The back wall of Tar Art Media’s eco-friendly office, complete with wood salvaged from a barn in upstate New York.
Evanly Schindler, the visionary behind Blackbook, is jumping back into the magazine world with Tar, a glossy publication slated to launch in October produced by Tar Art Media, the company he runs with Maurizio Marchiori, formerly VP of global marketing and communications at Diesel. “Everything [about Tar Art Media] is connected by art, aesthetics and social consciousness,” Schindler said. “[Tar] is a high-concept publication with the ability to be sustainable.”
To achieve this, the magazine will be published on a combination of recycled and eco paper (meaning, for every tree cut down, one is planted). As a result, paper quality and “digital treatment” varies throughout the prototype we were shown, but according to Schindler, advertisers have not shied away — paging through the mag is actually a very cool feeling. “People [and advertisers] are psyched by something that’s beautiful but is going deeper into people’s minds,” Schindler says, crediting the biannual publishing schedule for allowing editors to focus on big-picture topics. (Every page of the prototype has a swatch of tar on it, creating a “visceral experience.”)
But what about the other big names involved with the project?