Jason Black named Mr. ICON Detroit Leather 2016

Jason Black, Mr. ICON Detroit Leather 2016

Jason Black, Mr. ICON Detroit Leather 2016

DETROIT – The inaugural Mr. ICON Detroit Leather Weekend took place at the New Menjo’s Complex October 16th – 18th. Contestants were judged on stage presence, personality, embodiment of leather lifestyle and physique during four contest categories: 1) interview; 2) bar wear; 3) leather jock with Q&A from the judges, and 4) leather image and speech.

Two very strong contestants made it tough for the judges, but Jason Black of Waterford, Michigan was selected as Mr. ICON Detroit Leather 2016 and received the honor of becoming the inaugural Mr. ICON Detroit Leather during the contest held at Menjo’s on Saturday evening. As part of his responsibilities, Jason will go on to represent Detroit by competing in the International Mr. Leather 38 contest held in Chicago (May 2016).

This year’s contest featured a Friday night meet and greet hosted by ICON Detroit with Josh Fortuna’s “The Leather Project, A Second Skin” in the ICON lounge, providing attendees the opportunity to try on leather, experience how it feels and ask questions. Additionally, The Silence Shoot was on hand to help take a stance against Bullying and Suicide. Saturday featured the contest as well as the ICON Brother Basket Auction, which raised money for ICON Detroit’s three charities: Mr. Friendly, AIDS Partnership Michigan and the Ruth Ellis Center. Finally, on Sunday, the men of ICON Detroit hosted a Victory Lunch in Jason’s honor.

Judges for this year’s contest were ICON Detroit Founder ALLEYCAT, IML37 Second Runner up – Mr. Tri State Leather 2014 Brian Bolt Donner, Michigan Leather SIR 2009 SIR Merrill, Mr. Michigan Leather 2015 Josh Fortuna, and ICON Detroit Club President Martino. The weekend was emceed by Mr. Michigan Leather 2013 Steven Teets and CLAW Party Coordinator Boy Kevin.

Event Sponsors included CLAW, Menjo’s, Dunes Resort – Mr. Dunes Leather Contest, Salon Daniele, NOIR Leather, Tri-State Leather Weekend, and MML Weekend.

via press release