CHICAGO (May 25, 2012) – Mr. International Rubber 2012 hosted a press conference on Friday afternoon May 25 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago during International Mister Leather weekend. At that time Judges and Tally masters for MIR16 were announced to the public.

Judges for MIR16 are:
Sly Hands – Mr. International Rubber 2012 from Manchester, United Kingdom
Derek DaSilva – Adult movie performer, musician & producer from Chicago, United States
Jeff Gent – Latex designer and manufacturer from Los Angeles, United States
Juergen Jakob – President of Berlin, Leder und Fetisch from Berlin, Germany
Alex Lindsay – Co-founder of West Coast Rubber Weekend from Palm Springs, United States
Dave Watt – Creator of Mr. Friendly & Mr. Michigan Leather 2009 from Kalamazoo, United States
Due to an unforeseen schedule conflict, our seventh judge has withdrawn. We announce a replacement judge in the weeks following IML weekend..

As in years past, audience members attending the Mr. International Rubber contest will also cast their vote to help select Mr. International Rubber.

Tally Masters for MIR16 are:
Chandler Beardon – Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2010 from Atlanta, United States
George Schaeffer – Mr. San Francisco Renegade 2010 from Berkley, United States

Additionally, several new and expanded events were announced as part of the MIR16 weekend schedule. New to the schedule this year will be Rubberotica – a silent auction of original never before exhibited erotic art work from noted erotic artists. Rubberotica will be on display throughout MIR16 and attendees can bid on exception erotic art work throughout the weekend. All proceeds from Rubberotica will benefit Center on Halsted, Chicago’s LGBT Community Center and the host venue for Mr. International Rubber.

The Kink Ed series of workshops and educational programs will be expanded this year to offer four sessions in total over two days. Mr. International Rubber has a long history of educational outreach including previous sessions on “Kitchen Kink”, “Building your Rubber Community” and special presentations highlighting the rubber and latex holdings of The Leather Archives and Museum.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that our infamous “Strict Rubber Dress Code Party” will be held on Saturday November 3 immediately following the selection of Mr. International Rubber 16. This rubber enforced dress code party will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the selection of a new MIR among friends old and new in a space reserved exclusively for rubbermen.

A call for interested presenters and artists will be posted on, MIR facebook page and twitter feeds in the coming months. Other additions to the schedule will be announced as plans are confirmed.

Mr. International Rubber ( is the preeminent annual men’s rubber fetish event, held each November in Chicago, Illinois. Consisting of a fetish contest, vendors market and an array of social events, the weekend began in 1997 and has been held each year since. Drawing attendees from around the world, 2012 will mark the 16th annual occurrence of the event. Previous winners of the contest have included representatives from Germany, France, Italy, Canada and the U.S.

Sly Hands of Manchester, England was awarded the title of Mister International Rubber 2012 in November of 2011.

MIR16 will be held November 2-4, 2012 in Chicago, IL USA.

Source: Mr International Rubber

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