What is this shibari stuff all about?

This site is about shibari bondage. It’s not the bondage of the tabloid press and sensationalist headlines that forget the human beings beneath the surface of the paper selling stories.

This is about the bondage called shibari or kinbaku that comes from the humanity of those that participate in this fascinating practice. This is shibari done with love and care. This is kinbaku that is done because it is beautiful, because it is an expression of love.

This is about the kind of shibari that I find beautiful and heartbreaking, the kind of kinbaku that I find most emotional

This is a world of intense emotion and sensation.

An expression I find particularly useful in describing this is ‘beautiful suffering’. It is where sensation is taken to the limits of what is possible, where emotion is experienced to its utmost. It is where we are alive as completely as we can be while being as together as we can.

It is also about the shibari art I love.

In the living experience of these moments in rope it is our utopia.

Dave Rickman
(WykD Dave)

I don’t do rope, I do people (but I do them with rope).

Coming up

Coming up soon I’m going to be catching up a log of blogs about our travels teaching and performing shibari bondage all over the world. There are a lot to come but first I’m going to blog about I’ve blogged about our most recent trip to Charlottesville Virginia in the USA while it’s fresh in my mind. (Linked below)

Teaching in Charlottesville Virginia 2016

Well we had a great time in Charlottesville. We didn't get to see too much of the town but that's par for the course when we make these very short trips to teach and return [...]

Shibari in Brno, the Czech Republic February 2016

Well we had a wonderful time in the Czech Republic again. This time in the city of Brno. Two days of teaching and a performance night. We had a great venue in a martial arts [...]

Rope bottom talk in London Saturday 23rd of January at Anatomie Studio

Clover's Rope Bottom guide cover I think this was the first thing we did that was rope related beyond our front door in 2016 and the first time we'd returned to London since [...]

FKA Twigs ~ Pendulum

This video won the MOBO award for best video 2015!

Recently I had the great pleasure of working on this video for FKA Twigs song Pendulum. This was a great experience working with some wonderful creative people. Beautiful song and a beautiful video directed by Twigs herself.

A great feature of this video is the incredible hair extensions that were made a part of the bondage itself. For that part it was a great pleasure to work with Japanese stylist Soichi Inagaki a very creative artist and an absolutely lovely person to work with.

Again I just feel lucky to have had the chance to work with so many really amazing people.

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Recent posts and opinions about the world of shibari bondage

Shibari in Brno, the Czech Republic February 2016

Well we had a wonderful time in the Czech Republic again. This time in the city of Brno. Two days of teaching and a performance night. We had a great venue in a martial arts [...]

Rope bottom talk in London Saturday 23rd of January at Anatomie Studio

Clover's Rope Bottom guide cover I think this was the first thing we did that was rope related beyond our front door in 2016 and the first time we'd returned to London since [...]

What I think behaviour policy for an event should look like

Hope you enjoy these. Not being 100% serious... maybe ;) Event Rules General Behaviour Deal respectfully with all other attendees. If in doubt see point 1. I don’t really have a point 3 as this [...]

Youtube videos

OK so as an experiment I've started making some Youtube videos that aren't tutorials as such but discussions about things that come up or answers to questions from you guys. I can't guarantee that I'll [...]

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We live only for the moment, in which we admire the splendour of the moonlight, the snow, the cherry blossom and the colours of the maple-leaves. We enjoy the day, warmed by wine, without allowing the poverty which stares us in the face to restore our sobriety. In this drifting – like a pumpkin carried along by the current of the river – we do not allow ourselves to be discouraged for a moment.

This is what is called the floating, fleeting world.

~Ukiyo Monogatari by Asai Ryoi

By the water lilies on the lake

Available as a fine art print up to 32″ x 24″

We are kinky, we are lascivious we are lustful we are experience junkies, we are sensualists.

From everything I know of myself and my friends, what we ultimately want is to experience life and our partners. The sensations of our experience, our interactions, the experience of our reaction to the reactions of others. Everything in kink is I think on some level about experience and sensation.

Why? Because it makes us alive. Life is about experience, the things that happen in it both good and bad.

As individuals in kink I think many are driven by the need to extend our experiences beyond the mundane, to not be limited in our experiences. To take an experience otherwise unpleasant and to pervert that into a sensual feast for the kinkster is I think the obvious expression of this.

Spanking, beating, flogging, caning, restraint, rope, chains, whips and all manner of roleplay scenario are pressed into the service of this goal. People roleplay and act out taboos. In fact this is one of the things that people misunderstand. Something that would in reality be very unpleasant is taken and turned into something fun, thrilling, erotic. To fail to understand the distinction between playing with the idea of something and the thing itself is to fail to understand how these kinds of play work entirely.

All of these things are about vivid, intense experiences. In extremis we are brought more presently into the moment we live and live that moment more completely.

Sometimes kinksters are reviled as sub human, freaks, lacking in feeling and empathy. This is I believe the opposite of the truth. It is very human to seek experience. I think those that limit their experiences are strange. I give my partner experiences and sensation because I have empathy, because in those moments we are so connected.

We yearn to experience… It’s only human.

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