SWLC HONORS & AWARDS

LEATHERMAN’S HEART AWARD

First awarded at SWLC 2004, the Southwest Leather Conference Leatherman's Heart Award is given to a male-identified individual within the leather/fetish/bdsm community who, in the opinion of the SWLC producers, is an exemplary model of authenticity and integrity.

PAST RECIPIENTS

  • 2004/2005 - Master Z
  • 2006 - SlaveMaster Mike McDade
  • 2007 - Brian Dawson
  • 2008 - slave Rick Levine
  • 2009 - Master Roy Hendrick
  • 2010 - Rick Storer
  • 2011 - Mark Frazier
  • 2012 – Master Obsidian
  • 2013 – Patrick Mulcahey
  • 2014 – Hardy Haberman
  • 2015 – Master Skip Chasey
  • 2016 – Race Bannon
  • 2017 – Riley Johnson

 

LEATHERWOMAN’S HEART AWARD

First awarded at SWLC 2004, the Southwest Leather Conference Leatherwoman's Heart Award is given annually to a female-identified individual within the leather/fetish/bdsm community who, in the opinion of the SWLC producers, is an exemplary model of authenticity and integrity.

PAST RECIPIENTS

  • 2004/2005 - sheryl dee
  • 2006 - Pat Baillie
  • 2007 - slave nadine Cutler
  • 2008 - Bootpig
  • 2009 - Glenda Rider
  • 2010 - Judy Tallwing-McCarthy
  • 2011 - Daddy Sal Hopkins
  • 2012 - Slave Alia
  • 2013 – slave Namaste
  • 2014 – Olga
  • 2015 – Gypsie Wind-Feather
  • 2016 – Ms Constance
  • 2017 – Ms Tammy Evanow

 

SPIRIT OF SERVICE AWARD

First awarded at SWLC 2004, the Southwest Leather Conference Spirit of Service Award is given annually to an individual who, in the opinion of the SWLC producers, consistently performs selfless acts of service for the betterment of the leather/fetish/bdsm community.

PAST RECIPIENTS

    • 2004/2005 - slave pug
    • 2006 - Stephen Bloom
    • 2007 - Joseph
    • 2008 - The Dragon Clan
    • 2009 - Dave Rhodes
    • 2010 - Master Jefferson James
    • 2011 - Justin Tanis
    • 2012 – Daddy Kenneth
    • 2013 – Loren Berthelsen & Alex Lindsay
    • 2014 – Gabriel Majors
    • 2015 – Slave Erich
    • 2016 – slave kiki
    • 2017 – Linda "Wish" Fisher

     

    VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

    First awarded at SWLC 2006, the Southwest Leather Conference Volunteer of the Year Award is given annually to the individual who,

    in the opinion of the SWLC producers, has made the largest or most significant contribution of volunteer service to SWLC

    during the past year.

    PAST RECIPIENTS

    • 2006 - slavegirl debbie
    • 2007 - girl debra
    • 2008 - slave kia
    • 2009 - Elegant
    • 2010 - slave tiffany
    • 2011 - Master Dutch
    • 2012 – boi moe
    • 2013 – slave bren
    • 2014 - Tricia
    • 2015 - Slave Tabitha
    • 2016 - Uma
    • 2017 - Cheryl

     

    MASTER STEVE GOLDEN PAINTBRUSH AWARD

    “Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?” ~ Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Many years ago when Butchmanns was still taking place at Master Steve's compound in Tucson, he and Master Skip Chasey were having a discussion about Master Steve’s most current leather community project.  Master Skip doesn’t recall what the project was, but he does recall Master Steve explaining that he had solicited the assistance of a few community members (Butchmanns regulars) to "assist" him in bringing the project to fruition; i.e., he had a vision and he had (once again) enticed others to, in his words, "make it so."

    Master Skip laughed and told Master Steve that he was the Tom Sawyer of leather, continually talking others into painting his leather fences (i.e., getting others to bring his ideas to fruition), convincing them how much fun (or exciting or fulfilling...you get the idea) it would be. Master Skip went on to say, "Then, as soon as we start to paint your fence, you're nowhere to be found."  Master Steve laughed and replied, "Yes, but that's only because I'm off building another fence!"

    Master Skip was struck by both the truth of these words and the depth of Master Steve’s self-awareness, and he respectfully nodded his head in understanding and agreement.

     

    To this day, we’re still painting the fence at Southwest Leather Conference, carrying on the vision and purpose started ten years ago. It’s not work to us, it’s fun and fills our spirits with purpose. We honor this story every year with the Golden Paintbrush award, given to someone who has significantly contributed to the evolution of the leather/fetish/bdsm community by instilling a beneficial vision within the community.

    PAST RECIPIENTS

    • 2007 - Master Steve
    • 2008 - Susan Wright
    • 2009 - Master Harold Thomas
    • 2010 - Ms. Kendra
    • 2011 - Master Taino
    • 2012 – Vi Johnson
    • 2013 – Guy Baldwin
    • 2014 - Master Alex Keppler
    • 2015 – Elwood Reid
    • 2016 - Lauren
    • 2017 - Sharrin Spector