I caught up with Lobo Al to talk about porn, underwear, and retirement.
What led you to begin exploring a career in porn?
I kind of stumbled into it by accident. There was a video shoot for ManHunter Video going on in Baltimore, and two of their actors cancelled out on them at the last minute. A friend of mine was there, and mentioned that he had someone that might be available to fill in. My friend called me and asked if I was interested in doing some porn acting work, and I said – “Why not!”
I went to the video shoot and was nervous as all hell. Funny thing was, the guy they partnered me up with was also at his first video shoot, so we were two porn virgins, so to speak. I finished the shoot and, once I came down from the filming high, I realised that I’d found something that not only excited me physically, but also emotionally.
Once I got started, there was no stopping me!
Would you describe yourself as an exhibitionist?
My leather-daddy, Logger Valentine, helped me come out of my very shy shell. I met him while I was still an active duty soldier – at that time, I’d rarely acted on my gay lifestyle. Heck, I hadn’t even gone to the bars in the area.
Every January, the Centaur MCs put on the Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend. I’d met Daddy Logger in November – that following January, he had me used as part of the centrepiece for their Leather Cocktails, which is the dinner portion of the weekend. I was wearing only a gold lamé loincloth, harness, and cape, while holding a large tray of shrimp for the attendees. When they opened the doors and over 1,800 men and women came at me, I learned to get over my shyness quickly. Suddenly, my exhibitionist side came out, and I had a blast!
That’s why I continued to do porn for over 16 years. It fed my exhibitionism as well as made my fans happy. I get many messages from fans who tell me they love my work and wish I would do more.
Who are some of your porn heroes or inspirations?
The very first that comes to mind is the legendary Al Parker. I can always get off on his work – both in front of, and behind the camera. Currently, I would have to say that it’s Nick Moretti. I’ve been following his work closely, and he does a great job behind the camera. Nick’s work is an inspiration to me.
If someone was considering giving porn a try, what advice or guidance would you give them?
First and foremost, realise that there is a chance that your family will find out. Web searches give a lot of details, so be prepared.
After that, the next question I would ask is – “Have you applied to any of the studios yet?” The thing to do is to pick the studios that produce the type of videos that you’re most interested in working in. Go to the websites of the studios that produce those videos that you would like to do. They’ll generally have an Apply To Model option somewhere on their site. Also, subscribe to their Facebook and Twitter pages. The thing you have to remember is that they get a lot of applications and only make maybe six films a year – Don’t expect immediate results, and never get discouraged.
What helps also is if you can make it to the various conventions and marketplaces – MAL, IML, TBRU, Folsom, Lazy Bear. Some of the studios show up there and are usually filming during the runs and are looking for models. A lot of the video companies send their reps and models to these events for video sales as well as for scouting missions.
I answer a lot of common, and some uncommon, questions on my website.
Can we talk underwear?
My favourite underwear to wear on a day-to-day basis is boxer-briefs from Perry Ellis – I bought them a couple years ago. Something about they way they fit and feel makes them my favourites. Generally, I’m a boxer-brief kind of guy, with an occasional ‘tighty-whitey’ thrown in.
To the gym, I’ll usually wear a jockstrap to keep the ‘boys’ where they belong and out of harm’s way. On other guys, I really don’t care as long as they’re comfortable, though I do have a weakness for a guy wearing a ’tighty-whitey.’
What are some of your goals and aspirations for the months ahead?
Unless a nice offer comes up, I’ve decided to go into porn actor retirement. I figured that 16-plus years was enough, and it’s time to let the next generation of Bear and Daddy performers take over. I might dabble in going behind the camera and direct a video. I think I have enough experience at seeing it being done. Other than that, I’m enjoying my retirement from work, spending my days with my dogs, and seeing what adventures I can get into in the Washington, D.C. area.