MC1R – The Magazine for Redheads

August 18, 2017
Aufgeschlagene Seite des MC1R Magazins.

The name is an elaborate one, but necessary. MC1R stands for melanocortin-1 receptor. This is the receptor that gives redheads their red hair, pale skin and freckles.

The editor, Tristan, is a redhead himself and started MC1R magazine about 3 years ago. In that time he has published six issues, all of which break with the mono-theme and deal extensively with the peculiarities of redheads.

In the current issue #6 Anna Ermakova is interviewed (and not a word about her father). Lindsay Lohan’s stylist also has her say and Samantha explains the circumstances of red-bearded men.

It is with articles like these and others of no less interest that the magazine convinces, along with its subtle but sophisticated design and obvious attention to detail. This starts with the unusually thick paper and continues with the elaborate photo series.

To find out why Tristan went to the trouble of creating a special interest magazine for redheads, and what the challenges were, watch a short arte Tracks feature on YouTube:

And why am I writing about this?

My formerly red, now grey beard and my rather sensitive skin don’t necessarily make me the target group. It’s more because Tristan has been my colleague at DOKYO for a good six months.

Get an impression of your own at

Cover des MC1R Magazine, Ausgabe 6, mit Anna Ermakova als Titelmotiv.
MC1R - Random Rust, Beitrag über Menschen, die nur einen roten Bart haben.

Thanks for the mention, Tristan!
MC1R - Patrons

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Hi, I'm Olli, I moved to Hamburg in 2008 and have been working in the media industry there ever since. Before that, I spent many years spinning records in the Northern German club scene and writing for a few, often music-related, magazines. Now, after a break of several years, I'm blogging again and writing from the heart, which I think is a bit awesome.

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