Andy Cross took the title back to San Francisco, the city with the most winners by far with six sashes. LA is on four wins but doing especially well recently. Both cities have major final contests which bring the separate bar titleholders together for a ‘sash off’. It’s obviously a great experience and a hugely successful way of getting a great experienced contestant to represent your city. Over one-third of the IML titles have been won by California which seems to be full of cock-taking bottoms. Maybe it should be as the Bottom Coast rather than the West Coast.
International Mr Bootblack introduces judges alongside the custom ballot system.