I recently got hold of two nice magazines that have come out this year. The first of them is Schönz Züri, which comes from Switzerland and is dedicated to the scene in Zurich, while the second is a French mag called Boogie Woogie which focuses purely on freights. Although they both mainly concentrate on trains the two publications are actually very different from each other. So first I’ll describe each one to give an idea of what they’re about and then end with a brief comparison of the two.Continue reading
I have lately got a few zines which I thought I’d review together in one go. ‘Nothing but Tags’, Guide, and another magazine that has no title. In some ways the three are quite similar. They’re fairly low key, contain no descriptive text or introductions, are similar in size and format, and hover around the same price range. However all three also have a different and specific focus to each other.Continue reading
Only a blind man could be in Berlin and fail to notice the graff and even then he’d probably find himself clattering into piles of empty spray tins as he traversed his way across the city. My point is that graffiti is as much a part of modern Berlin life as currywurst is. Now it may be possible to find a publication based around the local wurst scene but more interestingly for me there is a magazine that represents Berlin’s graffiti. Auri Sacra Fames is a mag that comes highly recommended although until now I’ve not had the pleasure. Continue reading
Kuilu 4 is the latest edition of the magazine from Finland. The country is known as a bit of an odd place so I was half expecting Kuilu to be a bit strange too. While there are certainly some more unorthodox styles represented it’s actually a simple example of a decent graffiti magazine. Continue reading
Following hot on the heels of the premier issue is Writing Hessisch 2! This is the Hessian ethnocultural graffiti magazine from Germany. Continue reading
Chemistry is a Dutch graffiti magazine that comes across as quite a sophisticated publication. While there are no texts in this seventh issue the content stretches beyond purely graffiti with sections on urban exploration, some fine art, and a ‘minimal complexity’ chapter that probably wouldn’t look out of place in an architectural journal.
Without trying to sound like too much of a Germanophile Artistz is typical of the sort of graffiti publications from the country that are well produced, contain good quality photos of a nice size, have interesting content and generally just get the job done well. Continue reading
This is DAFT which is a small A5 size magazine that advertises itself as the UK’s first sticker mag. Continue reading
Wahey! – just received issue twelve of Concrete magazine. As usual the latest edition is bigger than the last, rammed with eastern steel, quality photos and interesting reports of adventures in far flung places.
Not too long before Christmas I picked up a copy of Galeria Koloru 5 from their shop in Warsaw. They kindly threw in a couple of back issues too so, as it’s been about seven years since the last release, I’ll write a bit about how the magazine has changed in the intervening time as well. Continue reading