Exploring Virtual Intimacy in Khaki is Not Leather
Six stories of human loneliness, connection, nearness and isolation by creative duo Konyin Ayuba and Ray Smiling.
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One year and an uncountable amount of lockdowns plus many more self-isolation rules into the pandemic that stripped us all – single people above all –  of the ability to freely socialize and express ourselves intimately with one other, the cathartic light at the end of the tunnel of loneliness has yet to make a real appearance. 

If at the beginning of 2020 we were able to downplay the virus and its unchained wrath on human interaction by coming up with creative ways to stay connected and sane through the use of new-gen software and matrix-like second realities, at the beginning of 2021 a much denser and tenser atmosphere can be perceived. 

The frivolous, exciting essence of digital sexual performance and compulsive sexting that initially granted an escape from the mundane and served as an exercise to keep our serotonin receptors stimulated while also allowing us to unleash our deepest, darkest fetishes, quickly turned into business talk. 

 

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khaki is not leather miilkiina

The use of the infamous pay-per-view platform Onlyfans surged. Cam-people from every walk of life finally could turn their prohibited hustle into an open discussion without being overly bashed and shunned by the bigots populating the internet.  Even celebrities found an opportunity to be creative and connect deeply with their fans leveraging on the trendy mischief.

Oakland-bred R&B sensation Kehlani was inspired to dedicate a video to the once-taboo hustle of camming.
Ex-Disney Channel starlet Bella Throne’s name became a trending topic after reaching 8-figures in one day of operation and pushing OnlyFans to cap its entertainers’ income and hold their cash to later come out saying she was producing a movie based on the experience and stir even more controversy up.

The filter provided by the bright screen of our devices acted as a quantum hole in which anything and everything was allowed, giving even the most introverted people a reason to open up and experiment with what would otherwise be frightening: allowing others into our most intimate zone.

Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, Grindr.. All worked tirelessly to provide much needed features like video chat and the possibility to open geo-localization so that its users could match with potential distant lovers from other corners of the world – a great opportunity for those who have been using the excessive downtime to learn a new language on Duolingo to put their new skills into practice.
After all, why not prep ourselves for the next time we would be able to flirt with a smoking hot French person while sitting at a café on the dirty streets of Paris – no I am not referring to the borderline insulting Netflix production Emily In Paris –  without having to rely on the promiscuous “Voulez Vous Coucher Avec Moi?” line that we learned listening to Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Lil Kim and Mya in their burlesque-ish track Lady Marmalade

On the other hand, long distance relationship lovers were forced to renew their vows of patience and, for the first time since AOL chat rooms, the juvenile lyrics of Soulja Boy’s smash hit Kiss Me Thru The Phone suddenly didn’t seem so silly anymore. 

Is the easier access to filtered intimacy a good replacement for the real life thing, or is the pandemic just making couples stronger (the pregnancy announcement boom on IG speaks for itself) and single people even more alone? 

Konyin Ayuba and Ray Smiling took to visual art to explore the subject in their first ever collaborative project “Khaki is Not Leather”. A collection of six short films shot remotely inspired by the reclusive lifestyle we have been forced into over the course of the past year.

An ongoing, informal conversation about the current bizarre situation and how dating is essentially suspended led the two friends to explore and speculate on how people possibly may have channeled their repressed sexual energy. 

 “What was happening in the world with these near dangerously high levels of horny energy? Our theory was that Camgirls/boys were gonna see a wild uptick in business.” said co-author Ray when interrogated about the project’s inception. 

The absurd circumstances in which the creators found themselves in also skewed their creative options and squeezed the fiction out of them.

“At the time we had been in lockdown for only a couple of weeks, me in LA and Raymond in NY, and no one really knew what the fuck was going on or when we’d be back to normal. We were in this “new normal” as everyone likes to call it so the distance felt real and oppressive and wide enough to create these little fantastical stories. Then we introduced a digital layer, being the Cam world, that felt really specific to the two of us. We’re both HUGE internet people. We met through the internet.” said Konyin in regards to the specificity of the series and how their personal backgrounds play a role in the choice of medium and subject.

The carousel of short films is to be watched at one’s discretion, without the need to follow a chronological order as each story stands alone while being tied to the rest of the series by the underlying theme.

As the deadly virus keeps on holding the keys to our castles and worldwide civil unrest echoes louder by the minute, allow us an invitation into a chamber of indulgence.
Grab a fizzy drink, sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

EP. 1 “TILDA”- A cam girl and her client experience an unexpected connection. What starts out as a normal exchange of pleasure for pay turns into butterflies as both characters swoon over a common pop-culture icon.

EP. 2 “MALLA, HELP ME”- A man trying to distract himself from the fear of getting Covid turns to a camgirl to fulfill a very specific fantasy.

EP. 3 “TABLE FOR ONE”- An over the top mukbang performance takes an unexpected turn to the heartfelt.

EP. 4 “TO TWERK, PERCHANCE TO DREAM”- A distraught man reminisces about a beach trip with his ex-girlfriend, longing to have her back.

EP. 5 “IT BITES BACK”- A provocative and uncomfortable sexual fantasy is role-played between a cam girl and her client.

EP. 6 “GHOST RIDER”- A woman fantasizes about an unrealized and other-worldly sexual experience with a camboy.

Director: Ray Smiling
Writers: Konyin Ayuba & Ray Smiling
Producer: Chris Dodds

Cast:
Damien Lemon, Yaya Williams (“Tilda”);
Emma Kikue, Vince Nappo (“Malla, Help Me”);
Sea Shimooka, Crimefaces (“Table For One”);
Brielle Jenkins, “Maddawg” (“To Twerk, Perchance to Dream”);
Jasmine Bracey, Emily Schultheis (“It Bites Back”);
Mikaela Lupu, Mickey Roberts (“Ghost Rider”);

Casting Director: Allison Twardziak
Cinematographer: Gaul Porat @chrisdodds
Production Designer: Miwa Sakulrat
Stylist: Sarah Daniella

Editor: Joe Morris
Original Music: Matt Warner
Colorist: Joseph Bicknell
Sound Mix & Design: Jose Villaman
Motion Design: Xtine Tinoso
Graphic Design: Konyin Ayuba
Character Design: Liniya Lanvin

A Made By Limbo Production @madebylimbo

Exploring Virtual Intimacy in Khaki is Not Leather
Six stories of human loneliness, connection, nearness and isolation by creative duo Konyin Ayuba and Ray Smiling.
khaki is not leather miilkiina

One year and an uncountable amount of lockdowns plus many more self-isolation rules into the pandemic that stripped us all – single people above all –  of the ability to freely socialize and express ourselves intimately with one other, the cathartic light at the end of the tunnel of loneliness has yet to make a real appearance. 

If at the beginning of 2020 we were able to downplay the virus and its unchained wrath on human interaction by coming up with creative ways to stay connected and sane through the use of new-gen software and matrix-like second realities, at the beginning of 2021 a much denser and tenser atmosphere can be perceived. 

The frivolous, exciting essence of digital sexual performance and compulsive sexting that initially granted an escape from the mundane and served as an exercise to keep our serotonin receptors stimulated while also allowing us to unleash our deepest, darkest fetishes, quickly turned into business talk. 

 

khaki is not leather miilkiina
khaki is not leather miilkiina

The use of the infamous pay-per-view platform Onlyfans surged. Cam-people from every walk of life finally could turn their prohibited hustle into an open discussion without being overly bashed and shunned by the bigots populating the internet.  Even celebrities found an opportunity to be creative and connect deeply with their fans leveraging on the trendy mischief.

Oakland-bred R&B sensation Kehlani was inspired to dedicate a video to the once-taboo hustle of camming.
Ex-Disney Channel starlet Bella Throne’s name became a trending topic after reaching 8-figures in one day of operation and pushing OnlyFans to cap its entertainers’ income and hold their cash to later come out saying she was producing a movie based on the experience and stir even more controversy up.

The filter provided by the bright screen of our devices acted as a quantum hole in which anything and everything was allowed, giving even the most introverted people a reason to open up and experiment with what would otherwise be frightening: allowing others into our most intimate zone.

Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, Grindr.. All worked tirelessly to provide much needed features like video chat and the possibility to open geo-localization so that its users could match with potential distant lovers from other corners of the world – a great opportunity for those who have been using the excessive downtime to learn a new language on Duolingo to put their new skills into practice.
After all, why not prep ourselves for the next time we would be able to flirt with a smoking hot French person while sitting at a café on the dirty streets of Paris – no I am not referring to the borderline insulting Netflix production Emily In Paris –  without having to rely on the promiscuous “Voulez Vous Coucher Avec Moi?” line that we learned listening to Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Lil Kim and Mya in their burlesque-ish track Lady Marmalade

On the other hand, long distance relationship lovers were forced to renew their vows of patience and, for the first time since AOL chat rooms, the juvenile lyrics of Soulja Boy’s smash hit Kiss Me Thru The Phone suddenly didn’t seem so silly anymore. 

Is the easier access to filtered intimacy a good replacement for the real life thing, or is the pandemic just making couples stronger (the pregnancy announcement boom on IG speaks for itself) and single people even more alone? 

Konyin Ayuba and Ray Smiling took to visual art to explore the subject in their first ever collaborative project “Khaki is Not Leather”. A collection of six short films shot remotely inspired by the reclusive lifestyle we have been forced into over the course of the past year.

An ongoing, informal conversation about the current bizarre situation and how dating is essentially suspended led the two friends to explore and speculate on how people possibly may have channeled their repressed sexual energy. 

 “What was happening in the world with these near dangerously high levels of horny energy? Our theory was that Camgirls/boys were gonna see a wild uptick in business.” said co-author Ray when interrogated about the project’s inception. 

The absurd circumstances in which the creators found themselves in also skewed their creative options and squeezed the fiction out of them.

“At the time we had been in lockdown for only a couple of weeks, me in LA and Raymond in NY, and no one really knew what the fuck was going on or when we’d be back to normal. We were in this “new normal” as everyone likes to call it so the distance felt real and oppressive and wide enough to create these little fantastical stories. Then we introduced a digital layer, being the Cam world, that felt really specific to the two of us. We’re both HUGE internet people. We met through the internet.” said Konyin in regards to the specificity of the series and how their personal backgrounds play a role in the choice of medium and subject.

The carousel of short films is to be watched at one’s discretion, without the need to follow a chronological order as each story stands alone while being tied to the rest of the series by the underlying theme.

As the deadly virus keeps on holding the keys to our castles and worldwide civil unrest echoes louder by the minute, allow us an invitation into a chamber of indulgence.
Grab a fizzy drink, sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

EP. 1 “TILDA”- A cam girl and her client experience an unexpected connection. What starts out as a normal exchange of pleasure for pay turns into butterflies as both characters swoon over a common pop-culture icon.

EP. 2 “MALLA, HELP ME”- A man trying to distract himself from the fear of getting Covid turns to a camgirl to fulfill a very specific fantasy.

EP. 3 “TABLE FOR ONE”- An over the top mukbang performance takes an unexpected turn to the heartfelt.

EP. 4 “TO TWERK, PERCHANCE TO DREAM”- A distraught man reminisces about a beach trip with his ex-girlfriend, longing to have her back.

EP. 5 “IT BITES BACK”- A provocative and uncomfortable sexual fantasy is role-played between a cam girl and her client.

EP. 6 “GHOST RIDER”- A woman fantasizes about an unrealized and other-worldly sexual experience with a camboy.

Director: Ray Smiling
Writers: Konyin Ayuba & Ray Smiling
Producer: Chris Dodds

Cast:
Damien Lemon, Yaya Williams (“Tilda”);
Emma Kikue, Vince Nappo (“Malla, Help Me”);
Sea Shimooka, Crimefaces (“Table For One”);
Brielle Jenkins, “Maddawg” (“To Twerk, Perchance to Dream”);
Jasmine Bracey, Emily Schultheis (“It Bites Back”);
Mikaela Lupu, Mickey Roberts (“Ghost Rider”);

Casting Director: Allison Twardziak
Cinematographer: Gaul Porat @chrisdodds
Production Designer: Miwa Sakulrat
Stylist: Sarah Daniella

Editor: Joe Morris
Original Music: Matt Warner
Colorist: Joseph Bicknell
Sound Mix & Design: Jose Villaman
Motion Design: Xtine Tinoso
Graphic Design: Konyin Ayuba
Character Design: Liniya Lanvin

A Made By Limbo Production @madebylimbo

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