An Ode to Alternative Porn

An Ode to Alternative Porn

By Misti Dawn on April 08, 2011
  • al·ter·na·tive 
  • adj \ȯl-ˈtər-nə-tiv, al-\
  • 1. offering or expressing a choice <several alternative plans>
  • 2. different from the usual or conventional: as a : existing or functioning outside the established cultural, social, or economic system <an alternative newspaper> <alternative lifestyles> b : of, relating to, or being rock music that is regarded as an alternative to conventional rock and is typically influenced by punk rock, hard rock, hip-hop, or folk music


What is Alt Porn you may ask? What makes a performer different than a "mainstream" performer? Personally I think getting naked in front of a camera and having sex is pretty alternative on its own which I don't think many would argue. That being said, why do some performers get labeled as alternative?

Years ago, Alt was typically reserved for performers who were heavily tattooed or had a large amount of unusual piercings. But in today’s porn world you'd be hard pressed to find a performer without a single tattoo or piercing.  So could you now say that being tattoo and piercing free is the new alt?

The line between alt and mainstream has become nearly impossible to label in modern times which has caused many performers argue with each other about what is considered an alternative porn lifestyle.  While some performers maybe be into what other consider alt like a specific music taste, art, style, or generally abnormal interests in their everyday life, their job in in porn (let’s face it) is a look which ultimately is the product. At one glance without any other knowledge of a model you can’t tell anything else about her.  In this case, porn is just like real life. You can’t judge a book by its cover!

Your favorite porn star may have breast implants, bleach blonde hair, and a tan which is everything you would think is mainstream. But little do you know she dates the lead singer of Cannibal Corpse and is in to watching bodies being embalmed. Pretty Alt if you ask me! On the other end of the spectrum, you have a girl covered in tattoos, brightly colored hair and a nose ring who has a degree in psychology and spends her time rescuing animals from shelters. But because of what she looks like, she is type casted as the punk rock bad girl while the blonde is the cheerleader.

So we are here again. What is alt? Tattooed women are preforming in mainstream porn, and beach blonde babes are working with alternative porn companies. By the approach of people in porn 35 and older, alternative is tattoos, piercings, and odd colored hair. To people under 35, alt doesn't exist.

Editors Note: Thanks so much to the wonderful Misti Dawn for writing up this very cool article on the trials and tribulations of the Alternative Porn conversation that is constantly going on between fans and pornstars alike. If you want to read more of Misti's musings or want to see her rock a cock visit her website Remember to vote for YOUR favorite alternative pornstar on twitter for Monday's top 10. Send your votes to @olive_zzinsider

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