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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