It’s now early May, and we’re still the the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Quarantine has been a surreal trip, to say the least, and it’s unclear when it will be over. To keep our fans (and selves) entertained, DykedDown reached out to some of favorite friends and colleagues to check in and see how they’re holding up.
The following is a video interview with DykedDown’s founder and Creative Director, Nikki Hearts. In a ten-minute clip, she answers questions that were submitted by fans over Instagram. We also did a follow-up interview, conducted over email about 45 days into quarantine, to get some extra deets about how the DD head honcho is faring during this global shitshow.
Are you the type of person who’s naturally prepared for apocalyptic scenarios?
I feel like I have the bare essentials… Like, a gun, some food, and bottled water. But I really could be doing better. I’ve actually considered purchasing more “prepper” stuff, but it’s so hard to decide what to get, especially since there are so many things that could go wrong.
When did you start taking quarantine seriously? Was there a tipping point for you personally?
The very first thing was seeing that, SUPER early on, all of the water was sold out at the store by my house. Like way early in March. That being my first clue, I felt shit would get real, and I started just staying home. I went through a lil panic phase and stocked up on frozen food, but I’ve chilled and eaten it all at this point.
Did you stockpile anything unusual or particular — whether weed or lube or baby wipes or even a favorite snack?
I did stockpile weed! I’ve smoked and sold it all to friends, though. Same with my frozen food… We are def set for a minute on bottled alkaline water and baby wipes.
How has your daily routine changed most since quarantine became real?
I think it removed a lot of distractions. I used to wake up everyday thinking, “Where can I go hang out, or drink or eat, and who can I go with?” All that being out the window is a bummer, but it’s also good for me in a lot of ways. I have had a chance to just sloooow doooown. I’m not in a rush to do much, for the first time ever. I really needed that. After adjusting this past month, I think I’ll get a lot of creativity released this month.
Have you watched any good movies or read any good books since this started?
Well I became obsessed with Tiger King along with every other American idiot. I’ve watched a few other random new things, but nothing sticks out. I am re-watching Transparent right now. It’s really interesting watching a second time. I’m noticing more details.
How has the pandemic affected your porn career? Have you started embracing independent platforms like OnlyFans more? Are you cam’ing?
I have honestly been focusing on my mental health this month more than anything. This whole thing really fucks with my head. I’ve kind of accepted it all, though, but it wasn’t until recently. So I’m ready to focus on the potential and opportunities for DykedDown while the world sits — horny and online. I definitely plan to get more on OnlyFans, as well.
What’s the nicest thing a fan has said or done for you since the lockdowns started?
Mostly just people telling me that they’re staying in and spending their day watching DykedDown scenes! That’s honestly the best thing for me to hear. I really love when people buy stuff on my Amazon wishlist these days, as well. Gives me something to look forward to. And I’ve been trying to give back by offering discounts on DykedDown, as well as publishing more editorial content like this Quarantine Quick Questions series.
What’s the first thing you want to do out in the world once this shitshow (hopefully) ends?
I’m going on a fucking tropical vacation ASAP.
Do you have any self-care practices that you think might benefit DykedDown readers?
Slow down. Give yourself a break. Do your best to use this time to manifest the You who will walk out of the house when this shit’s over. Not necessarily physically, but in terms of mindset and aspiration.
Tiger King: yes or no?
Fuck. Yes. I grew up knowing so many people like that in rural Ohio. So it was unfortunately nostalgic… and incredible.