The Beauty of Kinbaku by Master "K"

Posted on December 22 2008 by RopeMarks
Categories: RopeMarks, Shop RopeMarks
There have already been a number of reviews about Master "K"'s second book on the different forums. All praise, mine is no different, here goes.
Master "K"'s second book has been in my possession for some time now but a current hardware issue with my computer stopped me from doing anything useful with the machine or go online for that matter.
The first thing you notice about the book is the packaging, you can't get around that. The second thing I noticed is the "little piece of paper that you put in the book to mark the page where you are reading it" (I don't know the English word for this.. come to think of it, I don't even know the Dutch word for this :). Both things, to me, are a sign and tell me the book is made with details in mind and a lot of love, made for those who appreciate and want to learn more about the subject of kinbaku. 
When you first browse through the book, read some paragraphs about the
(cultural) history, the key-figures, look at the gallery, browse the glossary, the how-to's you feel, know, that you are holding a pearl a wisdom. 
Reading through the book is, well, amazing. For me personally the book contains information I was familiar with, BUT (a big _but_), the book completed the information in more ways than I could ever expect, added facts, details, timelines, connections to other pieces of information and history. Master "K" has an extensive library and network to retrieve his information from and it was definitely put to good use for this book. As you expect when you browsed through the book you now know for sure, the book is a pearl of wisdom.
So far it is all good. But is it all good, no there will always be things that are missing, different things by different people, "one- liners" in the text that you know could fill an entire book completely, key-figures that you might expect but are not there, specific descriptions in the glossary that might not agree with you, photo's in the glossary the you feel could be better photographed or tied. But is that bad?  No! Actually that is very good imvho. This is Master "K"'s book, a book about the beauty of kinbaku researched by Master "K", a very personal book with an enormous amount of information and insight he is willing to share with you. This is not some loose little article on the topic of kinbaku you can find everywhere on the web, this is well written book, based on well- researched facts. A book I think that has been "demanded" by the scene for years and Master "K" listened and created this book.
The book might not be cheap but compared to books of the same quality it is priced according to market (at least for Dutch standards). 
Comparing the quality is the only comparison I can make because there is no other English language book like this and that makes the value of the book a lot higher than the price you pay.
My conclusion, this is not a "nice-to-have" book, or a "I go along with the buzz of Japanese bondage" book, if you are truly serious about knowing more about the history of Japanese bondage as we now know it this book is a must have!
Oh and by the way, me liking the book has nothing to do with the fact that Chantal appears in the gallery section of the book, page 100... 
But really it has nothing to do with it (Page 100 of the gallery, go check! :)
the links: The Beauty of Kinbaku.

Ho Ho Ho....

Posted on December 08 2008 by RopeMarks
Categories: RopeMarks

From us at RopeMarks

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we wish you a merry xmas, a happy new year and may all your wishes for the next year come true.

Bob & Chantal

RopeMarks Interactive @ Fetish sins

Posted on December 03 2008 by RopeMarks
Categories: RopeMarks, Shows, Party

There is one show that I would like to talk about a little more. During the last Fetish Sins (formerly known as Boudoir Bizarre, same party, different name) we agreed to do a "RopeMarks Interactive". What this meant is that we would do a show and after this show the audience would get the opportunity to experience bondage our way, the RopeMarks way (based on their experience and my judgement of the situation).

Beforehand you would have to sign a waiver stating basically that you are not drunk or on any drugs and understand what you are getting yourself into (it doesn't hurt to scare people a little :).

We did our show, an hour later as planned, at 03:00AM instead of 02:00AM. At this time of night one hour is a long time, especially if you know you need to do physically challenging things and that we would be on stage for at least 2 more hours.

With a little less enthousiasme because of the late hour and feeling a little like "going through the motions" instead of fully enjoying ourselves we did our show. Fortunatly the show was received with enthousiasm and we moved on to the "interactive" part.

The "interactive" part is new for us, we've done bondage with other people before but that always was with people of our choice (friends, people we know and love), this was a "eat at RopeMarks" kinda situation where everybody could apply to experience a RopeMarks bondage. I to do bondage... no, I love to do bondage but only when I know that the other person enjoys it equally much on the receiving end of my ropes. Besides that I must feel a "connection" with the person I tie, normally this would mean a big "connection" in the "RopeMarks Interactive" case there must at least be "something", if that is not there the entire bondage-action would become... mechanical, soul-less... well, you know what I mean, right?

The "interactive" part started and the first "victim" :), a girl I knew but got to know a lot better that evening, was a lot of fun. When we were done it "happened", a crowd was formed near the stage and people where pushing forward, or people where pushing their girlfriend forward. The second girl was someone I talked with before and sounded sincere in her motivations (not going for the sensation, not going for the RopeMarks name). This was an interesting (but positive) experience for the both of us. When we were done the madhouse in front of the stage got even stranger, more pushing, yelling and I got offered money(!) to please do someone's girlfriend. The third "victim" I selected based on the judgement of a friend, another fun (but totally different) experience. At this time the crazyness reached a peak. Two people offered money, one other simple jumped on stage there was more yelling... It was time to stop.

What I experienced with "RopeMarks Interactive" was a lot of disrespect towards me, the people truly interested in bondage and/or a RopeMarks experience and a disrespect towards themselves. I expected to do a lot of bondage with this action but come-on, I'm not a bondage-factory (yet:)! At least give me a few second to clean up the stage, but nooo.. Jump on the stage and use those nine inch heels to trample my rope...

Besides the madhouse I had a lot of fun and I learned a lot from "RopeMarks Interactive" and in part that is why I do it. Another part is getting people to know and maybe understand bondage a bit better.

So, after all this, would we do again? Yes! Definitly! :)  But the setup to do this would have to change. How? That's something I'll be thinking about for future "interactive" sessions. Let me know how you would set this up?

The links: Fetish sins.