He is sometimes referred to as "VAN様" (VAN-Sama, "Sir VAN") and "ダーク" ("Dark") by Japanese fans, and "佟 dark 为" (Tong Dark Wei) by Chinese fans. He is also called "TDN Kosugi" due to his resemblance to two characters: the first being an actor known as "TDN", and the second the martial arts actor Kane Kosugi.
Another name that Gachimuchi fans use for Van is "闇の妖精" (Yami no Yousei, "The Dark Fairy"), due to his "Deep, Dark Fantasies" line and him being an equivalent or counterpart to Billy Herrington (the "Forest Fairy").
A third name that Japanese Gachi fans use is "BONDAGE M@STER" (ボンデージマスター), which is related to his BSDM reputation and one of his lines "dungeon master". It also refers to the "House of Detention" source videos, and is shortened to "ボンマス" (BONMAS).
Through the 1990s, Darkholme was a fashion and photographic model. He also acted in certain films as minor characters, such as the Hong Kong films "The Adventurers" (with Andy Lau) and "Who Am I?" (with Jackie Chan).
He later directed and acted in gay pornographic films such as Lords of the Lockerroom (his most notable appearance) and House of Detention. He also took part in the documentary film 101 Rent Boys, where he is shown monologuing about his work in a leather outfit. In 2008, the San Francisco-based BSDM studio Kink hired him.
He is also aware of his fame in Gachimuchi videos and appreciated it.
Role in Gachimuchi Edit
Van is usually depicted as a secondary character, or an antagonist who functions as Billy Herrington's antithesis.
His involvement in BSDM led to jokes about VAN-Sama keeping a batch of personal slaves whom he torments in his dungeon, known as the Heike Boys. His line "dungeon master" also caused some fans to imagine him as a fan of tabletop role-playing games.
- "Fuck you." (also used in fan-made music videos as if it were a musical instrument: "Fercussion" or "ファ楽器" (Fa-gakki: a portmanteau on the vulgar word, and 打楽器 (Dagakki, percussion))
- "My name is Van. I'm an artist. I'm a performance artist."
- "I'm hired by people to fulfill their fantasies ... their deep, dark fantasies."
- "300 bucks."
- "Boy next door."
- "Everyone's gonna get tied up, whether they like it or not."
- "It's amazing."
- "Shut the fuck up, boy."
- "Yeah, yeah, take it boy! Yeah!"
- "That's gotta hurt, bitch boy."
- "Wake up!"
- "Did you jack off last night, sir?"
- "You don't fucking lie to me."
- "Officer Titus, make sure you strap him so this won't happen again."
- "Fucking slaves, get your ass back here! Fuck you!"
- "Yes, yes, yes, yes!" (raises hands, as a doctor)
- The first time Van was known to have acknowledged Gachimuchi fandom was through a blog post made in 2009, where he showcases an email sent to him with several (now mostly defunct) YouTube links. Out of all the linked videos, he supposedly liked the Evans one the most.
- In 2018, Van was featured promoting a Chinese game 末日之城 by Catmint Games
- A raw footage of Van's commercial can be found here
- A transcript of his 101 Rent Boys interview can be found here
- On October 24, some fans on Nico Nico Douga celebrate his birthday with tribute videos.