German Fetish Ball 2009

Posted on April 22 2009 by RopeMarks
Categories: RopeMarks, Shows, Party

After all my ranting kudo's to the German Fetish Ball weekend organisation! This years German Fetish Ball (GFB) weekend just got confirmed for us. We'll be there during the fair with a small booth and a number of demo's/shows and we'll be there during the party with a show. The show on the party will be together with Kumi and the fair with RopeMarks' own lovely diva, Chantal. When you're there, look us up! :)

The links: German Fetish Ball Weekend, Kumi Monster.

Bondage Awards 2009

Posted on April 20 2009 by RopeMarks
Categories: RopeMarks

Honestly I do not give it much value and it is just for the fun of it, but making 7nd place this year as best rigger... well, it still feels good :)

The proof: http://www.bondageawards.com/hall_of_fame.asp

FE 2009

Posted on April 13 2009 by RopeMarks
Categories: Party

We just returned from the Fetish Evolution weekend (taking a small detour to pick up our new kitten... psycho kitten as I now lovingly like to call her already).

Even though the shows bounced we love to visit this party. For this weekend we decided to go to the ball only.  One of the coolest things is driving up to the hotel and find that is filled with perverts only that dress accordingly in fetish/bdsm/goth outfits ALL day, wonderfull.  We had some time to visit the fetish-fair that was held in the same hotel. As always we find to most outrageous rubber outfitsfor sale, displayed or in use on German fairs. Through the day we met with old friends, this is where I really feel at home, pervert, fetish, bondage and rubber. No mental masks, only real masks opening up the people behind the mask and inside the mind.

At night it was the Fetish Evolution Ball, the big party of the weekend. All liquired up... I mean dressed up we went to the party. We hitched a ride with Ilya (Flesh Factory) and Dizzy Duveaux. Entrance went smooth and the first impression of the location (Essence in Essen, Germany) was impressive. An old movie theatre rebuild as party location, high ceilings, classy entourage, beautiful. From here things are blurry :) again many beautifully dressed people a number of good friends (alwas a pleasure to have Miss Mirjana around when you least expect it). The night went fast and we left around 05:00...

During breakfast the day after the party we briefly got to see an speak Kumi again (she was working during the party), Eden Wells and Paul Nathan. A bit of a pity is that we didn't stay for the last party, a play party, mainly because I had master Rath's approval to "toy around" with Eden :)

The links: Fetish Evolution Weekend, Kumi, Eden Wells, Ian Rath (Fetish Nation).

Run forest, Run

Posted on April 08 2009 by RopeMarks
Categories: RopeMarks

One moment things are relaxed and we can do projects one at a time and then we get too many things all at once to handle, as is the case at this moment.

Obviously we're still in the process of setting up our business. Then we have Kumi who is in town, since she is usually only a short period in one location you need to make the most of that time. Then we got an offer from Fetish Evolution, KinbaCon, German Fetish Ball and a few more that we would like to keep to ourself until things are more concrete.

Most of the communication is now done, only German Fetish Ball is still open. Fetish Evolution and KinbaCon have bounced, they are not willing or able the pay our fee's and litterly want us to spend money to do one or more shows. Now honestly, where is the logic in that? Could somebody explain this to me? 

Here is a very common communication:

organisation: "Could do XXX for us at YYY?"
 - XXX: a show, workshop, a fair, anything
 - YYY: some place at least a few days drive from Amsterdam, or a plane trip neccessary

RopeMarks:  "Sure, we have travel expenses and hotel expenses of $ to get to and from YYY", "For XXX we charge $".

organisation: "We do not cover travel expenses and cannot/willnot/unableto pay your fee for XXX." 

RopeMarks: "Are you asking us to pay for our trip and do a show for free?"

organisation: "I wouldn't say that, you are ofcourse entering our event for free and get a few drinks for free!" 

RopeMarks: "Don't you think it is a bit silly that we pay YYY to do XXX to make your event better?" 

organisation: "Oh but we thought you do XXX because you love the art!"

From here we occasionally go on to explain about internet domain and hosting costs, creative processes, props, rope, outfits, our NAME, etc.

So, really, could somebody explain this behaviour? 

 As I said already, German Fetish Ball is still open and is being discussed, so are two other offers that we like to keep to ourself for now and we still have our projects for 2009 to finish (one is done, RopeMarks as an official business).  News at 11...

The links: Kumi Monster.