The folks behind Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend
— or CLAW, as insiders call it — have scored a minor coup for their fetish fest April 27-29. Bo Ladashevska, International Mr. Leather 2006, will be in town for three days of uniform parties, fashion shows, and crawls to all of Cleveland's leather bars.
The Montreal native can trace his leather fetish to a shaving strap that hung on the bathroom door in his grandfather's house. The story goes that ol' Granddad would use the strap to whip any urchin who misbehaved. "Needless to say, the pain evolved into pleasure, and I became a very naughty boy," says Ladashevska, who muscled out 51 other contestants from five countries last May to win the title in Chicago. — Cris Glaser