ALEX’s BLOG - September 6, 2016
“COLE TUCKER – 15 MINUTES OF FAME - AND A HELLUVA LOT MORE” is one of
my most fascinating, frustrating and unusual writing projects.
I have to confess that I’ve never been a regular follower of gay porn
stars, although I’ve frequently admired their huge muscles, their
genital equipment, and their sexual stamina over the years.
Cole Tucker was one of the ground-breaking stars of the profession
twelve years ago. He was a mature guy [approaching forty] when he broke
through as a hot, muscled, articulate and inked bruiser. He changed the
image in gay porn from boys to men, almost single-handedly. Also he was
one of the first stars to come out as HIV positive.
I learned all this when I was approached by a mutual friend asking if
I’d be interested in co-authoring Cole’s life story. “But being a major
porn star isn’t enough to make a really interesting book,” I claimed.
“Is there more to his life?”
there was. Cole Tucker was actually the creation of a man whose real
name was Rick Karp and who had the proverbial ‘nine lives’. Rick was
the wild child of wealthy parents in Upper New York State; he was a
‘toy-boy’ in Manhattan in his teens, the ‘Prince of Provincetown’ for
several years with an older lover, a failed restauranteur, a recovering
addict of drugs and alcohol by his late twenties, a high-end realtor in
several cities beginning with Boston, where he acquired a partner and a
large house, a heavy Leatherman in San Francisco in the first decade of
the AIDs crisis. He had simultaneous relationships with a gay French
fashion designer, a ‘dot-com’ millionaire, a British politician and a
South African television producer.
was also charming and intelligent in person, when we finally met and
talked. I soon realized that this could be a fascinating and different
writing project for me.
But how could I capture the spirit and
language of Rick Karp aka Cole Tucker? That’s the story for the next