Tying the whole rope. Binding the whole person. Fucking you, the whole way up!
I see a great deal of debate on-line that I believe is at cross purposes. Often this surrounds the issue of Japanese vs. European or Western perspectives about Shibari. I think a great many of these arguments are mistaken, miss-directed and completely unproductive. I believe that this is because each of those arguing from either end of the spectrum mistakes something fundamental. That is that they are each looking at the other from a perspective that is determined by their own exclusive interest. I know that many people only know me for my Japanese style bondage but I have done all kinds of bondage over the years and still occasionally do DID shoots on a professional basis for websites. This should I hope inform the reader that I'm more than reasonably good at the 'western' style and help people not to assume that I, as some have so delightfully put it "have no right to talk about anything other than the Japanese style". While I of course thank you for your short sightedness, prejudice and stupidity together with the laugh it gives me. I'm going to talk about it anyway. Looking at DID bondage and judging it as Shibari is bound to lead to the conclusion that it isn't very good. It's not good Shibari. It wasn't created to be good Shibari, it doesn't do what good Shibari should. Looking at Shibari from a DID perspective is going to lead to a similar conclusion. Personally I find them to be very different each from the other. They foster and require different attitudes. They have ultimately different goals. Accepting that they are both forms of rope bondage they are probably as dissimilar as types of rope bondage can [...]
Our best congratulations go to the incredible artist J.P. Rakehorn for his triumph at the recent International Juried art show this year in Sin City Gallary Las Vegas. I am always knocked out by his incredible work and heartily recommend visiting his site to see more of his work.
Everything is old and everything is new. That sentence is true. The future is built on the past. The best futures remember the past well as it informs and shapes the future. Avoiding the mistakes and learning the lessons. The greatest advantage of humanity is it's ability to learn beyond the current generation. To pass on information beyond the grave, to remember its origin and reason. Akechi Denki was a great innovator but also a respecter of tradition. He was a contributor to tradition too. What is tradition? Tradition is respect for the past and the recognition and preservation of what is best of the past. It is ever changing and developing. Sometimes people mistake 'tradition' for 'fossilised', 'dead', 'unchanging' and 'unchangable'. Any serious look at the history of any field will show that this is not the case. The insistence that nothing must change is as bad as the insistence that everything must change. The insistence that the past is nothing is as destructive, if not more as the insistence that the past is nothing.
This was a special performance for us. We were going to do something that people hadn't seen before. Nothing world shaking but we weren't going to use a TK/Gote of the conventional kind. We were going to do something that we could only do because Clover could manage it. We probably could not have done it a year ago. We were going to do something we very much wanted to do together. We were going to be together on stage just doing what we love to do. We've come a long way together. This was a special time for us for a number of reasons, some of those I'll blog about later. The show was though something we were very much looking forward to. Also it was quite exciting to have a secret about what we were going to do. I'd like to think that people didn't see this one coming. Then again the show wasn't about one thing. I imagined when I sat down to write this that there would be quite an article here. In the end though it boils down to just one thing. We just wanted it to be beautiful. You can see the video here Photos by Anonymous
It's hard to know where to begin writing about this years festival. So much happened and we had such a good time with friends old and new. For us the festival began behind the scenes a few months before the date but... the festival for real began on the night of Bound. We had nothing planned, no show prepared, some music we had used last year and a brief chat on the way down about what the hell we were going to do. During the drive down Clover browsing the web on her phone noticed that Bound was due to be streamed live that night, so no pressure right? When we finally made it through London to The Flying Dutchman we found that there was a film crew from National Geographic who were going to film the nights performances. So again no pressure right? I have to say though that in the end we had an absolutely killer time that night and the rope just flowed. Frankly we just went up and played and had fun. I don't know when I've been more relaxed during a show. It was also great to see so many friends from around the world in that crowded pub. Including in one corner Naka Akira and Iroha Shizuki. Hell of a first night to our festival experience this year. Here are a few pictures though I don't know if anything can capture that hot atmosphere. More pictures in the portfolio here. p.s. Oh and Naka Akira asked if he could keep one of my black candles!
Are you scared yet? A film by Raindance raw talent directed by Ate de Jong Earlier this year I had an amazing experience working on a new film. This full length feature thriller features some shibari rope bondage. It was my great pleasure to be able to supply this for the movie. The first showing of this movie will be on Monday September 30th at 9:00pm A home invasion irrevocably changes the lives of all involved in ways neither victims nor perpetrator could have imagined. The showing is on the Monday immediately following the London Festival of the Art of Japanese Bondage in London. It was an amazing experience being involved in a project like this and to work with so many wonderful people. I'm not going to give away anything that happens in the film. You'll just have to wait and see. More updates running up to and after the first festival showing.
We've always had an amazing time performing in London at the Festival of Japanese bondage. We have been lucky enough to make some great friends over the years and we're looking forward to doing so again this year. Old friends and new are coming from all around the world. It's going to be great. 2012 another great year. So here is a memory of our performance then. 2013 looks like it will be another great one with Naka Akira and Iroha Shizuki headlining two show nights and also teaching. Saki Kamijoo will also be performing and teaching. We're hoping to produce another great memory in 2013 so stay tuned for video and images after the festival.
First thing, I did not write these universal laws of rope bondage. Jahc did! I did try to write something similar but in all honesty it wasn't nearly as fun as these so please enjoy and give credit where it's due! Well, the Part the First, and Part the Second, were fun. Kind of.... I doubt this will be, though. But hey, I am bored, again, so bung a badger on the barbie, put some bunnies on the boil, fill your face with whatever turns you on (consenting, sentential beings only, obviously), fillet a giblet or three and let's talk some toot. And rejoice, once more! Rejoiceth untilst thou shiteth thineself, dearest fiends, for we bringeth you the very latest and most Completely Officialest Bollocks About Rope Bondage, and Stuff! In order to do rope safely, you must first remove your nervous system. All rope bondage related injuries are caused by having nerves in your body, so it is essential to remove them before you get started, and leave them in a safe place, somewhere. Mine are in a jar on the mantelpiece, and have been for years. You should never attempt anything, unless you have had close instruction from a Master. Developing the ability to figure things out for yourself will only bring you unhappiness, make your belly hang over your belt and your bum fall off. Figuring things out for yourself is not blind experimentation. This has been clinically proven in randomised double blind trials, which are really fun, when you get the hang of them. The downside is that the null hypothesis is 100% fatal. You can break any rope. If you really want to.You might find it more useful to learn how to [...]
There have been some posts recently on the subject of qualified or competent teachers, codes of conduct etc. Will there ever be an accepted code of conduct for bondage teachers? A qualification? I really don't know. There are some recognised methods taught, notably Osada Ryu which is taught in Japan, Australia and Europe. This is a method from a single teacher, will it spread, become widely accepted? I don't know. It has things to be said for it, it has accredited teachers, you can I think be assured of quality, but then it isn't for everyone. Will bondage ever head down the route of having specified, defined systems? Again I don't know. Are defined methods even desirable? I think both yes and no. Useful for giving people the tools to do good bondage, essential safety knowledge etc. but beyond a certain point of competence perhaps not really conducive to creativity. Then again some people love bondage but are not creative and would benefit greatly from defined, well constructed bondage education. What I do know is that the practical reality of things is that outside of the very small minority people learn from people who are not in any way qualified as bondage teachers. Outside of the confines of single source systems (with one root teacher which are self governing) there are to the best of my knowledge no qualifications as such for teaching bondage. No boards of ratification or governing bodies. Should there be codes of conduct and governing bodies? That is a question that has answers and arguments from both sides. It is also not a question that I intend to consider here! So what is this article about? Once again it's about something that so many [...]