Kozen (Thay Minh Tinh)
Thich Minh Tinh is a Buddhist monk who has lived lives of great hedonism and also of great restraint. He speaks to the heart of being real, in this moment of time, and awakening into our legitimate nature.
“There are people who live with the intent for caring and being alive, there are others who live for fulfillment through sex, drugs, love, etc., while there are still others who live within both of these areas and seek to become awakened.”
Our historical teacher tells us “There are not good or bad people. Rather, we are just people who get caught up with desire, ignorance or anger. It is attachment to these things that causes our suffering.”
A great teacher once said of this community “blood may be thicker than water, but leather is thicker than blood”. It is this great drive to be alive that is present within this community that leads into the modern primitive lifestyle.
Ultimately the way of peace leads us into Metta practice. “May we all be well. May we all be happy. May we all know love. May we all know peace.”
Since coming out gay, the BDSM and fetish community has been a part of Zach’s personal journey. Early on in his adventure he discovered his love of serving his communities though bootblacking.
Earning the Title Ohio Community Bootblack in 2014 and First Runner up at International Mr. Bootblack 2015, Zach has spent the last five years traveling the country spreading bootblack love and education though practicing his craft at contests and teaching events, and other shine-anigans he gets himself into.
Zach is a Board member of the Titans of the Midwest, which helps facilitate kink education and community building events, in an inclusive spirit, all across the Midwest. He is also an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club and a member of the Kentucky Leather Brotherhood. Zach has been known to be a sadistic bastard in the play space, his motto being “Tears make the best lube”, but also known as teddy bear and a professional big spoon.
Residing in Cincinnati Ohio for the past ten years with his boy and apprentice, boy-pup Roke, Zach is infinitely grateful for the friends he has made, the family that has chosen him, and the clubs in which he has found brothers and sisters.
Having been a lover and protector of leather for over 30 years, she is currently stepping into and owning her identity as a queer Leather Woman. Driven by service, it is only natural that she is passionate about educating newcomers in all things Bootblack.
As your 2015 International Community Bootblack, representing ILSb/ICBB; she has been fortunate enough to travel the country and work the stands, teach classes, organize bootblack lounges and judge; however, her home bar is the Dallas Eagle where she is currently one of the resident bootblacks. She is an active member of NLA Dallas, where she serves as treasurer, a Beyond Vanilla committee member, NLA International member, Women in Leather International member, on staff for WILL and SPLF as the bootblack coordinator, and serves as: Honorary Director At-Large (Women's Initiatives) for Team Friendly DFW. Briar has also developed the DFW Bootlab which meets monthly to mentor and share skills.
Working hard to come out of her introverted shell, she is thrilled to have found the largest fraternity of shenanigan seekers in the Leather world – the BOOTBLACKS – she is open and welcomes new friends and adventures.
Cap aka Miss Chris
Cap (aka Miss Chris) is a switchy pan poly edge player, professional disciplinarian, fetish video actress/stage performance artist, spanking party group coordinator and kink presenter. She founded the Sun Valley Spankos (now Spank University) back in February 2009 and holds spanking parties quarterly in Phoenix, AZ. Miss Chris is an annual staple at spanking conventions, and she is proud to have presented at local, national and international events like Twisted Leprechaun (Ireland), Rome BDSM Conference (Italy), Training Tea Time (Canada), World Spanking Party (Spain), DomCon (LA & ATL), and Beyond Leather (FL). She is proud to have been recognized as a Special Guest of Honor at the 2011 DomConATL and 2016 DomConLA. Miss Chris has done workshops for US clubs UKS (NY), CAPEX (NC), Club X (CA), and Northern Exposure (AK), and has even presented at vanilla conferences like Darkcon, AASECT and Mensa. She’s a Butchmanns Academy graduate and recurring presenter at her local clubs, APEX (Phoenix, AZ) and Desert Dominion (Tucson, AZ). Love, laughter and life lived to its fullest!
Kenneth Anthony has served his local community as Mr. Cellblock Phoenix Leather, Emperor of the Imperial Sovereign Empire of Arizona, and co-producer of the Mr. Phoenix Leather Contest. He has also volunteered with various other clubs and contests, serving as a board member, stage manager and MC as needed by those organizations. He is currently serving as Vice-President for the Imperial Court of Arizona. Kenneth is a past recipient of the Pantheon of Leather, Rocky Mountain Region Award, is Mama's Calm in the Storm in Mama's Family, and in 2012 he was awarded the Southwest Leather Conference Spirit of Service Award. In 2007 he co-founded the Arizona Pups and Handlers with his pup mohawk, one of the first organized groups for puppies in the nation. His proudest accomplishment is being the Daddy to his wonderful boys and pups, Rocko, Mohawk, and BJ.
Smiling Sadist Daddy Crone Leenie is a long-term body worker/energy runner and has been in the Leather world since early 90's. Leenie began Dancing with Whips in 1998 and has not stopped. She started in Boston as a member of MOB (Massachusetts Orgasmic Bitches). S/he has taught/presented for MDG in Asheville, the Women's Winter Bash in Atlanta, MBK in Myrtle Beach, SELF, DESIRE, Mayhem in Vancouver BC, Wicked Women, The Conservatory in PDX, Sagacity in Victoria BC, Threshold in LA, Lupercallia in Edmonton, Alberta, West Coast Bound in Vancouver, B.C., APEX in Phoenix, Conception in Victoria, BC, Behind Closed Doors in Tucson, AZ, Women's International Leather Legacy (WILL), Leather Realm in San Diego and the land of Woo SWLC.
In workshops, Leenie shares her style, which s/he gleaned from various whip enthusiasts such as, Bob Deegan, Boomer, Sebastian, Roger, Stan and special nod to Wayne of Atlanta. Thank you all for sharing your passion! This Dance is of spirit, body and mind for Leenie, who revels in the intentions created. Keep Dancing!
Dee has been an active member of the Arizona kink community for over a decade, having been lucky enough to find the community within weeks of becoming legal to join it! She loves to talk about kinky doings with fellow perverts and has presented regularly for various Arizona groups since 2004. She has also spent the better part of a decade supporting her community by serving on the board of TNG-AZ. Dee is currently in school pursuing her doctorate to become a kink-friendly therapist. In her extremely limited spare time, she enjoys consensually bossing people around, being a puppy, and sometimes moonlights as a tentacle-monster girl.
Doc Duhon has been active in the BDSM community for over 30 years, remaining an unaffiliated GDI (God Damn Independent). Not a "joiner" by nature, and coming into a community which was both in the midst of a generational change and the impacts of HIV, he chose not to associate with any particular organization. His experience in power dynamic relationships included coming to terms with both his Dominant and submissive sides, Involved in these relationships since 1987, he first collared a submissive in a long-term relationship in 1991, developing his skills as a Dominant and helping his boy realize his own needs and desires. In the intervening years, Doc has had a number of men under collar and believes relationships are organic. They need to flow and change as circumstance dictates. He is proud of every man who has ever worn his collar. As a switch, he came to terms with his own need to submit in the 1990's and has been privileged to wear the collars of two men. He remains in service to one of them. Doc lives in Palm Springs, CA and his family includes a husband of 24 years, a Master whom he has known for 20 years, and a collared boy. Doc is active in Leatherman's Discussion Group, Power Dynamics Discussion group, various Desert Fetish Authority Activities, and has supported various events including Palm Springs Leather Pride, International Mr. Leather, as well as SF and Palm Springs Gay Pride events, among others.
Elwood is a professionally trained and certified body piercer and body brander, scarification, suspension artist and photographer. He was trained in San Francisco, CA by Fakir Musafar, (the father of the Modern Primitive and the man credited with bringing body piercing to the western world).
As an educator and body modification practitioner, Elwood is known for his humorous personality while educating audiences on a variety of classes and workshops. He is acknowledged for his vast knowledge of the history of body modification and practical safety.
Elwood has presented numerous workshops surrounding body modification and alternative lifestyle topics around the globe. His commitment to advanced safety within the body mod industry has also led him to becoming an educator to the Simon Fraser Health Authority, Coastal Health Authority, The Canadian Institute of Professional Health Inspectors, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Elwood has also been featured on Television with appearances on Shaw's "Urban Rush", Discovery Channel's "Skin Deep", TLC's "Human Canvas: Sacred Skin" and on MTV Canada's "Select". Elwood has also been featured in various print mediums and radio interviews.
Elwood is also the Executive Director of Edgewalkers, an organization centered on the practice and provision of body based ritual in a tribal and community setting. For more information about Edgewalkers, contact Elwood directly.
Elwood is always happy to answer any questions or concerns about any body modification topic at:firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling or texting 604.836.5013
Eric Pride, together with his wife Lady Christie, heads a structured authority-based household in New York. The household celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2012. The primary focus of the household is integrating healthy power-exchange dynamics into daily life and providing guidance, training and support for its individuals. Eric enjoys consensual S&M, blogs on different aspects of the lifestyle, and gives presentations on alternative lifestyle relationships, structured authority-based living, S&M, ritual and spirituality.
Eric has presented nationwide at numerous conferences, organizations and events. He is a founding member and an instructor at the Master/slave Development Center, an educational group for Masters and slaves. He is also the founder of NYC Kinky Living (NYCKL) and the producer of the hands-on immersive full-day events EdgePlay, KinkWorks, PlaySpace, ROPESCAPE, ROPESCAPE 2 and Unleashed. Contact Eric at Eric.Pride@gmail.com.
Long-time LGBT activist and member of the Leather community since the mid 1970's, Hardy is still an enthusiastic participant in the Leather scene. He is author of several books on kink related subjects including The Family Jewels: A Guide to Male Genital Plat and Torment published by Greenery Press, and Soul of a Second Skin: Journey of a Gay Christian Leatherman.
His awards include the "Leather Leadership Award" from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, "Man of the Year" and "Lifetime Achievement" awards from NLA-International, the "Leatherman's Heart Award" from Southwest Leatherfest, and most recently the "Jack Stice Memorial Award" at South Plains Leatherfest. He is a contributor to Leatherati and a columnist for The Dallas Voice and is the Co-Chair of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation in Washington, DC. He lives in Dallas where he and his boy celebrated 21 years together as partners in play and life.
wife and property of Sir Orpheus Black - has been not only a sub and slave to Orpheus, but also a lifelong companion and inspiration to Him. 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 with Orpheus, Sir Nik Satanas, and Mariah. 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. Over the past 14+ years, indigo has blossomed from being a sub and slave, evolving into an outstanding fetish model, leather craftswoman, educator, and advocate. Indigo is co-titleholder of the Southern California Master/slave 2015 patch with Orpheus, for an unprecedented second title year.
Last year, they won the title for the 2014 patch, and were honored by the contest owners to represent the title again after the 2015 title was left open. In her personal time, outside of the scene, indigo is a wife, mother, poly partner and friend. She has become an accomplished ATS belly dancer, performing with the renowned student troupe “Crescent Rose Tribal”.
JeAnne Moniz Swinley
JeAnne is an ongoing professional soloist and has sung everything from the National Anthem for a season with the NHL's Hartford Whalers, the National WWII Museum and the New York National Democratic Convention, to "Ave Maria" for countless weddings in New York City and now New Orleans.
JeAnne is a proud submissive serving in and enjoying the lifestyle since 1994. This is her second time at SWLC, and she is honored and thrilled for the opportunity to combine her deepest loves of leather and singing at such an incredible event.
Just Angel is your Southwest Bootblack 2014. She was introduced to the lifestyle in 2004. The heart of who she has become in life and Leather is an educator. As an edge player Angel’s interests are multi-faceted. Her primary fondness falls to boots, blood, impact, whips and bondage. She has been a founding member of a few groups such as Kinky Coffee Roserock girls of Leather and Oklahoma Submissive Support. To live outside of the binary angel believes in non-gender bias. When it comes to play, sex, boots, affection and love it does not matter what gender the other person is or even if they have no gender at all. She was honored to be the Ms. Great Plains Olympus Leather 2008 & 2009. Angel's carries a deep strength of mind and love for others. Her passion and dedication to serve her communities both vanilla and Leather are at the core of her being. Her obsession for service shines through in all her tasks and she strives to always be accessible and approachable.
KYew has been involved with the Leather community since 1996, was Ms. San Diego Leather 2004 and is Mama’s Community Outreach. A partial list of events and organizations she has volunteered for are as follows: the Free Speech Coalition, IMsL, San Diego Leather Pride and Folsom Street Fair. She has supported Club X, the San Diego Bootblacks, and also the Boys in Leather Service Rose City. Some of the events KYew has presented at are: Southwest Leather Conference, Sash Bash in Portland, Lair De Sade, Behind Closed Doors, Threshold, Club X, Leather Leadership Conference, The Hard Edge, LA H.E.A.T., Sin in the City and Desire.
As a student of life, Leather and BDSM, Master Malik is always eager to share his views, thoughts and ideas with any willing people who give him some of their time to listen.
Some similarities between Leatherism and Sufism have helped Master Malik to continue his journey on the path of mastery and slavery with his precious slave Cathy.
Master Malik is an avid practitioner of old fashion SM and strongly believes in a powerful connection between SM and spiritual realm. He strongly believes with passion about "Acceptance", "Tolerance" and "Diversity" of our larger tribe.
Master Malik is proud to serve as Southwest Master 2008.
He is an associate member of T.U.L.S.A., and founder of MaST-Tulsa. He is also an associate member of Chicago Hellfire Club. He is proud to have the privilege of presenting at several local, regional and national events and gatherings. Master Malik is co founder of Xpressions (a play space in Tulsa, OK) .
Michael has been into Leather and kink for most of his life and is proud to have been the Master of slave Angie for 13 years. Michael continues to explore daily what it means to be a Master and Leatherman. His passion is to encourage others to explore the same within in themselves. Michael presents on M/s and BDSM topics worldwide.
Michael is honored to be International Master 2014. He is the executive producer of Illinois Leather Alliance, Assistant Regional Director of the Great Lakes MAsT region and full member of the Chicago Leather Club. Michael is the recipient of the 2015 Jack Stice Memorial Award and shares the 2015 Pantheon for Couple of the Year with his slave.
Michael’s passions include riding Harleys, bourbon, cigars, being a full-on nerd/geek, playing Dungeons & Dragons and living an amazing life with his slave. He is most proud of the title he’s earned from his Leather tribe - “International Fancy Master”.
Neko is a bisexual leather man who started his journey in 1996. His travels and learning began as a collared slave. After almost two years, his Mistress felt he was on the wrong end of the flogger and spent three years training him to provide the proper care and feeding for his own slaves, as well as building upon Leather history, traditions, and ideals. He is the head of his Leather house, the House of Blood and Ice, which follows the Code of Bushido. Through his training, he discovered a desire to educate others and helping people to understand the darker parts of themselves, dishing out his own variety of sadism, teaching about the connectivity of a Master/slave relationship, as well as being an active part of the community.
In Dallas, he ran the Bound Rose Society for four years with his slave, koneko. In 2008 and 2014, they led the local bondage SIG group: DFW Bound. He is a mentor and presenter in the Dallas Mentors Program. He has volunteered at the local dungeon, Sanctuary, since 2007 and spent two terms as co-chair of NLA-Dallas. He has taught classes throughout Texas and in
Colorado. He’s performed at the Black & Blue Ball and Bondage Expo Dallas launch parties. He’s co-keynoted with his slave, koneko, he’s an owner of Oblivion images and has judged at Mr. Dallas Eagle and at SPLF’s International Master/slave title. He’s also produced Mr. & Ms. Great Plains Olympus Leather. Currently, he is a producer of Mr. and Ms. Texas Leather, security for Beyond Vanilla and the director of MAsT-Dallas. He owns two slaves, koneko, who has been with him since 2002 in a 24/7 relationship and his most recent slave – raven. He also has a little girl, siren and his property, Sweetsalt.
Todd has been in active in the BDSM community since 2004 and a pervert for as long as he can remember. He is currently honored to serve as the Southwest Master 2013. He collared his slave, elizabeth in December of 2007 and they live in a 24/7 Master/slave relationship. Together they present in both their local Austin, TX area community and around the country including at Southwest Leather Conference 2012, Tribal Fire 2012, Great Lakes Leather Alliance 2012, and Northern Exposure 3. Master Todd is the creator of pervertslibrary.com, an online kinky literary review site. He co-founded the Society for North Austin and Round Rock Kink (SNARRK), is an active member of MAsT Austin (Masters And slaves Together), has served as a board member and volunteer in his local BDSM community, and serves as a Leatherati correspondent.
Mr. Andrew Love
Andrew Love, founder and producer of the Rocky Mountain Rebellion, made his way into the Salt Lake Leather community at 25 and immediately knew he had found home and family. Andrew has held the title of Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather 2008 and International Mr. International Olympus Leather 2008 and has devoted his time and energy into making his community the best it can be, upholding his own values of the necessity of "giving back". His focus on education is apparent by the broad list of classes he has taught. His teaching style is interactive and fun, reflective of his easy manner and ever present twisted sense of humor. He has served as a Headmaster for Leather Quest Salt Lake City 2012-2015. Headmaster for The Path Salt Lake City from 2007-2008. In 2014, Andrew co-founded the International Person of Leather competition, which is held at Sin in the City in Las Vegas, NV.
Ms. Kendra hails from Indianapolis, IN. She has spent her entire adult life in the leather community. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Great Lakes Leather Alliance, which is an annual event held in Indianapolis, IN that gives the community a weekend filled with leather contests, workshops, socials and an on-site dungeon. Ms. Kendra has judged and presented at numerous events throughout the country. She was honored with Pantheon Woman of the Year award and has received numerous awards and honors over the past many years.
Ms. Kendra owns slave garrett, who has been an owned slave for over thirty years. Ms. Kendra has owned slave garrett for over eleven years. Ms. Kendra has traveled to all seven continents in the world. She believes that to travel and learn from other cultures makes for a better person in life. Ms. Kendra is honored to be a member of the Butchmanns Board of Directors.
In 2006, he moved to Atlanta where he met Sir Alan Penrod and began to discover his “Leather Heart”. Nearly a year later he earned his collar and was given his pup name, “NITRO” (Needs Intense Torture to Reach Orgasm). Nitro is former President of Panther L/L, and is a Co-Founder of the Hotlanta Rubber and Gear Club. He is the co-owner of Southeast Black and Blue, LLC and co-producer of Atlanta Leather Pride. He has held the titles of Mr. Hotlanta Rubber 2008, Southeast Leatherboy 2011, and International Leatherboy 2011. Nitro teaches BDSM and Leather Lifestyle classes on a variety of topics and enjoys any play involving tight bondage, mummification, rubber/latex, electricity, CBT, and watersports. He also serves as a mentor to other boys, helping them find their voice within our beautifully diverse Leather community.
Southwest M/s Titleholder 2016 & California's Leather Master/slave titleholder – is also a published author and erotic educator, specializing in Alt. Sex Education, non-monogamous relationships, and erotic meditation. 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 also a regular presenter at DomConLA and is the founder of Cirque De Sade – a high profile Dominants group 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.
Ryan Evans/pup Zero is the first Los Angeles Pup titleholder since 2004. As an LA titleholder, his sense of responsibility has caused him, to want to branch beyond LA to learn and bond with other pup communities. He currently is working hard, creating monthly events, both mosh and social events, for the pups of LA, in the hopes that it will help boast and connect more pups in our area. Zero plans to help create more meet ups and activities for the pup community beyond the bar scene. Zero had also been an active member of the LA Leather community, receiving the Southland Honors Next Generation Award. Education being important to him, Zero had the privilege of presenting a class on puppy play at the SWLC in late January 2016. Throughout his title year, Zero has also had the opportunity to teach several classes at the Long Beach LGBT Center and Being Alive West Hollywood. Zero has a passion not only for Leather and BDSM, but feels compassionate towards the entire LGBTQ community.
Rev Pup Tim
Ordained in 2008, Rev Tim works in the community to dismantle the stigma that many associate with sex and erotic play. His hospice work uses his Pup energy at every encounter. He has taught flogging, mummification, sensory play, and about the world of the archetypal Pup. (Although he's more of an old dog). Pup Tim began the SWLC Tribal Revival, led the 25th Anniversary spiritually service at International Mr. Leather, and speaks to the benefits of being a pup without the gear. Rev Tim belongs to Master Skip, since 1999. Tim also enjoys his husband, married in 2014. He also owns his boy and recently took on a pup. While an Alpha dog, Tim is very much a happy switch.
Sharrin Spector comes to this women's community as a body modification artist, teacher, vendor and event producer. She found the Leather community in Seattle and jumped in with both feet. Sharrin has been active in the BDSM community for the last 25+ years. She was one of the organizers of the first lesbian BDSM conference, Powersurge, held in in Seattle in 1992. Her passions for blood, rattan canes and being on the receiving end of excellent service moved her into being a much-requested educator and player. Sharrin has taught for numerous organizations including Black Rose, Thunder in the Mountains, Dark Odyssey and IMsL. She supported the bay area community through Pierce Ink, her body modification shop, for 20 years. She is the Executive Producer of IMsL and lives in a non-traditional "poly-cule" in Oakland, CA.
Sir Gareth and slave toi met in the summer of 2006; at the time Sir Gareth was living in Colorado and slave toi in Southern California. On February 17, 2007, slave toi accepted Sir Gareth’s collar. They moved to Colorado in June, 2009.
Sir Gareth is the Director of MAsT-Fort Collins. Sir Gareth was the 2014/2015 Regional Rep for the Southwest Region for MAsT- International. Sir Gareth is a member of MAsT-Metro Denver, MAsT – International and a number of clubs in Colorado and California.
In 2015 Sir Gareth and toi founded the non-profit organization, “Reclaiming Our Leather History”, dedicated to recovering, restoring and re-homing Leather items throughout the US and Canada.
Sir Gareth and slave toi are honored to be the Southwest Master and slave 2015 and the Colorado Master and slave 2014.
A slave to Master Michael for over 13 years, a femme leatherwoman, bootblack, masochist and puppy. Slave angie has worked hard to grow in the Master/slave dynamic that means so much to her, and has found love and happiness in being who she is. Angie’s path as a slave has taken her to explore a more spiritual/deeper element, as well as learning to share her experiences to others, teaching when she’s asked to, around the world.
Angie is honored to be International slave 2014. She is co-recipient of the 2015 Jack Stice Memorial award and 2015 Pantheon Couple of the Year award. She is also officer and Treasurer for the Chicago Leather Club and a member of the Butchmanns Board of Directors. Angie loves to ride with Michael and keep active in service to her Master and community, as well as making sure Master has plenty of gray hairs.
Since 2007, elizabeth has been first and foremost Master Todd’s slave and in his service, functions as his co-presenter and sidekick. She is honored to have served as the Southwest slave 2013. She began participating in the BDSM community in 2005. In 2012, she founded the Austin girls of Leather (AgoL) and serves as the club leader. She enjoys volunteering as a correspondent for Leatherti.com. She is a Master’s level counselor and specializes in end of life and grief work. With Master Todd, she serves the larger Leather community through educational presentations locally and around the country. She advocates for LGBTQ+ families and provides support through her Facebook page “Kinky Queer and Parenting”. Information about her Master’s household is available at housekramobone.com.
With over 20 years of experience in the BDSM/Leather lifestyle, slave raven has been everything from owned property to a Dom, a Top and even a Daddy once. Being a Leather slave is the path that speaks most to her heart. In 2005, slave raven held the NE Master/slave title with Master Jack McGeorge. She has presented nationally and locally on leather care, M/s relationships, and general BDSM issues. She has spoken at Black Rose, the Eulenspiegel Society, South Plains Leatherfest, and the M/s DC annual conference along with others.
Raven lives in Dallas, TX. She is owned by Master Neko and is honored to be His wolf. Slave raven identifies as a Leather slave with open mind about gender. She brings passion and experience to her efforts in the community.
slave tabitha met her one and only Master over 14 years ago and has never looked back! she is Southwest Leather Bootblack 2009 and International Ms Bootblack (IMsBB) 2015. slave tabitha is the first transgender woman to earn the title in a 30 years of International Ms. Leather (IMsL) organization. she ran for the title to increase the visibility of transgender women in the leather/kink community. Currently, slave tabitha is serving on the IMsL Foundation Board. During her title year, she travelled over 50,000 miles to represent the IMsL/IMsBB organization at local, regional, national and international events. She is the founder of #AskMe for transgender awareness. slave tabitha serves as team lead for the bootblack lounge and is the graphic designer for Southwest Leather Conference. her artistic, sexual and spiritual expressions are wonderful experiences that she enjoys during her bootblacking exchanges. slave tabitha’s artistry also takes form in donating her design skills for organizations and individuals in the Leather/kink community; including Leatherati.com, the Women’s Leather History Program at LA&M, Midwest Bootblack Roundup, and Southern Sole. slave tabitha was honored to receive the Mr. Phoenix Leather 2013 Community Unsung Hero Award and the SWLC Volunteer of the Year award for 2014.
Switch Jake has been involved with the BDSM community since 2001. In that time, he has strived to increase knowledge and acceptance of BDSM and all alternative lifestyles. In his educator role, he has taught all over the United States and Canada on a variety of topics. Not solely limited to BDSM venues, Switch Jake has also taught in vanilla establishments including colleges and universities to bring knowledge to those seeking it. As a community leader, Switch Jake leads the Denver Sanctuary TNG party. In this role, he sets up presenters to ensure that newcomers to the BDSM lifestyle are educated as to different types of play and relationship styles. He is also in charge of managing all other aspects of the party, including music, food and staff. Additionally, he is the host of a BDSM podcast (Kink in the Chain) under the pseudonym Rope Squirrel where he gives relationship advice and interviews people of importance within the kink and BDSM community. Finally, he is responsible for creating the curriculum and the subsequent training of new dungeon monitors for the Denver Sanctuary
Tami joined the kink and Leather community in Indiana in 2001. She started bootblacking in 2008. She organized two bootblack intensives in Indianapolis and was the facilitator for KISS (Kinky Indiana Slaves & Submissives) for two years. In 2011, she moved to the Phoenix area and currently volunteers at several local and regional events including SWLC.
tomo is honored to be the slave of Ms Rhonda and serves with her Master as International Master and slave 2016 and Northwest Master and slave 2015. She identifies as a leatherdyke and has roots in the New York and South Texas Leather Communities. tomo has been teaching Japanese Martial Arts for over 30 years and as a slave, has been deeply affected by this culture. She has presented classes and served as a judge at local and national events for two decades. She was a producer of International Ms Leather/International Ms Bootblack Contest Weekend and a founder of the Dyke Uniform Corps. She is a member of MAsT: Sacramento, MAsT: San Francisco, and The Exiles and a member of Mama’s family as Mama’s Samurai. tomo was awarded the 2013 Pantheon of Leather President's Award.
xiaoyi is a slaveheart and 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. She is poly-play and omni-sensual. She has the honor of being the Southwest Bootblack 2016.
xiaoyi’s 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 without forgetting to care for 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.
Seldom shy or at a loss for words, xiaoyi enjoys deep philosophical, spiritual and religious discussions. She does not retreat from difficult topics or hesitate to admit she doesn’t know something.