Alex heads up one of the most active rubber social group in Europe - the Manchester Rubbermen - where he has been part of the organising committee since 2013.
Always happy to greet new faces and old friends to the scene with a smile, Alex has been instrumental in building the Manchester Rubber Weekend into one of the biggest events on the worldwide rubber calendar. This year Alex and the team welcomed over 1100 rubber fetishists from 25+ countries for MRMX to celebrate 10 years of the Manchester Rubbermen. Their Rubber Weekend is renowned for not only being a place to meet fellow rubber kinksters, but also a place to have fun, socialise, and not take yourself too seriously, and provides a safe and supportive place, particularly for newcomers, to explore and identify their particular rubber fetishes. Over the past three years the Rubber Weekend has also raised over £25,000 for charities and good causes including adult mental health support, addiction and chemsex outreach, and tackling LGBT+ youth homelessness.
This will be Alex’s second time as a contest judge having judged in the inaugural Mister Rubber Europe contest at Antwerp Leather Pride in 2018, and his second visit to MIR having been a spectator at the election of Preston So as MIR 20.
Bryan was born and grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. His foray into the kinky world began in England during his studies. He started with bondage, but when he relocated to the Netherlands, he tried on a friend’s rubber short – and fell in love with its shiny look and tight but slick feeling. The collection grew from that to many full suits.
From that moment on, Bryan visited many rubber events in Europe. He has travelled extensively in Europe, America and Asia and met enthusiastic kinksters, many of whom have become good friends. These friendly kinksters have become his chosen family, and they make Europe more of a home away from his roots in Asia. Catching up with old friends and meeting new people makes events exciting for him.
From 2018, he has been an advocate for Taiwan Rubbermen. This group has participated twice in Taipei LGBT Pride, the biggest Pride festival in East Asia. Promoting latex fetish and awareness to the community is a challenge, since Taiwanese society is not yet as open as many Western European countries. But still many people are curious and friendly to approach and to accept latex fetish. Bryan invites you to participate in Taipei LGBT Pride on the last weekend of October!
Bryan lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, but travels to Taipei several times every year.
Guillaume developed his first crush on the fetish scene back in 2012, when he started working as a kink advisor at a fetish store in Montreal. It was only more recently that he started wearing rubber, finally following through on a childhood desire he'd felt when he saw someone wearing latex in a movie! In addition to rubber, his main kinks include impact play and domination role play; he's always ready to leave some heavy marks with his floggers... or with his single-tail whip! For Guillaume, wearing rubber is an experience. It makes him feel good, confident and proud. Growing up, Guillaume was facing a lot of body shaming and now embracing clothing that are skin tight and shiny is very empowering for him. He wants to make people understand that rubber is for everyone and for every size. Guillaume is committed to community education, facilitating workshops and classes about BDSM, uniforms, role play, HIV and pet play (he identifies as a Kitty!). He's a strong believer in initiatives supporting younger generations, dedicating his time and energy to non-profit organizations with mandates to help LGBTQ+ youth. He believes that supporting the younger generation is essential to ensuring the future longevity of our kinky communities, and he's often inspired by expressions of gender he sees in younger crowds, especially by those identifying as gender fluid and non-binary. These non-normative expressions of gender and sexuality are vital to creating a future where we're all freer to be who we are and play how we want! Guillaume encourages people to discover their true selves - and to own it! - no matter what gender they are, or what kind of play they like!
A former Mr Leather Europe and Mr Leather UK himself, Kilker has been an active member of the fetish community since 2012. His journey began when our own MIR Sly Hands - or his "creator" as Sly would remind him - threw Kilker into the fetish world. Kilker is one of the founders of Mr Leather Spain, one of the team members of Barcelona Rubbermen and organiser of Barcelona Rubber weekend. He is also a frequent model for Invincible Rubber. He loves travel and men with sexy bellies in rubber.
Liam Clark is Melbourne Rubberman 2016 and the 1st Runner Up in MIR 20.
Liam was the first Melbourne Rubberman titleholder - making him the first rubber titleholder from the Southern Hemisphere.
A self-confessed geeky-rubber-jock and a founding member of the Melbourne Rubbermen, Liam has helped grow the Melbourne rubber community into the warm, welcoming and vibrant scene it is today.
In 2018 he took over as the main event organiser of SLICK - Melbourne Rubber Week which takes place every July and is home to the Melbourne Rubberman contest.
Mr Chicago Leather 2014, born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Miguel has called Chicago home since 2000. His introduction to leather started in the mid 2000's while running into the IML hotel by chance. Miguel is an active volunteer and former member of the Board of Directors at the Howard Brown Health Center, an organization that provides health services to the LGBTQ community regardless of income. Among his other affiliations, he has been an IML contestant handler since 2016, the Founding President of the Chicago Band of Brothers, Co-Producer of Mr Chicago Leather, and resident Den Daddy for the Mr Chicago, Mr Indiana, and Tri-state Leather contests. He has produced events and parties at CLAW, GLLA and other events including The Eagle Rises benefit and the IML Black and Blue Ball in 2015. A pup trainer/handler, he's dedicated to spreading puppy love and education throughout the community. Proud Sir to his pups Rowdy, Figaro, Raidho and Dane. His favorite kink is electro play and he’s always willing to introduce those that are curious to a safe and fun electro scene. You can usually find him in the back room of Touché with his boots on top of a sub, having a cigar outside, or eating quesadillas with his pups at one Chicago's delicious late night Mexican restaurants
Tyesha Best is a Queer, Femme, Poly, Switch flourishing within her Leather Community for over 10 years. Tyesha’s pronouns are they, theirs, she, her, hers. Tyesha started in online chat rooms before taking her interests offline while going to school for Music. They have done community work for TNG, NLA-Dallas, Fresh Leather, NLA-I, WILL, WILF, Beyond Vanilla, Gender Odyssey, Onyx Pearls and many other organizations.
Tyesha, a Dominant leaning Switch, works tirelessly as cheerleader, educator, and advocate for marginalized populations, Bootblacks, and the submissive identity. Currently, Tyesha is currently Media Director of IML Inc, one of very few women to wear the Wingman as a back patch, and sits on the ImsL Foundation board. Tyesha is also Asst. Editor in Chief of leatherati.com. Tyesha also holds a Pantheon Of Leather award for the Florida Region, the Leathertarian Award, and a winner of the NLA-International's Steve Maidhof Award for her community involvement Internationally. Tyesha is also an Onyx Pearl and an avid fan and support of both Onyx and Onyx Pearls and enjoys spending time with their siblings.
Tyesha believes in intersectional activism and involves themselves in LGBTQIA as well as QTPOC and BIPOC advancement frequently using their leadership roles and education opportunities.
Tyesha currently resides in Wilton Manors, Florida, enjoying their career as a flight attendant and is a parent to two loving twin cats, Red Tag and Black Tag.
Iron Wolf is a native of the south side of Chicago. He is currently Mr. Fetish Jackhammer 2019. His main kink/fetish is foot play, as he plays both Dom/sub roles. He enjoys being Dominant in a sub role, such as foot worshipping, tickling, bastinado, and microphilia (also know and micro play). As a member of Onyx Midwest, he is bridging the gap of kink/fetish to those that may not have a full understanding, especially in foot play. One of his accomplishments was promoting and assisting with a kink series entitled “How to Get Away with Kink” held at Club Escape on the Southside of Chicago. He is also active in the social media foot community where he like to promote body positivity. Outside of kink, Iron Wolf enjoys playing gospel music and plays the Hammond B3 organ and other musical instruments. He also enjoys working with youth and fulfilling his life’s mission, “As a man among men, I help those who want to help themselves, through service and sharing my story.”
John William is a Nebraska-born leather country boy, currently living in Omaha. His first experience with leather was a visit to the Omaha Mining Company, after being invited there by a sexy leather daddy on Scruff. It’s been a ride of curiosity, exploration and growth ever since. John loves visiting different communities throughout the midwest and making new friends in the process. He has attended Iowa Leather, Missouri Leather, Twin Cities Leather, IML, and CLAW, and looks forward to attending many more events in the future.
John joined the Titans of The Midwest as a full member in February of 2015. He has served in leadership roles with the Titan's of the Midwest as the At-Large Officer for the West Region (covering Nebraska and Iowa) and is currently serving his second term as the At-Large Officer for the South Region (covering Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma). With the Titans, his focus has been on coordinating Kink U workshops and increasing membership in the organization. He is a member of Mama's Family, as Mama's Ginger Leather boy; and a part of Nebraska Team Friendly. He volunteers with the Titans, US Olympic Swim Trials, CLAW, and other organizations. He loves super heroes, video games, astronomy, hanging out with friends, art, dancing, singing, Husker sports, biting, nipple play, flogging, bondage, paddling ,boot licking, sounding, electro play, a bit of cbt, rimming, and double penetration....(just to name a few).
John William is the current Mr. Leather64TEN. He plans to leverage his title, during his year and beyond, to help out those in need, including flood victims in his home state of Nebraska. He is exploring new horizons and hopes to continue helping those in need!
Kylon Hooks is a native of Northeastern Ohio. While he suspected he might be a kinkster at a very young age, those thoughts were confirmed when he stumbled into his first leather bar at age 18 and never looked back. It was also at the age of 18 that Kylon discovered his talent and passion for youth activism and advocacy within the T/GNC and LGB youth communities.
In 1999, Kylon earned the title of Mr. Gay Midwest U.S. of A. Also in '99, after attending his first IML, Kylon moved to Chicago to take up permanent residence. In Chicago he delved deeper into the fetish, kink, and leather lifestyles. This led him to the sex and body-positive, impact and food play-loving, leatherman and kinkster he is today.
Kylon is a founding father of Leather Men Of Recovery (LORE) the Midwest's kinky club for Leathermen actively involved in 12-step recovery. He believes in creating safe spaces for ALL, whether it's a public flogging session, hosting a Sunday Tea, Brüt dance party, or one of the famed D.I.L.F. nights, you can find him causing mischief and dancing up a storm in a local Chicago venue.
Daddy to many, Sir to few, and a boy...on *rare* occasion, Kylon is excited to Co-emcee this year's MIR.
Issa Arden is the MIR Education Coordinator
Pup Icarus is Mr. Midwest Rubber 2016
Preston So is Mr. International Rubber 20
Discussion Topic: MIR continues to support a kink event environment that acknowledges the specific and unique challenges and makes space for coming together. The 3rd annual People of Color Meet-Up at MIR provides a chance for and encourages all POC participating in MIR weekend to meet and network with people sharing these challenges and experiences in an open environment.