Revolukin Magazine follows a number of creatives, artists, activists and researchers who seek to share with sentiment and vulnerability, transcending curated superficials associated with fast content, social media, and the modern web.
We've spent the past year producing, designing, and proofreading the first issue of Revolukin Magazine. REVOLUKIN MAGAZINE, ISSUE 1 is completely ready for print with 184 pages of creative content exploring the human experience of TIME.
The funds from this Kickstarter campaign will be used to print and publish the first issue on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper.
Revolukin is a creative investigation of the human experience.
Printed biannually, every issue of Revolukin will explore a single theme of life (e.g. TIME, LOVE, LOSS) or place (e.g. NEW YORK, TOKYO, SWEDEN), uncovering the interconnected narratives that make us smile, laugh, cry, and think.
The title "Revolukin" stands for "revolutionary kin". We realize that nothing is more moving than people themselves, how the world works because of us, our intersectional dreams, small emotions, and big experiences. This magazine serves as an attempt to awaken authenticity and connection in modern life and media.
We strive to dig deep and do things differently in order to tell extraordinary stories from ordinary places.
Revolukin sprouted out of a desire to create something meaningful and thought-focused, a physical item people can sit down with, read, and feel a little better about the world afterwards. Every story in the magazine serves as a breath of fresh air in between vague captions and LED screens. We’ve seen a slow but increasing trend in creatives who are opening themselves up more, sharing more intimately, and reminding the world of what matters with their photography, writing, and film. The idea was to showcase their talents in a print publication and celebrate the human journey together.
Revolukin Magazine is split into three sections that study the issue's focus from a different angle: Introspection (personal essays), Invention (editorials with creative influencers), and Inquiry (interviews with artists, researchers, and activists).
Personal essays, autobiographical pieces and intimate editorials exploring personal relationships with and observations on life or place.
Interviews with independent creatives sharing ideas and insights on life, personal experiences, and selected works expressive in thought.
Surveys, field interviews, and features with everyday humans—artists, activists, and humanitarians—studying science and culture in relation to the human journey.
ISSUE 1 CONTENTS (184 Pages)
- "70 Year Old Millennial": Thoughts on the fleeting nature of our lives, and an urge to take more chances
- "When I Got High": A first encounter with marijuana and its time-distorting properties
- "On Healing": Reflections on witnessing and experiencing grief and trauma
- "Ski Lifts": An exploration of family relationships and the experience of growing throughout life together
- "Notes on Time": An overview of what scientific research tells us about time
7 Photo Essays
- "Say YES to New Friends": An investigation of the fluctuating values and formats of friendship as we grow older
- "LOVE": An exploration of the experience of falling in love
- "Pacific Crest Trail": Thoughts and discoveries on the Pacific Crest Trail
- "Cream Cheese Crepes": Letters between two best friends reflecting on their youth
- "Tears on Concrete": Journals spanning a writer's tussle with New York City over the course of a year
- "#revolukin Community": Features of everyday creatives sharing their photography and life stories online with #revolukin
- "FLOW": A photo essay on the psychological experience of flow
7 Interviews & Creative Features
- "CHRISTINE NGUYEN": An interview and photo editorial with the photographer, video creator, and vinyl spinning DJ on growing up and inviting change, including personal poems and photographs
- "BEN PRESCOTT": An interview and photo editorial with the commercial, lifestyle, and outdoors photographer on tackling fear and redefining success, including a personal essay on photography
- "CHINAE ALEXANDER": An interview and photo editorial with the lifestyle personality, writer, podcast creator, and wellness expert on entrepreneurship and taking chances, including a personal essay on coming full circle
- "Wisdom Years": A field interview showcasing quoted wisdom from the young and old
- "Krista Kim: Techism": An interview with the artist on the future of humanity and the movement merging the fields of art and technology
- "Razan Al Sarraf: 100 Portrait Series": A feature of the artist and her series of portraits exploring what it means to be human and the concept of terrorism
- "Edafe Okporo: Igniting Impact": An interview with the director of the only shelter in New York City designated for LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers
ISSUE 1 CONTRIBUTORS
WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS —
Travis Zane, Brianna Olsen, Diana Elena, Shauna Simon, Diane Kim, Sarina Merely, Olivia Johnson, Connor Rafferty, Grace Calhoun, Toa Heftiba, Takoda Patterson, Alexandra Strauchova
FEATURED SUBJECTS (CREATIVES, ARTISTS, & ACTIVISTS) —
Christine Nguyen, Ben Prescott, Chinae Alexander, Krista Kim, Razan Al Sarraf, Edafe Okporo
PRODUCTION TEAM (EDITORS, PROOFREADERS) —
Travis Zane, Cara Einstein, Brianna Olsen, Umesh Patel, Nolan Zane, Schuyler Fox, Spencer Lee, Olga Golubkova
MAGAZINE LAYOUT PREVIEWS
Every month we will publish a new multimedia editorial to Revolukin.com, exploring a single experiential topic (e.g. grief) or place (e.g. Los Angeles), varying from the topics addressed by our print issues. The novel web content will blend the formats of photography, writing, and audio.
Alongside sharing stories through our print magazine and website, we will be featuring the experiences and insights of our readers via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. In fact, we've been building our online community since the idea for Revolukin sprouted in 2017 and are proud to see that over twenty three thousand people have already shared their creative perspectives and enthusiasm around this project with the hashtag #revolukin!
Below are some early mockups of ideas we have for future magazine issues!
Creating a sustainable biannual publication is only our first goal. In the future our dream is to expand the Revolukin vision across media formats with productions in video, film, and audio, educating and inspiring audiences with high quality, meaningful content.
Hello there! My name is Travis Zane and throughout the years I’ve shared my own photography, videography, and writing on various blogs and social media platforms, and am consistently inspired by the community of creatives online and offline that are utilizing various storytelling techniques to inspire others to live more compassionate, connected lives. It is my life goal and journey to thread together stories that make us feel in meaningful ways.
I currently work full time as a freelance digital media manager for a variety of brands and direct social/digital media strategy at a creative consulting agency called Creative Duality.
While Revolukin started as a passion project, my dream is to build it into a sustainable, biannual print publication. With your help we can publish the first issue of the magazine and share Revolukin with the world.
70% of funds raised will be allocated to:
- Printing & Shipping ISSUE 1 — Everything is ready to go! All that's left to do is send the final proofs to the printers (and pay them!)
- ISSUE 1 Launch Events — We aim to hold launch events for Revolukin Magazine in New York City and Los Angeles (details and RSVP's will be sent to supporters as soon as dates & locations are set!)
30% of funds raised will be allocated to:
- Development & Production of ISSUE 2 — Compensation for Revolukin Magazine, Issue 2 contributors and production team members
Risks and challenges
As with any new venture there will always be minimal risks associated with production and distribution of the product being pursued (What if the dream is too big and the team is too small? What if everything presented can't be promised?). Read on below about the potential risks with Revolukin Magazine and why you can believe that our team is ready to tackle them!
RISK OF HOLDING PROMISE: The logistics of creating an entire magazine are far more complicated than one might think. Perhaps the job is too big for a small team, or perhaps sustaining it (creating a second issue) might not be feasible.
HOW WE'RE PREPARED: For this very reason we chose to only ask for support and approach the crowdfunding community once we had everything squared and ready to go. Meaning that the first issue of Revolukin Magazine (our promise) has been designed, proofread, and reviewed by several printers. We are 100% ready for printing and distribution. Furthermore, we have already developed the outline of the second issue (our promise to sustain the publication), and can't wait to get started producing it!
RISK OF DELAYS: Potential delays in the delivery of the magazine promised are possible, if our printing and fulfillment partners cannot meet the outlined production schedule.
HOW WE'RE PREPARED: We consulted with several potential printing and fulfillment partners before making a decision on who to work with for printing and delivering the product (we're talking 15-20 different organizations, in person, on the phone, and over email...If something didn't seem right, we made note of it). We are choosing to only work with people we can confidently trust and with partners we believe can and will go the extra mile to get the job done on time.
*Note: Some of the photography and video resources used in the FUTURE REVOLUKIN MAGAZINE previews and the CAMPAIGN VIDEO are not owned by us. For specific photographer and videographer credits please contact us!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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