Whips & Whipping 101, Part 9: For the Whip Bottom – Dealing with your Whip Top

By Jim the Whip Maker and Dick Carlson

Part 1: Bulls, Snakes & Other Scary Critters
Part 2: Swing & Target Practice
Part 3: Long Whips
Part 4: The First Crack
Part 5: The First Shot – The Full Overhand Shot
Part 6: The First Useful Shot – The Pick Up
Part 7: The Real Thing – The Single Side Shot
Part 8: For the Whip Top – Dealing with Your Whip Bottom
Part 10: A Word on Cuts for Whip Bottoms

If you are the masochist, getting into this trip, there are a few things for you to note. First, if you are a new masochist, it may be that you should not get into this right away. Take time to work up to it. If you know your way around, or are sure that this is you, then fine and welcome.

It is essential that you insist on your limits being respected. If the Top is new to you, explain your limits to him. If this is to be your first real whipping, say so! A good Top knows how to handle this situation. If your Top is not known or recommended to you and you are not sure, have him demonstrate how good he is, say at hitting a coin or Teddy. (If Teddy is all stitched up, be warned!).

Whips_ShadowIf he is good, he’ll want to show you, and if you are ready for it, this will get you hot for it and him too. It is not smart for a whipping scene to be the first time for two strangers. If this is the case, I advise you to decline the offer, but keep the phone number. The time will come.

If you are real good friends, then go ahead but take it slowly and be ready to forgive mistakes. The new whip thrower has to have confidence to use a live target for the first time when he feels ready.

Wrapping up for a friend may not be the greatest for you, but it could do the trick for him and who knows what fun it could lead to? Think of it as an investment!

Always discuss your safeword and make sure it is clear that you will use it if necessary.

Whenever you go under the lash you must wear a kidney belt. This is important. I advise the collar as well. The rest is for you to decide.

For one of these early scenes, you could just hold the cuffs or whatever just in case. It is also advisable to take it one step at a time and move out of the way to let your Top have a few practice swings without you.

The type of protection described in the first part of this series for the beginning whip thrower is fine. You may decide on the amount as you go along. It’ll be well worth it, believe me. If all goes well, your first scene could be a blockbuster and all the “special” protection and worry will be gone for good and you’ll want to get hauled up for real.


DungeonMaster33This article first appeared in DungeonMaster magazine, Number 33, September 1987 published by Desmodus Publications and edited by Fledermaus (Tony DeBlase).

Jim the Whip Maker and Dick Carlson taught this material as a course for the now defunct SandMutopia University, which was founded and operated by Tony DeBlase.

DungeonMaster was published from 1979 to 1992. After Tony DeBlase bought Drummer magazine in 1986, DungeonMaster became, in some ways,  the little brother of its more popular stable-mate. Articles published in DungeonMaster were sometimes later reprinted in Drummer. In 1992, Desmodus Inc., which then included Drummer, Mach, Tough Customers, DungeonMaster, The Sandmutopia Guardian and The Sandmutopia Supply Company, was sold to a Dutch corporation headed by Martjin Bakker, the owner of RoB Amsterdam stores and galleries. Tony DeBlase became Editor Emeritus and passed away in 2000.

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