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App Review: TrickPics

It’s Like Snapchat for your D***…But Not Really

If you work in the adult entertainment industry, getting exposure on social media can be hard. Most of the popular social media platforms are heavily moderated, restricting the publishing of nude or “sexually suggestive” images (whatever that means), they also tend to come with ambiguous or incomplete terms and conditions or community guidelines that are difficult for most people to follow, let alone a porn star trying to make a living. Those who have had their accounts arbitrarily deleted due to an anonymously flagged photo, know all too well the pain associated with having little recourse and being left with the only option of grieving the loss and rebuilding from scratch. Don’t let that guy at AVN who’s mad cause he didn’t get a selfie ruin all your hard work! Pornhub’s got you covered.

PornHub has released a solution intended to make your dick pics far less offensive and a little more hilarious. Introducing TrickPics, developed by “ENJOYIT360 SL” and available for iOS and Android, the app allows the user to add animated stickers to their naughty photos to cover up their private parts, adding some additional flare to the image.

TrickPics is not a true Augmented Reality platform like Snapchat with their facial recognition filters. What TrickPics lacks is the ability to add an animated filter to a person or object in real-time. Instead, what you’re doing to liven up your private parts is simply applying animated stickers that lay a top your static image. It’s a far cry from being able to transform your Johnson into an Eggplant while taking a photo or short video, but who knows. Maybe PornHub is working on that app next.

How to Trick Out Your D***

The app is ridiculously easy to use. Absolutely no sign-in is required. Simply launch the app and snap a photo. You can see from some of the images provided in this blog, I went with a banana to represent my manhood. Once a photo is taken, the app prompts you to choose which part of your body you’re covering up, using fruit to distinguish between the three important body parts. Once a fruit is selected, a selection of stickers is presented for you to choose from, including a gift, the ever-popular Eggplant, and a snake charmer.

TrickPics

The finished product is something that is guaranteed to give your friends and social media followers a good laugh, or at the very least, put a mischievous smile on their faces.

A Downside?

The only major criticism I have about the app is in regards to rendering and download speed. Similar to other image editing apps like Prisma, for example, the rendering of the new image takes place on the app’s server side, not within the app itself. This dramatically slows down the image rendering process, and I found that waiting for my completed TrickPic felt annoyingly long. Even though the rendering time was probably closer to 2 minutes, but when you’re waiting for something to download, it may as well have been a millennium. Even more annoying is the fact that, once your animated creation is complete and ready to save, another minute or so is required for the image to be saved on your phone and ready to share.

Check out PornHub’s promo video on YouTube. They definitely aren’t being subtle about what the app does.

Top 10 BDSM Terms You Should Know

Fear Can Be An Aphrodesiac

Diving into the world of kink can feel a lot like learning a new language.

So, you have an interest in BDSM, and you decide to take your interest to Google to perform an internet search. You don’t really know what you’re looking for, but you’re casually browsing, hoping to come across something interesting and exciting you never heard of before. But the information you come across is full of jargon and terms that leave you scratching your head. Not a good way to start your exploration into kink, right?

Reading BDSM literature can be confusing, and even a bit intimidating, without an understanding of the vocabulary used to describe the different fetishes and kinks that are a part of the BDSM lifestyle.

In the spirit of helping guide you through the confusion, we offer up our list of the Top 10 Most Important BDSM Terms You Should Know.

  1. BDSM

When people ask if you are “into BDSM” or vise-versa, it’s important to understand what they/you are really asking. Personally, even when I’m in a Vanilla type setting and I hit it off with someone and want to see if we would be compatible sexually, I ask if they know what BDSM means. If they don’t then I know we probably won’t be, or if they do I can tell what they think of it usually by their reaction. I’ve included the definition below for you.

Multiple acronym for Bondage and Discipline, Dominance/submission, sadomasochism. Frequently used as an all-inclusive abbreviation indicating anything pertaining to the “lifestyle”, often including fetish, although it isn’t part of the acronym. (1)

BD: Bondage and Discipline

DS: Dominance and submission

SM: Sado-masochism

  1. Consent

The concept of consent is at once a personal, ethical and social concern, and holds particular importance within the BDSM community. Most activities you’ll engage in with your partner during playtime will test your partner’s physical and emotional limits. And out of sheer consideration alone, such trials should not be endured by anyone unless they give permission to do so beforehand.

The line between what can be considered BDSM and what is clearly assault has been hotly debated in the media, especially when the Jian Ghomeshi trial was making headlines globally. Ultimately, where that line is drawn will depend (and vary) wildly from couple to couple. What’s important is that couples who choose to engage in BDSM activities, establish clear rules and discuss each other’s preferences beforehand.

  1. Dominant/Submissive Relationships

Dominance and submission (also called D/s) is a set of rituals, behaviors and customs involving the submission of one person to another, whether that be 24/7 or occasionally. It doesn’t necessarily involve physical contact because it can also be done anonymously online. It can also be intensely physical, sometimes crossing into sadomasochism. Both parties take pleasure from either dominating or being dominated. Those who take the superior position are called dominants—Doms (male) or Dommes (female), while those who take the subordinate position are called submissives, or subs (male or female). A switch is someone who enjoys playing either role and which role they play usually depends on what kind of partner they’re with. “Dominatrix” is a term that refers to a professional female dominants who dominate for money.

  1. Top/bottom and Total Power Exchange

You can still have kinky relationships without fully submitting to someone. If Total Power Exchange isn’t your thing try finding someone who identifies as a Top or Bottom rather than a Dominant or Submissive. This definition of a bottom explains the difference between a bottom and a submissive very well, “A person who receives spankings, floggings, or other forms of stimulation in situations which specifically exclude power exchange. For example, a masochist may be interested in receiving some kind of stimulation but may not be interested in giving up psychological control; whereas a submissive has given up authority and may receive some kind of stimulation on the instruction of a dominant, a bottom does not give up authority and may control exactly how, under what circumstances, and to what degree he or she receives some form of stimulation.” (2)

  1. Daddy/Babygirl Relationships

When people refer to themselves as a Big or little or that they have Daddy or Babygirl they are talking about ageplay where the “Big” takes the parental role and the “Little” is the child. A common misconception about age play is that people who engage in it have incestuous perversions but that’s not true. For the most part it’s actually the powerlessness aspect of childhood and the power balance rather than the childhood itself, that is appealing. Submissives who require a nurturing dominant rather than a harsh one tend to search for these daddy type doms. Most littles tend to be people who are young at heart and most Daddys tend to be dominants who like to reward good behavior rather than focus on the bad.

  1. Shibari

Bring the virbrator into play!

The term “Shibari” is one you will most definitely come across if you have any interest in bondage or rope tying whatsoever. It stands for an ancient form of Japanese rope-tying that was primarily used for keeping people captive for torturing purposes. Shibari probably translates into something like “uncomfortable,” or “unpleasant.” The harnesses aren’t pretty to look at it, and can be crudely thrown together, but they are extremely effective. And once mastered, slightly modified Shibari techniques become ideal for suspension rigging purposes.

  1. Safeword

If your partner ever yells out the word “pineapple” during playtime, I can assure you, it has nothing to do with your partner wanting some fruit. It’s more likely being used as a “Safeword” – a word or phrase that can be used to let their partner know they don’t want to continue with the actions being performed.

The safe word you choose to use with your partner is ultimately up to you. It’s best not to use the words “no” or “stop” because, in some cases, those words may be part of the role playing.

  1. Mistress

In the BDSM scene, “Mistress’ is a word used to refer to a female dominant, or dominatrix. Consenting male and female submissives may be under the control of a mistress, who will often require that they perform any tasks she requests, including sexual activities (one would certainly hope!). The role play here turns the traditional power exchange on its head, turning men into submissives and slaves

  1. “Training”

Whether it be slave training, pet training, or any sort of specific skill like anal or deepthroating, in a dominant-submissive relationship, the Master is usually putting the slave through some sort of training. The game often boils down to a make believe game of behavior modification. The submissive steps out of line (deliberately, for the sake of the playtime), and needs to have that behavior corrected through negative reinforcement, or “aversion tactics.” This is how punishment activities, such as spanking, flogging and paddling, are incorporated into the playtime.

In my experience, training is done best when you establish incremental goals for your partner to accomplish. Anal is an excellent example of this. Instead of having your partner use the same large toy for weeks, have them graduate from small to larger anal plugs, until their poor little ass can take it. Also, it’s important to remember that negative reinforcement and punishment is not always the best way to correct a behavior. Positive reinforcement, or rewarding good behavior, is often equally, if not more effective than punishment at reinforcing desired behaviors.

  1. “Aftercare”

If you are thinking of doing a scene for your first time with someone where you are the submissive and you have some intense things planned, it’s important to understand how you might feel afterwards. There is something called bottom drop, and trust me its real. If you’ve come this far where you’re actually considering doing these fun and filthy things, chances are you’ve had some kind of wild fun in your past, even one night stands. How did you feel after? At the time I bet you were on cloud 9, then maybe after its all said and done you feel the opposite. Intense kink scenes, even with people you trust can also leave you with feelings of shame or guilt, especially if you have traditional ideas about relationships or socially appropriate behavior. As well, after a period of intense pain play, bottom drop may be related to the reduction of levels of endorphins in the brain as well. While you might not know exactly what helps you the best, sometimes you may need a safe psychological space to unwind and recover. Aftercare is the process of providing this safe space. Everyone’s aftercare varies and figuring out things that help this feeling disappear will make your kink experience more enjoyable.

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Posted in BDSM, Current Events, Instructional

Your Wasteland Guide to The Perfect Valentine’s Day

As awesome as taking your girl to White Castle for Valentine’s Day might sound, if she’s the kinky type, chances are she’d rather spend her evening sucking down something other than sliders and milkshakes.

You know her better than anyone, you know what she likes and you know that a fast food dinner isn’t the kind of punishment she’s hoping for tonight. But there’s one problem, Valentine’s Day is today and you haven’t planned anything. It’s okay, don’t panic, really, we got you covered. As long as you follow our simple guide below, you’ll be fine.

Step 1: The Date

You can never go wrong with dinner and a movie, especially when the Fifty Shade of Grey sequel Fifty Shades Darker just opened. Coincidence? I think not. Now if you’re already thinking of other movies to take her to, you’re not paying attention. In fact, I’ll wait here while you go buy your tickets. Now that that’s taken care of, if you’re really looking to spice things up, try picking up a Lovense LUSH. If you’re new to the incredible world of remote controlled Bluetooth vibrators, we suggest trying it at the movies first, it’s dark and loud, so you’re less likely to get noticed when she starts to feel the vibes (pun indented). You’re also probably not the only ones in the theater who’s got one. But if you’re really feeling adventurous, have her wear it during dinner. There’s nothing sexier than watching her squirm in public as she tries to supress the feelings of pleasure you’re sending her remotely from your smartphone. “Go ahead honey, have an orgasm right here in the restaurant, in front of all these strangers…” Hot, right?

Step 2: The Afterparty

Okay so the credits are rolling and she’s all riled up from the movie you just watched, not to mention the remote stimulation you’ve been giving her all night long. You’ve got her right where you want her, but those vanilla bondage scenes weren’t enough, so now it’s up to you to fulfill her deepest and darkest fantasies at home.

Disclaimer: Before engaging in any BDSM scenarios with your partner, be sure to have a serious chat about what she’s comfortable doing or have done to her and what she not. You’ll also want to choose a safe word that will stop any activity if it becomes to much for her. Here at Wasteland we use the word “RED”, a standard industry safe word.

Activity 1: Against the Ropes

If you’re not a shibari expert, but can tie a simple knot, we suggest trying a little rope play. You can start with your partner on her back, face up so she can see the action (blindfolded for more adventurous couples). Start by tying her hands either together above her head, or apart and to her sides, securing the rope to the bed wherever possible. Then try tying her feet apart, leaving her spread wide open on the bed, completely vulnerable. Now the fun begins.

Note, most adult novelty boutiques carry bondage rope as well as all the accessories you will need for the evening.

Pro Tip: Substitute rope for handcuffs and leg shackles. When restraining your partner, if you can slip your index finger in between her wrist and the cuffs, it’s tight enough that she won’t be able to get out, but not so tight that it will hurt her.

Activity 2: Can you Candle It?

Now that she is all tied up and in the perfect position to receive her discipline, try incorporating some pain play, light spanking, candle wax, mix in a little hair pulling; this might also be a good opportunity to tell her some of the things she does that really tick you off and punish her for it.

Pro tip: If you plan on trying the candle wax, make sure you buy candles meant for wax play, or you might be spending Valentine’s Day in the ER. Check out these low temperature candles from Amazon.

Activity 3: Guilty Pleasure

So, you finally got to punish her for not doing the dishes when it was her turn and for making you walk the dog at 5am in the freezing cold while she sleeps in a warm bed. Now it’s time to reward her for all the awesome stuff she DOES do for you, because you know she deserves it and you also know that if you want her to keep doing those things, you better make her happy.

Start teasing her with your favorite dildo or vibrator. Make her lick it and suck on it to get it wet. Run it up and down her body, slowly making your way to her pussy, until she can’t take it anymore and is begging you to put it in.

Pro Tip: Don’t put it in yet. Play with her clit a bit. Take it away and force her to make it wet again. Only when you think divorce is imminent should you give in and let her have it. She’s all yours and you’re in control. Now you can go to town on her.

Activity 4: Embrace Your Inner Pornographer

Hiding inside you and your partner, are a couple of naughty porn directors, you just don’t know it yet. Consider setting up a camera to capture all the fun of the evening for later viewing. If it’s your inner exhibitionist who’s begging to be released, you can always broadcast the session live on webcam for the world to see.

If all of the above still seems a bit too daring, you can always curl up on the couch, order some pizza and watch your favorite Wasteland scenes, working up the courage to try it next year.

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Posted in BDSM, Fetish, Instructional, Photos

Montreal – America’s Porn Mecca

“Although Los Angeles remains the mecca of the adult entertainment industry, the landscape is quickly changing. Over the past several years, we’ve seen production begin to move east to more porn-friendly cities such as Las Vegas, as well as north to places like Montreal and Toronto.” – Dave Strauss, Co-Founder, Arm Candy Creative

In an interview last October with Tyler Lemco of Thrillist, Dave Strauss, one of Arm Candy Creative’s co-founders, took the opportunity to riff about his beloved hometown of Montreal. Dave’s experience in the adult industry, coupled with his Montreal upbringing, makes him the ideal person to speak to in order to gain insight into the city’s impact on adult entertainment both nationally and globally.

Montreal is home to practically every aspect of the adult film business, with the exception of film production. Some of the world’s largest porn distributors, including the undisputed global king of porn, PornHub (MindGeek), are based out of Montreal. According to Dave, if you’ve lived in Montreal for an extended period of time, chances are you have a friend who has a friend who works at MindGeek. Brazzers also has a big presence in Montreal, having been founded by two Concordia University alumni.

The interview concludes with an interesting argument, with Lemco making the case that the overly competitive landscape in Montreal is what pushes each company to innovate. The technical innovations taking place at companies like MindGeek, rival those of Silicon Valley tech Goliath’s like Apple and Google.

Will the TwerkingButt be the Future of Sex Toys for Men?

The creative minds that power the world’s most popular porn website, are looking to revolutionize the sex toy industry for men, with the release of a prosthetic posterior coupled with a VR headset the company is calling the TwerkingButt. You can check out the quirky and hilarious commercial Pornhub made to promote the device:

“Imagine a sensual device so advanced in technology, it allows you to experience the ultimate in cyber passion with motion and movement so real, you’ll never see it coming.”

TwerkingButt, according to the official press release, will “provide the ultimate experience in interactive cyber passion” by allowing you customize its twerking patterns, rhythm and vibrations.

Here’s some of the device’s cooler features:

  • The device is controlled using a bundled remote or your iOS or Android device.
  • It supposedly will have temperature controls so you can simulate body heat.
  • The device ships with a custom VR headset, with 3D content being provided by the TwerkingButt app.
  • The app itself is fairly impressive, giving the user the ability to control twerking patterns, customize rhythms, massage speeds, sensual vibration, and even a music playlist.

So how exactly does the TwerkingButt go the extra mile to truly replicate the feel of human flesh? As Mic Wright of The Next Web explains, the answer is what Pornhub and its partner in this endeavor, TopCo Sales, call Cyberskin. The material is designed to simulate the feeling of skin-to-skin contact, composed of “spring-like, high resiliency bonds” that make it malleable and able to return to its original shape. The companies claim it can be used to render “virtually lifelike replicas of your favorite adult stars.”

The TwerkingButt was officially released back in August, with the ‘classic’ version costing $699 USD, and the ‘deluxe’ model costing around $999 (the difference between the two is not immediately clear).

And as exciting as a robot ass with integrated virtual reality technology might sound, it’s not Pornhub’s first foray into the technological arena. Back in February of this year, the website announced it was developing a wearable wristband called the “Wankband,” which essentially stores kinetic energy from the stroking motion performed by masturbating. This is accomplished with a small inner valve in the band that sends a weight up and down with each stroke This stored energy can then be used to charge other devices, like your smartphone. It’s pretty ingenious when you think about it.

The device itself is still in development stages, so who knows if it will ever get an actual, physical release. Perhaps this is just some elaborate hoax concocted by Pornhub to generate buzz and get attention. You can visit Pornhub and sign up to become a possible, lucky, beta tester of the product when its ready.

The Wankband also got its own commercial, which Pornhub published on YouTube: