kumimonster: (morey noose)
just like the subject heading says: more images from the show ...
these were shot by kinkerbelle - http://www.kinkerbelle.com/


http://pics.livejournal.com/kumimonster/pic/001t229z

 
http://pics.livejournal.com/kumimonster/pic/001t3dr6

 
http://pics.livejournal.com/kumimonster/pic/001sz9db

 
http://pics.livejournal.com/kumimonster/pic/001t9f0p


Someone commened the other day on one of these images from my Dallas performance. They mentioned how it looked really cool and couldn't wait to do it. Basically, they were going to take my idea and do it themselves. Great. Not sure how I feel about that one - oh yes, I think I do. What crap. It's not like they even understood the concept going on in my head especially when all most people see online are the images. And even for those in the audience, I'm pretty sure they didn't realize that I did have a concept in mind and wanted to feature aspects of minimalism for this  show... Oh well. meh.


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performed in Dallas.
here's one of the shots i got so far
http://pics.livejournal.com/kumimonster/pic/001t8es3
kumimonster: (masterThoodgrab)
sometimes when i do a show, afterward i reflect back on it and remember the parts that didn't quite go as i planned or wanted.

this time, considering the amount of real preparation that went into the final delivery, it went very well - in fact, there's nothing that really stands out that i would have changed except for one thing - more wax.


i'm waiting on images from the show still, and there was also video taken too
but here's a preview





i think people enjoyed it.

i updated the moblog with all the rome images so far including sat nite main event shots.
here's a couple!






and from sunday nite's bondage party:










again, the rest are at the moblog

http://kumimonster.tumblr.com/
kumimonster: (crbHall)


Available for hire. new bondage model $75/hr. no ball gags due to tmj issues. no topless but loves bottomless.
kumimonster: (morey redhemp)
[livejournal.com profile] ropemarks  asked in a bondage forum:
1) What do you consider "performing"?
2) Why would you want to do it?


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my first response: because you can beat up innocent girls in public

then i went a bit further:

1) What do you consider "performing"?

Well, first of all, I would categorize bondage performances as performance art rather than putting it under the heading of one of performing arts (think traditional theater arts). In general, it is unconventional, non-mainstream, and sometimes more conceptual rather than aesthetically pleasing and easy to make sense of.

I've done a number of performances in a variety of ways. Some require intensive rehearsals/pre-production work (staging, blocking, lighting, sound, etc.) and others don't require much physical preparation at all. Some shows have taken place on a formal stage, while others have occurred in other less-traditional formats.
But what each complete work does require is a theme or concept, regardless of whether or not the masses will actually be able to understand the message behind the (my) madness. Not all performances require formal lighting, music, choreography, or even a storyline (linear or otherwise), but they do require a concept, theme, or idea.
There's usually a lot of pre-planning in regards to formulating the ideas and actions that will be involved. I also end up drawing on previous experiences, for example, being able to predict audience reaction as some shows may actually hinge upon being able to foretell how spectators will respond.

A few of my shows have been driven by my desire to put on more of a conceptual based piece, but unfortunately, being able to contemplate simple blatant visual acts without having read between the lines is a bit too difficult in club environments where the next drink is most important thing for the most part. Trying to force an audience to watch a piece of art while demanding they ask themselves: 'is this really art?' is a bit difficult when competing against oontz-oontz music and a bottle of vodka.

I wouldn't necessarily classify all of the shows i've done as performance art though. There are quite a few venues that just don't care and just want someone dressed up doing bondage. I would probably categorize these as more of a demonstration - they require very little forethought, organization, and are simply there to either entertain, titillate, or even educate - but without an express intent to involve all of the aspects usually involved in performance art including the use of space, time, and audience reaction/interaction. There's no specific concept or idea driving the actions.

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2) Why would you want to do it?

it's my job. it's how i earn a living.

I enjoy challenging myself mentally and physically:

First of all I try to be innovative, experimental, creative. I try not to be boring (don't like people falling asleep during my shows Sad). Sometimes I'll attempt to put together a show that goes against what's expected. I usually pull inspiration from a variety of sources.

I try and watch as many shows that other people put on (as long as I can deal with my short attention span) so i know what not to do. And also so i avoid doing the same thing. It bugs the shit out of me to no end when i see people doing the same thing i did. (Actually, at one event, i saw someone end up getting rigged the exact same way and attempting to recreate my movements in her 'performance') Dodgy
Fuckin' A! Angry

As for the physical part, I enjoy the challenge to a certain extent. I'm so fucking lazy that I need to work my shit out. This is one way I can test my endurance and push my flexibility - although i'm realizing it helps to maybe stretch out more than once a month. Undecided

Maybe I do need to start that 'working out' thing like i've been telling myself for the past few years ...

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kumimonster: (hw lace hood)
After Lyon, instead of staying on the continent, i flew back to London in time for the London Fetish Weekend.
First thing I did was visit Holloway Road to see Atsuko Kudo, then spent some time at Fettered Pleasures. Ended up meeting up with Samppa and Aneta for sushi at Bento in Camden. Then back to the house.

I think I became slightly addicted to the xbox and Guitar Hero. not good!

I was planning on getting to TortureGarden a little later but forgot about the fact that i'd need to do the rehearsal for the fashion show thingy.
Ended up getting there a touch before 19h00 where me and [profile] helene_atsuko got to see the HW Design outfits for the first time. They ended up looking like pieces from Flash Gordon/Superman - but think more along the lines of the evil characters! (Ming or Ursa from Krypton!)
The latex featured was the transparent but paint patterned sheeting with smokey black trans and black accent with a little bit of trans.

I wanted to head back to the house but realized that would just be a waste of time so I stuck around the club and got some food nearby.

The bondage show with Amrita was a smaller version of our Lyon performance - must less rehearsed and I planned on exerting less energy but during the show I kind of changed my mind and ended up becoming completely inverted for a while. Owie on my shoulders!
And AUA on my back too after Amrita sat on me.
Of course, I only realized how much it hurt the next day!
http://pics.livejournal.com/kumimonster/pic/001p9b9x

These one is from Mathieu Richardoz:
http://mathieu.richardoz.net


 
And this one is from Siberfi:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/siberfi/

http://pics.livejournal.com/kumimonster/pic/001p8z13


After the show, I put the latex back into the box and threw on my latex track suit n flip flops and ran to the bar. Ended up dancing around and having a blast. I didn't get home until sometime near 05h30. I even left after the TG office crew so I didn't get paid out for my show even! lol!

The next day I felt the pain, but ended up meeting up with [livejournal.com profile] zuckerrotermond and Sacha, Eden and Heiko, and [profile] hyperion_101 for dinner in Shoreditch. [livejournal.com profile] ynl and his work buddy came too. After eating we stumbled over to Hoxton for some drinks before stumbling home.

The following day, I packed up my things and headed for the airport for my trip to Edinburgh!




kumimonster: (BDS)
Lyon ended up being wonderful.
I was afraid and prepared myself for somewhat colder weather but instead it was warm for most of the time.
Warm enough to wear a simple dress and flip flops during the daytime.
I ate so much foie gras and yummy food too.

I'm so glad I ended up ordering the origami cranes online.
I don't know how we'd be able to prepare the stage with just the time we had available to us and just the idea of spending all that time in the hotel room playing with paper now just seems kind of dumb. Of course, in the end, it cost just as much to have them shipped over as it did to have them made. And then customs cost twice as much almost!

Amrita and I hung about 70 or so birds, then scattered the other 60 or so on the tables for guests to take with them. I kept about 20 for the show in London.  Lots of people took them how which was the idea as I didn't just want to throw away the ones left over.

These 2 photos were shot by Phoebus
http://www.phoebus-photos.net/
His shots of the event are pretty damn awesome.
Rather than just people posing, I think he really captured a really great feeling.
the party shots he took are here: http://www.phoebus-photos.net/BDS09/index.html

One more photo shot by Matthieu Richardoz:
http://mathieu.richardoz.net
 

After the bondage show I had to change to announce the other show so I threw on the yummy outfit Atsuko Kudo gave me to wear and then grabbed the mic. Unfortunately, the one person who wasn't supposed to be near me was front n center as I jumped up on the stage and that kind of put me out of sorts. Then he totally turned his back and that was kind of rude since it was kind of obvious and everyone else was looking at the stage. All I kept thinking was how nice n heavy the mic was and it'd make a good clobbering tool, but then that wouldn't be professional, would it? Anyhoo, the rest of the announcing I did was from the TG booth where I danced around with [livejournal.com profile] allentg and VyktorNova the other DJ.
The rest of the night ended up being super fun and I stayed around longer than I planned to! I think I also drank a bit more JD than I thought I would but not too much! ;-)

The next day I checked out of the hotel and the day after that [livejournal.com profile] gothmarilyne and I treated ourselves to a much needed spa visit.
I'm not sure I should've gotten the skin peel thingy as I think it might have been too harsh on my calves. It felt like it burnt a bit and there were little bumps on my skin like i ran into a cheese grater.  Then the following day, while [livejournal.com profile] gothmarilyne ran her errands, Julien & I visited the zoo. Laurent Courau finally convinced me to visit the demeure du chaos so we went to check it out. JB gave us a private tour and then had a visit with Theirry Ehrmann. He ended up giving all three of us books and we finished up the visit with a round of Jack Daniels. ;-)

Then we headed into town for dinner at Les Demoiselles de Rochefort and it was super yum. I had even more foie gras that night!!
Oli de Sat from the Frenchy music group Indochine suggested the place. He's lucky it was really good cuz i said i was going to fly up to Paris n kick his butt if it wasn't - or at least I would when I got up there in December.


Eventually I had to leave Lyon. I almost didn't want to. The weather was too nice! But I did go back to London because I had to get ready for the Torture Garden stuff happening on the weekend :-)



:-)
kumimonster: (FNback)



http://www.forumbondage.com/bforum/index.php

go ahead n join if you wanna yap about bondagey stuffs
(they're based in the UK btw)

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kumimonster: (morey redhemp)

Craig Morey is selling a few of his prints on ebay including two featuring myself.
Click on image to go to direct listings.

The closeup is also the image used on the TortureGarden TGX DVD.


          

Same quote for each image:

"This is an 8x10 signed original FCA silver print by Craig Morey, open edition. All prints from Morey Studio have white borders; artist's signature appears in lower right front; image info, studio label, and model name appear on back.  FCA prints are made on Fuji Crystal Archive silver gelatin paper from digital negatives.  Prints are shipped in archival acetate covers, unframed.  (Note: artist logo and copyright info do not appear on print front, only on web version)

This image, Kumi4661, was made in 2003.  It is featured (at size 24x36") in an exhibition at Madame S, in San Francisco, from July 23 until Sept. 15 2009.  (Madame S, 385 8th Street, San Francisco 94103, daily 11:00am - 7:00pm, (800)746-7677

For further info on larger prints, contact the artist at Moreystudio.com  Prints of this image are available up to size 24x36".

About the artist:  Craig Morey is an award winning photographer, based in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. He is well known for his black and white studio nudes, and has published four monographs of this work, including Studio Nudes (Penthouse, 1992), Linea (Korinsha Japan, 1996), and 20th Century Studio Nudes (Glaspalast, Germany, 2001). His photographs are included in hundreds of books, magazines, and art photo web sites. Morey is also available for private commissions and tutorials at his Oakland studio.
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Here is the LINK to his complete listings

kumimonster: (amy Bob)
i was supposed to head up to SF this evening but now it looks like i have to stick around Palo Alto to support a friend/photographer.

i worked with him some time ago and he actually helped [profile] fd_midori  and I out with ukiyo-e props for our Elements of Suffering show.



he's just self-published a book so i'm going to go check it out

www.brianpawlowski.com/

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I published a book of my photography work, focusing on one model I've
worked with for several years. The book was made during a class at
Stanford Continuing Studies on creating a fine art photography book.
The class was taught by Brigitte Carnochan.

A book signing will take place this Friday Jul 17 from 7 - 10PM at
Modernbook Gallery on University Ave, Palo Alto. There will be 20
books from the class, exhibiting a wide range of styles and
subjects.

You can find more information in my blog on the work:

   
http://alternativeimpressions.wordpress.com/2009/07/15/new-book-signing-july-17-2009/

A friend did a brief blog also about the class:

   
http://www.citysnaps.net/blog/?p=1333

The book can be ordered on line through
Blurb.com (follow links off my
blog).






kumimonster: (mrGone backside)
Unfortunately, Satomi can't make the party we were going to perform at in Lyon.
But luckily, I have a perfectly wonderful back up!
I've already performed with Amrita in London several times, Essen, Rome, and Athens.
It'll be our first time performing together in France.
It's a new show I've come up with and instead of a super messy ink and paint covered girl, I'll be getting a little crispy!
(actually, i hope not).
There will be bondage (of course), suspension, and fire.
I can't wait to dress the stage. I've become used to the idea of performing on a stage that's been completely set rather than just jumping up and trying to do a show on a club stage which usually leaves a lot to be desired. I prefer being able to create an actual environment and this piece will require it in order to look good!


london, UK
torture garden bday ball - elements of suffering show

kumimonster: (steen CloseUp)
Photo!
In Berlin [livejournal.com profile] zuckerrotermond  scored this really great location found inside (and beneath) a swimming pool hall.
We showed up earlier that day to shoot before Lukas & Satomi headed over with SaSa.

Right now Satomi is trying to arrange her schedule in order to meet me in Lyon for the Bal des Supplices event happening at the end of September. She's somewhat nearby, only she might be a bit rushed getting to/from events.
The one i have planned is going to be great - a bit of bondage, a bit of fire, a bit of ... well, I can't just give it away, but it'll be a very pretty one, and not as messy as some of the other shows have gotten!

Here's me trying to make it look like it didn't hurt I guess. There is a color version too, but for now, I think I like the B/W.


berlin, DE



kumimonster: (Default)
these are from [livejournal.com profile] hedonydesign 
he said he liked the show
and he didn't get messy either - til after

you can find the rest at FetishBoudoir.com ( > blog)








kumimonster: (Default)
here's another shot from the TG sat nite performance



kumimonster: (Default)
here's a shot from the sat nite TG show in london
me n [profile] fd_midori  in the background making a mess


london, UK
fotos by http://www.manolo-photography.com/

more at his link!

kumimonster: (morey redhemp)
The report on the kinky kiwis is up over at the Fetishistas site :)
with photos too!

click on the image to read a ton and see more shots





kumimonster: (morey redhemp)
well the first images i've found are online
these are from [livejournal.com profile] erosartist
:-)

go see the rest at his site!

oh, and before i post the images,
if you do go to the erosartist site, on the same page as the thumbs for my show with [livejournal.com profile] fd_midori is another bondage scene
i noticed how similar the rigging is.
wrist to ankle but not fixed so by forcing my arm out, my ankle is brought in more.
should i be irritated? i dunno, but i kind of am.
i've yet to see other people performing in bondage shows similar to the ones i do, especially in regards to my movements.
but on the same night after my performance? never seen that before.
i'm not saying they're copying but it's pretty damn close
(though i dont have as many lines supporting my body in the air because it restricts my movement)

















 
kumimonster: (morey redhemp)
Samedi 10 mai 2008
à la Boutique Dèmonia (22 avenue Jean Aicard - 75011 Paris / métro : Ménilmontant) de 17h00 à 19h30.

Véritable star aux Etats-Unis, Midori, amércaine d'origine japonaise, dédicacera en exclusivité son best seller "Les Sortileges du Bondage Japonais", un ouvrage clair, simple, précis, parfait pour l'initiation, présenté sous forme de pas à pas, pour apprendre l'art de manier les liens et de faire de jolis noeuds. On y retrouve d'excellents conseils portant sur le choix des cordes ou sur la sécurité des participants, des photos (illustrations des figures enseignées) et bien sûr images et instructions afin de procéder étape par étape. Midori connaît l'art du bondage, exaltant et sensuel, sur le bout des doigts et nous apprend le mieux possible à en exploiter les possibilités. Venez nombreux !



À la suite du succès exceptionnel, que ce soit en terme de vente ou d'image, ce livre qui n'était au départ disponible qu'en anglais a été traduit en français. Il est devenu en peu de temps l'une des meilleures ventes de livre (chez Dèmonia en tout cas) et un véritable classique.

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