Look across the shelves of any big city newsagent and alongside Vogue, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, and other mainstream titles, you’ll discover some publications you’ve probably never heard of: Bricks, Hope St, Cherry Bombe, SuperSuper, Pom Pom, Beauty Papers, Cat People – among many, many others.
Then there’s the whole underground ‘zine movement, created by a digitally literate generation whose format of choice happens to be print. With random releases, available to buy online, this particular renegade print revival pays tribute to the 70 year-old fanzine spirit which focuses on niche subcultural topics, championed by fans, in lo-fi publications that ignore the grammatical, layout and design conventions of mainstream publishing. Perhaps the best known ‘zine is Sniffin’ Glue which celebrated the underground Punk and New Wave scenes of the 70s and 80s.
Typical of today’s Zinesters is Sadie Bailey
whose Project Upcoming has morphed from a reportage photographic journal for Bailey and her skater mates, to a small-scale yet growing independent publishing and exhibition platform with a recent skate photography show – Ripper – at Hackney’s Parlour Skate Store.
With a new generation for whom paper and print feels fresh and alternative and with more creative possibilities than digital, print – it seems – is far from dead.
BeautyMART’s favourite ‘zines
Sniffin’ Glue – the number 1 punk fanzine.
Morri’Zine – all about Morrissey
Cheap Date – the now defunct charity shopping ‘zine by fashion duo Kira Joliffe and Bay Garnett. Their latest project is Fanpages.
The Chapess – dedicated to new women writers