Moments with Tara Lynn Foxx: “Bondage, Ball Gags, and the Castle”
Rich Moreland, June 2011.
Gonzo queen, interracial hottie, vanilla starlet? Take your pick when (go)ogling Tara Lynn Foxx. But, be sure to add BDSM kinkster to your shopping list of TLF pics and vids you want to see. Tara is a sexy bottom who can “rule” a bondage shoot, flipping her submissiveness into a feminist attitude of empowerment that marks her (pun intended for BDSM fans) as an emerging star in adult film kink.
Tara’s visits to San Francisco’s Kink.com porn edifice, affectionately known as the Castle, are repeated homecomings. As of this writing, she’s shot over fifty times for Peter Acworth and has a particular fondness for two of the Armory’s repertoire of websites—ultimatesurrender.com, all-girl wrestling in front of an audience, and hogtied.com., the company’s original bondage site.
Ultimatesurrender is “my favorite right now,” Tara says. Not surprising, the girl is competitive.
Bondage shoots beg for good directors and Kink has them. So, whom does Tara like?
Her first love was Hogtied’s Lochai who has since returned to his native Baltimore. “Sweet and very caring,” is how she describes him. His replacement Matt is high on her list now.
Tara adores Princess Donna, whom she amusingly characterizes as a pervert, and Isis Love, a close friend whom Tara trusts. “She knows how to push my boundaries in a good way,” Tara says of Isis.
Wait a minute, how does a porn girl define “pervert?”
Perverts “have naughty thoughts,” Tara says, responding to my interruption of our conversation, “and are not afraid to share them.”
“They love sex as much I do,” she adds.
TLF flashes that impish smile again. “I’m a perv ‘cause I think dirty things and then act on them!”
Makes sense to me. Now back to Kink’s webmasters.
“I really like all the directors to be honest with you,” she says. “I love a lot of their sites so it’s hard to pick favorites.”
In bondage and ball gag scenes, confidence among the players frames a sexually hot experience. A director wants to seduce a restrained model into ethereal moments of ecstasy. That means eliminating doubt and hesitation.
A superb dominant can lure a sub into a space-time continuum, referred to as “subspace” or “mindspace,” that shapes the eroticism of a BDSM experience. The inner journey is reflected in a model’s eyes and Tara’s entice the camera with a tantalizing vulnerability.
I ask TLF to comment on a Kink shoot she did with Wolf Hudson, a much-admired performer who divides his time between hetero and gay filming. Tara’s scene with Wolf was one of the steamiest I’ve witnessed in BDSM film.
“I know Wolf and love him as a person,” Tara says. “He’s really cool, he’s very talented, and his dick is amazing.”
The shoot was for the Training of O website. Tara was tied, legs spread, warmed up with some flogging and ready for penetration. Wolf worked the scene slowly. As he nestled his lips near hers, Tara gazed into his eyes before retreating deeper into subspace. Her head tilted just enough for that succumbing “fuck me” look Kink members pay to see.
“We had really great chemistry,” Tara remembers, brightening in recognition of a memorable experience. “I felt so comfortable with him, I think that really showed.”
Indeed it did.
The scene was condom friendly and for Tara that ensured her personal satisfaction. There is no cajoling at the Armory to eschew safer sex.
“I was able to relax and really have sex,” she comments.
In the porn universe, there is a distinction between sex and “real” sex. The first is a paycheck; the second is pleasure rewarded with a paycheck.
Tara reinforces what I’ve heard repeatedly among adult performers. Having “real sex” is all too rare. “You don’t get to do that a lot on camera,” she explains, “you really have to get comfortable fast.” Waiting on the set creates a need to move forward with filming when the time is ripe, a demanding environment in which to sustain the emotions that yield good sex.
And, of course, condoms are the prescription for the sweet and salty of “real sex.” Anal is now routine and the question of what co-stars did the night before and with whom they did it with is always in the back of a girl’s mind when the penetration moment comes. For Tara, condoms spell relief and elevate the connections she seeks with favorite performers.
I’m curious about the punishment segments of her BDSM shoots and referenced the T of O episode under James Mogul’s direction. Mogul’s a master psychologist, tough on models, keeping them off balance emotionally to probe their inner sexual core. And he uses his whips with efficiency.
James likes scenes to constantly evolve under his orchestration. He “just kept the shoot going,” Tara recalled. He “kept me on my toes because I had to think fast.” James’ style is to pose lots of questions and demand immediate answers.
“If I didn’t answer, then I would get punished,” she says.
But hey, sweetheart, you’re a hot sensuous bondage model with a fan following, what do you expect?
“Yeah, I like to get punished,” Tara concedes with a slight giggle, “but not all the time!”
She confesses that she was naïve about the BDSM community, “almost stupid,” when she ran headlong into James. A newbie to bondage play, Tara quickly got an education.
Having seen James at work, I can appreciate TLF’s next point. “He kept me feeling safe,” she says.
Precaution is a hallmark of James’ directing, as it is in every Kink production. A Kink episode is stressful and draining on a model; it can be intimidating and painful if she is a novice to BDSM play. But with James and the other directors, a baby in a blanket could not be more secure than a performer in their hands.
Sound like fun? Before you get out a flogger or cane to induce a little playtime with your lover, keep in mind it’s more than just a stroke or two on the canvass of back or butt.
Pay attention perverts and listen to Tara.
Working at Kink is a “mindfuck.”
She is upfront and direct. “Anybody can sit there and whip you with a flogger, but for me to get pleasure out of it you have to really be in my head.” The Kink pathway into the brain is verbal and tactile; directors talk and caress during shoots.
“The things they do to us are more painful when they’re in our heads. At the same time, when they’re in our heads the pain gets turned into pleasure,” Tara affirms.
It’s a process and Tara comments that Princess Donna is a fascinating example of how it is accomplished. She is a champion at inducing models to “feel what she is doing” and making certain they are sky-high with the seduction of bondage play. Donna is “intriguing” Tara adds, because BDSM is her personal lifestyle.
Failure to guide a bottom through the transition into “subspace” defeats the experience of BDSM play. “If they’re not in my head,” Tara is adamant, “it’s just going to be pain and I’m not into it or them.”
Tara relishes her submissiveness; however, to be a good bottom is to be demanding. She knows that her pleasure is cerebral. If the shoot isn’t working for her, she will mentally invert the scene. “I actually feel dominant over them,” she remarks, adding that if her tops can’t induce the “mindfuck,” then her feistiness vaporizes her “subspace.”
My bet is that in time TLF will follow well-known Kink subs like Bobbi Starr and Lorelei Lee who now “switch” (shoot as doms) for Acworth. Both are feminists, as is Princess Donna by the way, and Tara’s sassiness mirrors theirs. TLF has learned from the best to get what she wants.
There’s more I could tell you like how our sweetie sizzles with a huge ball gag between her pouty lips and what a lovely gape shot she had in a Kink shoot with the aforementioned Lorelei Lee, but maybe later. For now I’ll relate what Tara appreciates about filming in the City by the Bay.
It’s being in the Spanish Revival fortress on Mission Street, reveling in its Victorian architecture and socializing with the terrific people who work there. It is home. Tara popped her bondage cherry with her first Kink shoot and she’s been loved there ever since.
“One of my favorite things about going to the Castle is bumping into Peter,” she says. “He is just so . . . words don’t describe that man. But I love getting a hug from him.”
How the little things make a difference!
Rich continues his research on feminism and adult film. A book is in progress and Tara Lynn Foxx is one the industry stars whose words and stories are highlighted in the text.