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Holland Grabs Silver At Mr. International Rubber Contest

by Editorial Staff in Nightlife & Reports , 22 februari 2011

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It was an amazing weekend, from the 5th till the 7th November, when the fourteenth International Mr. International Rubber Contest was held in Chicago and the Dutch delegate Roger appeared from nowhere and jumped to the second place! Nine men from Canada, Germany, France, Italy and the United States fought it out for the coveted title. This was the largest number of contestants in the history of Mr. International Rubber.

The election weekend started on Friday afternoon with the traditional “Kink Market and Social” in the Kink Lounge with live DJ. The Kink Market is an excellent opportunity to shop for rubber items and garments, like blow-up suits, gimp suits, rubber suits, and various vacuum gear. After the market people gathered at the Greet the Meat cocktail party, where men from all over the world checked out each other’s outfit. The Dutch delegate noted in his blog that all participants were clearly from the scene and had plenty of experience, fun, and took along piles of rubber.

Then it was time for the first election night, with all the contestants presented behind a twelve-meter long shower curtain. The jury was introduced and there were a few conversations with people in the audience, then two visitors were invited on stage for a rubber version of the TV-game ‘The Price is Right,’ running in the US non-stop since 1956. Why do perverse fetish people adopt such corny games, one wonders as an innocent bystander... But it was hilarious fun, probably.

After a short break it was time for the actual contest, which opened with the category “Rubber Image.” The participants try to present their ideal image of rubber fetish, first individually and then as a group. The first night finished with a rather wet surprise performance of MIR 2009 Stephane Donaldson, which derailed into a water pistol stand-of between contestants Eddie and Stephane.

The Chicago Rubber Man Closet Sale opened on Saturday afternoon, as well as the first Rubber Pup Rumpus on the Kink Market. All through the weekend Kink Rubber and Ruffstuff organized demonstrations of rubber bondage. A lot of rubber exchanged owner and according to the organization “many new men [...] were recruited to the dark and shiny side.”

Dutch Contester Roger

In the meantime the jury questioned - or interviewed to put it friendlier - many of the participants. The election round of Saturday night started with a performance, which was inspired by Sherry Vine’s parody of Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance.’ The contestants, dancers and emcee received a standing ovation for this from the enthusiastic audience.

Then, all contestants had to answer the question: “If you were shipwrecked on an island with one of your fellow contestants, who would you choose and why?” And after another game show with people from the audience and the biggest (and pornographic) rubber worm in the world, the surprise bag competition started.

Eddie Hibbs demonstrated the purpose on a volunteer from the audience before all contestants were handed their surprise bag (containing mustard for most!). IMR Wrangler Phil Redmond got the last one and mangled various contestants with it. This concluded the official contest part and the jury and audience could cast their votes. There were a few thousand points to divide and the number one and two came out with exactly the same jury report. The popular vote eventually made the difference: Mr. Southeast Rubber G-Man from Atlanta, Georgia had two more votes and won the title Mr. International Rubber 2011, Roger from Holland came second and Mr. Midwest Rubber Johnny Switch third.

On Sunday the exuberant weekend came to a close with several demonstrations on the Kink market and three rounds of “Lubed of Latex Wrestling” with volunteers from the audience, which was one of the highlights, according to Roger.

Holland has had no Mr. Rubber contest so far, so a few men decided to start an association with the aim to organize Mr. Rubber Holland. The event will be a way to promote the rubber fetish scene and to stimulate people to explore their rubber fantasies. So the idea is that from next year onwards Holland will choose its most attractive man in rubber. There are rubber contests all over the world including Germany, Canada and Italy. The contests are often part of a rubber weekend, but sometimes it’s the other way around. Because there’s no official Mr. Rubber Holland yet, the guys decided to just send one of them to the Mister International Rubber event in Chicago.

The silver medal was a big surprise and they are certainly going to further professionalize the contest here in The Netherlands, so that we will soon have an official Dutch candidate for Mr. International Rubber.

This ambition certainly has a chance of becoming a reality in the often very American circuit of Mister-Contests: in 1998 German Christoph Lehner became the first Mr. International Rubber. Although in the three subsequent years Thomas Smith (1999), Tom Kelley (2000) and Chad McLaughlin (2001) were all from the United States, in 2002, however, Frenchman Yannick Kerjose came first, and in 2005 German Frank Bug; in 2006 Michael Schneider born in Taiwan and living in Germany.

In 2007 Italian Maurizo Iacone was trusted with the international promotion of the rubber fetish. The last three years the title went to Canada, but Europe has definitely been prominently delivering candidates for Mr. International Rubber. So why wouldn’t we have a Mr. Rubber Holland at the top soon?
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