Practical Suspension Bondage

17 December 2007 13:02

ReflectivePractical Suspension Bondage Seattle, WA — Saturday night was the Dragon Clan’s play party celebrating Gene Romaine’s 50th Birthday hosted by brother Odie and GLPW. It was an intimate gathering, thank god and the goddess for reasons I won’t go into here in my public journal, but enjoyable none-the-less…

My rigging has definitely progressed to a new level over the course of the past year. I’ve been into rope since childhood, started bottoming to it while still in my teens, began running rope seriously as I transition to primarily Dom role when I entered my thirties and solo rigged my first full suspension scene at Inferno two years ago. Since then, I have opened myself to much more instruction, dedicated myself to regular practice, engineered my own scenes (like the inverted suspension, water torture scene in Fear) and witnessed my play become more fluid and creative on the fly.

As it turns out, Christopher didn’t have to work, so he joined us at the party. We started of the evening’s play with a dual, near suspension scene where I strung up Christopher and Odie repeated the rigging on his boy.

Practical Suspension Bondage (Bonus)The photos of Derek (above and left) are an example of my current rigging, a practical, full suspension that places the bottom in a posture similar to that facilitated by a sling. This was my second attempt at this scene and while it worked well enough for a fuck scene, the upper body harness remains a challenge, but I’m reworking it in my head and will try something a little different next time. I’m also thinking that two eighteen-foot lengths will suffice for the stirrup lines.

Unfortunately, Christopher did not have an enjoyable time and has posted a series of tirades to his journal that shed a very poor light on the situation, our relationship, and me. It’s a clear demonstration that thing are not working out between us… for me or for him. I’ve spent much of my evening and morning responding to concerns emanating from the posts. For the record, I take no pleasure in the boy’s misery. This situation needs to be resolved, post haste, even if it means abandoning the relationship.

Thoughts of ‘ohana’ enter my mind and the movie “Lilo and Stitch”… “Nobody gets left behind or forgotten,” but I don’t think I can weather Christopher’s dissatisfaction much longer.On the bright side, the lingering congestion from the cold I caught in Chicago is finally starting to break-up. I could really use a day in bed with chicken soup, juice and cartoons.

How to Deal with a Prima Donna on Set

14 December 2007 13:15

MonsignoreHow to Deal with a Prima Donna on SetSeattle, WA — While shooting with Titan, I simply tie them down and put a gag in their mouth. If you don’t have a ball gag handy, a twelve-foot length of rope with a double frapping knot does the trick nicely. The rope may not butch them up, but at least it immobilizes them and the gage keeps them from talking about themselves or Cher long enough to build some sexual energy on set.

That’s Jackson Wild (photographed above and below) on the set of Home Invasion. Honestly, I don’t mean to imply he was a diva in any way. In actuality, he was one of the few true pleasures I experienced making this feature. Jackson is an adorable boy and eating his ass is like going to a banquet in heaven. Our fuck scene, shot on my last night at the ranch, was incredibly hot as will be evidenced by the spontaneous eruption of money shots made by our scene partners while watching the action. You know the energy is good on set when the crew is challenged to keep up with the action. If Jackson didn’t live in the opposite corner of the country I’d be tempted to do it again without the cameras.

How to Deal with a Prima Donna on Set (Bonus)Jackson, you’re a beautiful kid, good sport and great piece of ass. Thanks.

I’m back home now after a week on the road. It’s been fun but I’m a little fatiqued and fighting a cold. After I got back, I was catching up on correspondence and various industry sites when I ran across the best review/mention I could imagine. From Joe Gage‘s blog on 11 Dec 2007:

“Tony Buff joined the cast yesterday. It’s the second time I’ve worked with him, and I can’t wait to see the public reaction when the stuff he’s done for me begins to appear. The guy’s a total movie star – endowed in both senses of the word – the second big organ being the one beating inside his beautiful chest. Sexy and soulful is always a killer combination.”

Thanks, Joe, working with you makes it easy.

I guess I’ll need to get used to the press. While on the road I learned I’d been mentioned in Mister Marcus‘ column for the Bay Area Reporter and that pictures from the CHC bar night at the Hole made it into Gay Chicago Magazine. Derek and I are being interviewed for GayWired.com this weekend and I just finished an interview for the Up and Coming feature in Unzipped Magazine. That interview should appear in the March issue.

Derek is flying in tonight for a weekend visit and tomorrow night we’re going to a Dragon family play party. I’m really looking forward to stringing him up like a sling and fucking him like a mad animal. Maybe I’ll capture a few photos of the rigging and get them posted.

CHC Bar Night at the Hole

8 December 2007 14:36

MonsignoreCHC Bar Night at the HoleChicago, IL — It was a successful night all the way around. The Chicago Hellfire Club presented Colors to the Hole/Jackhammer bar with many club brothers and guests in attendance. Derek and I performed a Shibari demo after the presentation. We chose a dynamic suspension scene for the audience and it went off without a hitch. I’d like to express my thanks to everyone that turned out for the event, you all made it a great night.

This was the first time we were able to perform at a venue that allowed us to take photos, so I’m including several in a gallery. I hope you enjoy…

Associate Applicant Weekend

12 November 2007 11:45

MineAssociate Applicant WeekendChicago, IL — Another wonderful weekend in the windy city comes to a close. Chicago now feels like a second home thanks to my boys and the men of the Chicago Hellfire Club (CHC). I hate to leave, but it has been a full and exciting several days.

Thursday I found some time to catch up on some reading and correspondence. That night Doug, Derek and I went out to diner and then to the Cellblock. At the bar we ran into two CHC members that were instrumental to running Inferno and had a great time visiting with them before the weekend’s festivities would place so many demands on our time.

Friday night brought the Meet & Greet and Play Party at the clubhouse. It was an opportunity to meet the applicant class of 2007 and reconnect with old friends, far too numerous to recount in this post. That evening Derek and I got a chance to execute the dynamic suspension scene I’ve mentioned in previous posts. It’s a bit of a showy scene that probably attracted more attention than necessary, but I was eager to share the experience with Derek and needed to do so while he was still fresh given the demands of the scene. It went off without any complications and Derek, manipulating himself within the confines of the rigging, was truly a beautiful sight to behold. There were many comments and inquiries about the scene through the weekend. I appreciated each and did my best to answer the questions, reiterating much of the information I included in my last post.

Saturday night Doug joined Derek and I for the CHC Banquet. I felt so proud having the two of them at my side. There is something very special shared by the three of us. I’ve written at length about my bond with Derek but it is Doug that makes it possible. Over the course of the past several months, it has been Doug’s outreach and caring that has given me the strongest sense of family here in Chicago. I love him for that and so many other reasons. I’d kill for that boy.

After the banquet, Derek and I attended the play party at the clubhouse. The dungeon was packed with play spilling over into the social area downstairs. At times the wait for stations was three deep. It is encouraging to witness so much play, the sights and sounds of this thing of ours filling space. In time, Derek and I secured a floating bondage table for a scene of our own. It was the first time I tied him down for a CBT scene. I’ve been pushing him further lately. Watching him squirm and writhe has been filling me with great pleasure.

Later that night, or more accurately, early Sunday morning we went to the [Undisclosed Location] where I had the distinct joy of finally meeting Thorn, the editor-in-chief of Instigator Magazine (pictured above). Thorn is a uniquely twisted fuck and entertaining character to say the very least. I liked him immediately and haven’t laughed so much in months.

Yesterday afternoon I gave Derek a good lashing at the last play party of the weekend. We said our goodbyes to friends; happy to hear we would be seeing many of them over MAL and IML next year. Then, a quiet evening at home with Doug watching a movie (Bully).

As I write this entry, the boys are off to work and I am left to pack and head off to the airport. I miss them both already, with a passion that brings tears to my eyes. It will be a month before a get to see them again and I will be counting the days.

Continuing a Theme

7 November 2007 16:16

MonsignoreContinuing a Theme32-Thousand Feet — Yesterday’s primary focus was a continuance on the theme of my last journal entry. My rubber boy Eric drove me down to TwistedMonk‘s workshop here in Seattle to pick up two more pieces of thirty-six foot length, 8 mm crimson hemp. Witnessing and experiencing the dynamic suspension scenes at the house party on Saturday, I realized I needed more rope to facilitate the rigging. Value add: now I can tie four boys to a post at the [Undisclosed Location] in Chicago.

I was lucky enough to run into Monk on his way out for lunch I assume, as it was midday. I was thrilled when he came back into the shop with me as NerdyGirl finished up my order. They are amazing and they treat me very well. I got to talk to Monk about the scenes this past weekend and snap the photo above in front of his logo.

As it relates to dynamic suspension scenes, Monk reminded me, and I will reiterate for your edification, to be mindful of the Musculocutaneous nerve of the arm. Any bondage that involves the superior limbs has the potential of applying pressure on this nerve. Suspension, especially dynamic suspension, may apply extreme pressure on this nerve. Damage to this nerve might cause numbness and/or loss of feeling for days, weeks, months or the remainder of the sub’s life. The top must avoid placing the ropes over any point that will exacerbate this pressure and frapping between the arms and torso used the hold the harness in place across the chest should be tied off separate from the suspension lines to avoid tightening under load. I will add that subs should be directed to provide appropriate feedback relating to sensations of cold/heat, tingling, poor circulation or numbness in the distal superior extremities.

Monk also suggested that additional attention should be given to the stirrup bindings around each foot and ankle, which is why I was at the shop. Enough line should be used to provide a secure and (relatively) comfortable support rigged directly to the suspension point. I’ll be using the new thirty-six foot lengths to accomplish this task.

Since this entry has touched so much on mitigating the risks associated with dynamic suspension bondage, I’ll also urge you to remember the basics, like having EMT sheers on-hand to cut the rope if necessary in the case of emergency. And, before any you start thinking it’s time to give dynamic suspension a try for yourself, please note: the scene described above should only be attempted by experienced players. Riggers should be familiar with advanced suspension techniques, capable of managing complex, changing scenes and adept at monitoring multiple elements within the scene simultaneously. Subs must be in excellent physical condition, practiced in rope bondage (including partial and full suspension) and competent to recognize indications of potential risks and provide appropriate feedback throughout the scene.

After visiting with Monk, Eric and I stopped by Outdoor Research to purchase two additional locking carabineers. My primary rope kit now includes:

1 – 8 foot length of 2-inch Black Nylon Webbing
1 – Lewmar 40mm Racing Triple Block with Cam & Becket
1 – Lewmar 40mm Racing Triple Block
1 – 95 foot length of TwistedMonk 8 mm Crimson Hemp
1 – 50 foot length of TwistedMonk 8 mm Crimson Hemp
4 – 36 foot length of TwistedMonk 8 mm Crimson Hemp
2 – 18 foot length of TwistedMonk 8 mm Crimson Hemp
4 – 12 foot length of TwistedMonk 8 mm Crimson Hemp
1 – 10 foot length of TwistedMonk 4 mm Crimson Hemp
2 – 5 foot length of TwistedMonk 4 mm Crimson Hemp
1 – Petzl Swivel S
6 – Mammut Mythos Aluminum Screw Gate Locking Carabineer
2 – Mammut Element Aluminum Bent Gate Carabineer
1 – Aluminum Suspension Ring
1 – Rigging Knife with Locking Blade & Marlin’s Pike
1 – Pair EMT Sheers with Red Handles
1 – Gerber Multi-Tool
1 – Mini MagLite Flashlight, Red Anodized

I intend to put it all to good use this weekend. I’ll be landing in Chicago shortly. I’m primarily back to attend the Chicago Hellfire Club’s Associate Applicant Weekend events. I have solicited sponsorship, submitted my application, been read & published, will be reviewed by the membership committee this evening and should come up for vote this Monday.

A Taste for Rope

5 November 2007 23:19

MonsignoreA Taste for RopeSeattle, WA — This past weekend had a distinct theme… Rope. Needless to say, I enjoyed myself immensely.

Saturday night I went to a house party hosted by Matisse and Max. This was my first opportunity to attend one of their parties and I was quite eager about seeing everyone. Many of my favorite people were there and it was good to catch up with them, swapping stories and exchanging ideas.

I took a new boy, Jeff to the party and he seemed to have a good time as well. He had never been in bondage before and I was lucky enough to provide his first time in rope. I love the excitement generated by someone’s first experience in rope bondage. We performed a partial suspension scene with an Arm & Chest (Ushirote Munenawa) harness and single bound ankle. I knew Jeff had developed a taste for the rope when he, like so many boys (including myself when first put in this posture), kicked his free leg up over the tied limb placing him self in full suspension. He told me later he was a little sad when the ropes were removed.

Later that evening, Monk, of TwistedMonk.com, performed a scene with one of Miss Candie’s girls the demonstrated elements of the newer dynamic suspension Shibari that’s coming out of Japan. The rigging allows the sub a vibrant array of movement while suspended including planks, flips and rotations. It is an extremely impressive sight to behold. When Monk was finished and had a moment to catch his breath I asked if he would give me the honor of bottoming to him in the scene. He granted my request and I stripped down.

It had been far too long since I had been in suspension. I relished every moment. My breathing slowed and the headspace came as Monk ran the rope over my body. I was home in the safe and trusted hands of an expert. I stayed focused, providing feedback and following instructions while trying to analyze the rigging for future application. Then I got to play in suspension like I have never played before. Under Monk’s watchful supervision, I flipped and planked, found my resting point, tangled and untangled the rigging. While I’m no five foot, seven inch tall, 113-pound gymnast, dancer, it was still amazing. I can’t wait to share the experience with Derek, the only boy I know that might be physically and mentally prepared for the challenge.

On Sunday I attended Max’s Bondage for Sex workshop at Seattle’s Center for Sex Positive Culture. I took my Tai boy TJ to serve as my stunt bottom for the practical application portions of the course. The class was well attended with many familiar faces and very informative. Although I will admit to spending most of the time figuring out how to modify the techniques to my own style, I’m sure Max wouldn’t mind. Afterward, Matisse asked us to join the crew for dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Fremont. I love breaking bread with kinky folk. The conversation is always so entertaining.

Tonight I’m spending time with my boy Christopher. We talked at length, reconnecting at a level that hasn’t been possible for some time and now we’re watching the Daily Show. Later, we’ll sleep together for the first time in weeks. I’m happy to have him back.