In April, Chicago Rope welcomes back Bad Kitty Bondage! As part of our bottom-led education initiative, Chicago Rope‘s own resident Bad Kitty MedullaOblongata will tell us all about Circulation, Nerves, and Joints from 12:30-2. Then from 2:30-4 we’ll play around with Frog-ties and Hog-ties for Everyone.
This is an 18+ event. You must have a government-issued ID verifying your age to be admitted.
The human body. All of us have one, but sometimes it seems we need to be anatomy experts when we start getting that mysterious tingle in our hands. Is that a nerve? Or is circulation being cut off? Should we be worried?
Dont panic! MedullaOblongata has braved the cadaver labs so that you dont have to. Let her guide you through the basics of functional anatomy and some practical tips on discerning the difference between nerve and blood vessel compression, how to protect your joints, and suggestions for dealing with injury (and avoiding it in the first place). Bottoms will have a better idea of good rope placement for their particular bodies, how to assess different situations and communicate them to their tops, and will have an overall better understanding of their body to become better advocates for themselves.
This class is designed for laypeople, prior knowledge of anatomy is not required or expected.
This class covers some basic frog and hog-ties that draw from both western style damsel in distress bondage all the way to Japanese shibari. Participants will need 5 – 6 pieces of rope. Knowing how to tie a single column and frictions is required.
This class will be held in our Wicker Park class venue, Outerspace Studios, directly above Volumes bookstore. The Damen blue line stop is very close to the studio. When you arrive, press the button for “Moon Studio” and you will be buzzed in. The studio is at the top of the stairs in the far back. The venue requires that shoes be removed at the top of the stairs prior to entering the studio.
Parking can be difficult in this neighborhood but often can be found on Milwaukee or on the streets surrounding the park. Sunday parking is free on Milwaukee. We recommend that those who are driving allow at least 15 minutes extra time to find parking.
Please note that Outerspace Studio is not wheelchair accessible. Entering the studio requires ascending a long flight of stairs.
As with all Chicago Rope events, we offer sliding scale payment options and volunteer opportunities for those who cannot afford to contribute financially. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact us in advance of the event to request sliding scale or to sign up to volunteer.
Kat and Dhyana have been tying and performing together as Bad Kitty Bondage since 2013. Kat has been tying privately since her mid teens and publicly since 2012. While Dhyana started out primarily as a rope bottom in many of the BKB projects, she soon began tying after the duo made BKB official. Now we both share the primary rigging and photography roles. In 2016 we asked our good friend and bad ass rope bottom MedullaOblongata to be part of our group. She dove into the rope scene headfirst in early 2014 and started tying with Kat not too long afterwards.
Our influences come from both Japanese and Western styles of rope bondage with our tying style gravitating towards asymmetry, imperfection, and fluidity while maintaining practical and functional forms. Kat and Dhyana are both kinda sadistic so don’t be surprised if we throw in some sadistic side notes and advice in our classes as well.
As a group we have presented at both local and national events, done rigging for film, and have participated in a number of live bondage performances. Our classes have included topics ranging from basic to advanced shibari forms, rope bottoming, suspension, and impact play. We enjoy being silly and sharing our fun and sometimes quirky tying style with people in the community.
MedullaOblongata dove into the rope scene headfirst in early 2014, after what was supposed to be a casual scene showed her the dizzying highs and intense connections that could be made through rope. She combines her thorough knowledge of anatomy with her appreciation for technical details in order to educate, primarily in the area of rope bottoming. She’s had the privilege of tying with and learning from many skilled rope tops, and applies what she has learned to help people learn to make their rope scenes better, from the top or bottom. As you can tell from her website address, iShitYouKnot.com, she also appreciates bad puns.
Most Chicago Rope classes are hands-on instruction designed for top-bottom pairs to practice together. However, we always welcome those who wish to attend solo, either to observe the class or to self-tie if possible. Note that many of our classes cover patterns that cannot easily be self-tied, and our instructors and TAs might not be able to provide extensive assistance on modifying patterns for self-tying. When we offer classes specifically geared towards self-tying, or that do not require partners, this will be clearly noted in the class description.
If you would like to find a class partner in advance, you can post in our Seeking Partners thread. If you connect with a potential partner online, we encourage you to meet them in person prior to committing to working with them. One way to do this is at our monthly Rope Social. You can also find potential class partners at the Social.
If you would like to tie (or self tie), you should bring your own rope. We will be offering rope for sale for those who need it.
Unless otherwise noted in the class description, we recommend at least three 8 meter (25-30 feet) lengths of natural fiber (jute or hemp) ropes of approximately 6mm (1/4 inch) diameter. If you choose to use synthetic ropes, be aware that some ties may need to be modified to suit your rope.
Chicago Rope‘s events are open to those ages 18 and over. We require that you have a government-issued ID (such as a driver’s license or passport) verifying your age in order to be admitted.
We also suggest bringing a yoga mat or blanket to sit on. A water bottle is a pretty good idea as well.
This event is open to the public, so participants must remain dressed legally for public spaces in Chicago. This means that while stripping off a restrictive layer or two is okay, getting completely naked is not. Wear something that is comfortable, fitted, and that you can move in. To comply with city laws and remain gender-neutral, Chicago Rope adheres to a slightly stricter policy of no exposed nipples for anyone. Pasties are acceptable. We thank you for your cooperation.
Unfortunately, no. Outerspace Studios is located up a long flight of stairs. There is no elevator available.
Chicago Rope does not offer reduced cost and sliding scale payments at the door on the day of the event. In order to request reduced cost or sliding scale, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance of the event. Let us know how much you are able to pay (even if it’s $0.00) and whether you’re willing to and able to volunteer. We’ll be in touch and get you squared away to attend.
Chicago Rope is always looking for talented, dedicated individuals to join our organization. If you would like to be part of our team, fill out this form and our volunteer coordinator will follow up with you.