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X's and O's, X-chromosones, X-rated. Isn't it funny that whenever
you see an X describing something, you must immediately reflect
upon it? There is something about the letter X that makes
you pause. When you want something, you might say, got any
eXtras? And there's the Extra edition of the newspaper...
and the newsboys hawking their papers by yelling out Xtra!!
doubt about it, the X factor always captures your attention.
In our little corner of the world, what captured the attention
of Mai Pehn Rai was a series of images, all of which had
file names beginning with XLG. These were the works of Dr.
Ivan, known world-wide for producing images of women with
monumentally huge breasts. As a fan of Dr. Ivan, I personally
e-mailed him at least two years ago to thank him. And he responded.
it wasn't long ago that Mai Pehn Rai decided to bring
the fabulous Dr. Ivan around for a small interview. I've asked
him some intriguing questions, and he has been kind enough
to offer us some of his history, background, and insights.
Excerpts immediately below...
believe, at this moment in time, that there have been in excess
of two thousand Dr. Ivan images uploaded onto the Web. What
is the exact count?
is two thousand being TOO excessive? For a man with the world's
worst breast fixation, I would say that's not excessive at
all. The exact count is a mystery to me, as well. I didn't
start the "XLG" numbering system until I had completed about
100 or so of my earliest works. A lot of the pre-XLGs have
been misplaced, deleted, or lost in cyberspace. I started
using the "XLG" to keep track of my own progress. What little
I have recovered has been assigned XLG numbers. Officially
there are 2066 XLG's, but that does not include the commissioned
work I did for JUGGS Magazine, Honey Cups Magazine and
long have you been doing them?
started creating enhancements (I've always hated the term
"morph") when I first logged onto the Internet back in 1994.
us discovered Playboy magazines in our youth, or saw
Bill Ward cartoons, or got to see a Russ Meyer movie. What
was your first experience?
I grew up in the 60's (the 1960's to be exact), and back then,
Playboy magazines were about as rare as teenagers wanting
to go to Vietnam. Local stores simply did not carry them.
Once in a while, one of the [censored] in the neighborhood would
find one under his father's bed. When that happened, there
would be a line of other [censored] outside his house longer than
the lines waiting to get into Star Wars, or out of
Kosovo. Screw the Force! Back then we wanted to see TITS,
and Playboy delivered!
your first inspirational model?
my first erection while gazing upon the lovely and HUGE bosoms
of Ms Cynthia Meyers. It was then that I realized that I was
a hopeless TIT fanatic! Now, there have been plenty of tit
queens since then, but the one that made the biggest impression
was in the early 70's: Ms Roberta Pedon. She was the epitome
of womanhood, and has always been the standard in breast excellence.
It's a shame that her career was so short. Today her photos
have become collector's items.
was the most profound influence upon your career as a practitioner
of the arts of morphing?
far as being a practitioner, that really began in the 60's.
I use to make drawings of ladies with breasts that would reach
the floor. Unfortunately I was not a very good freehand artist,
so I would trace photos from newspapers or JC Penney
catalogs. (Ah, old JC really had some busty models back then!)
One of my favorites was Daisy Mae from the L'il Abner
comic strip. Catwoman was another. My pencil would
never stop making their titties the size of Texas... or at
least New Mexico.
began with crude writing implements and the simple technique
of tracing. In Stanley Kubrick's 2001, the movie opens,
and the Apes discover their own tools (which are bone fragments).
An ape, in his moment of comprehension, hurls the bone into
the air --Kubrick jumps the timeline millions of years forward--
and the bone becomes a spaceship. And for Dr. Ivan, the pencil
becomes a computer...
wasn't until the advent of the home computer and the Internet
that my enhancement abilities really took root. One day, while
discovering all the wonders the newsgroups had to offer, I
happened to download my very first "enhanced" image. I never
knew who created it, but it was so well done that I actually
thought it was real! When I figured out that it was fake,
I was immediately obsessed. I had to know how this was done...
I had to know how to do this myself. I had to make the world
bigger tits! (Hell, am I sounding like Dr Frankenstein, or
you remember when your first Dr. Ivan image hit the web? Did
you tell anyone?
was back in 1994. I was not anxious to post my stuff at first,
due mostly to the fact that it was crap. (Hey, no ego here!)
Let's face it, back then you didn't go to the library and ask
the librarian for books on how to use your computer to make
big tits. (Well actually, you could ask, but not without getting
I had to fumble for hours, days, weeks, and months just to
get something that looked halfway decent. It was rough in
the beginning, because I didn't know what I needed or how
to do it. As many of your readers already know, Microsoft
Paint is worthless, and so are most other graphic programs.
I did not have a scanner then, so I used whatever images were
available from the newsgroups. Unfortunately, the quality
was not always the best. It wasn't until I bought a professional
scanner for $1000 (ugh, did I mention my fixation problem?)
and Adobe Photoshop that I began to have success.
the first response?
I first posted my work on newsgroups, the reaction was immediate.
I received quite a few replies from folks who thought my work
was great... that was nice. I also got some death threats...
that wasn't as nice. (Computer enhanced breasts do not appeal
to everyone.) Some of my closest friends were really impressed,
and suggested that I "go professional"... offer some sort
of service to enhance wives and girlfriends, and make big
$$$. I followed their advice, and have yet to see my first
$. Yet this was not an entirely wasted effort... a certain
Ms Alicia --who is familiar at BEA-- contacted me then,
and that was the beginning of a long and professional friendship.
the inspiration for the name "Dr. Ivan?"
name originally came from a Woody Woodpecker cartoon
from the 1940's. The full name was "Dr Ivan Awfulitch", which
I always found to be funny. I used it when I was in college,
when I would impersonate certain professors. "Good morning,
class," I would yell in a deep Russian accent. "I am Doctor
Ivan Awfulitch!" It always got a big laugh. After a while,
I became known on campus as Dr Ivan. (Yes, Dr Ivan has a college
found examples of your works on Danni Ashe's HotBox
website. I was astounded. How did Danni and Dr. Ivan first
actually, there was a lengthy journey leading up to my association
with Ms Ashe. (You may wish to pack a lunch, because this
is going to take a while.)
did in fact take a break at this point, but it was actually
have a web site, so I first started posting my work on the
newsgroups. That's where I started making a name for myself,
and fan mail came pouring in. Then someone told me of the
now legendary ACOTTO site where, to my amazement, most
of my work had been stored. Tony Cotto and I never communicated,
but it was clear he was a collector of enhanced breasts. In
fact, many of my images were turning up in all sorts of web
sites. My work was quickly becoming a hot item.
and always will be...
a while, more and more of my fans began encouraging me to
go big-time and work for a full-fledged Big Tit Magazine.
I was about to send out some of my work when an issue of Score
stopped me dead in my tracks. This particular issue introduced
the very talented Richard Java to the world. I was humbled
by this man's work, and I knew that I was not ready for the
big leagues quite yet. So back to the computer I went, with
the goal of becoming the next Richard Java. I wrote to Score
with all sorts of questions about Richard and his technique,
but they never replied. So I took it upon myself to meticulously
scrutinize each and every image Richard produced. I even used
a magnifying glass to see if I could find any clues to how
he did it. Eventually, I figured it out. When I applied the
same technique, my work improved tremendously. Now I was ready
for national publication... or so I foolishly thought.
Not really, Doc... a man can dream, can't he?
copies of my latest creations to every Big Bust magazine I could
think of. Most did not reply at all. Hustler's Busty Beauties
sent a very nice letter, but said they already had folks in
their art department who could do the same. The only magazine
to show any interest was JUGGS, and it was not long
before I received a letter from its editor, Ms Dian Hanson.
Dian was very enthusiastic about my work, and after several
months of planning, "Dr Ivan's Breast Enhancement Clinic"
was slated to premier in the January '96 issue, but it did
not appear until February. Needless to say, I was quite excited.
this feature was doomed from the very beginning, and I take
full blame. Now, the arrangement was that JUGGS would
send me photos to enhance, and I would transfer the finished
products onto Zip disks and mail them back to JUGGS.
The biggest problem encountered was that of compatibility
between my equipment and the computers used by JUGGS.
I had a PC and they used Macs. One of their staff had to take
my disk to Kinko's so they could transfer my work from PC
to Mac format. Also, they required my work to be at a very
high resolution that took up a tremendous amount of hard drive
space. Then there were problems with color: what looked fine
on my machine just wasn't coming out on theirs. More technical
problems arose until, after 3 issues, JUGGS decided
to pull the plug on the feature. I was very disappointed but
the bottom line was that my little cheap-ass system simply
could not produce the quality needed for a professional magazine.
I learned a hard lesson... you can't prepare a thousand-guest
banquet with a Kenner Easy Bake Oven. So what the hell does
this have to do with Danni? OK, I'm getting to her!
time, Doc... there isn't any clock ticking...
I was getting ready for the JUGGS project, I received
an Email from none other than Danni Ashe herself. It seems
she had noticed my work, and asked if I would be interested
in creating a gallery for the HotBox. I grabbed that
offer in a heartbeat. Our relationship was strictly professional
and all business. We corresponded by email only. I never talked
with her personally, nor did I ever meet her face to face...
although I wish to hell that I had!
still get an opportunity. Just head out to Marina Del Rey...
Moving along Doc, what kind of computer do you use? What is
your preferred software for making these images?
out with an AT&T 50Mhz system with a 300Mb hard drive.
(Gosh, no wonder I had so much trouble with JUGGS.) Today
I use that system as a doorstop. The equipment I currently
use is a Gateway 400Mhz system with a 10 Gig hard drive. (Now
I can do some serious shit!) I still use the same scanner
as before. For $1000 I'm going to keep this one a LONG time!
The software that I use is Adobe Photoshop 4.0; it has a layer
feature vital for producing shadows, which is a key element
when producing the illusion of depth.
does it take for you to produce a finished image that you
will gladly upload to the web?
usually takes about an hour, but when you do something you
enjoy, it seems like just a few minutes.
How true... time
does diminish when you are doing something you love to do.
Do you get fan mail? Do you have any idea of how many e-mail
fan letters you may have received?
two years ago I changed my email address, because I was getting
so much fan mail that it was jamming up my email service.
Since then, I have only given out my new address to friends
and business associates.
there been any letters from professional models praising your
work or condemning it?
never received any negative mail from professional models.
In fact, the only model to actually contact me was Danni Ashe.
However, I did receive a letter through JUGGS from
a stripper in Arizona, who said I could have as many free
lap dances as I wanted. (Oh, to be in Phoenix right now!)
Mind you, it's not that I do not enjoy fan mail. For that
matter, I get a thrill out of it. I just don't have the time
to read and answer it all.
His favorite subject
your favorite model?
question, my favorite is BE's own Alicia. She is such a dear,
and of course, we became business partners in my second venture
into professional publications. (Look out! Here comes another
two years ago I discovered a new big breast magazine on the
newsstands... Honey Cupps. I figured that since they
were a brand new publication, they would be looking for some
type of angle to make them stand out from the others. I immediately
went to work on a few photos of Alicia and sent them to Honey
Cupps. I got a phone call from their editor two days later,
and to make a long story short, I landed my second professional
gig. Having learned from my own mistakes with JUGGS,
I approached Honey Cupps differently. This time I produced
full color hardcopies printed on photo paper. This worked
beautifully, and it looked as if I would be back in circulation
for some time. Then something unexpected happened: Honey
Cupps stopped publishing. Oh well! We had our day in the
I also enjoy working on models like Danni Ashe, but I prefer
to work on ladies who are flat-chested. I prefer flat ladies
because they offer the greatest challenge as well as the greatest
satisfaction. So many other budding BE artists start off working
on silicone-stuffed models like Busty Dusty, who are already
big to begin with. Where is the challenge in that? On the
other hand, I get great enjoyment out of taking an under-endowed
lady and giving her a large set of hooters.
give us any sense of who you are and what you do away from
your cyber life...?
haven't you seen The Thirteenth Floor yet? There is
nothing beyond cyber life but MORE CYBER LIFE! (There will
now be a short pause for an extremely loud pipe organ playing
Bach's Toccata and Fugue, accompanied by a deafening
crash of thunder.)
in store for your fans?
of looking for a new organist, there really isn't that much
waiting in the wings. My current job keeps me occupied, which
is one reason why you don't see the massive outpouring of
enhanced photos I once produced.
projects on the horizon, or are there any works still percolating
in your head?
dream is to someday produce a realistic, computer-generated
film featuring Roberta Pedon, in which she runs, plays, and
dances completely nude. Ah, but that is only a dream, and
Doc: What is it about this hobby that has given you the most
stress... and what is it that has given you the most enjoyment?
experience with JUGGS certainly caused the most stress,
but once again, it was because I did not have the tools needed
to perform the job properly. What gives me the most enjoyment?
Hell, that's easy...
you Dr. Ivan. JustMeMike and BEhavior are very appreciative
of your visit with us, and as a fan of the XLG series, I personally
want to say thanks for all of those breathtaking images.
size did you have in mind, sir?"
"Excuse me, sir; what was that size again?"
"XLG? For you?"
"Uh, I was thinking about something else. Sorry."
Mai Pehn Rai...