Ten Indie Mags You Won’t Find At The Grocery Store

The internet may or may not be contributing to the slow death of print media – but a special subset of publications are breathing new life into paper periodicals.

With rich, readable content couched in beautifully designed layouts, these ten indie magazines would look more at home on your bookshelf or in a boutique than in any grocery store aisle. Some you can find online, but check out local shops around New Orleans like Defend New Orleans, Friend, The Stacks (formerly May Books), and Box Paper Scissor to leaf through these beauties.


Human Being Journal

Human Being Journal, a printed collection by Need Supply Co., somewhat resembles a diary. The clothing supplier uses the publication as a means to share thoughts and ideas about themselves and fellow brand ambassadors. Enlightening stories of game-changers in the creative landscape emerge as photography, writing, and illustration.


[Image via RVCA]


The Gentlewoman + Fantastic Man

A perfect pairing, The Gentlewoman and Fantastic Man celebrate modern men and women with purpose and style. More than just flashy fashion mags, the biennials feature real people advancing and redefining the genre from across the globe. Although each one is published on a different continent, the look and feel of the two are almost identical (they also make great coffee table books!).


[Image via Design Boom]


Neutrons Protons

A monthly literary magazine, Neutrons Protons parcels humor in honest, human-driven stories. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry, it’ll make you think – and it’ll definitely make you want to snag a copy. It was even started in New Orleans. What’s not to love?


[Image via Neutrons Protons]


Put A Egg on It

With its distinctive green paper, Put A Egg On It is a food lover’s dream. The biannual art and literary magazine features personal stories, recipes, and more. It’s perfect for the serious cook, casual foodie, or someone that just enjoys eating with friends.


[Image via Put A Egg On It]


Momma Tried

Imaged, designed, and published in New Orleans, Momma Tried is an ad-free, non-heteronormative nudie mag. The magazine explores perspectives on gender and sexuality through humor and satire. Serving as a literary and visual space, the magazine serves as both an exhibition and response to the “Golden Age” of print.


[Image via Momma Tried]



The brainchild of artists Attaboy and Annie Owens, Hi-Fructose has been in the game for almost ten years as a quarterly art publication. Each issue showcases a mix of emerging and established contemporary artists from around the world, transcending expectations, genres, and trends.


[Image via Hi-Fructose]



Makeshift is dedicated to uncovering creative realities from the international fringe. A field guide in global innovation, each issue shares stories of adventures from Nigeria, to China, to Haiti, to Mexico, and everywhere in between. Beyond progressive content and form, Makeshift is passionate about community.


[Image via Makeshift]



As the first printed publication from Pink Rooster Studio, THE TENTH features inventive work that enriches communities. Merging the visuals of a design magazine and the literature of a scholarly journal, THE TENTH “captures and highlights the experiences and excellence of the black gay community.”


[Image via THE TENTH]



Apartamento believes in interior design as a means of internal creative expression. This bi-annual magazine focuses heavily on the way people live and their connection to personal spaces. More than just a publication about home décor, it adds a fresh and beautifully personal aesthetic to interior design.


[Image via Omar Sosa]



Now on its 3rd edition, our very own INVADE continues to highlight authentic and alluring southern creative culture. INVADE resonates with innovative explorers of local culture, featuring compelling content from just under the radar. As the tangible element of the INVADE blog, the print edition supports the thinkers, makers, creators, and doers.


[Image via INVADE]