As many of you know, I’m an inveterate fan of Arkham Madness’ tumblr blog. The graphic design work is exceptional, the thinking that goes on behind the “spanking instructional posters” as I like to call them, and the sheer force of vision, depth of knowledge, and inventiveness and creativity are one of the truly highest points in online spanking info.
I think a lot of sloppy blogs littered with syntactical errors (like those my readers see all the time here at Cornertime Confidential!!) and other solipsistic spanking and domestic discipline blogs cannot hold a candle to Arkham’s work.
Since I do not know which “poster,” “brochure” or “infographic” of Arkham’s that I like best, I’m just gonna fill this blog post with a smattering of the brilliant ones. But let me assure you, the time you take exploring her blog is not wasted.
It was during one evening completely absorbed in the details she explored in the blog that it came upon me, “Why not just msg Arkham and ask him to be interviewed?” Then I realized with a little more reading…that he is a she(!)
And as some of you know, I really don’t write for a female audience.Yet, for some odd reason, my blog seems to appeal to some female readers out there, and I think it’s time to come clean. I rely in so many blog posts on the info that Arkham has shared through her experiences and terrific, like I say, depth of knowledge, that I feel it’s time to showcase a woman on the blog. After two full years and then some…I bring you…Isadora Arkham!
An Interview with Isadora Arkham
Arkham: I have to start out saying, thanks so much for contacting me for this interview, I am always so very flattered when I find others truly enjoying my work, I am always humbled by it as well because I don’t put images or things out with thoughts of getting more watchers or faves, Tumblr, and the other places I release my stuff on is simply for me a way to express myself, my thoughts and things I like and interest me, with the hopes there are a few others out there that will enjoy it and feel less alone in their likes and kinks as well. I recall the early days of the internet when there was not much out there, and have felt that its been my personal little goal to help provide those searching for someone with a like mind that they are not alone….it’s only been recently I have seen I can also use infographic posters to help educate as well as entertain, but enough about that, on to the interview!
CC: You appear to be in a discipline-based relationship. How are things with you and your…partner? Dom? How do you describe her role in the relationship?
Arkham: Yes, I currently am in a discipline-based relationship, like many in this busy world ours in actually long distance, Though thankfully we still get to see each other quite a bit during the year since she only lives a few states over. Ours is a more mutual Dom/sub relationship, which works well for us in the sense we both have a love for The Spanking, She is ultimately my Mistress, and while we love to act out role play scenes for spanking, I still can get actual discipline spankings for breaking rules upon which we have both agreed on, since its long distance, she both keeps a list of my naughty doings that she reckons with me when she visits….or many times she will direct me in self spanking on skype….both are very effective I might add.
CC: What do you both do for a living and does it dovetail with your artwork? (Are you both artists/designers?)
Arkham: My Mistress actually works in the medical field, but she is also a writer, which works very good with my artwork, we can inspire each other that way, sometimes her stories will inspire me to illustrate or even draw something very different, while my artwork inspires stories and writing on her part. We are working ideas out on a collaboration for what could be an erotic novel about prison love.
CC: OK, so I have to ask, and I know you’ve been asked this before (probably because a lot of your images in the artwork you create have male images in them) but…why do you think everyone assumes you’re a man. And a spanking top?
Arkham: Oh yes, from the very first day I created my online username on Deviantart “Arkham Insanity” I have been mistaken for a male. I quickly figured it was because of the content of my art, I did not draw what most ladies draw, my art especially at the start was very dark and thematic, not the cute pastel colored fashion based work that is characteristic of most female artist, I have been accused of many times drawing too harsh of spankings as well, which I suppose leads others to also belive me a spanking top, but little do many people know that when I draw my spanking art, I always see myself as…what I call the “spankee” the marks and severity of the spanking is pulled from the sort of spanking I am usually aching for at the moment, especially at the start when I had no Mistress, Dom or anyone to give the spanking that I desired so bad, so it came out in my art much stronger especially back then.
CC: Well, did you know that? A lot of us assumed that! What’s it like to have crazy fans like me, a male, when your living in a woman-identified woman’s world? Did you ever expect so many male admirers of your work?
Arkham: I have to say I was surprised but very pleased, I am in reality not a very feminine person, I was raised gender neutral which probably also explains why online I also do not come across as inherently female. and feel more comfortable even in role play being male, though its not as if I reject my female self, but as it is said that males have a feminine side, females have a male side, and I am quite comfortable with that and am pleased I can reach both male and females in my audience, as I feel its important.
CC: At any rate, let me get a few more intro questions out of the way: your name. Arkham. I was googling away and found some teen boy’s page dedicated to Arkham Madness, and it wasn’t you, it was a…superhero? Character from a videogame? Could you fill me in on the origins of the name?
Arkham: Ah! I didnt know that Arkhams Madness was also a videogame character, I originally have always gone by Arkham Insanity, which was of course based off of my love for Batman, as its the name of the Asylum where all the villains came from in the batman universe. Batman and Robin have always been one of my favorite “Parental” pairings for discipline back when they showed reruns of the 60’s Batman series on Nickelodeon.
I started with the name Arkham Insanity on DeviantArt….But when I later created the account here on Tumbr I went with Arkhams Maddness to denote I was going to go beyond spankings on this account as I was finding myself wishing to explore more erotic and kinky art, not just spankings.
CC: How does that name or that character personify your work? Or is it merely an avatar?
Arkham: I feel Arkham is truly my first name and anything that is added after that describes the theme of what I am presenting. So far there is Arkham…. “Insanity” “Maddness” Padded Room” “Diaper Pail and “Arts” All of which tell different stories of myself and are a different facets of me.
CC: Early on in your artwork I saw some sort of an alterate universe story you were building through your graphic design. It involved a world with men and their boywives or some such. Could you elaborate for the readers? Is there any place where readers can follow your whole story? I think I recall a couple of years back laudatory “comments” on one of your blogs about it from people who wanted more, more, more.
Arkham: Ah yes the working title of that is called “Time City” It is my own personal pet project and the only thing I have ever done so far with original characters…hence, I believe my shyness with it so far, to be honest I have had so much inner conflict with how I want to present this story, its like, I have this whole world and society in my head bursting with color and character, Its different than anything I have ever seen before, but I have been beside myself trying to find the best way to tell the story of it, I tried it as a comic, but was not pleased with it, I am working on it as a written novel sort of story, but still not quite pleased with it, I am now playing with the idea of doing it as a sort of radio podcast. I think the problem is because I want the audience to feel interactive to explore this world, setting and culture, Because the story isnt just about one set of characters, its about a world, an idea, a social structure that is unique, I guess it boils down to that I want to find the best way to present this world and its stories, I know its been a while since I updated, but ANY news on this project will be posted on the Time City Tumblr account www.timecity.tumblr.com
CC: Do you also consider yourself an author? You should, really….you have a great novel or screenplay in you! I can feel it!
Arkham: An Author? yes…though I feel writing is not my strongest point, I used to do a lot more writing in the early days, and want to start making time to do it again. I am one of those sorts that sees whole worlds in my head, characters close and deep to my heart, and as I think is my problem with my Time City Project, I am split on how to best use my creativity to express all in my head, I have honestly though always wanted to write a screenplay, not many people know that I actually went to an acting school for two years working with one of the directors from a popular TV series, my first ambitions were to become involved in television media, I had done very well being involved with stage productions before that, but I found I liked acting less and more liked the idea of being on the creative end of things and learned to do more storyboarding and designing.
CC: At any rate, it’s always a pleasure to get to talk with folks who not only really get what I’m blogging about, but also seem to really get into what they are doing in the spanking world. You seem really into spankings and to me just as important or sometimes even more importantly, nonspanking punishments. How do these two different aspects of our world inform your art?
Arkham: I am one of those spanko sorts that knew I liked spanking from a very young age, and not even from sexual standpoint, if anything it was a fixation for me when I was young and I grew up with it deeply seated in me. I like to explore both spanking and non spanking punishments in the discipline scenario because, while spanking is my favorite, there is more to it than just going in with paddles blazing, the build up, of corner time, scolding and other more humiliating things only add to the spanking experience, and also can be used as warnings to build up to the climax of a spanking, also as a way to reinforce afterwards that you have been a very naughty little boy or girl. In art of course I find it more visually pleasing to be show these different seasonings of punishments, enma, figging and mouth soaping while doing them in reality can be time consuming and messy, drawing these punishments can fulfill the visual and mental fantasy of what it means to really be punished, beyond just getting your backside paddled. also the above mentioned are things also render the feelings of being very young, or no longer in control, which for me is always the goal of a spanking or punishment experience.
CC: How would you describe yourself on the spanking spectrum? I will assume a “spanking bottom,” but I wonder if you don’t have a more descriptive way of putting it. I’m an ”adult boy” for example. How much detail could you provide us about how you live and describe yourself.
Arkham: This is a very interesting question, I have on more than one occasion wanted to draw a spanking spectrum, I love making charts…as you might have guessed from my spanking posters, but yes, I think to cover all spectrums I would have to put myself down as an “Adult Asexual Spankee Bottom with AB tendencies” Though I can be a Spanker top, and have and done so, I find my more natural tendencies are for being the Spankee, it’s my natural state, and I have to throw AB tendencies (Adult Baby) because even though I am not what I call myself an AB, I find myself at certain times easily able to enjoy a spanking in that mindset of being in the headspace of being little and enjoying being treated as a baby, though it is not something I want all the time. And as you will find getting to know me I am very Asexusal on the sexuality scale, and for those who do not know that is that I am not a sexuall driven person, Sex never has appealed to me though I have experienced it, it is not goal or forefront to me. but that does not mean I am not turned off by sex, I enjoy drawing others enjoying sex and find sex fascinating on a more scientific scale. I recall being shocked when others would tell me my spanking pictures were sexual porn and I was quite taken aback because I always saw spanking as a discipline and not a foreplay. I then realized that I enjoyed spankings, but apparently not on the same level as other people enjoyed them, and it took me a while to realize I truly was different that way.
CC: Is this role something you live every once in a while or in your relationship is the domestic discipline-based relationship a full time arrangement? Is this a full time pursuit for you personally outside of your relationship or only within your relationship
Arkham: As for how I live, I have a playroom, set up in my house, a wall lined with implements, a box full of Adult baby items, a closet full of dress up clothes for roleplay, a desk with a drawer full of rulers and canes, a twin bed to make use of nap times and spankings as needed….and the newest addition to the room, a pet bed with leash and collar and butplug tail…..all in this one great big play room that I use to sit in and draw my art. Even though I do not get to play every day with my partner and playmates, I enjoy this room because it has all the things that I love in it, I enjoy just looking up from my artpad and seeing all the implements lined up, ready to be used.
Every once in a while when my Mistress comes to visit we will go to our local Dungeon in the city, they have some nice set ups there and its fun to get to meet and chat with others about different lifestyles, They also have some really nice cages there and restraint systems.
This I suppose is a lifestyle I live when I can, though the constant play room that I use to lounge in keeps me feeling as if I live it more than I do, I suppose if me and my Mistress were rich and did not have to have jobs to support ourselves we would both live the lifestyle all the time.
CC: Where’d you grow up and how did where you grow up or how you grow up affect your interest in spanking and nonspanking punishments?
Arkham: I was born and raised in Texas, and grew up being spanked, my mother raised me on the switch, spankings for me were an everyday occurrence, but even at a young age I was fixated on it, I used to go and voluntarily pick switches for my mother offering them to her as in my young mind, seemed to be a way to get on her good side…I of course picked weak switches I thought might not hurt, I was a very cheeky thing. My mom when we would watch TV would point out points in a show where a child was misbehaving and tell me that the child should be spanked, I apparently took that to heart because I cannot watch TV programs without doing that in my head…hence why I have so much spanking fanart, in this way I suppose I could blame my mom, she raised me to be a spanko…though I was both relieved and disappointed the day she told me that only children should be spanked, and that it was inappropriate for adults to be spanked. I was relieved because that meant I would be able to escape my mothers switch when I reached a certain age, then a feeling of disappointment as how it seemed magically wrong for adults to be spanked. I soon overcame that as I found out later on the internet that many adults liked to be spanked.
CC: What do you do now for a living and does it require you to keep all this to yourself as it requires me to keep all this to myself (except with you, my readers)?
Arkham: I work now as a Freelance Graphic Designer, I worked for a printing company for a while after college, but found I liked being able to do my own stuff and found I could do better financially and have more creative freedom that way. I of course get to work in my playroom which is both good inspiration and incentive to work hard as I look at the paddles hanging from the wall. I love having the freedom to keep my house as it is, my siblings and friends know me and so I do not have to hide it when they visit which is nice….and if I have company that does not know I simply keep the door to the room closed.
CC: How did you find out about spanking and the folks who are into it as an adult?
Arkham: The internet has been the greatest blessing to the spanking community, it was where I have been able to connect with others, share ideas and find information about and order implements! My very first spanking partner I found through Anime OTK an art site for spanking artist and enthusiast, I have found many play partners from there and Deviant Art, my current Mistress was just someone that I connected with because of her Spanking Stories…we found we had a lot in common, did not live too far away and the rest is history.
CC: Do you have childhood spanking stories you could share that perhaps motivate your artwork or your life now?
Arkham: I think the most memorial spanking I ever remember was not one given to me by my mother….all spankings from her were pretty much the same….I was sent to lay on my bed with my jeans down. (I never wore dresses) and wait for her to come spank me with the switch. I never deviated or rebelled against that. But the spanking that sets apart in my head was when I had a play date at a friends house I was 6 and we decided it was a great idea to climb on top of the chest of drawers and jump onto the bed like a diving board. well my friends mother was not pleased at all with me and her three other children and so liked us all up on the bed and spanked us with their fathers belt:
(1) I had only ever been spanked with a switch so the belt was terrifying and fascinating all at once.
(2) Being spanked side my side with your friend was an unforgettable experience, because she worked down the line of us, so you heard your friend wiggling and crying and knowing your turn was next, it was also scary yet I found myself unable to forget that sensation…being spanked in a group.
(3) The spanking I got at least was not at all that painful I remember fake crying so that my friends’ mother was thinking she was doing a good job. So, I recall a sense of giddyness of how I was getting away without it being too terrible.
It felt like a play spanking to me compared to what my mom gave out with the switch so, It is one of those things that I will always remember and I know many notice my spankings often portray children being spanked, though my thoughts are never on spanking actual children, but of trying to capture that moment of childlike feeling, because to me there is nothing more memorable to me than spankings I experienced growing up, and I think many times that is why I like to be spanked in a RP (role play) situation where I am younger as well, to relive those moments.
CC: How can readers follow you after reading this blog interview?
Arkham: I am found all over the place, based on what you like:
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