Pure Nowhere is a sprawling mess of international creatives based out of Melbourne, AUS, and San Diego, CA. We’re entirely run, curated & edited by passionate under 25s, and we hope to bring you a collaborative platform and publication to explore youth culture, local music & art. Our goal is to give people an outlet to be heard & to impact local scenes all over the world.
We’re about teens making art, getting educated, feeding their soul, grabbing a skateboard and – city, town or suburbia – feeling free. You’ll find us at local gigs, out the back of your nearest surf beach, city protests and light-filled libraries. We’re for raw and messy and accidental, and content that makes you feel something, whatever that is.
But most importantly, we’re for those who don’t conform, never settle and refuse to compromise. For breaking out of the 9-5, taking risks, chasing after your fears, and plunging forward without a plan B.
Why the name Pure Nowhere?
As a kid, as a teen, as a 26 year old – everyone feels out of place, disconnected and lost sometimes. We’re for embracing that sense of nowhere, for the times when no physical place feels like home, or the physical world is nowhere near as important as the people, the laughter or the feeling. At Pure Nowhere, it’s about where the music takes you, where the art takes you, and where the moment takes you.
We’re for when it’s so late at night that we know we want to live every moment like this, unpredictable and with no explanations except “it just feels right.” For being loud, for taking up space, for lost friends and first goodbyes and how it feels in the middle of a moshpit, your heart beating with the bass in the bottom of your stomach. For bare feet slapping the concrete at full speed, sprinting towards the water with reckless abandon. For wiping out, hopping fences, skinning our knees and leaving our shoes behind. For sneaking out to surf beneath the full moon and waking up at 2pm the next day. For confidence and passion and excitement, and friends that simultaneously piss you off and make you laugh until it hurts.
For a life that feels like summer, skin still warm from hours of skating in the sun, knees bloody and bruised from countless falls. For frustration. For challenging beliefs, crushing expectations and breaking rules. For books shoved under beds, made-up poems on the back of hands, water-spotted journals tucked under arms, chapped lips and skin that smells like tea-tree. What the ocean sounds like when you’re asleep, and what tomorrow feels like when you’re not waiting for the future. This is Pure Nowhere.
Can I submit? Yes! Anything from mixtapes to articles to photo essays. More details here.
Is this print or digital or what? It’s everything, baby ;) We really try to marry the two and make the digital site as tangible and interactive as possible. Also, our two first print issues are set to be released by the end of 2018! Plus, you can also expect more zines in both digital & print.
Do you guys do ads? Nope! Well, not in the traditional sense, in any way. Our print issues are 100% ad-free, so you’re only ever paying for beautiful content. We may occasionally run a sponsored post on the site, if the brand/business is one we agree with from an ethical stand point, and if the post content seems interesting/benefiting to our readers!
Where does money from merch & mags go? Straight into our Pure Nowhere fund, to pay for website & shop hosting, magazine printing, podcast equipment, etc. And once that’s all taken care of, we’re saving up for a couple of HUGE projects coming your way in the next couple of years!
Where are the secret pages?? I can’t tell you that. But I would suggest checking out anything on the site that’s sort of flashing… you know?
What is Adolescent Content? Adolescent is a youth marketing and advertising agency. They help Gen Z creators expand their art, and open new opportunities for those involved. Pure Nowhere is happy to announce an official partnership with Adolescent Content. Two of our articles per week will be exclusively published on their platform before seen on our own site, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for those.
What is Shoot On Tour? Shoot On Tour is a company and platform that streamlines the process of connecting artists, managers, or bands with desired content creators. If you are a photographer or videographer looking to shoot on tour—or shoot a show in your area—they’re here to give you more visibility and connect you to the right people. Pure Nowhere is happy to announce an official partnership and collaboration with Shoot On Tour. We will be working closely with them, and their listed content creators, in an effort to help with obtaining press credentials and publishing coverage on our site! Make sure to check them out if you’re interested in applying to join their ranks, or are just generally curious for more information. You can read their ‘About’ page, here.
– Abby & Kyla xo