||The first time I joined this site I surprised even myself as I’m not a big fan of tattoos and piercings. Or so I thought.
The site seems to be quite a bit different now than the last time I reviewed it. Back in 2009 when dracken commented on it, and even as recently as a year ago when I reviewed it, the site had a ‘community’ feel to it, like it wasn’t necessarily a professional porn site but a site owned and run by people into this lifestyle. (That was and still is highlighted by the obvious connection that Joanna Angel has with this site. Any of her fans NEED to get a membership here.) The site still has that feel to it with the blogs, a forum, event listings and chats, but it is clearly more ‘professional’ now.
The last time I reviewed the site it was broken down into several sub-sites. Those are listed in my previous review if you’re interested in seeing what those were. Those divisions seem to be gone now in favor of putting all the videos up on the main page and relying on a pull-down menu to sort by niche. This may be a personal thing, but I prefer the new way: all the scenes are right there and there are convenient ways to sort by star or niche.
The site is part of the Fame Digital family of sites. In my opinion, Fame has the porn Midas touch in that they nail the Holy Trinity for porn sites: the porn is incredibly hot with high production values, the site is well organized, and the porn is easy to access for streaming or downloads. The only caveat with Fame is that you need to track which of their billing companies you paid through because you’ll need to know that when it comes time to cancel.
Another way the site is different now is that they use a look more common to other Fame sites: the scene thumbnail opens into a page where all your options for streaming and downloads are in sub-menus. If you’re familiar with any of Fame’s sites you’ll realize that this is both intuitive and easy to use. Also like other Fame sites, this one offers some of the widest choices for streaming and downloads. Other porn companies need to copy this. The oldest videos on the site date from 2008 and are available for download in either WMV or MP4 in 160p, 240p, 360p and 480p. Obviously these aren’t great, but they look okay and they were great when they were uploaded. The really good news, however, is that like most Fame sites, this site jumped into HD early: videos uploaded as early as mid-2009 offer both 720p and 1080p in MP4 format. This was way ahead of the curve for most adult sites in 2009. The icing on the cake is that however fame encodes its scenes, in either 720 or 1080 they look amazing. Some sites offer 1080 that still looks pixilated. Please Fame, if you’re reading this please offer encoding lessons to other sites. Or just buy them out.
I downloaded the 1080p versions and those come in at 1980x1280 and 6800kb/s bitrate.
The site currently has 719 scenes of varying length. The scenes run the gamut from solo, POV, b/g, group, g/g, anal; in other words, just what you’d expect from an adult site. The models also have some variation so depending on the look you like you’re apt to find lots to satisfy you. The site updates frequently and regularly with several scenes being added weekly.
If the site has one glaring fault it’s that pics are still not offered in zips. I know this is primarily a video site, but for those who like to collect photos of their favorite models it would be a good idea to offer zips.
Download managers are supported and like other Fame sites this one has resolved the issue of short-duration time-outs. Links don’t last forever, but they will last about an hour and that is a huge improvement over what was offered even a year ago.
So that leaves dealing with the 800lb gorilla in the room: that the models don’t sport a mainstream look. If that is an absolute deal-breaker for you, then there is no way you’d like this site. If, however, you have even a remote interest in this niche then I highly recommend checking this site out. The models are all really beautiful and but for the tattoos and piercings they look like the beautiful models that work in other parts of the porn industry. There are varying levels of body modifications too: not all the models are heavily tattooed and pierced; some are very light on both. Katie St. Ives, for example, is on this site and I doubt many would consider her a niche model.
The bottom line is that just in the past year this site has made some changes that, while subtle, have made a great site even better. It’s a large and growing site that offers excellent quality (in production values and in how they look on your monitor or TV) at a discounted price and features unique-but-beautiful models. What’s not to like? I highly recommend joining.