Adult star Kylie Ireland recently decided to take her appreciation of graffiti, photography and dilapidated motel signs and quietly turn them into a new artistic venture under the moniker DeeKay, but this week the cat’s out of the bag after it was revealed on local art blog.

Deekay’s identity was revealed on local urban art blog MelroseAndFairfax.com, following te Kylie Ireland interview with ARTE-TV, a European television channel that’s producing a series based on graffiti and street art in Los Angeles.

In her blog, Kylie Ireland herself exposes her artistic double and what motivates her work.

“I have long been a photographer, focusing mostly on the great vanishing motel signs across America,” Ireland said in her blog. “The neon kind of the post-Depression and Googie era, but I rarely shoot them at night. I prefer them in their raw state, during the daytime so you can see their neglected and weathered state, great metal victims of the elements, rusting and peeling, broken neon — forgotten, decrepit and unloved.”

When Ireland relocated to San Diego from Colorado, she said she was intrigued by the graffiti that blankets Southern California, but disappointed with how photography fell short on capturing the bright colors and raw meaning behind it.

Ireland said that nevertheless, she fell into the role of photographer for her husband’s graffiti-focused blog BombedOutLA.

“As we wandered the city I became more familiar with styles of street art that weren’t as common downtown; stencils and wheat pastes,” Ireland said. “I realized my photography could transfer easily into this new (to me) art form — in fact the rusted motel and liquor store signs were street art themselves — and began to explore it around the beginning of March 2011. Yes, barely three weeks ago.”

Her name, DeeKay, is a play on the urban “decay” that Ireland photographed, she said, and it’s incorporated into her art with depictions of classic motel signs paired with sexy cartoon women representative of her adult persona.

“It will be interesting to see where this new direction takes me,” Ireland said.

Kylie Ireland is pornography’s answer to Oprah. She’s won her industry’s highest awards, produced and directed films and, most recently, she formed her own women-empowered company.

Ireland, 39, was born in a small Colorado town. She studied broadcasting in college, but found a more lucrative job path in pornography. Introduced to the industry when she went to work for a video store chain, she later worked in a strip club.  The West Coast beckoned, and she headed to Los Angeles to begin her film career.

A year later, she was planning to return to Colorado, and cool it down, when she learned that  Adult Video News Magazine had named her “Best New Starlet.”

The award buoyed her; the AVN’s are kind of like the porn industry’s Oscars. “We get all dressed up in ball gowns –no matter what anyone says, it’s nice to be honored by your peers,” says Ireland.  She threw herself into filmmaking, and has appeared in 450 adult movies over the past 16 years. “That’s not really a lot, some actors have done 2,000,” she notes.

More accolades followed, including being named to AVN’s  “Top 50 Porn Stars of All Time,” and induction into the AVN Hall of Fame. She picked up other awards as well, but meanwhile, she had become  fascinated with the business side of the industry. She began producing and directing films (her business card calls her a “Directrix”), and she formed  “SlutWerkz,” a hardcore movie business run by women. (Her boyfriend, pornography director Eli Cross is the token male.)