Tabu magazine in Finland

Posted on October 27 2007 by Bob
Categories: RopeMarks, In the Media

In an earlier post ( I talked about an article about the history of kinbaku being published in a Finnish magazine. Well, it took some time, but here's the info:

    Tabu (july 2007 edition)


Tear sheets:

Questions? :)

Kamasutra Erotic Fair - after the dust

Posted on October 12 2007 by Bob

Most of the Dust of the three day erotic fair Kamasutra has setteled.

Our booth

Chantal It were 3 very long and heavy but rewarding days. First of all we decided to use our bamboo tripod again, the thing is hell to transport but looked very impressive. We had 2 workshop each day, performed a handfull of demonstrations and tried to explain to interested people what this Japanese bondage is all about. Oh, and we tried to sell them our DVD, rope from, the BoundCon IV DVD's, RopeMarks mousepad's, subscriptions to our club and R.A.R.E. Just like a real business :)

Unfortuntly Chantal could not be present on the third day because of family-matters. So we needed someone to fill in some mighty big shoes on that day. We found her in a friend of ours, Lonneke from Suringa-K. Suringa-K designs and creates unique and exclusive BDSM furniture. Today Lonneke was not busy with BDSM furniture, she was my bondage demo crash test dummy, right-hand during the workshops and in general a very big help during the entire day. For which a big thanks!

An artist friend of Lonneke, also present at the erotic fair, Hans Bijloo, made a few digital impressions of a demonstration Lonneke was put through by me. See the picture left.

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The links: Club RopeMarks, R.A.R.E., Suringa-K, BindMe, BoundCon, Hans Bijloo, Kamasutra.

More Jensen!

Posted on October 03 2007 by Bob
Categories: RopeMarks, In the Media

We have gotten a truckload of responses to our appearence on Jensen!. Answering everybody separatly is bit of challenge, so here we go... 

Jensen!, a national Dutch late night talk show presented by Robert Jensen. When you're on the show and you are weird you will be made fun of, when you are hot Robert will be all over you, when you have a real life story to tell he will be serious. All of the above will be mixed with humour, usually of the simple/easy/sex-oriented kind. All in all it is a light program that is very popular in the Netherlands.

The production people of the Jensen! show contacted us, wanted to know if we were interested to talk about and show Japanese bondage. He assured us we would be taken seriously. After a few phone calls with production we agreed to be on the show.

The show is "semi-life", meaning it is taped just hours before airing. All people agreed that the most spectacular thing to do, television-wise, was a suspension. To do the actual suspension we did I need less than 10 minutes. The actual program is only 38 minutes and is packed with items. 10 minutes was to long so production and us came up with a plan. The plan was changed every 10/15 minutes or so by the people working for the program. Most of the changes were minor variations of the big plan but there were 4 big plans. Here they are:

Plan 1: We would prepare part of the bondage backstage, we would prepare the onstage part of the bondage during commercial break and after the break, live, we would finish the bondage. Then Jensen would walk towards us and hold a short interview with Bob (Chantal could not wear a mic during the suspension). That would be it, 5 or more minutes air time.

Plan 2: We would do the bondage live, as an act, they could cut/paste in the editing room after taping if it was to long. After the act Jensen would walk to us and hold a short interview with Bob (Chantal could not wear a mic the suspension). Could be as much as 10 minutes air time.

Plan 3: We would take place on his couch and he would interview Chantal and Bob. During commercial break we would prepare part of the bondage. After the commercial break we would finish the bondage live. Optionally Jensen would walk towards us after the demo, with Chantal flying and some questions could be answered by Bob (Chantal could not wear a mic during the suspension). Could be as much as 15 or more minutes air time.

Plan 4: We would prepare the bondage backstage. Go on stage, Chantal partly bound, Jensen would walk to us and hold a short interview. He would walk away and we would finish the bondage live. Could be as much as 10 minutes air time.

Plan 5: The moment I could pull Chantal of the floor the filming would start. After finishing the bondage Jensen would walk towards us and interview Bob (Chantal could not wear a mic during the suspension).

Plan 1,2,3 and 4 were all discussed, changed and changed again before our part in the show. Plan 4 was the last (we kinda liked plan 3 :)) and final plan, this would be executed. Just seconds before filming of plan 4 would start some lady who has not had any contact with us before mentioned plan 5. We said this was not discussed with us and not what we prepared for (remember, -seconds- before filming starts). We got a Bitchy answer that we should do it as she told us. So we assumed she was someone important there and did as she said, plan 5.

Now, still with me? Here's what actually happenend: I'm ready to pull Chantal of the floor, notify the lady. Filming does not start, at least not with the camera pointing at us. Jensen introduces shibari with his current guest (Dutch p*rn actrice and producer Kim Holland), then he introduces us. In the mean time I'm ready with the suspension. Jensen does not walk towards us (which he should have done in every plan) but keeps his fat ass on his chair. Does not ask a single questions that could be labelled as "interview", instead interviews Kim Holland about shibari, who clearly (and understandably) does not know anything usefull about it. He also askes questions to Chantal who could not answer them because she was unable to wear a mic during the suspension. Then, with a lot of grandeur he introduces us to start our act/show... which we already finished (the plan was -NOT- to do a show/act). Here, a bit pissed off, I told about the chaos that was surrounded with our appearance on the show, the bitchy lady and the disability to take decisions and hold on to a plan. This ofcourse was not aired :). RopeMarks, stage exit, right.

On the positive side, we are not angry or anything with the production or Jensen, it is just how it is, live and learn. We are however very dissapointed and are far from pleased with the end result even if it is quite good considering the material they had to work with (kudo's to the editing room :)).

Besides the entire experience, what we found strange is that in our TV experience the host of the show would always introduce himself to us and the other guests on the program, before the show starts. It is a common courtesy we think to introduce yourself if you've never met. Robert Jensen did not introduce himself, we found this quite rude.

During rehearsel when people discussed possible items and options for the show I heard a lot of "No, we cannot do that because -HE- would not like it". He, being Robert Jensen; He, spoken as if he was the devil himself; He, whispered to make sure he couldn't hear it.

This, and the overall atmosphere when Jensen was around, lead me to believe that it is possible, even likely, that Robert Jensen has to big an ego. This offcourse is just my current opinon based on external factors. Should we ever really get to meet I will not let this opinion get in the way of getting to know the man, I watch his show from time to time and enjoy it.


Posted on October 01 2007 by Bob
Categories: RopeMarks, In the Media


The 3 day erotic extravaganca called "Kamasutra" is hardly over (my armpits are still sweaty... now there's an image :) ) or we're already packing our stuff for a Dutch national TV appearance. Tonight oct 1, 2007 22:30, RTL 5 we will be with Jensen's late night talkshow "Jensen!" .