- IML Judges
- IMBB Judges
IML Judge 2022 - JACK THOMPSON
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
-International Mr. Leather 2019
Jack Thompson is International Mr. Leather 2019! He is a widely respected leather craftsman, performer, and wolf.
He is founding father of ONYX Northwest and current member of ONYX Mid-Atlantic. Jack both represented Mr. May in the Bare Chest calendar and became the 2019 Leatherman of Color. A proud biracial, transgender, HIV-positive Leatherman. He flags black and navy on the right, light pink and kelly green on the left, and houndstooth down the middle. Remember that if you are enough for you, then you are enough.
IML Judge 2022 - THORSTEN BUHL
-Mr. Leather Austria 2015
-Mr. Leather Europe 2015
Thorsten Buhl is one of the IML 2016 “38 Specials” who made Top 20. He received the X-Award for Man of the Year 2017.
Thorsten, a native German, lives in Austria. In addition to his fetish visibility in public and his effort to inspire others, he is an emcee for European leather contests and organizer of local fetish events. He is one of the editors of the German fetish magazine BOX and runs his own blog called kinkinsight.com, sharing his thoughts and experiences with the aim of motivating people to enjoy their fetishes and fantasies as well as to act safely and consciously.
Thorsten’s passion for leather is not only personal; he works as global development manager for an internationally operating leather tannery.
IML Judge 2022 - BRIAN "BOLT" DONNER
BRIAN "BOLT" DONNER
Seattle, Washington, United States
-Mr. Tri State Leather 2014
Brian “Bolt” Donner competed at IML37 in 2015 finishing as 2nd runner up and he hasn’t stopped moving since. A founding member of the Cincinnati Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Ruff Pups, President of the Titans of the Midwest from 2018-2019, and Executive Producer for Cincinnati Leather, the first men’s contest to remove the gender restriction and become a fully gender-open leather contest. He is a long-time member of the bear, pup, and leather communities, bondage switch, alpha pup, designer, illustrator, educator, giant comic book nerd, dad joke aficionado, kinky bon vivant and rapscallion.
IML Judge 2022 - ALAN DUDLEY
Dallas, Texas, United States
Alan is a seasoned member of the leather/kink community, with leadership roles in a variety of clubs and play groups. He grew up around Dallas, got degrees in computers and mathematics, was the IT director for the world’s largest LGBTQ congregation, and traveled nationwide in the entertainment industry.
Alan’s day job is in IT management but he still maintains his side career in the arts, from musician and director through knight in shining armor. He is a former president of Discipline Corps Dallas, an Associate member of Chicago Hellfire Club, and a member of Austin Gears.
IML Judge 2022 - BOB “MONGO” EIKLEBERRY
BOB "MONGO" ELKLEBERRY
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Bob “Mongo” Eikleberry is the founder and co-owner of The Blazing Saddle, Iowa’s oldest gay bar, and owner of the Mr. Iowa Leather title – one of the longest running Leather Title’s in the Midwest of over 30 years.
Mongo has helped originate many LGBT+ organizations including the Imperial Court of Iowa and the CornHauler’s Levi & Leather Club and continues to be active within the community. Mongo is also a Vietnam War veteran and a proud supporter of the military. He has an extensive gun collection and can be found regularly at the local shooting range.
IML Judge 2022 - BOB GOLDFARB
San Francisco, California, United States
Bob Goldfarb serves as the first President of San Francisco’s designated Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District, where he strives to enhance the city’s leather organizations, nightlife and art. He is a former president of Folsom Street Events, which produces the Up Your Alley and Folsom Street Fairs. He first served in a leather leadership role in 1991 as President of the National Leather Association: San Diego Chapter. He supports BDSM education and is a former Program Director for the Leatherman’s Discussion Group and currently chairs the Young Leathermen’s Discussion Group. He’s a 25-year Associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club.
IML Judge 2022 - LEENA MAGNET
Leena Magnet has started her fetish journey after attending her first event Nice 2016. After a warm welcoming and uplifting experience with fetish scene, she has continued travelling throughout Europe's various fetish venues, being a judge in Rome, Milan, Barcelona and as tallymaster for Mr. Leather Europe-contest.
She has visited in Folsom Berlin, Antwerpen etc. At Folsom Berlin 2019 Leena was awarded the Miss 'Titleholder' Best Friend by group of leathermen.
Spreading the joy and pushing more diversity and tolerance are her main topics in the fetish scene.
IML Judge 2022 - JIM PLANTE
Nokomis, Florida, United States
Jim Plante is a four-time past President of SigMa DC, and an Associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club. Before moving to Washington DC, he was a member of Excelsior MC in New York City and an Associate member of Stars MC in Albany, NY. Jim retired after 20 years of federal service with the Bureau of Economic Analysis in January 2021.
Following the 9/11 attacks, Jim served as a volunteer reserve Police Officer in Washington DC for 10 years achieving the rank of Sergeant. During his police service Jim was often detailed to the department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit which has been recognized by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for it service to the LGBTQ+ community.
IML Judge 2022 - RALPH BRUNEAU
Los Angeles, California, United States
-International Mr. Leather 2017
A successful actor in NYC and LA, he changed course when AIDS devastated the leather and theater communities. He became a hospice worker going on to complete a Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Bruneau has received numerous awards for both clinical work and social activism. He is proud of his efforts to end Conversion Therapy with Born Perfect, Board positions with CLAW and LA Gender Center, and just completed 3 years as President of Avatar LA.
Ralph has been featured or written for Playboy, Huffington Post, The AIDS Memorial, Gay Star News, Alphatribe, and Advocate on numerous occasions.
IMBB Judge 2022 - KRISZLY de HOND
KRISZLY de HOND
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
-International Mr. Bootblack 2019
Kriszly is a twenty-something year old Brat from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
He won his first title in 2015, where he became the first Mister Puppy Europe. During his title year, Kriszly barked loudly to create safe spaces for pups (and handlers) to play and explore their own identity. Kriszly is also one of the founding dogs of Bark&Play and the Dutch Puppy Contest. Which he proudly runs with Sir Daniel and his puppy brother Milo.
As his Sir's loyal Service Dog and bootblack, he is often found on his knees, working his paws all over big, black boots, leather jeans and one of his personal favourites; a leather puppy hood!
Kriszly has always been a person who has found connecting with people through touch comes much easily and naturally than through talk - whether it be a handshake, a hug, or even a pat on the shoulder. When he first worked on boots as a bootblack, he felt this same powerful feeling of connection to another person. Looking into his customers eyes while he works on their boots and seeing his customers growing in their (sexual) confidence and power is thrilling and he never forget it is a privilege to be able to serve his community in this way.
When Kriszly isn’t boot-blacking, you can find him showing people around in Amsterdam, getting himself into trouble, organising fetish events or at his favourite place; in the middle of a group cigar smoking leathermen..
Last May, he became the first European to bring the International Mister Bootblack title to Europe. His goal for the coming years is to provide the same safe spaces for bootblacks in Europe as he did for our puppy community!
IMBB Judge 2022 - JACKIE THOMPSON
Washington, DC, United States
-American LeatherWoman 2017
As American LeatherWoman 2017, Jackie ran on a platform that we all need more fun and fucking. She is often the quiet one but the first one into any dark corner...usually to stir up trouble! Her philosophy is to have the most fun possible and get as many people to join in.
Jackie continues that belief with the Capitol Bus Crawl; A party up and down I-95 aimed at partying in multiple leather bars in one crazy night
Jackie also continues to be an active member of the Highwaymen TNT of Washington, DC serving as Dancer Coordinator for their MAL Friday IMPACT dance and is also the owner & artist behind “Tread Paddles."
IMBB Judge 2022 - ANDREW JOHNSON aka Bootdog
Andrew Johnson aka Bootdog
-International Mr. Bootblack 2008
Andrew Johnson, aka Bootdog, has been completely obsessed with boots ever since he was old enough to run through the house yelling, “CHiPs IS ON!” Andrew started polishing boots at the age of 16 when he commandeered his father’s Vietnam-era combat boots and discovered that after a week or so of wearing them, they no longer looked quite as sexy, so he would have to do something about that.
While attending graduate school in upstate New York, he joined STARS M.C. and learned that he was not the only guy who used lube while watching old episodes of Bonanza.
For the past mumble-something years, Andrew has been plying his trade in dark corners of the bars in Northern California. Sometimes, he even bootblacks there too. After winning International Mr. Bootblack 2008, Andrew went on to produce the IMBB weekend from 2012 to 2017, implementing the first judging/scoring system for IMBB.
During the week, he is a small part of an evil corporate empire. No, the other one. No, the other other one. He serves as the Treasurer for Alta California Leather Corps (formerly Alameda County Leather Corps). If you can’t find him and he’s not licking someone’s boots, he’s probably out having a cigar.
Tallymaster 2022 - DANNY THANH NGUYEN
DANNY THANH NGUYEN
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, United States
Danny Thanh Nguyen (they/she/he equally) is an author, performer, and Founding Father of ONYX Northwest. They have most recently published stories and essays in GQ, them. magazine, The Offing, and in the last year have been awarded fellowships and grants from San Francisco Arts Commission, Caldera Arts, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and Ucross Foundation. Her column on BDSM/leather culture appears in the international social network platform Recon. Find him on social media @engrishlessons.
Tallymaster 2022 - BOOTBLACK ZACH
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
-Founder of Cincinnati Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence