WykD Dave

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WykD Dave was born and raised in England and currently resides in Derbyshire.

WykD Dave


Kinbakushi, Performer, Photographer.

Alternate Name(s)

WykD Dave Dave Rickman; WykD Dave Rickman


1968: Born.

1988(c): 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 Steve Osada in order to learn Japanese shibari technique[1].

2010: Began to give public performances

2010: 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.

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.

2014: Tied FKA Twigs for the music video '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) with his partner Clover.

2016: Travelled to Tokyo to learn Yukimura Ryu.

2016: Began studying in Tokyo with Akira Naka.

2017: Began teaching his own style officially.

2019: Opened Studio Kokoro In Mansfield England UK



  • Erotica (2010)
  • Twisted Leprechaun (2011)
  • Legarti (2011)
  • LFajRb (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Shibaricon (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Bound in Boston (2012)
  • Rope Date (2012)
  • Moscow Knot (2013)
  • Bondage Expo Dallas (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Kinkfest(2015)
  • Fesselspiel Vienna (2015)
  • LFRA (2015)
  • BeachBind (2017, 2018, 2019)

Various multiple performances


  • Memphis
  • Maryland
  • Texas
  • New York
  • Georgia
  • Miami
  • California
  • Washington DC
  • Virginia


  • Italy
  • France
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • Czech republic


  • Jamaica

Interesting point(s)

The first shibari artist to see his work hanging in Paris' world famous Louvre Museum (An inverted suspension of the singer Lady Gaga).

The first British Shibari artist to provide bondage and consultancy on a feature film.[CITATION NEEDED]

Provided bondage heavily featured on the FKA Twigs video 'Pendulum' which received the MOBO award for video of the year 2015.

He has studied Japanese shibari with Osada Steve, Kinoko Hajime, Ranki Kazami, Haruki Yukimura & Akira Naka.

He often collaborates with the photographer Clover.

Selected Works

  • Deadly Virtues(Love.Honour.Obey) Bondage: WykD Dave


  1. “This experience was a revelation and resulted in a complete reconstruction of my tying style and approach.” (From a personal conversation)


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