Porn veteran Larry Flynt is celebrating the 40th birthday of his X-rated magazine Hustler. He told AFP:
I'm the largest content provider in the world for adult material, (operating in) 60-70 countries and still growing.
While celebrating his magazine's four decades in print, he admits it is struggling, with circulation down from a peak of around three million during its heyday to a couple of hundred thousand today , according to a Hustler spokesman. Flynt
Publishing is not good .. for anybody in America because Internet is replacing print. We'll continue the magazine as long as it is profitable. Then we'll go online.
Hustler's website doesn't make much money either, competing with a tsunami of hardcore porn online which is often free, and made by amateurs. His business' future lies above all in TV porn channels and on-demand videos, but also in Hustler-themed
sex accessory and clothing stores and casinos, which he is opening everywhere. In fact so much so that Flynt claimed;
Porn publisher Larry Flynt is selling his original Hustler store on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. The planned sale of the property that houses the store, which offers products such as lingerie and sex toys, comes as traditional
adult publishers struggle to compete with online providers.
Hustler Magazine this month celebrated its 40th anniversary. But it may not celebrate many more birthdays. Flynt said in a Bloomberg Television interview:
I don't think Hustler is going to be around very much longer, with customers turning to the Internet instead. It's making money now. As long as it makes money, I'll continue to publish, but we can see the handwriting on the wall.
Hustler magazine, which began publication in July 1974, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with the launch of a new website, HustlerMagazine.com. Hustler founder and publisher Larry Flynt said:
HustlerMagazine.com offers a treasure trove of unique material from the HUSTLER vault. In addition to providing continually updated content, the site houses a digital archive encompassing every issue in the 40-year history of our magazine,
including all of the sizzling pictorials, penetrating articles, in-depth interviews, amusing cartoons, insightful political commentary, scathing satire and thought-provoking features that have been our publication's trademark for two
generations. In addition, we're offering classic and contemporary adult videos from the unmatched Hustler and VCA collections.
Lucy Pinder, a favourite of Nuts magazine, has helped bring the publication to a close by crying on the cover of its final issue.
Nuts launched in January 2004, with Nell McAndrew as its illustrious cover star. The final issue -- its 526th edition - went on sale yesterday.
The final editorial of Nuts suggested that readers should now support rival magazine, Zoo :
Our esteemed rival Zoo launched a week after us. It has been an interesting sparring partner over the last ten years, and we were actually quite fond of coming up against the old bastard. Dear reader, much as it pains us to say, may we suggest
go and see what they're up to, because they could use the sales!
Feminist comments on the final issue seem somewhat contradictory. Kate Maltby in the Telegraph celebrates that Nuts has withdrawn its rather public depiction of male lust and that the inevitable recourse to more private and more porny internet
delights is a good thing:
Rihanna shared a picture of her appearance on the cover of French magazine Lui, in which she appears in a hat and a pair of coral briefs. The image was shot by fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti.
However, nudity, partial nudity or sexually suggestive photographs are banned on Instagram and the social media platform temporarily closed her account until the picture was taken down. Instagram's censorship rules read:
If you wouldn't show the photo or video you are thinking about uploading to a child, or your boss, or your parents, you probably shouldn't share it on Instagram.
The same rule applies to your profile photo. Accounts found sharing nudity or mature content will be disabled and your access to Instagram may be discontinued.
Nuts, the weekly lad's mag that along with arch-rival Zoo shook up the men's magazine market a decade ago is to close.
IPC Media announced a 30-day consultation with the 25 staff who work on the Nuts magazine and Nuts.co.uk website about the closure. Paul Williams, managing director of IPC's Inspire division, said:
After 10 years at the top of its market, we have taken the difficult decision to propose the closure of Nuts and exit the young men's lifestyle sector.
Nuts launched in January 2004, and at the height of its popularity had an average weekly circulation of more than 300,000. By the end of 2013 this was down to 62,000 including digital subscriptions.
Covers were toned down in 2013 in response to genderist pressure and the Coop ended sales completely, but the magazine was already in decline, probably to do with vast amounts of porny treats available on the internet.
For the past 16 years, John Stagliano has made time in his busy schedule to produce not only his own movies but also Buttman Magazine.
Now he's moving on to other projects, with the result that the current issue of Buttman Magazine will be the last. Evil Angel Operations Manager Lissa Baren said:
John [Stagliano] chooses all of the layouts for the magazine. ... It's just very labor intensive for him because he's got to get all the production stills from all the directors and he goes through everything and figures out what he wants to
use. ... But it was a labor of love---he really, really loved doing it and that's why even in the last six, seven years, when a lot of the brick-and-mortar bookstores started closing down and we weren't doing the circulation that we had been
doing, he still continued wanting to do it. And it was a good promotional vehicle for Evil Angel in general.
He just couldn't make enough time to fit everything in, so he decided that this first issue of this year was going to be the last issue. And he's very sad about it.