We started the new year off by attending a “rope tying” event at Townhouse. We’ve attended Townhouse for the Kink nights organised by the Kinksters, which are male only nights in a fantastic sex-club venue. Townhouse itself is located just outside Birkenhead, but in a quiet area, and the BDSM facilities in there are great. Its run as a straight sex club, with some good themed nights (you’ll find more on Fetlife if you look), and at the last Kink event, Sir was talking to the owner who mentioned to him that if he was interested in rope he should attend this event in the new year as they would have a Shibari master there.
We didn’t really know what to expect when we turned up but the venue was very very busy with a lot of straight couples and singles all checking into the venue. I decided that i’d just go along with the flow of things as Sir really wanted a model to practice rope work on, and that was my role for the day. I’d taken my pup gear with me and was wearing my neoprene underneath a set of trackie bottoms and my puppy t-shirt. The event organisers were really friendly. They spotted immediately that we were new to the event (which turns out runs monthly) and came over and introduced themselves. We were the only gays in the village at the event, so we weren’t difficult to spot, but the people attending were really really friendly and it was great to see how well they all got on, and how social it was.
The organiser started to split people up into groups, ranging from beginners and newbies to the event through to experienced people. It was at this point I felt we shouldn’t really go in the beginners group as Sir is a lot more experienced than he realises in terms of his tying. However, when they started asking if he knew how to tie certain knots, the terminology was alien to him, so we decided to go into the beginners group. We were all ushered to a big room on the top floor of Townhouse where we all sat down and a few of the people who had been attending for a while started to demonstrate basic knots.
It was at this point that something I had joked about in the car on the way to the venue actually happened. Because it was going to be a mixed event, in a venue near where I grew up, I had joked on the way there about awkwardly bumping into someone I knew from where I worked or family. As it turns out the aunt of one of my godchildren was in the room with us, and as we introduced ourselves around in a group, she loudly proclaimed “oh my, you’re Brian and Tony!”. It was awkward, but a few facebook messages later after the event, I think we agreed that the 1st rule of Ropeclub is that we wont speak about Ropeclub, and what goes on in Townhouse will stay in Townhouse!
A few people didn’t have rope, so Tony offered some of his and then after the demonstration of the first knot, then asked a question about some other knots that were easier to tie, and demonstrated them. It was at this point that the person demonstrating asked Tony what the hell he was doing in this beginners group, and we got politely evicted to go and join the intermediate groups on the lower floor.
On arrival downstairs, the guy running the group and Tony got some one on one time to discuss his experience, and Tony used me to demonstrate the rope cage. So I was fully roped up, from top to bottom in the middle of the room whilst Tony then proceeded to help another couple. I laughed at how Sir had such an aversion to touching the girl’s breast who was being tied up, as he showed the couple how the knots were tied. Given that we were in the middle of a sex club, during the day, with women, its amazing how out of our comfort zones we both were at times. We had to leave as it got to early evening, and I had no idea what happened during the event as the evening got later, as if its anything like Kink, people’s inhibitions disappear and they start to play, and I’m not sure if we were ready for that.
I couldn’t find my pup headspace during the day. I’d love to go back into that environment with some other pups as I think they’d be receptive to pups being there, but even just being tied up and helpless in a room full of women felt very strange. Its definitely something I realise is outside my comfort zone that I’m intrigued to follow up though, and there were some cute single bi guys in the group, I hope turn up to Kink at some point, so I can say hello properly