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Old Guard, Schmold Guard

I’ve been working on this article off and on for quite a while.

https://www.violetwanda.net/stuff-hardly-anyone-knows/168-safer-set-ups

Its about how to make safer violet wand setups, but there’s a wide range in safer setups, that go from “ok, you’ve overdone it a little bit on the safety, but its all good, better safe than sorry” to “well, I wouldn’t do that…but as long as you’re aware of the risks”  all the way to “omg, that’s crazy, you’re going to kill someone”.  And yets, there’s that wide a range.  There are a lot of safety factors when playing with violet wands; some are obvious, some are not, but all of them work together. It is short-sighted to pick out and focus on just one, when they are so intertwined.

So an article like that one is useful when people begin to talk in absolutes.  There’s always someone who will say ‘that’s unsafe’, when usually its just less safe than another, more commonly-adopted option.  I mention this because I’ve heard/seen some newer demonstrators talking about ‘unsafe’ things like ungapped electrodes.   Back in the early 2000s when we were the only manufacturers making electrodes, we worked with the Violet Wand Guild to establish standards and definitions as well as violet wand techniques that are used today. There were no definitions or standards prior to the time, and nobody had yet developed all these wonderful techniques.  But there were plenty of excited and interested people who were able to give their input and come to a consensus regarding definitions, and their excitement in developing and perfecting violet wand techniques.  They jumped in, and they made some mistakes so you could play safely and so that you could know HOW to play with a violet wand.  For example, we partnered with the Violet Wand Guild to do experiments on dead pigs in order to find out how far vw current would travel in the body, in order that we could produce internal electrodes.  So we had first hand and primary input into the standards of violet wand use and manufacturing that are in play, and still in use, today.   

We have always offered ungapped electrodes and accessories as well as gapped designs, so that RACK players could get that boost in input and convenience and SSC players could maintain their safest possible setups.   Glass electrodes provide a safety gap with the glass; household current can’t pass through glass, though violet wand discharge can.  Household current also can’t pass through the tiniest of air spaces.  It can’t arc or ‘jump’ like vw discharge current can.  If your cat chews on your telephone charging cable,  you know that the tiny break in the wire won’t let 50hz through and you can kiss your cable goodbye.   Though you could still use it with your violet wand.  

The old guard of violet wand players are a lot more recent than the Old Guard of Leather, and perhaps that is why they have not received the same respect from the larger violet wand community.  Of all kink communities, the current status of the violet wand players is less than favorable, especially when I recall the sharing and collaboration of the old guard and how willing they were to freely share their knowledge and expertise, without compensation.  In those days, we all learned together, what violet wands could do and what they were capable of.  There were no ‘factions’ and no oneupsmanship..unlike today.  They were at every major BDSM event, doing demos and setting up displays, and there was no ‘competition’ between the demonstrators, they all did it together.  If one guild member was doing at event, anyone who could, went and participated and helped.  Such togetherness over violet wands, maybe because it was such a new toy, and it was in its Golden Age of discovery in those days.  And that was just less than 2 decades ago.  That Golden Age didn’t last but 5 years before the old guard was irrelevant, in the way that younger or newer people have of making them.  And that was unfair, because they gave so much to violet wand players, and its rare to find anyone who even knows of them, let alone cares.  They still have their names listed in the Violet Wand Guild articles and histories and their contributions in information, knowledge, discovery, techniques and product development have been archived and hopefully will remain so that their contributions and ground-breaking can be remembered by the few who care to go hunting.

Among other things, my own dear Dralion invented the body contact cable.  Some people had started using ballchain stuffed in their wand nose as a precursor to the technique concept, but an actual conductive cable is his baby– and you have him to thank for it though you don’t know that.  Or you’d still be stuffing ballchain down your wand with aluminum foil.  He couldn’t always take credit for the concept in technique behind a product, but as people came up with ideas, he invented the products to go with what they wanted to do with their violet wands.  And those devious users!  Do you know who came up with violet wand fireplay?  I remember who did, and how we jumped right into it in exciting jaw-dropping awe once it was ‘discovered’, and how we’d figure out the safety aspects of it as we went (and made mistakes), bringing that information back to share.  It took a light bulb adaptor set to make fireplay possible.  It was a man named Joe Bagdonas who invented the light bulb adaptor for violet wands.  Look at what he gave you by doing that.  He made them a few at a time and sold them on ebay, and when he stopped, he verbally gave us the rights to the design and we began producing them in quantity.  Nobody needed to ‘patent’ in those days, the community would not abuse each other like they do now.  Imagine if JoeB had patented the edison adaptor, or if Dralion had patented the Body Conductive Cable.  Or if Happy Tails had patented the first violet wand flogger (yes, they came up with the original concept).  If they all had been selfish..but no, they just wanted to give people amazing experiences and grow a brand new violet wand user community and get the word out of this ‘brand’ new toy. 

20 years.  The violet wand ‘industry’ and community is only that old.  Yes, we are all sure that people took their medical violet rays in 1920 and used them where they felt the best.  But For specific kinky techniques and products intended for kinky users, its only been that long–20 years.  So short enough to be in the memories of everyone who ‘was there’ when it happened.  They’ve all been beloved friends, fellow explorers, valued peers for me.   I just hope that down the road if you are using a violet wand product or getting enjoyment out of a violet wand technique, that you give a thought to who came up with it and maybe even dig to find out.  Because its short enough that we do know who did.  They never asked for credit for their brainchildren, but they do deserve it.

We’ve lost a few of the notables and groundbreakers already.  Joe Bagdonas, Donnie Rice, Darkerwaters, Gr8rays, have passed away and others out of the scene or out of touch. 

I’ve found a few photos from different events on the east coast from 2006-you’d find someone from the Guild at every major event for a while, giving out information and test drives and educating everyone about this wonderful new experience and everything that went along with it.  

There was real collaboration during ‘The Golden Age’.  Not like it is now at all with the ‘new guard’ and ‘next guard’.

 

My point is…. if you think about it, send a mental thank you to the groundbreakers and adventurers who made up the violet wand ‘Old Guard’. 

 

 

 

 

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