Skinny Dipper is a print magazine at the intersection of art & adventure. It's not about skinny dipping. It's about jumping in head-first and naked. All the better if it's cold and your friends pull you over the ledge.
We find meaning in pursuing raw experiences between people, ideas, places, and things. Skinny Dipper presents these experiences in a printed art form as a reminder to keep chasing down what matters. This magazine is our memory and our metronome, an artifact and an activation.
We are putting this in print because print encourages mindfulness in both production and consumption. Print is heavy in your hands and creates connection. We hope that readers share and cherish each issue.
Lay this magazine down on your coffee table, because it shines on heavy, coated paper and is meticulously designed. Take it in your pack because you want to show it to your friends but can't fit 8.5 x 11 inches in your pocket. Bring it on the plane because it's 114 pages, looks better than window shades, and provides for a surprisingly elevated read.
Art / Adventure / Photography / Travel / Literature
Our content is made of stories that shine a lamplight on raw experience and embrace the full range of emotion. From interviews to fictional pieces, our stories can be both sarcastic and serious, and we hope that readers walk away from each issue saying, “it’s all there.”
Some features to expect in Issue One:
- Dear Dolly – a literary and photographic journal about the most beautifully harsh backpacking spot in the Mid-Atlantic. It’s our love letter to Dolly Sods.
- Tim Skirven – a conversation with Richmond-based illustrator and tattoo artist, Tim Skirven, about his world travels and the challenges of making a living from art
- Fortune – a fictional short by William Plews-Ogan that depicts the struggle for love and belonging in a man who writes fortune cookie inserts
- Kelly Sheridan, In Studio – a survey of Kelly’s paintings and sketches, and accompanying conversation that exposes how she uses art and nature to empower herself
- When This Happened – a multi-media memory of the social and political happenings of the past year, including Standing Rock and the 2016 election
- Train Pirate – Adam Zapotak, a Boston-based industrial designer, reflecting on life as a train pirate – someone who illegally travels across the country on freight trains
You can look forward to a heavy dose of illustration, film photography, and youthful prose.
We need your help to put these stories (and many more) into print. We have already paid for all the costs of content production, and we have also absorbed all costs related to art direction and editing.
The final hurdle is a 5,000 dollar price tag to put this on heavy paper with perfect binding and get it to your door. Any and all support that you can contribute through our various rewards goes directly to printing and distribution – and is greatly appreciated.
Don't mistake us for the folks preaching wanderlust like a gag reflex and refusing the notion of a job. For us, this magazine is our midnight oil, our second job, and third major. We started online, which wasn’t right for us. It's time to transition to print, where we can value content instead of clicks and fulfillment over frequency.
We are itching to take it to the next level and we have our hand on the doorknob. All of our content is compiled and curated. Our printer is located in Richmond, VA, and was probably bewildered when we came to them in October with a print request for April. But we’ve been heads down over the past 6 months adding weight and making it glimmer, and now we are ready to go. This is expensive and we need your support to afford it.
If you want to:
- support artists
- free fall into a state of empathy with the world
- explore the intersection of art and adventure
- not look at a screen
- get weird
- go skinny dipping
Then please help us get to print by pre-ordering a magazine or selecting from the reward options. See the rewards panel to the right to learn how to contribute.
Your investment directly supports Issue One, but it goes further. It proves that we aren't the only ones feeling this way. It gets Issue One out the door but also touches Issue Two, which is a seedling. It tells Kelly to keep painting, Tim to keep tattooing, and Will to keep writing.
Issue One is the first, not the last. We dream of making this big and going full-time. Imagine more pages and wider spreads with deeper interviews. Imagine an art and adventure magazine with roots in an East Coast garage that speaks to those who understand and wakes up the rest. Let's all go on a trip. With your help it all starts with Issue One.
Risks and challenges
As mentioned, we have already paid for all costs of content production, art direction, and editing. Printing and distribution are the only remaining expenses. We are printing based on how many pre-orders we receive through this campaign, and our printer is well aware of our incoming request.
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