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Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Second entry today!
Now I know I'm a little bit behind BOOOOOM! on this one (right number of O's in that?) but I don't get freebies (hint!) so had t go pick it up.
The mag's a bi-annual jobby called 'FILE' and like Pocco Times discussed a few weeks ago it comes on newspaper stock. Now I'm never sure how t feel about newsprint stuff as normally image quality suffers but 'FILE' gets away with it pretty well.
Anyone's who's ever read Specialten will be very familiar with FILE's format - A DVD containing mostly short films and art films plus some music videos with a visual arts aspect to them, articles about said media in the magazine's main body and a free print at the back.
It's good stuff too - The articles are great and give good background to the films, I watched the DVD first the read up and watched again and it was quite a different viewing the 2nd time around. Now I know that strictly speaking this blog's about printed material but the 2 are so interconnected that you cant separate them.
I particularly enjoyed 'The Archive' - what a fascinating and sad story (what I wouldn't give for the couple of million he's asking...) and also really enjoyed the planetarium of the soul. I was dissapointed by 'Lost and Found: Jim Lee' though, as I'd already read about this project and had high hopes but I found it a bit shallow in the end, and the editing really got on my wick.
I really like the print - it's gone straight in my 'To Be Put Up When I Move' collection. It's by Geoff McFetridge, a californian artist well know i the graphics community - I strongly suggest you check out his other work here : championdontstop.com
(As an aside, he get's even more props because he did some stuff for Whitest Boy Alive, who I'm a big fan of)
The printed element of the mag is well laid out, clean and sparse. Cracking. It looks to only be run by 2 staff - Editor and Publisher Fabio Sebastinelli, plus Design and Art Directors - Thorbjorn Ankerstjerne and Mr Sebastinelli again.
For more info see file-magazine.com
I picked mine up at Magma as is often the case, but there's a good bit on the FILE site showing lots of places to grab it so keep an eye out.
Posted by Jagannath at 13:23
So this tatty envelope arrived in the post and I couldn't for the life of me reckon what was in it. When I opened it I realised it was a set of postcard prints I'd ordered from my favourite lino cutter (and cracking skateshop owner) Chris Bourke.
They're great - hand printed small lino cards on a rought stock - they really appeal to the DIYscenester in me!
They where only a fiver too, so get yourself over t' his page and get some ordered. The one below is one of my favourite pieces. This wee one will have to do me until I can get a real print. I think that can be a treat for the new house....
Posted by Jagannath at 12:44
Monday, 13 April 2009
Watcha! I thought I'd give the new +1 a write up again, though I must admit I did pick it up a few days ago.
First of all, I LOVE the cover! It's got the now heavily bearded, ex-Bill actor Jeff Stewart (also a percussionist doncha know?!) in some cer-azee get up! It's an excerpt from the Issue's fashion shoot, which is exceptionally shot and all good fun.
As with all the other +1's this issue carries on in what intellectual types have started to call 'post-Document' style, all light-hearted quips and positivity. It's a great read yet again.
The 'Surf and Turf' article about a film currently being produced named 'God Went Surfing with the Devil' is great - a nice conversational interview and some cracking pics from said film. Can't wait t see that.
(You can read more about that procject in +1 and also here: godwentsurfing.com)
Big up on exposing yet another great photographer - Ross McDonnell (no web link though?) in this case - I hope this continues every issue... and when I submit my portfolio I hope you remember these glowing reviews!
Although now condensed to one page, I laughed out loud yet again at the Overrated/Underrated section (yer not wrong about Belle and Sebastian lads!) and the Going Postal and new 'Cookery' section are a good giggle too. There's also a pretty interesting article on the burgeoning independent (I'm loathe t call it 'indie') craft scene in which my girlfriend and I have been known t dip our toes. Small world.
There is a BUT though - this issue has more adverts, and although many are skate related, a few are frankly shit... and seemed to be aimed at a pretty condescending 'alternative' market - might I suggest you boot them or at least get them t tidy up their artwork. I know you've got t pay for it somehow but what on earth is that 'Urban Industry' advert - "Wow let's appeal to the kids by doing a lomo-esque photo of a train station" - I almost gipped.
Anyhoo, very minor gripe aside, it's another great read exposing some really interesting people and a having a good laugh too. Keep on keepin' on gang.
Posted by Jagannath at 11:13
Monday, 6 April 2009
So after realising a few weeks ago that the first one wasn't a one off I've been waiting with baited breath for the next one. And worth the wait it has been too!
It kicks off with another great cover illustration from 'Mark and ilovedust' and follows the same layout as the previous issue -basically a page of writing and musing from someone touched by cycling on the right page faced by a piece of artwork - -often by the writer, sometimes not.
Highlights for me this time are the 'Going Down the Hub' article by Mike Duff (how much do I want to visit 'Mud Dock' in Bristol now?!), the '74 Mountaingrove Road' photoessay by Robert Sargent, 'One Track Mind' by the mighty mighty Hoy and the chance to discover Eric Reagan's photos on flickr. It's just as beautiful as the last issue though - a heavy tome with all the writing very well written and by some surprising names and people I've never heard of, with really great artwork.
It covers the full spectrum of bikes and cycling again, so there's bound to be something to interest you. The main point however is that it'll make you want to keep reading but also put it straight down and jump on your bike, and meet other people on their bikes and talk about being on bikes... and that's surely the best thing about it.
Nice on guys.
Again I got mine from Magma in Manchester but check the website if you're stuck - theridejournal.co.uk
Posted by Jagannath at 12:04
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
Friday, 20 March 2009
As a magazine fanatic, and a keen photographer and someone who grew up on the North Yorkshire skate scene I LOVED Document magazine, and in the past few months I loved it even more with the addition of "+1", the latter half of the mag which was dedicated to the ephemera of the skateboarding lifestyle - Alternative art, music, photography, books ect. ect.
I was reet sad when Document died a death - especially poignant as their last issue was the tenth anniversary.
Anyhoo, I was in Night and Day t'other day having a wee drink and went t see if the new Vice was there and CHRIST ALMIGHTY! There on the counter is +1... free... by itself without Document!
It's published by the same gang and publishers and I assume is payed for by the adverts which are all skate related and not too in your way.
The articles are great, with all the usual sections and the addition of some quite comical stuff plus a well shot fashion section at the end.
The highlights for me are the 'All By Myself' article and illustration on world dictators. It made me laugh out loud, especially the Kim Jong Il entry.
I also like the household appliance article too. The Will Robson-Scott article and photographs are brilliant too. Check him out:
It is, however the general humour that carries it through. A great read, and I'm so pleased it's back.
Posted by Jagannath at 15:44
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Now I've had this one for a few months but wanted to write about it. It's a one off journal on cycling and bike culture, be that Road, Mountain, Fixed Gear or BMX. Printed on a lovely matte finished heavy paper (50% recycled and soya-ink, well done them!), it consists of mostly one page vignettes from people reflecting on a lifetime of cycling faced by a piece of art work. It's all great. I particulary like the little lifestyle stories, more about cyclists than cycling. Contributors include Greg LeMond (3 time Tour De France winner), Sir Paul Smith (Fashion Designer- I didn;t know he was into bikes either) and the glorious Victoria Pendleton!
All this is twinned with some fantastic photography and artwork. As a bike and photography lover I especially enjoyed Trevor Ray Hart's photo set on Hern Hill outdoor track. Good Stuff.
It was edited by Philip Diprose, whilst the art director was Andrew Diprose, and Published bu Own It! publications.
Not sure if you can still get this, try evilBay if all else fails. But you really should make the effort. It's one of my most prized journlas.
Posted by Jagannath at 09:20
I just got a very nice email off Jamie-James who produced the Sanza-Hanza photozine seen below, letting me know the accompanying film will be shown at london film fest at the end of the month.
If you want the book follow this link to buy - please do, it's great! -
If you want the book follow this link to buy - please do, it's great! -
Posted by Jagannath at 02:02
Monday, 16 March 2009
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Now I'm shamed to admit that I don't know this ones name - and my Kanji and Kata-Kana isn't great so I can't read the cover!
It's a beautiful publication - It's some heavy perspective street photography, printed and designed as cutout dioramas. They're incredible. I'm due to be moving house in June so I haven't made any myself yet... the photos will be posted when I do though! The images inside look incredible though, I CANNOT wait to get some built myself!
I bought this bad boy in Magma (surprisingly!) - contact me if you want the isbn number to try and track it down. Brilliant.
Posted by Jagannath at 15:19
Thursday, 12 March 2009
This is a curious one - I saw this months ago and forgot to pick it up. So today I asked if they had any in the back and thankfully they did.
It's a photo essay by Jamie-James Medina and Matthew Salacuse (published by Street Carnage Books/ Hideout Gallery) on the up and coming Soweto 'sport' of climbing out of, onto and under moving trains. Madness.
It contains one page of text, a brief vignette on 'Tupac', a young train surfer aiming to become 'Sanza-Hanza' - king surfer - the follows a series of fourteen images, shot in a style that's mix of 'skateboard magazine' and 'editorial/reportage... perfect for the subject matter.
The shots are great, though it's only a wee thing and most shots are presented one to a page in landscape format on a portrait page, so they're not huge. It's also printed on pretty rough stock so the image quality isn't great.
What I do love though is the passion of this little book - It's clearly self funded and produced, it has no ISBN number and is hand numbered in pencil - mine's 191/300.
It's a really well made little thing, though not terribly well formatted considering it's a photo book.
Vol:1??? I'm looking forward to Vol: 2.
For more info see slanginc.com - i think... I must admit I've not checked out the website yet. Magam in Manc has a couple left if you want a copy.
Posted by Jagannath at 17:27
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Welcome to the first post in my blog.
Today I read Pocko times. I've never come across this one before - It's lovely. It's published by Pocko Editions - part of the Pocko group.
I'm not sure quite how it's edited but the 'Concept and Remixin' is by Nicol Schwarts.
It's basically a newspaper size, newspaper printed collection of photos, illustration and mixes of the two at full page or double page size. The texture's lovely, being recycled uncoated paper, and as it's unstapled you can take it to bits, explore it, pot some up on walls, fold it, send it to your friends and keep it safe.
It's a great thing to have.
To read more about Pocko go here -
I bought mine as usual in Magma in Manchester but you can order it from the Pocko shop. Do buy it.
Posted by Jagannath at 16:35