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Found magazine was built on such finds. I've looked through a number of issues over the past few years and have wondered whether or not the items submitted were actually "found" or created by someone and submitted as a found item. I suppose there's no real way to find that out but, either way, Found magazine makes for interesting reading.
One of the most remarkable things about Found is its universality; it seems to be the hipster magazine that everyone can enjoy. People love to see crap taken out of context and made fun of. Finding humor in discarded crap is an important way of life in this day and age and when that crap is even remotely obscene, it is even better. It's like discovering a secret and sharing it with the world. Seeing photographs of people in compromising positions with their eyes blacked out by a censorship strip is a way of living out the voyeuristic urge that we're all hard-wired with, the dream of having the power of invisibility. In most cases, as outsiders we would never be invited into the private world of these people. Getting a chance to look into it feels special. And dirty.
As you can imagine, Dirty Found, the offshoot of Found designed to showcase items of questionable moral value, includes the raciest things people have sent to the publication, printed as a book (though it still resembles a magazine). Dirty Found is full of stuff that wouldn't be able to be published in anything other than a pornographic magazine, but in making it into a book all its own, Found has gotten away with it.
The candid snapshots and drawings that comprise the 80 page, full color Dirty Found volume are interesting enough to keep the reader (a term I use loosely) interested, but the biggest treasure in the collection is the segments of found stories and/or love notes that people have sent in. Everything from notes scrawled on napkins to agreements about a couple's sexual practices (signed by both individuals) is in here. Some pieces are disturbing but also comforting in a way; no matter how sordid we see ourselves it is nice to know that there's always somebody weirder than you out there in the world. Whether that knowledge frightens or delights you is on your conscience.
Ranging from S&M leather/ball gag pictures to seemingly third-grade sketches of boobies, Dirty Found has something that will make everyone laugh, if not feel just a little filthy. SEE ALSO: www.dirtyfound.com
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he's afraid of really growing up.
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