Autumn Orange - Nashville, TN Autumn is a genderfluid, open poly, switch who has been in the Leather community for a hot minute. They were the first person to hold the title of SouthEast Person of Leather in 2015. Autumn takes great pride in being a member of House Leviathan, an associate member of the Columbia Leather Order, and in being part of the Person of Leather title family.
Benjamin Retel - Salt Lake City, UT Benjamin Retel a.k.a. slc_promatheus is a local rope bondage teacher and performer from Salt Lake City, Utah. Having practiced rope bondage for 6 years Ben has made a name for himself among the scene in Salt Lake as a trusted rigger/performing demonstrating rope bondage and suspension at pride festivals, sketch Cabaret, and multiple clubs in Utah including monthly at the Area 51 fetish ball. Ben has also been a featured rigger in Fet-Erotica Magazine and works closely with several photographers. Ben has made a priority in the community to teach and stress safe bondage practices calling on his history as a combat medic to teach safety in all things kink, from rope bondage and blood cupping to extreme breath play. When he’s not practicing kink, Ben enjoys designing and building toys and furniture for the menagerie venue. In his down time he enjoys cigars, poker and is an accomplished pool player.
Caressa - Seattle, WA "Queer, Bloody, Leather, Trainer, FFemme. Caressa is the 2017 International Trainer. She is a girl of Leather, a dark little, a Mommy and a HOE lot more. This Princess of Puppies (complete with Tiara!) regularly serves her community through Volunteering as a Director at Large for the Seattle Pups and Handlers and as the Secretary for the Seattle girls of Leather. She can most often be found supporting these patch clubs both behind the scenes and on point at events, as well as supporting her Femme and Bootblack communities."
Cupcake - Los Angeles, CA Cupcake, black christian polyamorous lifestyle slave, is Ms Sanctuary Leather 2018. She’s been a participant in the lifestyle for the since the age of 18, in various forms. She enjoys dancing, video games, getting beatings, giving beatings and educating her community. She has a passion for dance and desires to share this and many other passions with the world, all while trying to drink enough water, be a good slave, run a family business, eat well and remain at peace. She has been educating in the community for the past several years on various topics and doing charity work with her family. She is Vice-President of Girls of Leather Inland Empire (GOLIE) and helps lead them in the areas of charity and education. She spent a week at Stanford University with her Sir teaching on various BDSM and M/s topics, as well different play spaces in California, Nevada and Arizona. She along with her Sir and family appeared in episode 104 of "I'm married to a ..." and on episode One (1) of “What Chelsea Does”. She was also featured in the September 2014 issue of Verboten Magazine
Cyan St. James - Los Angeles, CA Mistress Cyan has been active in the BDSM and Leather Lifestyle for almost 30 years, and has been a Professional Dominatrix for just over 20 years. Considered a leader in each community, Mistress Cyan has received The Pantheon of Leather Woman of The Year in 2006 and 2009, as well as a TSR Viewers Choice Award for Lifetime Achievement, and has been named Mentor of The Year, twice named Fundraiser of The Year and 2017 Woman of The Year by The Los Angeles Leather Coalition. As an educator, Mistress Cyan has been a guest speaker and class instructor at a number of colleges and institutions of higher education such as UCLA, Stanford University, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge, Occidental University and more. She has also presented classes and conducted workshops throughout America and Canada for more than 15 years.
GoddessMW - Milton, GA GoddessMW is a second generation Domme who grew up in a Female led, D/s household. She is a Master who enjoys domestic servitude, body worship, impact and medical play. GoddessMW is statuesque in presence, possesses a wicked sense of humor and is often described as a Sensual Sadist. She is a registered nurse, co- producer/hostess of Georgia Femme Dommes Events , an active member of BFD (Black FemDoms-Atlanta), Sergeant at Arms with WiLA (Women in Leather-Atlanta), MAsT- Marietta Women, B.A.M. (Black Atlanta Munch), as well as, co-creator of Natural Dommes (skin care products that include treatment, pampering, sensation play and aftercare).
Levi "Otter" - Denver, CO Levi "Otter" hails from Denver where he proudly represents his state as Mr Leather Colorado 2011. His adventure into the leather and kink community started as a young boy when he was given his first pair of boots and taught how to care for leather gear. That experience taught him not only invaluable skills as a bootblack but also the importance of education passed down to the next generation. While teaching at events he is regularly accompanied by his pups Sprocket, Tai, and most recent addition Huck. Their poly family affectionately named Otter Nonsense has made it a mission of theirs to be a loud voice for diversity, and the safety that comes from not just education but the celebration of all people and critters as equals in beauty and voice.
Master Obsidian & slave namaste - Austin, TX Master Obsidian has been involved in the BDSM community for over 3 decades. He’s been a member of groups in Chicago as well as in Texas. He has served in a Leadership capacity in the Field of Diversity for multi million dollar corporations, as well as committees and boards in the LGBTQ and Diverse business arena nation wide. A proud Leatherman and Inspiring Orator - He has presented numerous classes on topics ranging from Fire and Pressure point play to Dominance to Spirituality. He has received accolades and recognition by the community including Receiving His Masters’ cover in 2009, The 2012 Southwest Leather Conference Leatherman’s Heart Award, a Pantheon of Leather Man of the year Nominee, and 2010 Southwest Master as well as 2010 International Master. slave namaste has counseled women and taught about embracing submission for 20 years. She brings this knowledge into her relationship living in submission and surrender to Master Obsidian as well as to coaching, educating and aiding in the development of other submissives, slaves, and surrendered hearts. Her writings on surrender and absolute slavery have been featured on web sites and in books. A gifted Coach, Public Speaker, Metaphysician and Mentor, she was the 2010 Southwest slave and 2010 International slave as well as the recipient of the 2013 Southwest Leather Conference Leatherwoman’s Heart Award.
Miss Mina Hart - Denver, CO Miss Mina Hart began her public life in the Denver BDSM community in June of 2006. Her first dungeon experience was on her birthday and on the cracking end of a singletail. She hasn't looked back since. Mina began her experiences as an insatiable bottom. As a lifelong masochist, she explored every type of play the scene had to offer with a smile and a hunger for more. She learned many of her bondage skills from Master Robert of Denver Bound and is truly grateful for his instruction. She quickly found that her true loves were rope, hypnosis, needles, and whips and set out with the purpose of learning as much as she could about each of them In 2010, Mina became a professional switch for Pavlovia. After having completed a one year apprenticeship under Ms Saskia, she accepted a permanent position as a staff member of PavloviaDenver.com as a professional swich. She has learned and grown greatly with that experience, most notably being her comfort being a top during a scene. Her skill set has grown exponentially during her experience and she continues to strive to add new skills to her portfolio. Miss Mina’s areas of expertise include bondage, medical play, forced fem, humiliation and hypnosis. Mina is a graduate of the Journey and Leather Quest and was the junior Headmaster of the Journey class of 2016. She is a trained hypnotist, a previous mentor in the Colorado Submissive Mentor's Program, filmed with Discovery for Forbidden, and has taught at SKALES, The Crypt, COLLAR, Sin In The City in Las Vegas, Leather Fiesta in New Mexico, Behind Closed Doors in Tucson, Path in Salt Lake City, Shamrocks and Shenanigans in New Mexico, The Hive in Boise, and at Beyond Leather in Ft. Lauderdale. She has performed rope demos at The Sex and So Much More Show, Tracks, Exile, and The Ascension Ball.
Mina often volunteers for events as well, the most recent being Sin in the City in Las Vegas, Rocky Mountain Olympus Leather in Salt Lake City, Beyond Leather in Ft. Lauderdale and Rocky Mountain Rebellion in Salt Lake City. She is often a very willing top or bottom for various types of demos, travels to many events (including, Thunder, Domcon, RMOL, Kinky Karnival, Sin in the City, and Beyond Leather) and can often be found anywhere a hard point is.
Mike Blacksmith - Reno, NV Mike Blacksmith has lived and played around the world. He has found his home and resides in Reno, NV where he has been integral in the leather BDSM community making it safe and elevating the level of education and perception of his chosen home. Mike was taught bootblacking from his father at a very young age; his old school tried and true meticulousness was ingrained early on as was his love of service and leather care. Mike was initiated in the 1980’s San Francisco and Sacramento Men’s Leather scene and he has 34 years of leather community involvement. Some of the highlights of his kinky educational experiences include: Falling in love with rope in the early 2000’s Mike began his rope journey with the legendary Jay Edwards. Jay has been referred to as one of the father’s of Western rope.
Was the first to create a porn clip involving a rope bondage scene where sex actually occurred.
Former employee of “Mom, guess what” the largest LBGTIQ newspaper west of the Mississippi
As CEO of Tantus, Inc since 2005 - he has taught internationally sexual dynamics of sex toys, paddles and sex equipment.
A background in art, he uses his aesthetic skills to create a-symmetrical rope creations that go beyond form and function.
Fearless in his outing himself, his passions, and his play.
Mr. Dark - Reno, NV A staunch advocate for equal rights, Mr. Dark has been involved in BDSM for more than twenty-five years. After moving to Las Vegas in 2000, he joined several groups and in 2008 started the Las Vegas D/s Society. In 2010, Mr. Dark merged Las Vegas D/s Society with Sin City D/s Network which helped create the largest BDSM network in Southern Nevada offering education, health and other resources to his local community. With education as his main passion, Mr. Dark created the BDSM Orientation in 2011, Las Vegas's longest running intro to BDSM class and in 2013 he founded the BDSM Educational Center with the goal of offering those resources nationally. In 2014 he stepped down as co-owner of Sin City D/s Network to focus his efforts on BDSM education. Mr. Dark began his personal Leather journey in 2014 and in the same year he became the first runner-up in the Mr. Southwest Olympus Leather contest. As he continues his Leather journey, you can find Mr. Dark presenting at such notable events like Behind Closed Doors, Rocky Mountain Rebellion and FLOG. He is also co-producer of Revelry and co-creator of the Northern Nevada Bootblack Contest. In his spare time, Mr. Dark splits his time between Las Vegas and Reno representing Battle Born Leather Club as its President as well as volunteering for various charity events.
Nova - Salt Lake City, UT "Nova has been in the scene for over a decade, she is a graduate of Leather Quest, holds International Ms. Olympus Leather 2012, has judged numerous Leather contests both local and International, assists her local community by scheduling weekly presenters on a wide variety of 101 based classes and helps out where ever else she can when her schedule permits. Nova identifies as Dominant, Mistress and is monogamous with her slave who she is married to. Nova is an artist of many mediums which often shows up in her play, she loves hugs and is a no bull shit/no drama type person and loves to chat over coffee. "
Orpheus & Indigo Black - Los Angeles, CA As an educator, Orpheus specializes in hierarchical dynamics, non-monogamous relationships, and erotic meditation. He has been traveling and teaching his fun and sexy educational events for more than a decade. For more information on his educational work, visit www.orpheusblack.com. Being one of the most respected educators, interviewees, and contributors around on the topic of kink, Black lends his expertise to shows on such channels and sites as Playboy TV; Kink.com; Chocolate Radio; Playboy's Night Calls; @Love, Sex & HipHop; Sex Nerd Sandra on the Nerdist Podcast Network; and The Inner Circle with Neil Strauss. Check out this video from PlayboyTV below: https://youtu.be/BGko4dNQg3U Black is also a presenter at DomCon Los Angeles and is the founder of #CirqueDeSade, a high profile Dominants group. The group's mission is to advance the art of #BDSM through a commitment to innovation, excellence, and leadership in the D/s, Ms, and fetish communities.
Q - Oakland, CA "Q is a self-identified queer, gender independent, polyamorous leather boi. It’s well known that flirting is Q’s default mode of communication. He can often be found with a charming smile on his face or looking mischievous with the other bois. On rare-ish occasions this boi might even be found dancing on a table, for the right amount of money…for charity of course! A social justice activist for more than 20 years, Q consistently strives to bring together the various communities to which he belongs. He continues to seek avenues to actively serve as a bridge for the leather community’s kinky newcomers and it’s more established members, as well as those outside of the community, whenever possible. "
Silver Gryphon (SG) - San Francisco, CA In the late 70's, SG entered the San Francisco leather community and sought education the only way that was available then, by apprenticing to a gay leather couple. Since then, many others have contributed to his education, notably including several dozen who have served him over the years. He graduated from the Journeyman 3 Academy and has been the HeadMaster of LeatherQuest in San Francisco. He created and has been facilitating HumanAlive for 10 years, a weekly program that supports authenticity in authority-exchange relationships. He serves the Ikigai of those who are called to serve him.
Sir Valentino Harrison - Los Angeles, CA Sir Valentino Harrison is a Lifestyle Master covered under the wonderful Mistress Cyan and he owns two slaves, panda and cupcake. He served as Southern California Leather Master 2013 and Southwest Leather Master 2014. He and his house are extremely devoted to giving back to the community through charity, education and service. Sir Valentino, who is currently pursuing a law degree, loves having an excuse to throw a Ramen Party and loves to cook. He has presented a week of lectures on BDSM at Stanford University for Kardinal Kink (2015). He has been a lifestyle educator for the past 10 years, teaching at several conferences and playspaces across the United States. Using his Leather Titles, he has raised 21 tons of food for charity. He along with his family appeared on episode 104 of VH1’s “I’m Married to A….” and episode one (1) of “What Chelsea Does”.
slave Jazz - Las Vegas, NV slave Jazz, with former lives in the theatre world, the tech industry and as a massage therapist—now lives with her Master and their two young children and works as the office manager for a law office, specializing in cases involving the adult industry and sexual freedom. Her scene-related writing has been published in Power Exchange Magazine and Kink-e-Zine, as well as on several websites. Jazz is the producer of Sin in the City, a co-founder and executive producer of the International Person of Leather (InterPOL) Contest, the founder of Las Vegas Leather Women (LVLW), and a member of many lifestyle related organizations in Las Vegas and the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the past 18 years, Jazz has served as the producer for SouthWest Olympus Leather, the Education Coordinator for The Shack (Southern Nevada’s first community playspace), has been on the production staff of several large kink events throughout the United States and has taught both privately and publicly (at national leather events) on subjects including relationship dynamics, humiliation play, household organization for slaves, entertaining, massage for kinksters, and maintaining headspace as well as a host of skills and techniques. She maintains a blog at: https://jazzpup.wordpress.com.