MC1R is, in the scientific world, one of the key proteins that regulates mammalian skin and hair colour. It is a mutated MC1R protein that causes red hair. MC1R is also a magazine for redheads and deals programmatically with red hair. But in fact, this topic is addressed in such a versatile way that it turns out to be more than just a hair colour. The contents range from contemporary art and fashion editorials through interviews with musicians and designers to stories about the everyday life and current events.
Every contribution always has a connection to red hair and the physical characteristics that go with it and thereby discusses their social advantages and disadvantages subversively. Thanks to the diversity and openness of the contributions, a magazine is created, unfettered by any moral constraint, which deals with the phenomenon of individuality and involuntary otherness. Authors, illustrators, artists and photographers change from issue to issue so that new theme complexes are opened up which makes MC1R a self-propagating project.
MC1R was founded in 2014 by Tristan Rodgers. After the first, crowdfunded issue was released in German, the second one was published in March 2015 in English. “At first I had no idea that there was much of a culture surrounding red hair, but once the first issue came out I became aware of it,” says Rodgers. “There are so many people creating art about red hair; writers, photographers, dancers, actors, right down to the people I interview. Everyone is part of this big thing!”
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