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The print edition of The Skinny is a monthly free magazine covering the best in culture and lifestyle across Scotland and beyond. In October 2005 the first issue of The Skinny Scotland hit the streets providing up to date listings, previews and in depth features about events and artists in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and nearly 150 issues later we still provide the best way to keep up to date on the best of your local scene. Find out what’s in this month’s magazine by reading the digital edition below, along with this month’s editorial introducing what’s inside.
THE SKINNY: January 2020
New year, new decade, new design. Welcome to our new look magazine. This redesign has been running in the background for much of 2019, an expansive yet highly detailed process involving team-wide consultation led by designer Fiona Hunter in collaboration with production manager Rachael Hood. They’ve gone deep in terms of assessing what we do and why, and how we can best communicate with our readership (aka you). At the heart of this new template is a drive for greater readability, easier navigation of the different areas of the magazine, and clearer communication of the thematic underpinning of each issue. More blank space gives our amazing imagery the space to shine, a higher point size on the type increases legibility, and new regular features allow us to share a little more of the personalities behind the magazine (hopefully without becoming too much of an in-joke circle jerk). Ultimately this process has been a labour of love – for magazines, for readers, for the Scottish culture we aim to platform, for the people who make The Skinny what it is. We hope you like it too. Our theme for this month hinges on the turn of the decade. Our annual Food Survey results are in, and are explored with a nod to the huge changes that have taken place in the culinary landscape since 2010. Were we even eating, all those years ago, when there was no Instagram on which to share a carefully composed aerial shot of our poached egg-strewn tabletop? Alongside our modes of consumption changing there has been a geographical shift in eatery location as the market shifts with a tide of urban development. A core of much-loved (and voted for) establishments line the parallel roads of Pollokshaws and Victoria on Glasgow’s Southside. Our Food editor takes a tour. This is also the decade of street food’s ascendance, as lower overheads and greater business flexibility tempt chefs into the food truck. The Buffalo Truck represents the pinnacle of Scottish street food – we sing their praises on p21. The turn of the decade is a natural time for reappraisal, even if we’re not entirely sure what the last ten years have been called. The teens? The tens? Even the ridiculousness of the ‘noughties’ seems enviably straightforward. Our Music editor trawled through the archives to create a longlist of Scottish albums from 2010-19 and polled the writers (alongside some familiar faces from the wider music industry) to create a rundown of the best releases of the decade. This has of course been a decade of change for the music industry as a whole, from the shifting of traditional revenue streams to the rise of vinyl and renewed reliance on touring – we look back through ten years of impact on Scotland’s electronic music scene with Optimo and Huntleys & Palmers. After all the appraising, we look forwards with a degree of hopefulness sparked by creative community activism in spite of the abject venality of our elected overlords. Theatre meets the people behind the Youth Theatre in Polmont Young Offenders whose programme treats crime as a public health issue and is part of a range of work contributing to an overall drop in violent crime in Scotland. We meet Glasgow’s SPAM Poetry, publishing some of Scotland’s brightest poets, to discuss the meaning of a post-internet age. Film talks to Willem Dafoe and Robert Eggers about meticulously detailed period horror The Lighthouse, and meets Terry Gilliam mere hours after his gammon-like outburst at Karlovy Vary film festival to discuss his long-gestating, probably-cursed The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. At the back, we unveil a new regular Q&A format. First to run the gauntlet of questions are album of the decade finalists Stina Tweeddale (of Honeyblood) and James Graham (of the Twilight Sad). Find out everything from when they last vomited to who they could take in a fight on our final page. Welcome to the ’20s.[Rosamund West]