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Newness and getting out into the kink community

By |2016-10-28T16:39:56+00:00November 3rd, 2012|Categories: Learning|Tags: , , |

For many people it's a nerve-wracking step going out into the community especially to the myriad of events, workshops, munches and parties. This is especially because of uncertainty about what to expect and how to behave. Also how should they react to how other people behave? Here are a few things you should always be able to expect no matter what the event. To be treated with respect Not to be touched, slapped, spanked, groped, played with or otherwise molested without consent Not to have your personal space disregarded Never to be told that you 'have' to submit Not to be told how you 'should' behave To not have anyone make you feel uncomfortable or scared Here are a few rights that you should never forget you have or be made to be feel uncomfortable exercising You have the right say NO You have the right to your own opinion You have the right to disagree You have the right to be new and learning without that being held against you You have the right not to like some kinks, not everything's for everyone You have the right to completely disregard anything ever said by anyone who tells you you're not a 'true'... submissive, dominant etc. Common sentences beginning with or containing... All submissives/dominants are... All submissives/dominants should... All true... All real... Oh you're a natural... Oh you're not a natural... ...should be carefully analysed to determine their bullshit content. Many people come to kink via fiction of one kind or another. There's nothing wrong with this. Very many people do. Often these routes will include books, films, stories or fantasies... These things are very often not really true to life and in some cases present a very skewed view [...]

By the water-lilies on the lake (rope bondage feeling)

By |2017-01-27T00:32:41+00:00September 1st, 2012|Categories: Shoots|Tags: , , , |

Yesterday we went to a lake where we knew their to be a small landing at the waters edge. There are water lilies on the lake and it's surrounded by trees. It's a beautiful location and for a while we've been wanting to create a certain image there. Shibari bondage by the water lilies on the lake So off we set with a Yukata and obi in a bag, a friend who models for us, a few bits of rope and a camera and tripod. Luckily we had a beautiful day and the shot we eventually got was I think very beautiful. All the elements of light, setting, bondage and model seemed just right. Even the water was glassy calm. I really think that clover got an amazing image. I often say that rope is not about rope. This image is not about rope either. I'm sure that looking at it you can form your own opinions of what it is about. It's a great feeling when you get something you've been wanting to get for a while. I hope you enjoy this images as much as we do.

Legarti (Rome)

By |2018-01-27T13:23:57+00:00August 21st, 2012|Categories: Events, Performance|Tags: , , , , |

Coming to re-write these blogs Legarti seems both a long time ago and very fresh in my memory. Firstly we were naturally enough very excited to be going to Rome. We'd never been before and this was going to be an exciting adventure in many ways. What a great time we had, the hospitality shown to us in Rome was second to none and I really mean that. The whole trip was an amazing experience. We even got to be tourists and saw some of the sights of Rome. Just an incredible city. Our thanks to Stefano Laforgia who put us up in his home and showed us some of the wonderful sights of Rome. The sights were just wonderful and it was so great for us to be able to see something of a city we visit. I have to say, OMG... the Coffee, the Icecream, the wonderful food at a great family restaurant. The wine! Mouth watering just thinking of it. So, on to the purpose of the visit the Legarti bondage festival. Asside from myself and Clover the other preformers were to the best of my memory Riccardo Sergnese with Redsabbath, Andrea Ropes, DolcissimaBastarda and was at the delightful space Lost and Found studio. There had been a lot of bad publicity in Italy about bondage after a kink accident that had nothing to do with Japanese style rope work had been labeld shibari by the press. I have to say what a great thing it was that this event happened such a short time after, with the Italian press invited to see what rope bondage was really about. Sadly we have no video and only a couple of snaps of the performance, what we do have however [...]

Bound 2 (London 2012)

By |2016-10-28T16:39:58+00:00August 20th, 2012|Categories: Events, Performance|Tags: , , |

Our second time at bound was a great night. On reason we specially wanted to make this particular night was that Nawakiri Shin was going to perform and we wanted to meet him. He is the only rigger we knew of from Tiwan and he'd also performed at Hajimi Kinoko's festival Tobaku in Japan. It was again a great night of performances. There are some riggers in London that are making real strides forward and the quality of some performances was visibly improving. Here it will not surprise you that I'm going to concentrate on Nawakiri Shin's performance at Bound. The thing that struck me about Shin's performance right away was how theatrical it was. There was a scripted story, delightfully there was also comedy. The performance was entitled 'Monster'  and I won't spool the joke for you if you haven't seen it. I don't think I'll spoil too many secrets however if I say Cute Schoolgirl gets tied up and sadistic things happen to her. It was a lot of fun. They were a lot of fun. Really looking forward to seeing them again at the London festival. We also did a little something. Pics of our performance below.

Bound 1 (London 2012)

By |2016-10-28T16:39:58+00:00August 19th, 2012|Categories: Events, Performance|Tags: , , , , |

This was our first time at Bound so we weren't too sure what to expect. First up the venue The Flying Dutchman this is a great venue and they've gone to lengths to make it accommodating to the rope kink crowd. Suspension points abound. Next up is the crowd themselves. This is the most concentrated rope loving crowd I've come across outside of a festival. It was a really great atmosphere and we had a raging night. The only real downer was having to go home again (especially as this includes a 3 hour drive for us). We'll be back at this event again. You can be sure Here's a video of our performance on the night. And a few images.

Twisted Leprechaun (Dublin 2011)

By |2017-01-22T13:52:20+00:00August 17th, 2012|Categories: Events, Festivals, Performance|Tags: , , , , |

Twisted Leprechaun was Irelands first fetish festival. There is a lot goes into a festival event and I can only congratulate all the people who worked behind the scenes to make it so memorable. There are always problems behind the scenes but it's a testament to those behind the scenes that pretty much nobody attending the event saw them.

Nemesis rope shows (2010)

By |2017-01-21T20:51:23+00:00August 16th, 2012|Categories: Events, Performance|Tags: , , , , , |

This was a bit of an intense shibari session. Clover spaced out very early on in the performance and even though we were up on a stage in an art deco ballroom it managed to feel very intimate. The music was perfect for the sustained mood of the show and it all went off very well.

WickedOne (Bristol 2012)

By |2012-08-14T22:20:29+00:00August 14th, 2012|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , |

It's always great when you can be part of a new event. We had a great time at this one in Bristol. There were a lot of very different demos and interests, some quality vending and a very fun play party in the evening. All this despite some local event times conflicting and even some local scene falling outs caused attendance to perhaps not be what it might have been. I really hope that the organiser of this event persists. There was a lot of good information shared at this event and those that decided to give it a miss for whatever reason missed out. If it runs again we'll certainly try to make it again.