While doing a little research for this magazine project, I found quite a few cool ‘zines being sold on Etsy. There are tons to be seen, but here are five that I found most interesting.
Nudiezine by Tsurufoto (mature)
Obviously this will be objectionable content to some, but based on what I see on the shop, the imagery is adult, but tastefully done. Long before the days of Playboy, publishers were pushing their “smut” in formats just like this. I doubt Tsuru wants to be the next Larry Flynt, but he’s got an eye for capturing photos of ladies in an interesting way.
Sinicuichi by Small Ghosts
These zines are more like diaries for Small Ghosts, but executed in an editorial fashion. Small Ghosts also does a few zine-like pamphlets that I find interesting, like the Thug Life Activity Book and Impress Rich People.
This book reminds me of the original zines we would see when I was a kid; Activism with a punk rock mentality and image. Whether you agree with The Radical Uprise message or not, the aesthetic is appealing.
Brainscan Zine by Alex Wrekk
Not quite sure what the focus is for Brainscan, but I’m guessing is somewhat literary based. The creator, Alex Wrekk, seems to be a bit all over the map with the content, but I like the edginess, and I also like the attitude toward helping others promote and produce zines. Alex is also the captain of Team Zine, an Etsy team based around the zine culture. I’ll be digging into Alex’s work a little more because she seems to be a catalyst for this stuff and I want to find out more so I can share it all with you.
Any Old Iron by Ghost Goose
Compared to the other zines in this list, Any Old Iron is more design oriented. There’s illustration work throughout, full color printed covers, nicely set typography and lettering . Based on the subject matter I equate this book to a craft blog but in zine format, where Hanna R. of Ghost Goose shares thoughts, stories, fashion, recipes and, of course, crafts.