How do I describe Vix Vixxxen? She's like the embodiment of all the cool I have ever wanted to be.
She is the riot grrl shouting on the front lines of a protest. In her latest photoset, dressed in stiletto heels and fishnet tights, wielding a knife ready to rip off her clothes, Vix is almost every girl I've ever had a crush on.
Vix Vixxen is the argument you have with your mum when she tells you that you can't get your nose pierced. She is my teenage angst and my adult lust all rolled into one.
When you look at porn – whether it's a romantic spanking video, a hard thrashing, or a personality-packed punk striptease photoset like this one – it's often hard not to project yourself onto the stars. When I watch someone getting spanked there's a part of my brain that's imagining it's me.
But when I look at Vix Vixxxen I feel more aspirational. I can't put myself in her position, because I am too busy being in awe of her cool. As she poses for the camera, smoking a cigarette, I remember times when I've tried to pull off the same look and not got it quite right.
As she bends over to show her ripped fishnets, I remember times I've done the same by accident – incompetently putting a finger through the net when I'm in the toilet, rather than the deliberate, cheeky rebelliousness of slashing at them with a knife or corkscrew.
Vix Vixxxen is all the cool punks and goths at parties who shared their vodka with me. She's the chorused 'YEAH!' in response to a lead singer shouting 'are you having a good time?!' at a metal gig.
She's the snarl you'd like to give when twats on the street catcall you. She's the middle finger you wish you could flip at your boss. Vix Vixxxen is the moment the bullied kid at school stops cowering from their tormentors and stands up to throw a punch.
But I know, of course, that behind all porn performers there are real people. It's just that sometimes the people – and the fantasies – that they create on camera, are so much more than what you see on the surface.
Vix Vixxxen's shoot is intensely sexy from the first picture - whether she's tearing at her knickers, hanging from the bars in her jail cell, or bending over in her red stillettos. And I could have spent this blog describing in detail just how hot every movement and pose and action is. But the sexiest thing of all about Vix is her don't-give-one-single-fuck attitude.
To paraphrase my Mum, from those teenage arguments so long ago: it's not what she does, it's the way she does it.
You'll see what I mean.
Behind the scenes during the filming of Donna Draper's Secretary. Out-takes and out-of-character chatter as Pandora, Vix and Nimue discuss the perils of being over-ambitious, plan their Mad Men dialogue and negotiate the caning. Vix demonstrates her skill at remembering her mark, and shows off her famous poise (not including getting over excited while bending over in heels and nearly falling on her arse)!
The nearly-falling-over is definitely my favourite bit of this - not only because of the hilarious way Vix sways back and forth without moving her feet, but because the reason she lost her balance in the first place was that she was cracking up and slapping her thigh with delight, cackling "I love my life". I can't think why; all Nimue had said was that we could see her cane stripes through her sheer knickers. Perfectly normal observation if you ask me!
There are some things that are just hard-wired into my brain as sexiness triggers: words which will make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, or give me that gut-punch of arousal that is almost impossible to describe. One of those things happens in our latest video, and I want to keep playing it over and over.
Donna Draper – a twist on Mad Men's Don Draper – is a ruthlessly strict boss. Played by Pandora Blake, Donna Draper takes no shit whatsoever from her secretary Vix Vixxxen. These two have an amazing dynamic in this caning scene – from Pandora's brusque instructions, “Stop talking right now.” to Vix's sassy and insubordinate retorts – everything about this relationship crackles with hotness.
Pandora's dressed in a tailored suit and tie, every inch the authoritative boss. Vix is dressed in a tight black skirt, hold-up stockings and sheer blouse: the perfect sexy secretary. But her eye-rolling, smart-mouthed counterpoints to Pandora's reprimands show that she's not one to take correction meekly, and I love the way she insists on disagreeing with her boss, even after she's been given six firm strokes of the cane.
There are some sparkling moments of recognition here – the homage to Mad Men in lines like “You're a woman, and you're lucky to have this job,” as well as the question “Are you married?” which almost had me phoning the employment tribunal. I love the way Donna Draper has the attitudes of a 1950s boss, but Vix is a much more souped-up version of Peggy Olsen: she stubbornly maintains her opinion, even when being given a secretarial caning for her attitude.
I've waxed lyrical on this blog before about transparent knickers – the pair Vix Vixxxen wears in her introductory shoot being a perfect example of sheer panties that are ideal to get spanked in. You can watch her bum turning red as she gets smacked, and the sheer material itself adds so much to the experience.
Then there's spanking over denim short shorts. For instance, in Corporal Punishment we can see Amelia Jane Rutherford and Caroline Grey being spanked over tight denim.
Our latest photoset will be perfect if you're into leather. Pandora Blake and Thomas Cameron enjoy a flirty, playful outdoor spanking. He's dressed in a leather jacket, and she's wearing tiny leather shorts – that snugly encase her bottom for the paddle.
So it got me thinking: do you have a preference? I'm a sucker for denim and leather. Both to wear and to watch. There's a delicious hard thuddy sound when you get beaten through either of these fabrics, and getting spanked in jeans is one of my favourite things. You can still feel it but the denim takes the edge off the sting, freeing you up to enjoy the delicious thud. I love being spanked in jeans knowing that they'll soon come off.
I know others prefer latex or PVC – do they sting harder when you're belted or caned through them? I think so. Lacy or ribbon knickers are perfect for presentation, tempting whoever sees them to pay attention to your arse. White cotton is signature for that innocent feel.
So I thought I'd throw the question open to spanking enthusiasts – by which I mean you lovely lot – what's your favourite material to get spanked in? Or to spank someone in? Leather? PVC? Latex? Denim? Or something else I haven't thought of yet...
While the director's away, the fans come out to play ... or so I discovered when I caught up on Twitter this week after a month travelling Canada and the USA.
It all started when Dreams of Spanking member John Codders sent Ms Vixxxen a fan tweet with the idiosyncratic wording "amazing Ms Vixxxen - You are". Vincent Brennan couldn't let this opportunity for some teasing pass by, and replied "Completely agree, but now I've got an image in my head of Yoda watching spanking films."
Said Codders: Yeah I reckon Yoda likes a bit of a spanking too - you know from the Dark One."
And thus the first fanart was born.
Perhaps Ms Vixxxen should have known better than to 'fan' the flames.
At that point I think he just got a bit carried away.
But all that was simply the appetiser, the prelude to the grand finale - the fanart that made it all worthwhile.
Isn't that fantastic?
We have Zoe Montana gearing up while Thomas gives his caning arm a (no doubt well earned) rest. I'm bending over centre stage while stage hands bustle around me, Nimue is in cornertime and Ms Vixxxen holds position - both after receiving similar treatment, no doubt. Adele is in the director's chair (hell, I would watch that show!) and Michael and Vincent chat in the front row.
And... is that Lola and Molly waiting to be called, and suddenly, miraculously, both nearly the same height?
One of the things that turns 'sexy' into 'oh God that's so filthy I can barely control myself' is dirty talk. Someone getting beaten: arousing. Someone getting called a filthy bitch while they're beaten? Hotter than the sun.
In this latest scene, Pandora and Ms Vixxxen take that dirty talk principle, multiply it by a thousand and add some extras that send shivers down my spine: hair pulling, resistance, cat fighting. It's almost as if they reached into the mind of the sexually frustrated goth kid I used to be and taken words, actions and a hardcore industrial/grunge porn set directly from my own fevered fantasies.
I should admit from the start: I'm a total sucker for the grungy punk look which Vix wears so beautifully. Her pale skin and 'fuck you' hair is very much my kind of thing, and works so perfectly - pushed up against a wall in an industrial setting with chains, a bare concrete floor, the works. Pandora, in a tight black dress and hold-ups, is the perfect femme complement to the butch boi that Vix plays. The pair clearly enjoy gender play - Pandora asks Vix if she's a "good girl" or a "good boy", and Vix retorts "Boy! Just look at me. Of course I'm a boy!"
In 'Bitch', Pandora and Ms Vixxxen have a phenomenally intense fighting dynamic, sparring like alley cats as they grab and pull at each other's hair and clothes.
I particularly liked watching Pandora slap Vix's face, and the moment when she turns her around and shoves her face right up against the wall. Vix struggles and fights back, but you can tell that she is clearly enjoying being 'forced' to do something she obviously really wants.
As well as being hot for its own sake, the verbal (as well as physical) fight is a gorgeous example of how to do negotiation sexily. That back-and-forth flirting, the struggle for dominance, is one of the core things I love about spanking itself, and Vix and Pandora use it as a tool to turn each other on: “Do you want this? How do you like that?” - all the things I like partners to ask me in the bedroom. Especially if they're grabbing me with lustful enthusiasm, as Pandora and Vix are here - teasing and slapping each other, with Vix playfully resisting as Pandora's grows more determined to establish control.
Finally, of course, I just love the torrent of filthy words. These queer grrls talk dirty - everything in this scene is punctuated by 'fuck you's and other angry curses, spat with a vehemence that heightens the intensity of what's happening. It's one thing to watch someone getting whacked with a paddle while gripping a chain on the wall (in itself incredibly hot, obviously - I guarantee you'll agree when you see the way Vix grabs the chain to brace herself), and quite another to feel the pain with them as they bite out "bitch" or "cunt".
Vix and Pandora clearly deeply enjoy this back-and-forth power struggle - every stinging smack or slap of the paddle prompts curses from Vix, telling Pandora she's a "bully", and Pandora doesn't hold back either, smugly replying "Yep - I'm the school bully you always dreamed of fucking".
There's no recourse to traditional spanking talk here - no calm 'thank you's as Vix counts off the strokes. Instead it's "One: fuck you. Two: fuck you, you bitch." The anger is as hot as the pain itself, if not hotter.
Two words: sheer knickers. What, you want more words? OK, here goes – the latest video is up, and it's pretty spectacular. Vix Vixxxen is new to spanking videos, and her first one with Pandora is something pretty special.
Both of them are dressed to kill – or rather play. Pandora in a gorgeous tight latex ballgown and Ms Vixxxen in a cute lingerie set that includes a fabulous tutu and – did I mention see-through panties? Check out their stunningly hot outfits for yourself...
Of course, it would be remiss of me not to mention the women inside the tight latex dress and the sheer knickers, and both Pandora and Vix are clearly having a fantastic time in this video. There's lots of flirting, and Pandora puts her at ease quickly, so we get to hear all about her spanking desires, and how she got into the spanking scene.
We also get to see Vix Vixxxen assume a series of hot poses – pushing her shapely arse out as she leans against the mantelpiece, posing artfully over a spanking bench and – the best, in my opinion – touching her toes to receive six stinging slaps with the strap. It turns out she has a background in ballet, which explains not only her lithe dancer's figure, but also how she can pull such graceful poses without breaking a sweat.
One of my favourite things about Dreams of Spanking is that you really get to know the performers. This video is a cross between an interview and a spanking – the best of both worlds, and Pandora describes it as a 'warm up' for what's to come...
You can tell Ms Vixxxen is incredibly excited to be here. Her big filthy grin as she receives the strokes from her chosen implement is a delight to see.
I personally enjoy seeing performers who have similar tastes to my own – when Pandora asked Ms Vixxxen to choose an implement I was really hoping she'd pick the strap, and delighted that she did. It's got such a lovely heavy slap, which in my opinion is one of the best whacking noises.
I'm also pleased to see that Pandora is a fan of the phrase 'good girl.' As a subby type, I love hearing 'good girl' in porn, because it's exactly what I want to hear in real life: a dominant pleased with your work when you take a good beating. And when that dominant happens to be dressed head to toe in tight black latex, well... it adds a certain something.
So, to sum up: this spanking video is the perfect introduction to the lovely Vix Vixxxen. We get to hear all about her love of spanking, see her posing and exposing herself in a stunning lingerie outfit, and watch Pandora (in an equally stunning tight latex dress) give her a warm up hand spanking and twelve hard strokes with the strap.
And don't forget those sheer knickers. They're hot not just because you can see all of Ms Vixxxen's gorgeous arse (in the video Pandora describes her as 'perfectly formed', and I can't help but agree!) but when she's being spanked you can see the darkening red patches on each cheek. Red blush blooming through blue see-through panties – something about that just makes me squirm with delight, and I'm pretty sure you'll agree that it's pretty damn special.
Enjoy the show, I'm off to do a bit of underwear shopping myself. I'll just watch it one more time - for research, you know?
Last Tuesday Nimue and I joined forces for a last minute shoot with a new spanking performer. I first met Ms Vixxxen last July - on a Dreams of Spanking shoot, as it happens. She was the make-up artist for our shoot with Matt Christie. She mentioned to me that she was working as a professional spankee and we discussed the possibility of shooting together sometime.
Unfortunately I didn't have any opportunities open in 2013 (my casting is done scary far in advance these days - it's good to be in demand, I guess!) but we bumped into each other again last month at Leia-Ann Woods' Bottoms Up spanking party, and decided to make it happen before my trip to the US/Canada in April.
I sent her an email with some initial ideas for scenes, drawing inspiration from our mutual interest in queer performance and gender-fucking, and the fetishes listed on her website. Her reply? "Um oh my god I love you. Just saying. Can we do it all please?"
That was the first hint that this was going to go rather well.
Sadly, we couldn't do it all - not this time, at least. To keep things within budget we set it up as a co-shoot with Nimue's World, shooting a half day for Nimue's site and a half day for Dreams of Spanking. But I am absolutely certain that we will be shooting with Ms Vixxxen again.
For a spontaneous shoot arranged on short notice, it went incredibly well. With a total of five videos and three photosets it was a full day - especially since many of the scenes ended up being much more physically demanding than we'd expected, thanks to Ms Vixxxen's incredible enthusiasm, and tendency to ramp everything she does up to the max. But I think we created some of our best work yet, and I'm particularly happy with the photos.
This was one of the first shots I took, just fiddling with lighting settings while Vix got ready for her first scene. I love how it came out.
Nimue asked me to shoot the photos for her site, and we kicked things off with a latex body shapes set with Ms Vixxxen in full fetish model mode, striking various gymnastic poses. Heaps of fun, and I even got to spend ten minutes beforehand carefully polishing and spraying all her latex to make it extra shiny. It's a hard life.
Next we shot a grungy dance set in which Vix got to show off her ballet training; half in her tutu, and half fully nude. I'm delighted with how these came out and will be posting more previews on my blog. Both these galleries will be going up on Nimue's World soon.
Nimue's site has a much broader remit than Dreams of Spanking, and it's always a pleasure to be able to explore a wide range of fetish interests. Shooting for her is always sexy and can be a real eye-opener. I loved the first video she made with Ms Vixxxen, with Vix as a kinky butler in a latex collar and tie who was used as human furniture. Nimue made her hold a tray of sex toys, and then used her as a footstool while she brought herself to orgasm. Ms Vixxxen is a self-confessed forniphilia fan and she loved every moment of this scene. "That was amazing," she said afterwards, "I could feel your orgasm building through the vibrations in your foot. Wow!"
After that it was time for some Dreams of Spanking scenes. First we filmed a fun introductory spanking video which will be going live later today; then we moved to the dungeon for a Tank Girl/riot grrrl photoset inspired by the scissor striptease from the Tank Girl movie. Snip snip!
This turned into an incredibly physical, fetishy performance that showed off Ms Vixxxen's burlesque experience as she systematically shredded her clothes with an assortment of blades. From aggressive, spidery poses in her high heeled red patent boots, to licking knives, tearing her fishnets off her legs, climbing the bars of the cell, hanging upside down and cutting off her knickers with a tape cutter, it was one of the most punk performances I have ever seen. Apparently her burlesque name used to be SPANK Grrrl. This character will definitely be making a return in future scenes.
During our initial email conversation I'd somewhat hesitantly suggested something a little bit dirtier. "I can also see you in a rough n dirty scene with filthy talk, being shoved up against a wall, and some sexy BDSM/spanking. Possibly a lesbian scene, coming home from the gay club and not being able to wait until they get home..." Vix wrote back, and I quote, "OH FUCK YES LESBIAN SCENE." So we did that.
This video was a filthy hot resistance play scene with me as the femme top and her as the butch bottom. I pinned her to the wall, slapped her breasts and talked dirty while she fought and kicked, swearing right back in my face until I smacked her into submission. It was rough and raw and violent and the energy was incredible.
I knew that I liked shoving hot boi chicks around, but during the shooting of this film I also discovered a new kink. I was paddling her, she was struggling and mouthing off, so I stopped and told her I wouldn't give her another swat until she got back into position. Voluntarily.
There was a long pause. Eventually she says, "I hate you so very much right now" - and gets back into position. But then every stroke, she was counting "ONE, fuck you. Two, you fucking cunt. Three, fuck off you bitch." I loved her snarky stubborn bratting, the mutual aggression and energy. So very hot.
Finally, we did a Mad Men scene with her femmed up in her sexy secretary persona, and me all butch in a suit, tie and braces. This is my first ever spanking film in a male role and I hadn't worn drag for years. I'd forgotten how much I love it.
When I was in theatre groups at uni I used to do a lot of gender-hacking, cross-dressing for various roles and exploring different sides of myself. It's been a while since I expressed my more masculine side, but this felt great, and I love how the photos came out. This is definitely something I want to make more space for in my life, and in my porn. After all, my femme persona is as much a performance as anything else, so why not mix it up a bit?
Overall it was the queerest shoot Nimue and I have ever done and we loved it. Thank you Ms Vixxxen for being you, and for inspiring us to explore new territory. It was a long day, but I really enjoyed it and can't wait to shoot more material like this. The future is queer and kinky and avant-garde, grrls!
The first scene starring Ms Vixxxen will go live this weekend - watch this space.