Bound 1 (London 2012)
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.
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WykD_Dave (Dave Rickman) is a UK-based shibari bondage enthusiast, who now teaches and performs internationally accompanied by his partner Clover. He started exploring bondage 27 years ago and was autodidact for the first 17 years, until a lesson with shibari 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 & Clover teach and perform 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.”
Running into Dave means running into his lovely partner Clover. She is very passionate about shibari bondage too, she models and performs, as well as makes impressive photos of Japanese rope work done by Dave.
Her photography focuses 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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