We buy a ton of magazines. In fact, we may be keeping the entire print industry afloat just from our purchases. We’re not talking just the standard ones you find at your local Barnes & Noble, we’re talking about awesome indie mags. These are 10 we love that you may have never heard of before.



Our favorite articles in Food & Wine are the ones about cooking up food to share with friends while enjoying a few cold ones. Kinfolk is an entire magazine based around this idea. Gathering with friends, enjoying a few drinks, and sharing good food. What really sets Kinfolk apart from the slew of other food mags out there is the stunning photography. It’s rustic, hazy, and will make you long for a food trip outside of the city. Kinfolk



When a guy runs such a kickass magazine as Vice, we’d gladly follow him on his next printed venture. Jesse Pearson, the former editor-in-chief of Vice magazine, recently released a new offering called, Apology. It’s a tough read to pin down because it deals with basically any and everything, but it’s smart and entertaining. Whether you’re looking for shots from Terry Richardson, comedy from Chelsea Peretti, or an all out lovefest for the semicolon, you’ll find it in Apology. Apology


Gin & It

If you haven’t heard of Fire & Knives, it’s a pretty awesome food publication out of the UK. Gin & It piggybacks on the success of its older brother, and turns its attention to the world of booze. The smart essays cover just about anything you could imagine when it comes to drinking. Whether you’re a fan of whiskey, mixed drinks, beer, or all of the above, it’s worth a read. Fire and Knives


Kill Screen

If you think there hasn’t been a good video game magazine since Nintendo Power closed up shop, you haven’t read Kill Screen. Kill Screen takes gaming seriously. The magazine features writing that goes far beyond the standard preview/review format of most gaming publications. Kill Screen


Wilder Quarterly

Wilder Quarterly has an interesting target audience: People who like to grow things. No, this isn’t a hipster version of High Times, Wilder is for the modern lover of the outdoors. It’s a bit hard to pin down exactly what it is, but needless to say, if you have a rooftop garden or are into hydroponics, grab yourself a subscription. Wilder Quarterly


Works That Work

If National Geographic and Wallpaper had a baby, it would look like Works That Work. The magazine takes the stuffiness out of design talk and sets its sights on simply finding interesting design pieces around the globe that just work. Works That Work


Day Job

Most people wouldn’t want to spend their leisure time immersed in work. For that reason, Day Job magazine is a bit of an oddball. The publication is entirely devoted to jobs. Good jobs, bad jobs, and every kind in between, Day Job magazine finds art and beauty in the daily grind. Day Job



There are a few cycling magazines out there, but there isn’t a single one like Bone-Shaker. The quarterly mag is dedicated more to a simple love of bikes than to training, diets, and detailed specifics like many other cycling publications. Bone-Shaker


Boat Magazine

Boat Magazine has very little (if anything) to do with shipping vessels. Born out of a love of storytelling, Boat Magazine dedicates its pages to traveling to and understanding the real depths of cities and towns around the world. It’s the mag for world travelers who don’t always want to do the touristy thing. Boat Mag



There’s a decent chance you’ve heard of Inventory. Of all the mags on this list, it is perhaps the most well-known. We can’t not include it, however, because it is one of our absolute favorites. Focusing on companies and innovators who put a lot of weight in the quality of their products, Inventory is focused on a lot of what we love here at Cool Material. Inventory Magazine


[Shop]  Just like the stash boxes that lined your father’s workbench back in the day, these metal vessels are ideal for all sorts of loose necessities. The two cases—the smaller one is nestled inside the larger one—are both made of durable stamped steel and offer simple, attractive storage for EDC gear, loose nuts and bolts, or anything you’d normally toss in your kitchen junk drawer. Each set is made in Italy and comes in a stealth color exclusive to Cool Material. For all the valuable knickknacks strewn around the house or tossed haphazardly on your workbench, these boxes are ready to placate your inner organizational fiend.