KOKO MAG was a twice-off fashion and culture art magazine, produced solely by Kafei White as a means of showcasing artists' less conventional works.
Tired of feeling blocked by critics claiming Kafei was 'too commercial', while simultaneously being 'too fine art', Kafei endeavoured to create a publication and platform that allowed artists to show the work they wanted in a different way.
As an artist, Kafei knows the importance of showcasing the works, so our first and foremost belief is to reflect the works in the best possible way, everything else comes second. As such, you won't find large fancy fonts or over the top graphic design etching into the works - graphics and credits are minimalistic.
Koko Mag was submission based, relying on artists interested in showing off their works to submit, we merely provide a platform to showcase contemporary works from artists of all mediums.
It was preferred that work submitted be exclusive and unpublished, by this we are asking to be the ones who launch the work. After this, artists can be proud to display their works in their own additional ways. However if we feel the art is of a certain standard or that it would suit Koko Mag, we do take exception to that rule.
The interviews featured in Koko Mag are all conducted by, and copyrighted by Kafei White. All images used are credited to their artists (and collaborators) in their feature, so ensure credits are correct when submitting. Koko Mag will not be held responsible where credits are incorrectly given.
Koko Mag was published via magcloud, in both print and digital, with issue one launching in March of 2015.
During production of issue one it was decided to go ahead with a second issue due to the incredible reception and volume of works. Koko Mag ceased after it's second issue due to Kafei White's desire to move onto new projects on his move to London.
KOKO MAG culminated with a blog series of 5 'Coffee with Kafei' features. The first four weeks of interviews were taken from Issues One and Two, with the fifth and final week starring Thomas Lim Photography, originally intended as a feature for Issue Three - which unfortunately I could no longer continue. KOKO was intended as a one off, so I'm overjoyed with all the additional content I've been able to provide.
KOKO MAG Issue Two featured works from around the globe, including America, Australia, and Asia.
Featured 'Coffee with Kafei' segments included interviews with K-Pop artist Hany Lee, and craftsman Clara Bradley.
Issue two featured two cover schemes, 'Cherry' and 'Fire' to go with the red coloured graphics throughout. Cherry featured fashion with Hany Lee as the front cover, and a blown glass image of a cherry by Stephanie Chubbuck as the back - while fire featured a digital illustration by Jazmin Castillo, with a fashion image by Skullwindows Photography as the back.
The asian influences throughout (featured photography works from Japanese photographer Yuko Yamada, as well as Nepalese landscapes by Taylor Bonin) were also reflected with the traditional-styled illustration of a Pokemon as the cover.
Other artists featured in issue two include Greg Desiatov, Jessica Prince, Rom Anthonis, Malik Daniels, Angie Connell, and Peter Kemp - all with photographic entries.
Issue Two is available to purchase in both print and digital. (NOTE: Both issues contain the same content, only the covers are different themes).
KOKO MAG Issue One featured works from around the globe, including America, Australia, and Europe.
Interview features were on Model/Hair Stylist/Seamstress Memphis Black, and Raf Matta of Rmatta Couture (Fashion Design).
Gold was the theme through issue one, featuring a golden motif throughout.
Issue One had a strong photography submission rate, featuring Stephanie Thy, Nick de Vries, and Dominique Elliott, among others. Artists from other mediums included Memphis Black, Rmatta Couture, and Shauny Ben-Natan (Painting).
Front cover was shot by Chris Mirek Freeman featuring Memphis Black, while the back cover was painted by Shauny Ben-Natan.
Issue One is available to purchase in both print and digital (as well as to preview for FREE online) here.
Issue One was sponsored by Goddessories.