Category: Feature

Feature stories on the Great Lakes Den (interviews, profiles, fun stuff).

Michigan – Mr. Liberty Leather, Kenn Kennedy

Kenn is 33 years old and hails from Royal Oak, Michigan. The Mr. Liberty Contest was held at the Liberty Bar in Pontiac, Mich. in February. Since Kenn was selected as Mr. Liberty he has held two events at the Liberty Bar, his congratulatory party in February and The Saints and Sinners Party in April.…

Meet Your IMBB 2016 – Erick Joseph

This year’s International Mister Bootblack (IMBB) is Erick Joseph. Erick hails from the great state of Alaska coming to IMBB as Alaska State Bootblack 2015. He was one of four contestants in the running for IMBB 2016. Over the course of the weekend Erick was scored on his skills; where the judges observe and evaluate the…

Meet Your New IMsL 2016: LasciviousJane!

LasciviousJane is no stranger to the international leather community. “I have been kinky and identified as a leatherdyke for around 20 years, however had a hard time finding a community. In the past 10 years I discovered a kinky community mostly through performing as a burlesque performer or model at events, but it wasn’t until a couple years…

An interview with Mr. Leather 64TEN 2016- James Tyrcha

I entered through the front door of the shop where James Tyrcha greeted me with a hug and introduced me to some of the employees of Leather 64TEN. James then led me down to the basement of the store for this interview. “Give me a sec, let me turn this down” he said, as he adjusted…

Seth Fornea – Ginger Bear

During the Bear Expo at Menjos Detroit, I was able to interview Seth Fornea, a ginger muscle bear, go-go dancer, and adult male model. Bayard Matty: First things first, as a sniffer puppy I have to ask you, what do you smell like: Seth Fornea: *holding up his arm* You tell me BM: *inhales his pit…

Interview: ‘High Shine’ Director Christina Court

CHICAGO – High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack, the new documentary on women bootblacks and the IMsBB contest, came from the heart and mind of Great Lakes leather community member. Director Christina Court took time out of what has been a very busy schedule since High Shine‘s premiere to talk with the Great…

Regional Singer Doug Strahm Takes Music By Storm

  FT. WAYNE, Ind. – Singer Doug Strahm has taken the music scene and the country by storm with the release of his newest video, “Better This Way.” He’s been featured in Bear World Magazine, HIM Magazine in California and on The Huffington Post. And, it turns out, he’s a native of the Ft. Wayne,…