Tag: Mr. International Rubber

MIR announces judges, emcee, new venue

CHICAGO — Mr. International Rubber announced a slate of changes for the 2018 contest Friday afternoon at International Mr. Leather in Chicago.

The biggest news was a change of venue for the final portion on the Saturday of the contest weekend. MIR COO Rubberwilli said that the Center on Halstead would remain the home of the vendor market and Friday night portion of the contest. However, due to the growth of the audience, the finale portion will now be at the auditorium at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

People of color find solidarity at MIR meetup

CHICAGO — This past weekend, Mr. International Rubber (MIR) played host to what is likely the first formal meetup for People of Color to be part of an official event schedule and not hosted by a club.

About 25 people gathered in the third-floor lobby of the Center on Halstead, during MIR Weekend. While African-Americans did make up the largest part of the group, people from the Asian, Native American and Latinx communities were also present. Those present spoke about their experiences as people of color both as LGBTQ and kinky people.

Poland wins Mr. International Rubber 21

CHICAGO — Mr. International Rubber once again made history when Michal, Mr. Rubber Poland, won MIR 21. He is the first international fetish titleholder from beyond the former Iron Curtain.

Michal came out of a field of eight contestants to win the title. First runner-up was John Cheshire, Mr. Melbourne Rubber, and second runner-up was Pup Ranger, Mr. New England Rubber. Other contestants came from the American Midwest, Florida, Spain, the Netherlands, and San Francisco.

Mr. International Rubber Travel Fund renamed the Sly Hands Travel Fund

CHICAGO — As part of the ceremonies opening the 21st Mr. International Rubber (MIR) contest, Chief Operating Officer William “Rubberwilli” Schendel announced that the executive committee of the organization was renaming the winners travel fund to honor Si “Sly” Hands, Mr. International Rubber 2012. The renamed fund will be known as the “Sly Hands Travel…

MIR21 – Squeakeasy

CHICAGO — Mr. International Rubber returns to Chicago next week. This year’s theme reaches back to Chicago’s history of speakeasies. As in past years, the contest, vendor market will be at the Center on Halstead in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. But rubber events will be taking place across town at CellBlock, Touche, Jackhammer and two of…

Brad Bartley joins MIR ownership team

CHICAGO — Long time Mr. International Rubber (MIR) leadership team member Brad Bartley has taken an ownership interest in the pre-eminent men’s rubber fetish weekend. Bartley joins William Schendel who remains as co-owner of the event weekend following the departure of John Jacobs in the new year. At the 20th edition of Mr. International Rubber,…

Preston So wins MIR 20

Preston So (center) the new  Mr. International Rubber surrounded by his predecessors after winning in Chicago. (Photos by Ruff Wray) CHICAGO — Preston So of Boston and Mr. New England Rubber 2016 won Mr. International Rubber 20 on Saturday, Nov. 5, in Chicago. Preston made history not only winning MIR’s twentieth anniversary, but for also…

Mr. International Rubber title returns to Chicago

CHICAGO – GummiBärchen of Chicago became the first Mr. Midwest Rubber in more than a decade to win Mr. International Rubber at the MIR contest on Saturday, Nov. 7. He brought the title back to its home out of a field of six contestants from three countries. The first runner up was Feral Jack, Mr.…

Judges announced for Mr. International Rubber

CHICAGO – The Mr. International Rubber organization is pleased to announce the panel of Judges and Tally Masters for the 19th annual contest to be held November 6 – 8, 2015. They are as follows: Brian Conway – Denver, Colorado, United States Reid Dalgleish – Vancouver, Canada Steve Dupont – Saco, Maine, United States Paul Lewis –…

Stéphane Donaldson, MIR 2009, Passes Away

CHICAGO – The Mr. International Rubber organization said Tuesday that Stéphane Donaldson, MIR 2009, has passed away. MIR posted this announcement on their website and in an email. It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share the passing of MIR2009 Stéphane Donaldson. In addition to being MIR2009, he held the titles…