WykD Dave

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WykD Dave is an British kinbakushi.

WykD Dave


Kinbakushi, Photographer.

Alternate Name(s)

WykD Dave Dave Rickman; WykD Dave Rickman


1968: Born.

2009: Begins tying for photo shoots as well as in clubs.

2009: studies with Steve Osada.[1].

2010: Begins to give public performances

2010: Produces a series of kinbaku photo shoots with Clover Photography.

2011: Teaches at Shibaricon in Chicago, USA.

2011: Teaches and performs at Twisted Leprechaun, Ireland's inaugural kink convention.

2011: Performs at the London Festival of the Art of Japanese Rope Bondage.

2011: Teaches at the LFAJRB in collaboration with Kinoko Hajime

2011: Teaches and performs at LegArti, Italy's first international rope event.

2013: Ties Lady Gaga for the portrait entitled 'Flying' which was hung in the Louvre gallery in Paris France.[2]

2013: Collaborates with the artist Jp Rakehorn.

2013: Performs at Bondage Expo Dallas from 2013-2019.

2014: Ties for the film Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey A drama/psychological thriller directed by Ate de Jong. Staring Edward Akrout, Matt Barber & Megan Maczko.

2014: Ties FKA Twigs for the music video 'Pendulum'.[3]

2014: Ties for Tirade magazine's London fashion week edition.

2015: Is a leading organiser of the LFRA (London Festival or Rope Art) with his partner Clover.

2016: Travels to Tokyo to learn from Haruki Yukimura.

2016: Begins studying in Tokyo with Akira Naka.

2017: Begins teaching his own style officially.

2019: Opens Studio Kokoro In Mansfield England UK

Interesting point(s)

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

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 kinbakushi to provide bondage and consultancy on a feature film.[CITATION NEEDED]

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

He often collaborates with the photographer Clover.

Has performed and taught in Europe, North America, Czech republic, Jamaica, and Russia.

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)
  2. This was also subject of film directed by American Avant-garde director Robert Wilson.
  3. The video went on to garner much critical praise and won the MOBO awards 'Video of the Year' award. Styles collaborated with Japanese stylist Soichi Inagaki.


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