Barkas is a bondage educator, performance artist, and writer. He is a licensed instructor of two of the most influential bondage schools, and his contributions to the bondage narrative include the development of Ranboo and the Interview Metaphor.
Originally from Vienna and now residing in Vancouver, he is the cofounder and caretaker of TheSpace2. In addition to ongoing teaching locally, he continues to travel, perform, and give workshops internationally; some highlights include Shibaricon in Chicago, Moscow Knot, Kannawa Kai in Tokyo, West Coast Bound in Vancouver, FIRE in Orlando, Bondage Expo Denver, Place des Cordes in Paris, and EURIX.
One of Barkas’ focuses is the implementation of philosophical, sociological, mathematical, and historical ideas to develop a deeper understanding of erotic rope bondage. This pursuit lead to the development of the Interview Metaphor – a mindset that prioritizes individuality, attention, and the interaction of the persons tying. As he often says, don’t tie people, tie with people. In 2016 Barkas collected these and other thoughts, and published them in “Archaeology of Personalities; A Linguistic Approach to Erotic Rope Bondage.”