Saturday, November 28, 2009

TURK MASON . . .THE MAN. . .

. . . . . . . . T U R K - T H E M A N . . . . . . . .

BLISS: You were born and grew up in Sonoma, California. I used to live in LA, but have never been to Sonoma. What's it like?
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TURK MASON: Well, to begin with northern California is much different than southern. From the people to the food to the way of life, everything is much, MUCH different. Sonoma is a beautiful small town in the Valley of Sonoma County. It is well known for its historical treasures and great wine. Growing up there was great – the community is unlike any other.
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B: Are you an only child?
TM: No.
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B: How many brothers and/or sisters?
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TM: I have two step brothers, the older is 27, married, and living in Washington, and the younger is 12 and lives with my mom back in Sonoma.

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B: What was your relationship like with your family? Were you close?
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TM: Growing up I would have to say that I was not very close with my immediate family; however, I was very close with my grandmother.
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B: There is a perception that people who work within the industry are forever trying to conceal their occupation from their families. There are some adult stars that are very open with their families, and have even received a great deal of support. Does your family know that their baby boy is a star? If so, what has their response been?
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TM: Every semester I go along with PornTeam.com to college campuses to talk about the adult industry to students and every time someone will ask me this or a similar question. It is one of my favorite questions to answer; the students always want to know what my parents think.
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When I first entered the industry at 18 and moved to LA shortly thereafter, my family believed I was simply modeling as I had since I was a small child. It wasn’t until about 2 years later that my father found out. My dad enjoys porn and he subscribes to a catalog that sells porn DVDs – one day he was looking through it and stumbled upon a box cover with me on it. The film was ‘A Holiday Tale’ and by looking at the cover alone you cannot necessarily tell it is a gay film, and since he was looking in a straight catalog, he assumed right away that I was going straight porn. So he calls me shortly thereafter and says ‘so I knew you were modeling, but I didn’t know you were doing porn…well, at least your getting all the ladies’. That was when I had to tell him I was not only doing gay porn, but in a committed relationship with another man. It was fine though, he is a great guy and very accepting. He has absolutely no problem with what I do and actually supports it and always wants to be updated on my most recent works – as he puts it ‘my little skits’ ha-ha.
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Now, my mom on the other hand was not incredibly happy at first but she has come to terms with it now some years later. She still doesn’t go telling her friends what I do, but she does boast that her son is a model and busts out a wallet full of pictures of me every time someone asks about it.
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B: How was sex and sexuality addressed in your home when you were growing up?
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TM: Um…I’m not sure that it ever was. I think I learned about it mostly on my own and finding my step fathers porn collection, ha-ha.
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B: In terms of your own sexuality, were you clueless as a teen or did you have an awareness of your attraction to the same sex?
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TM: I have always had an awareness of my attraction to both sexes. When I was young I used to love to draw people and I freaked out my parents several times because I would draw these men and women with enormous breasts, and large groins with great detail. Of course I wasn’t aware of what these parts of the body were even for, I just knew I liked them.
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B: I know that your first sexual experience with a man took place during a film shoot, but I'm assuming you were not a virgin. Did you have girlfriends growing up?
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TM: SEVERAL! I think that is why it was so difficult for my mom to understand when I started dating men. She was so used to me with girls, and she had even walked in on me a few times with girls when I was in high school.
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B: At what age did you lose your virginity?
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TM: I lost my virginity to a girl at 15 and to a guy at 19.
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B: What about masturbation? How old were you when you discovered that you could do more with your penis than just peeing?
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TM: I always played with it, yanked on it, and showed it to my friends ever since I can remember. But the first time I masturbated was at age 12 I think. I remember being home alone after school one day and I decided to watch one of my step dad’s porns. I remember getting a boner and then rubbing the head of my dick for a few minutes before I came. I had no idea what had happened and I was actually scared, I thought I had broken my penis or something. But in the next few days as I realized it was not broken, all bets were off and I would rub one off any chance I got, ha-ha.
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B: Did you ever participate in the ritual circle jerks during school?
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TM: Who didn’t? Ha-ha, I was usually the one to initiate it.
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B: What type of student were you? Did you enjoy high school?
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TM: I was a very good student all through grade school, high school, and the few years I attended college. I always maintained a 3.0 grade point average or higher, and in college remained on the dean’s list for all 6 semesters I attended.
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I enjoyed school; however I found it very repetitive and often boring. I just couldn’t ever see myself going through the motions of schooling followed by career and family etc. That’s simply not the life for me.
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B: Were you a part of any of the little cliques at school, like the popular kids, the jocks or nerds?
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TM: I was what I like to call a drifter. I had select friends in each of those cliques but I don’t think anyone would say I was in one of them. I have always liked who I like and never really cared much how a person looked or what they did.
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B: What was your favorite subject?
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TM: English and the arts, these have always been outlets for me to express myself, either in written word, acting, drawing, painting, or creating something altogether new.
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B: What did you want to be when you grew up?
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TM: As a child I remember I wanted to have my own business. I have always loved advertising and the idea of making and selling a product. I actually had a pretty lucrative business as a kid selling things I had made out of clay at school.
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As I got older I knew only one thing about my career goals, and that was that whatever I did it needed to contribute to society in a positive way, in other words it needed to help people. So my major in college was dietetics, to be a dietitian – but I never finished.
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B: What is your fondest memory of childhood?
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TM: Probably any of the numerous outings I had with my grandmother. She was a great women and I always had a great time with her growing up. I actually plan to soon get a tattoo in her memory behind my ear; it’s going to be her name, Marilyn.
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B: You did your first nude photo shoot at the age of 18, for Kristian Modeling. How did this all come about?
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TM: Well, I had always modeled; my mom had gotten me into it as a child. My family had a small business and I was the spokes boy sort of speak – every week we would place an ad in the local newspaper and I would be in it. So from there I got other jobs doing local dental ads, Macy’s ads, etc. Being as overly sexual as I was, when I turned 18 it seemed only natural to model nude. So I sought out nude photographers and Kristian Modeling was one of the first to get back to me. As soon as I got back from the shoot in Oregon, I was more than ready to go again, and I knew this was something I wanted to continue.
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B: Did the idea of posing nude always hold some appeal to you, or is this something you never thought you would ever be doing?
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TM: Yes it held a lot of appeal to me. I love the nude body artistically and erotically. Once I realized how comfortable I was with my own nude body, and how comfortable I was nude in front of a camera, I knew this was something I was going to be doing for a long time to come.
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B: Do you remember how much you got paid for that shoot?
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TM: Yea it wasn’t much, maybe like $200.
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B: Was money the primary motivation to continue with it, or did you just genuinely enjoy it?
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TM: I genuinely enjoyed it but as the money became more and more that definitely added to my motivation.
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B: You branched off into film just one year later, doing your first movie when you were 19. On your website (www.turkxxxonline.com) your bio states that this was your debut not only in film, but also the first time you had sex with another man. The man, Vance Winter, ended up being your partner. Can you describe the experience of having your first gay sexual experience in front of a film crew?
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TM: Well, it was a very small crew – just me the two models and the camera man. We had all just met but we clicked right away. I still talk to all of them to this day.
As far as the sexual experience goes, I really had no idea what to expect, I was new, naïve, and of course a little scared. But once we all started I became very comfortable with it and had a great time. It is a little weird to have your first time documented on film though.
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B: Were you and Vance immediately smitten with each other?
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TM: IMMEDIATELY! I actually had a girlfriend at the time, but when I met him it was like love at first sight. After the week was over and we both flew home I couldn’t get him out of my head and it was no more than two weeks later that I broke up with my girlfriend and he and I moved to LA and moved in together.
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B: Aside from the fact that he is gorgeous (which he is) what was it about him that you loved so much?
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TM: He sparked my interests right away and during those first few days together we found we had similar lives just in two very different places. I would have to say what I always loved about him the most was his spontaneity and absolutely ridiculous sense of humor.
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(Vance, Chi Chi LaRue, Turk)
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B: You both left the business after 2 years of working as an exclusive couple, on Turk XXX Online you state that you guys left "the big city to settle down in a quiet little town". Where did you guys go?
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TM: We went back to my hometown, Sonoma, for that next year.
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B: You were both still relatively young at this point, and yet you managed to have a meaningful long term relationship. Still, four years can be exceptionally long when you are still growing mentally and emotionally. At what point did you realize that things were changing between you two?
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TM: It was actually around the time we moved to Vegas, about two years into the relationship. This was the year before we quit the industry completely. At this time we had left the front of the camera to go behind the camera and write, scout, and edit adult films. We created our own line that year called Lycan Films that was not incredibly successful, but did okay.
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Vegas was a very depressing time for both of us, we had moved there expecting great things and only found boredom. The industry, our boredom, and money problems began to weigh heavily on us and slowly started to tear us apart. No longer living life together in the fast lane, we began to realize that we really did not have all that much in common. We began to argue pretty frequently and after only three months in Vegas we left. We quit the industry as well and started fresh.
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The next year was very good, we played house, we got engaged and we began to plan our futures together. But the fact remained that we had not had the young single life that we each wanted and perhaps everyone needs before they can have a serious relationship. So eventually we split up.
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B: How did the decision to break up come about? Was it mutual?
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TM: It was mutual; we both wanted different things in life and felt that each other was holding the other back. The decision came about after we had broken up and gotten back together several times, and even tried counseling. Each breakup was worse than the last and we finally wore each other out.
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B: When 2 people have been together for such an extended period of time, it can be very difficult to separate, even if this is what both individuals want. Turning the "we" back into a "me" or "you and I" is not as easy as some would think. Did you go through a difficult period of adjustment?
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TM: Oh yea, I am still having a problem with it. I find myself expecting so much out of the relationships I’ve gotten into since Vance, that I end up dissatisfied every time. I’m still trying not to compare my relationship with him to any new relationship I get in to.
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B: So you decided to reenter the industry. Was this a difficult decision after being away for a year?
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TM: Not really, I gotta say I did miss the attention.
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B: Is there anything about your life that you wish you could change or something you wish you had done differently?
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TM: No, I don’t have regrets and I hate playing ‘what if?’, I feel things like that are for the weak and I am a strong individual.
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B: On a personal level, what matters most to you?
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TM: My close friends mean the world to me, they are my true family and without them I am not whole.

©2009 Sean Dibble

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