About the BDSM Triskelion

BDSM Triskelion­ 

Interesting Information About the BDSM Triskelion­ 


In the mid 1990's, a discussion on AOL set the course for what we know as the BDSM emblem. There was an idea that a symbol was needed to represent this brand of sexuality and lifestyle. As well, the symbol needed to be a bit mysterious. When worn, it could not attract a great deal of attention from "vanilla observers". It did have to be easily recognized by those who knew what it was. In the end, Steve Quagmyr, a leader of the discussion, created an emblem reminiscent of the yin-yang design. The choice of design was infuenced by a description of the ring that "O" was given in the novel "The Story of O" (which is very different from that worn in the movie version). The ring as described in the book " . . . bore a three-spoked wheel . . . with each spoke spiralling back upon itself . . .".

 BDSM Emblem

This is a 2 dimensional representation of the BDSM Emblem. It shows the basic shape with the "three spoked wheel". It lacks the metallic color and the depth needed to show that there are actually holes within the black area. The holes are very important. They distinguish the BDSM Emblem from other similar designs. If the design does not have the holes it is not the BDSM Emblem.
The color is also very important, if the color is not black, it is not the BDSM Emblem.

BDSM Emblem Symbol  A true representation of the BDSM Emblem, showing the black background, the metallic color and the holes. If any one of these features are missing, it is not truly the Emblem.

The Meaning of the BDSM Triskelion
Within the BDSM emblem that we use today are the three spokes which create three divisions along several possible lines of representation. One is that they represent the three divisions of BDSM: bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism. A second idea is that each division represents one aspect of the BDSM motto of "safe, sane, and consensual". A third meaning that can be derived from the divisions is that of the three segments of the BDSM community, namely, tops, bottoms, and switches.

(Steve) Quagmyr describes the metallic colour as a representation of the chains or irons of BDSM and the black background as a celebration of the controlled dark side of BDSM sexuality. The curved lines symbolize the "lash as it swings", and the circle shape represents the unity and oneness of a "community that protects its own". 

Information about the meaning of the BDSM Triskelion can be found here:  
The Emblem Project

These are the pendants, rings and cuff-links that I  make that has the BDSM Triskeiion Incorporated into the design.

BDSM TRISKELION  pendants

BDSM TRISKELION rings

BDSM TRISKELION Cuff Links

 

some of my favorite Things that I make