John Styn

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John Halcyon Styn
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John Halcyon Styn, 2011
Born (1971-05-28) May 28, 1971 (age 46)
San Diego, California
Other names Halcyon Lujah

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]


Styn worked as the first Webmaster for Sony's "Station" E-commerce Mall and for[6]

Styn has won two Webby Awards, the first, as the designer and star of his personal website,,[7] and the second for a HugNation video podcast.[8]

Other projects have included:

  • Fears. Regrets. Desires, an NBC Internet-only, confessional story-sharing show. Host. [9]
  • FreshRealm, a food shipping company that uses reusable shipping technology. Chief Wisdom Officer.[10][11]
  • Anybeat, a social networking service based on pseudonymity.[12]
  • 1st Saturdays, a homeless outreach project based in San Diego.[3]
  • Hug Nation, which won the "people's choice" Webby Award in 2007.[5][13][14]
  •, an "alternative sexuality site" that sponsored the Masturbate-a-thon events.[15]
  • Pink Aid, a charity originally started to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.[16][17]
  • "Porn Posse", an Internet services company.[18]
  •, an experimental webcam community.[2]
  • TheRealHouse, a live webcam-house that ran from 2000–2002[19]
  • The book, Love more. Fear less. (2010)[20]

Blogging career[edit]

Styn bought his first URL in 1996 to put his self-published zine, Prehensile Tales, on the web.[21] 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.[22] When they sent a cease and desist order on March 2, 1998 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). "A Conversation with John Styn". Design for community: the art of connecting real people in virtual places. New Riders. p. 159. ISBN 9780735710757. 
  3. ^ a b Morlan, Kinsee (January 19, 2011). "Online Intimacy". San Diego City Beat. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  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. Archived from the original on January 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ Hafner, Katie (May 31, 2001). "A Beautiful Life, an Early Death, a Fraud Exposed". New York Times. 
  7. ^ "And the winner is .." The Independent. May 15, 2000. 
  8. ^ Evans, Jamie (September 2, 2011). "Hugnation Wins The Votes Of People Like Better Reality Site For The 11th Annual Webby Award". Gadgets Radar. Archived from the original on July 14, 2012. 
  9. ^ Albrecht, Chris (March 9, 2009). "Did NBC Regret Its (Post)Secret Web Series Ambitions?". 
  10. ^ "How to build a technology company around food – John Styn of FreshRealm". June 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ Becky, Haycox (June 17, 2015). "Meet this year's Economic Outlook Breakfast Speakers". Ventura Chamber of Commerce. 
  12. ^ Olanoff, Drew (September 27, 2011). "AnyBeat is the social network that doesn't even want your real name". The Next Web. 
  13. ^ Sites, Kevin. "People of the Web - Love Warriors". Yahoo. Archived from the original on 2007-07-03. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Newitz, Annalee (March 1, 2006). "Blogging for Dollars:How to Launch Porn into the Blogosphere". Adult Video News. 
  16. ^ Lewis, Todd (September 30, 2005). "Digital Orgy for Charity Sunday". Adult Video News. 
  17. ^ Lewis, Todd. "PINK+AID Charity Porn DVD Now Available". Adult Video News. 
  18. ^ Barrett, Marty (December 1, 2003). "A Fistful of Porn: The Porn Posse Saddles Up". Adult Video News. 
  19. ^ Senft, Theresa M. (2008). Camgirls: Celebrity and Community in the Age of Social Networks. ISBN 9780820456942. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  20. ^ Styn, John (2010). Love more. Fear less. Lulu. ISBN 9780557669196. 
  21. ^ "Halycon". Ambush Interview. March 23, 2005. 
  22. ^ "15 Questions for Halcyon Styn". Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  23. ^ "Posts by John "Halcyon" Styn". Black Rock City, llc. 

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