I was a kid, my brother and I used to play Christians
and gladiators with two girls. We lived in a neighborhood
where the four of us were the only children so it was
natural for us to be playmates. The game, and any of its
variations, pirates or slaves or cowboys, entailed capturing
the enemy and tying him or her up. I guess my games have
only changed slightly since then, though some of my toys
are more expensive.
still get a kick out of tying people up. Bondage is one
of the safest, least expensive, and easily done sports
of the leather scene. Rope is cheap and easy to come by,
furniture is usually handy, and bondage itself can be
as sexy or as asexual as the partners desire.
basic bondage kit consists of ten pieces of rope which
vary from seven to fifteen feet in length. I keep them
rolled up with rubber bands in a small cloth bag. I also
have four or five strips of rawhide that are three to
six feet in length. Wash new ropes before using them to
make them softer. If a rope is too short it's hard to
tie properly. The same goes for lengths that are too long.
Varied lengths let you use some for smaller parts of the
body, such as wrists or nuts, while the longer pieces
are necessary for more extensive full-body bondage.
I only use the thongs for cock and ball tying, though
I'm sure they can be effective on breasts as well. You
can tie your bottom to most any kind of furniture.
I have a workout bench that is ideal. I bought a futon
bed a year or so ago because the slats in its wooden platform
make a great bondage area, yet it serves double duty as
a chair and a guest bed. If you look around your home,
you'll find other usable places, such as staircase railings,
table tops, hassocks, and, of course, beds.
can get fancier if you like. I have a large bed framed
in four-by-fours and two-by-eights built just for my play
activities. Less grandiose facilities include hooks and
eye-bolts in the ceiling, doorways, or closets. A friend
sold me an excellent sawhorse, padded in leather.
standard, reasonable precautions for bondage are simply
to take care not to cut off circulation by tying knots
too tightly and NEVER tie ropes around your bottom's neck.
You knew those two things though.
Use thicker ropes rather than thinner ones. Leather thongs
may be more cutting and restrictive than is safe. They're
also harder to untie.
circulation in the bottom's hands and feet often. As a
safety precaution always have a good pair of scissors
handy in case you've got to untie your partner in a relatively
quick time period.
joining ropes, use a square knot. When tying, use loops
as often as possible, so that the simple pull of one end
of the rope loosens the knot immediately.
guess there are three positions in which one may tie a
person: to himself, to an object, or to another. There's
no reason that these positions can't be combined as well.
to oneself is usually restrictive, such as tying wrists
to ankles, arms to legs, hands to nuts, etc. An alternative
is to simply encase the bottom in rope, but allow him
or her to maintain their mobility. I tied up a boy's testicles
the other night, stuck a butt plug up his ass, and then
we went to a low key but enjoyable party.
those discussing politics, friendships, and the recent
University of Chicago study on sexuality, only he and
I knew that he was bound, but my handiwork kept him aware
of his position as my slave for the entire evening. Rope
harnesses, ball stretchers, and the like can all be part
of a mobile bondage scene.
tying a person for immobility, wrap several loops of rope
around the appendage. Seldom is a single strand safe.
Multiple strands insure that the stresses on the rope
are spread over a larger part of the body and therefore
are less intense.
tying hands, for instance, I'm liable to warp five or
six loops around both wrists while one hand actually touches
the other. This insures that there is at least one part
of the wrist that is not compressed by rope, guaranteeing
that circulation will not be cut. I will then loop the
ends of the rope around the strands between the wrists
making an effective pair of rope hand-cuffs.
easy and inexpensive facility for bondage can be built
inside a convenient closet door frame just by putting
eye-bolts in the four corners. If you're like me you'll
want to put several other hooks and bolts in the top and
sides of the door frame as well. The nice thing about
this is that when the closet door is shut, no one knows
what or who's inside. If using too many bolts proves a
difficulty, You can string a chain on each side of the
door and use its links as fastening points for the ropes.
I do this on my four poster bed, either horizontally or
statement leads me naturally into other types of restraining
equipment. Among my favorites are ace bandages, which
are great for making blind folds, binding genitals, tying
hands and feet, etc. They are easy to apply and remove.
I don't think the self-sticking type work very well but
the old-fashioned kind that comes with a small "clamp"
your bondage skills and escapades evolve, you'll want
to get leather restraint equipment as well. Wrist and
ankle cuffs, either padded or not, are much easier to
use and much safer than rope, though the visual effect
may not be as sexy. Hoods, gags, chastity devices, and
all sorts of leather gear to restrain one's legs and arms
just got a great catalog from a local leather craftsman
named Paul C. (2421 W Pratt. ste 959, Chicago, IL 60645,
800-338-4740) with all sorts of restraining inventions
in it. Mr. Fetter's catalog is just as enlightening and
much larger ($15.00, 310 7th St, San Francisco, CA. 94103,
such as these move you out of the inexpensive bondage
equipment area, but store bought stuff can be a real asset.
I like to browse catalogs just for the ideas.
good bondage kit is complete without saran wrap and duct
tape. You haven't been tied until you've been mummified.
It takes about half a roll of the wrap. You can use the
duct tape to secure parts of the wrap, or go whole hog
and wrap your bottom in tape as well. Be sure to put the
tape over the saran warp. Taping the skin directly would
move the exercise from bondage to extreme sadism. When
you unwrap your friend expect to find a sweaty person.
last year's Inferno Run, a friend of mine was mummified
in a plaster cast, toes to crown and left there for more
than ten hours. It was a bondage event worth pondering.
1999 by Jack Rinella. This material may not be copied in
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