What is a pick up artist? If you missed the last two seasons of VH1's "The Pickup Artist" and Neil Strauss' award winning book, "The Game", you may not be familiar with the term, but pick up artists, or PUAs are they are often abbreviated, are a quickly growing worldwide phenomenon.
To put it simply, pick up artists are men who've dedicated their lives to getting better at picking up and sleeping with scores of women. Sounds a little misogynistic, right? It definitely can be, but there can also be many benefits to being a part of the pickup artist community and living the PUA lifestyle.
The pickup and seduction community originated in the late 90's, thanks to the power of the internet. The first pick up artists were guys who met on a usenet group (an early version of web forums) called alt.seduction.fast. Basically, this group became a place where guys would go online to swap tips and tricks on how to pickup women at bars and night clubs, and how to get laid. These PUAs shared "field-reports" of their time out picking up women, and helped critique and improve each other's technique.
Gradually, these first PUAs began to get better and better at picking up women, as they went out every night and practiced what they learned on women in bars and nightclubs. One of these men was Ross Jeffries, a dating "guru" who used the tactics such as NLP and hypnosis in order to succeed with women. Ross went onto form one of the first pickup companies, where people paid him money for his products which helped get them better with women.
Another early pick up artist was a magician by the name of Mystery, who used magic tricks and flashy outfits to attract women in Los Angeles. Mystery was the first guy to hold "bootcamps", where guys would pay Mystery money to have him teach the fundamentals of pickup artistry, then go out into the "field" to practice their techniques on unsuspecting women.
One of Mystery's star pupils was a journalist who went by the moniker "Style", and Style eventually went on to become one of the most successful pickup artists and eventually founded his own pickup company called the Stylelife Academy. He also published a New York Times bestselling novel based on his experiences, called "The Game", which helped to put the pickup community out into the mainstream.
Today, the pick up artist community is exploding, with hundreds of thousands of men all over the world studying the techniques and mindsets of seduction, in order to improve their success with women. Much of the seduction community gathers online on pickup forums, much like the original alt.seduction.fast, where they post their questions and advice. There are also groups called "pickup lairs", basically groups of guys who get together in the real world to help each other out in developing their skills are pick up artists.
The seduction community has also become a lot more commercialized over the past few years, with dozens of pickup companies springing up around the world, looking to make some money from desperate guys trying to get better with women. There are now hundreds of ebooks, audiobooks, and DVDs that men can purchase, that teach guys how to become better with women, and there are also many companies that offer live programs for improving your game.
So the once underground seduction community has become a lot more open in the past few years and many men have become a part of it. There are many factions and methods within the pickup community, but if you dedicate yourself and practice, you too can become a pick up artist and improve your results with women.
Casual is an expert on the pickup and seduction community, and runs a Pick Up Artist information site. You can visit: http://www.pualingo.com/