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Dave Rhodes' Christmas, Solstice, New Year, Holidays and Hanukkah List

After a year hiatus, here is Dave Rhodes' Christmas, Solstice, New Year, Holidays and Hanukkah List. I was not going to post it this year because I'm not sure what to say after all that has gone with the pandemic the last two years. Then again, we need to love and laugh again - without anyone getting hurt.

Alan Stroik - Appreciation for two decades of complete service to Avatar and almost that long with LA Leather Pride. You really deserve a lot of respect.

Billy Lane - Congratulations on your Leather Leadership Award from the NGLBTQ Task Force at the Creating Change Conference.

Gary Wasdin - All the best with the Leather Archives & Museum. Glad to see the huge sum made in the recent fund drive.

The 15 Association - A great Anniversary and Bootcamp as we come back to life.

Peter Fiske - A lot of love to match all the love you give.

Bruce-Michael Gelbert - Thank you for your loyal reporting over the years.

Jack Thompson - All the love from the big bear hug I gave you at CLAW before you won at IML and a matching bear hug for your hubby.

Bill from San Diego - I love you. More times together.

George Herbert - Appreciation for your support.

Tom of Finland Foundation - Congratulations on your successful to live events with this year's Erotic Arts Festival at Second Home.

Rodney Burger - Love you and thank you for your reporting in Baltimore.

Tyler Fong - A visit to LA and bring Reece with you.

Richard Conley - More successful Mates Leather Weekend and Snowbound events.

ONYX - To all of the ONYX chapters and their members a big hug for just being out there. Your visibility has made a huge difference.

Jeffrey Payne - Good fortune.

Mistress Cyan - Success in finding a new and more equitable location - Hopefully near the community.

Vonn Tramel - Spoons - lots of spoons - and in all sizes.

Ariq Wilson - You just radiate fun and confident energy and I love you for it.

Alex Wisniowski - A visit to LA. Do know that Zelda loves you.

SF Eagle - Congratulations on having your bar saved in perpetuity by the City of San Francisco.

Graylin Thornton - Looks like 2021 was your year with the TLJ cover and being named to the Tom of Finland Foundation board. You've more than paid your dues.

CLAW - Success in Cleveland and the hopes CLAW LA, renamed The Leather Getaway, takes root.

Ben Johnson - Joining Scarlett and I at Brent's. We've been virtually planning this for four years now.

Gerald Creole - You are a mountain of a man - in so many ways - and so many of us love you for it.

Michael Lara - You so deserved the award the Payasos gave you at Eagle LA this month. Keep the faith. You are a Mensch.

Guy Baldwin - Thank you for your good deed.

Christopher Edwards - Love and appreciation for what you have given over the years.

Gabriel Green - You are a hard worker. Thank you for all the effort. You are making a difference.

IMsL and IMsBB - Return to the days when you can have live contests again.

Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt - Love you more.

Rick Boehle - More years of Friday night dinners and the best with CMEN.

Our Patreon and GoFundMe benefactors - Thank you because you are a huge reason why we are still here.

Charlie Matula and Hunter - Thanks for being there in a time of great need. The word Mensch applies to each of you.

Viola Johnson - All the best with the Leather Library and thank you for all the effort and energy you've invested in it.

Joey Byrne - You've been a great titleholder in Long Beach - keep it up.

Patrick Grady - Big hugs.

Rick Conley - Look forward to the time when I can attend Mates Leather Weekend.

Ghee Phua - Congratulations on becoming Mr. SF Eagle Leather 2022.

Justin B. Terry-Smith - I've been following you since your early years in Leather and am please with what you've done.

Jon Wright - Enjoy the Tom of Finland print of the One Way bar.

Payasos LA - You guys are the kind of thing that makes LA such a great place to live.

Colton Stenke - It's twue, it's Twue, it's TWUE - Lily von Schtupp.

FiFi LaFille - Miss you. Keep on keeping on.

Mauro, Ruben, Rex, Bear Mike and Bear Marvin, Magnum Masters and the Albuquerque Leather Daddys - XXX.

Jim Neuman - The best health, a decent coach for USC which they just got, and appreciation for all you do for so many.

Todd Nelson - A visit to Hollywood.

Robert Green - You been amazing with the LA Leather Coalition - keep it up. And a star as LA's main photographer.

David Boyer - Keep it up at Touche. You have a magic hand with bars

Brandon Bullet - Keep up the good work with your online interviews.

Ralph Bruneau - Thank you for the two years you served as Avatar president.

Who ever is responsible for ending CODE Night in Chicago - A box of coal.

Smokeout Las Vegas - A-plus for moving Smokeout back to the first weekend of April. So looking forward to the new hotel.

Scarlet Sin - See Ben Johnson - the Brent's thing.

Elliot Musgrove - Lots of love.

Brian Goss - Thank you for the invite to your desert party. You are an amazing chef. Love meeting your partner and friend who seems to love baseball as much as I do.

Leather weekend events - To all of the events, whether they be club runs, contests and or Leather conventions who have been on hiatus until the pandemic subsides, the strength, will and means to make comebacks.

Tracy and Wolf - A million bear hugs the next time we meet. You two have been so supportive and do know I thank and love you for it. Some people are just good people.

Kyle, Dan and the members of Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert - You guys never fail, no matter what.

Marc "Pony" Owens - A visit to LA.

Matthew Mullins and Dan Lovell - Love, bear hugs, and the strength to keep on keeping on.

Every one at Leather64TEN - A huge hug and a visit at IML.

Bob Miller - I think you did a good thing bringing CLAW to LA and hope there is enough there for you to keep it going.

Adam Monda - Your growth as a Leatherman has been amazing. Keep it up.

Cypher - Have not heard from yo in a while and hope to do so soon. Thank you for your support.

Matthew Jensen and Joel - Love both of you.

Race Bannon - Mazel tov on all of the honors you received this year - well deserved.

Avatar Club Los Angeles, The 15 Association and Chicago Hellfire Club - Much brotherhood to all of my fellow members.

Dr. Larry and William - All the best in your new home in the Palm Springs area.

And to all, Merry Christmas, Yule, Solstice and/or Happy Hanukkah.

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web mr west coast olympus leather 2019West Coast Olympus was held in Palm Spring, CA June 30-July 1 at the Barracks. Wilson Raiser won the title of 2019 Mr West Coast Olympus Leather and will represent California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii in San Diego at the next International Olympus Leather Contest in 2020.

The 2018 West Coast Olympus Leather Family step downs were emotional and showed the strong connections made by Fifi la Fille, Ferris and Kitten as they prepared to start the next chapters of their lives.

web mr west coast olympus leathersOnly one Mr West Coast Olympus Leather was missing last weekend but, the rest were on hand for this years contest to meet their new brother. Left to right, Wilson (2019) Fifi (2018), Bill (2017), Anthony (2016), Matt (2015), Dave (2014), Andrew (2008 not in attendance).  Kitten and Ferris won the Ms and Mx International Olympus Leather titles in May and Fifi has moved to Paris to work on his doctorate.

West Coast Olympus Leather’s Owner and Executive producer, Anthony Harmon passed down the West Coast Olympus Leather Production to new owners and producers Mina de Sade and kitten after having accepted the post of Contest Producer for International Olympus Leather in May before announcing the Beat Your Drum Community Service Award to Adam Latham for his continued support of our family and community.



Community members without whom many So Cal events would never make it off the ground staffed this year’s event. Emcee’s for the weekend were Roxie Bleau and Fairfax. Den Daddi was Mea Elise, Tally was Pixie Mary and Goddess Moon, cashier was Christy, Stage Manager Fawn, DJ and Sound was handled by Dennis Beisber and our Judges Wrangler was Snap. Speaking of judges a wonderful So Cal panel was headed by Bill Mr West Coast Olympus 2017, Myles Mr SD Eagle 2019, Jody Mr SD Leather 2019, Serafine Ms SD Leather 2019, Persefonie Ms LA Leather 2019, Erik California Drumerboy 2017 and Adam Latham Mr SD Leather 2004. And last but by no means least we want to acknowledge MarKo of the Barracks whose support of West Coast Olympus Leather has allowed us to thrive for another year from the entire family thank you MarKo!

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LA Pup 2017 Contestants on stage at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA. All photos by Dave Rhodes.

By Dave Rhodes

Los Angeles Puppy Pride Weekend 2017 has come and gone and what a weekend it was. The highlight was the LA Pup 2017 contest which was won by Alfonso "Pup Dazzle" Vasquez and concluded on Saturday night, November 12 at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, CA with 200 Pupfolk and friends attending. The runner-up was Joshua "Pup Tek" Yeager.

The weekend started with the Pup Play LA class and play party at the Sanctuary Studios LAX on Thursday night. LA Pup Weekend attracted 600 people all told according to Los Angeles Puppy Pride producer Matthew Mullins Pup Play LA classes were taught by Tim Hamilton, Pup Zero and Pup Ash Tray.

Bullet Leather 2014 Matthew Mullins By Dave Rhodes Web IIIThe stage was set for the Mr. LA Leather 2014 Contest when Matthew Mullins was named Mr. Bullet Leather 2014 at the time last call was announced at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood, Ca on Saturday night, February 15. The runner-up was Eric Gilfand and there were three contestants.

10 men will vie for the coveted Mr. Los Angles Leather title which has produced one International Mr. Leather titleholder, Mike Gerle in 2007, and usually places in the IML Top 20. Mr. Los Angles Leather 20124 will be at Circus Dance Club on March 29 and is the huge diamond on the ring that will be LA Leather Pride Week which will run from March 23-30.

Past Mr. Sister Leather Robert Blackmon was the emcee. Robert has worked the Bullet stage before and was right at home.

The Bullet Bar has had major renovations over the past year with three main sections to the bar - the front main barroom, back patio and an outer area behind that with a small gift shop in an alcove between the patio and back. High tech has taken over as there are several flat television screens.

The judging panel included Mr. Los Angelws Leather 2011 Leo Iriarte, Mr. Bullet Leather 2011 Joey Tarin, Kevin Cowger, Payosos LA president Esteban Jimenez and Mr. San Diego Eagle Leather 2013 Eli Corea.