maniac4LA Rope was very pleased to be on set with Jhene Aiko and photographer Steven Taylor for the shoot of her music video “Maniac.”  It was a fun (but long) day working with her team to get just the right look for the shoot.  In an interview for Billboard magazine, Jhene explained her inspiration:

The concept is this art form of Japanese bondage called shibari. It’s something I saw years ago that really just caught my eye because I felt like it just looked like art. This is something that the Japanese do and it’s decorative tying. They do it for sensual purposes too but it’s a true art form. I have this a kinky spirit sometimes. [Laughs] If something looks a little painful, then I’m like, ‘Yeah, I wanna try that.’

She was tied for most of the day without any complaints (though is was a challenge keeping everything together over an 8 hour shoot!).

It is exciting seeing shibari and kinbaku not only embraced by those in the artistic community, but also those with an interest in making it a part of human sexual expression.

Check out the full interview with Jhene here.

Here is a preview of the video:

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Founded in 2011, the LA Rope Dojo is dedicated to providing safe and traditional training in the Japanese art of kinbaku. We offer regular classes, workshops, intensives, and events to help build the LA rope and kinbaku community. We have brought Grandmaster Yukimura Haruki and rope master Akira Naka to Los Angeles to offer seminars and workshops.


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