Interview with Murphy Blue, aka “BlueRisk”

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Interview with Akira Naka

"Akira Naka - Kinbaku" - he signed my sketchnotes!

“Akira Naka – Kinbaku” – he signed my sketchnotes!

The final episode of the 10th anniversary month of the Ropecast is here, and we’ve saved the best for last! Akira Naka is one of the most prolific and popular Japanese nawashi in the world, and he took the time to answer Gray’s unusual questions. He talks about how he learned from his teacher, why he teaches in his own style, and even how he handled it when his son found out his dad was a “dirty old man.” You get to hear this and more in his own voice with the help of a translator and a bit of saké

This podcast was made possible through the generosity and cooperation of the Rigger’s Delight Studio (thanks, Vanessa!) and Demon Six (who also backs another rope podcast by Faviola called the Kinbakunomicon). 

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10th Anniversary!

With special cameos from Ebi McKnotty and WhiskeyOnaSunday, alongside blasts-from-the-past Cunningminx when she had fewer podcasts than Graydancer, this episode celebrates 10 years of Ropecasts and the next decade to come!

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Next week we’ll be back with a regular episode featuring an interview with Naka Akira!

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Interview with Kinbaku Filmmaker PEDRO

Some people make art out of rope and bodies. Some people make art about people making art out of rope and bodies. Pedro is someone who does both. 

At the Naka Akira workshop in NYC he premiered a portion of his upcoming documentary which portrays the experience of a rope scene. Afterwards he took the time to talk with the Ropecast and the studio audience talking about his journey in rope. 

Soft-spoken, almost self-effacing, Pedro gives an impression of someone who was truly changed by his first encounter with kinbaku, and he has spent years honing his skill and craft to now combine it with another art form: film.

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Interview with Gorgone

In acting, a “triple-threat” is someone who dances, acts, and sings. What is it called in rope when someone ties, models, teaches, produces, manages, and still has time to write about the psychology of the experience of kinbaku?

They’re called Gorgone. She talks about her unique experiences both as a bottom and a top in this interview with some amazing perspectives on pain, presence, connection, as well as the scary items in her rope bag. She also talks more in depth about her new projects, working with the amazing Ren and also being part of Cirque Shibari.

This podcast literally has something for everyone, whether you’re new to rope, a professional rigger, an experienced bottom, whatever. Gorgone’s pleasant and expressive answers give a lot of eye-opening ideas about the experience of rope and the community as a whole.


Many thanks to the sponsor of this special edition of the Ropecast: Karma Rope! Their pay-what-you-can model is a new way to be able to afford quality jute and hemp regardless of your budget, and they are a fantastic way to try out “the gold standard” before investing in more expensive dyed and twisted ropes.

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Pay-What-You-Want Jute & Hemp? WTF?

Because the rope world is filled with innovative types, MattP, a wicked-fast rigger from Minneapolis talks about his new company “Karma Rope“, which uses a pay-what-you-can model for off-the-spool hemp and jute so that everyone can get a taste of quality rope. Matt and Gray talk about more than just marketing, though – they discuss how the open-source model can work to help the community along with several other kinky topics, including the weather!

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The Ropecast Turns 10 in February!

That’s right – we started this thing on February 25, 2005! Want to get heard on the special 10th Anniversary Podcast? Just send your audio file to or leave a voice message at 608-432-ROPE (608-432-5668) and you’ll be heard around the world as we celebrate the Longest-Running Kinky Podcast on the Web!

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Talking About Bondage Injury Part 2

This episode contains the second half of Tifereth’s discussion at NARIX 2014 on bouncing back from bondage injuries, and it goes deep. Along with other participants such as Ben Hart, Ojipan, Aeolis Est, Naiia, and GoodMostTimes, they begin to develop a framework for improving the way injuries are dealt with in the community, not just for the individual. It’s an in-depth talk on a difficult subject that is sure to spark discussion.


eroticAwakeningBut first Gray has some exciting news, as the Ropecast has joined the Erotic Awakenings Podcast Network. This means a nifty opening jingle AND associating this podcast with other fine shows like The Fearless Submissive, The Femme Dom Mystique, and even Lee Harrington’s Passion and Soul Podcast! Check out the other podcasts for an earful of kink, poly, and general naughtiness.


This podcast was brought to you by the wonderful folks at Bastard Ropes as well as the sponsorship of Maui Kink. Coffee was provided by wonderful listeners like you, donating monthly via to keep me caffeinated and the Ropecast going!


Speaking of which: the Ropecast is 10 years old this February 25th! Graydancer would like to celebrate with some voice messages. If you’d like to say happy birthday to the Ropecast, leave a message at 1-608-432-ROPE or email the sound file!

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Talking About Bondage Injuries

Back at NARIX 2014, Tifereth led a discussion on all the things we don’t talk about in rope bondage. How can we create an environment that is more open and honest and less dangerous (because, as Ojipan mentions, it’s never “safe”) for everyone?

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The Rope Philosophy of Demon Six

Japanese Kinbaku taught by Kazami Ranki

Kazami Ranki teaches in Los Angeles thanks to DemonSix & the Devils Mask Society.

DemonSix, kinbaku scholar and teacher par excellence, returns to the Ropecast in discussion about techniques of teaching and learning rope, community connections, and some of the things he learned from Kazami Ranki (shown here) during the bakushi’s recent visit to L.A. 


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The Voices of NARIX 2014

NARIX 2014 on the RopecastGraydancer went to the North American Rope Exchange and all he got was three outstanding podcasts! This is part one, on-the-spot interviews with many of the organizers and attendees. You get to hear the hum of ropesters in the background as people talk about their experience, their plans, and most of all their rope.

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