So wow. This Jersey show was the first Exxxotica that reminded me of an AVN Adult Entertainment Expo with the crowds and lines to see the stars. Where the other locations, even while busy, allow you to have the time to talk to the performer, conversations will end up building a line behind you.
Riley Reid, who is notorious for spending quality time (5-10 minutes) with each attendee that sees her, matched her busy lines at AVNs and easily had the longest lines in the show running 15-20 deep. Abella Danger, Adriana Chechik, and Angela White also had eye-popping lines and waits. I was extremely lucky that Riley, Abella, and Angela each took the time to take a break from their respective lines for my camera that I tried not to keep them from their fans by taking only a couple of snaps.
My phone took a beating physically and electronically. Abella and Angela’s appreciatively tagging my photos during the convention had my phone buzzing constantly as their fans gave their worshipping feedback. My Instagram and Twitter followers increased by the hundreds while I fumbled trying to turn off push notification for both apps. Meanwhile unexpected displays of affection from girls like Lexi Belle, Gina Valentina, and others sent my phone a tumbling onto the floor. Damn, Gina!
With such strong demand for the traditional performers, the cam companies and their girls were almost an afterthought. Many camgirls seemed either intimidated by the crowds or annoyed at attendees distracting them from their cam rooms. I can understand why several withdrew deeper into their booths to devote to their camming, and I think they use the conventions to network with each other more than try to build their fan base. Exceptions to this were Hime Marie, who had shot with several companies, and Kawaii Serina, who I had previously met in Denver.
As for the parties, I refused to leave the host hotel and visited the on-site parties for a max of maybe an hour each. Long gone are the days of 36-hour Morbid. My nights were more focused on visiting with my friends in a more low-key manner aka the hotel bar and any real partying were in the hotel rooms upstairs.
Exxxotica came to the Denver area for the first time, and my memory of it is already hazy. Porn stars galore descended near the capital of Colorado with the perk of THC being legal at least statewise.
The best thing about Exxxoticas is how accessible the porn stars with their fans at least in terms of getting to meet them. Unlike AVN Expos where you have long lines and suffocating crowds, you can meet your favourite stars within a wait of about 1-10 minutes. The crowds were not overwhelming, and there was a fair representation of men and women.
The show was dominated by the two major webcam companies, MyFreeCams and Chaturbate. Their cam girls were not accessible to the fans as much given their focus on the webcams on their computers and relative inexperience in greeting their fans in person. However, I make it a point to meet them as several may be the porn stars of tomorrow.
The nightlife was more mellow with the best parties being in the middle of the host hotel or the rooms upstairs. Security was tight checking to making sure everyone that did belong at the hotel or had a ticket were let in.
Yes, there was a lot of weed. I didn’t have to find a dispensary to obtain any since people were freely offering and sharing.
Meeting pets of the girls are always fun although you wonder if it’s appropriate that they should be in high stimulus environments with blasting music and crowds.
Seeing Jenna Haze again was a nice blast from the past. She is planning to do a final dance tour as goodwill for her fans as she transitions into a new career. Given that she was the first porn star I met at my first porn convention, I recognised my own convention mortality.
Another year; another AVN. The show expanded this year with the host Hard Rock Hotel building a new hallway for the Adult Novelties Expo. This increase in layout helped with thinning the crowds as there was more surface area to breathe. The main themes this year are webcam and VR companies which are signs of where the industry thinks consumers are going, trends that are hard to pirate.
With webcams, the user gets to interact with a person in ways that cannot be done on video. Not only was this year’s expo sponsored by MyFreeCams (MFC) and Chaturbate; you saw hundreds of camgirls running about causing mini accidents as they try to navigate the crowd with a laptop in hand. Just the MFC booth that lines the first hallway you see is intimidating where you see girls more interested in talking to their computers than with the attendees. Same with the Chaturbate booth which took up a good chunk of a ballroom.
Various virtual reality companies demonstrated their wares from Hologirls VR, Reality Lovers, and Cam4VR. Ela Darling led me through a rather innocent Cam4VR demonstration where the VR girl twerked for me in a bedroom. I was more curious exploring the environment than in engaging the virtual girl to her liking.
As for the photos:
The best booth this year was Greg Lansky‘s Blacked/Tushy/Vixen booth which featured its own bar. They had the best group of girls, and Riley Reid had the longest lines again for the 6th year in the row. Greg was very accommodating to the press and gave us a lounge area to rest our feet. Even though there was plenty of alcohol available, I just helped myself to bottled water and the couches.
Second favourite booth was Jules Jordan Video which also had awesome girls and featured the second longest lines with Abella Danger. Abella worked so hard she didn’t have much of a voice every night I saw her out and about.
As for the awards, I was put on red carpet duty instead of behind the scenes this year. Actually the first red carpet that I’ve done since 2009 and my last. Rather than taking a photo at a measured pace of people that are happy to see you with a drink or two in hand, doing red carpet means you have to try to catch everyone; calling them out to you, and blinding the fuck out of them while competing with other photographers. I had the issue of the two other photographers in my section overdirecting and monopolozing the shots. Not my finest moment.
Since I didn’t enter the Awards to watch the show, I can’t comment on it. I did notice many performers that had walked the carpet skip the show; some because they weren’t nominated to others who weren’t allowed to smoke inside the venue.
If you’ve ever had a conversation with anyone and had the same opinion as the person you’re talking to, then you’ve probably heard the expression ‘Great minds think alike’. Do ‘great minds’ really have similar thoughts or is it just a playful expression and nothing more than that? And if it is true, then what about ‘dirty minds’? Do they think alike too?
We here at IAFD set out to do some research and try to come up with an answer to this age old question, and who better to enlist in this undertaking than some of the dirtiest, filthiest minds we could think of – pornstars, of course!
The next dilemma was what could we base our completely scientific analysis on? For that, we turned to the fans and their inquiring, perverted minds for a select few questions that virtually all pornstars are asked time and time again by fans. In a nutshell, we went straight to the stars themselves and asked them all the same questions virtually every fan always wanted to ask, to see if there were common themes in how the stars think.
This edition’s featured question is:
Do you have a sexual fantasy that is still unfulfilled, and if so, what is it?
Veruca James: “I’m ambitious, every time I have a fantasy I seek it out immediately. I love sex and I love adventure, porn is a great place for me because I get sex and adventure regularly.”
Karla Kush: “Yes! I want to tie a girl up and be able to do whatever I want to her.”
Jillian Janson: “I like a lot of different type of men, so when they are the powerful type, I often imagine doing more with fetish and bondage so I can experience more with being dominated by a powerful, mysterious, sexy, and seductive man. However, I also like to be the dominator since I also don’t want to be powerless. I like to have control in my own hands of the sexual desires we have as well our bodies and minds.”
Sarah Vandella: “I would say my sexual fantasy that is still on for the table is a random gangbang or a normal threesome with two guys outside of porn. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a DP, but I just want two cocks all to myself and they can decide which holes to put them in!!!!”
Mia Li: “I would really, really like to be gang banged by my close lovers while I am blindfolded.”
Skyler Nicole: “I had a ‘being raped’ fantasy that was fulfilled just recently.”
Indigo August: “Hmm, that’s a tough one. I think I’ve done pretty much everything under the sun, as a pansexual. The only thing I can think of is that I’ve never been gangbanged or had sex with a “chick with a dick”. My ultimate trans-girl-crush is Bailey Jay, she’s beautiful. And I don’t know if I’ll ever want to do a gangbang in porn, because the act of having to perform and shooting it would significantly take away from the fun!”
Cherie DeVille: “I have never done a gang bang, but as soon as I get up the courage I am going to!!”
Kissa Sins: “Yes! I have a ‘getting raped by a group of Latinas’ fantasy!”
Yhivi: “I have a lot of those. The first that comes to mind is getting gangbanged. I’d also very much like to dominate a male with another female. There’re certainly little intricacies which are super important to both of those fantasies, but, you get the idea.”
Odette Delacroix: “Yes! I have so many that haven’t been fulfilled yet! I have not had a threesome with two men yet. I also want to date a straight guy that I can watch get blown by another straight guy just for my entertainment. That would be some pretty hot, dramatic foreplay!”
Alexa Nova: “Yes.. I’ve never had more than one guy at once! Not even in my personal life… Hoping that changes soon. I also want to use a strap-on on a girl, and even on a guy at some point.”
Kacy Lane: “I do have a sexual fantasy that has not been filled yet. I have a thing for cops. I think it’s really sexy for a guy to be in uniform with a gun and a badge. So I guess you could say I want to fuck a cop in the back of his car.”
Find the filmography of these and all your other favorite pornstars at the all new, totally remodeled IAFD.com