AVN/AEE – America’s Sexual Fantasy Convention
It’s Day 1 of the 2015 AVN (Adult Video News) Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas and I’m wandering the main floor looking at the booths, ogling the 100s of pretty girls in skimpy lingerie, skittering past this year’s dildo collection, collecting signed adult star photos, and avoiding the two religious booths manned by Christians here to save lost souls.
There are businesses hawking miracle lubricants, lingerie that would shock Frederick’s of Hollywood, leather freak goods (chaps to reins), unidentifiable sex toys and masturbation aids, online porn movie sites, x-rated dvds, adult webcam services, and a showroom where you can settle in for the day to watch male strippers and bondage demonstrations. There’s even an employment counselor there for people looking to break into the biz.
In the aisle a cute young girl in a schoolgirl outfit is riding on the back of some guy wearing a saddle contraption. I whip out my Android to snap a quick pic and thank God I’m fast on the draw because immediately after she is surrounded by fans with cameras, clicking at her like a school of horny piranha.
One of my favorite exhibits is the Black Tape Project, where artists are applying strips of black electrical tape to various parts of female anatomies, and doing a great job of it too. There are girls wandering all over the expo with artistic black tape zebra stripes, black maze patterns, black spider webs and other designs up and down their arms and legs and across strategic portions of their torsos.
And the Hong Kong Gentlemen’s Club from Tijuana was there passing out coupons for free hotel rooms in TJ. They had half a dozen dancers on hand to pose, twerk and do pole tricks—all irresistible bait for the amateur photographers.
But all of this is the tame stuff–they keep the kinkier booths on the second floor of the expo. There are booths here that specialize in torture equipment, including racks, whipping posts, and other evil-looking restraint devices. There’s a room here where fans can volunteer to be whipped or spanked. In the aisle I see a pretty girl wearing a muzzle and little else. She’s being walked on a leash by a leather-clad guy who’s carrying a whip.
The other highlight of the show is of course the chance to meet your favorite adult film star and maybe get your photo snapped with him or her or even attend a private party with them. I was lucky in that I had a tour guide for AVN this year, and probably the best tour guide a person could possibly have–Hew Burney, the official AVN staff photographer. Most of the photos that appear in this post were taken by Hew.
The AVN Awards
The AVN Awards are exactly like the Oscars, with stars on the red carpet, lots of thank-you speeches from people in categories nobody cares about, and musical interludes to wake people up between best cinematography and editing.
Another major difference is some additional categories.
My Interview with Christy Mack
In August 2014, adult film actress Christy Mack was injured in a severe beating she says she suffered at the hands of fellow porn star and MMA fighter, War Machine. She’s recovering from 18 broken bones, multiple knocked-out teeth, cracked ribs and a ruptured liver.