Exxxotica Miami 2019

Exxxotica returned to Miami for its 40th show overall; Miami being where it all started. There was some concern the week prior to the show that Hurricane Dorian would leave a wreckage. The area was spared though, and the show enjoyed increased attendance from last year, especially on ladies free Friday.

Kenzie Reeves knows her angles

Bad Dragon, Chaturbate, MyFreeCams, and Clips4Sale had the biggest booths while Alexis Texas‘s Team TexASS had the busiest booth. In what seems to be a pattern recently, the talent at the Chaturbate booth was better and more consistent than their competitor, MFC.

Vicki Chase at the Gold Rush

While there was no nudity allowed at the show, the after-parties filled the skin gap since they were all at strip clubs. I visited Vicki Chase and Karma RX feature dancing at the Gold Rush where everyone seemed to have fun.

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Exxxotica Portland 2019

After skipping the Chicago show much to my later regret, I decided to visit Portland for Exxxotica‘s initial foray into the Northwest region. The Rose City is a beautiful city with a vibrant nightlife, and I was looking forward to revisiting the sights and sites.

The Exxxotica show itself went at a slow and steady pace throughout the weekend due to measured attendance. Compared to AVN’s AEE, you get plenty of opportunities to have a discussion with your favourite stars over semi-serious matters in their lives or what holes they like getting plugged in depending on your taste in conversation. The stage shows were popular with the crowds, and Tone Loc was the feature entertainer on Saturday night.

As for the nightlife, I saw Vicki Chase and Kenzie Taylor feature dance at a small club in Portland. Ember Snow made a guest appearance on stage with Vicki. I also went to Kendra Sunderland‘s 24th birthday party in downtown. It was a fun party, the first industry party I went to that didn’t feel like an industry party in how laid back it was. There were areas that people could dance or have conversations. Even though Kendra was in a VIP section, she was accessible to whoever wanted to greet her and take a photo with her using a photobooth.

Kendra Sunderland 24th birthday party
Happy birthday, unicorn princess!

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AVN 2019

IAFD is back and somewhat rested from the always grueling experience of AVN week. I commented last year that I didn’t know how people could work a convention, party the entire night, rinse, and wake up the next day to repeat the cycle, but I managed to do it this year without any pharmaceutical help because I was much more selective on who I wanted to photograph, where I wanted to go, and who I wanted to hang out with rather than try to do and cover everything.

The Expo

The expo itself was slightly smaller this year with less booths and what seemed like less attendees from previous years. It still hummed though. One positive but controversial change was that people were not able to bring in “professional” (DSLR and mirrorless) cameras unless they had an industry badge. Although unevenly enforced, this led to many less idiots holding up traffic flow by parking their asses somewhere and trying to get some upskirt shot. Another weird change was the use of metal detectors since everyone and their equipment/phones were setting them off which sometimes led to a followup hand wanding. I’m not sure what the point of that was since it falls below TSA protocols and the news had made it clear that TSA screening was not foolproof in preventing weapons going through.

Angela White

If you asked me who had the best booth at the show, I would semi-seriously answer whichever booth Angela White was signing at. She did quadruple duty signing for Evil Angel, Greg Lanksy‘s Tushy/Vixen/Blacked, Jules Jordan, and AVN itself and was accessible to her fans throughout the show even though she had the longest lines in the show. However, to be more serious, the best booth was Jules Jordan Video because of the quality of their signing lineup and how accessible they were presented to the fans. Abella Danger and Gina Valentina had long lines for them also, but the lines kept moving because the two kept plugging away at it. As Abella noted:

…trying to not look like dead😂 4 days in a row of standing for 5 hours straight doesn’t seem like much but i’m so used to being on my back

I was also sheepishly keeping Jill Kassidy warm in a perpetual hug throughout the week while her lines looked on.

Abella Danger Jill Kassidy Gina Valentina

Lansky’s booth was a work in progress through the week. Due to its location next to two other busy booths and elevated height, the great lineup they had was not as accessible to the fans. On the first day of the expo, you had to go through one line if you wanted to see any of the girls, and there was no guarantee that they would be there once you get to their signing area. There was a bar and photobooth inside the booth, and several girls utilised both heavily and were more busy participating in group activities meant to draw the crowds rather than actually engaging the fans. Entry into the booth itself was limited to VIPs, and I was denied entry by the bouncer even after presenting the designated VIP card, heh. You definitely are getting the velvet rope experience. Thankfully, they scrapped the one line rule by the second day, but the crowds overwhelmed any semblance of signing lines. By the last day, the girls that were there concentrated more on signing so someone is listening to fan feedback.

The golden couch

As in previous years, swaths of square footage was devoted to cam, clips and other self-production companies. MyFreeCams (MFC), the major sponsor of the show, had three large booths to accommodate all of their camgirls and threw exclusive parties for them each night. The positive is that you see all types of women with them, but the negative is that they are interacting more with their laptops and each other than with the public. Many also had groupies of regulars that constantly stay with them the entire convention. At some point you have to wonder why MFC bothers spending so much money here when they could easily just have their own exclusive event to take care of their members.

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The Nightlife

Most networking was done off site. I saw many performers walking about and socialising at the host casino that I didn’t see at the expo. With beers in hand on the casino floor, I caught up with many friends in the industry and ended up crashing several parties because of them; with the appropriate wristbands of course. I did not have the burden of bringing my camera with me thanks to my Google Pixel.

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I did not attend or work the AVN Awards for the second year in a row. Being away from the bustle of the red carpet made me happier than being morbid. IAFD couldn’t procure tickets in time to go support our friends either.

Angela White Charlotte Stokely

Congratulations to Angela White who won 10 awards including repeating as Female Performer of the Year. This was the second year that IAFD voted in the Awards, and the list of winners were mostly consistent with the ballots of judges that we polled and ours. As I joked with Angela, “Who knew that voting actually worked?” Congratulations also to Charlotte Stokely for winning G/G Performer of the Year, acknowledging what I believe she earned years ago.

Acknowledgements:

Thanks to Mark Spiegler, Ivan, Shawn of AGW, and Sascha Koch for hosting us on various shindigs. Shoutout to my boys from IAFD & ADT, Swine, and Sammy.

Lily Labeau Kendra Spade Mackenzie Moss Verronica Kirei Haighlee Dallas Destiny Lovee Celeste

Thank you to Lily Labeau, Kendra Spade, Mackenzie Moss, Verronica Kirai, Haighlee Dallas, Destiny Lovee, and Celeste for making magic with me.

Exxxotica New Jersey 2018

Exxxotica New Jersey is the 2nd largest adult industry convention in the United States after AVN’s AEE, taking advantage of the NYC metro area next door. Business is always gushing for the performers that choose to attend and fan attendees always have something to see. This year was the largest show in terms of attendees and exhibitor square footage, and it was spaced out well enough that you don’t feel claustrophobic or see foot traffic jams compared to an AVN show. The Exxxotica organizers have this down to a science.

Kenzie Reeves
Kenzie Reeves

Bad Dragon, the sponsor of the porn star showcase booth, was always bustling with lines while Kendra Lust‘s Entice booth and the Jules Jordan booth always had crowds surrounding it.

Adriana Chechik had the longest lines of the convention along with Lisa Ann and Christy Canyon. So long that I made only feeble attempts to photograph them without wanting to disrupt (piss off) their fans.

Lily Adams
Lily Adams

The East Coast Talent booth featured some outstanding talent, especially Kenzie Reeves and Lily Adams along with a recently debuting Autumn Falls. Kenzie always had a smile in interacting with her fans including the after parties.

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Exxxotica Miami 2018

After a 6 year absence and a diversion to nearby Fort Lauderdale, Exxxotica returned to Miami. The city proper this time near the airport rather than across the causeway in Miami Beach. The convention followed the tried and true formula of bringing in the ladies for free on Friday, Saturday being the busiest day in crowds, and winding down on Sunday.

Abella Danger
Abella Danger had the longest lines

The stage and dungeons were in separate rooms which reduced the noise volume quite a bit, and there were no other individual booths that I could remember blasting the speakers.

The Exxxotica Hotties did not feature a sponsorship this time, but MyFreeCams and Chaturbate again dominated the square footage along with the main porn star central sponsor, Bad Dragon.

Adriana Chechik

Abella Danger had the longest lines during the convention followed by Adriana Chechik. Contributing to the line were the amount of time they would spend with each fan averaging around 5-10 minutes. There were a number of girls I met for the first time courtesy of East Coast Talent in its home city.  Kenzie Reeves, who I had met before, delighted her lines with her spin the wheel games and physical flexibility.

Jill Kassidy
Jill Kassidy

As for the after-parties, Mr. Blue Lou Boyle and I spent our nights at the Pink Pony to support several of our friends dancing. It is always shocking to see the things happening at Florida all-nude clubs compared to the more conservative ones in Texas. We had tried to visit a regular nightclub party hosted by Jynx Maze and Jill Kassidy, but we forgot we didn’t fit the profile of guests that Miami clubs want to let in.

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