Slava Mogutin on “Bros & Brosephines”

It was about ten years ago, in the deep ends of the Internet, when I heard of a New York based artist named Slava Mogutin. There was no Tumblr to browse queer art, no super easy access to an abundance of amazing queer zines and I was still a Christian farm-raised baby from former USSR fresh off the plane in

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Hello Mr.’s “The Issues.”

Launching an independent queer magazine in the 2010s, keeping it afloat and financially viable is a task as challenging as laying a track in the 1800s. Mr. Ryan Fitzgibbon of Hello Mr. has managed to do it all gallantly and professionally – and is ready for the next step in expanding what he’s learned and sharing his knowledge and experience

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Overpass To Nowhere

Marcus Knupp  takes us on a journey to a place we’ve always dreaded to go and thankfully, haven’t  reached yet. To quote Samantha in HER: “The past is just a story we tell ourselves.” Here is Marcus’ version.  My mother and I had pulled off of highway 85 a good 4 hours outside of Atlanta, Georgia; she was driving me to

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Book Club: BEARDS – An Unshaved History

  There hasn’t been another quite polarizing all-encompassing topic in (gay) men’s history as The Beard. A token of simultaneously maturity, religious belief and sometimes sloppiness – facial hair has always been carrying symbolic value based on its form, length, thickness and color. Spanning from a lazy 3-day-stubble to a monk-length beard and from precisely contoured piece of barber art

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Printed Matters #6: Hello Mr.

Everybody who has ever scheduled a coffee date with me knows that I am usually fashionably late. Once in a while, however, it happens that I am on time or even early. In this case I usually have to find something to do, otherwise I’ll just eat out of boredom. I’m a smart time killer. If you want to meet

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THE NEW YORK ART BOOK FAIR 2012: A Recollection

Another year, another art book fair. I honestly can’t believe how one subjects themselves to such an anxiety inducing event such as NYABF on an annual basis. That’s why I’m glad I gave myself two years before returning. The last time I went to the fair in 2010, I was on a date, which caused my mind to panic a

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Printed Matters #5: JIMMY

Have you met Jimmy? He’s been around for about 4 issues now and doesn’t plan on going anywhere. JIMMY is one of a few zines from LA focusing on queer culture while stroking a hairy chest. The zine’s creators Jimmy (quite egocentric to call the zine after yourself, don’t you think?) and Brent Freaney. After they reached out to me and

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Printed Matters #4: Chicago IRL

In an era of financial insecurity and where printed media is created on a friendship base for almost no money, the future of zines is more insecure than ever. That’s why events like the Chicago Zine Fest have to receive the most attention, since they make up for a large part of the life cycle of a zine. My favorite

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Printed Matters #3: BLEND

Where do you see yourself in 7 years? I bet JOFF wouldn’t have been able to answer this question correctly even taking the wildest guess possible back in 2005. I takes courage and a plethora of multiplex talents to be the editor in chief and creative director of BLEND magazine. Some say it takes a village to put an amazing

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Printed Matters #2: Death

Forrest Martin has more than a strange name (for my understanding of names, at least) to him. He is the mastermind behind Death magazine – a publication for existential hipsters, art enthusiasts and other culture obsessed homos. Forrest approached me earlier this year and sent me a couple of magazines over to Berlin. I was impressed and immediately wanted to

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Printed Matters #1: meat

Guess what – print still does matter. You can make an awesome online publication, but you won’t get further with it. Print has definitely not the same value it had at its peak. Thus, it has a different position now. Buying print magazines is luxury; owning and collecting them has turned to a lifestyle not everyone can afford. I remember

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Meet: HEADMASTER Magazine

Meet the headmaster. Headmaster is an assignment-based queer print publication based out of Providence, Rhode Island. Smart and sexually provocative, Headmaster appeals to a discerning audience of man-lovers. The inaugural issue was released in December of 2010, and Issue no. 2 was released in mid-July 2011. Headmaster is 7″x10″, 88 full color pages and perfect bound. Headmaster is released bianually

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