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March 2010

The Sexy State

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The Sexy State
Queensland is the Sexy State, says porn star export Monica Mayhem at Sexpo.

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UnSeen TV at Brisbane Sexpo

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UnSeen TV at Brisbane Sexpo

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Sexuality and Adult Lifestyle Exhibition is the worlds largest adult show, Join Brooke and the Unseen TV Crew as they checked out all the sexy action including the world famous Amature Strip.

Pricasso on Nova FM

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SEXPO is on for Brisbane again this weekend and visiting the studio was one of its performers: Pricasso. He’s an artist who paints portraits with his…well, you can probably figure it out.

With Tonie ‘Tunza’ Carroll a guest on the show this week, we thought we’d give the gift of a portrait to him.

Check out the video…if you’re game.

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Suzie Q Interview with Fiona Patten

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A surprisingly sexy Sexpo

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Brisbane Times

March 05, 2010

But I checked my sex snobbery at the door and assumed an open mind when my obligations as the BT event and entertainment hack (and yeah, my innate sexual curiosity) sent me stalking down to South Bank to learn and write about the porn, the products and the people of the “world’s largest adult lifestyle expo”. (You can check out my photos here).

And I admit it. It truly wasn’t that bad after all.

See, the best thing about Sexpo is the fact that the folk who make Sexpo magic happen are (heavily censored) but unashamed and really do let it all hang out. Literally. There’s real live boob and bum, a bloke that paints with his prick and inflatable dolls who stare blankly at an inflatable room filled with doll-like strippers who’ll do you a lap dance (for a fee).

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(Yeah… you know what he’s doing…)

Then there’s the booth where you can get whipped by a minxy dominatrix and massage parlours galore (though the happy endings I encountered in Thailand are markedly absent) – there’s also more merch than any sexpot consumer whore could buy in a lifetime.

Though while there were still the elements of tack and cheap that I abhor in life general (being a quality not quantity girl, mass-produced goods and tawdriness irk me philosophically) there’s also a lot that’s worthwhile about the show – enough to make me reconsider my position.

‘Course – it helps that the business savvy GM of the gig has made an effort to make the show more attractive to women and young couples through schmick branding and stalls that feature female friendly staff and stuff (consequently the pedestrian traffic on opening day bore little difference to what you’d find on Queen St Mall, minus the minors, and “the vibe, the constitution” was pretty vanilla).

Plus, I agree on principle with the event’s message that a healthy approach to sex means openness and choice.

And as a woman who’s keen to explore and develop all areas of her humanness, from head to heart to hoochie-coochie, I love talking with people who’ve made one of those elements their forte because it helps you help yourself …

So a conversation with a porn star or a tantric sex expert can actually match, IMHO, one shared with a learned professor of economics in terms of intrinsic ‘life lesson’ value – if you’ve got the right perspective and ability to listen without judgement.

Meaning I’ll be going back to Sexpo this year. As a punter. With a pack of guy and girl friends who were eager as beavers once I suggested it.

Sexpo Plans to Go Public, Eyes New Markets

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By Rhett Pardon, XBIZ.com

Wed, Mar 03 2010 12:15am PST

QUEENSLAND, Australia — Sexpo late Tuesday said it plans on going public by November and has eyes on new markets, including New Zealand, Europe and the U.S.The plan, to be revealed at the Brisbane Sexpo in Southbank, Australia, on Thursday, will spell out what the company will do in the next six months and detail strategic partnerships in key markets. Show promoters expect 40,000 attendees at the Brisbane event.

“Essentially this will fund our expansion and enable us to bring the show to new countries, including the U.S.,” Rob Godwin, general manager of Sexpo, told XBIZ.

“When the rest of the world thinks of Australian brands, they say Fosters, Vegemite, Qantas, Telstra and now Sexpo. Let’s make Sexpo the biggest Australian entertainment export and be proud of it.

“Our parent company is Australia’s oldest and most successful adult related business with 33 years experience. Recession or boom — sex sells, and I think the combination of this successful track record, with the increased number of visitors to Sexpo, will encourage interest from potential small and large investors.

“We are proud of our heritage but the demand and need for our show to expand around the world is very strong.”

Sexpo attracted over 250,000 people to its exhibitions across Australia and in South Africa last year.

. Additional exhibitions are planned for New Zealand and London in 2011.

Being a porn star ain’t what it used to be

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March 4, 2010 – 5:21AM

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Brisbane-born, US-based porn star Monica Mayhem.

Monica Mayhem had become accustomed to a certain degree of luxury in her sex life.

The Brisbane-born, US-based porn veteran once worked in Bel Air mansions, enjoying the pampering associated with dedicated costume designers and hefty budgets.

Then the internet came along.

Like video killed the radio star, the bright lights of the world’s pornographic film industry are being bound, gagged and held to ransom by the world wide web.

“It’s pretty bad,” says Ms Mayhem, who has 400 XXX American film credits to her name. “A lot of us are screwed.”

In town for Brisbane Sexpo, the articulate, attractive 31-year-old says dark clouds have gathered over California’s San Fernando Valley, the once thriving, spiritual home of pornographic film.

In a world of free online downloads, plummeting DVD sales and disappearing profits, Ms Mayhem says she knows directors who give the industry two more years, tops.

“All these little girls are coming in straight out of high school and thinking [porn] is glamorous and that they’ll be like [porn super star] Jenna Jameson,” Ms Mayhem says.

“And these little girls are coming in doing way hardcore things for $300 and ruining it for everyone.

“[What they] don’t realise is that’s never going to happen like [Jameson] again – that she was all marketing – and the industry is never going to be like it was.”

Getting people to pay attention to a poor porn star’s plight is no easy task, either.

“I don’t think people take us very seriously at all. We’re never going to have a union like SAG (the Screen Actors Guild) so no one is protected,” Ms Mayhem says.

“The companies can’t afford to pay the girls what they used to; they can’t afford to have the big productions in studios.”

A former futures trader in London, turned stripper, Ms Mayhem has been relatively quick to diversify across platforms, with her own book, Absolute Mayhem: Confessions of an Aussie Porn Star, and website. But even embracing the online trend comes with inherent risks.

“For me it’s pretty bad because of all the video piracy with my website,” she explains.

“Anyone can get anything they want of mine for free, from anywhere they want over the internet, so why would they want to join my website?”

Rob Godwin, general manager of Sexpo Australia, says while the audience for pornography is growing, society increasingly expects to be able to watch it for free.

“Most people will look at adult films online – it has become more accepted, to a degree, because of the proliferation of internet access – and I don’t think it’s been good for the industry,” Mr Godwin says.

“It’s not good for the 180 adul t stores in Queensland or the actresses like Monica because there is so much free content out there… if anything, it’s harder to sell Sexpo because general society is a lot more sexually orientated due to the mainstream media and advertising.

“But taking off my Sexpo hat and just looking at it as an entrepreneur, then that’s business, as much as we lambast it, and you either adapt and develop or you suffer.”

With Sexpo celebrating its 10th birthday this year, Mr Godwin says change has been vital to its survival.

Part of that has been growing its female audience, to the point where 49 per cent of attendees are now women, he says.

“We’ve changed the show over the last two years. The majority of our retail stores are now aimed at females and our advertising is aimed at females because you’re not going to have too many blokes complaining when their partner suggests, `Let’s go to Sexpo.'”

But despite the increased competition, both online and in the real world, Mr Godwin says the more sex out there, the better.

“Then people have a choice. If they want to go online and look at some adult films, let them – if they want to come to Sexpo, they can.

“The world will always want sex and we will find a way to give it to them.”

Sexpo is on at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre, March 4-7.

Sexpo: the next iconic Aussie brand?

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Sexpo flirts with IPO to fund overseas drive

March 3, 2010 – 2:50PM

Sexpo could be listed on the Australian stockmarket before the end of the year, with organisers looking to fund an expansion into Europe and the United States.

Sexpo general manager Rob Godwin believes the adult lifestyle exhibition has the potential to become one of the iconic Australian brands alongside Foster’s, Qantas and Vegemite.

‘‘It has become somewhat of a rite of passage for newly turned 18 year olds but also for couples,’’ he said today. ‘‘But why we are doing this potential float is the potential for Sexpo being an Australian brand around the world.

‘‘I do want that to be, for Sexpo to be the biggest entertainment export we have, because people have sex and the world needs Sexpo.’’

Now in its fourteenth year, Sexpo attracted over 250,000 people to its exhibitions across Australia and in South Africa in 2009.

Additional exhibitions are planned for New Zealand and London in 2011.

‘‘We are getting a lot of demand from specific countries like New Zealand, London and America to bring our show to them but we need a capital injection to be able to realise the potential of the show,’’ Mr Godwin said.

Organisers will gauge the interest of attendees at this year’s Sexpos – ‘‘mum and dad investors’’ as Mr Godwin puts it – in a potential listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Meetings will then be held with industry partners, manufacturers and exhibitors in the ensuing months, and a prospectus completed and lodged by the end of November.

‘‘We are aiming to do a prospectus and float by the end of this year,’’ Mr Godwin said.

About 80 per cent of the group’s revenue comes from Sexpo shows.

It also organises ‘‘business to business’’ forums for manufacturers and conducts online sales of adult products.

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Seth Vs Death

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Media Release: 2 March 2010

Sexpo Congratulates New World Record Holder! Click Here to watch Video

Sexpo Australia congratulates American freestyle motocross and extreme stunt rider Seth Enslow, who has set a new world record for the longest jump on a Harley Davidson in Sydney today.

The successful 183.7 foot jump on the XR 1200 CC Harley Davidson at Barangaroo today smashes the old record set by Evil Kanieval of 157 feet.

“This is fantastic achievement and we’re extremely excited about Seth’s new world record status,” Rob Godwin general manager Sexpo said.

“We have no doubt that fans will be lining up to get a chance to have their picture taken with this new world record holder.”

Seth will join all of Sexpo’s stars at the official opening of Queensland’s largest adult lifestyle show at Thursday midday.

“Fans of Seth will have the chance to get up close with the man himself, his record-breaking XR 1200 CC Harley Davidson and the motorcross Crusty Demons stunt riders at Sexpo in Brisbane,” Mr Godwin said.

This year’s Sexpo is being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from March 4th – 7th.

To view the jump visit www.harleyworldrecordjump.com

Sexpo supports the McGrath Foundation. Tickets and further information www.sexpo.com.au

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