Ras Icon, most commonly known as Jiggy Man, first gained the public’s attention starring in the trans-Atlantic films of Machofucker studios. A studio known as the go-to destination for inter-racial encounters devoid of any story-lines played out by the cast. The studio promises you nothing but well endowed tops getting down with the get down paired with the passive boys who are made to take it.
Don’t judge! It’s a popular medium.
Time and time again we have praised the power of – and declared our penchant for – pornography! It’s true. Blame our Catholic upbringing. But we are fully aware that not everyone shares our sentiment – publicly. So if this happens to apply to you, stop reading now!
But regardless of your opinion on the billion dollar industry – there are many differing positions – there is no denying some of the most attractive and skilled folks around reside in porn. We can personally attest to watching some who could make a killing putting together a how-to book for the less intuitive. But alas it’s not always a happy ending for the sexually daring lot who saunter about in the controversial profession. And if you doubt it much, then you are simply not paying attention. Time and again, stories of the untimely end to some of the most coveted and lusted after bodies can be read. Drugs and, well, yes, please, more drugs usually the cause.
This is not one of those times!
On the contrary. Jiggy Man would be one of the few individuals that stands to serve as a testament of having survived his experience and made the better for it. That’s right. He volunteered for the exxxperience because it was something he “always wanted to do,” gave it his all and then decidedly walked away to pursue the next chapter of his life unabashedly.
“I decided to get out,” he simply states. Adding that he transitioned “from in front of the camera and instead got behind it” as a means of exercising his artistic proclivities. Simply moving “away from porn all together and [redirecting] into the fashion industry [where he] built up quite a name as a fashion photographer,” he concludes on the matter.
Alas it’s not all a bed of submissive bottoms atop a bed of roses, with good lighting, as one time phenom Jiggy can attest to. At the height of his popularity Jig up and bowed out of the industry altogether leaving his followers gagging for more.
“I didn’t see any room for growth,” he points to. “The industry has a glass ceiling for black actors as in many other industries.”
But before you go perusing his below posted sample video, first let us give you a little background on the one time take-charge active actor who walked away from what keeps millions of folks glued to their monitors with lube in hand – good ass sex!
He is Caribbean born – Trinidad to be exact – living in the UK, sports a worked out body and, as previously mentioned, could take charge of his subject with little room for negotiation. The kinda top packing a lethally curved ten inches that makes passive boys salivate at the mere thought of fantasizing about his prowess. We haven’t been afforded the opportunity but have witnessed his ample talents on film.
But as the popularity of the studio that launched him grew so did Jiggy’s public demand and he went on to star in a series of memorable scenes with other production companies that suggested he would be around for a while. Alas, it was not to be and, from what we are told, this very success was the beginning of the end for his participation in the bareback arena.
Fast forward to present day and you will find that the one time aggressive foul mouthed top is completely removed from the industry (although forum sites dedicate postings on singing his praise and trying to find him,) and he’s happy about his past, present and always striving for the future.
Jiggy Man takes a moment to regress into his time in the industry, what prompted his impromptu exit in spite of his prevailing demand and shares his feeling about hungry passive boys searching him out – among other topics.
RTnM: With all the pitfalls in the porn industry, why did you decide to get involved?
Jiggy Man: Well, I entered the industry as an adult and aware of all the pitfalls involved. I have always been interested in porn, and it was always something I wanted to do. I guess that may sound kind of strange for someone to say, that they always wanted to do porn, but I did. I grew up very sexualized, open and frank about my sexual urges and needs. Porn was in many ways an extension of my experimenting with my own sexuality and fluidity.
RTnM: Being from the Caribbean were you ever afraid of being identified?
Jiggy Man: No, at the time I was living in the United Kingdom and had no thoughts towards returning home. I guess in many ways I was living in the moment and not giving too much thought to the future. Not that it would have deterred me in any way. I just dint think it through. It was always something I had wanted to do, the opportunity came and so I went for it.
RTnM: Did you fear your films making their way back to the mother land?
Jiggy Man: I remember when the first films came out and my name started being whispered around the island. One of my closest friends was asked ‘did you hear your friend is doing porn now?’ To which he replied ‘and this surprises you why?!!’ I think people that were and are [still] close to me “get it”. It was just the type of person I was back then.
RTnM: Your scenes with Machofucker have become infamous, were they a performance or were they an extension of your technique?
Jiggy Man: I think both. They were a performance – not all of the guys I appeared on film with are indicative of the type of guys I would firstly choose to have sex with. But having said that, we bring a part of ourselves to every performance. That is what makes it authentic.
RTnM: You worked with a variety of other studios, did you have any favorites? Least favorite?
Jiggy Man: I don’t think I have a least favorite as such. I worked with people that I WANTED to work with. I was very lucky in the industry in that even though my career spanned a relatively very short time, I got to have a lot of say in the time I was there. I will say that my favorites were the MachoFucker Team. They were in fact the first studio that I worked with; I guess in many ways they discovered me.
RTnM: You mentioned that you grew tired of the business because you wasn’t getting to do what you wanted – can you elaborate? and provide me with examples of how it wasn’t well received and asked to do something different?
Jiggy Man: Well as I said, I got to do pretty much what I wanted once I started. I had a hand in choosing who I did movies with and eventually even started scouting top ‘n bottom pairings for some of the other movies that were made in my time there [whilst at MachoFucker]. But I wanted a hand in doing a series that revolved around just me. Sort of a gay soap opera. Very much akin to what Race Cooper started doing awhile back with his Edger 9 site. But they (MF) weren’t having it. They more or less had a format they wanted to stick to. I wanted to do more. Change things up a bit. I didn’t see any room for growth, and while that may sound funny in an industry such as that, it’s a serious thing. The industry has a glass ceiling for black actors as in many other industries. I wanted to be paired off with other black stars, something MF in their format wouldn’t allow me to do. They wouldn’t allow me to branch off and create what could’ve been a spill off series as mentioned that I know would’ve been a grab way to broaden their viewing base and market share. I didn’t want to go the way so many performers had gone with shopping themselves around to other studios. I had already done work with Liquid London and Treasure Island. But I felt I wanted to stay in house with the guys I had started with. Also the fame thing started to become a hassle. It became increasingly difficult going out and being recognized on the scene. Since I couldn’t get to ‘grow’ in the direction I wanted, I decided to get out. I moved from in front of the camera and instead got behind it. Moved away from porn all together and went into the fashion industry and have since built up quite a name as a fashion photographer.
RTnM: Do you regret having filmed with anyone in particular?
Jiggy Man: Only one guy, who as it turns out was the first film I made with MF. I’d had sex with him before doing the film take, but on camera, as sometimes is the case in real life, there was just NO CHEMISTRY. Luckily it was never released. And funnily enough he was the only black bottom I had ever been paired with at MF.
RTnM: Do you regret participating in the industry?
Jiggy Man: I try not to have regrets in life. I believe everything happens for a reason. I’m glad I did what I did. If I had the knowledge I have now, would I have done it differently, maybe…? But life is not about looking back, it’s about looking forward.
RTnM: Who – if any – was your favorite passive boy?
Jiggy Man: The two people I always say I regret not having had a chance to work with are Shorty J – I find him amazing, and Miami who I think is one of the sexiest bottoms I’ve ever seen in print. We met up on Facebook recently and became good friends.
RTnM: Have you found it difficult to redirect into your present profession?
Jiggy Man: Not at all; I give 100 percent to whatever I’m doing.
RTnM: Are you ever tired of guys trying to find you to solicit your talents?
Jiggy Man: Yes and no. I have no problem with people coming up to me and trying to ask for my ‘favors’. [If] you get into that industry you are going to be recognized. It comes as part of the job. I could never understand people that put it ALL OUT THERE and then get mad because [people] decided to act on what you have portrayed yourself as. I say ‘hey, it goes with the territory’. But, I am a little miffed when I politely inform some people that I am retired and they take it as a personal offence to them and [they] try to become insistent. I think the respect must go both ways. I am more than the two dimensional celluloid character you see on screen. I am more than just a fantasy.
RTnM: Would you ever consider returning to the medium? And if so what would it take?
Jiggy Man: That name is gonna jump out again. Heheh. Again, I used to say I would only come back to film to get with Shorty J, but I’m pretty much at peace with all I have done. I’ve moved on and I’m in a different space now. So i don’t think anything can get me back. Sorry guys.
RTnM: Do people in your present profession confront you about your past involvement in the adult entertainment world?
Jiggy Man: Not confront, that suggests a negative connotation. It is pretty much public knowledge, so I do get ribbing about my size, on occasion, but usually it is in good natured fun, and it’s not like I whip it out to show it off. So it’s all pretty cool and easy.
RTnM: Have you ever felt like your past is costing you advancement in your present profession?
Jiggy Man: No, but I would say I am an exception to the rule. A large part of that has to do with my own personality and the fact that I did this at a time in my life when I was mature and had nothing to lose.
RTnM: What are your thoughts on the new generation of performers in the industry?
Jiggy Man: I’m afraid for many of the young men that I see using this as forum to jumpstart something else. This is not a good place to START from. Images, especially now with internet forums etc., stay forever. Once something goes out there you can never take it back and you cannot control how it is perceived or regarded.
RTnM: You feel the web makes it harder to dispel misconceptions about the work?
Jiggy Man: You simply cannot go to everyone’s home and say ‘hey, even though you see me taking 4 dicks up my ass I’m a really cool and together brother’. It doesn’t work out that way. Also it’s hard to play the blushing virgin in a relationship when you have been splashed on screen in HD. So I caution anyone that is thinking about this to make sure they have all that they want out of life before jumping into this as a career or even as a one off fantasy experience.
Jiggy Man: I see some of the young brothers doing things on films now and I’m like damn you KNOW he on drugs to be doing that. We were all compos-mentos in all we did. Hell sometime it got so hot we would stop filming, have sex with the film crew and go back to it. But the crazy shit I see happening now has me a bit worried sometimes. I got into this as a knowing adult and I think some of the guys are entering into the industry way too young to be making rational decisions. At the end of the day, it’s a film, yeah, but I carry scars that I think that helped propel me into film. I was one of the lucky ones that got to fight my demons through the experience and come out the other side. Not a lot of other guys have, and especially not some of these younger cats I see getting into it now thinking it is gonna be an easy bed of roses
RTnM: Are you presently single? What type of guys are you personally into?
Jiggy Man: No comment! LOL. Those are two questions I would never answer.
RTnM: Have you found that your involvement in porn has limited your personal relationships?
Jiggy Man: Big time!! It became increasingly difficult to go out. You were never sure if people liked you for you or for what they saw and expected based on what
they had seen onscreen. You have no idea how many guys simply wanted me to come over to their homes; rape their hole and leave. In doing so you are turned into some kind of walking dildo.
RTnM: Was it hard to put Jiggy to rest and move on?
Jiggy Man: It was really hard in the beginning. But then I got a new look. Changed profession and, like I said, it’s about looking forward. I wanted people to see me in a different light so I showed them a different side of me. It was difficult at first, but if you say NO to a thing enough time people begin to take you seriously.
RTnM: When guys hit on you – as we are sure they do – are you ever put off thinking that they only want to get with you because of your Jiggy background and not really to be with you?
Jiggy Man: An easy turn off in any conversation with me when I’m getting to know someone is, ‘I saw you in your films’ or ‘I’m a big fan of your films.’ In fact most of the relationships I have been in since leaving porn have been with people that DID NOT recognize me at all. It’s great. I get a clean slate. And then when they see me on film it’s a bonus LOL.
RTnM: There is a fan forum site that discusses you and your whereabouts – does that concern you any?
Jiggy Man: LMAO. No, I thought it was pretty cool. In fact I went online when I found out about and had a talk with some of the guys. They are pretty cool.
RTnM: What is the craziest thing a “fan” has done to communicate with you?
Jiggy Man: This one guy had a dungeon and kept inviting me over to ‘play’. Like I’m gonna let some crazy ass white boy bring me down to a dungeon to trip off all his crazy TOM OF FINLAND tie up the black man and whip him all night shit to me. Sorry Race, you can have all those crazies brotha, that ain’t for me.
RTnM: You mentioned having some “crazies” calling you, can you tell us the worst experience you had?
Jiggy Man: I’ve been blessed with keeping my private life pretty close to home so not to many crazies have gotten through, but one guy used to call me over and over repeatedly and tell me how much he was in love with me after I had agreed to go to dinner with him once. I would change numbers and there he would be again. After that experience I made it a point to never meet up with people I had met in any of those forums unless I had taken steps to ensure my privacy could be maintained properly and some sort of distance kept.
RTnM: Do you keep in touch with any of the guys you have worked with?
Jiggy Man: I’m in touch with a lot of the other tops. We used to hang out and sometime party together. Me and GILO are real close. [That is the little light skinned brother I did together with another guy for MF]. All in all my time there was fun. I made friends, made money and it’s over. I don’t look back with regret. But I will say the industry has changed. It is not as forgiving as it used to be emotionally or physically. I got out at a good time. And I think a lot of the guys I did movies with back then will attest to the same thing. We pushed the envelope so far, there was very little left for people to do and the extremes they are taking it too now aren’t always safe or healthy.
RTnM: What is your take on the double standards in the gay arena between the active and passive players?
Jiggy Man: Many of us as tops worked for far greater amounts that then bottoms even though they took the pressure, so to speak. I’d walk way form set sometimes feeling sorry for the little shorties that had to go through what we put them through knowing they got less than half of what I was taking home. Tops tend to walk out of this industry unscathed, but a bottom walks away with a rep for being a whore, which isn’t always fair. We paint them and brand them as ‘easy’ in our films and then judge them for being good at what we asked of them when they leave. So the industry still has a lot of pitfalls to it. Especially for the bottoms players. Yeah, I made friends there, but I would still caution young brothers about getting into the industry without knowing everything about it – the good AND the bad.
RTnM: What parting word(s) would you give us?
Jiggy Man: Peace.