ManCrush: Dave London
We caught up with Dave London to talk exhibitionism, inspirations, and underwear.
What led you to start exploring a career in porn?
I’ve been involved in porn – on and off – for my whole adult life, but its never been my main job.
I feel like Mr Average in an industry full of guys who are obviously well above average. I’ve always treated it as a fun part-time job or hobby.
I originally got approached by a photographer at a club in Manchester in 1994 – I think it was Paradise Factory – and I never looked back. I’d always been a spotty, skinny, shy teenager – this was a massive self-confidence boost and really brought me out of my shell. Everyone I knew saw a massive change in my confidence. It really changed my life.
Porn has been such a positive thing for me ever since. It supported me financially through my degree and PhD studies, and gave me a boost if I ever slipped back into self-doubt.
I had a big break from porn for 10 years, but then got back into it around eight years ago when I started filming for Brutaltops and Eurocreme. Becoming a ‘daddy’ has been so much fun – I’m enjoying every single scene I film.
Would you describe yourself as an exhibitionist?
I’m a total exhibitionist! I think being such a shy and introverted teenager just made me go totally extreme in later life when I realised what fun I could have with my pants off.
I don’t think I’m as confident as a lot of porn-stars, but I’ve never been shy about getting naked for the lads, wherever and whenever I can.
People that know me well often joke that it’s really difficult to find a photo of me without my dick or ass out. There’s actually some photos of me in my 20s – totally naked and hard at well-known London landmarks. I’m particularly proud of those.
Who are some of your porn heroes or inspirations?
Oddly, I don’t really watch much porn, so I’m probably not very up to date with the big names.
My current favourite porn-star is Mars Barcelona who I filmed with for Eurocreme. Not only is he one of the best-looking guys that I’ve ever met, but he’s such a warm and supportive person and works so hard at his porn career.
Porn-stars that have a great social media presence inspire me, as I think self-promotion is the path to a long and successful porn career nowadays rather than relying on a studio. I think my biggest porn hero ever would probably be Harry Louis – he certainly know how to work social media successfully!
I’ve always been obsessed with male strippers, so that tends to be the kind of video I would watch if I was having a wank. One guy who I think who really gets the tease right – but isn’t afraid to show dick – is Henry Licett. You can see that influence in any solo videos or cam shows that I do where I take plenty of time building up to the reveal.
Do you enjoy the entrepreneurial side of the adult entertainment industry?
As porn has only ever been a part-time job or hobby for me, I’m not very business focused – I tend to be extremely random and inconsistent. However, I try to project the real me on social media – I think that has worked in my favour in porn for some reason and I get away with the inconsistency.
I’ve certainly enjoyed building up a social media presence, and the feedback I get definitely influences the path I take, the scenes I make, and the companies I work with.
You can tell quickly whether the scene that you’ve just made is what people want to see by the comments you get.
I was a late arrival to the fan-sites, so I’m definitely playing catch-up, but its nice to be able to take control of how you market the content.
I’m only just starting to realise how important your porn-star brand is – it’s a very tough market!
Can we talk underwear?
I have a massive underwear fetish – I have a whole cupboard full of underwear that I’ve collected over the years.
Day-to-day, I go with comfort over fashion every time. I shave my balls and trim my pubes, so I find that briefs are the most comfortable for me as I can wear my dick in the downwards position for minimal chafing. For briefs, my top recommendations would be Andrew Christian – particularly if you’ve got a huge dick – and Box menswear who just get the cut right every time. I also like JJ Malibu for their cheeky designs and Modus Vivendi for their interesting and innovative jock designs.
For the gym, I think you can’t beat a jock under some tight gym shorts, particularly for squats – I could watch that all day.
On other guys, I’m obsessed with jocks – especially if you can see that they’re wearing one through their clothes. Recently, I saw a buff guy in the park with low-hung jeans – the top of his butt was showing below the waistband of his jock and it was one of the hottest things I’ve ever seen. I love burying my face between a guy’s ass cheeks and rimming his hole while he’s wearing a jock.