Rene has been exploring the wonderful world of bootblacking for 13 years now, ever since being exposed to this unique form of connection by a fiery redhead back in 2011. Since then, he’s taken his love for the craft internationally and from coast to coast, connecting with a multitude of people from all walks of life, teaching classes, and helping others embrace the love of leather care. He is a rising TikTok star under the name Buck Harder. As time goes on, he’s also discovered that there is no end of things to learn and people to learn from. Rene looks forward to lending his skills and abilities to the Southwest Decadence team this year, and can’t wait to see what new experiences he can harbor and bear witness to!