After observing the climate in biannual/quarterly magazine terrain for some time, we found that there was something missing - we weren’t fully satiated. While we wanted to preserve and encourage the publishing of inspiring, original content from upcoming and established individuals, we also wanted to pull in some of the intellectual voices from news publications we adored. Influenced by a little too much Malbec in an apartment somewhere in New York City, Politik was conceived. Politik is a biannual cultural magazine that focuses on art, photography, music, and fashion as well as creative fiction, politics, and history.
Politik Magazine will range from 250 to 300 pages. Filled with interviews, photo essays, and editorial, each feature will go in-depth into the subject at hand. Every feature will be covered by incredible photographers, some well known and others just emerging. It is our goal to never regurgitate interviews that have been done before and for our readers to take something new away from each piece.
WHO IS IN THE FIRST ISSUE
Politik couldn't be more excited to present to you our content for our first issue. We have chosen the people that we are featuring carefully to reflect our sensibilities and interests. Those listed below have committed and, in some cases, are already completed and laid out, but many more will be added. While we can't promise you that something won't fall through at the last minute, but we can promise you that this is an accurate representation of what 70 percent of the magazine will look like with 99 percent assurance.
We chose these individuals because we feel that they are doing, or have done, incredible things and are not getting any attention in the mainstream for their accomplishments. Rather than interview celebrities about what it's like on the set of their newest movie, we have hand chosen a diverse group of artists and thinkers to broaden your perspective about the world and what is possible.
Paige Brierley Silveria is a writer, editor, photographer, and art director based in New York City. Originally from rural New Hampshire, she is inspired by open spaces and natural beauty. Her travels through Africa, the Middle East, and Europe have given her a distinct perspective on culture and a certain grace in her art. She has worked with artists including ASAP Rocky and A-Trak as well as corporate giants Covergirl and Rebecca Minkoff. Currently, she is the managing editor of Saturdays Magazine and contributes to Monster Children Magazine. Her work has been featured in the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
William Kaner is a producer, writer, photographer, and art director currently based in New York City, from where he works, travels, and surfs. In addition to his photographic work, for which he has contributed to Patagonia, Saturdays Surf and NBC, he works as a producer and art director for clients that have included A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes. He works in both digital and film mediums. His video work has been featured in the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Naheed owns and runs the artist management company, Simjee Textor out of Los Angeles, while still finding time to interview people like Willem Dafoe for The Travel Almanac. Naheed's two decades of experience in the world-wide art and music scenes, both in the mainstream and underground, have granted her invaluable access and insight.
John Fredericks - Associate Editor
Most recently, John played in the New York band Guards, which he's since left, much to our delight. Now, he has plenty of time to help curate content for Politik as well as play in his new band Sacco. When he isn't tracking down new feature articles or writing music, you can find him debating about biblical studies.
Aside from his major claim to fame as the first viral video star (yes that's right, he's N64 Boy), Brandon is an accomplished director and video editor. His list of clients is extensive including Vans, RVCA, Nike, and Converse. He has directed music videos as well as corporate commercials. Brandon can most often be found skating around the streets of New York when he's not at his edit bay.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
PRINTING - This is the most expensive part of the entire process by far. Because we have decided to print only 2,500 copies of issue 1, the cost-per-issue is much higher than a magazine with a larger distribution.
SHIPPING - Printing in New York is almost entirely out of the question. We intend to print in the United States as printing locally is important to us. However, even if we print in the Midwest, we still have to ship the final product to New York City. Early estimates are coming in at around 4,000 pounds of paper.
Production Costs - It costs money to produce a magazine. We need to pay for hard drives to hold endless amounts of interview audio as well as high-res photos, rights to publish photos for distribution, flying to the printer for press check and bluelines, recording equipment for interviews, and what seems like an endless amount of travel costs to get from interview to interview. The costs add up and every dollar helps.
We've partnered up with photographers, musicians, designers, and key artists (from the pages of our first issue) to put together an exciting collection of books, records, objects, and exclusive, limited-edition art for our supporters. Here is a detailed gift-by-gift breakdown:
Keep it for your collection or send it to a friend to tell them about how you're helping on something amazing.
Who doesn't like stickers? They are everywhere in New York. Stick it on whatever you feel like. Just don't tell the cops it was our idea.
We love t-shirts. We're printing a limited edition t-shirt that will not be available to anybody outside of the Kickstarter campaign. If your reward includes a t-shirt you will be able to pick from either of these awesome designs. Super soft with an aesthetic to match the magazine, you'll be happy you picked one of them up.
CHARLES BELDEN X POLITIK LIMITED-EDITION PRINTS
Belden may be one of the best American West photographers you have never heard of. We are featuring a full spread on him in our first issue courtesy of the Buffalo Bill Center and the University of Wyoming. You can score these limited-edition Politik collaboration prints too! Own a piece of history.
ZAK BUSH X POLITIK LIMITED-EDITON PRINTS
MARGOT AND THE NUCLEAR SO AND SO'S - SIGNED VINYL BY LEAD SINGER AND GUITARIST RICHARD EDWARDS
Richard is contributing an essay for our first issue. While he is angry that I'm making him sign a bunch of vinyl records, he's psyched on the magazine so he's happy to help. Seriously, this is a great album.
JUDITH SUPINE SCRATCH TICKET ART
Judith is being featured in our first issue. We are pleased to team up with the world-renowned artist to offer a limited number of original, artist-certified scratch tickets. Not prints, not proofs but the real deal. Own something that will grow in value over time. Plus they're just really cool.
Risks and challenges
The staff of Politik is a tight-knit family. Every person who is contributing has worked in the magazine industry and knows the problems and issues that can arise. While our combined staff has worked with some of the most progressive and successful magazines in the world, we know that there is no guarantee of everything going smoothly. Interviews can fall through, bluelines at the press can hold up production, and hard drives can fail. However, we are working with a tight deadline and our goal is to publish this magazine by the end of October. In the worst case scenario, Politik's initial release date could get pushed a month, but that is not an option we are seeking. While we have not even printed the first issue, we are actively gathering content for the second, and swapping content to stay on schedule would not be ruled out.
We care deeply about the quality of our product. If you are going to bother to print a magazine these days, you have to make it perfect. The work must be both professionally and aesthetically at the highest level in order to stand out and survive. We understand that problems may arise, but poor customer service and undelivered promises are what ultimately break you. We will work hard to fulfill every reward on time.
No really, thank you. Recognition in our first issue and a one year (two issue) subscription as well as a Charles Belden x Politik limited-edition print of your choosing (up to 24" x 16"), a t-shirt, and a sticker.
Recognition in our first issue and a one year (two issue) subscription as well as a signed, limited-edition blue vinyl "The Dust of Retreat" (SUPER RARE) from Margot and the Nuclear So and So's lead-singer, Richard Edwards.
Holy happiness. Recognition in our first issue and a one year (two issue) subscription as well as a Charles Belden x Politik limited-edition print of your choosing (up to 36" x 24"). Plus we'll throw in a hand-signed, limited-edition print of a Zak Bush surf photo (10" x 6").
The real McCoy. Recognition on the masthead of our first issue and a one year (two issue) subscription as well as a Charles Belden x Politik limited-edition print of your choosing (up to 36" x 24"), and a hand-signed, limited-edition print of a Zak Bush surf photo (24" x 16").
Now you're doing it. For real. An original Judith Supine scratch ticket (certified by the artist). No two are alike! Also, recognition on the masthead of our first issue, and a one year (two issue) subscription.
For the big boys. A one page ad in Politik Magazine. Suggested for art, academia, publishers, galleries, restaurants, and hotels. We will also list you as a partner for our opening party, and send you a two year (four issue) subscription.
Serious inquiries only. A full page spread ad (2 facing pages) in Politik Magazine. Suggested for art, academia, publishers, galleries, restaurants, and hotels. We will also list you as a partner for our opening party, and send you a two year (four issue) subscription.
Hero. Just a hero. Back cover ad. Suggested for art, academia, publishers, galleries, restaurants, and hotels as well as one flight plus hotel to come to the New York launch party of Politik Magazine. You will also be listed as a partner for the party and receive a three year (six issue) subscription.