Erotic Content Creators Rick and Griff Twombley-King Solidify Their Brand

by Steve Duffy

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday November 4, 2021
Originally published on October 21, 2021

When OnlyFans decided to block adult content in August, many users of the site found themselves scrambling to find another source of streaming and income. OnlyFans reversed their decision, but for adult content social media personalities an OnlyFans stars Rick and Griff Twombley-King, it called for action. (Note: links to adult content.)

Towards that end, they created a "Sex Workers in The City" meme to basically give the middle finger to OnlyFanswhenannounced they would be banning all sexuallyexplicitcontent "The meme is ametaphor for putting your faith into a toxicrelationship,"the couple said in a press release. They promoted the meme with a parody video of "Sex and the City."

While they post adult content, Rick and Griff don't consider themselves porn stars. Instead, they prefer to be called Erotic ContentCreatorswho are just two normal dudes fromAtlanta who don'ttake themselves tooseriously.

EDGE spoke to the couple recently about how they became Erotic Content Creators, balancing marriage and careers as sex workers, and what they think of OnlyFans.

EDGE: Just in case any of our readers/viewers don't know who you are. Why don't you tell us a little bit about yourselves?

Griff: I am Griff...

Rick: And I am Rick.

Griff: We are a married couple who live in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as on social media, I would say. I'm a graphic designer by trade.

Rick: And I am a retired professional entertainer and stage performer who now owns my own personal training company.

EDGE: How did you guys get started in the exotic erotica?

Rick: It started with actually something a lot more innocent and fun, which was me sneaking around the house and videotaping Griff whenever he was lip-synching to Disney songs or Broadway musicals. And I would just come upon him doing that and hit record, and next thing you know, our videos were going viral. And friends were like, 'well, you should have an Instagram. Like, those are really fun.' So what started off as innocent slowly turned into a little bit more of a thirst trap. And we saw that was becoming very popular, and people seem to respond to that as well, so we merged in that direction and one thing led to another, and here we are.

Griff: Okay, it's like a full circle. You can see the wholesome fun stuff...

Rick: Yes, go to YouTube if you want to see the PG-13 stuff.

Griff: And you can see all sorts of stuff on other platforms.

EDGE: How did that conversation start? It's like, 'hey, let's have sex on camera and post it?'

Rick: I mean, come on, be real. We were having sex on camera way before there was OnlyFans. It wasn't for profit, but let's also be real: I'm sure a majority of your readers out there have probably also had sex on camera and sent it to people on the internet for free. Well, the conversation was just more like, 'Well, we're already doing this, there's a ton of stuff already out there, so why don't we at least make some profit.'

Griff: Or, as they say, if you are good at what you do, don't do it for free...

Rick: Or if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life!

Griff: Or if they asked you to take your shirt off, get the money first.

Rick: Yeah, that's what my grandma always said.

EDGE: People are now embracing sexuality and positivity of sex, and, you know, how do you embrace the sexual side of each other?

Griff: With my hands or some part of our bodies, depending how adventurous we feel.

Rick: I grew up in Nebraska, so there were not a lot of gay influences around me in the middle of Nebraska in the 90s. I was very taken when Madonna sort of went into her sexual revolution in the late 80s and early 90s, like Blonde Ambition tour and Erotica. And I was just blown away, not in a sexual way, but in the like, 'wow, this woman, who's in a very misogynistic business and world, doesn't give a fuck. She is owning everything that she is. She is pushing everybody's buttons. She's not apologizing for it.' And look what she became. I mean, she owned everything that she did. And that was a really powerful message to me growing up as this kid with nobody around me to show me what it was to own who I really was. And I sort of followed that lesson that she taught me early on — that if you really accept who you are and you own it and are not afraid of it, nobody can ever have any power over you. That's how I embrace it.

Griff: It took me a while longer to get on board; I grew up in a traditional Southern family...

Rick: They're not that traditional.

Griff: They're very liberal people, but it took me a while to own my sexuality. When I met Rick, and I saw the confidence that he had, and then he really introduced me to the inner workings of Madonna...

Rick: And not just Madonna, there was also Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli...

Griff: Anyway, from what I have seen was kind of following Rick's lead with Madonna, and so it's not anything to be ashamed of, and you own it; no one can use it against you. And there was power in that. There's confidence in that.

Rick: And I think that showed itself to be true when we did make the leap from Instagram, where we were just showing our butts a lot, to actually experimenting with OnlyFans, which did not start off being what it is now. It started off a little more of a tease. But when we realized how many people were willing to subscribe to actually see us do everything, we were like, 'well, this just makes sense. We're not ashamed of what we do.' And I think a lot of people that we knew personally did look at us a little bit like, 'what are you guys doing?' They questioned us and challenged us. And they all thought we were just going to embarrass ourselves. We even lost a couple of friends. Fast forward four years later, and a lot of those people have come back around and said, 'well, we didn't see it then,' but a lot of those people who looked at us sideways when we started sure have asked us for a referral code.

EDGE: Obviously, marriage has its ups and downs without any of this. Has this made your marriage better?

Rick: Like you said, every marriage has its ups and downs, and our marriage is just like any marriage. Also, I think people really need to understand that this is its work. This is a nine-to-five job which is tough.

Griff: When Rick talks about work, it's not just the sex that's the work. It's the graphics, it's the video design. It's a business...

Rick: Running the platform, keeping up with messages, traveling and collaborating and setting up schedules and stuff. And it gets a little bit even more interesting because we are married — we've been married for going on six years, together for nearly nine — and we are also in a thrupple with our boyfriend, who is not a part of any of our social media or OnlyFans. And we have a very, very healthy stable relationship with him.

Griff: Communication is the big thing. If there's one thing that we don't fight about, it's gonna be sex.

Rick: Yeah, and we still have a really great sex life with each other and with him. It's all about how we draw boundaries and keep our work work and keep our private life private.

EDGE: Let's just talk about safe sex. How is that managed when you are making these videos?

Rick: Right, well we're all on PrEP, including our boyfriend. And also, we take a daily doxycycline that our doctor prescribed to us, which helps to stave off most everything. We actually had less incidences, I'd say, since we started doing this professionally on OnlyFans than we did prior. And our collaborators will get up we all get tested and we show each test results before we have anybody come over or before we go anywhere to collaborate. It is about being responsible adults running a business.

EDGE: You guys are obviously in great shape. What is your diet? What is your workout look like?

Rick: People ask like what's the secret? How many steroids do you take? And honestly, I was a stage performer and acrobat for Cirque du Soleil and Disney for nearly 20 years and trained my body. And came up with my diet, which is very consistent. We eat the same thing every day. It's boring. It's so boring. As far as workouts go, our workouts rarely change. We have the same gym schedule. We just go and get it done. We don't like to spend a lot of time on either, like we have too many other things to do. I don't want to be in the gym for hours, so we're in and out in 40 minutes. It's just consistency. Also having somebody help you understand what you need to do for your own body and your body type because everybody's different. Once you figure that out, just be consistent. That's what we do.

EDGE: And your online shop Two Kings Unlimited — can you talk about that?

Griff: Well, it is a place where we have our merchandise, which our big sellers are our onesies. We also have molds made from our...

Rick: You know what we are talking about.

Griff: We have a whole collection of merchandise on there that people have really responded to. I know it kind of seems random, but it's what people have asked for.

Rick: Every piece of merchandise that is in our merchandise shop, usually the idea came from our fans. A lot of them asked, 'have you thought of making molds of your dicks and we can use them while we are watching the videos?' And I thought that's a really good idea. And with that came our own hybrid lube, which is specifically designed with silicone toys.

And then our onesies. We had onesies from other companies that we would wear in IG photos, and every time people would ask, 'Where did you get your onesie?' So we had a designer friend of ours here in Atlanta who does a lot of the custom design for the girls that go on RuPaul's Drag Race. He came up with a design. We spent almost two years getting the design perfect because we wanted it to be something that didn't just look good on our body type. We wanted it to be something that anybody would feel comfortable and sexy in. If they wanted to feel a little more snug, they get the smaller one; if they wanted to be a little more roomy for lounging around the house, they get the bigger one; but everybody looks great in it. And they now have expanded into different colors and patterns. And there's some new ones coming next year as well. And then we have our deck of cards, which is a novelty deck of cards that stemmed from some Instagram pictures we did a long time ago when we took the pictures from the ceiling.

Griff: Yeah, and I do all the photoshopping...

Rick: And I'm 44 years old, so he does a LOT of photoshopping.

EDGE: And what about the elephant in the room — OnlyFans and their decision to ban explicit content from the site and their reversal. What did you guys do with that?

Rick: It was in the back of my mind long before they made that decision. Part of the stress of this being a major source of income is that we really don't have a lot of control over anything, I mean other than what we do daily on our page. But at the end of the day, we don't own the company. We don't have any say in what the company chooses to do. Any day we can wake up and OnlyFans could just be gone.

I have a very business-minded outlook on everything. I look at everything through this lens, and the first thing in business is that you don't ever want put all your eggs in one basket. You always want to diversify and have things like something over here and something over there because you never know at what point you're going to have to abandon this ship to go over to that one. You don't want to be caught off guard. You don't want to have to start from scratch. So, we were not happy about it, but we also have pages on other sites like JustForFans.

Another thing that happened when they made that announcement was that a lot of people started knocking on our door and tracking us down, wanting to pitch their ideas or what they think the next big OnlyFans or the next big thing is going to be that takes that space if OnlyFans goes away. And there were some really good ideas. We had a web designer who is in the middle of building our own website, which we hope to launch soon, which would be a hub for people to go and see everything that is Rick and Griff. They can see all our social media, they can see a video store right there where they can purchase individual videos, they can find other links to our fan sites, they can subscribe to our own website to access everything — all content as it comes out. It's a one-stop-shop. That's the biggest thing that we're going to work on, as well as continuing to diversify our content across other platforms

Griff: And also what you do when OnlyFans starts to act up is that you make a "Sex Workers in The City" meme and let them know exactly where we stand.

EDGE: What's next for you guys? What's your retirement plan?

Rick: Thank you for asking. You know, like I said, I always am thinking ten steps ahead. We bought our townhouse last year, right before the pandemic hit. And we spent the last year and a half making it into our showplace, like really getting looking fantastic. Atlanta is a huge hub for the movie and television industry. And we've been approached by realtors who work for the movie industry who are always looking for properties to house like the actors, directors, producers. And our property caught their attention, and that is a business move that we're thinking of doing. We are thinking of leasing out our townhome and using the profits from that to build a second property, which we'll then spend the year building up. So we're verging into real estate. We're trying to make sure that we are using money that we're making now because, like you said, it's not going to last forever. So we've been very smart, trying to figure out how to make that money work for us and to build on its own.

Griff: I don't want to show my dick on the internet forever, believe me. I would rather be like in Bermuda or Mykonos on a beach sipping up a fruity drink and letting my properties make money for me.

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