Mr NC Triangle Leather is proud that our judges are from out of the NC area to assure an honest and nonpartisan contest


Sir Joseph - Judge

Since 2013, Sir Joseph has been interested in the fetish scene.  Currently, he is the President of Excelsior M.C. in New York City and holds memberships with the Long Island Ravens M.C., Bay State Marauders and is a handler involved with New York Pups & Handlers. Sir Joseph proudly served as Northeast Handler 2019 and Mr. Fire Island Leather 2017. He competed at both International Mr. Leather (IML40) and International Puppy and Handler Weekend 2019 (IPAH). He co-produces Fire Island Leather Weekend ( in May which raises money for charity during an exciting event drawing people from around the country. 

He is an avid collector of 1980’s New York City gay nightlife ephemera and is best known for his phrase “Remembering the past in the present for the future.” His primary charitable focus is New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth.

Sir Joseph grew up on Long Island, and has lived in Detroit, Washington DC and Pennsylvania before making his way home to New York City. He has worked in higher education and research for over 15 years. He is excited and honored by the chance to judge the Mr. NC Triangle Leather contest.


Peter Reid -Judge

A native Chicagoan now residing in Austin, Peter has been active as a mentor and teacher of bondage, flogging, and dungeon etiquette in the leather and kink communities across the country for over 20 years. He is Mr. Texas Leather 2018, Mr. Austin Gears 2014, and competed at IML41 and IML36. He is president of Heart of Texas Bears, A Council Member of Austin Gears, member of Discipline Corps, and founder of Back to the Woods held at Texas Conference of Clubs. He has worked with numerous groups in Texas building community across interests. On his forearm is inked “ALL ARE WELCOME AT THE TABLE” to show his belief that we must celebrate the diversity in our communities- and allow each person to be their authentic self. 

Sir Michael Matles - Judge

From Detroit MI. He discovered his love of leather at an early age.
Sir Michael has been an active member of the leather community for eighteen years. Sir Michael served as Southeast Leather Sir for 2015 and 2016. 
Sir Michael is currently the treasurer of Empire City Motorcycle Club, the country's oldest, active rider men's motorcycle club. The club celebrates its fifty-forth anniversary this year.
Sir Michael currently serves as secretary for the Atlantic Motorcycle Coordinating Council.
Sir Michael is the proud father old three amazing adult daughters.
He is an associate member of several leathers clubs in the southeast and northeast


John Fox - Judge 

Originally from Fowler MI and served in the United States Navy. He discovered his love for leather at the age of 25 and has never looked back in the past 30 years. He considers himself as a traditional leather man that is evolving with the times. He is an active member of the Knight Hawks of Virginia, currently serving on the board as Member at Large, and held the position of Pledge Master in the past. The Knight Hawks of Virginia celebrated their 25th Anniversary in 2018. John currently lives in Norfolk Virginia with his husband of 23 years.

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Don Muscente - Judge

Don hails from Providence, RI.  A 40 year veteran of the Leather community who began his journey as a full member of the Falcons MC in 1978.  Don was also a member of the NorthEast MP's and the Founder of the Hartford Colts MC TNG.  Don is the Founder of Mr. Connecticut Leather Inc. and it's first producer.


Throughout his tenure Don has been active with many fundraising and community health oriented organizations including, The Imperial Court of RI, AIDS Project RI, The Hartford LGBT community center , AIDS Project New Haven, and the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen New Haven.


Don has been a Big Brother/Mentor to many newcomers to the community sharing his experiences and accumulated knowledge , as well as offering his resources to any who are interested.


During the AIDS Crisis of the early 1980's Don was involved in providing meals and other comforts to those affected who were unable to care for themselves. 

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Sir Brad Violand our Den Daddy has been a member of the Leather community for over 10 years. He was honored to serve his local community of Raleigh, NC as the inaugural holder of the Mr. NC Triangle Leather title in 2018. Sir Brad competed at Mid-Atlantic Leather 2019, coming in first runner-up. He was also a member of the 41st International Mr. Leather Class in 2019. Now serving his fourth term as President of the Red Lions Leather Club, he has been a strong proponent of growing the Leather community in Raleigh and the state of North Carolina through community service, mentorship, and of course having fun! For his work in this area he was named the 2018 Southeast Community Leatherman. He believes everyone has a fetish – some just haven’t discovered it yet! Sir Brad resides just outside of Raleigh with his husband Pup Lucky (Nick) and boy Pup Skinzy (Michael).