Tag: sex work

HUSTLER: Stage Fright–Notes from a Fan Blowbang

Masked men lounge around the lobby of the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas. Two luchadores stand like bodyguards on either side of a mannequin made to resemble Donald Trump. A middle-aged Lone Ranger reclines on a Romanesque bed surrounded by enormous stone phalluses as bedposts. A man in a ski mask and another man…




HUSTLER: College Anal 101-A Study Guide

The photographer, Sir Ron, coaxes me into bed with Anastasia Rose and Lucas Frost. The couple wiggles over on the twin mattress to make room, careful not to let Lucas’s cock slip out of Anastasia’s ass. I hesitate a moment, more troubled by the prospect of getting in bed in my shoes than of being…




Our Hour Upon the Stage: The 2018 XBIZ Awards

… All of those professionals still sitting in the shadows, still waiting for their name to be called on stage, all of those whose time on stage had come and gone, we all saw a reflection of ourselves in Honey Gold. We saw our struggles, and our hoped-for reward. We saw the potential for the…




XBIZ: Transcending Sex on ‘jessica drake is Wicked’

…In a modern context, the concept of “natural beauty” is meaningless. We’re all androids, augmenting ourselves through technology. Hair extensions, acrylic nails, spray tans, implants, and makeup are all staples of the beauty industry. Men too artificially enhance their masculinity with supplements, steroids, weights, and acne medicine. Even technologies as simple as toothbrushes, razors, and…




AVN: Unscripting Hustler’s ‘Girl Toy’

…From my vantage point, I’m forced to construct their sex scene from the sound of their kissing and moaning. In some ways porn sex is quiet. The performers try to communicate their inner pleasure while the white noise of life—TVs and stereos and phones—is muted. I’m left with the image of one of Val’s feet,…




Surviving Porn: on the set of Kay Brandt’s ‘Naked’

Lead-bellied clouds loom over the golden slopes of a mountain estate just outside of L.A. Dressed in all black, with red highlights shining through her long raven hair, multi XBIZ Award-winning Kay Brandt stands in stark contrast to the setting. Although she has been on location since dawn, her makeup looks so meticulous, that I…




The Bankability of Briana

The story of Briana Banks tells the history of porn in the 21st Century. In 1999, Briana was struggling to provide for herself – and her sister – when she answered a classified ad for an adult modeling gig that paid “$1,000 a day.” Banks had done some modeling in her younger years, even gracing the…




Hard Focus: Jonni Darkko

LOS ANGELES — Photography is the art of capturing a story in a single frame. The discipline puts an emphasis on economy, on enhancing natural beauty and distilling a subject to its essence. This focus is what Jonni Darkko brings to porn. He edits out scripts and storylines, concentrating on the act. He casts seasoned…




Through the Valley of the Shadow of Porn

Burn My Shadow opens in the back of a bukakke line, amid unanimous souls stripped down and wading through the scum of other men’s spilt fantasies. This is where “Tyler Knight” was born. Jobless and homeless, he spent his nights lost in mass transit, on buses and trains circling Los Angeles. Hitting the end of the line,…




Kross-Eyed: On the Set of ‘Kayden Kross’ Winner’s Circle’

…The scenes Manuel Ferrara and Kayden Kross regularly shoot in this tastefully stark studio are stripped down. There are no makeup artists, sound guys, or lighting crews. The main light source is the sun pouring through the linens draped over the wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. In contrast to feature pornos or vignettes, in gonzo scenes…