John Styn

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John Styn
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John "Halcyon" Styn, 2011
Born (1971-05-28) May 28, 1971 (age 44)
San Diego, California
Other names Halcyon Lujah
Occupation Co-founder of FreshRealm

John "Halcyon" Styn is an American blogger, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, web designer, author, and Web celebrity,[1] who "pushed the boundaries of online self-expression"[2] through his various online projects. He is currently the co-founder of 1st Saturdays,[3][4] a homeless outreach project, host of Hug Nation.,[5] and Chief Wisdom Officer at Fresh Realm.[6]


Styn worked as the first Webmaster for Sony's "Station" E-commerce Mall and for[7]

Styn has won two Webby Awards, the first, as the designer and star of his personal website,,[8] and the second for a HugNation video podcast.[9]

Other projects have included:

  • FreshRealm, a company designing new shipping containers to reduce food shipping time and food waste.[10]
  • Anybeat, a social networking service based on pseudonymity.[11]
  • 1st Saturdays, a homeless outreach project based in San Diego.[3]
  • Hug Nation, which won the "people's choice" Webby Award in 2007.[5][12][13]
  •, an "alternative sexuality site" that sponsored the Masturbate-a-thon events.[14]
  • Pink Aid, a charity originally started to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.[15][16]
  • "Porn Posse", an Internet services company.[17]
  •, an experimental webcam community.[2]
  • TheRealHouse, a live webcam-house that ran from 2000–2002[18]
  • The book, Love more. Fear less. (2010)[19]

Blogging career[edit]

Styn bought his first URL in 1996 to put his self-published zine, Prehensile Tales, on the web.[20] This first autobiographical ezine ran from 1996 to 2000.

He first achieved internet notoriety when one of his stories got him into trouble with Fruit of the Loom.[21] When they sent a cease and desist order on March 2, 1998[22] demanding that he take down a parody of their logo that he made for a blog post. The post is still up.

He is also a contributor for the Burning Blog, the official blog of Burning Man.[23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2000 Webby Award Best Personal Website — Won
2007 Webby Award Reality — Hug Nation Won


  1. ^ Wilson, Michael (September 18, 2012). "Real Photo, Fake Family". NY Times. 
  2. ^ a b Derek M. Powazek (2002). Design for community: the art of connecting real people in virtual places. New Riders. 
  3. ^ a b Morlan, Kinsee (January 19, 2011). "Online Intimacy". San Diego City Beat. 
  4. ^ "Helping the Homeless in San Diego". Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Bryant, Steve (June 5, 2007). "Taking in the Webby Video Scene". gigaom. 
  6. ^ "How to build a technology company around food – John Styn of FreshRealm (Video Blog)". Media Leaders. June 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ Hafner, Katie (May 31, 2001). "A Beautiful Life, an Early Death, a Fraud Exposed". New York Times. 
  8. ^ "And the winner is ...". The Independent. May 15, 2000. 
  9. ^ Evans, Jamie (September 2, 2011). "Hugnation Wins The Votes Of People Like Better Reality Site For The 11th Annual Webby Award". Gadgets Radar. 
  10. ^ "How to build a technology company around food – John Styn of FreshRealm (Video Blog)". Media Leaders. June 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ Olanoff, Drew (September 27, 2011). "AnyBeat is the social network that doesn’t even want your real name". The Next Web. 
  12. ^ Sites, Kevin. "People of the Web - Love Warriors". Yahoo. Archived from the original on 2007-07-03. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Stern, Otto Z. (23 June 2007). "Yahoo!'s pink liberation army a threat to America's youth • The Register". The Register. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  14. ^ Newitz, Annalee (March 1, 2006). "Blogging for Dollars:How to Launch Porn into the Blogosphere". Adult Video News. 
  15. ^ Lewis, Todd (September 30, 2005). "Digital Orgy for Charity Sunday". Adult Video News. 
  16. ^ Lewis, Todd. "PINK+AID Charity Porn DVD Now Available". Adult Video News. 
  17. ^ Barrett, Marty (December 1, 2003). "A Fistful of Porn: The Porn Posse Saddles Up". Adult Video News. 
  18. ^ Senft, Theresa M. Camgirls: Celebrity and Community in the Age of Social Networks. ISBN 9780820456942. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  19. ^ Styn, John (2010). Love more. Fear less. Lulu. ISBN 9780557669196. 
  20. ^ "Halycon". Ambush Interview. March 23, 2005. 
  21. ^ "15 Questions for Halcyon Styn". Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Boxers or Briefs?". Wired Magazine. March 3, 1998. 
  23. ^ "Posts by John "Halcyon" Styn". Black Rock City, llc. 

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