"Tampa Bay's Mayhem Magazine" was a local entertainment magazine that was in publication from 2011 - 2014. The magazine was published monthly by Vertex Worldwide Media, who also previously operated the short-lived internet radio station, Black Pearl Rock Radio. Mayhem Magazine had a small circulation, printing no more then 400 copies a month.

In the beginning, Mayhem Magazine was partly a local music magazine, and partly a soft core porn magazine. The first several issues following it's October 2011 debut publication featured erotic stories by Dark Gracie, porn star interviews and adult entertainment event coverage by Tony Batman, and a monthly "Babe of the Month" pin-up that was sometimes nude, and sometimes semi-nude. Due to the unorthodox combination of content, the magazine instantly started attracting a small amount of controversy.

In late December 2011, Mayhem Magazines original cover story writer, Keith Wilkins, resigned from the magazine. Wilkins cited a combination of reasons for his resignation, including: The publisher failing to negotiate a contract with Wilkins, not agreeing with the adult oriented content of the magazine, and not agreeing with certain business practices conducted by the publisher. The business practices that Wilkins didn't ethically agree with was that the publisher would only feature a band on the magazines cover if they agreed to play a free show at a venue of the publishers choice.

"If a band refused to work for the publisher for free, then they would never be featured in Mayhem Magazine. That's simply wrong, you can't do that as a member of the media. In essence, it's basically a bribe... like payola... and you lose all credibility as a professional then" - Keith Wilkins

Following the publication of Mayhem Magazine's December, 2013 issue, the magazine failed to publish another issue until June, 2013. The June, 2013 issue would be the very last issue of Mayhem Magazine to ever be published.

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Vertex Worldwide Media Christmas Party - Miguels, Tampa - December, 2011

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