In today’s world, traditional corporate-based print magazines have become a dying breed. With the new age of technology however, online magazines have taken the internet by storm, many of them which can be read not only online, but in exclusive print additions as well.

Often times, these magazines are submission based. Meaning, artists submit their work to the magazines in hopes they are selected to be featured and seen by a wide audience readership. These magazine companies reason that this helps artists gain exposure, and rightfully so. Often times, these magazines are centered around photography submissions, but there are several great zines that spread across all mediums of art. Here are 10 of the best artist-based magazines you need to be reading right now:


Create! Magazine is an independent, contemporary art magazine highlighting the work of artists, makers, and creative entrepreneurs. “Helping fellow artists is our passion. Our goal is to create a welcoming community through our print issues and online galleries. Aside from releasing our bimonthly editions, we promote artists on our website, social media and connect them to opportunities and gallery exhibitions.


Each issue is filled with vibrant contemporary art, craft, design, and inspiring stories of the makers behind it. This art magazine is released bimonthly in a digital and print format. Click to visit Create! Magazine’s website and instagram.


A visual masterpiece, compiled of new creative talent, Plastik is an independent, award-winning Visual, Culture and Arts magazine dedicated to new creative talents around the world, with a reputation for ground-breaking photography, fashion, and editorial.

“Plastik is a creative collection of imagery and thought, and whatever the fu*ck we want. Plastik is a state of mind. It is the mind in a state of perpetual beauty, void of vanity. It is the tendencies, and glamour, of fashion.” This art magazine is released quarterly in print format. Click to visit Plastik Magazine’s website and instagram.


Elegant Magazine is a collaboration of amateur to professional photographers, makeup artists, hair designers, fashion designers, stylists, and artists. This online and print magazine showcases worldwide talent that inspires thousands of readers.

What they want you to know:

It’s really easy to get lost in the hundreds of publications on the market today and we are proud each month to publish images from people from all walks, with a passion for fashion to your professional photographer with years under their belt, or even beginning artists.

This art magazine is released monthly in print and digital format.

Click to visit Elegant Magazine’s website and instagram.


With the honor of having been accepted into Dreamingless Magazine, we here at NSNY can speak on behalf of the publication that they represent a variety of talents in their issues, ranging from photographers, models, stylists, makeup artists, designers and more.

Although they don’t have a mission statement on their website, you will find that Dreamingless will feed your artist’s soul through captivating imagery and stunning visuals that all fit within a beautiful and unique aesthetic.

This art magazine is released monthly in print and digital format, with four versions released per month.

Click to visit Dreamingless Magazine’s website and instagram.


Founded in 1994, Juxtapoz is a monthly magazine that documents and makes accessible the creative life. It is a magazine that covers contemporary artists who deserve crucial attention. These are the artists who push the envelope to redefine originality. They are independent thinkers, they are infinitely creative, and their artwork engages the viewer with complex levels of meaning and aesthetic interest. This art is unpretentious and it is raw.

What they want you to know:

We are devoted to providing coverage of the most dynamic, unconventional, and innovative art being produced today. We keep busy traveling to art fairs, doing studio visits, checking out galleries, interviewing artists, and researching. This information is delivered to our readers through daily updates and through our monthly magazine.

This art magazine is released monthly in print and digital format.

Click to visit Juxtapoz Magazine’s website and instagram.


Kolaj magazine is just what it sounds like: a magazine filled with collage artists’ work. Work showcased in the magazine reaches a broad range of styles and mixed medias, making it one of the only solely collage-based magazines in the industry.

What they want you to know:

We are interested in how collage is made, how collage is exhibited, and how collage is collected. We are interested in the role collage plays in contemporary visual culture. We provide quality exposure for contemporary collage art. This is a full colour, internationally-oriented art magazine.

This art magazine is released quarterly in print format.

Click to visit Kolaj Magazine’s website, instagram, and facebook.


Founded in Milan in 1999, Designboom is the world’s first and most popular digital architecture and design magazine. Based in Milan, Beijing, and New York, Designboom has gained a global reach of 4 million readers and 450,000 newsletter subscribers.

What they want you to know:

Designboom aims to bring together professional and young creatives from a diverse range of backgrounds. By publishing the latest news and key issues in the fields of architecture, design, technology and art, our mission over the past 17 years has remained the same: unearthing the best projects and curating a selection of the most interesting aspects of contemporary culture… before you can find it anywhere else.

This art magazine can be seen updated daily, exclusively online.

Click to visit Designboom’s website and instagram.


Buffed Magazine is an online platform featuring interesting artists, created by artists themselves. Based in Los Angeles, California, they have their fingers on the pulse of the expanding and vibrant art scene that runs throughout the city.

What they want you to know:

 We believe art is about perspective, and aim to showcase a variety of artists throughout different stages in their career. Buffed Mag is a virtual publication and online platform exploring more than great art, but business and the people who run the show.

This art magazine can be seen updated daily, exclusively online.

Click to visit Buffed Mag’s website and instagram.


Founded by artists Attaboy and Annie Owens in 2005. Hi-Fructose focuses squarely on the art which transcends genre and trend, assuring readers thorough coverage and content that is informative and original. Hi-Fructose showcases an amalgamation of new contemporary, emerging as well distinguished artists, with a spotlight on awe inspiring spectacles from round the world.

What they want you to know:

Hi-Fructose goes beyond the comfort zone of the “alternative” norm to deliver a
diverse cross section of the most influential, genre bending art of our time as well as breaking new and amazing talents. Hi-Fructose informs, rather than follows trends in mainstream media including film, fashion and design.

Hi-Fructose Magazine is distributed internationally and carried in major bookstore chains including Barnes & Noble, Hastings as well as major art store chains, boutiques, galleries and news stands worldwide. This art magazine is released quarterly in print and digital format.

Click to visit Hi-Fructose Magazine’s website and instagram.

Design is Kinky + Empty Magazine

Curating since 1998, Design is Kinky is a hugely respected and established art and design blog, sharing the best work from new and established creatives worldwide. Not just focusing on graphics, the blog also loves to share art and photography. Their sister magazine, Empty, is their print magazine that you can buy elusively online.

(Description courtesy of Creative Boom)


What they want you to know:

We don’t know. They didn’t say much on their websites. But hey, click the links below to take a look!

    This art magazine is released whenever they want in print and digital format.

Click to visit Design is Kinky and Empty Magazine’s websites and instagram.

Design is Kinky: Website, Instagram

Empty Magazine: Website 

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