slave tabitha met her one and only Master over 15 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. 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. slave tabitha’s artistry takes form in bootblacking and donating her design skills for organizations and individuals in the leather/kink community; including IMsLBB and the IMsL Foundation, Leatherati.com, and the Women’s Leather History Program at LA&M. she the Bootblack Contest Co-coordinator for the International Community Bootblack title.
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.
Originally from Los Angeles, Gage was bartender at MJ’s and Bullet bar before moving to San Francisco almost 5 years ago to be a bartender at the SF Eagle. He is currently one of the mangers there that helps with daily operations.
After coming out in 2002 his adventures took him to the bars of LA like Pistons, Faultline and Gauntlet. There he waded through the cultures of bears and leather, finding where his desires aligned with others.
Some of his accomplishments include the Mr. SF Eagle 2014 title, co-producer of the Mr. SF Eagle Leather contest, organizing the December Ornament fundraiser benefitting SF Suicide Prevention and providing the cigars available at the Eagle anytime.
In his free time you might catch him watching anime, hiking urban and outdoors and kicking back in my boots with a beer and a cigar.