Hello friends and fam,
As you know, the simulation we’re all stuck in is moving way too fast. Our minds are reeling that it’s already August — nearly six months into the coronavirus pandemic, and three months into the awe-inspiring protests which seek to dismantle the institutionalized racism that plagues every crevice of this country. It’s been a whirlwind of a summer, and we hope all our fans are staying safe and stepping up to fight the powers that be.
We also wanted to check in and share some updates about DykedDown, as well as highlight a few upcoming projects we’re looking forward to.
In the spring, while production was on halt due to social distancing protocols, we published a week-long series of interviews about the pandemic, titled “Quarantine Quick Questions.” These articles featured the thoughts and hilarious insight of our performer pals, including Daisy Taylor, Charlotte Sartre, Leigh Raven, Kristen Scott, and Lance Hart — as well as DykedDown founder Nikki Hearts — all about how they were holding up in the early stages of this global shitshow.
Shortly after, DykedDown dropped its first line of merch — limited edition t-shirts designed by artist and tattooer Yone Caldwell, with 30% of all revenue being donated to various black, LGBTQ+ funds and organizations to show our support of the #BLM movement. The first round of donations went to Gays and Lesbians Living In a Transgender Society (@glits_inc).
Above, Viktor Belmont wearing the DykedDown shirt 🙂
Then, in early August, we dropped a new full-length DykedDown scene, featuring the return of Kristen Scott. Equipped with a brand new set of camera gear, Nikki and Kristen went to an enchanted cabin in Topanga and created the passion-filled “Afternoon Delight” — which is now available to purchase.
Below, Nikki explains how she approached filming during quarantine in a safe manner:
“For our first shoot since the pandemic, we didn’t want to have a big production with any extra people on set, due to safety concerns. I wanted to work with someone who I’d been spending time with regularly in my personal life — someone in my corona ‘bubble,’ so to speak — in order to limit any uncomfortableness or risks. After getting COVID-19 tests, Kristen and I decided to find an isolated space where we could make something visually stunning and intimate, a place where two close friends who enjoy having sex might actually go… while still adhering to social distancing protocols.”
The future of producing new content is still unclear, and Nikki is making some other big changes, including a move to Las Vegas. While she gets settled in a new city, we’ll put our energy into using the DykedDown site to elevate the conversation around our culture via interviews, articles, and memoir-style videos where Nikki discusses her storied life. And then in September, we’ll be going full force with a regular output of new full-length erotica, followed by the drop of our membership site.
In the coming weeks, we also plan to publish a new series of interviews. This editorial package will focus on the perspectives of trans and non-binary adult performers and sex workers, including Viktor Belmont, Cam Damage, Natassia Dreams, Daisy Taylor, and more. The subject matter will be a bit controversial, but one of our goals with DykedDown is to be able to share a variety of viewpoints on queer issues, including opposing ideologies. We do not want to exclusively support any one perspective, but rather provide a platform and encourage a dialogue among all voices on these topics.
“While I was bummed to not be shooting for the majority of quarantine, I did have time to look for performers I admire but haven’t collaborated with before,” explains Nikki. “During the search, I got very inspired by a whole new cast of characters and talent who I’d love to work with on DD. I am seriously excited to start shooting diverse and unique models like Viktor Belmont, Cam Damage, Daisy Taylor, and others, as well as stepping over to the other side of the camera and focusing more on directing.”
Stay tuned for the new interviews, and we’ll keep you posted on future merch drops, upcoming full-length DD scenes, and the launch of our membership site.
“As we progress further into the unknown and pandemic, we hope that Vegas will allow us to continue making new stuff in a safe and comfortable manner, including the casting of new and diverse talent,” says Nikki. “Until then, we will continue to promote complex but vital conversations about queer politics, identity, sex worker rights, the adult entertainment industry, and much more.”
~ Love, DykedDown