WykD Dave

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WykD Dave

Rickman (family name); Dave (first name) Male, 1968-


Kinbakushi, photographer, blogger. WykD Dave was born and raised in England and currently resides in Derbyshire. He was involved in private SM activities for many years before appearing on the public scene in 2009. He manages two websites dedicated to rope bondage and is active on the FetLife social media forum as well as on Twitter. He has studied Japanese shibari with Osada Steve. He often collaborates with the photographer Clover.

Alternate Name(s)

WykD Dave Dave Rickman; WykD Dave Rickman


c.1988: Was active in private SM play for many years before he began publishing his photographic works in 2009.

2009: Began tying for photo shoots as well as in clubs; studied with Osada Steve in order to learn Japanese shibari technique[1].

2010: Began to give public performances; began producing a series of kinbaku photo shoots in collaboration with Clover Photography.

2011: Taught at Shibaricon in Chicago, USA; taught and performed at Twisted Leprechaun, Ireland's inaugural kink convention; performed at the London Festival of the Art of Japanese Rope Bondage; taught at the LFAJRB in collaboration with Hajime Kinoko; taught and performed at LegArti, Italy's first international rope event.

2012: Began performing and teaching more extensively overseas; began producing kink content for commercial publications.

2013: Tied Lady Gaga for the portrait entitled 'Flying' which was hung in the Louvre gallery in Paris France. This was also subject to a making of film directed by American Avant-garde director Robert Wilson. The first rope bondage artist to have work featured in the Louvre Gallery.

2013: Collaborated with the artist Jp Rakehorn.

2014: Provided bondage rigging throughout the film Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey A drama/psychological thriller directed by Ate de Jong. Staring Edward Akrout, Matt Barber & Megan Maczko. This is the first serious cinematic drama/thriller in Europe to feature Japanese style rope bondage.

2014: Tied FKA Twigs for the video of her song 'Pendulum'. The video went on to garner much critical praise and won the MOBO awards 'Video of the Year' award. Some truly unique styles were created in the video, some in collaboration with Japanese stylist Soichi Inagaki.

2014: Provided rope bondage for Tirade fashion magazine's London fashion week edition.

2015: Was one of the leading organisers of the LFRA (London Festival or Rope Art) along with my partner Clover.

2016: Travelled to Tokyo to learn Yukimura Ryu. [2]

Interesting point(s)

Selected Works


  1. “This experience was a revelation and resulted in a complete reconstruction of my tying style and approach.” (From a personal conversation)
  2. "A new dimension in intensity and intimacy"


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