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BED 2014 Good times shibari Bar-b-q rope jamming cook-out!

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BED 2014 Good times shibari Bar-b-q rope jamming cook-out!

I don’t even know where to begin with this blog. BED was a complete blast from start to finish. The people of Dallas were great to us and the people of BED especially.

This event really has a special atmosphere and has won a special place in our hearts.

I’d like to say right off that this event treats presenters better than any conference I’ve been to in the USA. The team really made an effort to make us welcome and at home. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate this kind of effort. It really made a difference to our stay.

Highlights of the event include our first show in 6 months. Dinners with friends and seeing people improve in classes. I honestly do love it when you see someone make real progress right there in a class and take away things that can help them improve for a long time to come. It’s a cool thing and I never grow tired of it.  My sincere thanks to everyone that came.

Next of course seeing Kinoko Hajime san perform again for the first time in a couple of years.

BED has a really personal atmosphere, while there’s quite a few people there and you cannot of course spend a lot of time with everyone but  many people became familiar and more familiar to us. When we left we were really aware that we were leaving friends behind.

 The after party!

The after party at TheChurchDallas was an amazing blast. We really had a fun time performing. Thanks to everyone who came and gave such amazing reactions, you really contributed to the atmosphere and our own experience on stage. I can’t tell you what it’s like to be able to get up and just have fun like that, you were all part of a very special buzz that night.

Afterparty images © Beagleone Photography

The after after party party!

So back to DK’s for a chill out and finally now that the shows are over a drink.

Lots of rope still going on and a nice chilled moment to round off a great night and a great event.  But soon we just wanted to get into bed together and get a little alone time and some rest. Back to the hotel for the last time.

Time out to hang out

BED 2014 CulpritsOne thing that we didn’t get a chance to do last year but did this time was to hang out after the event with the organisers, Kinoko san and Towa san. Again our thanks go to our hosts for the way that they looked after us. They really made sure we had the best time and we really appreciate that.

Excellent trips out in including th Dallas World Aquarium and the Rangers game. We’d never been to a baseball game before and we really had a good time. Kinoko san went wild for Darvish souvenirs.  Clover and I got Darvish shirts too. A beautiful sunny day out in Dallas. Hot dogs and Beer were consumed.

The final chill out

Time at any event with Kinoko san present isn’t complete without unreasonably late nights and drinking. Wonderful night of talking,  drinking, sharing, drinking, promises and drinking.

Coming home

Finally and sadly time to head home. Parting produced tears all round and a renewed desire not to let so much time pass before seeing friends again.

For all our friends old and new who were in Dallas.  We are so glad we came. We can’t wait to come back again.

By | 2016-10-28T16:39:55+00:00 May 13th, 2014|Categories: Festivals, Learning, Performance, Teaching, Workshops|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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WykD_Dave (Dave Rickman) is a UK-based rope enthusiast, who now teaches and performs internationally accompanied by his partner Clover. He started exploring bondage 22 years ago and was autodidact for the first 17 years, until a lesson with rope professional Osada Steve changed his way of tying. Dave loves Japanese style rope work, and decided to dedicate himself to this. “It isn’t about the rope, it’s about the expression, the look in the eyes, the hopelessness, the agony”. Now, Dave feels fortunate to be asked to run workshops and tutorials all around the world. He takes great pleasure in seeing people get it and open their minds to what rope bondage can really be. “Not just a means of restraint but a much deeper and personally connected experience than any other I’ve ever found.” Most of the time, running into Dave means running into his lovely partner Clover. She is very passionate about rope, she models and performs, as well as makes impressive photos of Japanese rope work done by Dave. Her photography focusses on the feelings involved in rope play, not just the pretty ties, and she tells stories with her pictures. Dave: “Of course Clover’s a huge part of everything. Without her photography would people ever have noticed?”

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