We received Master “K”‘s review that made use very proud:

Like a bolt from the blue (or perhaps that should be a bolt from Amsterdam), I received in the mail today the new DVD from the RopeMarks team of Bob and the lovely Chantal. It’s titled “Art Series 1” and is the first of what I hope will be a long line of programs from them featuring a European take on the classic Japanese art of kinbaku (Japanese bondage). It’s a most impressive production.

On a tasteful white on white set the team presents 4 classic kinbaku stylings: an ornate decorative tie, a version of the famous Akechi Denki gote (upper body) shibari, a full suspension and a tie utilizing that classic Japanese accessory, bamboo. The ties are well chosen, diverse and interesting and put together these 4 positions give a fine impression of the range of shibari art.

Taking a page from the DVDs of the well known Japanese bakushi Miura-san, the production uses his elegant format of a short musical opening (a nice piece featuring taiko drums) as Bob begins to tie, then the hush of the session as Bob completes the tie, then the music to close. However, RopeMarks goes Miura-san one better by having more close-ups and by showing the tying techniques more clearly. Bob’s hand movements are smooth, sure and expert throughout; an impressive display that the novice can truly learn from.

Bob’s partners in this exciting endeavor are the beautiful bondage diva, Chantal and the exotic European fetish model Mirjana. Both are lovely and both do a wonderful job responding to Bob and the ties. It’s clear they both enjoy kinbaku, it’s beauty as well as its challenges. In a brilliant and sexy bit of drama the models are gagged and blindfolded after the ties are completed and then allowed to struggle and enjoy the ties a bit before each scene slowly fades out. Very sexy, indeed!

There’s a word in Japanese that conveys the qualities of this production. It’s shibui, a term that means a kind of rough, masculine, elegance. With this DVD the RopeMarks team firmly establishes themselves as among the best kinbaku artists in Europe and beyond.

The links: RopeMarks DVD, Art Series 1, The Beauty of Kinbaku.