We all tickle, we’ve all been tickled. Odds are you either love it or hate it? There isn’t really much middle ground with tickling. Personally, I’m more of a tickler than a ticklee. Hate being tickled but I don’t mind dishing it out – especially when they least expect it! But when does this playful endeavor become something more serious? When does it become a fetish? We spoke to the man behind the leading tickling studio on Clips4Sale, FTKL, to understand the dynamics behind this playful fetish.
Everybody knows tickling, and like I said people tend to either love or hate receiving it. Add the word fetish and it becomes something different. So can you explain what tickling fetish is to you?
FTKL – Tickling fetish, for me, means that tickling or witnessing someone being tickled(women, in my case) is sexually arousing/gratifying. Simple as that.
When did you realize you had a tickling fetish, and at what point did you think to yourself that it was something you could make a career out of?
FTKL – At eight years old, I realized that tickling a girl’s feet really did it for me. It was how I used to flirt, in grade school. It was also great for disrupting class when I was bored.
Never thought it would become a career. It actually happened out of sheer chance and necessity, along with a dash of opportunity. I used to write and illustrate a tickling comic called “Vellicatrices Unlimited” for MTJ Publishing in the early 2000s. In 2009, I took some of the ideas from the comic and under the tutelage of colleague and friend James Darke, began producing videos to make extra money. Next thing I knew, thanks to some good ideas and lots of hard work, I had created the best job I’ve ever had.
My first encounter with Ticklante was at Fetish Con a few years ago and I have to say he looks pretty cool in the flesh. It’s a great concept and I take from it that you enjoy indulging in some cosplay? Are there other fetishes you enjoy and will people find them in your tickling clips also? Do you find that tickling overlaps with other fetishes?
FTKL – Thanks! Yes, I’m a huge comic book/sci-fi geek, and I do a bit of cosplay. The superheroine fetish, as well as catfighting and of course, foot fetish play major roles in my videos. My experience as a professional fight choreographer also helps me bring the whole picture to life, so you don’t just assume that the character is a bad-ass, you get to see it … right before she gets humbled with tickle torture. Let’s face it, a video with superheroines/villainesses duking it out and then cheating by tickling each other into submission is pretty hot, even by vanilla standards.
There probably isn’t a more inherently fun fetish than tickling, and that’s definitely reflected in your work. What are people typically going to get if they invest in purchasing one of your clips, and what is your overall philosophy in the work that you do?
FTKL – My overall philosophy for production is “Make it fun, sexy and entertaining”. While in mainstream entertainment, I learned the art of making a spectacle. A spectacle is made with good-looking people, in cool-looking clothes, doing awesome things that most people only dream about.
People purchasing my videos will get some of the hottest ladies in the business, in super-sexy, custom-made cosplay outfits, slinky spy costumes, clingy, retro-style dresses, shiny nylons, stiletto heels and even military uniforms (Cuz, who doesn’t love a woman in uniform?), being tickled silly. And it’s usually powerful/dominant women being tickled, so you get to enjoy seeing that domme or supervillainess or bad-ass femme fatale being reminded of her humanity, by a seemingly innocuous vulnerability.
I imagine Ticklante has more than just his deft, skilled fingers with which to tickle people? As a tickling expert, what is the tickliest device or implement you can use to tickle somebody? Which tickling tool gives you your best results?
FTKL – Most of the models with whom I work will tell you that my fingernails are the most effective tool in the arsenal. The steel claw is probably the second most feared. Tickling is an interaction between two or more people. Hands-on makes the connection as direct as possible. I’ve never seen any tickle tool outperform a skilled set of fingers.
Which parts of the body do you like tickling the most? Obviously, the name of your studio gives us a clue but which other parts of the body do you like to give the tickle treatment and why those parts in particular?
FTKL – No doubt that the feet are my favorite, but apart from that, I’d have to say the hip bones. Most ladies lose it when you get them there and many don’t know how bad it really is, til it’s too late!
Do you look for women who are particularly ticklish and as an expert can you tell when someone is faking it? Some people are just not ticklish, so if a woman you are tickling really isn’t ticklish does that ruin it for you – on a personal and professional level?
FTKL – I prefer women who are about a 7 or an 8, on a ticklish scale of 1-10. As it happens, very few ladies who are extremely ticklish (9-10) will shoot tickling videos, unless they themselves have a tickle fetish, a masochistic streak or just happen to get off on the adrenaline. Plus, there have been some who are so ticklish that they’re not good on camera, because they constantly scream (instead of laughing) or they seize up and won’t move. A ticklee, who doesn’t move looks bad on camera and many fans will say that she’s faking it. Many genuinely ticklish performers have been accused of this, while several fakers have successfully convinced audiences for years. Even as a ticklephile, I find the irony of this to be hilarious.
I have a casting form, which among other things, asks applicants to rate the ticklishness of their feet. Some overestimate, some underestimate and I suspect that some even lie, to get work. I do enjoy the ones who underestimate and end up discovering a whole new side to themselves.
On a personal level and as a tickle fetishist, it is disappointing when a performer isn’t ticklish. However, this is a business and there are custom order clients, who, even knowing that a model isn’t ticklish, will pay for a custom video of her (because she’s his fantasy archetype). In such cases, she needs to be able to “play the role”, to my satisfaction. And let’s face it, our favorite mainstream movies feature actors and actresses playing roles that aren’t who and what they are in real life. The same is true for fetish. Like Hollywood, we are here to fulfill fantasies. To do less is to fail at our craft.
Tickling is interesting because it’s something that’s pleasurable that can quickly become uncomfortable. Do you want to have the woman experience pleasure or pain when tickling them? Does it really depend on the scenario?
FTKL – Excellent question, as it allows me to address something that’s helped me succeed in this genre. I work with several ladies, who have publicly (and very vocally) come out as having a legit fear/hatred of tickling and are hair-trigger ticklish. Keri Spectrum and Nicole Oring, to name two. These ladies have announced that they’ll only shoot tickling videos with me, because they trust me not to cause harm and because working for me is fun. So, tickling to the point of pain just isn’t my goal, on the set. This is a thing that some fellow ticklephiles seem to have difficulty understanding.
I’ve seen models, on sets, tickled to the point of mental breakdown. It may be great for BDSM play in which the ticklee consents to having her limits pushed, but on a video set, it can bad for business. (Think about it. I’ll wait.) There are some models who stop shooting tickling, due to this type of abuse. Performer safety comes first on my set, and that’s how I get models who hate being tickled to come back again and again. Yes, I also pay them, but that should go without saying. Mind you, if I ever find myself hired by the government to tickle torture a beautiful, foreign spy, my aim will be complete and toe-tal tickle agony, with a side order of tickle-induced psychological meltdown.
I read somewhere that for some tickling is the primary sexual act, more important than intercourse, and that some people can actually climax from tickling alone. Is this true? Is this something you’ve experienced while making clips?
FTKL – I have not experienced this on the set, however, I have had experience with it in real life. It’s pretty amazing. Then again, sex always has been every bit as psychological as physical, so it comes as no surprise.
A quick glance at your Clips4Sale studio number tells me you have been tickling people for some time, and you are a regular top 50 studio on the fetish site. You are at the top of the tickling tree, so what do you see in the future for FTKL? How do you continue to stay number one and what plans do you have to continue to grow?
FTKL – My goal has always been to produce tickling videos with that “mainstream movie” feel. Decades of TV and movies have trained and re-trained our eyes to see things a certain way. Every year I work to learn more about how to make that work for my studio, from lighting to special FX, set building, editing, whatever it takes to make my fans feel like they’re watching an actual, professional production. A production in which the writers remembered that the sexy lady tied up being questioned is meant to be tickle tortured, dammit!
It’s been great talking to you and thanks for giving our readers an insight into the tickling fetish world. Please feel free to let people know where to follow you on social media.
FTKL – Thank you! It’s been a pleasure. You can follow me on Twitter @FTKL – My Twitter is pretty much a grab bag of all the things that matter to me, both in and outside of the industry. It’s also very politically incorrect, but if you watch my videos, you should know to expect that. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for custom video orders. And bring your imagination. Cheers!
Video Clips available @ FTKL’s Foot Tickling Fantasies