Arkitip's beginnings were humble. While the magazine began with a 50 copy, hand stapled run in 1999, those first copies look more sophisticated than most other "zines" you might have considered in the same category. The covers were silk-screened on corrugated cardboard and the docutek used to replicate the black & white art in the magazine rivaled the performance of most offset printers. It had a great homemade feel that was bona fide quality. Excellence in production is still of primary importance to Arkitip today. Artists contributing to the magazine respect this, as they know their art will not be compromised in any way. Today, Arkitip is a hand numbered 4/color art book. The fact that the magazine publishes site specific work at a lower price point than what hangs on gallery walls makes it available to art collectors of all economic levels. Each issue is like an original piece of art in and of itself. The magazine's founding principles remain as they were when we began:
Arkitip Magazine serves these principles every day by its very existence. What began as a creative project between friends has become a full fledged business and a worldwide source for groundbreaking art and design today.
5 Things you might not know about Arkitip:
- Site specific artwork
- Arkitip delivers original, site specific artwork in every issue. The assignment for the artists who contribute is to create something original to run in the magazine. Artists have the opportunity to design and layout the art they contribute as well. Making a contribution to Arkitip is like creating your own "installation" that is then distributed around the world. It's like a traveling exhibition that you can take home.
- We put it out there
- Supporting freedom of expression has never been an easy thing, but the magazine has successfully published the art of many controversial artists. Some of these artists have contributed work that had never been published before (or since), because it was considered too controversial. Using the magazine as a medium, Arkitip provides artists with a platform for open expression. We believe this helps keep the true spirit of art alive.
- No compromise
- Arkitip is a completely home grown, self-supporting operation. We have complete control over all aspects of the magazine's content, design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution. This gives us the freedom to feature any type of art we think is relevant because no one is attempting to assert his or her influence. Maintaining autonomy is crucial to Arkitip, as it allows us to create a completely unique and distinctive product.
- No art snobs
- Arkitip accepts artwork from professionals and amateurs, so you don't have to have an MFA to contribute. The only requirement is that we like the project. Our taste is not the same as the mainstream art establishment, so anyone is eligible. We have literally hundreds of submissions each month so not everyone makes the cut but if you think you have an original project, we'd love to hear about it. The magazine strikes a balance between unknown artists and well-known artists alike.
- Our ecological footprint
- All glass, plastic, aluminum, cardboard and paper is recycled. The studio is lighted entirely with CFL light bulbs. All paper used (computer, fax, etc.) contains 100% post consumer recycled content. We only use eco-friendly paper towel and bathroom tissue that is made up of 100% recycled content and is 100% chlorine-free. This is just a start, our studio strives to be as environmentally friendly as possible. A small company such as Arkitip has just as much responsibility to reduce its overall impact. When we can do more, we will.
- The future
- The evolution of Arkitip is vital to its success. We are constantly thinking and re-thinking the role of creativity in our lives and the magazine is currently exploring new avenues to document this. Stay tuned for more features in the magazine that document the artistic process.