Mickey Taylor - From Porn to Pop...

Mickey Taylor - From Porn to Pop...
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Posted on 13 Jun 2017

As a porn star, Mickey Taylor has worked with some of ‘the biggest names in the biggest studios in the UK’. His entrepreneurial skills have seen him launch his own clothing line, calendar and books, while as a solo singer he already has two albums under his belt. We recently caught up with the boy from Essex to talk tattoos, music and Pride...

When and what was your first tattoo, Mickey? 
When I was about 13 or 14 years old, I had ‘Mum’ tattooed on my left palm. It was a cool one to have. 

A lot of your tattoos are black. Do you think you’ll introduce other colours? 
I just like black, grey and white. Not only in tattoos but also in fashion. A lot of the clothes I wear are black. I just like the look of it. I did have a few little bits of colour here and there, but that’s as good as it will ever get. 

As you cover more of your body with tattoos, will you get pickier about designs?  
I’ll probably get looser with the designs. When you've had your first few, I think you panic about what’s going in your body, and for months and months you figure out how and where you want it, asking your friends. But then the more you have, the more you just think, it’s just another tattoo. Whatever I get next will be whatever I feel like on the day, I guess. 

How many tattoos do you have? 
About 100. That’s individual ones. Now they’re starting to blend together, so the number is going down!

Have you got a favourite? 
It’s the one I got recently. It’s the microphone on my throat, which I had done in February. Everyone was telling me it was going to hurt and that I was going to be in a lot of pain, but it really wasn’t that bad. The front was easy; the back, harder. 

Is there anything you'd go to see the tattoo fixers for? 
I would never go to the tattoo fixers. Their reputation is so bad. 

Is there anything you'd like to have covered up? 
I want to get my chest tattoo fixed. There are three or four and they don't blend well, so I’d like to get them blended. 

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Let’s talk about your music. Your first cover was Lana Del Ray’s Video Games...  
I just remember falling in love with it. I remember it really captivating me at the time. When I did an interview for a magazine, they asked me if I had experience doing anything other than porn, as that’s what I was doing at the time. I said I could sing and dance, and they said they’d love to hear me sing. I just clutched onto Video Games as a good one to start with. 

Your new album, Midnight Palace, follows hot on the heel of the Puppets Lament album. What was the inspiration for this? 
I wrote the whole thing in this weird meta phase. It sounds so stupid, but that’s probably because it is. I wrote it because it was how I’d been feeling during the previous few years. I've been through some pretty horrible stuff. I wanted to get it out there but not in too negative a way. So I decided to write these uptempo tracks - to give it that Sia vibe, as she writes in Titanium about alcohol abuse. Also in Chandelier. They’re both very upbeat songs. I wanted to achieve that feel with this album. 

You've been touring with this album and have dates coming up. How have your fans taken to it? 
They really connect with the slow stuff. I try to do one or two slow songs, just to show a more vulnerable side of myself. I’m finding they're really enjoying two songs in particular - Pain and Harlequin. I think it’s because they’re totally different but at the same time love songs. People seem to have connected with those two the most. 

Is your tour coming anywhere near the Midlands? 
In the UK we’re doing London, Manchester and Edinburgh. We will also head into the Midlands. 

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You're mostly known for your porn career. How did you get into the business? 
Weirdly, I got in through Grindr. An agent found me and asked how I felt about doing it. I politely told him to go fuck himself, as I really didn't want to do it. Three months and lots of nagging later, I went to my mum and told her there was a man hustling me to do hardcore, and did she think I should do it. She said, ‘You're only young once, and this body is only going to last you so many more years, so you may as well get it over with’. I went to the audition and liked the industry right there and then. 

How old were you at the time? 
I’d just turned 21. 

What’s been the funniest on-the-job moment during your porn career?
Having two people film in front of me as I’m directing them. One of them is humming along to an Ariana Grande song while keeping still for the photos and pulling a sex face! 

When do you see yourself retiring from porn? 
This year or next. The porn industry is always changing and developing. I started it at the right time. The way we were seeing body image and the way we were seeing men was starting to change, and new models like myself were introduced on the back of that change. There are always new guys coming in, so those who’ve been in it a long time step away. I have my music, so I'm very happy doing that. 

You've written two books. Did you always want to be an author? 
I got into it because as a child I went through horrible experiences such as sexual assault, and a few other things not to mention. But I thought and hoped people would be inspired by the books. They will give people love and appreciation for themselves. I’m working on the last one now - hopefully it will be out in July.

With the Pride season upon us, are you going to any festivals? 
Definitely Manchester Pride, and I’d love to go to Cardiff Pride, too. That’s the one I’d really like to hit.

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