Mr. International Rubber this weekend

CHICAGO – This weekend will have the 16th annual Mr. International Rubber contest. The contest reportedly has 16 contestants this year, the most in its history.

The center of activity will be the Center on Halsted, the LGBT community center for Chicago, but parties will be held across the north side of the city from Steamworks in Lakeview to Touche in Rogers Park.

The judges for this year’s contest are Derek DaSilva, Sly Hands, Derek Harley, Chandler Bearden, Juergen Jakob, Alex Lindsay, and Dave Watt.

Derek da Silva has been an active member of various facets of the kink scene for over 20 years. He actively promotes safer bdsm and kink though teaching, live performance and community activism. He has worked as an adult performer in the fetish video genre, and is well known for his work as the iconic rubber dog boy in Titan’s GayVN and Grabby award winning Folsom Filth, and as a rubber wrestler in Titan’s Funhouse.

Sly Hands, Mr International Rubber 2012 hails from a quaint little seaside town in Devon, England and Currently lives in Manchester. He is the founder and organizer of the Manchester Rubbermen, which he set up after attending IML and MIR in 2008 and was inspired to take something of the American fetish community back with him and is currently helping the London Rubbermen and Antwerp Rubbermen get underway.

Derek Harley joins the MIR judging panel from Minneapolis, MN where he and his partner of 12 years, Josh, live with their big dog. Derek has been active in the Twin Cities leather community for several years. In 2010 he produced Leather Eye for the Preppy Guy in Minneapolis to introduce a new generation of kinksters to the leather community. In November 2011, Derek won the Mr. Minneapolis Eagle contest and represented the Twin Cities leather community at International Mister Leather in May, where he finished 12th.

Chandler Bearden is a native Georgian and has been a resident of Atlanta for nearly 20 years. Chandler was Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2010. In relation to this aspect of the community, he has worked with Spring in the South, Southeast Leather Fest, LeatherHeart Foundation and volunteers regularly within the community for fundraising and some good ole fashioned “man”ual labor.

Born in Wiesbaden and now residing in Berlin, Juergen Jakob is a is the chairman of Berlin Leder und Fetisch, the premier fetish club in Berlin. Upon assuming the chairmanship of his local fetish club, he helped to create their first Mr. Leather Berlin and Mr. Rubber Berlin contests.

Alex has been in the leather community for over 20 years from the east coast to the west. He and his husband Loren produce West Coast Rubber and the Anvil Club parties, and are co-editors of Leatherati.com. Alex has also recently had the pleasure of taking on a dawg to play with and occasionally train. He holds the title of American Leatherman 2009.

Dave began to explore his sexual interests after hitting 40 and is eternally grateful to the leather community for guiding his way into a world of self-exploration, heightened spirituality and kink. His husband Ken shares his passion for the leather community and reducing the stigma of HIV. He currently works in HIV prevention and is the creator of “Mr Friendly,” a symbol to raise HIV awareness and fight stigma. “Mr Friendly” has been to over a hundred leather and bear events, reducing the stigma of HIV one conversation at a time.

The talleymasters for this year are Angel Valez, Mr. Chicago Leather 2011, and Vector Pup,  San Francisco Renegade 2010.

There is a pre-party on Thursday, Nov. 1, starting at 10 p.m. at Touche at Clark and Devon. Formal registration starts on Friday at noon at The Center on Halsted on Halsted and Waveland.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2012

Noon – 7:00 pm

MIR16 Registration and Individual Ticket Sales
The Harris Family Foundation Reception Hall of The Center on Halsted

Pick up your weekend package at the Center on Halsted beginning today.

Noon – 7:00 pm

The MIR Kink Market, Social and Chicago Rubbermen Gear Sale
The Billie Jean King Recreation Center of The Center on Halsted

Vendors from around the globe will be offering their wares for sale and trial in our kink market. Meet some new friends in the Kinkster Lounge, watch or participate in a demo in our demo pit. If you have fetish gear that you haven’t worn in a while and are looking to sell it, don’t waste your time with online auctions, sell it at the Chicago Rubbermen Gear Sale!

2:00 – 3:30 PM

Kink Ed Presentation #1
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor – Room TBA

Topic: “A look at S&M in 20th Century America”
Speaker: Chuck Renslow, founder of International Mister Leather

Kink Ed programming sponsored by The Jackhammer & Third Rail Media.

3:30 – 5:00 PM

Kink Ed Presentation #2
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor – Room TBA

Topic: “Fetishism in Comics”
Speaker: Tom Kelly, Sequential Artist

Kink Ed programming sponsored by The Jackhammer & Third Rail Media.

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The “Greet the Meat” Cocktail Party
The Harris Family Foundation Reception Hall of The Center on Halsted

A cocktail party prior to the start of the MIR16 Contest. Socialize with attendees, contestants and judges.

This event sponsored by The Chicago Rubbermen.

9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

The Mr. International Rubber 16 Contest – Part 1
The Hoover-Leppen Theater of The Center on Halsted

The fun and erotic entertainment begins as the contest swings into action. Contestants compete in the first two judged categories of the competition, including “Rubber Image” and ‘Wet Rubber” competition. Our contest is a fun and unique way to select an international titleholder. Come see why so many have said, “I’ve never had this much fun at a contest before!”

Rubber Image Competition sponsored by E7 Gear. Wet Rubber Competition sponsored by Steamworks.

10:00 pm – 4:00am

Steamworks Slick and Twisted Latex and Rubber Party
Steamworks Chicago 3246 North Halsted Street

Join other rubbermen and rubber curious for some good old fashioned fun. DJ Jim Bellanger spins all night. Separate admission fee required. Get $5 off admission with this flyer on Nov 2 & 3.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2012

Noon – 7:00 pm

MIR16 Registration and Individual Ticket Sales
The Harris Family Foundation Reception Hall of The Center on Halsted

Pick-up your weekend package at the Center on Halsted.

Noon – 7:00 pm

The MIR Kink Market, Social and Chicago Rubbermen Gear Sale
The Billie Jean King Recreation Center of The Center on Halsted

Vendors from around the globe will be offering their wares for sale and trial in our kink market. Meet some new friends in the Kinkster Lounge, watch or participate in a demo in our demo pit. If you have fetish gear that you haven’t worn in a while and are looking to sell it, don’t waste your time with online auctions, sell it at the Chicago Rubbermen Gear Sale!

2:00 – 3:30 PM

Kink Ed Presentation #3
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor – Room TBA

Topic: “Rubber Care and Maintenance”
Speaker: Laura Pulice, Owner of Vex Clothing

Kink Ed programming sponsored by The Jackhammer & Third Rail Media.

3:30 – 5:00 PM

Kink Ed Presentation #4
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor – Room TBA

Topic: “Sistory: A History of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence”
Speaker: The Abbey of the Windy City Sisters

Kink Ed programming sponsored by The Jackhammer & Third Rail Media.

4:00 PM

The MIR Rubber Pup Rumpus
The Billie Jean King Recreation Center of The Center on Halsted

The rubber pups and their handlers take over the demo space for the third annual Rubber Pup Rumpus. Let your primal urges be your guide as your manimal instinct takes over. Pups and handlers both welcome. Rubber encouraged, but all pups are welcome. The Rubber Pup Rumpus is a presented in partnership with the Chicago Puppy Patrol.

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Pre-Contest Cocktails
The Harris Family Foundation Reception Hall of The Center on Halsted

Enjoy cocktails with the contestants, judges and fellow attendees prior to the part 2 of the MIR16 contest!

This event sponsored by The Chicago Rubbermen.

9:00 pm

Mr. International Rubber 16 Contest – Part 2
The Hoover Leppen Theater of The Center on Halsted

The exciting conclusion to the Mr. International Rubber Contest. Includes judging of onstage question, “mystery-bag” and cast your vote for Mr. International Rubber in the audience voting. Be there for the excitement of selecting MIR16!

On Stage Question Competition sponsored by 9×6 Lube. Mystery Bag Competition sponsored by Thunder In The Mountains.

10:00 pm – 5:00 am

RECON Full Fetish – A Late Night Gear and Cruise Party
The Jackhammer 6406 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60626

After the contest there is a victory party, but you can also join other Rubber Pervs, Skin Boys, Pups, Sirs and more for a fun-filled night of dancing and cruising down at Jackhammer and The Hole. This is not an official MIR event and a separate ticket is required. Entry is $20 dollars with five going towards your first drink.

Post-contest – 4:00 am

MIR Strict Rubber Dress Code Party and Victory Celebration

A victory celebration and dungeon party in a 3700 sq. ft. private space. Strict rubber dress code enforced.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2012

Noon – 5:00 pm

The MIR Kink Market, Social and Chicago Rubbermen Gear Sale
The Billie Jean King Recreation Center of The Center on Halsted

Vendors from around the globe will be offering their wares for sale and trial in our kink market. Meet some new friends in the Kinkster Lounge, watch or participate in a demo in our demo pit. The last day to sell your gently used and lovingly abused fetish gear, and use that money to buy new gear for your collection.

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Film Screening: Kink Crusaders
The Hoover Leppen Theater of The Center on Halsted

Go behind the scenes at the annual International Mr. Leather competition, where men from around the world gather to compete for the title of Mr. Leather. Once a small niche community that was dismissed by critics as a carnival of gay sexual fetishes, leather has gone mainstream, and Kink Crusaders proves why. As it delves into the lives and aspirations of its contestants with humor, tasteful eroticism and pathos, it reveals a group of men for whom spiritual connection, openness and understanding are the true definition of masculinity. When missionary won’t do…send in the Kink Crusaders! (75 minutes) View the trailer here: http://youtu.be/-i4eI-DsusA

This screening is free to MIR16 weekend package holders, and $5.00 to non weekend package holders.

3:00 PM

Lubed Up Latex Wrestling
The Billie Jean King Recreation Center of The Center on Halsted

It may be the last day of MIR, but there are a few rumbles left to be settled. We invite YOU to join in our Lubed Up Latex Wrestling in the demo area. If you are wrestling in lube with another man in rubber, let the demo space coordinator know. It’s a bracket tourney, and winner takes all!

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Shiny Guys, Showtunes & Slushies
Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL

Each year when MIR weekend has concluded, tradition has it that rubbermen from around the globe converge on Sidetrack for a uniquely Chicago experience. Rubbermen, leathermen, bears, twinks and vanilla guys gather for a Sunday Funday of slushies and showtunes.