Subscribing to 'the life' magazine
BY ROBERT DOMINGUEZ
DAILY NEWS FEATURE WRITER
Wednesday, June 6th 2007, 4:00 AM
Reputed Brooklyn tough guy Frank (Frankie D.) DiMatteo admits to being the brains behind what may turn out to be a mob-related hit.
No, DiMatteo's not a rat - he's the publisher of Mob Candy, a new men's lifestyle magazine devoted to all things Mafia. The quarterly, expected to hit newsstands in July, comes just in time for Mafiaphiles lamenting Sunday night's demise of "The Sopranos."
"Stories about the mob have always been a hot subject," says DiMatteo, 50, who claims to have been brought up "in the life" while growing up in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
"When I was a young guy I ran around with some people known to have a lot of contacts, let's put it that way," he says. "I got in trouble myself, so I pretty much have a lot of friends and a lot of knowledge that'll come out in the magazine."
Mob Candy is subtitled "The Underworld Magazine of Mafia Politics, Pleasures and Power." But think Maxim for mob wanna-bes - gadgets, girls and gangland lore make up the bulk of the editorial content.
The debut issue (there's a preview at www.mobcandymag.com) includes a look at the legacy of former capo de tutti capi Carlo Gambino, a profile of a hit man, a story on criminal-turned-club-owner Chris Paciello of South Beach and a feature on mob mistresses, plus "50 Years of Rats" - a piece on such Cosa Nostra turncoats as Joe Valachi and Salvatore (Sammy Bull) Gravano.
DiMatteo, whose previous foray into publishing involved making and distributing adult magazines and videos, also plans to include pictorials on cars and clothes, along with "fashion layouts" featuring young women in swimwear and lingerie.
If that isn't enough, the first issue also includes a poster of John Gotti, suitable for framing and hanging in your private social club. Or jail cell.
"There's so much stuff out there to write about," says DiMatteo, adding that he will be careful not to divulge anything that might anger certain members of his target market.
"We're not here to blow lids off nothin'," he says. "Anybody who's living this life isn't going to be talking to me, anyway. Most of the people I know are dead or in jail."