Most people now realise that Jake Owen and Jake Walters are two different people -- the former a professional photographer, the latter, Morrissey's personal assistant from '92 to '94. Rumours of a relationship between Owen and Morrissey have never been confirmed, but have never gone away. The fact that Owen and Walters' first names are the same, they're both British, and that they'd both taken photos of Morrissey during the same era has led to great confusion for fans and journalists alike.
Further down the board, there was a link to some very interesting video footage on YouTube of Morrissey's in-store signing for Vauxhall and I back in '94. This is surely the first time for this footage to surface on the 'net.
You can clearly see Morrissey's denim-wearing assistant, Jake Owen, by his side as he walks toward the camera, and later as Morrissey sits down at the signing table. There was a photo from what looks to be the same day, with Morrissey and Jake getting into a car, but with Owen's back to the camera, so I'd never clearly seen his face. He's a little guy, so if he was a former boxer, it must've been welterweight at most. He's almost a dead ringer for the skinhead on the cover of the Have-A-Go Merchant promo (from Nick Knight's book "Skinhead"). Owen also took candid photos of Morrissey during this era, some of which ended up being used professionally. such as the Now My Heart is Full single cover. He's on the cover of the The More You Ignore Me promo, but again, you can't see his face (http://www.morrisseymadness.co.uk/Morrissey-The-More-You-Igno-25522b.jpg). All this caused confusion with...
Jake Walters, who is an accomplished pro photographer (see www.jakewalters.com). He took pics of Morrissey around the same time. I seem to remember Walters being credited as Morrissey's assistant by more than one journalist, which has helped keep them muddled until this day.
One thing I could never get -- the back photo of Vauxhall, with Morrissey slumbering on Jake's stomach (?), is credited to "Jake," but if it's Jake Owen in the photo, who took the photo? Jake Walters? Same goes for the back of the The More You Ignore Me single. Now I'm confused...