Judges & Staff

Mr./Ms. Los Angeles Leather Judges Panel 2019

BEN KAUFHER

Mr. LA Leather 2018

Head Judge

Ben Kaufher is 2018’s Mr. LA Leather Bear and Mr. LA Leather. He was the Member-at-Large for the LA Boys of Leather and won the Payasos’ Nutcracker Award for Boy of the Year in 2017. He enjoys thuds more than stings, laughing more than shouting, and sausage gravy more than turkey gravy.

BEN KAUFHER

Mr. LA Leather 2018

Head Judge

Ben Kaufher is 2018’s Mr. LA Leather Bear and Mr. LA Leather. He was the Member-at-Large for the LA Boys of Leather and won the Payasos’ Nutcracker Award for Boy of the Year in 2017. He enjoys thuds more than stings, laughing more than shouting, and sausage gravy more than turkey gravy.

JAMES LEE

International Mr Leather 2018

Judge

James aspires to live life to the fullest while learning along the way. He tries his best to follow three rules: Have Fun, Respect, and Never Give Up. He believes in surrounding himself with people that challenge him for the better, sharing his life lessons and whimsical attitude. James works hard to give back to his community in and out of leather. He’s a coach/choreographer for hip hop, cheerleading, and power tumbling and is a friend and mentor to his athletes and their parents. His Chosen and Bio family is his support system, and most precious treasure.

James seeks to create an experience in the community that doesn’t exclude but includes everyone that has passion for the community and lessons to learn, thus creating journeys that will grow the Leather community as a whole.

James holds the leather titles of:
Mr. Crossings Lexington 2017
Mr. Kentucky Leather 2017
International Mister Leather 2018

He’s also a Falsie’s Stanley Leather Award winner of the Imperial Court of Kentucky and Southeast Pantheon Award winner.

He believes that if you
“Show the world your moves; who knows you just might move the world.”

And asks,

“Why chase diversity and inclusion when it should be chasing you?”

JAMES LEE

International Mr Leather 2018

Judge

James aspires to live life to the fullest while learning along the way. He tries his best to follow three rules: Have Fun, Respect, and Never Give Up. He believes in surrounding himself with people that challenge him for the better, sharing his life lessons and whimsical attitude. James works hard to give back to his community in and out of leather. He’s a coach/choreographer for hip hop, cheerleading, and power tumbling and is a friend and mentor to his athletes and their parents. His Chosen and Bio family is his support system, and most precious treasure.

James seeks to create an experience in the community that doesn’t exclude but includes everyone that has passion for the community and lessons to learn, thus creating journeys that will grow the Leather community as a whole.

James holds the leather titles of:
Mr. Crossings Lexington 2017
Mr. Kentucky Leather 2017
International Mister Leather 2018

He’s also a Falsie’s Stanley Leather Award winner of the Imperial Court of Kentucky and Southeast Pantheon Award winner.

He believes that if you
“Show the world your moves; who knows you just might move the world.”

And asks,

“Why chase diversity and inclusion when it should be chasing you?”

TEAGAN BOOTBLACK

International Ms Bootblack 2018

Judge

Teagan fell in love with bootblacking at a young age, doing her shoes before church. Although these days her skills are being put to more salacious uses, she still identifies as a spiritual bootblack. For her, the act of bootblacking harkens back to the foot-washing ritual. She is honored to provide a humble service to her community.. She views herself as a healer, seeking to clean both the leather and it’s owner during their time in her stand.

Teagan is International Ms Bootblack 2018, and the 20th person to hold that title. She is also Southwest Bootblack 2017 and Southern California Bootblack 2016. She is based in Oakland, CA. During her title years she has invited our community to “Take Refuge” in the capable hands of our bootblacks. Teagan is an individual director for the Bay Area Leather Alliance Board. She’s the executive producer of the San Francisco Bootblack Contest.

Photo by Ryan Coit

TEAGAN BOOTBLACK

International Ms Bootblack 2018

Judge

Teagan fell in love with bootblacking at a young age, doing her shoes before church. Although these days her skills are being put to more salacious uses, she still identifies as a spiritual bootblack. For her, the act of bootblacking harkens back to the foot-washing ritual. She is honored to provide a humble service to her community.. She views herself as a healer, seeking to clean both the leather and it’s owner during their time in her stand.

Teagan is International Ms Bootblack 2018, and the 20th person to hold that title. She is also Southwest Bootblack 2017 and Southern California Bootblack 2016. She is based in Oakland, CA. During her title years she has invited our community to “Take Refuge” in the capable hands of our bootblacks. Teagan is an individual director for the Bay Area Leather Alliance Board. She’s the executive producer of the San Francisco Bootblack Contest.

Photo by Ryan Coit

Perrin Shore

International Mx Olympus Leather 2017

Judge

Perrin (they/them) is a queer, polyamorous, loudmouthed activist, educator and historian. They enjoy being a service boy, a pup handler and an emotional masochist. Perrin travels often, teaching, judging and playing their way through homes and hearts.

A self identified messy Femme, Perrin doesn’t wear waterproof mascara on purpose. It’s better for crying. Speaking of crying, Perrin’s favorite kinks are vulnerability and leaning into discomfort. Those often take the form of biting, fisting, rough body play and genitorture. Other ways to manifest those kinks include long intimate conversations, shared meals, and quiet cuddles. If they fall asleep during those cuddles, then they are basically married./span>

Perrin prides themselves in breaking the beautiful into the most exquisite messes and then walking beside them as they rebuild themselves into something uniquely whole. They are the proud owner of a delightfully derpy service pup, and the proud partner to their boyfriend as well as their fiance.

Perrin Shore

International Mx Olympus Leather 2017

Judge

Perrin (they/them) is a queer, polyamorous, loudmouthed activist, educator and historian. They enjoy being a service boy, a pup handler and an emotional masochist. Perrin travels often, teaching, judging and playing their way through homes and hearts.

A self identified messy Femme, Perrin doesn’t wear waterproof mascara on purpose. It’s better for crying. Speaking of crying, Perrin’s favorite kinks are vulnerability and leaning into discomfort. Those often take the form of biting, fisting, rough body play and genitorture. Other ways to manifest those kinks include long intimate conversations, shared meals, and quiet cuddles. If they fall asleep during those cuddles, then they are basically married.

Perrin prides themselves in breaking the beautiful into the most exquisite messes and then walking beside them as they rebuild themselves into something uniquely whole. They are the proud owner of a delightfully derpy service pup, and the proud partner to their boyfriend as well as their fiance.

RANDY CARMENATY

Chairman of Palm Springs Leather Pride

Judge

Randy first discovered leather in 1989 at the Lure, NY while enjoying electro play as an adult. He holds the titles; Oil Can Harry’s Mr. Leather 08, 2nd Runner Up to Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2008, American Leatherman 08 and competed at IML 2010. He’s a founding member of the LA Band of Brothers. Currently he serves as PSLOD’s Director of Media & Marketing and Chairman of Palm Springs Leather Pride where he also lives. He’s been proud to have been mentored by the late Marcus Hernandez, George Wong, Bob Tomasino and his personal hero his mom, in addition to trying to learn more from his brothers in leather Larry Golubski, Tom Pardoe, and George Puddephatt. In turn, he takes pride in mentoring others. “This is how the torch is passed on and as a community; together we strive to be our best at whatever we do. I’ll tell you how I did it in matter of minutes just as long as you tell me how you’ll make it your own.”

RANDY CARMENATY

Chairman of Palm Springs Leather Pride

Judge

Randy first discovered leather in 1989 at the Lure, NY while enjoying electro play as an adult. He holds the titles; Oil Can Harry’s Mr. Leather 08, 2nd Runner Up to Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2008, American Leatherman 08 and competed at IML 2010. He’s a founding member of the LA Band of Brothers. Currently he serves as PSLOD’s Director of Media & Marketing and Chairman of Palm Springs Leather Pride where he also lives. He’s been proud to have been mentored by the late Marcus Hernandez, George Wong, Bob Tomasino and his personal hero his mom, in addition to trying to learn more from his brothers in leather Larry Golubski, Tom Pardoe, and George Puddephatt. In turn, he takes pride in mentoring others. “This is how the torch is passed on and as a community; together we strive to be our best at whatever we do. I’ll tell you how I did it in matter of minutes just as long as you tell me how you’ll make it your own.”

Karen Ultra

Judge

Producer. MC. Judge. Tally master. Writer. Caterer. Comedian. The only thing Karen Ultra hasn’t done during a leather event is deliver triplets while performing all six roles in the “Cell Block Tango” on stilts. Her skills on a stage have been seen at IML, ABW, Colorado Leather Fest, Iowa Leather Weekend, Mr. Indiana Leather, Mr. Houston Leather, and several others. She refuses to mention anymore. Her comedy has literally created a 5.5 earthquake, and has been known to offend men, women, marsupials, Sea Monkeys and Muppets. When she’s not busy being a mother to her clone or keeping vampire’s hours for her day job, she can be found around the St. Louis area antique shopping, looking for new pretty boxes to place the hearts she has ordered collected by her huntsmen.
Photo by Ryan Coit

Karen Ultra

Judge

Producer. MC. Judge. Tally master. Writer. Caterer. Comedian. The only thing Karen Ultra hasn’t done during a leather event is deliver triplets while performing all six roles in the “Cell Block Tango” on stilts. Her skills on a stage have been seen at IML, ABW, Colorado Leather Fest, Iowa Leather Weekend, Mr. Indiana Leather, Mr. Houston Leather, and several others. She refuses to mention anymore. Her comedy has literally created a 5.5 earthquake, and has been known to offend men, women, marsupials, Sea Monkeys and Muppets. When she’s not busy being a mother to her clone or keeping vampire’s hours for her day job, she can be found around the St. Louis area antique shopping, looking for new pretty boxes to place the hearts she has ordered collected by her huntsmen.
Photo by Ryan Coit

Goddess Moon

Ms. LA Leather 2016

Judge

Moon O’Neal, Ms. L.A. Leather 2016 (the first Ms. Los Angeles in 17 years following Faye Foltz, Ms. Los Angeles Leather 1999) and a part of the IMsBB/IMsL Class of 2017 #Lucky13. She has been a part of the BDSM/Leather community for over 18 years. She got her start in 1999 by attending OCLA meetings and workshops, becoming a part of the LA scene by attending DomConLA and meeting people. She loves giving back and supporting our community by giving of her time, money and self. From attending DomConLA annually, volunteering at various events and conferences, she has Judged the Mr. LB Imperial Contest, Inland Empire Leather Ambassador, Mr. LB Leather Contest, SD Bootblack Contest. She also teaches classes on Beginning BDSM.

In 2011 with the help of two other amazing women she started on a kinky life dream of being a part of a kinky family. We are Circle Daybreak. We are a household who believes in community service and helping others define kink their way.

Goddess Moon

Ms. LA Leather 2016

Judge

Moon O’Neal, Ms. L.A. Leather 2016 (the first Ms. Los Angeles in 17 years following Faye Foltz, Ms. Los Angeles Leather 1999) and a part of the IMsBB/IMsL Class of 2017 #Lucky13. She has been a part of the BDSM/Leather community for over 18 years. She got her start in 1999 by attending OCLA meetings and workshops, becoming a part of the LA scene by attending DomConLA and meeting people. She loves giving back and supporting our community by giving of her time, money and self. From attending DomConLA annually, volunteering at various events and conferences, she has Judged the Mr. LB Imperial Contest, Inland Empire Leather Ambassador, Mr. LB Leather Contest, SD Bootblack Contest. She also teaches classes on Beginning BDSM.

In 2011 with the help of two other amazing women she started on a kinky life dream of being a part of a kinky family. We are Circle Daybreak. We are a household who believes in community service and helping others define kink their way.

Michael Lara

Owner of the Bullet Bar

Judge

Michael Lara, a true native of Los Angeles. He has served as a part of the North Hollywood Neighborhood Council, and is a Honorary member of California B&B. He is the owner of the popular leather Levi bar, called The Bullet Bar for over 20 years. It’s located on Burbank at Cahuenga in North Hollywood, has the distinction of being the oldest leather bar in Los Angeles County. Since he has owned the bar, it has become known for its crowded unique events and community bolstering through fundraisers. In 2016, he won the Business of the Year award at the Southland Honors. In 2018, he created the smash hit weekend of events, called Valley Pride Street Festival Weekend which held its 1st annual festival on August 12 2018. He is very pleased to be judging the Los Angeles Leather Contest this year, wishes the best of luck to the contestants.

Michael Lara

Owner of the Bullet Bar

Judge

Michael Lara, a true native of Los Angeles. He has served as a part of the North Hollywood Neighborhood Council, and is a Honorary member of California B&B. He is the owner of the popular leather Levi bar, called The Bullet Bar for over 20 years. It’s located on Burbank at Cahuenga in North Hollywood, has the distinction of being the oldest leather bar in Los Angeles County. Since he has owned the bar, it has become known for its crowded unique events and community bolstering through fundraisers. In 2016, he won the Business of the Year award at the Southland Honors. In 2018, he created the smash hit weekend of events, called Valley Pride Street Festival Weekend which held its 1st annual festival on August 12 2018. He is very pleased to be judging the Los Angeles Leather Contest this year, wishes the best of luck to the contestants.

Tuesday Niles

Ms. California Leather 2018

Judge

Tuesday Niles, a Deaf Leather woman and little who is the current Ms. California Leather 2018. She is actively involved in several parts of her community as she currently serves LALC as the Accessibility Coordinator, LAGOL/WILLA as the current president, San Fernando Valley Pride as ASL/Vendor Coordinator, Threshold as a gatekeeper and Proud to be of service to her Leather family; Master George’s Leather Family.

Tuesday biggest values align with inclusion and accessibility within her community. She actively works hard to reach out, educate and role models positive resolutions in obtaining accessibility locally, regionally and internationally.

Tuesday Niles

Ms. California Leather 2018

Judge

Tuesday Niles, a Deaf Leather woman and little who is the current Ms. California Leather 2018. She is actively involved in several parts of her community as she currently serves LALC as the Accessibility Coordinator, LAGOL/WILLA as the current president, San Fernando Valley Pride as ASL/Vendor Coordinator, Threshold as a gatekeeper and Proud to be of service to her Leather family; Master George’s Leather Family.

Tuesday biggest values align with inclusion and accessibility within her community. She actively works hard to reach out, educate and role models positive resolutions in obtaining accessibility locally, regionally and internationally.