The International Community Bootblack (ICBB) contest is held in Dallas, Texas over the Labor Day weekend in conjunction with the International LeatherSIR and Leatherboy competitions.
As the most prestigious bootblack competition in the world ICBB is open to all genders and encourages, inspires and challenges contestants not just to be the best, but also to find the best within themselves. ICBB strives not just to find the most skillful bootblack, but the most qualified bootblack titleholder. It is also the only non-balloted international bootblack competition of its kind.
The annual International Community Bootblack competition follows the same five regional judging categories. Contestants are judged in five categories: Interview and Personal Image; Speech; Formal Personal Image, Technical Boot Shine and Technical Boot Interview; and Interpersonal Skills and Observation. The Interpersonal Skills portion of the competition allows the competing bootblack to show off their talent and flair for bootblacking with a dominant and/or Submissive of their choice and is only one of the key elements that sets International Community Bootblack apart from other bootblack contests.
The International LeatherSIR, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack family is comprised of thirteen regional contests in North America where a LeatherSIR, Leatherboy, and a Community Bootblack are chosen to compete at the international competitions.
One of the defining characteristics from other contests is the up-front philosophy that LeatherSIR, Leatherboy, and Community Bootblack are about sex. Both the contests and titles are about the representation of the sexual side of the leather community. Goals include networking and outreach to help educate the community about leatherfolk, erotic expression, traditions and history.
In addition to being the keepers of sacred traditions and a rich heritage that spans decades of leather culture and history, the Community Bootblack titleholders are community leaders and community builders. Across North America, Community Bootblack titleholders are also devoted to fundraising in their local and regional communities, raising tens of thousands of dollars for community organizations and causes.