John Owen of Omaha, who go first runner-up, and Pup Chewy of Chicago, who was second runner-up. Pup Xeno of Chicago got first runner-up for puppy. The contest was the climax of a weekend that included classes, dinners and parties throughout the weekend.

Leather Press Series: Writing for Leather

Fourth in a four-part series I’ve talked about supporting, using and creating leather press. So it just makes sense to talk about writing for it. I’m gonna focus on two types, factual and opinion. Factual will be any item about an upcoming event, a contest, a civil rights news item, etc. It’s for pure information…

Leather Press Series: Becoming the Leather Press

Third in a four-part series There are actually some good reasons to become part of the leather press. I have complained a bit about the challenges, but there are things I like about it. And I’d love for more people to join it. The first reason, it’s a way to give back. One thing the…

Renee Beckman, Women’s International Leather Legacy 2017

Renee Beckman of Alaska won this year’s Women’s International Leather Legacy title last month in Dallas. She’s become the latest Alaskan to take home an international title, one of a distinguished line.

“I’m actually the fifth,” Renee said in a phone interview with the Great Lakes Den. “We now have more international titleholders than anywhere else in the United States.”

Renee said she was actually shocked to win with the class of contestants she competed with. This year had five women competing, the largest number yet. She was taken aback by the bios of the other women and all they had done. When she was announced as the winner, she knew she had done enough.

Editor’s Note: The tide is high

When this publishes, it will be four and a half months since my husband Jeff died of a heart attack. It will also be my first birthday in a decade that he wasn’t a part of. I’m not saying that to garner sympathy. It’s more of a statement of fact. I’m still adjusting to things.…

Ralph Bruneau wins IML 2017, Pawlish wins IMBB 2017

International Mr. Bootblack 2017 Ryan “Pawlish” Garner-Carpenter and International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau (Photo courtesy of IML) CHICAGO — Ralph Bruneau, Mr. GNI Leather 2016, of Los Angeles won International Mr. Leather 2017 at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre on Sunday, May 28. Ryan “Pawlish” Garner-Carpenter of Cincinnati was named International Mr. Bootblack. Ralph came out…

Event calendar for IML weekend fills up


CHICAGO — The Windy City goes all leather during International Mr. Leather (IML) over Memorial Day weekend. Along with the contest at IML itself, businesses and organizations throw parties and events across the city. Here’s a list of what we’ve found so far. May 24 IML/IMBB 2017 Meet & Greet Join us in welcoming IML…

Region sends off contestants to IML


CHICAGO — Titleholders from across the Midwest and Great Lakes are getting ready for International Mr. Leather at the end of May in Chicago. Be sure to support your local titleholder as they head off to vie for IML 2017. May 7 Pup Chomper’s IML Kickoff Party 1 PM until… Join former Mr. Wisconsin Leather…