insta files friday: zine store tour
zine time, fun time.
Not-so-shocking fact of the day: Everyone here at NYLON is magazine-obsessed. And we have a feeling you are, too. We founded NYLON on DIY-culture back in '99, which is why we are also just as interested in the places that are keeping self-publishing alive. But even though copy + paste zines are fun to make and share, oftentimes small-batch zines can be so obscure that you don’t know where to find ‘em. That’s why we rounded up our favorite zine shop Instagram accounts. We have a feeling once you check them out, you’ll not only want to catch all their zines (Pokemon-style), but start making your own as well. Hey, be sure to share photos with us if you do!
Ooga Booga – Los Angeles
Ooga Booga is kind of our dream store. From sculptures of rainbow-colored excretion to constellation cards to giant book-shaped bling, the shop is where random knick-knacks you didn’t know you wanted (but can’t stop yourself from buying) come to thrive. Most importantly, they also have a serious devotion to rad zines, which you’ll definitely want to flip through when you stop by.
Printed Matter – New York
It’s hard to wander into Printed Matter without making some kind of purchase. The non-profit shop has everything from one-of-a-kind “Artist’s Anonymous” cards to zines about “How to Win Friends And Influence People.” You know, the necessities.
While we never actually been to Papercut, we love following this Swedish shop's Instagram. Papercut keeps us up-to-date on zines we had no idea existed. We might just have to fly all the way to Europe to get to flip through them ourselves...
Farewell Books- Austin
You might have been drawn into Farewell Books for their first-editions of works by Larry Clark and Patti Smith. Or, maybe you’ve stopped by for an in-store event. And while those are definitely all good reasons, we’re thinking you should stop by Farewell Books to check out their one-of-a-kind self-published art books.
Little Paper Planes – San Francisco
Whether it’s a showcasing local clothing designers or walls full of screenprints, Little Paper Planes is like Pinterest IRL. They always have new rad zines in-store to check out, too, like one called Return of the Haughty Bitches that is sure to be a hoot. PS -- You might remember LPP from our rad “City Find” post back in July.
Donlon Books- London
Located in London's Hackney neighborhood, Donlon sells everything from rare Keith Haring hankerchiefs to books called "White Trash Cooking." Their Instagram gives you a behind-the-scenes into the stores coolest upcoming curations.
PRINT tEXT- Indiana
PRINT tEXT turns photos of their upcoming zines into its own psychedelic art, so it's definitely worthing following on Instagram.
Quimby's Bookstore- Chicago
What will you find on Quimby's Bookstore's Instagram? Cats hanging between bookshelves, cute post-its tacked up on computers, in-store crafting parties, and employees just being downright silly.