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Dolf Dietrich takes us behind-the-scenes

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I caught up with Dolf Dietrich to talk about his new series, launching on Gayhub. Gayhub is a new video and social media platform for the LGBTQ community.

What attracted you to Gayhub to share some insights into your day-to-day life?

When I first began my career in the adult industry, in 2012, I worked for a few years from my home as a webcam model for Flirt4Free. When I was approached by GayHub with the concept of sharing my adventures via a brand new non-porn related platform, I was intrigued. I was fully sold on the idea when they told me that the parent company of GayHub is Flirt4Free. It was as if my porn career was coming full circle back to the platform I began with, but this time I have a well-known established name and a unique new opportunity.

What sort of updates will you be sharing on your Gayhub channel?

My persona as Dolf has always been one of an alpha-dominant pig top — rest assured, that is part of what makes me tick, however, I have a really goofy, nurturing, and sweet side that I love to show and my fans seem to really relate to.

I live in the centre of Manhattan, one of the most exciting cities in the world, and I plan on showcasing my urban adventures in a new series called Dolf and the City where I’ll share videos from around the city — from the hottest Broadway shows, to local hot-spots, dining, and more.

I’ll also be sharing workout tips, my thoughts about body positivity, anti-bullying, mental health, and self-esteem issues.

Will you be sharing any porn or amateur sex?

No — I have an OnlyFans account for that. My Onlyfans is almost exclusively solo content — I’m trying something new there by catering to fans’ special kinky requests, and having fun with that.

The videos that I’ll be producing with Gayhub will be vanilla for sure, featuring interviews, my thoughts and musings, perhaps some of my really bad dancing or singing. Don’t get me wrong, there will be skin shown for sure, and I will push it to the limit, but this venture is really about showing the life behind the ‘porn star’ Dolf Dietrich.

One of my friends — who has seen the videos — said that I’m 50 percent Dolf and 50 percent Topher when I’m being filmed. Topher is my real name.

There’s a ton of videos of me having sex in every position possible on the internet. This is something completely different.

Does this represent a change in career direction for you?

I believe everyone should evolve in their career, and this is just another step in the evolution of Dolf Dietrich. I will eventually phase out the filming and live appearances, but right now I have the time and energy to do it all.

I’m proud of my success, and the inspiration I’ve given others — until I’m not ‘having fun’ doing this anymore, I’ll continue to perform. I love what I do, I love my fans, and I love sex!

How frequently will you be releasing updates on your Gayhub channel?

I’ll be releasing updates and videos weekly on Gayhub. I’ll also write one blog article a month, because this is a platform for my ‘uncensored’ views. Many Gaylebrities will also be submitting their views on the blog as well because Gayhub is a platform of gay voices and perspectives that’s uncensored — unlike the demonisation of gay content and media by YouTube. The censoring of LGBTQ voices by YouTube is one of the reasons that Gayhub has been created.

Who are some of your reality TV inspirations?

I’ve never seen any of the Kardashian shows, none of the Bachelorette shows, nor any of the Housewives shows — not my cup of tea. My husband and I are addicted to the Great British Bake Off. I love seeing regular people with extraordinary talents create beautiful things. We also get inspired by other shows where talents are showcased — such as Project Runway, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and So You Think You Can Dance.

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“In a fictional universe I would wield magic”

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Artwork by Stefano Junior (image supplied)
Artwork by Stefano Junior (image supplied)

I caught up with artist Stefano Junior to talk art, illustration, and super-powers.

When did you start to explore your passion for illustration and art?

I’ve been drawing as far back as I can remember. According to my parents, I drew a very convincing female figure from my imagination at about three or four years old. From then on, when I wasn’t at school, watching cartoons, or voraciously reading comic books, I’d be drawing. My parents eventually enrolled me in a fine arts weekend program at a local college — I studied there for several years while going through grammar and middle school.

What is it about superheroes that appeals to you?

In hindsight, apart from the obvious colourful allure of superhero adventures, it was the transformative nature that is the basis of most superhero narratives. As a child, in suburban 80s America, with my penchant for the arts, girls toys, and a foreign name, I was bullied extensively — superheroes provided a means to escape, I could imagine that I might one day extricate myself from that oppression.

Books like Chris Claremont’s X-Men, which were ripe with soap-opera-like drama, reassured me that my ‘latent’ powers weren’t things to be ashamed of. Roger Stern’s run on Superman affirmed my beliefs that though people could be cruel and misguided, it didn’t mean that I should have to sacrifice my ethics and sense of what’s right. George Pérez’s Wonder Woman — that she was an immigrant appealed to me as a first-generation Italian, and she never lost her compassion for even her greatest foes.

Growing up with older sisters and a strong Italian matriarch may have influenced me gravitating to female heroes. But there was also the allure of the outrageous 80s feminine glamour of heroes like She-Ra, or the many fantastic mutant women of the X-universe who all played such pivotal roles in the series while donning fantastic costumes created by amazing artists like Paul Smith, Arthur Adams, and Marc Silvestri.

I love your drawings of Sorceror Stefano — is that an alter ego?

I’ve been developing an illustrated version of myself over the years. I’m currently studying cartooning at the School of Visual Arts — comic legend Phil Jimenez was one of my instructors my sophomore year. Our mid-term assignment was to create a fictionalised life drawing of ourselves in a turnaround. So I photographed myself, and further developed the design of my Sorcerer self. As an artist, the process of creation feels like sorcery, so were I to exist in a fictional universe, I would definitely wield magic. I’d also like to be physically invulnerable.

Who are some of your art heroes or inspirations?

My inspirations are pretty vast. From the art world it includes Bernini, Gabriel Rosetti, and Waterhouse. From comics it includes Esteban Maroto, Garcia Lopez, Marc Silvestri, Brian Bolland, George Perez, Phil Jimenez, Adam Hughes, Colleen Doran, Art Adams, and especially Alan Davis — both for the aesthetic beauty and elegance of his art, and as a draughtsman and storyteller.

If you could do a life drawing of a male super-hero, who would you choose?

Henry Cavill as Superman.

Your moustache game is pretty strong — what does your moustache say about you?

At its most base, it’s a homage to the machismo of the 1980s — particularly my hero, Tom Selleck as Magnum PI. He’s the epitome of masculine idealisation.

I grow it and shave it constantly — it’s spawned its own cartoon of my creation. You can follow the exploits of me and my moustache — Mr. Mustardo — on Instagram. It’s absolutely vain, but it allows for me to be humorous in a single panel cartoon form that deviates from the more representative work and superhero storytelling that I’ve primarily been focused on.

What are some of your goals and ambitions for the months ahead?

I hope to further develop an original comic that I started in the Fall, that centres around a complex heroine and a magical discovery. Plus there’s some newer humorous cartoons that Id like to serialise online somehow — one that follows the exploits of a majordomo in an early 20th century hotel, another that follows a boy through multiple mediums and circumstances that end badly.

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