Sunday, February 05, 2006

Street Mags


The Royale was featured in Hipster Magazine. This is a new slick 5x5 inch 50 page mag that features life of the "Hipster" in Saint Louis. It looks very east coast big city. They do little "Hip Profile" featurettes of restaurants, nightspots, art, new fancy liquors, DJs, and such. The mag is very pretty and has ads from bars, liquor companies, shoe stores and boutiques. It is kind of neat. Not exactly my scene of places, but a neat thing nonetheless. I love these other indie type mags.

There is a little DIY punk rock style zine which we appeared in. It is the same size, fewer pages and has much less content, but it is more of a listing kind of zine with record stores, punk bands and cheap eats based almost entirely on places on the southside. The mag is actually the same size, but it looks like it was done on a copier and used cut out pieces and pencil in the punk rock style. I think the crew that made that map was responsible for this mini-zine. It is kind of neat for they use pieces of the bus schedule as a backdrop.

The other mag I find amusing is Saint Louis Nights. It features mainly bars from North STL. It has more of the DIY style of the punk mag but is full size. It has some great looking ads. Classic stuff. Little content, but a wide range of places represented.

Now the "Hip Profile" in Hipster Magazine of the Royale was amusing. One sentence in it read: He redesigned the space to have a retro edge where customers view pop art and portraits of famous entertainers and revolutionaries on a backdrop of yellow and orange walls.

This is funny because the review we got from Sauce had a funny line in it too. It read:
The interior has a retro feel, with large portraits of historical figures such as Frank Sinatra, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy.


I guess the white guys in ties sort of all look alike. If I walked in I would figure that a picture of an entertainer should be on the wall. It feels like that should be the case. That is not my thing though. I am not really in the know when it comes to celebrities, whether it is old school or new school. I think Sinatra is kind of a questionable anyway to have up on a wall permanently, not really worthy of hanging on the same wall as the crew I have up there now. For those who have not been I have the following portraits on the wall, W.E.B. Dubois, Forrest Donnell, Martin Luther King, David Hackworth, Mel Carnahan, Muhammad Ali, Lech Walesa, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Dorothy Day, Harriet Tubman, JFK, RFK and Joseph Pulitzer. I think that is it. There might be another. I got some more I want to put up.

There was no review of the Royale in the punk rock mag though. Just a few prominent listings. I am curious why the punk zine featured the Royale considering my number one, Shit in the Face just called me a yuppie. Pete said I was cool though cuz I got some cool friends and cool people that come into my joint. I think I might be losing some of my street cred. I also heard that my place is very "quaint" by some unnamed hipsters. These comments are just fine with me.

My favorite street mag is not in the STL. It is the Lowlife Guide to Memphis. Memphis is my new favorite city. I had been such a huge fan of Chicago up until about five years ago. I still love Chicago, but Memphis stole my heart. I always wanted to move back to Chicago since we moved to the STL. I always went back every summer for a few weeks as a kid. When I got older I applied for schools, looked for jobs, visited even more often, usually several times a year. I even moved up there briefly. Memphis through this guide shows you the bare soul of the city. The STL has an online version of this guide that Kopper has put together in a wiki style site. It is great. I would love to have a paper version on the STL.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought a t-shirt at the mall today.
It says, "Die Yuppie Scum"
I couldn't resist the irony.

There was also a tee that said,
"Die Hipster Scum." I would have bought it, but I have been accused of being a hipster. What ever that is.
Someone told me your kitchen appears to be staffed by gypsies.

My friend brady is a web programmer, and he has been bugging me for content for months. I decided to take picture of my favorite places in "the lou" for him to fool around with. I'll send you a link when it's finished.
-Lex

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Tension Head said...

Louis put the southside punk book together. I wanted something to give to customers when they come in and ask what's cool in STL. If someone gave me a book like that in any town I was visiting, I would make it a mission to visit all of the places listed.
My goal is to try to bring everyone together. STL is very clique-ish and I hate that. Eventually, Louis and Eric(Corbeta Corbata) want to make a zine that is has every scene represented.
To me there is nothing more punk or rock than doing your own thing and putting your whole life on the line to start your own business. Not enough people have the guts.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Lily Bleu said...

Where would one find a Hipster zine in the city?

11:17 AM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

You can get the Hipster at the Royale. I figure you could get it over on Grand, West End, Wash Ave. My guess. It is small so look hard.

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you're getting press.

That Hipster mag is a big joke. I hit their website. It's interesting to see that both of their upcoming events have corporate sponsors, one being McDonalds.

Man that's just too hip.

I like this description on their site


The magazine features exciting editorial written in the voice of St. Louis' trendsetters...This combination creates a trusting relationship with readers thus benefiting those featured in the magazine and those advertising in this unique publication.


Marketing bullshizzle.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous shit-in-the-face said...

i didnt call u a yuppie, i called you borderline yuppie. which means watch yourself before you become full-blowned yuppified. well actually i might have called u a yuppie in my post, but the next day at the bar i corrected myself calling you border-line.

12:29 AM  

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