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IML 2017 judging panel named

By January 20, 2017



As tradition has had it for many years, the introduction of judges for the International Mr. Leather 2017 contest was done during Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend in Washington, DC. Jon Krongaard of the IML Executive

Committee made the announcement and added several important pieces of information.


Some 32 members of the IML 39 Class were on hand to witness the announcements and have their photos for the May Issue of The Leather Journal.

For full details on Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend go to https://www.theleatherjournal.com/news/regional-news/item/1916-mid-atlantic-leather-draws-record-crowdnews/item/1916-mid-atlantic-leather-draws-record-crowd

This year's International Mr. Leather judges are International Mr. Leather 2016 David Bailey, Nick Elliott, Lance Holman, Aaron Matthew Laxton, Tina MacKay, Patty Patty, Matt Wolf, Phillip "Boymeat" Wolf and Esa Yykooän.

The International Mr. Bootblack judges are International Mr. Bootblack 2016 Erick Joseph, David Hawks and one to be announced - International Ms Bootblack 2017 should she accept the invitation.

The tally masters for both contests are Don Leach and Luck Markstone.

International Mr. Leather 2017 will be held Thursday, May 25 through Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Chicago, IL. The Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago will be the host hotel for IML 2017.

IML announced a move to a new Saturday and Sunday evening theater venue, the historic Auditorium Theater, 50 East Congress Parkway, located directly across the street from the Congress Plaza Hotel.

For weekend information, ticketing, hotel reservations and frequent updates check out http://www.imrl.com

The Opening Ceremonies is the first public event of International Mr. Leather. It takes place on Thursday evening, May 25. Contestants will select their numbers for IML.

The Leather Archives & Museum will host the Roast of IML 2016 David "Tigger" Bailey and IMBB 2016 Erick Joseph at the Congress Plaza Hotel on Friday, May 26 The titleholders will also give their step-aside speeches.

The International Mr. Leather 2017 Pecs and Personality (Physique Competition) will be held at the Auditorium Theatre on Saturday night.

The International Mr. Leather 2017 contest where all contestants will be introduced, the Top 20 Finalists announced followed by speeches and physique will be held at the Auditorium Theatre on Sunday night.

One of the biggest parties in Chicago happens at the House of Blues immediately following Sunday’s Contest.

The Black and Blue Ball is the final blow-out and wildest party of IML, and it happens Monday, May 29.

International Mr. Leather 2017 Weekend Packages are now available for purchase via Box Office Tickets. Box Office Tickets is accessible at http://www.boxofficetickets.com

The IML Leather Market the world’s largest collection of Leather and fetish vendors will run Friday through Sunday. As many as 20,000 Leatherfolk are expected to pass through the IML Leather Market turnstiles.

Located at the corner of Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue, the Congress Plaza Hotel is situated adjacent to Grant Park. The iconic Buckingham Fountain and Lincoln Statue are just steps away while Millennium Park and Lurie Garden adjoin Grant Park.

The Congress Plaza Hotel boasts 871 guest rooms and suites and being built in an era when it was fashionable to live in a hotel.

For reservations at the Congress Plaza Hotel phone (312) 427-3800. Rates from $187.


Brief information on each of the IML and IMBB judges appears on http://www.imrl.com/downloads/files/2017/2017IMLJudgesPressRelease.pdf