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 1000 copy 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 5 years ago:
Support the arts
- Promote freedom of expression
- Make art affordable and accessible
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
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.
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
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.
The evolution of ARKITIP is vital to its success. The magazine changes every
6 issues in size and format. 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.