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