We had the good fortune of connecting with Submissivetiger and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Submissivetiger, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
There are many assumptions and misconceptions about my industry that outsiders often have but that is due to its taboo nature – the truth is that people practice rope bondage for many different reasons and that it’s a very personalized journey! Some are drawn to the artistic and creative side of it; creating art and developing their craft. Some are drawn to the erotic aspects and use it as a tool to further physical exploration. Some find it to be grounding, meditative, practice to connect with their bodies. It may be a cumulation of these different elements or one may practice in a specific way depending on the circumstances. The foundations though, are that we are practicing consent, communicating/respecting boundaries, being risk aware (rope comes with risk!), and creating space to be vulnerable/intimate. This practice demands you be completely present in your body, mind, and spirit – which can be a very powerful experience! I also must add that rope is for everybody and EVERY BODY.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The Rope Collective was founded in 2018 and continues to grow, transform, and evolve! We started as a rope bondage collective that wanted to create a sanctuary for rope practice, exploration, and education. Rope is a beautiful art and practice but it inherently comes with risks – so we wanted to spread awareness, offer quality education, and also create an inclusive, supportive, environment. We’ve since hosted many classes, workshops, and performance art events- with both an excellent group of local artists and educators, as well as connecting with the global community and have brought national and international presenters. As we continue to grow and expand as artists- we’ve connected with an amazing network of body and movement artists. As we look forward into the future- we plan to expand to include all body/movement arts such as aerial, circus, yoga, dance, burlesque, and more! We are currently searching for a permanent studio space and hope to bring that to San Diego very soon! But in the meantime have been hosting events as often as possible so be on the look out! What sets our space apart from others is the focus on inclusivity, safety, and quality education. We offer sliding scale and prioritize having professional and experienced educators (with a range of different styles). We also incorporate all body movement art mediums! And are always looking to collaborate with and uplift fellow creatives and their crafts. The process of becoming who we are has not always been easy, especially in a capitalist society that often undervalues artists and creatives- but we have stayed strong and true to our belief in valuing artists. We are here to thrive!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Catch the sunset at the end of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, Hike at Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail,
Food from Angkorian Pikestaff’s pop up,
Stroll around Chicano Park and grab micheladas at BORDER X BREWING,
Seeing some live music at Tower Bar or The Black Cat in City Heights,
Brunch at Nate’s Garden Grill and browsing City Farmers Nursery,
Wine and Charcuterie board at The Rose in South Park,
A night at The Pearl in Point Loma,
Rooftop cocktails at Brooklyn Bar and Grill in City Heights,
Lunch at Dunedin New Zealand Eats and checking out Verbatim Books in North Park,
Pizza at Luigi’s and drinks at Live Wire in North Park,
Picnic at Presidio Park,
Visting the Japanese Friendship Garden and the Botanical Garden in Balboa Park,
Fiesta Island with the dogs!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The most beautiful part of this journey has been the people I have met and been able to connect with through this practice. There is a sense in everything I do that every single person contributes to the whole- and I am so grateful to so many people. The Rope Collective works with so many phenomenal artists, instructors, performers, organizers, venues, local businesses, and the people who show up to be part of it all- everyone is essential in creating what we do! I love that our intention is to uplift each other and operate as a collective. For this Shoutout series though- I’d like to recognize two people in particular. First, Leah Paquette of Catch These Hands Massage & Bodywork, part of Thorns End Studio and Thorn Brewing Co. Recently we collaborated on our Bondage & Brews event which was a huge success and we look forward to continuing to bring San Diego more unique experiences! San Diego is blessed to have some truly legendary small businesses, artists, and creators- and its been an honor to create with them! The second person I’d like to shout out is Blue of Voxbody in Oakland, CA (for our NorCal folks!). Voxbody is a rope studio (who will be opening their new studio soon!) that was a integral part of my development as a rope artist. I want to recognize this beautiful space and the inspiring human who founded it- if you are ever in the Bay Area or have friends there interested in rope, Voxbody is the place.

Website: www.theropecollective.com

Instagram: @theropecollective

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theropecollectivesandiego

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH_8b-B6DHFAzR0qFhsSGFA

Image Credits
photographer: @xplr_est82 featured models: @lucilampe , @mspancakes

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