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Mike Hooker (LthrBound) has been in the leather community for over 25 years. Skilled in many areas of kink, his particular passion is rope bondage where he has extensively practiced and taught shibari and freestyle ropework. As a fetish photographer, he enjoys sharing his scenes online. He is also an avid leather crafter, designing and making unique leather clothing and bondage gear, as well as mentoring others in the art of leatherwork. Mike is an Associate member of ONYX Southwest and the Chicago Hellfire Club and has presented sessions and clinics for the Mr. Long Beach Leather contest. With many incredible mentors and brothers having guided him, he truly enjoys passing knowledge to the next generation as they explore and define the future of ‘leather’.
Ralph Bruneau is International Mister Leather 2017, a.k.a. IML #39. He competed at IML as Mr. GNI Leather 2016. He holds the distinction of being the only naturist title representative to have made the Top 20 at IML and (at 64) was the oldest contestant to have been named IML. Dr. Bruneau has a Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, has a sex-positive, kink-positive practice in LA, and has been nationally recognized for his contributions to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy in California. He is actively involved in the campaign to end Conversion Therapy working with NCLR’s #BornPerfect campaign. He is on the founding Board of the Los Angeles Gender Center, a Board Member-at-Large for CLAW, a team leader for Team Friendly SoCal (Mr. Friendly (+;), and the President of Avatar Club LA. He was honored as the Payaso Leather Man of theYear 2017 and was named George Wong Person of the Year 2018 by the Los Angeles Leather Coalition.
Mina De Sade (Fatale), Leather Womyn, lifestyle Domme, Sadomasochist, performance Artist and Lifestyle Head of House with a rich and varied tapestry of experience. She is a two-time title holder of the Ms. West Coast Olympus competition in 2008 & 2009 & placed as first runner-up in the 2008 Intl. Olympus Leather competition. She has been lucky enough to be Mistress of Ceremonies for DomCon Los Angeles, Atlanta and the first recipient of the Gio Micu award for assisting the Kink, Fetish & BDSM Communities.
She served as a marketing assistant or producer for Montreal Fetish Weekend, Bondage Ball LA, Club Debauchery, the Sadist Hawkins Ball, Club Indulgence, and various Von Gutenberg events and publications. As an international latex and leather educator, she has appeared in magazines & webzines such as Massad, Heavy Rubber #25, and Von Gutenberg issues 1, 2, and 3, Gothic BeautyMagazine, Shesmokes.com, and Buzzfeed. Currently an active member of Southland Title Sisters and an associate member of Onyx Southwest, Inc. She has long shown a passion for being an educator of the BDSM, fetish, and kink arts. Her experiences include doing workshops for Stockroom LA and SF, Servitus SD, Sanctuary LAX, ClubWICK, Ladies In Charge of Kink (LICK), Gentlemen in Charge, DomCon LA, Atlanta, and NOLA.
When time permits, she works independently as a Mentor, educator and peer counselor in the Community spanning across the US and Canada. She has also garnered many years of experience as a trainer for individuals interested in entering the lifestyle, building household dynamics, the psychological and physical development of polyamory, beginning pro-Domination, and competing for Leather or Fetish titles, among other forms of kink-related mentoring and counseling.