MC1R Magazine – The World’s Only Publication Dedicated to Redheads

MC1R is a magazine created especially for redheads; each issue deals with red hair and everything relating to it. The approach of the magazine is so diverse, so all-encompassing, that it’s about more than simply a hair color. Features cover everything from contemporary art and fashion editorials, through interviews with musicians and designers, to stories about everyday life.

MC1R stands for melanocortin 1 receptor, and is a protein that regulates skin and hair color in mammals. A mutated MC1R protein is believed to cause red hair. So it happens to be a befitting title for the magazine, which exclusively caters to people with red hair.

MC1R is the brainchild of lighting design student and also personally a proud redhead Tristan Rodgers. People with fiery red hair comprise only around 1 to 2 percent of the population, and their very uniqueness undoubtedly contributes to the magazine’s surprising success so far. Rodgers, a lighting design student and proud redhead who lives in Hamburg, Germany, started the whole thing as a photo project. Things quickly took a life of it’s own and he decided to create a print magazine and print 500 copies. After turning to crowdfunding, he was able to print 1,600 copies of the magazine, which were quickly snatched up.

“Characteristics are diverse and that’s exactly what makes them special. MC1R is a magazine created especially for redheads; each issue deals with red hair and everything relating to it. The approach of the magazine is so diverse, so all-encompassing, that it’s about more than simply a hair colour. Features cover everything from contemporary art and fashion editorials, through interviews with musicians and designers, to stories about everyday life, current events or a full new networking culture. We know that being a redhead is something special, and the topic deserves to be thoroughly explored. That’s why each and every contribution to MC1R has a direct connection to red hair and physical characteristics which run alongside this unique characteristic. MC1R is the first and only magazine worldwide which is created for, about and in partnership with redheads.”

Since beginning MC1R, Tristan says that he’s discovered that there’s a massive network of redheads out there. From the 5th issue on MC1R has a circulation of 4000 copies. Altogether the team has passed the mark of 10.000 sold copies of all print issues together over 2 years. They regularly have open calls for submissions and are currently asking for people to get in touch for their next issue. So, if you’re a redheaded photographer, writer or avid selfie-taker, get in touch.

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