Over the last few years, Dante Colle has become one of the most recognizable faces in porn. Partly that’s because he has one of the great faces in porn, one that morphs from plangent to purple devil emoji with ease, all puppy dog eyes filled with lust. But don’t underestimate the power of an instantly recognizable tattoo, either.
“No one knows what it is!” Dante Colle says with a good-natured laugh during his interview on The Gay Goodies. “Some people are like, ‘Is that a horseshoe?’ And you’d be surprised the amount of people who are like, ‘Oh man, is that from Arrival?'”
“I won’t lie—I got it because I thought it looked cool.”
No, Colle is not sporting a tattoo inspired by Denis Villeneuve’s 2016 alien movie starring Amy Adams. The symbol on his chest is actually the sacred symbol ensō in Zen Buddhism that he got when he was 19. “I won’t lie—I got it because I thought it looked cool,” he admits. “But two years down the line I realized it was at that moment in my life when there was a huge spiritual shift.”
Colle and his tattoo have been riding a wave of adulation for a few years now, culminating in the 2021 XBIZ Awards, where he was the recipient of the surprise Performer of the Year Award, an award that includes gay and straight performers. A genuinely stunned Colle took to his Twitter shortly after to share his thanks.
Sending out so much thanks to @XBIZ for being able to win the first ever best performer of the year! Special appreciation‘s to @RickyGreenwoodX & @Kayden_Kross and to every other director and performer ive worked with ❤️ congratulations to everyone tonight!! pic.twitter.com/Ja83OpFvtj
— Dante Colle (INC.) (@Dante_Colle) January 15, 2021
The victory was hard-won, though Colle minimizes the struggles he faces as a bisexual model in the industry. He points out that he’s been fortunate in having directors go to bat for him against models who turn up their nose at working with a performer who also works on the gay side.
That’s a long way from his first years in the business, when he was working with Corbin Fisher. Colle cites it has the first time he felt like a “porn star,” but for all the wrong reasons. Hear why he says they “weren’t the best people to work for,” plus how his first gay kiss was on the set of his first gay porn, why his high school mascot was The Blazers—actually, no one knows the answer to that— and more in the video below!
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