Americans didn’t invent porn, but they sure have made it their bitch! Cynics might say they have commodified desire; but others hail the liberating effects of porn.
Along the way, the US of A has given rise to some of the most iconic names in gay porn: Jeff Palmer, Jeff Stryker, Pete Kuzak, Brent Corrigan, Austin Wilde, Buck Angel, Colby Keller. The list is endless.
The industry began modestly in the postWWII era of strict censorship with physique titles and photo services like the Athletic Model Guild and Physique Pictorial. When the production and distribution of porn finally became legal, iconic studios like Falcon, Colt and Catalina delivered super-masc men to porn cinemas and, later, via VHS cassette and DVD.
In the digital age, online studios like Randy Blue, Next Door Men, Sean Cody, Corbin Fisher and Cocky Boys proved America’s aptitude for creating hot smut! The diversity of tastes is also evident with specialist studios like Active Duty,
8TeenBoy, 30Men, FraturnityX, Str8Thug and Treasure Island.
Now, social media platforms like Instagram can direct devotees to the FanOnly subscription apps of their favourite hunks, making the experience even more personal and unique. The huge reach of live sex cam platforms like Cam4 gives amateur and anonymous performers the chance to reach a global and mobile audience (and their cash).
Advancements in culture and technology are helping the US porn industry adapt and grow. Gay porn studios are continually broadening their repertoire, producing scenes with men of all shapes, colours and sizes. And, it seems, one day soon, we’ll be able to have a fully sensory,
3D interactive, virtual experience of our favourite porn stars in the comfort and privacy of our own homes.
America is also the place that allows foreigners with natural porn talent to flourish: Michael Lucas (Russia), Francois Sagat (France), Paddy O’Brien (Ireland), Dean Monroe (Australia). Now tell us immigration isn’t a good idea!
2010s The Sex Cam era.
90s The dot com days: Malachi and Reece of Randy Blue.
70-80s On VHS and DVD: COLT’s Pete Kuzak.
50s Mail order: The Athletic Model Guild.
Now OnlyFans star, Griffin Barrows.