Darkholme is among the few Asian American men working in Western gay porn as a director and actor, and is of Vietnamese descent. Much of his work as a director and actor contains bondage and particularly shibari, the Japanese art of rope bondage, a specialty within BDSM cultures. Van Darkholme (sometimes misspelled as "Darkholm") is a screen name; his birth name has been kept private. His Japanese fans call him "Van Darkholme TDN"
Throughout the 1990s, Darkholme was a fashion and photographic model. It is notable that Van was filming normal movies at first, some of his appearances include minor character in Andy Lau's the Adventurers and Jackie Chan's Who am I?. Darkholme's book of bondage photography, Male Bondage, was published by Bruno Gmünder in June 2006. In 2008, The San Francisco-based BDSM studio Kink hired Darkholme, where he currently directs gay pornography with an emphasis on bondage and wrestling. Darkholme identifies as homosexual.