For two and a half years we have been gathering material and refining our concept to present an unparalleled magazine experience. DGM is an attempt at reimagining the Magazine in both its structure as an object and the role it plays in the community.
Issue One is all ready to go to press, and now, to get it into your hands, we need your help!
We are asking for $20,000. This will allow us to deliver issue 01 to readers as a completely ad-free publication and also give us the momentum we need to finish the content of Issue 02.
Our goal is to publish three issues of Downgrade each year.
The first issue is dedicated exclusively to photography. The format of the magazine (unbound, heavy-weight newsprint) allows each page to be pulled out and hung as a 16.5 x 22.5" poster.
Issue Two is focused on a single topic with the intent of chronicling the history of modern downhill skateboarding. This will be a piece of long-form journalism, combining original and archival photographs, writing, and interviews to establish a definitive record for years to come.
Each year's third issue pays tribute to the pillars of the downhill community. The content will feature photos of notable riders, artists, characters, and legends, accompanied by interviews and stories that go beyond the board and look more closely at the aspects of their lives that we don't often hear about.
Who we are
DGM's photographers are united by a passion for skateboarding and a shared vision for downhill skateboarding media. Each member of the team brings a different approach to image-making, allowing us to present a multi-faceted view into downhill and the stories that surround it.
An East Coast native, now a world-traveler, Matt is a professional downhill skateboarder who spends time on both sides of the camera. He captures an on-board intensity rarely seen in photographs, and is known for his high-energy videos produced for Skate House Media.
Having sharpened his eye with years of BMX and street skating photography, Thomas brings a perspective to downhill shaped by the visual traditions of action sports.
Olivier is a veteran of the road trip. He does whatever it takes to get the world's top riders in front of his camera and constantly refining reinventing his approach to photography.
As editor of an art photography magazine based in New York City, Jonah is sensitive to the subtleties of image-based storytelling. In his own work, he crafts narratives from details often overlooked by other photographers.
Aaron was Editor-in-Chief of Skate Slate for its first six issues, and his photographs formed the aesthetic foundation for Blood Orange. After nine years of involvement in the downhill community, DGM is his opportunity to channel his experience into a single project.
For $30, your poster will be chosen at random, but for $50 and $75 you get all four!
Supporters giving at least $125 will get to choose from these four photos to receive as a signed, archival-quality 11x14" print. At $250, you can select two. At $400 you will receive all four!
For a donation of $750 or more you can choose any photo printed in the magazine or previously published online to be made into a signed, archival-quality, 24 x 36" inkjet print.
Available at donations of $75 and any amount above $250
Available at donations of $175 or higher
HIRE A DGM PHOTOGRAPHER
For a donation of $2000, any of the DGM photographers will accompany you on your next skate trip. (expenses not included)
BECOME THE PREMIER UNDERWRITER OF DGM ISSUE 01
For a donation of $4000 your company's logo will be prominently featured on the inside back cover of the magazine.
Risks and challenges
Issue One is ready to go to press, all we need is you!
After printing, we will be faced with the task of distribution, but have already devised a shipping method to make including rewards as simple as possible
Because we're producing a magazine with no ads, future issues will need to be funded through preorders. Our future webstore will feature all sorts of issue-specific items, allowing readers to help keep DGM alive and free from industry-influence.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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