Part II of II “Alvin Goes Deep”
Readers, lurkers, Internet searchers, I have what you’ve been looking forward to. The follow up interview with Alvin Tan (www.alvinheaven.com). By the way, the clips he mentioned that topped the interracial category for seven days can be found here.
I interviewed Alvin Tan, who’s causing quite a stir as a promising Asian male entrant into adult film (click here for Part I of II), and there was a tremendously positive response. What’s clear to me, is that Alvin’s appeal comes from more than just the boring typical guy we see in mainstream porn. The anonymous penis without a personality, only good for the ‘ol thrust and bust.
I had friends remark that not only was the material sexy but that Alvin has intellectual appeal. He’s an articulate guy with an intriguing story. The popular images included those where he and the woman in the scene actually look like a couple.
With increasing numbers of women joining the ranks of porn viewers, there’s sufficient demand for a three-dimensional man. And ladies, he’s the kind of guy who’d nibble your neck, pull your hair, and leave you on the brink of consciousness.
In this second part, I take questions from blog readers and follow up on a few of the topics raised.
BAP: Welcome back Alvin. How are you?
I feel great. I’m pleased that part I of our interview together garnered a positive response.
BAP: So could you tell us a bit more about the more sexually restrictive cultures of Singapore and Malaysia? What were the restrictions like? How did you react growing up as a person who identified as sexually expressive, and what was that like?
The biggest restrictions were: 1) legal and 2) social. In both countries, even pre-marital sex itself is considered abhorrent. For Muslims in Malaysia, pre-marital sex is grounds for prosecution. Islam as a religion and the conservative Asian culture in general tend to demonize sex. In fact, when I started an exhibitionist blog with my ex-girlfriend back in 2012/2013, we were swiftly prosecuted for “producing pornography” (which was a crime — hell, merely consuming pornography is also a crime), even though we weren’t generating revenue at that time and simply did it out of exhibitionism and adventurism.
The last straw that broke the camel’s back was when we hosted two orgies from June-July 2013 (each with 15 participants) and posted the photos online — with consent — on our blog. They threw us in jail under the “Film Censorship Act” back then for that stunt. The irony is that those investigating officers in the police station asked way too many questions about the orgy itself that clearly were not relevant — it was clear how repressed, undersexed, and sexually frustrated those men were. I felt sorry for them.
BAP: Did you intend in for your comments and posts to be taken as harshly as they were.? How long were you jailed for?
First of all, make no mistake, Malaysia, like all other so-called “moderate” Muslim countries (e.g. Indonesia, Turkey, etc.), is nothing less than a totalitarian Islamic state ruled based on Qur’anic principles more than anything else. It’s secular and democratic only in name. While I’m at this, “moderate Muslim” is an oxymoron of the highest order — how can an ideology based on scripture so extremist, hateful, and full of endorsements of murder, violence, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and slavery be “moderate” by any reasonable interpretation of the word?
But I digress. My point is that many Muslims there don’t have a sense of humor, definitely not when it concerns their religion. I posted a greeting during the holy month of Ramadhan, inviting Muslims to break their fast with pork. For that, I was prosecuted under three separate laws (namely the Penal Code, the Sedition Act, and the Film Censorship Act), denied bail, and then imprisoned in a 6′ by 12′ cell for 9 days and 8 nights.
An appeal to a higher court later resulted in bail being granted, but only after a huge public outcry happened when they denied me bail just for a photograph and some porn.
BAP: I would have been angry, but to be fair there’s quite a bit of violence and extreme acts in the history and scripture in most world religions. I can’t say that I know how Islam is practiced in Malaysia, but I count Muslims among my friends and they’re quite reasonable people. So anyway, when did the idea of asylum come up? Was that tough on you personally? leaving home?
At the risk of sounding like a total ignoramus, I did not even know about the whole concept of political asylum until my cell mate in prison — an Iranian wanted by his government for converting to Christianity — told me to approach the United Nations High Commission for Refugees for help when (or if) I ever get out.
BAP: Now during the shooting, we view a narrow window of your time on a set. What goes on behind the scenes, can you describe some of it, including the interactions you have (or don’t have) with the female talent?
I could write endless paragraphs on this, but I’ll try to keep it concise. I’ve only completed three scenes so far, two with professionals and one with my personal friend. Based on my own experience, a typical shoot happens like this:
1) Everyone arrives. Female talent signs model release form to prove that she’s not a minor and doing this willingly. Producer checks for 14-day comprehensive STD results of both male and female talents to ensure that both are completely clean before a shoot. These tests cost a bomb ($155-165) and are usually paid by the talent herself. Crew sets up lights, sounds, and prepares the venue for shooting while female talent does her make-up. The director runs through the script or checklist to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
2) Very commonly, the shoot begins with some still photography, while everyone still looks good and is fresh. Still photography is often used for marketing materials. It also warms up the female talent and the male talent to each other. Sometimes, the male talent and female talent will be given time to get acquainted with each other (e.g. chit-chatting, kissing, whatever) — this wholly depends on the female talent, however. When I shot with my friend, Eden Day, I was kissing her the whole time, because we fucked before anyway. With Odette and Abbey, it was pretty much straight to work.
3) Videography takes place next. Scenes are often but not always shot continuously. I will try my best to share this from the male talent’s perspective. The hardest hurdle at first is usually for the male talent to be able to get a “usable erection” (an industrial term) to start the scene (usually a handjob/blowjob scene), which is why the male talent needs to be very reliable in being able to get and keep “good wood” on command. This is why, while many men would like to fuck hot women on camera for money, far fewer actually have the ability to do the job. Most men wouldn’t even feel comfortable getting naked in front of other men, which is the easiest step.
It takes not only tremendous body comfort to be nude in front of everyone but also, in my personal opinion, extensive “hookup” experience in the male talent’s personal life to guarantee that performance anxiety will not get the better of him on shooting day. He needs to be thoroughly not intimidated by getting sexual with women he just met. A guy who is concerned about other people checking out his body plus who has limited experience with women in his personal life will almost always have erectile difficulty on a porn set. I’ve seen this happen not only on porn sets (anyone else sEd Vitaly’s embarrassing Bang Bros debut?) but also during my swinging years with inexperienced couples and in the orgies that I hosted in the past. It’s a shame that these orgy participants paid $200-300 to join only to discover that they had an inability to get it up in front of other people. One of them tried to get a refund because he couldn’t get a hard-on – request denied.
Thousands of dollars are usually invested upfront just to make a shoot happen, so, if the male talent has a limp dick on the shooting day itself, everything else crumbles. And this is not something that fluffers can solve; if you’re a nervous wreck, no amount of blowing will make a penis hard, because it’s not physical stimulation that’s lacking but mental permission.
Even with a hard-on, porn positions are not designed to maximize physical pleasure for the talents but to optimize viewing pleasure for the audience. This means attempting many uncomfortable positions and “opening up to the camera” (a common phrase in the industry). Opening up to the camera can be done in a few ways for the male talent. For instance, cunnilingus is done by tilting the head to the side and resting the ear on the inner thigh. Doggy style is accomplished by putting one arm behind the back so as not to block the ongoing penetration. Stop-and-go is also a common practice in porn shoots to allow for the cameraman to capture the best angles. For porn that is shot continuously, the crew usually gives a cue to the talents for when to change positions or move on to the next phase.
For the finish, it’s usually pre-agreed upon with the female talent how it happens, unless you want to risk a Stoya versus James Deen happening to you. Finishing on the face or breasts is most common; cream pies usually cost more, and not every female talent does it. For male talents who cannot finish on cue, what happens is that a separate scene is shot. It’s quite the norm that a male talent who has trouble finishing holds his phone in his hand watching his favorite porn while trying to finish off on the female talent’s face/body.
Most shoots take 2-3 hours, depending on the script. If dialogue is involved, it can take longer. During breaks, the crew and cast usually indulge in small talk, and the talents drink water and catch their breath. Sometimes the male talent goes soft, and sometimes the female talent becomes sore and needs lubing up.
During my shoot with Eden, I was fucking her for fun, the cameraman interviewed her and recorded it on his phone while we copulated, and we had a blast. During my shoot with Abbey, I tried to fuck her for fun, and she was like, “I’m sore, let’s save that for the shoot.” Smart girl…
I guess the main takeaway is that a porn shoot can be incredibly stressful for the male talent, and stress increases the chances of mechanical failure for the male talent on the day itself. The stress multiplies if you’re producing your own shoot, because you have to deal with location issues, instructing the crew, directing, managing everything, and bearing the financial responsibility of running your own shoot while still performing your best on camera. It calls for not only a rare combination of skills but also tremendous resolve to not falter.
I personally meditate in my free time and visualize fucking the female talent many times in my head before the shooting day. I also take Zinc, Magnesium, and L-Arginine supplements and stay celibate for at least a week before any shoot. I also believe in hooking up with as many girls as possible (protection at all times, of course) to keep anxiety at bay and also rehearse/experiment new moves.
BAP: I guess you made some fans in the first interview because I got one very specific request that made me laugh throughout the day.
“Can you ask Alvin for a signed photo? Only, ask him if he would sign it with his cock… like dip it in paint and thwap! I promise to buy a frame and put it on my wall.”
She didn’t specify the color of paint though I don’t know if that would affect your answer either way. In fact, I’m going to be opportunistic here, if you do one, would you do another, and the first person to ask for it (email, Twitter, or comment) can have the other one?
Hahahahaha. That really made my day. I’d go a step further and sign it in my cum. Or is that too gross?
BAP: Well, I’m sure that might appeal to many, but given that I’ll be receiving and sending them out, I’d say we stick with the paint. Go with something hypoallergenic.
Okay, so give us an idea of what direction you’d like to take your career in. Do you foresee yourself doing some less common stuff, for instance, I’ve seen female talent do “fan appreciation” or “fuck a fan day” or maybe working in the more specialized fetish markets?
My biggest fear is that I’ll forever be consigned to a fetish category. “Niche” is not exactly my favorite term in the business. The aim of course is to gain broad appeal not only in porn but also beyond porn, e.g. Hollywood. Me running my own productions is simply a stepping stone to hopefully getting consistent work in the industry, and, if it doesn’t work out, I’d still be satisfied in coming this far.
Just a year ago, I was battling prosecution for some stupid shit in some cesspool of a third-world Islamic shithole in the middle of bumfuck nowhere, and now I’m shooting porn and doing what I love. I count myself incredibly lucky to even be in this position, and I’ll take it slowly. No rush to anywhere — I have nothing to prove to anyone. At the risk of sounding unambitious, I simply want to do what I love, be happy, and live with no regrets.
BAP: Well Alvin, it’s been a real pleasure meeting you. Thanks for sharing your time and thoughts. I wish you a successful a fun filled career.
You’re welcome, and thank you very much for giving me a voice. I hope your blog takes off too.
Edit: I have a tablet that does handle animated gifs well so here… From Alvin, a present…
Actually, it would be way better to include some animated GIFs:
From “Ginger with a Stranger” (coming soon) – https://twitter.com/AlvinTanYOLO/status/674891917436436480?s=09
From “Cockasian Love” – https://twitter.com/AlvinTanYOLO/status/674904400502984704?s=09