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Studio Friction Member Code of Conduct

Studio Friction venue rules are subject to change, and in all cases are subject to and subordinate to the laws of Colorado. By entering Studio Friction (the “Venue”), you agree to these rules.  Studio Friction is a non-profit corporation in Colorado. 

Be Risk Aware:

  • What is practiced at the Venue is dangerous and can cause serious bodily harm including death.

  • If you don't know how to do something please ask and learn before trying it and utilize spotters when needed

  • Use of all suspension points is done so at your own risk and requires an upline safety check by a member of staff. While these points were checked by a structural engineer, the Venue makes no claims, warranties, or representations of their safety.

  • Have a pair of cutting shears or a rescue hook handy at your station so you have a means to cut rope in an emergency circumstance. 

Consent is Paramount:

  • No means no – do not ask for an explanation, accept and move on. 

  • Ask before any and all touching of one's person, equipment, or belongings. 

  • Practice intentional negotiations and be fearless in communicating all boundaries.

  • Do not interrupt any scene or practice unless consent is granted. See something you're interested in, wait until all aftercare is completed before approaching anyone with questions.

Venue Safe-words:

  • Yellow - Pause and check in making any requested adjustments

  • Red - Stop now we are done

  • Mayday - Consent is actively being violated – stop now, and staff will intercede with active parties

Respect for the Venue and All People:

  • The Venue is a safe space for all people, leave judgements at the door. We do not condone sexism, racism, ageism, body shaming, or any other type of oppression.

  • Please do not purposefully damage any part of the Venue, clean up after yourself (cleaning supplies are clearly marked.)

Photography and Cell Phone Policy:

  • Photography is allowed throughout the Venue with consent of all persons in the direction of the lenses. 

  • Do not take a picture of any person without their permission, and you must have the written permission of the photographer and each person in a photo to post, share, publish, transmit, or use the photo.

  • Should someone agree to be photographed, you must ensure that no one else is in the background of the photograph.   Please do not "out" people in your photos.

  • Do not take a picture and then ask consent. 

  • Put your phone to silence mode, or set to vibrate.

  • Do not point a camera or phone directly at people – use the backdrop or a blank wall when taking photos, and be careful where your phone is pointed when texting.

  • If you need to make or answer a call please do so outside of the building, in the social area or lobby. 

Confidentiality:

Confidentiality is imperative and allows for Studio Friction to be a safe space for people who are here to enjoy and learn. 

  • Do not discuss details of an event with others or name anyone who was there.

  • Don’t approach folks from the community if you see them randomly in public. 

  • Do not share any private information about anyone to anyone else. (i.e. real name when they use a scene name etc.)

Play Space Etiquette:

  • The Venue defines "Play Space" time as any time during a "Party" event. This includes our sponsored Parties, premium Parties, and any partner Parties.

  • Do not intrude on any scene unless previously negotiated with all active members of said scene or help is asked for (follow consent guidelines in this instance).

  • Watch from a respectful distance, for your safety and the safety of the people scening.

  • Keep all conversations to a minimum while in the main/playroom/and loft areas. Long conversations should be taken to the social area. Think about how your actions are influencing others' scenes and energies.

Practice/Lab Etiquette:

  • The Venue defines "Practice/Lab" time as any other time not defined in "Play Space" time while the Venue is open. It is typically more casual and socially oriented.

  • Questions are encouraged but please do so after top/bottom are done.

  • When practicing above your comfortable skill level, ask for a spotter.

Extreme Play:

  • You must alert a member of staff if your play falls into the following categories:

    • Breath play

    • Abduction Play

    • Consensual Non-consent

    • Blood Play 

    • Candle Wax Play (with open flame)

    • Any play above the skill level of top/bottom

Guidelines when engaging in Extreme Play: 

  • Any and all fluids must be contained and disposed of appropriately. If your scene is going to be messy please put down plastic (that you must provide). If you are playing with any sort of sharps you will need to provide your own sharps container.

  • If, as an observer, you see play that appears dangerous/non-consensual do not interrupt the scene. Find a member of staff and ask that they investigate.

  • If someone is breaching Play Space etiquette, your scene is being disturbed, or you are being bothered unduly, please notify any Studio Friction Staff or Volunteer member. The Studio Friction Staff or Volunteer member will have the final say in all activity at all Events. 

  • Requests and directions made by Studio Friction Staff and Volunteer members must be followed.

  • Studio Friction staff and Volunteer members have the right to stop any scene that they feel is unsafe, non-consensual, or too intense for the venue.

Forbidden Play:

  • The play defined below is not allowed at the Venue (and is subject to be added to at any time):

    • Gun-Play

    • Urine, scat, or vomit play of any kind

    • Fire Play (Wax Play with open flame candles is ok. See Extreme Play)

*** If you witness any of these please alert a member of staff immediately


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