This Handler’s Life: An IMsL Photo Update

Sara Vibes is officially at the half-way mark of her reign as International Ms Leather 2011 and I’ve been accompanying her as her handler, partner and eye candy throughout her journey.  It’s been hard to manage home life, work and the leather lifestyle but we are having more fun than we imagined and have gained support from our growing leather families along the way.  We’ve been on the road every weekend since September and still have more travel to go.  The following is a photo update of our Oct/Nov travels:

My First Leather Vest - Thanks to Sara Vibes and the ABW Weekend in Chicago

American Brotherhood Weekend, October 7-9 – Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago

Congratulations to American Leatherman 2011, Tom Savage, American Leatherwoman 2011, Trinity, and American Leather boy 2011, tyler, for bringing home the gold in this years’ competition!   The contest was held at the Leather Archives and Museum which holds countless years of leather history in various collections and exhibitions.  The competition was exciting and it was lovely to be back at the archives surrounded by the Chicago Leather community.

Sara and I had an amazing weekend being hosted by our extended Chicago Leather Family.  We played hard at the ABW Play Party hosted by The LRA – Chicago BDSM Dungeon Leather Social Club, celebrated at Touchē and made our usually fatty food visit to Chicago’s famous Superdog.  Most exciting of all, Sara awarded me with my first leather vest purchased from Leather 64TEN!  Chicago marked six months of Sara’s IMsL title year and my Lady thought I had earned a vest for months of Handler girl service.  I’m proud to sport my vest as a growing leatherdyke and can now claim I earned my first leather’s in Chicago!

The Open House Kink Academy Crew

Sara and I in our new Kink Academy cardigans

Kink Academy Open House, Oct 15-16 – Cambridge, MA and Hartford, CT

Sara and I had the pleasure of doing a series of Birthday Spanking demos at two Kink Academy Open Houses in Cambridge, MA and at The Society in Hartford, CT.  These events were a fun, interactive introduction to Kink Academy, an online library of sex-ed videos on BDSM, relationships, sensuality, health and other alternative lifestyle sex practices.  Kink Academy features over 100 sex educators, such as Anita Wagner, Cecilia Tan, Eve Minax, Mollena Williams, Sarah Sloane, Lee Harrington and more.  Sara and I are featured on the site teaching our famous Double Blowjobs featuring clips on positions, techniques and negotiating partners for fun oral explorations.

Kink Academy is an amazing resource for the BSDM community in developing fun, safe sex skills taught by award winning educators.  It’s a great venue for private players because you can access hours of information from the privacy of your own home.  If you’re a newbie, can’t afford or are not ready to attend a big workshop event, you can access Kink Academy for $14.95 a month or $100 for the year.  From Transqueering Your Sex with Ignacio Rivera to Needle Patterns with Wintersong, you have 24 on-demand access to a ton of topics when you sign up for Kink Academy.  Check out the site and sign up at www.kinkacademy.com.

Thank you to founder, Princess Kali and the Kink Academy crew and to our dear friends, Jen and family, for hosting us in Connecticut.

Sara and I in Asbury Park after Sunday Brunch

Mr. and Ms New Jersey Leather Contest – October 21-23, Asbury Park, NJ

Congratulations to Mr. New Jersey Leather 2012 Danny Tamez and Ms New Jersey Leather 2012 Fidget.  The contest, Sunday brunch and a delightful Friday night drag show was hosted at the Paradise Club in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  This was by far one of my favorite leather competitions this year, with awesome auctions, live entertainment and amazing MCs.  It was great to see so many leather communities from Connecticut, Delaware, NYC and beyond.

I felt a deep sense of love and respect for the leather community during the competition and admire the NJ folks for preserving the memory of Mark “Spanky” Bialous, a lifetime leather activist who passed away in April.  The NYC Leatherman created an amazing leather flag in his honor and the night was not only intended to celebrate the NJ winners, but to remember Spanky’s life and legacy.  I never had the pleasure of meeting Spanky but after spending time with the NJ leather families, I feel like I knew him.

Needless to say, the New Jersey Leather Community knows how to throw a party!  The minute the competition ended, the dance floor opened up and we boogied down late into the night.  The competitors were amazing and so were the judges (who included Mama Sandy Rinehart, former Mr. and Ms NJ Leather “Scruffy” and Lisa Clarke, my Lady Sara Vibes and more).  I had a blast and cannot wait from the next Jersey event!

Special thanks to the New Jersey Amazons for keeping the weekend fierce and a huge thank you to Morgaine, family and furry friends for hosting us for the weekend.

Mama's Family Photo at Philly Leather Pride Night

Philadelphia Leather Pride Weekend, November 4-6, Philly

Thank you to the Philadelphia Leather Family and Cowboi Jen for hosting us in Philly this past weekend.  Sara and I really enjoyed teaching our “Revolution will be Kinky” workshop in the Carter Johnson Library at the William Way Community Center.  Philly Leather Pride Night was held in the heart of the city at Woody’s Bar and the after party at The Bike Shop, a three story leather bar that hosted the weekend’s bootblack workshop taught by International Mr. and Ms Bootblack, Katie Diamond and Jim Deuder.

I had a blast seeing old friends and spending time with the IMsL family.  Philadelphia is a beautiful city and Sara and I look forward to sponsoring a woman’s event at the Bike Shop in the new year!

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