Monday, March 30, 2015

TAPAS: a new Spanish food magazine

We're always on the hunt for the best food magazines and just got this new one in from Spain: TAPAS. With an iconic Picasso picture on the cover and a nice font for the title, we were immediately drawn in.
Inside you find recipes, an artist who makes tempura with iPhones and iPads, the new food market in Rotterdam, traditional pig slaughter in Basque Country, salmon fishing on Lummi island and donkey milk.
The nice thing about Tapas is that it is allround, it has the food art part, restaurant tips, it shows traditional food culture and craft and zooms in on ingredients. Que aproveche!

Friday, March 27, 2015

SUSTAINABLE FASHION: new approaches - event at Spui 25 April 2

On April 2nd we have an event at Spui 25 about the book Sustainable Fashion: New Approaches in cooperation with Idea Books. The program starts at 20:00, entry is free, please reserve a ticket. 

News about the rapidity, ruthlessness and maleficence of the fashion industry has been widespread. How can we make the fashion industry more sustainable? Finnish researcher Kirsi Niinimäki edited ‘Sustainable fashion, new approaches’, in which she puts forth new tactics to increase sustainability in fashion. She will discuss her ideas with Carlien Helmink (Studio Jux), Linnemore Nefdt (Amsterdam Fashion Institute) and Bert van Son (Mud Jeans).
Since the disaster at the Rana Plaza clothing factory in Bangladesh in april 2013, the debate on the ills of the fashion industry has intensified. Irrespectively, commercial brands produce collections in ever growing frequency, insisting more and more on the image of clothes as disposable goods. ‘The whole situation can be seen as a complex problem that needs creative problem solving, brave design thinking, questioning of current practices, and open collaboration between different industrial and marketing partners,’ writes fashion scholar Kirsi Niinimäki in Sustainable Fashion, New Approaches (Aalto University Publishers, Helsinki).
This program aims to discuss these new approaches. Niinimäki provides a short introductory lecture on the theme, and will then engage in a discussion with Carlien Helmink (Studio Jux), Linnemore Nefdt (Amsterdam Fashion Institute) and Bert van Son (Mud Jeans). What materials should designers use? How long should clothes last? How should we educate young designers in order to create a sustainable industry?
Niinimäki’s book will be for sale before and after this program.
Idea Books is an international wholesaler and distributor of high quality books and catalogues on contemporary architecture, art, photography, design, fashion, and film.


Since the last issue of Victory Journal the editors use a higher quality print and paper -the sport newspaper from New York is more popular then ever. Because they print on such a big format the photo's come across really well.
We made a vide and also have a small pile of backissues in the store.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MC1R: the magazine for redheads

MC1R from Hamburg just published it's second issue in English. A magazine for and about redheads is a welcome addition to our stock!
There are a lot of exciting things happening for redheads all over the world and I'm very glad to work on this opportunity in my life to interpret MC1R magazine as an all-round and flexible project for connecting all of these people with eachother, writes editor in chief Tristan Rodgers in the editorial. 

There is an article on redhead days: ginger gatherings, an interview with the Danish DJ Rødhåd, portraits of and fashion shoots with gingers and an interview with photographer Thomas Knights about red hair and his serie of red headed men "Red Hot". 

The magazine is made with a lot of enthousiasm and connection to the topic. We are curious about the future issues of MC1R already!

Monday, March 16, 2015

THE HAPPY READER #2 : Kim Gordon

After the first succesful issue of The Happy Reader we expected a lot from the second! Kim Gordon is on the cover and interviewed about books in 32 pages. The second part of the mag is about Kakuzo Okakura's The Book of Tea. We made a Happy Reader shop window this week:

Kim Gordon's autobiography "Girl in a band" is just out and she is on the covers of a lot of magazines. We have the Mono Kultur #33 which is only about Gordon's carreer and she's on the covers of Lula and Purple Fashion.

Saturday, March 14, 2015


WTD ("Watad") is edited and published in Dubai. It's an interactive architecture and design magazine that mainly focuses on the Middle East. Together with The State, The Carton and The Outpost they form the collective Love Print. 
Next to articles on urban planning and architecture the magazine is full with great photography.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

interview with Luke Wood from HEAD FULL OF SNAKES

Just in: HEAD FULL OF SNAKES #3, an annual motorcycle fanzine from New Zealand. It includes a flexidisc and is printed with a risograph. Like ESSES from the UK, Head Full of Snakes is an independent motorcycle magazine. We had a few questions for editor Luke Wood.

Why did you start HFOS? Is it your full-time job? How big is the team?

We started it for fun really. I had already been running a blog called Head Full of Snakes, and when I suggested turning that into a ‘zine of sorts Stuart Geddes was keen to get on board too. Stuart and I did postgraduate study together in Melbourne and had been wanting to make something together for a while. It’s just the two of us who make it. We edit it, design it, and print it all ourselves. And while it takes up a lot of time, we don’t make any money at all from it. Each issue simply funds the next one. We both have ‘real’ jobs doing design and teaching mostly. We do get a lot of help from contributors (who don’t get paid!), and then also from friends who come and help with the fairly hideous task of collating each issue before it goes to the binders.

Were you involved in publishing before you started HFOS?

Yes, I had spent a few years publishing a small graphic design journal called The National Grid, which I’d ended up doing after having been involved in designing books for artists and galleries here in New Zealand. Stuart, as a graphic designer, focuses on publication design and has worked on a lot of different things from books, to literary journals, to architecture magazines. He’s really prolific, always busy, but still manages to somehow be a really nice guy.

What is the most exciting thing about publishing a printed magazine?

In the past I would have said it was meeting people, which is still true, but with this one I actually think the designing and printing is the most exciting part. This last issue (#3) we actually designed as we printed it. Which was sort of nerve-wrecking at the start, but once we realised it was going ok and that it might work out it was really fun. Having the ability to print it ourselves (on a risograph) was a large part of the attraction for us to actually do it. In fact I think I could say the printing even beats the designing for fun here.

What are your favourite magazines and which ones inspired you?

Between us both there’d be a broad range of things that influenced Head Full of Snakes. When we were studying together we were both very into a small sort-of-design/literary journal called Dot Dot Dot. Despite being very different to that I think the attitude of that still runs into, or through, HFoS. Mainly in the sense that we don’t feel to tied to any sort of particular content or format in regard to a supposed audience or field of interest. Other more obvious influences would be older motorcycle magazines, especially Colors Motorcycle Magazine (1970–71), in terms of texture and form, but also in the sense that it was essentially made by the people who were involved in the scene.

Do you feel part of a magazine scene in NZ?

Not really! I don’t know if there is a magazine scene here? New Zealand’s too small to really support marginal activities like this, so most publishing here is very droll and commercial. There are zine fairs and stuff like that, but while I dig what they do, I don’t really relate to that scene too specifically.

What are your plans for the future?

We’ll be starting work on issue #4 soon, for which I’m actually going to go ride around the West Coast USA and down into Mexico and see who I meet! I’m also currently working on a couple of books. One is about DIY band posters, focusing on posters made by band-members here in NZ over the last decade or so, and looking at the effects of ‘bill-sticking’ laws, venue changes, and printing technologies. The other is a book about graphic design education that I’m working on with Brad Haylock, from Surpllus (Melbourne).

What kind of bike do you ride?

A Norton 850 Commando that’s the same age as me, a highly modified Triumph Thruxton, and a sweet lil’ Honda XL185.