Radio 3FM, De Bende van Van de Lende

with Frank van de Lende

Posted on April 15 2015 by RopeMarks
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Preview from the happeningRight before our trip to this years Fetish Evolution we got a very interesting invite to participate on radio DJ Frank van der Lende's program "De bende van Van der Lende" (A witty wordplay that roughly translates to "The mess of ..." or "The gang of ...").

The downside of this invite is the hours of the program, this is a night-time program, and I mean 01:00 - 04:00... a challenge we accepted!

Wasteland hosted a party during the program and we got to play, have fun and participate in a short game.

We sneaked in a snap-shot and got our hands on some footage shot during the night.

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De Bende van Van de Lende, with Frank van de Lende

The links: DJ Frank van der Lenden, Wasteland, Dutch Dame.

Group shot

#TBT

Posted on April 10 2015 by RopeMarks
Categories: RopeMarks, Rants
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rm19991231_2-safe-tbt.jpg#TBT This image was among the first we published as RopeMarks, in 1999

It was taken with an analogue camera and scanned to use on the site (http://www.RopeMarks.com/),- a site that was a non-automated, what we call now a, blog.

This was also the time where the information about bondage from Japan was hard to find, needed to be hunted and in effect made sure that as a Western student your only path was developing your own style (http://www.RopeMarksRyu.com).

This is a stark contrast where you now have a rope-get-together-event-festival-munch-whatever almost ever week somewhere on our blue globe; information is happily exchanged and accepted blindly as a truth and then copied, photographed and posted on as much social media as possible.

The "old rope-days" were hard, definitely not something to want back; but sometimes, just sometimes, I miss the hunt for that one pearl related to rope-bondage, a technique, a pose, a bit of information that will progress your growth and style where instead finding that pearl these days means "the world" has already copied it, took photo's of it, spread it as their own, named it and changed it - all before I had my first morning coffee.

Bob
doing rope since 1977 #TBT

Club update, Blacklight

with Dutch Dame

Posted on April 02 2015 by RopeMarks

BlacklightTwo absolute amazing bondage's with an amazing and naked Dutch Dame on the receiving end.

Sponsored by: Wasteland

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Club update, Houchi seori zuri, part 2 of 2

Posted on March 26 2015 by RopeMarks

Houchi seori zuriAfter our finger-exercise with the stunning Dutch Dame suspended by her wrists we decide it's time to match the beauty of Dutch Dame with the beautiful photography of PhoToTom.

This is a stunning set of images where you see a rotating Dutch Dame suffering through her back bending suspension by her wrist... absolutely gorgeous!

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A weekend with RopeMarks

Review of Kink & Kinbaku, Norway.

Posted on March 21 2015 by RopeMarks

We have had the most amazing, bondage, weekend in Norway and I have been dying to write about it; but the organization beat me to it and I can not do a better job at blowing my horn as their review :)

Here it is:

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It´s Friday.  The sun is shining (does not happen too often here), we´re at this really nice location, weekend coming up…what could possibly make it better??  Well, add Bob from Ropemarks, beautiful Dutch-Dame and a bunch of very excited riggers and bunnies from all over Norway and it´s just perfect.

The workshop

Bob is a fantastic teacher. We already knew that,but every time we meet him he takes it up another notch. This time he had quite a challenging task: Two days of workshops, no suspension points for the participants and a group of riggers and bunnies with various degree of experience.

Using both his historical and cultural knowledge, his vast experience and his creativity Bob centered the teachings around the timeline of the gote. He used variations of the gote as a starting points for full body ties and for layering tie upon tie. As soon as he was sure the riggers had gotten the basics, Bob encouraged everyone to play around and to be creative, and to work towards developing their own style instead of simply copying someone elses work.

Teaching Tengu shibari

This way, the participants not only gained technical knowledge, but also a deeper understanding of the concept of kinbaku and more confidence in doing their own thing. This is so important in todays rope community where so many proclaimed «experts» are simply copying other riggers work (up to copying their exact workshops!), and also being very dogmatic about their style being «the one twue way» and that there are exact ways you have to follow in order to be connective with rope. In Norway we have this saying «A little knowledge can be dangerous», meaning if you don´t know how much there is to learn about something, it´s easy to be dogmatic. As a teacher, Bob is the opposite of dogmatic, and his enthusiasm for the other riggers ideas and styles at the workshop showed a confidence and humbleness lacking in many other riggers.

Bob would not be Bob without DD, and having her around for a whole weekend is just really a treat. She provided lots of great tips and hints for the bunnies, and having such an experienced model around to ask questions is very helpful.

The show

On our two last events we have hosted large parties. That is A LOT of work. So this time, we decided to just do a small party with the workshop participants and a few extra ropey people who couldn´t make it to the workshop. The highlight of the evening was, of course, the show.

Beautiful suffering by DD

The party started with a light meal, and then everyone gathered in the largest room of the location, excited to see the show.  As always, it was fantastic.  It´s impossible not to be impressed by Bob´s amazing techniqual skills, his speed, his sense of humour and stage presence.  

As a bunny, I´m always equally impressed by DDs fantastic strength and flexibility, she is one tough and talented bunny!  The things that girl can do and still be smiling…there are not many bunnies in the world that can match her skills and grace.  And together, the two of them are just dynamite.  It´s so obvious that they enjoy both each other and what they do, and Bobs evil ideas and wicked grins contrasts DDs calm beauty perfectly.  

Still smiling!

The party

The fact that everyone had been truly inspired by the show and workshops became apparent very soon – just minutes after the show people were tying each other everywhere. The evening was very cozy and intimate, and so successful that we will probably repeat the «small-party-formula» for our next event.

The surprise

Master hurt his hand a few days before the workshop, and while he was able to follow the teachings at the workshop he had to take it easy at the party. Which gave yours truly a chance to be rigged by DD. Yes, you read that right…surprise, the multi-talented DD can also do rope! With a very elegant and considerate approach to it. It was really fun to be her first bunny. Watch out, you other riggers out there…

From Bergen Kink&Kinbaku, a very big thank you to both Bob and Dutch-Dame for making yet another trip to Norway. Getting a chance to learn from you means so much to the Norwegian rope scene. We are already getting e-mails asking when you will be back!

For BK&K,
cilie

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Photos by Anshargal, cilie, Theeye

The original post is here.

update: For us this weekend ended showered with unexpected gifts!

Club update, Houchi seori zuri, part 1 of 2

with Dutch Dame

Posted on March 12 2015 by RopeMarks

Houchi seori zuri - with Dutch DameWe put Dutch Dame through one hell of an ordeal in one of Amsterdam's more notorious bars. A beautiful, but hard, back bending suspension by the wrists!

We make Dutch Dame pose for you naked! Naked in ballet boots! And finally naked in leather and gagged to finally stop the whining and whimpering of how difficult she has it.

Each pose we leave her in this predicament and enjoy the show that unfolds, rotating, suffering, trying to find relief...

Dutch Dame is pure beauty in suffering and after this experience we decided to capture this beauty as beautiful as we can... in part 2 (of 2) of this update.

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Houchi seori zuri - with Dutch Dame

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Honeyhair uses Dutch Dame, part 2 of 2

Posted on February 15 2015 by RopeMarks

Honeyhair uses Dutch Dame, part 2 of 2This is the second of two instalments of a stunning and sexy update.

We decided to go with the flow and let Honeyhair have a real go at a tighly bound and submissive Dutch Dame.

We untied Honeyhair, but left her ballet boots. Any girl looks stunning in them, Honeyhair twice that. Gave her a ballgag and the freedom to use Dutch Dame as she pleased.

You have to see it enjoy it, Honeyhair gagged Dutch Dame, Kissed her, licked her, spanked her, pulled her hair... and the actions were much appreciated by Honeyhair, Dutch Dame and well... now you.

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RopeMarks on TV

BNN's Spuiten en Slikken

Posted on February 10 2015 by RopeMarks
Categories: RopeMarks, Shows, In the Media

Wasteland's latest edition, the 20 year anniversary, had the live RopeMarks Japanese bondage (shibari, kinbaku) performance installation that lasted for three hours! This installation was set up in cooperation with the bigger names in the Netherlands and Japan; First and foremost Wasteland then there was RopeMarks, Dutch Dame, Amrita, Hibiki (with Karen), ME-Chiel, Haas & Co, Nikki Flames, Kim OnArt and last but definitely not least Abraxas.

Gwen in RopeMarks' rope @ WastelandTo top of this milestone for Wasteland and RopeMarks the Dutch TV network BNN, for the program "Spuiten en Slikken" was there to capture this joyful event and to let RopeMarks have some playtime with the host of the show Gwen.

Tonight, Tuesday February 10, 2015 is the episode where all of this will be aired.

Since I have not seen any of this footage yet, I apologize in advance for anything... odd. 

Some links:

The London Festival of the Art of Japanese Rope Bondage

the fifth edition, 2013

Posted on February 07 2015 by RopeMarks

Finding our way in LondonWhat's in a name? In the end not much, it's content that determines value, but let's use the slightly easier abbreviation: LFAJRB.

Naka Akira and RopeMarksSugiuara Norio with RopeMarks In the field of content this edition of the LFAJRB had nothing to complain for me. The main attractions for me where the presence of bondage God Naka Akira and photographer supreme Sugiura Norio. Both brought their respected lovely models Iroha Shizuki and Ikeda Miho.

Naka-san and Sugiura-san provided workshops and Naka-san also provided a main stage act. A treat for the visitors of the event. Same as our Japanese visitors, RopeMarks was at the LFAJRB to provide workshops and a main stage act. 

Over the years RopeMarks has grown into being the main- or closing-act of an event (see us live and you know why!), this time the closing act was obviously Naka-sama. RopeMarks had the honour to be the support act for Naka Akira. This did make us a little nervous but pride won.

Shows, demonstrations, on Japanese rope bondage events sometimes tend to be very serious (and a dime a dozen). Our intent was to liven-up the place with a fun- fast paced show based on the popular TV-show SouthPark. Also we wanted to have a party on stage... Check out the video of the show, we decided to provide you with the entire show, no cuts, enjoy!

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RopeMarks @ The London Festival of the Art of Japanese Rope Bondage

Among the best feedback of the show was "I wished you guys could stay on stage longer" and "All I wanted to do was party". Here are a few more visuals of the show:

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rm20130830_redpandadee_dutchdame_001.jpgrm20130830_redpandadee_jiai.jpgOne of the visitors of the event was artist SingingTree during the show and the day after during the workshops he sketched a quick drawing of our bondage's; beautiful and so fast!

RopeMarks with Andrea RopesRopeMarks with Esinem Events like this are always over too soon; this one ended with a big closing dinner where a large group of us took over an Italian restaurant. A great ending of an event that left a big positive impression with us.

Photo credits: Clover Brooks, Rebecca Davis.

The links:

MOSS procedure

EU VAT Rule changes per Jan. 1, 2015

Posted on February 03 2015 by RopeMarks
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As of January 1, 2015 the VAT rules in the EU for businesses like ours has changed. This is the so called MOSS (Mini One Stop Shop scheme) procedure.

Effectively, and brief, we must start paying VAT over our memberships in the country of the members origin. The effect is a drastic increase in, administrative, costs and lose of income.

To keep our service as it is this means we must adjust our membership prices accordingly. We have chosen to pick up 100% of the extra cost this new EU VAT change brings with it. Yes, you read this correct, we will not increase the prices to become a member of Club RopeMarks (http://www.ClubRopeMarks.com). 

So head on over to our Club and benefit from the continued low membership prices.

Thank you for your continued membership
Managment

More information:
http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/taxation/vat/how_vat_works/telecom/index_en.htm