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Exxxotica LA 2011

Made another quick stop into LA last week to see my friends at Exxxotica. It is the second year in LA for the show, and it was definitely bigger this year in terms of the number of exhibitors and attendees. However the crowd didn’t seem to match the Chicago show, even on Friday when ladies attended for free. Guess the LA women aren’t big fans of porn.

Andy San Dimas

Click on Andy for the gallery.

My favourite booth this year was clearly the myfreecams booth. Like the name says, they were so many girls webcamming at show and some forgot they had a live audience in front of them. Thank you, girls!

I didn’t attend any of the parties nor did I want to after my experience in Chicago. As Murtaugh would say, I’m just too old for this shit. I spent the nights holed up in my room with a porn star or two, and my camera. Well that and also having dinner with Lily Labeau and company. I <3 her.

Exxxotica Chicago 2011

So I decided to make a quick 3-day trip up to Chicago to check out its first Exxxotica show. I had been to the Miami show the previous year, and it seemed about the same size in terms of number of exhibitors. Numerous porn girls that had signed for last year’s Chicago Exxxtacy show commented Exxxotica was much bigger in terms of booths and girls.

Stage shows were fun with a heavy bdsm theme. My favourite one was the Pretty Things Peep Show which featured Stoya performing her aerial tricks for the first time.

aerial Stoya

Click on Stoya for the photos from Exxxotica.

The amount of fans that attended the Chicago show was impressive. One promotion that contributed to this turnout was that women got to attend Friday for free. This resulted in the most gender balanced porn convention day that I have ever attended. Many girlfriends and wives attended with their men and I saw groups of women browsing with no men in sight. They seemed just as elated to meet the female porn stars and buy their products as the typical fanboy. Maybe even more so since they did not have to pay the entry fee.

However, this female balance did not translate to the parties. Only people who had bought vip tickets to the show were allowed into the Friday after-party or they had to pay $20 at the door. You see where this is going. Since the women did not have to buy tickets for the show, they would have had to pay 20 dollars to get in. You had a ballroom full of sausage absent-mindedly staring at go-go dancers. Mr. Pete and I were absent-mindedly helping ourselves to a grey goose bottle in the vip section until the show organisers objected that it was their hooch. Oops. I didn’t even bother checking out the Saturday after-party but heard the same complaint from people that had attended.

About the only other disappointment about the show was the lack of nudity compared to last year’s Exxxtacy show. Chicago seemed lax about the nudity during that show but every girl this year told me they couldn’t flash people because they were fearful of some thousand dollar fine due to a warning from the show’s organizers. Is that the going rate for indecent exposure in Illinois?

Scenes from the XRCO

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IAFD was a sponsor at the 2011 XRCO Awards and I decided to attend after a 4 year break due to Peter Van Aarle’s induction into the XRCO Hall of Fame. Our friends, Rog & Tiki, were publicists for the event and managed the event as smoothly as they could despite its annual clusterfuckingmania. Nothing much has changed.

Even though I was media and a member of the XRCO, I couldn’t get into the back media room to take pictures, hence the few pictures of the award winners. I think the only shocking thing about the event was that I had one drink despite the generous offers of my friends, Swine, Erik, and Jeff. Despite the smothering attention of the women, they noticed my empty glass.

Click on the logo picture for the photo gallery from the event.

Praising the Load at Le Chateau

Two weeks ago, I paid a visit to “Le Chateau”, otherwise known as Tim Von Swine‘s pad. Timmy’s one of the most straight-up shooters in porn, both in directing style and personality. He’ll tell you like it is whether good or bad so he may ruffle a couple of feathers here and there. So it’s always loads of fun to drink beer and listen to his experiences and opinions about the industry even while distracted by the NHL playoffs.

Anyway that day, sweet Chastity Lynn did a blowbang for Mike John’s Praise the Load 6. I wasn’t one of the participants. No secret POV scene for me either. Who do I look like? Rog? The only thing I could get out of Chastity was a podcast. I stayed far away once the scene began but was not able to sit because you can never be sure about the furniture at a porn house. I took a couple of pictures of Chastity, but I won’t post any images of the debauchery.

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However, Tim’s got some of the debauchery over at his blog. Go check it out.

RIP Joey Valentine

JoeyIAFD had received word from one of her friends that Joey Valentine had died back in December. However, it took me a while to confirm this since I didn’t have an obituary to work with. In this day and age, it seems like people are relying more and more on social networking sites to do memorials instead of a printed obit. The friend submitted corroborating evidence but asked us not to disclose it to the public. We do not know how she had died but people are always going to speculate when someone dies so young.

I had met Joey on two different sets. One for Tim Von Swine’s Pork BBQ and the other was from Erik Everhard’s Outnumbered 5. She was generally quiet and aloof, but was friendly whenever I directly interacted with her.

Her IAFD profile states she was active 2005-2010. Even though I am positive that she retired several years back, one of the idiosyncracies of our IAFD system is that the years active field relies on when her movies are released. We often don’t know when exact scenes are produced since producers sometimes bunch together movie scenes shot years apart. The back of the boxcover may give the dates, but it’s a crapshoot to match them up to the specific scenes. In this case though, I knew she had shot her scene in Outnumbered 5 in 2006, but it wasn’t released until 2010.

[We have the ability to override certain titles’ inclusions in a performer’s years active.  I tagged Outnumbered 5 to be ignored in calculating Joey’s years active.  It now reflects 2005-2007. – Vanzetti]