The New Face of Kink

Kink.comA new post-breakup haircut or wardrobe can bring you back from the brink of obsession and depression, enlivening your existence with the hope of prosperity, romantic or otherwise. In short: everyone needs a new look now and again. Kink.com, the most notorious adult website operating on U.S. soil, is no different. Having tackled most every conceivable (legal) fetish, kink, and sexually adventurous act, the San Francisco-based studio has obviously decided a new look is the best way to celebrate its continued success. Inviting a select group of loyal members to check out the new online digs, Kink has opened the doors to a beta version of its new website. Always interested in where Kink is headed, I stepped behind the red velvet rope and took a look-see for myself.

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Quite clearly designed with tablet and smart-phone use in mind, Kink has dispensed with the majority of the text that once greeted members, instead thrusting them into an image-based update listing that’s more vibrant and eye-catching than ever. Hovering your cursor over each update (in the form of thumbnail images) strangely doesn’t bring any more information to light; for that you’ll have to make a selection and check out the viewing page. Video streams and download options are all easily accessible and see the same dedication to visual quality that has made Kink the Internet’s go-to BDSM dungeon. If you select a video stream other than that automatically presented on the page, it’ll open not in that same window but in a new tab.

Performers could still be given more info-rich profiles and there’s plenty of room for keyword tags (in a cloud?) and other one-touch navigation tools, but Kink’s certainly onto a good thing as far as clarity and ease-of-use is concerned. Tablet users will love the larger, more vivid thumbnails and the simple menu sidebar, but there’s still some changes to be made. Kink knows this, too, which is why the design is still in beta mode; they’re working out the, uh, kinks. If you’d like to help guide porn’s boldest and baddest fetish workers towards a brilliant new look and greater functionality for your preferred device, you know where to go to sign up, and start making the most of being a Kink.com member at the dawn of 2015.

 

Kink Encroaches on Mainstream

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Notorious San Francisco-based fetish porn studio, Kink.com, has been garnering much attention over the last few years, attention both wanted and unwanted, from fans and critics alike. Whether it’s HIV transmission allegedly occurring on set, a performer bemoaning what turned out to be a pretty tough scene, or accusations of on-set assault and misconduct, the conversations about Kink have been heated for some time now, so much so that many have suggested the company leave its home in the San Francisco Armory and shut-up shop for good. Kink founder and CEO, Peter Acworth agrees that something needs to change, but he and his crew aren’t going anywhere anytime soon; they’re just “rebranding” their BDSM empire as that most loathsome of commercial entities the “lifestyle” brand.

Alongside its main endeavor, shooting the most bristling and brazen hardcore BDSM porn on the planet, Kink has extended its reach into other areas with its already popular Armory studio tours, fetish workshops and classes, and The Armory Club, a bar and cocktail lounge launched in late 2012. Acworth says Kink has seen “tremendous growth” in such extracurricular arms of his enterprise, growth that he hopes will continue as Kink drops two and rebrands another pair of its more outrageous websites in favor of refocusing attention on online social interactivity, retail sales, community events, and a more conventionally palatable take on hardcore BDSM.

So, as we bid our goodbyes to Public Disgrace and Bound in Public and best wishes for the redevelopment of Hardcore Gangbangs and Fantasy Gangbangs (and keep our hopes up for a continued reign of utter debauchery), why not enjoy a few of Kink’s most recent and very much intense works, perhaps Lyla Storm’s Snow White gangbang or maybe some Dungeon Sex or some electrified labia majora. After all, you never know when Kink will ditch such havens of sexual degeneracy in favor of keychains, branded martini glasses, and a roaring profit margin.

 

Farewell, Miss Alina

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Once in a while, the adult industry is blessed with the work of a performer whose attractiveness, enthusiasm, and screen presence. Alina Li was such a performer. “Was”? Is she dead? No, thank the maker, but she has apparently given porn the proverbial shaft in favor of a a life free from porn’s unique circumstances and stresses. Initially, this tweet was all the evidence we had of Alina’s retirement:

Now, the selling of one’s professional wardrobe doesn’t necessarily equal retirement, but Alina (apparently) later confirmed that she was moving on from her brief stint in porn with a post on the AdultDVDTalk forums, telling posters there that, although her recent (and extremely “adventurous”) scene for Kink site Public Disgrace didn’t send her running for the hills, it didn’t help. Having seen the video in question, it’s not hard to see how Alina could see it as the logical conclusion to her brief stint in porn. After all, having your clothes torn off in a crowded convenience store as total strangers grope, grab, spit on, and photograph you, as Bill Bailey’s cock fills your throat and someone’s fingers enter elsewhere, leaving you shaking and crying in the aisles is bound to be a notable experience one way or the other. In her AdultDVDTalk post, Alina spoke directly to disappointed fans: “The Kink scene really pushed me out of the line and I told myself ‘That’s it. What’s the point of it? I am sick of this.” She doesn’t blame the San Francisco-based fetish studio, though, and says “they were doing their job. It was me that stopped enjoying and loving it.”

 

Those of you feeling the loss of Alina Li particularly harshly would do well to remember that the starlet was only getting bigger and better, and that her very first (and now only) cover feature has just been released. Thanks, Jules Jordan, this will be a perfectly fitting memorial to an incredible talent, truly one of 2014’s premiere, if not Ultimate, Fuck Toys.

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Adios, Alina, and all the best wherever you go from here.

Lorelei Lee: Under the Hammer

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Fuck the Global Financial Crisis and your own dwindling savings account balance, those intrepid explorers of the furthest reaches of human sexuality, the San Francisco-based studio Kink.com, recently opened bidding on one of the company’s very own directors and performers, Lorelei Lee.

After a previous auction saw one fan pay $42,000 for an intimate private webcam session with Maitresse Madeline, the icy blonde Ms. Lee offers her services to the highest bidder and ensures, whatever his or her kinky preferences, satisfaction. Presented under the Kink Divine Bitches marquee, Lee says this auction aims to “expand the relationship between the fan and the star. They want to worship us, and we want them to worship.” Services available to the winning bidder – who’ll presumably pay much more than the current top bid of $24,200 – include lessons in servitude and submission or the chance to dominate, to completely control this particular Divine Bitch. The winner also receives a complimentary year of Kink.com access, signed photos of Ms. Lee, an HD copy of the private show and, most excitingly, the props used by Ms. Lee during their special time together.

Sure, unless you’re a future oil tycoon, criminal mastermind, or just really, really hard working, you won’t even consider bidding on some time with Lorelei Lee, but those of us that are should probably start seeing if our budgets can accommodate such a rash expenditure. (At least for me, an adult entertainment professional, it’ll be tax deductible!)

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Claire Robbins: Don’t Call it a Comeback!

Claire RobbinsBefore Katie St. Ives arrived on the LA porn scene and directed her piercing blue eyes down the barrel of every POV camera in town, solidifying her place in the mental spank-bank of thousands upon thousands of appreciative viewers, there was another young Californian attempting to cement her place in porn’s parade of amazingly sexual performers and she too had short sandy blonde hair, a disarming smile, and an apparently insatiable appetite for adventurous sex. That was Claire Robbins. She entertained and aroused her growing legion of fans from 2004 to around 2010 or 2011 and then seemed to exit porn as quietly as she’d entered, before she’d hooted and hollered her way through dozens upon dozens of intense anal piledrivers and demanding DPs. Deviants everywhere mourned the loss of another potential pornographic genius. Then, in the final weeks of 2012, this happened…

She’s back! Freshly inked with an Oakland A’s logo and two barely legible words on her inner elbows, and with a radically different hairstyle than her previous cropped ‘do, Claire Robbins returned to active porn duty with a blistering anal scene for Manuel Ferrara’s Evil Anal #17, her new look allowing her to slip past the sensors of many former fans. For a while, at least. After visiting San Francisco’s now infamous Kink headquarters to shoot an astounding seven scenes for the kinkiest company in porn. On Public Disgrace she had her ass plundered by man and woman and wooden bat in a haberdashery. For Fucking Machines she took on the Twininserter, the Hatchet, and the Intruder with vim and vigor. Her lilywhite behind took a beating from Maitresse Madeline in a live Whipped Ass shoot while Hardcore Gangbang saw Claire take on five guys in a vivid fantasy that had her imprisoned and physically abused in what appeared to be an immensely satisfying way roleplay. Everything Butt saw her team up with domme Krissy Lynn and fellow anal sub Bailey Blue for a dildo, speculum ‘n’ fisting party that saw everyones thighs twitching in orgasmic glee. It’s Claire’s two part, two day submission session for The Training of O that really impresses, though. Under the command of Jay Torque, the now-redheaded comeback cutie has her nipples clamped and stretched, all three main orifices pounded and gaped with all sorts of implements, cock included, is suspended from the ceiling by an elaborate rope construct, is chained to a heavy bucket and made to hold it while being whipped and spanked, and even has her ass opened by a metal plug while bound, gagged, and electro-pleasured with a Hitachi Magic Wand against her repeatedly cumming clitoris.

Holy shit, folks, fucking Claire Robbins is back in a big, big way – and what’s more, she shares my appreciation of union suits! (Only her ass looks a million times better in one that mine, I assure you.)

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