Striplv Magazine - The Sexiest Magazine on the Planet, Issue 0118 - 12 Year Anniversary Issue

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It’s our 12-year anniversary my friends. I never knew how wild this ride was going be. Creating and bringing to life the magazine in your hands indeed has been a labor of love and passion. It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of the female form and taking photographs of gorgeous women sounds like every man’s fantasy come to life, but it’s a craft I’ve been preparing for most of my life. It isn’t a coincidence that one of my biggest influences was publishing visionary Bob Guccione. His work inspired me, and when the first ideas about starting STRIPLV materialized, I channeled him and referenced the pages of past issues of Penthouse for inspiration. He was the primary photographer for the magazine for budgetary reasons and used his knowledge as a painter to influence his layouts. I started out as a photographer in a very similar way. The bands on our label in Detroit needed promotional photos, and within the constraints of our budgets, I started taking them. So, when we launched this magazine I knew that I would be the photographer, but I didn’t know how long it would take me to find my inner Guccione. I have a spirit and passion and keep looking for it, and I recognize that a collaboration with the icon that he was is impossible, I like to imagine that he might have appreciated what we’ve created here. Enjoy the issue. S

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