CHICAGO – Andy “CosmicRoo” Coatham, Mr. Rubber Toronto 2013, took home the Mr. International Rubber 17 sash Saturday night in Chicago.
Andy was one of ten contestants from across North America and Europe who came to Chicago to represent their regions at MIR. The first runner-up was Jesse, Mr. Midwest Rubber of Des Moines, Iowa, and the second runner-up was InTrouble, Mr. Fetish Leather Austria of Vienna. Chicago entertainer Teri Yaki was the emcee throughout the weekend.
The contest took place over two nights at the Center on Halsted in Chicago’s Boystown. The first part of the contest on Friday, Nov. 8, included the introduction of contestants; a step down speech by Stephen Perry, the husband of late MIR 16 Jason Lynch; rubber image and fantasy. Saturday’s portion of the contest included the speech portion; “mystery bag;” and audience vote.
Teri Yaki proved to be a big hit through out the weekend. Along with keeping the contest moving well and keeping the audience laughing and engaged, she also did a blow-by-blow of how the contestants used the items in the mystery bag. We frankly never thought of using salad tongs that way.
The contest crowd was at capacity for the CoH’s theatre and the vendor market kept busy Friday through Sunday. While the Center was the center of activity for the weekend, related parties took place throughout the Chicago north side including CellBlock, JackHammer and Sidetrack.
The weekend was an emotional one as the previous MIR, Jason Lynch of Boston, passed away just three months into his title year. His husband, Stephen Perry, served as one of the judges in Jason’s place. Stephen also gave the MIR 16 step down speech. The other judges were, Daddy Tom, member of Centaurs MC and Mama’s Family; Dean Ogren, American Brotherhood Weekend producer and American Leatherman 2000; Master Dexter, International LeatherSIR 2005; Philip Hitchcock, PHD Gallery owner and Mr. Midwest Leather 2010; RubInuki, Mr Rubber UK 2012 and first runner-up for MIR 16; and Sir Dart, kink presenter and host of the Dart’s Domain podcast.
Andy will represent the rubber community at events throughout the next year.