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SWAMP Bristol

Shibari bondage meet and greet and show,

Well after about 5 years of trying we’re finally going to be at SWAMP in Bristol on the 9th of July. Come and see us there.

WykD Dave’s bondage work has appeared in Films, music videos, international fashion magazines and even in Paris’s Louvre gallery. Tying models from local kinksters and friends with no modelling experience to internationally known stars like FKA Twigs and Lady Gaga (The first and so far only rope artist to see his work hang in Paris’ famous Louvre Gallery). His teaching has revolutionised rope bondage for many students around the world as he shares his own take on what’s important to learn and understand about rope.

His views on shibari are the result of years of experience, analysis and thought after tying, teaching and performing all over the world. He teaches together with his partner Clover providing her perspective as a rope bottom and believes that education for models/bottoms is just as important as for riggers.

Time and experience are constantly changing and evolving his bondage and his classes making them a different experience every time. It is his proud boast to have created some of the most copied rope bondage classes in the world.

He has also accomplished the rare and almost unique feat of having created ties and techniques that are now used and taught in Japan.

SWAMP July 9th Bristol

Shibari 2017

  • London, UK (January)

  • Rome, Italy (February)

  • Jamaica (April) Event passed on 25th May 17

  • Prague (April) Event passed on 25th May 17

  • Dallas, USA (April) Blog

  • Bristol 44 days remaining

  • Tokyo, Japan (TBC)

  • LA, USA (October) 155 days remaining

  • St. Louis, USA (October) 148 days remaining

Shibari 2018

  • TBC

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).

Shibari bondage, suspension in takatekote & futomomo. Model Xian.

Shibari travel & Bondage performance blogs.

More shibari travels blogs coming up soon, the latest from out trip to LA is up now and I promise I’m working to bring you up to date with the remaining blogs I’m behind with.

Also we have some epic travels coming up. Looking forward to sharing those. I’m really going to have to start keeping a diary.

Bondage Expo Dallas 2017

Memories of our great time at Bondage Expo Dallas in 2017. We had a great time tying, teaching and performing our brand of shibari bondage a great kinbaku performance and a fun shibari show to round off this event. We had a wonderful time meeting Nawashi Kanna for the first time. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who makes this event so special to us.

  • Teaching shibari bondage in London January 28th & 29th 2017

Teaching in London At Anatomie Studio on January 28th & 29th 2017

It's not often we teach in the UK but this year we're going to at London's Anatomie studio. We're really looking forward to it. This should be a great weekend of rope. Great though it is to be in demand around the world it's nice to be teaching at home once in a while. For those who don't know us we believe very much that rope bondage education is as much for the bottoms as the tops and as usual Clover will be there with me giving her invaluable insight on the rope bottoming side.

LA Shibari intensive 2016

It's always interesting starting a new shibari intensive, you never know what people are going to need to improve their rope bondage and it's a fascinating moment of discovery. Lots of hard work to follow and people were showing real improvement by the end of the first day.

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

Bondage Expo Dallas 2017

Memories of our great time at Bondage Expo Dallas in 2017. We had a great time tying, teaching and performing our brand of shibari bondage a great kinbaku performance and a fun shibari show to round off this event. We had a wonderful time meeting Nawashi Kanna for the first time. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who makes this event so special to us.

  • Adreena @adreena_winters looking cute while tied during our rope bondage porn shoot to Hustler's Taboo magazine. #rope #shibari #bondage #porn #tattoos #tattoedgirl

Shooting for Taboo magazine with Adreena Winters 8th January 2017

This shoot had some good caning gagging, asphyxiation, penetration as well as some spectacular suspension bondage too! Adreena is always lovely to work with and a pleasure to tie.

Top drop, melancholia and coming down.

I wanted to point out that the feelings and emotional reactions we have with shibari are normal human feelings, we all have these feelings and we all need to be able to recognise those feelings and be able to deal with them.

LA Shibari intensive 2016

It's always interesting starting a new shibari intensive, you never know what people are going to need to improve their rope bondage and it's a fascinating moment of discovery. Lots of hard work to follow and people were showing real improvement by the end of the first day.

Recent shibari bondage galleries

Shibari bondage videos

Shibari tutorials

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.

Here you will find shibari related blogs, shibari tutorials and shibari bondage/kinbaku bondage photosets. Thanks for visiting.

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