Porn Review: Tristan Taormino’s Guide to Bondage for Couples

Tristan Taormino’s Guide to Bondage for Couples featuring Samantha Ryan, India Summer, Skin Diamond, Adrianna Luna, James Deen, Derrick Pierce, Danny Wylde and Michael Vegas, is a very excellent introduction to bondage. The video starts out with a brief introduction to BDSM, with a very similar script to the kink video. Tristan covers top vs. bottom, and the importance of consent. Before long, she moves on to bondage specifically. She gives tips on things to use for bondage, with an emphasis on everyday items such as clothes, scarves and soft belts. She also goes over basic bondage safety, talking about making sure there is some wiggle room, and not to cut off circulation. She also explicitly says not to use duct tape etc, and to have safety scissors handy, should a quick escape be necessary.

Before long, we’re ready for the first scene between Samantha and Michael.

They undressed each other, and he tied her hands & legs together with her stockings and his necktie. He shows his dominance by shoving her into positions, and she has no choice but to obey, between his force and her restrained position. He also used a panty gag at one point. While her hands were bound with bondage tape, he puts the Magic Wand in her hands and she uses it on herself while he penetrates her from behind. Toward the end, it looked like her hands were turning purple from the restraint, but no mention was made of it, so it probably wasn’t a very big deal?

The next lesson talks about collars being symbolic of submission, and Tristan states some safety rules for leash and cuff use. She also talks about sex slings and under-the-bed restraint system, which are featured in the videos to follow.

Adrianna and James are the next couple. Though my friend enjoyed this scene, I found their sounds distracting. There were also a couple moments where the camera was not pointed at the action, including one shot where his arm is moving and she’s moaning but we can’t see what he’s doing. They use a collar, and under the bed restraints. When he wants to use her vibrator, he has trouble recognizing her vibrator (the Laya). I guess this makes it seem a bit more realistic or natural? In one interesting moment, he ties her collar to her ankle cuff, to her hand, and to her vibrator. This shows that you can be creative with bondage, not just binding wrists or more obvious restraining patterns. They also use a sex sling, which is pretty cool.

Like the kink video, the camera shows the girls a lot more than the men. While I do like this, it is disappointing to many.

The next lesson is a more advanced continuation of the first, talking about how the sub is at the dom’s mercy, and explains how blindfolds are fun. Tristan also explains safety with gags, and to have a nonverbal safe “word.”

The hottest scene was most definitely the one between Derrick and Skin Diamond. After he ties her down and blindfolds her, she tries to kiss him and he keeps moving away. This was perfectly captured and really cute. He passed her the ball gag via a kiss, which just made me and my friend melt.

The bed was very squeaky, but the scene was so hot, I hardly noticed at all. At one point to tease her, he Leaves the Magic Wand turned on near her pussy and leaves her alone. Then, they leave the bed to use the Fetish Fantasies Door Swing, which I immediately ordered online. It. Looks. So. Fun! In the scene, she starts reading the instructions, and he shrugs her off, saying he already knows how to use it. It was really cute, and the action was hot once they got it all hung up!

The final lesson briefly covered safety with hardware restraints, and before we knew it, we were on to the final scene between Danny and India Summer.

Danny is my favorite. He’s really cute and embraces being both a dom and sub very well. This scene nicely demonstrated that within a session, roles can smoothly shift back and forth. They used door restraints, which looked fun. At one point he tied her hands behind her back while they were having sex, without really stopping, which was cool. When she was on top, she used the Magic Wand while she was riding him.

They also utilized a fancy swing, where they also incorporated the Magic Wand as well as a sort of flying position. I want a swing like that!

After this scene, Tristan briefly covers aftercare, different common emotions and desired activities. This would have been very good to include in the kink video as well.

This video is excellent. I believe it covers all the bases for beginner bondage (though there isn’t any allusion to the world of shibari, which could be interesting). The scenes are hot, and realistic.

Check out the list of toys used in the video and Tristan’s website featuring mine and other reviews of her porn.

SPECIAL FEATURES!

There’s awesome behind-the-scenes features with Tristan and each of the couples. It gives you a really awesome perspective on what actually goes into porn production. Tristan has a lot of directions for the actors, but they also bring their own personalities to each of the scenes.

The interviews are full of great advise, which I would highly recommend especially to bondage beginners, because only a small chunk of these interviews actually made it into the feature part of the DVD.

The bonus sex scene is a sexy boss/secretary scene. Quite enjoyable, I think.

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