MR. MICHIGAN LEATHER 2018 JUDGES
AJ GAULT– MR. MISSOURI LEATHER 2018
Born and raised in Central Arkansas, AJ calls St. Louis home. In February 2018, AJ had the honor of earning the title of Mr. Missouri Leather 2018 after hard work and dedication to himself and our community. He started his journey in the Leather community five years ago, as a fetish photographer and has met many various friends, role models and mentors that have helped him to become and realize the Leatherman that he is today. AJ is excited to represent the Mr. Missouri Leather family and believes that being genuine, humble and supportive is key.
TIM KOSKI– MR. MICHIGAN LEATHER 2018
Tim lives in his hometown of Chesaning, MI where he was born and raised. He drives truck locally and was a volunteer firefighter for over fifteen years. Hobbies include working on cars, going to carshows, off-roading in his lifted jeep, boating and camping.
Tim started his kink and leather journey in the early 2000’s by attending Detroit Bondage Club functions at the Detroit Eagle bar. Over the next few years he was a regular at DBC functions and leather bar nights at the Detroit Eagle. He attended his first Mr Michigan Leather weekend in 2008 and has been making connections and friendships since then. Tim attended his first IML in 2016 and was blown away by the experience. He was extremely excited to be representing Michigan at IML 40 this past May.
JAMES LEE – INTERNATIONAL MR. LEATHER 2018
James Lee is a leatherman from the beautiful Bluegrass state of Kentucky. He proudly holds the titles of Mr. Crossings Leather 2017, Mr. Kentucky Leather 2017, International Mr. Leather 2018 and is a member of the Onyx Great Lakes chapter and the Kentucky Leather Brotherhood. He is a coach and choreographer for hip-hop, cheerleading and power tumbling. He is a friend and mentor to his athletes and their families. James strives to live life to the fullest and learn something new everyday. He aspires to follow three rules: Have Fun, Be Respectful and Never Give Up! James surrounds himself with people that challenge him for the better and takes joy in sharing his whimsical attitude toward life both in and out of the leather community. His chosen and bio families are his greatest support system and he values their presence in his life. He challenges everyone to “Show the world your moves, who knows, you just might move the world!”
ERIC MASTERS – MR. 501 EAGLE 2016
Eric Masters, Mr. 501 Eagle 2016 and co-owner/producer of Mr. Indiana Leather was born and raised in Lafayette, IN and has been a resident of Indianapolis, IN since 2009. He is an active musician & singer that has traveled on both the national and international platforms. His introduction to the leather community occurred in his early twenties when he ventured into his very first gay bar, the 501 Eagle in Indianapolis. As Executive Director for Team Friendly Indiana, Eric actively pushes to stamp out the stigma of HIV and is passionate about taking that message with him wherever he goes. He believes in bridging the gap between the various groups within the LGBT community and is a champion for mutual respect amongst one another. He is deeply in love with the love of his, his husband Luis.
PATTY – INTERNATIONAL MS LEATHER 2014
Patty is a butch leatherdyke who has been involved in the Leather Community for over 15 years. Born and raised in upstate NY, Patty has been happily transplanted in Toronto for over a decade where she is a dual Canadian-US citizen and lives with her super hot wife. She is honoured to hold the titles of International Ms Leather 2014, Ms Leather Toronto 2014 and Ms Northbound Leather 2013.
Patty served on the boards of the So You Want to Be Kinky educational series and the International Ms Leather Foundation. She ran the Surge Event Series for leather/kinky women and trans people in Toronto and created the “Surge: Images of Power & Pleasure” calendar as fundraiser. She has presented workshops on mummification and spanking and has co-hosted experiential “novice nights”. Additionally, Patty co-developed and regularly presents workshops on suicide/mental health first aid for the puppy and kink/leather communities. One of her other continued passions is working on behalf of Rainbow Railroad raising funds to help lgbt individuals find safe haven from state sanctioned violence, murder and persecution. She is an associate member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ONYX and member of the Vajra Leather Family.
STEVE RANGER – MR. MID-ATLANTIC LEATHER 2005
During his year as Mr. MAL, Steve bonded with the members of the Centaur Motorcycle Club (the hosts of MAL) and was surprised and honored to be invited to join the Centaurs as a full member minutes after sashing the new titleholder in 2006. Not one to sit on the sidelines, Steve soon was elected to the Centaur MC Executive Board as Corresponding Secretary. He then served as Treasurer and Vice President – and chaired the Mr. MAL contest for five years – before being elected President in January 2011. Currently, Steve is again serving as Vice President.
Steve usually can be found as a patron, volunteer, den daddy or judge at Leather events. When not riding his motorcycle, Steve enjoys DC’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, where he and Dan have made a home for 26 years and were legally married on April Fools’ Day 2010.
A firm believer that we must understand our Leather history in order to continue growing as a community, Steve serves on the Leather Archives & Museum Board of Directors and urges you to join him as a supporter helping to preserve and celibrate our leather and kink history.