2019 ALM & AMBB Contestants

THE LEATHERMAN CONTESTANTS 2019

BEN (Skout) BULLIVANT
Queensland

Ben Bullivant from Brisbane is Mr Queensland Leather 2016, current president of Queensland Pups and Handlers Association, Vice President of Brisbane Leather Pride and Treasurer of The Boot Co. Brisbane.
Ben identifies as a leather Pup as his main fetish and kink; his personalities Pup Skout and Pup Spanky emerge when he is playing. He has many other interests including submission, the art of rope play and restraints, electrodes and impact play which he explores as a submissive boy to Sir Twitch. For over seven years Ben has been a member of Brisbane leather club Boot Co., and is passionate about nurturing the club’s safe and supportive environment by discussing responsible play principles such as SSC, RACK and PRICK. By day, Ben is employed as a chef at the Sportsman Hotel and is Operations Manager at Black Rabbit Premium Leather.
Ben firmly believes we should all support the communities that support us. One of his favourite activities is blogging, which enables him to share his positive experiences of pup play with the BDSM community. He would like to sincerely thank Lucrezia & De Sade, Black Rabbit Premium Leather, Boot Co., The Sportsman Hotel and his good friend Timothy Roberts (QLB2015) for their support at Australian Leatherman Contest 2019.

MICHAEL (Mike) HAZLETON

New South Wales

Mike was born and raised in Sydney and spent eight years after school working and travelling around the world, all seven continents!  Since returning to Sydney, Mike has built a solid friendship foundation with fellow kinksters, focused on getting involved and giving back to this community.

His fiancé Pete has been a strong supporter of Mike and the leather/fetish community, and Mike enjoys introducing him to the Sydney scene such as The HIDE and Non-Denominational Leather drinks both held bi-monthly in Sydney. 

Quick to spark a friendship with newbies and make people feel welcome, he is also able to advocate for those who need a little help. With extensive overseas experiences, he learnt that labels only serve to box people in. and now with an open mind and plenty to give identifies as a bisexual switch leather Alpha pup!! His pup calling comes from always trying to (consensually) push boundaries, and testing limits.

He has interests in rope bondage, CBT, mummification, gear, edge play, milking, scent play and the list grows, recently getting into rubber alongside his fiancé, so their spare room is getting mighty full!

Mike is now involved in the Qantas Inclusion and diversity group at my work place and enjoys giving back through these facets of my life.  Mike is also an admin of a facebook group gear365 movement  launched by a gear brother Cal Rider – which gave him the first confidence to wear gear in public. Mike recently contributed to the running of  Sir’s Lair .

He has established a solid International profile though his attendance at IML Chicago, Fetish Week London, Manchester Rubber Week, Gear365 Social Media Admin 2018 and has been features on Recon 2018

Here in Australia, Mike has been seen at Melbourne’s Code Black (AWOL) and with Sydney’s Boys on Bikes and soon in the coat check crew for Extra Dirty to fundraise for local events

Through participating in Australian Leatherman, Mike has expressed the follow aims: 

  1.  Most importantly, further develop and learn more about himself, with a genuine driving force to have and be part of the leather brotherhood (Australia and IML)
  2. Giving back to the community that has been his foundation
  3. Be visible in the community as a contributor and role model and continue to learn.
  4. To add a voice and continue to advocate for inclusion for all (non-cis male)

JAMES (Thor) OVERTON

New South Wales

A lover of sports James decided to take up rugby in his early 20’s and now plays with the current world champions in gay rugby. He was voted best player during the 2016 Nashville tour and also received the president award.
Rugby aside, James enjoys recreational bodybuilding and keeping fit and healthy.
James also has an appreciation the arts and music, singing professionally from his early teens into adulthood and playing several instruments including Guitar, piano and violin. He also likes to sew, creating many a costume for the various events and social gatherings he takes place in.
James has been an active contributing member in number of facets of the Gay and Leather communities including working on branding and media work for Sydney Leather and Fetish social The Hide, the fetish party Trough in Sydney and as Key organizer for the Poof Doof Melbourne Mardi Gras float for the last 5 years in a row
On a wider field, he has been a driving force in Fundraising Event Organizer, and Committee member for the Sydney Convicts Gay Rugby club for the last 4 years including the travel and fundraising committee for 2 overseas tours to Nashville and Amsterdam.
James finds time to volunteer and assist with the SAX fetish media and marketing campaign, The Hide. Trough Sydney as a Volunteer and a Member of both Mardi Gras and Sydney Convicts Rugby.

 


Mr BOOTBLACK CONTESTANTS 2019

ALEX SUMMER
New South Wales

His early interest in boots and leather care was noted by his current Co-Sir who has mentored and guided him on the techniques and traditions of Boot Blacking.
He is always anxious to learn and seek training and from key community figures around Australia to augment the skills taught by his Co-Sir.
Alex loves to learn and continue to learn throughout his experiences and in addition to being part of a number of online Boot Black community groups, Alex has regular monthly Shine commitments to shine boots at Harbour City Bears Leather pop-up at Kinselas, and also various events and locations for the Leather, Fetish & Kink community.
Alex believes he will be a good representative of the fetish community because he takes pride in everything he does, fetish or otherwise and comes with an open mind and an open heart.
He dedication is best summed up in the comment he made: “If given the opportunity to carry out this title, I will, with respect, love and honesty to the best of my ability.”