Tag: sex work

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…




Beating Around the Bush: On Set with Abella Danger

…It’s easy to dismiss genres like trans, BBWs, or even pubic hair as weird or even unnatural. However, it’s precisely their divergence that defines them as normal. Humans are unique among other species not only in our ability to adapt to the unknown, but also in our desire to explore it. We thrive on diversity….




This Side of Porn-adise: Behind the Scenes on ‘Dirty Daniels’

“I really want to do a scene where I’m getting fucked while eating a burrito,” Dani Daniels says as she settles into the makeup chair. “A burrito loaded with extra carbs. That’s my fantasy porn scene.” Skin Diamond and Riley Reid flesh out the logistics of such a scene, in particular, what kind of toppings they’d add:…




Grey Anatomy: Bondage on the Brain

“Penny, can you hogtie yourself or do you need help hun?” Jacky St. James asks. Penny Pax is practiced at self-restraint. She wordlessly slips into the network of ropes like she’s lacing lingerie. The front door of the shoot house opens, echoing through the mansion. “Help!” Penny shouts. “They have me tied-up and naked in here!”…