You don’t get much cooler than a fluorescent publication about art and surfing produced in Brooklyn, but luckily WAX magazine has proved itself not to just be another trendy rag, but a bonafide pleasure for all who see it. Take, for example, Printed Pages editor James Cartwright’s reaction when it plopped into the It’s Nice That offices the other day – he squealed like a little piggy and ripped off its plastic binding to flick through its fresh, untouched pages.
Before you start stereotyping, WAX ain’t just some magazine about sea-loving boy-men with white dreads, oh no, the guys who make it state that each issue is “organised around a unique theme and shares the stories of area surfers who are also artists, designers, authors and auteurs.” For their fifth issue they’ve produced a super-fun promo video (below) with a Fitter, Happier-esque voiceover crossed with sun-kissed babes frolicking in the sun, which is a really great way of giving you a taste of what vibes are in store before you commit to purchasing a copy.
Inside the mag they’ve got some of the most radical and interesting game-changers of the art world at the moment, such as Cory Arcangel, Lucas Blalock, Xavier Cha and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Anyone else picturing Hans Ulrich Obrist catching a wave in some board shorts and shimmying into the sunset, feet akimbo right now? Me too – juicy! Anyway, summer’s here and this is the perfect magazine to accompany it – so go get yourself a copy, stat.
- Nicolas Garner explores the clash of digital and organic in his hyperreal imagery
- Dennis Church’s 12-year project sees him capture the visual noise of America’s streets
- Hudson Christie’s illustration trickery uses depth to create textured, flat pieces
- A rare interview with enigmatic and cherished photographer, Nguan
- Karen Asher photographs the people and happenings of Winnipeg, Canada
- Nieves founder Benjamin Sommerhalder shares his passion for books and zines
- Parker Day's lurid colours and grotesque characters elevate identity and fantasy (NSFW)
- Paper reveals Break the Internet take two, with Nicki Minaj shot by Ellen von Unwerth
- Bea de Giacomo photographs the wonders of pregnancy
- Matthieu Lavanchy recreates food emojis "irl" for The Gourmand's tenth issue
- Introducing Broccoli, the publication “normalising cannabis use, especially for women”
- One Step Ahead: we meet Paula Scher, the trailblazing Pentagram Partner