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Swindle (magazine)

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Cover of Swindle №15 2007, featuring artwork by Strawberry Switchblade
Senior Creative DirectorShepard Fairey
Editor-In-ChiefRoger Gastman
PublisherShepard Fairey
FounderShepard Fairey
Final issue2009

Swindle was a bi-monthly arts and culture publication founded in 2004 by artist Shepard Fairey.[1] The magazine has not been published since 2009.[2]

The magazine had a strong focus on street art and has featured Banksy, Invader, Faile, and Miss Van on its cover. Swindle has featured interviews with celebrities such as Billy Idol, Debbie Harry, and Grandmaster Flash. In 2006 and 2007, Swindle compiled annual Icons issues that featured 50 leading art and culture figures.

Shepard Fairey's Studio Number-One produced the magazine until early 2009. Art direction for the magazine was done by Smyrski Creative.[3] In addition to its regular staff, Swindle had contributors from the music, fashion, and creative industries, including Fairey, Banksy, Henry Rollins, Caroline Ryder, Clint Catalyst, Day19, Shawna Kenney, and Damien Hirst.

In 2006, Advertising Age picked Swindle's issue 8 as one of the "10 Magazine Covers We Loved."[4] The L.A. Weekly listed Swindle's creators among the "L.A. People of 2006."[5]


  1. ^ Rob Walker (March 1, 2004). "The Buzz Guru". Inc. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Swindle Magazine homepage
  3. ^ "Smyrski Creative: Swindle Magazine", Retrieved on 21 October 2013.
  4. ^ Nat Ives (December 18, 2006). "10 Magazine Covers We Loved". Advertising Age. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  5. ^ LA Weekly

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