We are excited to present our 2017 panel of Judges and our VIPs

Judges

Head Judge – Sir Mark Eddy

ILA 2017 Head Judge - Sir Mark Eddy

Sir Mark Eddy has been a part of the Leather and Gay community when he both came out in the Gay community and competed at the Mr Michigan Leather contest as his first Leather event experience. Now, being Michigan Leather Sir 2013, Great Lakes Leather Sir 2014 and YOUR International Leather Sir 2014, Sir Mark is excited with what the future holds for his life.

Sir Mark has taken great passion in helping promote the mission of Mr Friendly, to be Stigma Free of HIV. He has helped to write the Team Friendly training curriculum. He, with his kids, also supports Community Pride Events whenever possible. Sir Mark has hosted and co-hosted LGBT, Pansexual and Bear Fetish events to support that Mr Friendly Mission and the brotherhood of the community he serves and his own Leather Family.

He is an active educator who helps people discover the confidence and enthusiastic power within themselves to be who they want to be without the fear of criticism or judgment. It is the understanding and mentorship of others that has driven Sir Mark’s desire for outreach and education through the use of Social Media, one on one conversations or just being where he needs to be when you need his support and open mind to help you realize your full potential, regardless the obstacles you face.

 

Marta

Marta is a queer femme, girl, switch, and play pig who came out to Indianapolis kink community in 2007, found leather in 2011, and began bootblacking in 2012.
She’s built relationships since as presenter, judge, judges’ girl, and bootblack at events nationwide. Some of her most fulfilling service experiences include co-founding Indianapolis Bootblacks’ Laboratory skillshare; handling family in their title runs; joining the IML contestant shine team; and bootblacking for Indianapolis Kink Society, CLAW, IMsBB High Shine documentary fundraiser, and the 30th anniversary of her home bar, the 501 Eagle.

Marta represented her communities as First Runner-Up International Ms. Bootblack 2015, Great Lakes Bootblack 2014, and Indiana Bootblack 2014. She is proud recipient of the 2016 Pantheon of Leather Great Lakes Regional award and her Mama’s Family name: Mama’s Panty Dropper.

A free-loving relationship anarchist and all-around bashful hussy, Marta centers spouse Walter, Daddy Tony, boyfriend/Handler Andi, and siblings Lynn and Tracy within her poly constellation.

 

Ms. Tammy

Ms Tammy began exploring facets of the BDSM/Leather/Fetish Lifestyle more than a decade ago. She was Ms Great Lakes Olympus Leather 2015 and shares the titles of Great Lakes Master/slave 2004 with her slave john. She has served as a judge for numerous leather contests over the years and enjoys providing this service for her community. Keeping with her love of bears, she was the first woman to become a full member of the Kentucky Bourbon Bears and is Mama’s Bear Hunter. She has been awarded the Pantheon of Leather Community Choice (Woman) Award, the Connell-Stanley Leatherperson of the Year for Kentucky and the Imperical Court of Kentucky’s Larry Stanley Leather Community Service Award. Her greatest interest lies in health education and safety promotion for the community. She teaches classes that promote a better understanding of physical/emotional health and offers demonstrations to encourage safer play in various aspects of the BDSM/Leather/Fetish.

 

Sir Nate

Three years ago, Sir Nate came out as a Handler, Sir, and avid kinkster. Originally from Northern Illinois, he has made Madison Wisconsin his home for the last seven years and is proud to serve the Wisconsin pup community. He has been involved in various non-profit organizations for the last fourteen years and is eager to use his experience serving the pup community. He has spearheaded efforts in organizing Wisconsin’s first pup group, with hopes of incorporating this year. He is a member of the Madison Minotaurs (International Gay Rugby team) and an associate member of the Chicago Puppy Patrol. He was proud to be this year’s (2016) Mr. Wisconsin Leather first runner up. Sir Nate is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin Madison, specializing in drug development for infectious disease, including tuberculosis, MRSA, HIV, and various other pathogens. He is most proud of his two collared pups, pup Cyon and pup Pugnus, who remind him every day that the loyalty of a loving pup is among the noblest gifts one can receive.

 

slave dawn

slave dawn lives in Columbus, OH with Master Dan, in a 24/7 M/s relationship of more than 15 years. Along with being a long-time international presenter, she is also the co-producer of the annual events, ‘Power eXchange Summit’ and ‘Beyond the Love’; co-host of the long-standing internet radio show, ‘Erotic Awakening’, Great Lakes region slave title holder (2010); co-author of ‘Living M/s: A book for Masters, slaves, and Their Relationships’ and ‘Sex, Stories, and Power Exchange’; and is mentioned in a number of books, articles, and other media. Along with Master Dan, she was also just awarded International MAsT’s 2015 Presenter of the Year.

slave dawn is also ordained and licensed Interfaith Clergy in Ohio; a Reiki Master/Teacher; uses her degree in Applied Psychology as an Alternative Lifestyle Coach and Mentor; a member of MAsT: Columbus; and a co-director for the Columbus Space for Alternative Self Expression. Needless to say, giving back to her communities is a passion for her, and she hopes to be able to do so for many years to come.

 

 

 

VIPs

Master of Ceremonies – Nick Elliott

Nick Elliott has been called lots of things in his lifetime, but never ” boring”. Nick was International Mr Bootblack 2012, and while he’s hung up his sash, he still does boots all over the country at different events and bars, and he believes that by taking care of your leather, he’s taking care of you.

Nick is a US Army Veteran who lives in Portland, Oregon. He has a wife, a boyfriend in Edinburgh, and a couple of Daddies on the side. Nick describes himself as a bi-poly-pagan-kinky-gamer-geek (or “slut” for short). He switches for impact and rough body play and loves to bite. He is also turned on by bears, armpits, gloves, and cigars.