AVN 2020 taught us at DykedDown that social constructs are real. Sure, there are some obvious ones in our collective consciousness, such as “indica vs. sativa” or “gender” (broadly speaking). But if this year’s AVN proved one thing, it’s that TIME is the biggest myth and delusion of them all.
What do we mean exactly? Well, imagine the “Oscars of Porn” and all that it entails (the gaudily-dressed performers, the even gaudier producers, the brand sponsors, the drooling fans — with the latter including Kool Keith and T-Pain). Now imagine all the insanity and its porn-friendly propagators corralled into one aging casino for four or five consecutive days of events, shoots, parties, and meals.
Few experiences will trigger a rip in your psyche’s internal space-time continuum than passing the Hard Rock’s shitty diner at three in the morning and seeing it packed with every adult peer you’ve shot with, every snake-like studio exec who still owes you money, and, well, T-Pain, as they order stacks of overpriced pancakes and pick at their wristbands from events earlier in the day.
Does “morning” or “breakfast” even exist in Vegas? Is that director wearing the same suit as he was two days ago? Does [name redacted] realize that there’s a piece of lettuce stuck in her cleavage (and how long has it been there… because she’s eating an omelette)? Am I trapped in purgatory, and why does it feel like an XXX high school reunion?
All these questions are fair, and remind us why “porn” and “erotica” are constructs that DykedDown seeks to bust wide open. In other words, DD offers something different than the “traditional” adult entertainment industry, which can be a time-warping shitshow that will suck your soul dry — whether at a convention or otherwise.
So after greasing hands and catching up with all our friends and ghosts of collaborations’ past, we decided to split off from the expo and industry hoopla to focus on our own shit. This is the DykedDown way, after all.
Up in our hotel suite, we filmed interviews with a variety of fresh faces and industry vets, including Charlotte Sartre, Lance Hart, and even a rock doc who was on hand to administer B12 shots and zithromax to talent stricken with “AVN flu.” All these interviews will be dropping here on DD, as well as our YouTube channel, in the very near future.
On top of the SFW content, we had our photographer pal OK McCausland with us to document the parties, the performers, and the purgatorial vibes that made this AVN both surreal and exactly what we expected. DykedDown appreciates all that the event offered, but we’re also certain that our platform offers something more nuanced than the status quo of the mainstream adult industry. Enjoy the behind the scenes photos and stay tuned for more DD content in due time.
For more on OK McCausland’s work, visit her website here