It’s rare that you find a magazine that’s not trying to heavily sell you stuff, but is actually geared towards bringing some sort of value to the reader in the message it intends to share. Such is the case with STAND magazine, a Midwest based publication for men of all ages. Their target customer is “men who not only want to look good and feel great, but also do right.” Simpler put, “For men who give a damn.”
Each issue comes with this page of positive quotes from men throughout time. The sayings align with the message of the magazine. My favorite is “A man of courage is also full of faith.”
These are examples of the kind of “ads” the magazine does feature.
There’s a little bit of everything: poetry, music, book suggestions, comics, fashion, photography, interviews, and essays. Below were some of my favorite reads.
Christian Birky launched his first company with his sister at age 11. They found an environmentally friendly way to mow lawns using solar power instead of gas. This led to him being chosen as one of 10 kids that planned a conference for the UN for 500 kids around the world. Now, as a recent Princeton graduate, he’s changing the landscape of limited sustainable clothing options for men, with his company Lazlo. It all begins with the perfect white t-shirt.
The fact that they cover real issues like mental health and body image is very refreshing. I can’t name a men’s magazine that does that right now in such an honest way. The photo directly above this text is a part of a photo series called “Quiet” which aims to get rid of the “normality of violent masculinity.” The photos are of South African men in their homes with only their underwear on. It shows an intimate, vulnerable side to men that is often hidden from mass media.
STAND magazine is a great gift for any man in your life. Father’s Day is coming up… Although it is a men’s magazine, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Not only was the content well done, but there’s men of all races and ethnicities, ages, and sizes featured in the pages. I love seeing that diversity. The magazine itself is also quite superior. It’s sturdy, and has thicker paper, not the typical thin and glossy sheets you’d feel in GQ.