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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?”

Vienna Rope festival 2015 (part the second)

By | 2016-10-28T16:39:55+00:00 July 16th, 2016|Categories: Festivals|Tags: , , , |

Here's the long overdue second part to the blogging of the Viennese rope festival at long last. So after the great opening night and some wonderful shibari followed by some wonderful beer, there's more good stuff to come. In our case this includes some classes to teach, some time with good friends and another show before the festival proper is all over. Our class is on suspension transitions and I have to say that I was very pleased how seriously everyone who came took the class requirements. They were all capable of doing the class and that's a great relief to me. It isn't always the case that people have the ability to assess their skill level objectively. Particularly satisfying in a class like this is to help those who have troubles related to relative weight and strength, this applies in the main to female tops with male bottoms. It's really great to see them execute transitions that they previously thought impossible with the benefit of improved technique. One of the great joys of teaching for me is seeing a tangible improvement in someone's bondage and seeing the joy that brings. We hadn't planned on doing a second performance but well we did. This in a very industrial looking section of the old Ottakringer brewery. It was cavernous and wow that ceiling is high! Pre show memories include much of the unique Viennese lemonade (Almdudler), watching other shows and skipping through the venue hand in hand with Kamijoo Saki. We had a great night of shibari with friends. Finally the end of the festival for us included a wonderful night at the Vienna shibari dojo with all its organisers, the people who had come to [...]

Shibari in Brno, the Czech Republic February 2016

By | 2016-10-28T16:39:55+00:00 June 25th, 2016|Categories: Teaching, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

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 club on the outskirts of the city where the spacious wood floored rooms provided an excellent working and performance space. Instead of a two day intensive there was a series of subject focused sessions. Thanks to everyone who came to these sessions. We had a great time teaching and I hope that we made a positive contribution to rope in Brno. Here's a video of our performance in Brno. Thanks everyone who came to what was a wonderful evening of rope. On a personal note I wanted to write here about what a good time we've had on each occasion we've had the opportunity to teach and perform in the Czech Republic, the first time in Prague and this time in Brno. Both are beautiful cities with rich histories... and very good beer! As always we're blown away be the wonderful hospitality of our hosts. We really appreciate they way the efforts they make. We especially would like to thank our hosts in the Czech republic for showing us their beautiful cities too. On many occasions we don't get to see much of the places we visit so it was really great to get a local's view of the city and to learn some of its history.

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

By | 2016-10-28T16:39:55+00:00 June 19th, 2016|Categories: Events, Teaching, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

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 the success of the LFRA in 2015. One of the things that Clover cares very much about is information on rope bottoming. This has led to the creation of The Rope Bottom Guide inspired originally for models and those new to rope to give them some reliable information to help keep them safe when starting out with rope bondage. This has been updated over the last few years and is available in multiple languages. She's been asked to teach about rope bondage all over the world and despite really not liking teaching she has taught on rope bottoming around the world and always for free believing so strongly that this fundamental information about bottoming should be shared as far and wide as possible. I've always been very proud of her for doing this. Anatomie studio provided a great venue with an excellent atmosphere for the event. We stayed with the studios organisers Miss Bones and Fred Hatt over night and we thank them for their hospitality and having us to stay again. Often when we go to do workshops we're so busy with the event itself that we don't get time to tie. Happily this time we did some rope for ourselves in the corner of the studio before going home. We'd like to thank Anatomie studio, Fred Hatt & Miss Bones for inviting us and for their promotion & distribution of Clover's rope bottom guide & their commitment to rope bottom education as a whole. We were very glad [...]

What I think behaviour policy for an event should look like

By | 2016-06-06T22:17:17+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 is an event for adults and I don’t expect to have to specify how to behave with other adults any more than I should have to specify a no nuclear explosions policy. For any other issues see points 1 and 2. Play evenings Respect people’s play space and don’t enter into or infringe upon anyone’s scene. Don’t do stupidly loud things next to people’s quiet scenes. Don’t be a dick in any other way, even if it’s not mentioned here! Point 3 again only in a louder voice!

Youtube videos

By | 2016-10-28T16:39:55+00:00 February 16th, 2016|Categories: Learning, Random|

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 answer everything but if you make a good suggestion I'll have a good go at making a video about it. Here's the channel. If you have suggestions please let me know here or on social media. Twitter Facebook Fetlife

Performing at the first London Festival of Rope Art

By | 2015-10-07T21:30:36+00:00 October 7th, 2015|Categories: Festivals, Performance|Tags: , , , , , |

We had what I can only describe as a very intense and emotional time performing at the first London Festival of Rope Art. It was a wonderful time with my love and we'd like to thank everyone who shared this time with us. Here is the first gallery of that show by Amaury Grisel.  

Shooting with Doobsay

By | 2016-10-28T16:39:55+00:00 May 24th, 2015|Categories: Shoots|Tags: , |

We had an excellent time shooting with Doobsay today. We got did some good stressful rope! I think we're going to have some really hot images from this shoot and I'll be adding them to the portfolio section as soon as they're ready. It's always nice to shoot with someone who's as into rope as Doobsay was and to give them an experience as well as images. We get to meet a lot of great models through rope and we're glad that Doobsay contacted us. Images coming soon folks. This was a pretty good day of shooting. Well this was written some time ago but looks like I didn't publish it. To make up for that here's a couple of images and a link to that gallery.  

Viennese rope festival 2015 (part the first)

By | 2016-10-28T16:39:55+00:00 May 19th, 2015|Categories: Events, Festivals, Performance|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I meant to blog about this event right after it happened and was frankly unforgivably lazy about blogging for the longest time. Now I've blogged about an event since the guilt pressure is finally high enough that I'm going to actually write this up. This was our first time in Vienna and our first time in Austria. Aside from the fact that we would get to see some of Vienna we were excited to see some friends for the first time in what seemed like ages. Wildties, Redsabbath, Saki Kamijoo and her model Mayumi Sumi. It's incredible to think  that over the last couple of years we've met up with each other variously in London, Paris, Rome, Moscow, Chicago and now Vienna. It frankly is incredible to think that this kind of thing now seems so perfectly natural. As usual I'm going to have to take a moment to mention the people that organise events like this. I have to say that they very probably do a better job than I could and we were well looked after being collected from the airport and well informed about everything that was going on. I especially have to say thank you to those that spared their time to show us round some of their magnificent city. It's really spectacular. But before that the festival itself. We were really pleased to be asked to open the festivals shows and the venue was great being in a brewery in the city. The bar section where the opening was held was dark and filled with old blackened wood. It provided a great setting for the opening and a great atmosphere for the performance with the audience close around [...]