slave tabitha met her one and only Master over fourteen years ago and has never looked back! she is Southwest Leather Bootblack 2009 and International Ms Bootblack (IMsBB) 2015. slave tabitha is the first transgender woman to earn the title in a 30 years of International Ms Leather (IMsL) organization. she ran for the title to increase the visibility of transgender women in the leather/kink community. slave tabitha currently is serving on the IMsL Foundation Board. During her title year she travelled over 50,000 miles to represent the IMsL/IMsBB organization at local, regional, national, and international events. She is the founder of #AskMe for transgender awareness. slave tabitha serves as team lead for the bootblack lounge and is the graphic designer for Southwest Leather Conference. her artistic, sexual and spiritual expressions are wonderful experiences that she enjoys during her bootblacking exchanges. slave tabitha’s artistry also takes form in donating her design skills for organizations and individuals in the leather/kink community; including Leatherati.com, the Women’s Leather History Program at LA&M, Midwest Bootblack Roundup, and Southern Sole. slave tabitha was honored to receive the Mr. Phoenix Leather 2013 Community Unsung Hero Award and the SWLC Volunteer of the Year award for 2014.
Ms. V, International Ms. Bootblack 2007 was the first woman of color to win that title. She has been a Bootblack for well over 12 years. She is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. An active member of the San Francisco Leather Community, she has done extensive fundraising and has been groomed and mentored, Leather titleholders both locally and nationally. She is a graduate of the Journeyman 3 Academy, a member of the Exiles, a member of Mama's Family, a former member of the Leather Forum and she currently serves on the board for the IMSL Foundation. She was an original member of the SF Bootblack Studio, later known as the NorCal Bootblacks. She was responsible for bringing back the International Sir/boy, California Community Bootblack Title back to Northern California. As the first woman to bootblack in Leather bars in San Francisco, she was determined to seek more opportunities for both female identified Bootblacks and for Bootblacks of color to apply their craft. By breaking down barriers, Ms.V has paved the way for many other Bootblacks. She became the resident Bootblack for both the Powerhouse, and Chaps II/Kok Bars. She enjoyed a long tenure as the Bootblack to the former SF Stompers Boots store, servicing and restoring hundreds of boots. She presently co-hosts the Queer Leather Happy Hour and continues to foster community in Leather. She is spiritual in her Leather journey. To her, Bootblacking is religion. It is a deep and soul satisfying process which is an expression of love and joyful devotion to her community and her people, which requires dedication. Her journey has taken her from trying to shine and perfect every boot to finding beauty in imperfection. Her process is simple, slow, and uncluttered and it reveres the authenticity of the boot above all. It’s about honoring the intrinsic beauty and function of that boot, appreciating all of its imperfection, impermanence, and incompleteness. Simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, sensuality and appreciation. She continues to preserve the tradition of "honoring stories" by supporting the next generation of bootblacks and by spreading the gospel of boots. She is spiritual in her Leather journey and she shines in her artful Leather care.
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