Last weekend it was the London Festival of Japanese Rope Bondage, held at The Resistance Gallery and organized by Garry Vanderhorne, Nawashi Murakawa and Bruce Esinem. It was a real privilege to be at this event and watch the amazing performances from phenomenal kinbaku artists from across the globe. I was particularly pleased to be able to see some of the traditional Japanese styles of tying done by the top Rope artists from Japan. The interplay between the rigger and the sub was beautiful to be privy to and the delicacy of the movements created and the shapes made by the ties were stunning. I also particularly enjoyed Nawashi Murakawa’s performance based around traditional shibari and following the narrative of The Yoshiwara of Hiogo as well as the above performance by Otonawa captured by Izaskun Gonzales. I really recommend this as a festival for art, fetish or rope enthusiasts. Friendly, intense and artful.
The SPCH is here to promote the wearing of hoods and masks at clubs and fetish events.
Please join if you are an aficionado, supporter or would be hooder. We are here to support, suggest and serve. If you’re nervous or looking for a comfortable hood to wear we can help advise you. Hoods are more than an accessory, they make an outfit. Hoods empower and define. Drawing attention to beautiful eyes and lips, find the right hood for your face.
By and large I get a highly positive reaction although when people don’t get it entirely you can have some amusing reactions.
After taking my hood off for a breather a lovely girl said ‘You’re very pretty you don’t need to hide your face’ to which I smiled and replied ‘Its not because I want to hide my face, its because I enjoy wearing it!’ I find most anxiety or confusion can be cured with a smile and an explanation.
Larvatus Prodeo often carries a bag of hoods around with him to clubs and lets people try them on, its wonderful seeing so many people over coming perhaps initial anxiety and enjoying wearing them. At times we have trouble getting them back and often people ask where they are from. A foot on the right path indeed!
Currently my fave is my white Slinky Skin hood which I had custom made for me, its very comfortable and white latex is much less common than black. The mouth hole is particularly flattering and there is space for my ears and nose and no evil jaw ache!
Last year I wore my Black Rubber 55 hood with custom eye holes lots and lots, the rubber was thinner so it was quite comfortable and the pattern is very flattering. Sadly it needs a little healing before I can wear it out again.
What ever you do, do it masked!
Cynth Icorn of Purelyperverted.com
No hood = Underdressed
Torture Garden Jealous Love Valentine’s Ball 2011
Ball head and gloves by Pip Tudor
I had a fab night raving away in this costume and enjoying everyone’s reactions. It was a great night for seeing friends too so I was really glad to catch up with a lot of people, including those from over seas! That’s what I love about the big TG events, lots of friendly faces from all over! It was a great night, I just wish my outfit had been more fetish orientated rather than just fun!