Psst, Wanna Get Huge?—A Glimpse into the Wide World of Body Expansion Art

Pssst, Wanna Get Huge?
An Interview with body expansion artists Okayokayokok and The American Dream
By Donny Kestler

Donut Town Commission by TheAmericanDream

Donut Town Commission by TheAmericanDream

I was probably Google-searching something like “huge ass art” or “big butt drawings” when I slipped and fell down the rabbit hole. The scenery was completely foreign: elaborate, colorful comic illustrations of women with asses rapidly ballooning to caricature-esque proportions; artwork depicting ladies with distended bellies, growing  larger as they consumed mass quantities of food; boobs were swelling to the size of watermelons for no discernible reason.

Eventually, I encountered some familiar faces. “Hey, that looks like April O’Neil from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” I remember thinking while viewing one image. It was definitely April, but something was off about her. She was huge and sloppily eating pizza. Within two comic-strip frames, she was growing, bulging out of her signature yellow jumpsuit. I decided to press on. I ended up running into Princess Peach from the Mario Bros. video games. However, she too was bursting out of her clothing—as if she were really pregnant. Peach had grown so large that her iconic pink dress was stretched over only the top half of her stomach. Then I stumbled upon images of a woman named Gwen. I didn’t recognize her, but she had red hair and a pretty face. What stood out to me most was that her ass always seemed to be expanding, keeping her from fitting into her jeans and skirts. At that, I was starting to feel weird things, so I closed my internet-browser and took a cold shower.

Gwen 300 by Axel Rosered

Gwen 300 by Axel Rosered

I was equal parts curious and confused. I always thought that nobody loved huge lady-butts, women eating, female chubbiness, and pregnant bellies more than me, but the art I saw that day took those things to another level—an extreme level that I didn’t quite feel ready for. However, when I got out the shower I still had a full-chub, so I went back online and jerked off three times to pictures of Gwen getting fat on cupcakes and stuffing her gigantic ass into her jeans. That day, I had unknowingly stumbled into DeviantArt’s body expansion community.

Anyone who’s been to DeviantArt knows that the site doesn’t always live up to its name. Most of the content is about as boring and awkward as sex with two condoms on. However, DeviantArt’s ever-growing realm of body expansion art totally makes up for that, and then some. While the quality of the work ranges from crude to stunningly-detailed, the themes are always fresh and innovative. In the wide world of body expansion, reality is no object. If you can think of it, you can find it—or at least pay someone to draw it for you. Wanna see Jesse from Pokémons Team Rocket tear through her clothes with a huge, expanding belly? Done. How about Adventure Time’s Marceline the Vampire Queen with her butt growing incrementally larger until it can no longer fit inside her pants? Done. Oh, you’re not into fan fiction? No worries. How about some body expansion art featuring all-original characters? Done. Done. Done. Surrealism is your thing and you want to see women growing to epic proportions while also morphing into various fruits and vegetables? Done. Feeder fetish content? You’ve got it. Oh, you wanna see guys expanding too? Increasingly, done.

First One's Free by CriticalVolume

First One’s Free by CriticalVolume

Body expansion art is exactly what it sounds like: any artwork depicting characters’ bodies and body parts expanding or inflating to epic—and often unrealistic—proportions. It is the next wave, people, and it’s already creeping into the mainstream. And how couldn’t it? It is at times funny, disturbing, sexy—even beautiful—and occasionally, all at the same time. Often, a single image reflects so many obscure, overlapping fetishes that, while viewing it, you begin to feel weirdly aroused and confused like you’re seeing pornography for the very first time again. Sigmund Freud would have a field day.

To bring you a little closer to the vortex of this fascinating subculture, I recently interviewed two prominent body expansion artists from DeviantArt. They go by the names of Okayokayokok and The American Dream. Their work is among the best of the body expansion community. Their galleries display a wide range of themes depicted with breath-taking detail—and often in vibrant color. Both are masters of their craft, seeing over 1,000 hits each day on their respective DeviantArt accounts. Through commissions and comic illustrating, Okayokayokok has even made body expansion art his full-time job. Yeah. But enough of my ravings—let’s hear from the artists themselves.


How long have you been making body expansion art?

Okayokayokok: Since July 15th, 2010. My first art submissions to my DeviantArt page were body expansion artwork.

The American Dream: I’ve been what’s called a fat admirer (FA) since I was a teenager and an artist my whole life, so growing up it was inevitable that, at some point, I would make something similar to expansion art. The first expansion art I ever drew was in 2003 but the first one I ever posted online was in early 2007. So 11 years ago, and 7 years ago respectively.


How did you first get into body expansion art?
 

Okayokayokok: I discovered it on DeviantArt. The first picture I saw was of a girl ballooning up after getting hit by a fat-ray gun. The other big thing that caught my eye was how popular the

BBW With Snake by TheAmericanDream

BBW With Snake by TheAmericanDream

picture was. I was in a really bad place in life—just divorced, recovering from cancer, working odd jobs, and living in a generous friend’s guest room. I started drawing body expansion art in hopes of getting some commissions, and it happened.

The American Dream: The type of body expansion I’m almost exclusively known for is “weight gain.” At first I used to edit artwork of thin women or photographs to make them to look overweight. That was in high school, back in 2003. I didn’t know it but this was a form of weight gain expansion art known as “morphs” or “morphing.” When I later created a DeviantArt account in 2006, I realized there was an audience for this when people left me comments about expansion on my normal plus-size positive artwork that I would do occasionally. At the time I was very shy about my fetish, but when I found out it was a popular niche, I began practicing and posting my work a lot more and discovered the terms “weight gain” and “expansion.”


Why do you like doing it? What keeps you going?

Okayokayokok: It’s rewarding. It’s important as an artist to have your work seen, and the more people who want to look at it, the more successful it feels. That’s why I make all my commissioned work available to view in my gallery, which has over 400 images. I found out pretty quick that I couldn’t rely on commissions for my income, so I started making comics and selling those and doing commissions between comics. After a couple years, it worked out to be my full-time job.

Magical Card Game Ecstasy by OkayOkayOkOk

Magical Card Game Ecstasy by Okayokayokok

The American Dream: Having a preference for bigger women is one thing, and it’s amazing to draw that because it’s something I don’t get to see often enough. It’s just another form of sexual expression for us creative types. That, in itself, can be very enjoyable. But depicting characters rapidly or realistically expanding is exciting because you get to indulge in something that normally takes months or years in real life. Most times it’s like fulfilling a fantasy of getting to see someone expand right before your eyes. It’s sexy but I suppose, in a way, that’s hard to describe. For many weight gain expansion fetishists the journey is actually more exciting then the end result, which for weight gain enthusiasts is a very fat person. There are some comparisons you could make to people who enjoy a good role-play or narrative twist to their porn or erotic material as compared to just the act of sex itself.

Creating your own fetish artwork is a thrill because you get to expand characters people want to see and I am sure it’s the same rush many other artists and directors feel when doing other types of erotic artwork.


What are your favorite themes to depict in your work? 

Okayokayokok: Except for my comics, all my work is commissioned requests. Since the day I started, I’ve said I’ll draw anything you want as long as it’s legal or doesn’t break the DeviantArt rules, so I get all kinds of requests. I love it, because it keeps things interesting.


The American Dream: Lately it’s been feederism—expansion using food. Stuffing is a term used for images depicting characters with food in their mouths already, eating more then a normal person should in one sitting let alone one bite! Overeating has a few nasty implications that artwork doesn’t have to worry about, it’s inspiration could be found in cartoons like Pigs is Pigs, a Merry Melodies cartoon from 1937. In this cartoon a pig is punished for overeating by having a nightmare where he is forced to eat and eat until he cannot anymore. By the end of it he’s so fat he’s ready to burst! How did he get so big so quickly? That has kind of become a staple of weight-gain art, rapid expansion.

I mostly prefer to depict BBW (Big Beautiful Women) in my expansion artwork, so mostly I draw fat or thin women becoming fatter. One thing I particularly enjoy is the muffin top expansion, which is where the stomach fat is pushed up and overlaps the belt line of tight jeans or pants to create a muffin-shape effect. It’s wonderful.


OkayokayokokI noticed that you have a DeviantArt folder titled ‘Blueberry Art’ that contains depictions of

Jessica Blueberry by OkayOkayOkOk

Jessica Blueberry by Okayokayokok

women—and some guys—turning into blueberries, as well as other fruits and vegetables. For me, Violet Beauregarde from the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory comes to mind when I see those works. Was that movie an influence?

Blueberry expansion was something I stumbled onto very early on. I never felt any kind of connection to that movie until after I had seen a comic done by a fellow artist. It was the best expansion artwork I had seen in a comic, and it was hot. I went back and re-watched that clip of Violet turning into a blueberry and it was like seeing it with new eyes.


The American Dream, do you have any major influences?

My earliest influence for my expansion artwork is Japanese doujinshi (fan comics) artist PenGindou. Others would include Kawaii Debu and LesToil. Cartoons—such as the one I named earlier, Pigs Is Pigs—where characters gain a lot of weight quickly in a more comedic fashion were probably also influences for me, as with many other artists, but on a more subconscious level. The Totally Spies episode “Passion Patties” also features a main female character gaining weight, which was definitely a series that many claim took fetish elements and used them in a popular cartoon. These are the ones I’d call the biggest, but fat in the media has always caught my attention. It’s hard exactly to pin down when weight gain became a part of my fetish life as it was something very gradual.

Pitstop Puddin' Daww by TheAmericanDream

Pitstop Puddin’ Daww
by TheAmericanDream

What is the typical process for creating one of your works? What materials do you use? How long does it take?

Okayokayokok: It’s the same process any modern comic artist would use. I do all digital work on PS with a digital tablet. I usually spend a month on a 20-page comic or a 15-page color comic. For a single character commission, 5 hours.

The American Dream: The typical process is I come up with ideas, sketch them down with pencil in my sketchbook and then work up a more polished finished sketch. From there I scan the sketch into my computer and do polished, clean lines either digitally or with an ink pen. After that, often times, I will color it using Adobe Photoshop CS3. This process normally takes about 4-13 hours depending on the complexity of the picture but even then art is not a set process so sometimes it takes even longer.

There is a fairly large body expansion community—of both artists and fans—on DeviantArt, which seems pretty supportive and fun. What are your thoughts about the body expansion community on DeviantArt?

Okayokayokok: It’s surprisingly big. I get 1,000+ pageviews a day just on my DeviantArt account. I almost get as many on my blog.

A lot of viewers and fans give feedback, and I do my best to reply to every comment. I’ve had conversations with some other good expansion artists and they’re all great people. The same goes for fans—it’s not common to meet one that isn’t pleasant.

The American Dream: The expansion community is both small and large at the same time. A lot of folks know each other but there are also new artists and fans popping up all the time every year. I would say it can be a bit divided. People who enjoy weight gain primarily are in opposition to fans of more cartoony inflation artwork or breast expansion. But then there are those who like all sorts of expansion. I am happy that many of my fans are supportive, even to the point of buying commissions and supporting my artwork at conventions. There are however fans who are a bit harder to please—either asking me for things I don’t wish to draw and also artists who seem to compete with one another for attention in a very niche fan base. Still, for the most part, I do like most of my fans.

Do you think body expansion art will ever break into the mainstream? Personally, I’m shocked there isn’t a coffee-table book out already. In terms of body expansion in the mainstream, the music video to Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt” comes to mind.

Okayokayokok: Because of its adult content, I’m not sure. But, if you look on YouTube, it’s weirdly featured in a lot of cartoons in a modest way—even some Disney shows. And of course, everyone’s seen Willy Wonka. I think there’s definitely a chance for it to break into mainstream further than it already is. Right now, it’s a digital phenomenon. It doesn’t really need to go to paper at this day and age.

The American Dream: I think elements of it slip in here and there. Heck, as I mentioned earlier, Totally Spies was a cartoon many fans think was influenced by fetishists, since it was created during a time when expansion art was just getting popular on the internet in the early 2000s. I know of several self-published books out there actually including one of my own—a comic—and a few others. Right now it’s mostly either small print runs being sold at conventions or digital only comics, but larger prints of expansion artwork is sure to come, I’m sure.

So it’s hard to say how mainstream it may or may not ever become.

What do you think is the most exciting piece of body expansion art you’ve ever made?

Artwork by OkayOkayOkOk

Artwork by Okayokayokok

Okayokayokok: I did some commissions involving multiple girls all entangled and interacting—all with various expansions. Those were BIG challenges, and I like challenges, so those come to mind. The Magical Card Game Ecstasy comic is great, but Sanderson Step Sisters Issue 7 has to be my favorite—though I expect issue 8 to replace that as my favorite. I’ve started inking issue 8, and it is by far going to be my best artwork and storytelling yet.

The American Dream: It’s one of my most recent pieces promoting She Had it Coming 2, the self-published sequel to my 2011 comic of the same name. It features my character Dobuita Mori, a Japanese-American former college basketball star who gains a massive amount of weight due to a sports injury and acquires a food addiction and a fetish for gaining weight. In this picture I went pretty cartoony and depict her wearing flashy skimpy food related clothing and tattoos she doesn’t normally have with the word “FAT” across the belly. She is consuming spaghetti with the name of the comic up like spaghetti. This image will be used for the back cover and I’m pretty proud of it. Her already plump sister, Puku, depicted on the right is more then happy to see her big sister gaining weight.

She Had It Coming 2 by TheAmericanDream

She Had It Coming 2 by TheAmericanDream


You obviously accept commission requests from fans. What is the strangest or most-interesting thing someone has asked you to make?


Okayokayokok: Yes, I’m not ALWAYS accepting commissions though. Just between comics. The TF remote comic pages were definitely unique. A long time ago, I agreed to do a private commission while the person watched me draw. That was a MESS. It ended up being a woman with giant mouth that took up most of the picture. Going into her mouth was a busty woman with feet that took up half the screen along with all sorts of food. By the time I finished, I regretted ever taking it on. It was so bizarre. That was the last time I did a private commission. The first comic I did, the BlooBerry Comic, was by far the craziest comic I’ve done. Each page was based on what fans requested and it was funded by donations. It was so wild, that some of the pages got removed from DeviantArt. But in it, there’s 3 girls who experience multiple transformations—each based on fruit. One girl turns into pear-bodied blooberry with a banana head, one turns into a raspberry blueberry who has so many swollen red boobs, she looks like a raspberry—then her tongue turns into a boob and her friend sucks on it. It’s so crazy! But that’s what you get when you ask hundreds of people what they want—a smorgasbord of transformations!

The American Dream: Actually I do a lot of commission work. A great deal of my gallery is commission work on DeviantArt. I would say perhaps 35% of my gallery. Oh I got it—the weirdest commission yet for me was probably one where the artist wanted me to draw their characters—themselves, I think—being expanded but also being rapidly transformed into pigs! It was a fun commission but every time I sat down to work on it I’d think, “Man, this is weird.” Coming from an expansion fetishist that is kinda funny I suppose.

Thank you both for your time. Please keep up the fun and exciting work!

Behind the Scenes of the “Turn Down for What” Music Video—An Interview with Sunita Mani

Violent-Sexy Dance Moves: Behind the Scenes of “Turn Down for What” 
An Interview with Sunita Mani
By Andre Novak

SunitaMani

If you haven’t already seen the music video to DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What,” watch it right now. You will not be sorry. I promise. This video has everything you ever wanted. Insane partying. Weird sexiness. Violent Brazilian dance moves. A woman breaking a baseball bat on a dude’s boner. Yeah.

Needless to say, I’ve been somewhat obsessed with this video since I first saw it about a week ago. Even in today’s completely desensitizing world, it stands out as something uniquely raunchy, bizarre, and fun. I suspect it will go down in history as one of the all-time greatest music videos.

I recently had the honor of interviewing one of the video’s stars, Sunita Mani, who plays the beautiful baseball bat-wielding, grind-dancing character mentioned above. Her performance is nothing short of astounding. In the video, she and her co-star, Daniel Kwan, bring the unbridled insanity as they bump-and-thrash around in ways that would make any respectable Kingston dance-hall look like a bar mitzvah by comparison. Sunita was kind enough to share some behind-the-scenes insights regarding the making of the video.

What are your thoughts on the “Turn Down for What” music video?

I am blown away and reeling. I love it. So gross and so brilliant. I can’t believe it actually happened and I got to be a part of it—they pulled off this sick action-movie with epic humping and dancing, and it looks incredible! It’s too funny!


Do you have a favorite part or aspect of the finished product?

The build of each scene to the song is so fun and impressive. I couldn’t quite visualize the whole when it was described to me or when reading the treatment, so it’s a true gift to see the finished piece over and over. The visuals and narrative work so well with the music; you can’t stop watching because you have to see what happens next! I will love watching Dan Kwan dance forever and always, but my favorite part is when the mom-character’s boobs bounce. They’ve been wanting to do that trick for forever. It. is. so. funny. You’re watching her face, trying to grasp what is happening yourself, and ultimately you’re tickled by the surprise and absurdity instead of the upsetting actualities. And I got to puppeteer the movement of those babies! I was under her shirt with boxing gloves, essentially, made out of a bra. The actress, Aixa Maldonano, NAILED IT. She was an angel to work with and was so open to my hands resting on her chest for hours. She’s very special!

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Are you a fan of the song? Did you know it before you shot the video?

I didn’t know of it before the DANIELS (the video’s directors, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinhert) sent it to me. It struck me as an odd collaboration of a DJ and notorious hype man, but I felt indifferent until I got to bust a move to it. And I love it now because of the music video.


I suspect this music video will go down in history as one of the all-time greats, alongside Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice” and The Beastie Boys’ 
“Sabotage.” Did you have any idea of how rad the final product was going to be while shooting? Did the DANIELS describe their vision while you were putting it all together?

Wow! I hope you suspect correctly! Indeed, I had complete trust in the DANIELS making something rad. They can’t help themselves! They are creating for fun and they reach great heights with their sense of play. At first, I was told the “vision” via text message. Kinda like this:

Daniel Scheinert: Hahahaha do you wanna come back to LA for a music vid?

(I’m based in NYC and was in LA the day of this text)

Me: Would love to

DS: Let’s figure out schedules

Me: I will make it work. What band?

DS: It’s “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake

DS: Feat. Lil Jon

Me: WOW. OH MY GOD. You don’t want a real booty ho? Will Lil Jon be there?

DS: No, but he’s obsessed with the idea. You have to do violent/sexy dance moves for 2 days straight. Probably a scene where you slam your butt in Kwan’s face so hard you smash him through the floor.

Me: DONE I’M IN

And now you see the video.

Yeah, some of the dancing between you and Daniel Kwan is pretty insane. Like, at one point you’re sort of twerk-bashing his face—earlier in the video, as you described, you epically drop your butt onto his face from a standing position. How much of that was real?

IT WAS ALL REAL. MY BUTTHOLE WAS ON HIS FACE. OFTEN LANDING IN SLOW MOTION. They say if you place a butthole on the tip of a man’s nose, he will fall in love with you eternally. Both Dan Kwan and I wanted to be respectful of each other’s fate, so we kept it professional.

For that “twerk-bash” move in particular, where my ankles are hooked behind his neck to whip his face into my butt, I cushioned my butt cheeks with foam. We’re referencing the Brazilian style of dancing Surra de Bunda, which is that exact move, but over and over by girls in bikinis performing to a specific Brazilian butt-smash song.

So, I assume you actually broke a wooden baseball bat over Daniel Kwan’s peen—what was that like?

Yes, I swung a real “Yankee standard” on his goods. It felt like murder, but he was a first class sport!

Sunita Mani, butt-smashing Daniel Kwan in "Turn Down for What"

Sunita Mani, butt-smashing Daniel Kwan in “Turn Down for What”


Was the shoot fun to do? It looks like it was probably either a blast or really taxing. It if it wasn’t a total nightmare, what was your favorite part of the shoot?

I have so many favorite parts. Watching everyone dance on the monitor, puppeteering those boobs, improvising dance moves with Dan Kwan, hanging out with people on set who are kind and funny and so good at their jobs, sitting on the roof witnessing that BEAUTIFUL CRANE SHOT at the beginning of the video. The shoot was terrifyingly fun! One or two takes only at times! Level 10 workout! Jump off of this ladder onto a padded mattress! Everyone was on board to do everything. And the DANIELS make it an environment where you want to be on board. Which is so amazing and essential to their directing style: Try it out. Have fun however you want! Here, throw this piece of dry wall in the air while you do it.

What kinds of responses to your performance have you seen so far from family, friends, and strangers?

Family? Don’t know if they’ve seen it…

Friends? Incredibly uplifting support and praise. My friends are those I consistently want to impress the most! So it’s super meaningful to make them proud!

Strangers? It’s kind of funny because I don’t have Facebook to receive a public response for a thing like this, so I’m getting congratulations very directly on my phone from folks coming out of the woodworks, emails from people in all parts of the country just wanting to say “cool faces and dance moves!” It makes me feel so loved and like I’m really famous. It’s super cool that some folks connected to various Indian communities are reaching out because they are excited to see an Indian lady in a viral rap video!


You seem to be involved in a variety of artistic and performance-based projects. On your Tumblr page I’m seeing all kinds of stuff like improv comedy (with none other than the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade!), commercials, writings, short films—what are you working on right now? What can fans of your performance in the ‘Turn Down for What’ video look forward to?

Well, get a load of this: I’m part of the dance comedy outfit COCOON CENTRAL DANCE TEAM. We make up highly choreographed dances for fun and for laughs and it’s pure love. My cohorts, Tallie Medel and Eleanore Pienta, are two very funny, very precious gems with whom I collaborate on camera and on stage. We are working on releasing a web series called REHEARSAL, directed by our talented, collaborator-friend Alex Fischer. We have 3 episodes up on our youtube channel—Cocoon Central Dance Team—with more to come!

Cream City is a Baltimore-based site, so I have to ask: have you ever been to Baltimore? If so, what was your experience like? If not, what are your impressions of the city based on what you’ve seen or heard?

I’ve never been to Baltimore. And I hear it’s cool. I also haven’t watched The Wire yet. I’m sorry, everyone.

From now on if anyone asks, I will say Baltimore is a creamy dreamy city with creamy clouds and dreamy skies.

Awesome. That’s all very true, by the way. Thanks so much for your time! Please keep up the amazing work!

Thank you so much for reaching out! I loved being able to talk about the process!

 

Field Trip to Miami—An Interview with World Erotic Art Museum Director, Naomi Wilzig

Field Trip to Miami’s World Erotic Art Museum
An interview with Naomi Wilzig
By Kit Ames

WEAM

What was your grandmother doing when she turned 70? Kicking back with grandpa? Taking up bridge or shuffleboard? Or was she fighting a battle against sexual repression in America by establishing the United States’ first erotic art museum?

If you answered yes to the last question, you are either a liar, or the lucky grandchild of Naomi Wilzig—the creator, director, and owner of the World Erotic Art Museum (WEAM). After accumulating a private collection of over 4,000 pieces of erotic art, she founded the museum in 2005, at the age of 70. Over the last eight years, the WEAM has become something of a cultural institution, even earning the key to the city of Miami in 2006.

I had the pleasure of visiting WEAM last spring. That museum has it all: an ornate bed with Kama Sutra images carved into it, a giant golden penis, knickknacks—like watches or boxes—that were used to hide sexy images during the Victorian Era, the ceramic penis-turned-murder weapon from A Clockwork Orange, erotic works by Picasso and Rembrandt, and so much more. The pieces range from breathtakingly beautiful to charming and naughty to downright lewd and crude. What you really take away from the experience at WEAM is the feeling that despite the decade or culture, sex and sexual pleasure is a core part of being human. It created us after all. But we continually repress our own sexuality and shame those who are open about theirs, especially in the United States. Naomi Wilzig is seeking to change all that with her museum, and was kind enough to answer a few questions about her efforts to bring erotic art into the mainstream.

What changes have you seen in the United States art world since WEAM was established?

WEAM has been open for 8 years. There is much more nudity and eroticism displayed openly in galleries and antique shows than when I first started collecting in 1992.

Many of the ads in magazines now show nudity, all types of sexual orientation, and promiscuity to invite people to experience a “better existence” though their products.

Do you think the United States is becoming more accepting of erotic art or is the vast amount of accessible porn making it harder for genuine erotic art to be taken seriously?

Unfortunately the American public confuses the two subjects and thinks erotic art is a synonym for porn.  It’s an educational experience when they come into WEAM and see the difference.

You faced a lot of adversity, first with collecting art, then with getting a location to display the art. What’s so important about this collection that motivated you to not give up?

The American public accepted violence and murder in our movies, TV, and printed matter. Yet they balk at the idea of a nude body or sexuality. Through the art collection, we are illustrating the world of love and sexual practices that are essential to life. We show the beauty of the body and genitalia. We emphasize the fertility rites that were essential to keep communities from dying out. It’s life as we live it, and the acceptance of it. I emphasize that all practices should be with consenting adults. I am particularly proud that most of the local colleges and universities send their human sexuality and art classes here to experience the museum, to see how the artists present and interpret what they study and research in their class work.

The hulking Swarovksi golden penis at the WEAM

The legendary Swarovksi golden penis, on display at the WEAM

What kind of role do you think erotic art plays in people’s lives?

It gives credibility and acceptance to people’s fantasies, experiences, thoughts, dreams.

Do you think erotica helps or affects people’s sex lives?

It definitely helps. It answers questions and removes fallacies. It illustrates that many things people do are acceptable in people’s lives.

WEAM has so many pieces, it’s almost overwhelming. What is your favorite room and why?

The Leda room. It holds the Greek and Roman mythology artworks, the memories of Pompeii, antiquities showing sex acts and relics that are thousands of years old, and several other unique artworks.

The collection of Lada and the Swan art reveals how artists worldwide can interpret the same myth according to their own medium and experience.

I’m sure you get all kinds of rude or wacky guests. Do you have a story about a visitor that’s your personal favorite?

A group of four Jewish women came to town for the tennis matches. They decided to check us out. Then they hesitated to come in, thinking someone would see them going into an unsavory place. They then saw my mezuzah (Jewish symbolic piece for good fortune) on the doorway, and decided the place can’t be so bad, as they laughingly recounted to me.

What’s next for WEAM? Any special events or exhibitions?

We are always looking for new artists, particularly of various ethnic backgrounds. We portray collections that depict various alternative lifestyles. We now have our annual Josephine Baker exhibit up for Black history month. We still have our George Daniell photography on display. In April, we will display the works of Tomi Ungerer, who went from fame for illustrating children’s books, to disdain for creating imaginative erotic drawings.

It was truly an honor that Ms. Wilzig would even give me the time of day, much less a full interview. Naomi Wilzig is truly an amazing and passionate person whose art collection and museum is helping to move society toward viewing sex the way it ought to be viewed: as something natural, and something to be celebrated.

We ♥ Lelu Love!—An Interview with the Internet’s Most Interactive Sex Star

We ♥ Lelu Love!
An Interview with the internet’s most interactive sex star
By Kit Ames and Andre Novak

And apparently she loves us

Apparently she loves us too!

In the ever-expanding universe of internet porn, it is becoming increasingly difficult for sex stars to distinguish themselves. The online adult-film industry is overflowing with beautiful faces, sexy bodies, and crazy-hot fucking—but today’s porn fans are demanding more. Sure, Peter North is still revered for shooting unusually large loads. Pinky continues to captivate viewers with her gigantic ass. Each star seems to have his or her hook. However, one performer in particular has really grabbed my attention with an entirely novel take on porn. Her name is Lelu Love, and she is the internet’s most interactive sex star.

I first stumbled upon some of Love’s clips about a year ago on Pornhub. I immediately sensed that she was bringing something different to the table. The videos I watched were fun and playful, with a high-quality-homemade feel. On screen, Love was clearly enjoying herself. I quickly realized the videos were based on requests that Love had received from fans. The concepts ranged from typical to obscure and intensely-specific. (For an example of the latter, I saw one clip in which Love performed a blowjob through a hole in a medical mask.) What an awesome idea, I remember thinking (about request-based porn videos, not necessarily the medical mask). However, what really astounded me was that Love was actually interacting with people on the comment threads of her own clips, mostly thanking fans for their positive remarks. My mind—much like the dick in that medical mask-fetish video—was blown. Anyone who’s ever seen a Pornhub comment thread should understand my amazement.

To be honest, I’m actually not even that big of a porn fan, but Lelu Love’s work is notably awesome. She seems to be re-humanizing internet sexuality in an age of hyper-connected atomization (I know, I know—it’s all very paradoxical) by giving the world first-rate sex videos and then backing them up with real interaction through her website, Pornhub, Twitter, and even her cell phone. She’s not afraid to cross those lines. She is the people’s sex star.

Lelu Love exchanging comments with fans on Pornhub

A friendly exchange between Lelu Love and a fan on Pornhub

Lelu Love didn’t grow up wanting to be a porn star, but several years ago, on a whim, she made a video of herself masturbating  and posted it on the internet. Since then, she’s never looked back. Love now runs one of the most interactive websites in the world, LeluLove.com, where she shares the videos and pictures requested by her fans, which she makes exclusively with her husband. She’ll do anything that’s doable, for any fan—from creampies to smelly feet-fetish videos to simulated vorarephilia. Fans can request messages for Love to write on her infamous whiteboard, which she often poses with in pictures.

While there are many porn sites out there offering viewers the ability to request scenes from performers, most of them have niche themes, which makes the process restrictive. For example, sites often deal exclusively with BDSM or specific genres of role-play. With Lelu Love, anything legal is on the table. Also, unlike many other porn stars, Love is very willing to let fans into her personal life. Not only does she offer 24/7 access to cameras in her house for VIP members on LeluLove.com but, in the“About Me” section on her site, she also provides a personal account of her past struggles with addiction. Lelu Love will share anything with and do (almost) anything for her fans. With VIP access on her website, one can even obtain her cell phone number. Yeah.

Since Lelu Love answers fan emails, posts daily videos, and does appearances at different industry events, I wasn’t sure if she’d have time to respond to some interview questions. But like I said, Lelu is all about interacting with her fans, and further evidence of that is in the interview below.

How did you decide that fan interaction would be such a big part of your work?

I never really thought about that, it’s just how I am. I love to chat and talk—maybe even TOO much according to some people, lol. It’s just really a lot of fun for me. For anyone who takes their time and money to spend on my site, I want to make sure I give them as much value as I can. And it’s fun getting to know new people and learning more about all the unique fetishes and fantasies out there.

What are your favorite requests?

All of my videos are custom videos that people order from my store, so I don’t have time anymore to just make my own. But every once in a while, someone will order one and tell me to just “have fun” or “do whatever you like best” and those are always my favorite because I don’t have to remember any lines or worry about the camera or anything—and I always cum the hardest in those because that’s all I’m thinking about!

What won’t you do?

It’s tough to list all the things I will or won’t do because there are just SO many different fetishes and requests. I just take it on a case-by-case basis, with each request, and say what parts I can or can’t do. Even if there are some things that I don’t like or are against the rules, we can usually compromise and come up with something that works for everyone.

What’s the strangest or most interesting request you’ve received?

There’s SO many because just when I think I’ve heard it all, I learn about a new fetish that I never would have imagined. And there’s always a big group of people that share that same fetish, no matter how rare I thought it would be. I love that everyone is so unique though and totally respect that different things turn on different people, as long as it’s safe and legal. I’ve done everything from poncho fetishes to hairjobs to giantess to turning [my husband, co-star] into a turkey and eating him and so much more.

Lelu Love, twerking

Lelu Love, twerking for the fans

A lot of people—adult film stars included—might be worried to open up to such direct online interactions with fans and viewers, maybe even dismissing them as perverts or creeps. What do you see in these people and your interactions with them that allows you to make such contact?

I think that’s kind of the thinking for people outside of the industry because, in my experience, the majority of people are super cool regular guys that just enjoy porn. I think all guys do, so I think it would be weirder to interact with a bunch of guys that aren’t into porn at all.

Your website says you do a live webcam show every single day. Is it difficult to keep it fresh?

I release a new full video and picture set every single day, and there are multiple live shows from different girls on my site each day too. Then I do one live member-show per week too. It’s not hard to keep it fresh because, like I said before, all of my videos are custom videos that people order, so they come up with the ideas and there are just SO many fetishes and fantasies out there. That it’s always something just a little bit different.

What is the creative process like for planning and executing each shoot?

Depending on the custom video order, the person will send over what they would like to see, and once we decide on what’s doable and they order it, then I usually have it done within a few days to a week. The solo ones are the quicker ones and hardcore scenes take a bit longer.

Do you ever do live performances at clubs or expos?

Yep, I feature-dance every once in a while when I’m out at clubs, especially with the NightMoves Magazine and AllAdultNetwork crew. Sometimes I will just get up and dance on stage for fun and I love going to the expos and meeting people in-person.

Are you very well connected with other men and women in the adult film industry?

I’ve gotten to know a lot of people at the conventions and it’s amazing how friendly and welcoming everyone is. Everybody seems so happy because they don’t have to keep their sexuality bottled up and can just be themselves. I’ve met so many great people and made some amazing friends.

Your website is very personal. Not only are you naked for your fans, but you detail the struggles you’ve gone through, to get to where you are today. What makes you so willing to present your life story to your fans and viewers?

Yep, I’m a very open person and very proud to have gone through what I did, to make it out, and to where I am now. So I’m happy to share that and I hope that it helps give hope to other people who may be in similar situations. Those are some of my favorite emails when I hear that!

Because we’re a Baltimore-based site, I have to ask: have you ever been to Baltimore?

I’ve never been to Baltimore, I lived in Virginia for a little while but even only that far north was too cold and snowy for me which is why I went south!!

What are your impressions of the city based on what you’ve seen or heard?

I don’t really know much about it, other than I think the Baltimore Ravens right?? I’m trying to learn more about football so I can understand what’s going on but I still laugh too much when I hear “tight end” and “give them the D” 🙂

Be sure to check out Lelu Love on Twitter or her website, LeluLove.com!