- 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. 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
Cincinnati, Ohio, 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
Washington, DC, 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.
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 - CHOC TREI
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Choc Trei is the first woman of color to hold the Ms. SouthEast LeatherFest Title for 2018 & 2019. Her Literacy in Consent & Kink (LICK) platform produced the only SouthEast Consent Summit. Her service focus is decriminalizing consensual practices. She represents marginalized demographics.
Choc is a Board Director at the LA&M and NCSF. She re-launched the first chapter of Onyx Pearls – Southeast. As Co-Founder of Leather Houses of Color Coalition, she champions Female Mastery. The House of Trei is based in Faith, Leather Family & M/s Dynamics. Choc is presenting at South Plains Leatherfest with her Alpha boy of seven years.
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 - Pending
Our Third Judge is pending at this time.
Tallymaster 2022 - DANNY THANH NGUYEN
DANNY THANH NGUYEN
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, United States
Danny is a writer, whip enthusiast, and founding father of ONYX Northwest. He has worked as a consultant and trainer for LGBTQ+ and HIV service nonprofits across the country for over sixteen years. His writing has received awards and fellowships from Lambda Literary, Indiana University, Ragdale Foundation, and San Francisco Arts Commission. Danny is currently writing a memoir examining his relationship to leather/BDSM through the lens of the generation that comes after community-level trauma—particularly the parallels between Southeast Asian American refugees and queer survivors of HIV/AIDS from 1975 through the 1990’s. Find him online: @engrishlessons
Tallymaster 2022 - BOOTBLACK ZACH
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
-Founder of Cincinnati Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence