This page will be added to as I get asked more questions.
To start us off, here’s an interview I did with “ByTheRope” podcast…you can find his site with more industry interviews here:
“Tolstoy”Tony, huh? Guess you like long Russian novels then, huh? Where did the nickname come from?
My buddy Jerry, The Badman, of NaughtyTies (http://naughtyties.com/) gave it to me. Back in the day where I was only a consumer of material and not a producer, Jerry and I would talk thru e-mail a lot…mainly me talking as I’m long-winded in print. Don’t remember how it happened…but I believe one day he just up and said that my e-mails would make Tolstoy jealous from the length of them…and it just stuck. 🙂
How do you find your models?
Generally speaking, thru model/photographer websites such as ModelMayhem, ModelInsider…and even the social networking fetish website, FetLife. After that, I’d have to say the good old fashioned “Word Of Mouth” comes in next…I met Stacie Snow largely because Kimberly Marvel brought her to a shoot that another photographer was doing with her at my place. I was already interested in working with Stacie because of some convo we’d had at Mayhem…but seeing her in the flesh just sealed the deal. 🙂
Your models are SO BEAUTIFUL! Bondage seems likes such a charged situation…how do you keep your hands to yourself?
I get asked this more than you might believe. Go figure.
Short answer is a simple one: if I didn’t and I was pawing my models…I wouldn’t BE in business! 😉 Simply put: while I am a fetishist and bondage IS my fetish, I’m not paying the models to act upon my fetish…that would be a totally different set of circumstances entirely. I’m paying them to let me tie them up, gag them, photograph and video them in said bondage and that’s all. If I go outside those parameters thru the trust that they’ve put into me…it’s likely to be the last time I see them. Not only that, but that selfsame “word of mouth” I mentioned earlier can wind up putting me in a situation where no one will work for me again; something I can’t afford to have happening.
Beyond all that, there’s also the matter of RESPECT to consider. If I go outside a normal shoot constraint and into something else without discussing that in full, I deserve to never work again. 🙁 NOT COOL. Now, yes I know that there is material out there where a lot of grabbing/touching goes on…and you better damn well believe that both model and photographer are on the same page about it: limits are set to how MUCH pawing/groping can go on and they are adhered to. I’m just not doing many “kidnap” sequences right now, but prolly will be in the foreseeable future.
What’s model (fill in the blank) like?
I wasn’t aware that “Fill In The Blank” was still working…awesome; I need to set up a shoot with her!!!! 😉
OK, seriously now. I’m notorious for having a big heart where the models are concerned…so I think I can honestly say that the blanket answer to that question is,”She was a sweetheart to work with…I had the BEST shoot with her; she’s AWESOME!!!” That’s pretty much what I’ll say to this question every time…and it’s always true. I have yet to meet a bad egg. 🙂
Who’s your favorite model?
I don’t have favorites…that wouldn’t be fair. 🙁 They’re ALL my favorite! 🙂
Who’re your biggest influences?
I guess I have several…I first discovered Jon Woods (http://americandamsels.com/) when my interest was moving past “Detective” magazines and into the type of material I now produce (mainly thru Harmony communications)…his storylines and bondage were always awesome to me. But, my love of the ties, the engineering of the rigs and such got first sparked by RopExpert (http://ropexpert.com/), sparked even more by JBRoper (http://jbroper.com/), nurtured and mentored along by Jerry the Badman of NaughtyTies (http://naughtyties.com/) , and finally honed thru to perfection by Dave Annis (http://rope-bondage.com/).
Do those vibrators you put into the crotch ropes actually WORK?
***SIGH*** Lordy, how MUCH I get asked that one. 🙁 Short answer, yes; long answer and the logistics behind my using them, give this post a read… “Good Vibrations” Post
More as they get asked to me…reserving the right to update this page as necessary. 🙂