BB Contest Judges
The San Diego Bootblack Contest has announced the judging panel for the 2017 San Diego Bootblack Contest
Mr. Long Beach Leather 2013, Mr. Fort Lauderdale Eagle 1994, Mr. Pride in Leather 1993
Tom of Finland Foundation Curator & Community Development
I have been into leather or kinky for as long as I can recall even long before I knew what sex was. My mother had a set of leathers made for me in 1st grade I wore them all the time; this was where my exposure began. As I got older and my body began to change I started doing "strange things" alone in my bedroom with my belts and leather jackets and my brothers football gear and began to "enjoy myself" oddly enough I was never ashamed of this. I told my friends about it and several of us were off and running together. At the Age of 13, after my mother passed away and my stepfather discovered I was "a queer faggot" I was shipped from Kentucky to Florida to live with my father and his family and to be "straightened out".
I was devastated but little did I know it would not be long and in unexpected ways before things started to get better I discovered my 1st copy of Drummer magazine. I started to amass a collection.
One evening I forgot to lock my bedroom door, my father found me in my leathers, belts, my own football gear whacking off to my collection of BDSM porn. For the 1st time I was ashamed. I really did not know him that well at that time I had only been living there a few months he and my mother divorced shortly after I was born and moved to different states until now I had only seen him once a year at X-mass for a week at a time. I quickly learned I had nothing to be ashamed of he was a forward thinking psychologist.
That night he sat with me, while I was still blushing and embarrassed, wearing my homemade sex gear. He told me there was nothing wrong with me, or what I was doing. I was perfectly normal. He did have a discussion with me about a strange illness affecting gay men at the time called GRID. Not that much later, it became known as AIDS. As a result of that conversation with my father, I started an underground gay sex club in high school. Condoms had to be used a members had to be screened there were about 6 of us who played together fumbling along with ropes and straps not really knowing what we were doing. On my 18th birthday my father took his leather jacket out of the closet handed me mine and took me to Man's Land in West Palm Beach FL. My 1st leather bar with my father, I thought it was strange he knew everyone there. And he introduced me I had no idea he was gay and kinky himself. At 21, I moved to Ft Lauderdale and discovered the Stud where, I met my 2nd Leather Mentor, David Vargo. We founded “Young Leathermen of South Florida" a group to teach and mentor young kinky men since now there was a missing generation which AIDS had taken from us. I was also a founding member of the NLA Florida chapter as well as P.L.A.Y People of Leather Among You.
1993 I came to realization that I had a problem with drugs and alcohol and joined Lambda South a 12-step recovery meeting club. I founded the 1st leather in recovery meeting in FL, "Keep it Kinky”. In 2000, I put my leathers back in the closet to care for my ailing partner 2003 we moved to Long Beach CA to be near City of Hope.
Erick Joseph is proud to have served the community as the first ever Alaska State Bootblack and now currently as International Mr. Bootblack 2016! His passion for bootblacking stems from his discovery of all things leather at the Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles located in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. For Erick, bootblacking is a fulfilling form of service to his community, as well as a way of helping others preserve the positive energy of their leathers. Most importantly, he enjoys the sexiness and connection that a good boot scene can encompass.
Erick’s goal is to continue to cultivate and promote the bootblack community while bringing a FUN and positive face to the International Mr. Bootblack title.
Erick enjoys traveling, meeting others, and creating bonds with community members for future endeavors.
He describes himself as a dedicated, hardworking, loyal, and FUN Bootblack with a special interest in service and blacking from the lap!
Meghan is proud to represent her community as International Ms Bootblack 2016. She has also been honored to serve as Great Lakes Bootblack 2015 and Bluegrass Leather Pride Bootblack 2015.
Since 2012 she’s been active in her local Kink and Leather communities, blacking regularly at The Barracks, ReMix and fundraisers throughout her region. At home, Meghan runs a Boot Lab for new and existing bootblacks in the area. She also serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for Mr. Friendly: Team Louisville, and is a full member of Titans of the Midwest. Recently, she has been brought onto the Great Lakes Board of Directors as co-coordinator of the Bootblack contest.
Meghan seeks to create an experience in her chair that not only honors and worships your Leather, but also your journey. Bootblacking gives her the space to define her ideas of sexual expression and spirituality in ways that resonate deeply.