Featuring work by talented women and non-binary writers and artists, the newest edition of the Dope Girls Zine explores the theme ENDINGS, but the publication isn’t folding. Issue 7 (which is available for pre-order now) includes pieces by Kristen N Arnett, Chynna Jenkins, Peyton Fulford, Mattiel, Audra Melton, Amber North, Chelsea G Summers and many others. The zine was founded back in 2016 by Beca Grimm and Rachel Hortman with the mission to create a space within the 420 community that was less centered on men, and a portion of sales is donated to Planned Parenthood.
Topping out at 24 pages, Jo-Jo Sherrow’s Garden Girls is a zine about “the plant fairies who live amidst the green world.” The zine blends the mystical fairy tale world with our real life one, where our relationship with our environment has never been more crucial. Each page features a black-and-white illustration of one of Sherrow’s characters. Limited to an edition of 100, this staple-bound zine was published in 2015.
German artist BD Graft’s debut book, Living Things is full of collages and paintings of plants and fruits—some minimal, some colorful and complex, all utterly charming. Published by Zioxla, designed by Affaire, and printed and bound in Barcelona, the softcover book is composed of FSC-certified paper sourced from responsibly managed forests. Further, for every book purchased, one tree is planted.
After the success of his first “Abolish ICE” print (which raised $2000+ for RAICES) Ben Sanders has released a second edition. The design is identical, except for the colors. Released in an edition of 100, this poster measures 24 by 36 inches and is printed on high-quality gloss book stock. Of course, 100% of the profits are given to RAICES, an initiative that offers free and low-cost legal aid to refugees at the southern border of the USA.
Measuring four by four inches, Another Room’s handy 820D nylon pouch traps in the aroma of fresh flower or edibles. With a playful slogan on the outside, this baggie seals super-tightly so you can discreetly carry a handful of joints or loose marijuana inside.
For ice-skaters and hockey players, the Re-Edger from A&R Sports offers assistance with several on-the-fly fixes. At one end, a dual-tip ceramic steel sharpener can whet a blade; in the middle, a replaceable honing stone can be used for de-burring. It’s a handy item that’ll even benefit ice sport hobbyists.
A straightforward declaration of one’s pronouns, this 2.5-inch They/Them button also benefits The Trevor Project, a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ+ youth. Also available in She/Her and He/Him versions, this button helps to advise others of your pronouns with pride.
Vegan and cruelty- and palm oil-free, Hand In Hand’s soaps come in four scents—Cactus Blossom, Citrus Grove, Lavender, and Sea Salt—and each is represented in the brand’s four-pack set. Each uses a base of organic cocoa and shea butter—all-natural, irritant-free ingredients. Plus, for every soap purchased, the brand donates one bar of soap and month’s supply of clean water to a child in need, through a partnership with My Neighbor’s Children, an advocacy group with international reach.
A family recipe, The Original Japanese Barbecue Sauce was developed by Justin Gill and his bachan (aka granny) Judy Yokoyama. This bbq sauce is unlike North American iterations: it’s less viscous, less sweet and has a bold flavor with just the right amount of umami. Additionally, it’s made with simple ingredients (including non-GMO soy sauce, cane sugar, organic garlic, ginger and green onion) rather than filler oils and preservatives. Their website also offers plenty of recipes—from pan-fried salmon with soba to chicken wings.
Packaged as eight single-serving bags, these Protein Stix by IWON Organics come in a variety of flavors, but our pick is the Spicy Sweet Peppers version. The texture is crunchy, while the flavor is zesty. Best of all, these snacks are packed with 10 grams of protein, 20% of your daily fiber, and almost zero harmful fats.
Available in seven colors, Public Supply’s latest limited edition five-by-eight-inch softcover notebook features a velvet cover with crisp type produced through a copper debossing die that’s pressed using a windmill 10,000-ton press. Printed in New Jersey, it’s composed of FSC Certified, Green-E Certified, acid-free, and 10% post-consumer waste 60# natural cream paper. Further, 25% of net profits go to high-need classrooms that focus on creativity.
One of LA’s most beloved treat-makers, Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections, is well-known for her luscious petit fours, historic cake recreations and impeccable chocolates. She made these chocolate bars with Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Jon & Vinny’s, where the bombolini are filled with Nutella and delicately presented in a bakery case reminiscent of classic Italian shops. For this collaboration bar, 38% milk chocolate has been tempered with Nutella—a homage to the restaurant’s delectable creation.
Handmade in Brooklyn, Haus of Nope’s one-inch “Reading is Fundamental” enamel pin is a visual reminder that everybody has the right learn to read, and have access to books. From each sale, $8 is donated to Books Through Bars, an all-volunteer group that sends donated books to incarcerated people. The pin comes with two rubber backs.
For those who like to know when there’s a new moon in Aquarius, the delightfully illustrated Small Spells 2020 Astro calendar is full of such divine information. It includes plenty of useful esoteric and astrological notes that will help you prepare for the coming days, weeks and months. Small Spells, which is helmed by Rachel Howe, is based in LA, where Howe also offers Tarot readings.
Made to celebrate MAAP’s ride with Semi-Racer in Brisbane (Queensland, Australia), the Bunya Brisbane Bramble Cap is part of the brand’s Field ride series—wherein familiar local routes are reimagined. Made in Italy from cotton and featuring a special antibacterial sweatband, the cap is one size fits all, but a scrunched elastic band affords plenty of stretch. Its bright blue, red and pink hues will keep a wearer visible on the roads.
Limited to an edition of 100, Devin Troy Strother’s Reparations Now! Part Deux features collages, quotes, photos, meme-format works and more, all packaged into a 32-page zine. As the title implies, a case for reparations is formed, using art and popular culture references as evidence. Price is in Euros.