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Tom of Finland honored for his centennial in Helsinki

To honor the centenary of the birth of artist Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen, 1920-1991) he received a memorial plaque on the facade of the apartment building in Helsinki where he and his partner Veli Mäkinen (1932-1981) lived between 1969-1984. The building, housing cooperative Sampsa, is located at Tehtaankatu 7 in Helsinki. The memorial plaque wase unveiled on Saturday, August 22 at the Corner of Tehtaankatu 7 and Vuorimiehenpuistikko 6 in the Ullanlinna district of Helsinki. The memorial plaque was made possible by the support of MSC Finland – TOM’s Club ry; Tom of Finland Foundation, Inc., Los Angeles; Kuvittajat ry; Freelance-graafikot ry; Grafia ry,; Sarjakuvantekijät ry; Sarjakuvaseura ry; ECMC European Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; ToP Top of Europe; SLM København; SLM Stockholm; and LMS Estonia. Cover photo - Durk Dehner, founder of Tom of Finland Foundation, was a close friend, beloved, co-worker, manager and sparring member of Tom (born Touko Laaksonen). He has made his life’s work to maintain and protect the art of Tom of Finland. In this upstairs bedroom, Tom slept and drew. Tom’s life in Los Angeles in the 1980s.




International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack 2019

The International Leather Sir, International Leatherboy and the International Community Bootblack 2019 contests were held August 29 - September 1 at the Crown Plaza Market Center in Dallas, TX where Sir Robert from Canada was chosen to be International Leather Sir 2019, J Baby to be International Leatherboy 2019 and AJ to be International Community Bootblack 2019. The weekend kicked off with the Pantheon of Leather Awards and Dinner on Thursday, August 29 followed by introduction of contestants, the contestants' public demo and a roast of last year's titleholders. Leather Sir runner-up was none other than Sir Shawn, Leatherboy runner-up was boy Kristofer and Bootblack runner-up was Mark Chain. In awards decided by the in contestants were Sir Alan Penrod Flogger to Sir Bull, John Siracusa Golden Paddle to boy Kristofer and the Golden Brush to pup Ryder. There's more to the story at






Pantheon of Leather 2019 saw 30 new recipients added to the total of over 900 over the years at the Crowne Plaza Market Center in Dallas, TX. Pantheon of Leather was held as part of International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and International Community Bootblack on Thursday night, August 29 as part of a formal buffet dinner which had about 30 standing past the sellout crowd. ILSLb ICBB was held Labor Day weekend.




Up Your Alley

The weather was the best it could be for the Up Your Alley Fair in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, July 28 and there was a hug crowd. It was warm enough to get shirts off, nudists doing their thin and cool enough that people were not hydrating from heat. Seems there were less booths, especially on Market Street, but don't take that as official. The 15 Association had its open dungeon on the north part of Dore Alley which was where most of the booths were. There is a hot batch of men for San Francisco's Bare Chest Calendar which was on sale. Peter Fiske had his whips and books available. The Mama's Family photo shoot was cancelled a few days before the Fair.





Pantheon Awards Voting Is Open Now!


You've been waiting, there was a delay and now it is on. Vote for the community leaders who you feel are most deserving of the Pantheon of Leather Awards. Below are links to all aspects of Pantheon of Leather.


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