Yet only two weeks after his dismissal from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet was international news, Jett Black made an announcement on Twitter:

The past several months have been a tumultuous time for me, both personally and professionally. It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that I will be leaving CockyBoys and moving on with my career. I wish Jake Jaxson, and my fellow models the very best in their future projects and look forward to new challenges for us all.

Some industry bloggers took Black's statement as a declaration of his intention to leave porn and return to ballet — until the next day, when Jaxson posted on his blog his own statement about Black's departure, titled "Answered Prayers."

Jake Jaxson, center, flanked by CockyBoys' Bravo Delta, Dillon Rossi, 
and Levi Karter.
Santiago Felipe
Jake Jaxson, center, flanked by CockyBoys' Bravo Delta, Dillon Rossi, and Levi Karter.
Ricky Roman and Jake Bass shooting Answered Prayers on location in Montreal.
RJ Sebastian
Ricky Roman and Jake Bass shooting Answered Prayers on location in Montreal.

Jett Black is no longer with CockyBoys. Yesterday I terminated his contract. After multiple attempts to rebuild trust with Jett, he chose to violate the terms of our agreement, and for the protection of my business, my staff and the other performers I had no choice but to end our agreement.

Jake Jaxson has light-blue eyes that are typically framed by a pair of horn-rimmed glasses, tousled brown hair, and a trimmed salt-and- pepper beard. Snake tattoos twist around his forearm and bicep. He's 43 but looks younger, flanked as he usually is by gorgeous young men — CockyBoys performers or one or both of his two longtime live-in boyfriends and business partners, RJ Sebastian and Benny Morecock.

Jaxson has headed up CockyBoys for about five years. He acquired the first pieces of the company after he and his business partner, Glenn Greenwald, won a lawsuit against the owner of a gay adult site called Hairy Jocks. At the time, the pair operated a marketing consultancy, Master Notions, and Hairy Jocks was a client. After the suit, they started their own competing website.

Jaxson had managed to operate CockyBoys under the radar, but that all changed this past summer after Greenwald, who had departed the company several years earlier, brought to light Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency's warrantless spying program.

When the New York Daily News dug up Greenwald's involvement with CockyBoys in a splashy story, Jaxson, who'd grown up in a deeply religious family in southern Louisiana, was outed under his given name, Jason Buchtel, as a pornographer.

Jaxson says his conservative upbringing has influenced the way he operates his business. In particular, he recalls the time when his mother walked in on him masturbating, then sat him down and, over tea and saltine crackers, told him the story of Onan from the book of Genesis, smote by God for pulling out mid-coitus. ("I thought, 'This is kind of hot,'" Jaxson recalls.) "I know you have urges," he remembers his mother telling him, "but this is what the Bible says: You should not spill your seed."

Jaxson has made it his life's work to create a guilt-free porn experience.

It starts with the wholesome image he cultivates when speaking about the company. The fact that CockyBoys is run by a gay, polyamorist triad? "We're not a mom-and-pop, we're a pop-and-pop-and-pop," Jaxson jokes. The studio itself, and the stable of young men he employs, he lovingly describes as "the island of misfit toys."

Adult Video News's Timothy Ferencz says most companies in the gay adult world stick to particular types. Titan Media has "hyper-masculine, super muscular guys." Falcon Studios' actors are California boys, "clean-cut, tan, don't have any body hair." At Lucas Entertainment, every performer has "a very New York, edgy look."

The prototypical Cocky Boy is a tattooed, pierced waif. "The Hell's Kitchen hipster: younger, skewing on the twink side," says Ferencz.

Levi Karter bridles at the term "twink." "It's kind of like a slap in the face," he says. "I go to the gym, and I work so hard and I try to keep up on my nutrition, and to be put in a twink category with someone who — a twink stereotypically has the same diet as a supermodel, like a cube of cheese a day."

At age 20, Karter is small but athletic. He was a gymnast, and later a cheerleader at Ohio University. The week he turned 18 he started stripping, and made the jump to adult film not long after. Jaxson signed him despite a large Taurus tattoo on his side that had prompted another studio to reject him. When the CockyBoys cofounder asked about his career goals, Karter said he wanted to be bigger than Pierre Fitch and Brent Everett, the two biggest names in the industry.

Karter's aim for mainstream gay-porn fame doesn't always jibe with his boss's directorial aesthetic. "I think it's cool, but I'm like, 'I'm here to have sex,'" he says matter-of-factly. Complex stories like Answered Prayers, filled with metaphors and obscure references, only clutter the experience, he says. "But this is what Jason does. I love it — but I never pictured myself doing it."

Like Hansen, Karter says he signed with CockyBoys expressly to work with Jaxson. "You can really tell how much he cares," Karter says. "CockyBoys is not just a company or a studio, it's also a small family. People call us a cult. We're not a cult, but I could definitely see why people would say that, just because we're so close."

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CBMember
CBMember

This article was very informative and I liked that both sides of the story are in it.  I am eagerly awaiting the release of Answered Prayers and know that it will be like nothing else out there today.  I don't like that the drama with Jett is involved in any way because it does have a negative impact in my mind regarding the film.  I understand that there were questionable acts done on both sides of this, but the fact that a young man was publicly attacked never sat well with me.  It's time to move on and stop the mentioning of things that should remain behind the scenes. 

Cockyboys has such great success because the three visionaries behind the company work hard and really do everything they can to make the films "works of art".  I wish all parties well and I will continue to support them.

zoodlemouse13
zoodlemouse13

I think that Cockyboys is one of the more reputable studios around. They help the models to work towards careers that will get them OUT of the industry. They treat the models with caring & respect.  Jett took someone's trust and money and betrayed them.  He seems to have a pattern of using people and then crying "poor me" when he gets called out for it. I have zero respect for someone like that.  

As someone said below..."continued success and evolutionary progression of COCKYBOYS, its visionary CEO and such iconic, fascinating models as Jake Bass, Levi Karter, Bravo Delta, Ricky Roman and Dillon Rossi" 

Visionary CEO....fascinating models...yes, wishing much continued success for Cockyboys.  (I doubt a disgruntled ex-employee who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar will slow them down!! lol)

rufus_red
rufus_red

I'm from the dance world and it's highly unlikely or unusual that someone would join a professional company, Les Grands Ballets Canadien de Montreal, and then go into a school, Royal Winnipeg. Are you sure the order didn't get mixed up? What, the school paid more?

LLPR
LLPR

Look who is listening to her friend Grace Baine

thekruezer
thekruezer

Jeppe Hansen contacted me this past summer and provided more of his version of events, asking me to do a series of feature stories about him and Cockyboys and especially Jake Bass and Max Ryder, about whom he appears to have some deeply divided feelings.  I responded by publishing one article, neutral in tone, that outlined the basics of what the Village Voice has done in this article.  Interestingly, some of this VV piece appears to be based on my article from this past Summer.  Then Jeppe offered a full-on exclusive interview in which he promised to "to blow the lid off the Cockyboys scene and tell about some things that happened to me that will shock the industry".  I responded by saying that I'm a reputable reporter who's been covering the gay adult industry for 17 years who's known for fair and unbiased reporting and my presentation of unfiltered news - which means no hidden agendas, no opinions represented as facts, and no "buying in" to anyone's side. The bottom line on this VV article, Hansen, Jaxson and Cockyboys: No one is perfect.  All leaders (including CEOs) are human, and all humans make mistakes.  Now that Lucas has gone bareback in the most radical example of hypocrisy and double standards I've ever seen in the industry, my money's on the continued success and evolutionary progression of COCKYBOYS, its visionary CEO and such iconic, fascinating models as Jake Bass, Levi Karter, Bravo Delta, Ricky Roman and Dillon Rossi.

Chug
Chug

Seems to me, that this Cockyboys dude has all these homeless looking boys working for him and shooting porn. Is he running some sort of home for wayward boys? Drugs, travel, porn, tattoos, twinks. They are "like a family". They get off the streets if they shoot their loads on camera and he makes money off it? Sounds like a pretty good deal all around. No wonder the kid wanted to get away. I feel bad for him. 

NicT
NicT

Overall a balanced and interesting read.  The notable exception here is when you touch on the recent scuffle at Lucas, but give only one side of the story.   The other version contests the assault claim and relates that the performer was upset at being pressured to perform bareback.   No idea what the truth in that mess is, but presenting both sides would have been appreciated.

sewn272bear707
sewn272bear707

@CBMember I'm sorry but I disagree. Why should the 3 be silent while being attacked? Being young is no excuse. He is old enough to know right from wrong. I see nothing wrong with defending your honour when someone tries to drag it through the mud...regardless of how old the person doing the dragging is.

CBMember
CBMember

@sewn272bear707 @CBMember I don't believe Jett was dragging anyone's name through the mud as you say. He remained quiet on the matter simply releasing a statement that he is no longer with CB and wishes them well.  JJ was the one who publicly attacked Jett and had him ostracized.  Since it looks like both sides allegedly did wrongdoing, it should have been kept private.  I guess I would like to see actual proof before public shaming happens.  That being said, I respect and admire both sides and just want to move on and enjoy the high quality work being released.

 
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