Aspirants Co

is creating magazines (and more).

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So, who are we? To put it short, we mess around with graphic design editing tools in between assignments. 

To put it long? Aspirants is a conglomeration of the experiences of young creatives who noticed the commodification of creativity without the acknowledgement of the time, effort, and personality put into creating. Three so-called kids that saw publications and start-ups taking the art with no regard for the artist. And so Aspirants was born to change that. 

Take this quote from our editor-in-chief and founder, Danielle Irene:
“A couple of years ago, I was standing in the checkout line of my local grocery store. There, I had nothing to do but wait for my turn. My eyes glanced over to the magazines and tabloids displayed to my left. You know the ones: celebrities we’ve seen too much of on the covers, again and again. I suppose there’s nothing wrong with that on its own. But what about the people who worked just as hard and were never put in the spotlight?”

Or these lines from our website:
Aspirants prides itself on being a platform for recognizing those who aren’t highlighted enough for their supreme work and dedication simply because the right mix of privilege and chance never struck them. This is not a magazine that takes pride in featuring celebrities we see everywhere or on publishing content from creators you’ll never get to know personally. Rather, we are a magazine for the people; this is for you, for us, for the person who won’t make the front page of an ordinary tabloid—you can make the front page here.”

So this is Aspirants. 

But mostly, we’re a couple of kids. You can check us out on our websiteInstagramTwitterFacebook (if you fancy), or Tumblr. And you can buy one of our issues here.
Tiers
Drifters
$2 or more per month

drift·er
/ˈdriftər/

noun

a person who is continually moving from place to place; someone who is always traveling


Being a drifter is better than the word lets on. You get to show how much you love the Aspirants team (which should be a lot, because, if we're being honest, we're all amazing), you get access to amazing benefits, like:  


  • LOVE AND APPRECIATION -- we'll place your name in the “Special Thanks” section of each issue (the closest thing to a hug over the internet)
  • THINGS BUT CHEAPER -- get yourself a wholesale discount on every issue and a wholesale discount on merch (hint: Aspirants merch is on the way)
  • SOUND AND COLORS AND COMMUNITY -- give us your song suggestions for our Sonic Colors series, the greatest playlists ever made on Spotify. And while you're at it, join a group of your fellow Patrons on an Aspirants Discord chat along with our team members. It'll be a lot of fun.
  • STAY IN TOUCH -- Our Twitter feed and Instagram stories don't tell you everything, so let us tell you: making each issue is a non-stop three-month grind. This tier lets you see behind the scenes with updates on where we are and how we're doing.
Includes Discord rewards
Gliders
$5 or more per month

glid·er

/ˈɡlīdər/

noun

a person or thing that glides


Besides the slightly annoying definition of glider (thank you Merriam-Webster), being a glider is, to put it politely, dope. It's a backstage pass to what we do, and the benefits are immense, like:


  • LOVE AND APPRECIATION -- we'll place your name in the “Special Thanks” section of each issue (the closest thing to a hug over the internet)
  • THINGS BUT CHEAPER -- get yourself a wholesale discount on every physical issue and a wholesale discount on merch (hint: Aspirants merch is on the way)
  • READ ALL ABOUT IT -- if the discount on the physical issue wasn't enough, you'll get a free digital version of the issue, ready to be read on all e-reader platforms.
  • SOUND AND COLORS AND COMMUNITY -- give us your song suggestions for our Sonic Colors series, the greatest playlists ever made on Spotify. You can even vote on which spreads you like the best for our cover, table of contents, and others. While you're at it, join a group of your fellow Patrons on an Aspirants Discord chat along with our team members. It'll be a lot of fun.
  • STAY IN TOUCH -- Our Twitter feed and Instagram stories don't tell you everything, so let us tell you: making each issue is a non-stop three-month grind. This tier lets you see behind the scenes with updates on where we are and how we're doing.
Includes Discord rewards
Wayfarers
$8 or more per month

way·far·er

/ˈwāˌferər/

noun 

a person who travels on foot.


If being a glider gets you backstage access, then wayfarers sit on the stage during the concert. Metaphorically speaking.


  • LOVE AND APPRECIATION -- we'll send handwritten thank-you notes from our editorial board and place your name in the “Special Thanks” section of each issue (the closest thing to a hug over the internet with a physical thing as an added benefit)
  • THINGS BUT CHEAPER -- get yourself a wholesale discount on merch (hint: Aspirants merch is on the way).
  • READ ALL ABOUT IT -- not only do you get a 15-page preview of the issue two weeks before release, you'll get a free physical version of the issue automatically mailed to you. So that's pretty sweet.
  • HEY, DEMOCRACY'S COOL -- you don't have to be 18 or a member of the electoral college for your vote to count here. Vote on which spreads you like best (our cover, table of contents, etc.) and the themes of each issue. Elections happen pretty frequently, but we don't have "I voted" stickers. Yet.
  • SOUND AND COLORS AND COMMUNITY -- give us your song suggestions for our Sonic Colors series, the greatest playlists ever made on Spotify. While you're at it, join a group of your fellow Patrons on an Aspirants Discord chat along with our team members. It'll be a lot of fun.
  • STAY IN TOUCH -- Our Twitter feed and Instagram stories don't tell you everything, so let us tell you: making each issue is a non-stop three-month grind. This tier lets you see behind the scenes with updates on where we are and how we're doing.
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
0 of 25 patrons
If we hit this goal, we will redesign Volume 1 Issue 1: Nostalgia (aka our first issue). We want everyone to have equal respect and representation, but we haven’t been able to redesign and resize for our new selling platform yet. With your help, we can!
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So, who are we? To put it short, we mess around with graphic design editing tools in between assignments. 

To put it long? Aspirants is a conglomeration of the experiences of young creatives who noticed the commodification of creativity without the acknowledgement of the time, effort, and personality put into creating. Three so-called kids that saw publications and start-ups taking the art with no regard for the artist. And so Aspirants was born to change that. 

Take this quote from our editor-in-chief and founder, Danielle Irene:
“A couple of years ago, I was standing in the checkout line of my local grocery store. There, I had nothing to do but wait for my turn. My eyes glanced over to the magazines and tabloids displayed to my left. You know the ones: celebrities we’ve seen too much of on the covers, again and again. I suppose there’s nothing wrong with that on its own. But what about the people who worked just as hard and were never put in the spotlight?”

Or these lines from our website:
Aspirants prides itself on being a platform for recognizing those who aren’t highlighted enough for their supreme work and dedication simply because the right mix of privilege and chance never struck them. This is not a magazine that takes pride in featuring celebrities we see everywhere or on publishing content from creators you’ll never get to know personally. Rather, we are a magazine for the people; this is for you, for us, for the person who won’t make the front page of an ordinary tabloid—you can make the front page here.”

So this is Aspirants. 

But mostly, we’re a couple of kids. You can check us out on our websiteInstagramTwitterFacebook (if you fancy), or Tumblr. And you can buy one of our issues here.

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Tiers
Drifters
$2 or more per month

drift·er
/ˈdriftər/

noun

a person who is continually moving from place to place; someone who is always traveling


Being a drifter is better than the word lets on. You get to show how much you love the Aspirants team (which should be a lot, because, if we're being honest, we're all amazing), you get access to amazing benefits, like:  


  • LOVE AND APPRECIATION -- we'll place your name in the “Special Thanks” section of each issue (the closest thing to a hug over the internet)
  • THINGS BUT CHEAPER -- get yourself a wholesale discount on every issue and a wholesale discount on merch (hint: Aspirants merch is on the way)
  • SOUND AND COLORS AND COMMUNITY -- give us your song suggestions for our Sonic Colors series, the greatest playlists ever made on Spotify. And while you're at it, join a group of your fellow Patrons on an Aspirants Discord chat along with our team members. It'll be a lot of fun.
  • STAY IN TOUCH -- Our Twitter feed and Instagram stories don't tell you everything, so let us tell you: making each issue is a non-stop three-month grind. This tier lets you see behind the scenes with updates on where we are and how we're doing.
Includes Discord rewards
Gliders
$5 or more per month

glid·er

/ˈɡlīdər/

noun

a person or thing that glides


Besides the slightly annoying definition of glider (thank you Merriam-Webster), being a glider is, to put it politely, dope. It's a backstage pass to what we do, and the benefits are immense, like:


  • LOVE AND APPRECIATION -- we'll place your name in the “Special Thanks” section of each issue (the closest thing to a hug over the internet)
  • THINGS BUT CHEAPER -- get yourself a wholesale discount on every physical issue and a wholesale discount on merch (hint: Aspirants merch is on the way)
  • READ ALL ABOUT IT -- if the discount on the physical issue wasn't enough, you'll get a free digital version of the issue, ready to be read on all e-reader platforms.
  • SOUND AND COLORS AND COMMUNITY -- give us your song suggestions for our Sonic Colors series, the greatest playlists ever made on Spotify. You can even vote on which spreads you like the best for our cover, table of contents, and others. While you're at it, join a group of your fellow Patrons on an Aspirants Discord chat along with our team members. It'll be a lot of fun.
  • STAY IN TOUCH -- Our Twitter feed and Instagram stories don't tell you everything, so let us tell you: making each issue is a non-stop three-month grind. This tier lets you see behind the scenes with updates on where we are and how we're doing.
Includes Discord rewards
Wayfarers
$8 or more per month

way·far·er

/ˈwāˌferər/

noun 

a person who travels on foot.


If being a glider gets you backstage access, then wayfarers sit on the stage during the concert. Metaphorically speaking.


  • LOVE AND APPRECIATION -- we'll send handwritten thank-you notes from our editorial board and place your name in the “Special Thanks” section of each issue (the closest thing to a hug over the internet with a physical thing as an added benefit)
  • THINGS BUT CHEAPER -- get yourself a wholesale discount on merch (hint: Aspirants merch is on the way).
  • READ ALL ABOUT IT -- not only do you get a 15-page preview of the issue two weeks before release, you'll get a free physical version of the issue automatically mailed to you. So that's pretty sweet.
  • HEY, DEMOCRACY'S COOL -- you don't have to be 18 or a member of the electoral college for your vote to count here. Vote on which spreads you like best (our cover, table of contents, etc.) and the themes of each issue. Elections happen pretty frequently, but we don't have "I voted" stickers. Yet.
  • SOUND AND COLORS AND COMMUNITY -- give us your song suggestions for our Sonic Colors series, the greatest playlists ever made on Spotify. While you're at it, join a group of your fellow Patrons on an Aspirants Discord chat along with our team members. It'll be a lot of fun.
  • STAY IN TOUCH -- Our Twitter feed and Instagram stories don't tell you everything, so let us tell you: making each issue is a non-stop three-month grind. This tier lets you see behind the scenes with updates on where we are and how we're doing.
Includes Discord rewards