Van Darkholme is an established Shibari master, performance artist, erotic fine art photographer, pop culture personality, and Twitch streamer.


Since 2001 Darkholme has operated Muscle Bound Productions, releasing about a dozen films featuring muscular studs in Shibari bondage. Darkholme is a devoted practitioner of Shibari, an elaborate and artful form of rope bondage that originated in Japan.

He is also widely known as an erotic fine art photographer. His book “Male Bondage: Art deserves a witness” was first published in 2006. Due to its popularity, it is now in its third edition.

From 2008 – 2017 Van Darkholme was a director for leading fetish erotica studio Kink.com, the largest BDSM video company in the world. He created Kinkmen.com for the gay market and developed the following websites: BoundGods.com, MenonEdge.com, 30MinutesofTorment.com, NakedKombat.com, and BoundinPublic.com. Artfully produced in Kink.com’s San Francisco Armory facilities, the sites feature many of Darkholme’s favorite fetishes, including muscle worship, bondage, SM, and hardcore sex.

In 2017, Van Darkholme left Kink.com and moved to the Carolinas where he owns a house on 15 acres of forest land which he is currently transforming into a private retreat. His vision is not only to have people from all over the world visit him and escape city life for a couple of days but also to share his extensive knowledge on Shibari and BDSM training in educational events.

Since February 2020, Van Darkholme has been streaming as Vansamaofficial on Twitch. His streams include cooking, working out, insights into life on his farm, gaming, and chatting with his ever-growing community which currently includes around 100,000 followers. His streams with popular streamers such as Devin Nash, Nymm, TrainswreckTV, and Austin are also highlights to look forward to.

Darkholme’s unique content, his weird sense of humor and his quick wit have instantly made him a fan favorite. Even more important, his channel is a great and safe place for LGBTQ+ viewers to hang out.

In August 2020, Twitch acknowledged Darkholme’s success by making him a Twitch Partner.


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