Wasteland - voodoo edition

with Dennis Diem

Posted on December 26 2016 by RopeMarks

The Wasteland voodoo edition has been a big one for RopeMarks, it started with creating the flyer-design of Dennis Diem, then participating in the Wilhemus Vlug's video-wall and finally making the flyer-design come to live on the Wasteland main-stage as the parties openingsact.

Enjoy the imagery:

Wasteland - voodoo edition - flyer

See our other flyers here (http://www.RopeMarks.com/media/flyers)

Wasteland - voodoo edition - video wall
Wasteland - voodoo edition - video wall

See our other flyers here (http://www.RopeMarks.com/artwork)

Wasteland - voodoo edition
Wasteland - voodoo edition
Wasteland- voodoo edition

See the complete video here (http://www.RopeMarks.com/shows)

Wasteland | Wilhemus VlugDennis Diem | RopeMarks

Ellipsis Rope Event

the first

Posted on April 03 2016 by RopeMarks

Last weekend we participated in the first Ellipsis Rope Event - it was one awesome experience where we provided our "The Rope, The Ring, The Knockout" and a two day RopeMark Ryu learning experience.  I  have every intention to write about, but could not do it better than the organiser himself:

120 visitors, 3 performers and 2 workshops... I think we're off to a good start ;)

With the help of RopeMarks, Asiana, Shikara, Voleuse, Funmaatje and Tina we were able to provide this evening with an awesome program. The Ellipsis Team did an amazing job helping out whenever and wherever needed and there was a lot of unexpected help from Rope Tower regulars when it was time to clean up at the end

Open doors and workshops (1900 - 2145)

People arrived at a slow pace (as expected) and seemed to like the new venue right away. When the first workshop began there were a few too many couples participating at first but this was easily resolved ;). The workshops looked fun and the participants as well as the spectators seemed to be enjoying themselves. Someome noted that the workshop area could have been moved to the center of the room so that more people would be able to watch… I made note of that for next time ;). At the end our lovely flowergirl provided the workshop hosts with beautiful bouquets which she had made herself earlier that day.

Intro and special appearance (2145 – 2215)

After a short “Hey you guys, great to see you, this is what this evening is about” by yours truly, we had a special surprise from London. The lovely Nina Russ (well known rigger, teacher and co-organiser of Bound and her model Sophia had taped a special HELLO ROPE PEOPLE OF HOLLAND video as an introduction for the evening and to the video of their performance at Bound in May 2015

Performances (2215 - 0030)

The first performance was by Voleuse and myself. Due to a change in the program we had about a week and a half to prepare and Voleuse was still sore from Eurix, but fuck it! Lets do this! :P We had a great time! A few hiccups here and there but nothing that couldn’t be fixed with a smile and a face slap…

Asiana and Shikara were up next. With Spanish music and the sun in their back they gave an amazing performance. The room was deadly quiet as everyone watched their beautiful show.

Last but not least… RopeMarks! A energetic boxing match with matching music, great visuals and fantastic ropework. It was clear to see these pro’s really enjoyed themselves on stage. What a performance…

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RopeMarks blacklight installation

@ Wasteland 20 year anniversary

Posted on December 28 2015 by RopeMarks

RopeMarks blacklight installation @ Wasteland 20 year anniversaryFor the Wasteland party 20 year anniversary we have gotten the opportunity to set up a three hour lasting Japanese rope bondage installation, performance art if you will.

For this RopeMarks joined forces with two Japanese riggers Hibiki and Amrita and we got the Dutch crème de la crème of the fetish model scene, Dutch Dame, Abraxas, Haas, Nikki Flames and Kim OnArt and as icing on the cake a top Japanese model, Karen Mai.

This was a though experience for all the models involved, some of them have been tied for close to the full duration of the installation and handled it without complaints and still asked for more afterwards... what more can you want as a rigger?

We have condensed the three hour video of the installation in, roughly, half an hour while keeping the "soul" of the installation alive.

Download this video.

RopeMarks blacklight installation

Since setting up an installation of this size cannot be done without some rehearsal, we've also included images of our rehearsal time.

Did you know: BNN, one of the big Dutch televison networks was present to film this installation and we got to play with the sexy host of the program. More here http://www.ropemarks.com/media/television.

The update on Club RopeMarks

Otonawa @ RopeLounge

Posted on September 26 2015 by RopeMarks

In 2013... Yes some time ago already, we have a serious backlog… Perhaps we should start our blogs with:

“Once upon a time…”

Tubasa and Dutch DameAnyway, in 2013 Otonawa toured Europe and the Netherlands was also on the list. RopeLounge, *the* Amsterdam peer-rope-group-and-a-lot-more, organized a full rope-day around Otonawa and his beautiful wife/mode/muse Tsubasa.

Who is Otanawa? A professional Kabuki actor with 18 years of experience (20 when I write this :)), a professional kinbaku performer and teacher with his roots in Kitagawa-ryu, a long time member of Kinoko-san’s ichinawa no kai group (a group of professional kinbaku teachers and performers) and the organiser of the annual Tokyo kinbaku festival “Toubaku shouen”.

Here’s a peak at some of Otonawa’s pre-2013 performances

RopeMarks ft. Dutch Dame live with OtonawaRopeLounge organised a full rope-day around Otonawa and Tsubasa including workshops and shows. For the last we come in, besides Otonawa, RopeLoune invited RopeMarks for another show - the opening act for Otonawa.

RopeMarks, Otonawa and TsubasaRopeMarks with Otonawa - I don't know what's happening hereWhen the work is done it is time for fun and it was fun, Otonawa is one cool and funny dude. I hope to meet him again soon.

eXtravaganXa

Hamburg, Germany

Posted on September 04 2015 by RopeMarks

We're trying to process our backlog... It feels like such a futile attempt... before we've processed two months three new months of material appear... *sigh*...  But we love it :)

Now almost two years ago we got invited by the Hamburg (Germany) party eXtravaganXa to be present and perform; we accepted, There are few photo's and some video, we thought it worthwhile to put it all together for you. Here you go:

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RopeMarks live @ eXtravaganXa

We had a truly amazing time on the eXtravanganXa party, good vibe, good people and a whole lot of sexiness

More RopeMarks live can be found here.

RopeLounge

Two year anniversary

Posted on September 02 2015 by RopeMarks
Categories: Events, Shows, RopeMarks

Last June it was the second anniversary of the weekly Amsterdam rope meeting; Rope Lounge.

We had to honor to perform a live show, no photo's, but to whet the activity it had something to do with a naked girl, rope and bamboo - it was good :)

Dutch Dame and RopeMarksDutch Dame suspended for the RopeLounge group suspensionBefore the performance we participated in a group suspension activitiy; this is where a small group of people suspended their partner for the sole purpose of creating a kick ass image as result.

RopeLoung group suspension

check the large image on our events page.

The Links: RopeMarks, Rope Lounge, Menno van der Meulen.

BoundCon XI

2014

Posted on May 15 2015 by RopeMarks

It is that time of the the year again! We’re looking forward to it like Christmas, but in shorts...

This is a big blog entry, if you're feeling impatient, here's a video impression of RopeMarks @ BoundCon.

Download this video.

RopeMarks @ BoundCon

RopeMarks booth @ BoundConThe RopeMarks presence on BoundCon seems to grow by the year (and we love it!), this year we had a combined booth together with BindMe and Matthias Grimme creating one monster of a place for people to get rope and see rope.

 

BoundCon show planThis time we got booked for three big-ass prime-time main-stage acts, three custom photo shoots and one 4 hour workshop. On top of this we had continues bondage activities in the booth

RopeMarks, Safiya Winta, Dutch Dame, SerendipityBecause of the size of the booth and presence in activities we had this year we brought reinforcements in the form of Safiya Winta and Serendipity to help out.

 
RopeMarks @ BoundCon
 

Day 1

Video capture of RopeMarks vs Raven and NadjaThe first day of BoundCon I had the pleasure of a custom photo shoot with Raven C. and Nadja Nice. First time models for me, no plan so I decided to go bad-ass on them and make them suffer… a little… This has been captured on video and will be available on Club RopeMarks (http://www.ClubRopeMarks.com) soon.

 

The other obligation was the first of three prime-time mainstage shows - this time based on the PlayStation game Kuon together with Safiya Winta.

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In between obligations it was fun in the monster booth with Safiya Winta and others.

RopeMark @ BoundCon RopeMark @ BoundCon RopeMark @ BoundCon RopeMark Safiya Winta @ BoundCon RopeMark Safiya Winta @ BoundCon RopeMark @ BoundCon RopeMark @ BoundCon

 

Day 2

Rain De Grey and Red HibiscaThe second day of BoundCon or as I like to call it the “crazy day”, this is the day the venue is filled to the max with visitors and there is no time to breathe… which gave me an idea for the custom photo shoot of today that I was honored to do with the awesome Rain DeGrey and Red Hibisca as my willing models. This has been captured on video and will be available on Club RopeMarks (http://www.ClubRopeMarks.com) soon.

Dutch Dame, Safiya Winta and Rain DeGrey

The other obligation of today was our second primetime mainstage show of this BoundCon - this time we went with a fetish medical theme; I love these on “crazy day”, the number of people watching your show is just insane. The biggest crowd we performed for must be around 3000 people and the smallest two! This is somewhere in between.

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RopeMarks @ Prime time @ BoundCon

My ropes are professionally escaped...Somewhere during the event I was asked to participate in a bondage challenge (tying up a pretty girl and she then has to escape the bondage); how could I say no… Well… if I knew she would escape I probably would have saved myself the embarrassment...

 

In between the activities there was some bondage in our booth with Boiled bean (The lovely partner of maestro Quartacorda); I displayed a totally sensory deprived Safiya Winta in front of a big crowd and played around with a metal-collared Pling.

Boiledbean Displaying Safiya Winta for a big crowd Displaying Safiya Winta for a big crowd Displaying Safiya Winta for a big crowd Playing with Pling Playing with Pling

 

The BoundCon event also comes with one awesome fetish party, the SubRosaDictum party. As it so happened we got invited to perform on this parties mainstage as well. Since this a rubber-fetish party we came up with something appropriate and… extreme - including some bondage as well… just the way we like it!

Download this video.

RopeMarks live @ SubRosaDictum

After the work it’s good partying; with Mr. BindMe - Maurice, Max Kuhl, Safiya Winta and others.

Party with Mr BindMe Party Party with Max Kuhl Dutch Dame The stunning Safiya Winta

 

Day 3

The third day is usually a more relaxed day… except for me - feeling quite broken from the SubRosaDictum party - busting my balls teaching Japanese bondage to a group of enthusiastic people; having Safiya Winta as my lovely crash test dummy was a big added bonus to a very smooth and fun workshop.

Blond propertiesAnd when the cat's away… my blond property found someone else's blond property…

As always one of the things I look forward too is seeing the friends who live far away, talking, laughing, drinking a cocktail (or two) and meeting new people and sometimes friends. On the pictures you see: Mr BoundCon - Andreas, Damon Pierce, Max Kuhl, Anna Rose, Pling and Safiya Winta.

Andreas and Damon Pierce with Max Kuhl with Anna Rose with Pling with Safiya Winta

 

GiftsAn added bonus to BoundCon are the gifts we get to take home every year. The loot of this year is a framed Konijn original drawing, bubbles that go very well with the Norwegian chocolate and some maintenance oil for my ropes - thank you everybody!

 

Now: If I might believe the inquiries in mailbox and text-messages on my phone a lot of people have heard a rumour that they didn’t expect, or believe. The rumour is true, I’m sorry to say… We will not be attending the 2015 BoundCon XII.

"See you soon" align

However, since we need to be in the neighborhood that period we will be at BoundCon XII during “crazy day” (the Saturday). But we will just be there as guests and have no plans to be active… but… this thing we do… it’s in my blood… so….

You can also catch us on and on the SubRosaDictum party with a kick-ass main stage act together with Anna Rose. 

The links: RopeMarks, BoundCon, Art created from our activities on BoundCon

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!

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!

Download this video.

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: