Janine Lindemulder is a heavily tattooed porn star. She has a full sleeve of butterflies on her right arm, running up her neck, and a modern old school piece on her left arm. She also has piercings including her nipples and a horizontal hood piercing. She describes her tattoos as symbolic and that she uses them to keep her spirits up when things are down.
Long considered one of the most beautiful women in porn, Janine got her start in 1993 in an Andrew Blake scene that would win her an XRCO award for best girl-girl. She'd also done some mainstream film work before entering porn, but never liked it, saying she preferred the people in porn — "I wasn't thrilled with 'legitimate movies'. I didn't care for the people. They were shallow and didn't care about people's feelings."
Janine, born November 14, 1968 answered a figure modeling job after high school at age eighteen and almost immediately found herself featured as a Penthouse Pet centerfold. She went from doing candygram stripping to working at clubs, and then went on to become a Vivid contract girl. Due to outside pressures, she refused to do hardcore on film, doing only scenes with other women, and while her movies were some of the best selling productions in the adult industry, her refusal to perform with men upset reviewers and viewers, who voted her the runner up to Annabel Chong as 1995's "Worst Female Adult Film Star".
The reason that Janine didn't perform with men was out of respect to her husband of eight years, who hated her work and would eventually divorce her in 1996 (and now collects $2,000 a month in alimony from her). She went on to date MTV's Riki Ratchman and a string of other celebrities including Vince Neil — a sex tape of them was "leaked" in 1998. Janine described Vince as a "limp noodle" and hooked up with Ron Jeremy to recover. She also appeared in the Blink 182 video "What's my age again" and was featured in their cover art for Enema of the State (1999). At about the same time, Janine started to announce her "retirement" from porn (while almost simultaneously signing to Digital Playground for a series of girl-girl movies).
In interviews — including very prominently on the Howard Stern show (she also appeared in his movie Private Parts) — she'd stated that part of her motivation in getting these tattoos was that eventually she'd be thrown out of the industry for them. Below are two typical comments about her from porn review sites at the time:
"Congratulations to Digital Playground for signing a pushing 40, only works with girls, garishly tattooed, hair as black as a witches' and apparently implant removed Janine. This should help you make great inroads into the untapped elderly, tattooed, Wiccan lesbian market. For the rest of us, we say, 'Janine? ZZZZZZZZZZZ.'"
"At least when she was blonde she was halfway attractive... now she's simply hideous with those awful tattoos."
"Anybody seen ugly as hell Janine l. lately damn she looks horrible I don't see what digital playground sees in signing their new tattooed trailer trash whore contract star. Why make a comeback to do the same old tired lesbian shit"
She retired again in September of 2002, due to her upcoming marriage with Jesse James (of the television shows West Coast Choppers and Monster Garage). Jesse documented their courtship and marriage — and rocky divorce a year later — in his documentary Motorcycle Mania 3. Jesse dumped her, seven months pregnant, for actress Sandra Bullock. Jesse is also demanding a DNA test to prove the child is his, and has filed a restraining order against Janine due to her physical abuse of him.
While she had done still photo shoots with men in the past, Janine again came out of retirement, some say for revenge. "I'm free of controlling relationships," she said, returning this time to film her "first" professional boy-girl scene, Maneater for Vivid. Her scene, originally planned with HIV-scare quarantined hardcore king TT Boy, now with substitute Nick Manning is getting great reviews... So the tattoos just aren't doing their job yet — or maybe they are, because as much as Janine has her detractors she is both one of the most successful all-time adult stars, and has made some of the best inroads into the mainstream world as well.
It is noteworthy that in the free sample pictures on her current website, she (or her webmaster) has chosen to feature almost exclusively photos taken before she was tattooed.