Rags Gone Too Soon Part 1: The Face and Sleazenation

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There are thousands of magazine titles in the entire world. When I googled the question "How many magazines do we have in the whole world?", Yahoo Answers bluntly replied 'too many'. Well, in the Philippines alone, we have more than 200 local circulating publications battling for readership- some titles survive and a lot them loses war.

That short intro isnt actually related to this post. Hahaha I dunno. been thinking of a good lead in but it seems that my brain and thoughts are out of sync.

Over the past few months, I've been researching for some inspirations for a "project" im working on. I've read insightful articles about youth culture publications and subculture movements and stumbled upon these amazing magazines. Magazines that didnt care about the trend because they set it or moved against it. These are the magazines I would really want to read/own/work for. But unfortunately, these titles are already folded. :( So, i discovered four amazing rags to share with you and hopefully it'll inspire you too. I already heard about these titles before but didnt really put much attention until now. This is a two-part post but not really text driven but visuals overload. I dont wanna bore people with all my blabber, you know. ;) 

Part 1. These two magazines inspire me with their provocative take on music, style and pop culture.

The Face...that changed the magazine industry

Dubbed as “the world’s best-dressed magazine”, The Face was the taste-maker from 1980s til early 2000. It was the brainchild of NME editor Nick Logan who also founded the teen pop magazine Smash Hits (which I had several copies when I was in grade school) and Arena.

Logan employed Neville Brody as the art director and typographer. And since then, 'the face' of the British magazine industry changed. The Face covered music, fashion, pop culture and a little bit of politics.

There's nothing like it when The Face first came out in 1980. It's so original that it's the first published magazine in the UK that used colored pages. 'The Face advocated that music didn't matter unless everyone looked good.' It's also the magazine that launched the careers of Kate Moss and one of my fave photographers Juergen Teller.
and I found some insides of the magazine which made me drool a deluge...
The Face's last issue was on May 2004 with Kelis and Andre 3000.

It folded in 2004 due to decline of sales and advertising revenue. ;(

SLEAZENATION: Anti-fashion of Modern Subculture
Sleazenation started as a free zine covering club youth culture and lifestyle in London. Founded by Steve Beale in 1996, Sleazenation was the bible of cool Britannia. It was then in 1998 that the magazine circulated on a wider market.
What I like about Sleazenation, although i havent read any issue, is that it didnt use celebrity or "it" people for it to sell. Instead, it perfected its designs, production values, the contents to cover and their relevance to their target readers and used it as their selling point. "If anything, we are an anti-style magazine, but you have to know how to be stylish to be unstylish," (PAKPAKAPKA) said Steve Beale in an interview.
Steve Beale left Sleazenation for The Face in 1999 and the magazine continued til 2003 showcasing the works of Stephen Male (one of i-D's art directors, photographers Ewen Spencer and Jonathan de Villiers, and Scott King who directed Sleazenation as "an ideal for living through fashion, art, music and design." Very inspiring... 
So that's the Part 1! Part 2, i will feature another two magazines that shook the graphic design scenes...

*photos via google, MagCulture and here


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