Beautiful and brilliant June Storm, best known as the sexy Pin-Up model from Tillsonburg, Ontario, has begun the publication of Lush Kittens Pin Up Magazine, which provides Vintage inspiration for a Modern World, and gives southwestern Ontario another feather to its’ creative cap. Storm is a one woman show, taking care of submission approval, editing, marketing, advertising, scouting, layout, articles, business communication and operations, social media, and promotion and sales of the magazine. All of this done in her spare time, I might add, when she is not working her other two jobs, or busy being a mother of four.
Lush Kittens is a monthly full colour periodical, available in digital and traditional paper formats, and is bringing artistic and cultural recognition to our region. What makes my heart beat a little faster and even prouder, is that Storm welcomes other local talented artists who are inspired by retrospective life to have their talents and assets showcased for the rest of her Canadian and U.S. market to view!
“There are so many aspiring models, artists and talented performers out there just waiting to be discovered,” Storm acknowledges, “all who have something uniquely special to share with the world, all who have been inspired by the nostalgic beauty of the 1930’s all the way through to the late 1960’s!”
Storm has a love of all things vintage and has been published in several magazine, but noted that “there really is a lack of Canadian Pin Up publications. There are tons of Rockabilly/Greasers/Pin Up businesses, contributors, bands, events and people who live through retro inspiration in today’s world, however, there really isn’t much light shed on the whole community of people and businesses or the culture.”
Lush Kittens is all about to change that! “My target audience is aimed at anyone who loves retro inspired fashion, art, decor, cars and bikes, music, photography and of course models….better known as Pin up’s!” explains Storm, “I have showcased models in the magazine over the age of 45, and as young as the age of 20, models from Canada all the way to Australia. This magazine is for anyone who just loves retro, lives retro or finds the magazine to be a way of reminiscing their younger years….Internationally!”
Storm’s choice of a self-service publishing platform is HP’s MagCloud (http://www.magcloud.com), allowing her readers the choice to purchase a digital or traditional hard copy magazine. They also take care of distribution for all clients, lightening an already heavy workload for the multiple-tasking Storm. “I chose to use Magcloud initially because it is a print-by-order company, which in turn cuts down on overprint waste. The quality of paper used is superior in comparison to other store bought magazines, which are printed in mass quantities, and the binding is far cleaner than a few staples in the spine of the magazine. The overall completed look outweighs other printing services and there isn’t the huge overhead cost.”
Lush Kittens Pin-Up Magazine is always looking for artists to showcase; if you are a model or photographer, whose work is strong enough for the wonderful world of print, make sure you check out their Facebook and/or website for more information!
Congratulations on your successful burst into the publishing world, June. You are making everyone from Southwestern Ontario very proud!