B.L.A.D. Issue nr. 12 - Mbindu Askanwi
Somewhere in the wilderness of books on pan-African sign-making, MBINDU ASKANWI fills a unique niche, focusing exclusively on the humble barber and his means of advertising his services. Featuring full-colour (!) photo reportage and illustrations, mostly from Dakar, Yoff, St.Louis and the Sahel desert, this field-report offers promises of beauty for hommes, femmes and toubab (foreigner) alike.
What is B.L.A.D.? Literally “blad” is the Norwegian word for “leaf”, and a “leaf” is a magazine, therefore B.L.A.D. must be a magazine, with a “blad” on the cover, a “blad” inside the packaging, and across its many internal “blads” there have been featured a wide range of illustrators and topics, and once even nothing at all.
The concept is simple; provide an artist or a topic with a surface that fits in your pocket, lovingly offset-printed in a secret basement and spread it around to anyone who would like to have a look inside. Since its humble beginnings in 2009 the zine has spread across the world and reached a double-digit number of issues, bringing its weird and wonderful content, created by the likes of Vilunki 3000, Ian Stevenson, Rat Salad, Hungry Radke and more, to far-flung corners of the world, and now even beyond, thanks to a new distribution deal with Motto! Berlin.
Blank Blank Grafikk is a Finnish-pan-Nordic creative studio with a Latin twist. Like a shrimp-sandwich with a splash of lemon. We make books, publications, prints, and visual experiments, both on- and offline. Blank Blank is part of the Muscle Temple studio. Our office is located in Berlin, Kreuzberg.
Published by Sex Tags & Blank Blank
9,5 x 13,5 cm
Edition of 300