I love to read but being severely dyslexic books were always a huge task for me, so I found my solace in magazines. With their mix of imagery and words they were a great source of knowledge, entertainment and escapism.
Over the past 10 years I have thrown out trashy celebrity magazines and replaced them with independent, art and fashion ones instead. I never knew how much reading weekly gossip magazines was effecting my own perception of the world until I cut them out! Now, instead of wanting to buy all the latest items in store, comparing myself to half naked b-list celebrities and treating stars’ personal life as entertainment, I now read about interesting people, art, and events from around the world. Here are just a few of the magazines I am loving right now;
Hello Mr’s tagline is ‘about men who date men’ and describes itself as a community starting a new conversation rather than just print. Now you may have noticed I am not a gay man but despite not being the target audience I still love this magazine. I was first introduced to Hello Mr whilst staying in Ace Hotel in New Orleans which had a stack of great indie mags in the room for guests to enjoy. Filled with art, stories, interviews and social commentary it is a beautifully curated piece of print which champions individuality.
A small, female-led culture zine that packs in ethical beauty, new music, travel, and so many other interesting topics of conversation. Though tackling some big issues they balance it out with a great injections of wit and fun.
Things and Ink
I have mentioned Things and Ink a few times in the blog, and even featured in their blog, Thi-ink. This magazine takes an artistic approach to sharing tattoo culture, creating stunning editorial content. I always look forward to each issue, which has a unique theme, each page is filled with stunning imagery, interesting articles and celebrates all aspects of tattoo culture.
This is a cool little zine that focuses on “Records. Art. Lifestyle. and Fuzz”. I was introduced to Lady Fuzz by the awesome Erica and, of course, like everything she recommends I loved it. Black ink on off white paper in a hand written font it was reminiscent of the original punk zines from the late 70’s, a time period I am obsessed with. The lack of pigment does not mean lack of content, this raw take on print is a refreshing change from the masses of glossy magazines.
A new cultural journal packed with journalism, literature and art. Despite the title this is not a Berlin-only magazine but brings insightful stories from around the world. They believe that “At their best, journalism, literature and the visual arts can be keys to mutual understanding” combining in a stunning piece of print that represents both the unique qualities that make the world we live in so special and intriguing.
A magazine written by bloggers, for bloggers. This publication truly understands and celebrates the diversity and talent within the blogosphere. Writing this I am reminded to get my subscription sorted because I have missed a couple of issues, which is such a shame because I love flicking though the beautifully designed pages spotting my friends, finding new bloggers, and seeing what is going on in the ever growing industry.
I am always looking for new magazines, so if you have any you think I should check out then please leave them in the comments below.