So, what’s this all about?
We collect found stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids’ homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles– anything that gives a glimpse into someone else’s life. Anything goes.
We certainly didn’t invent the idea of found stuff being cool. Every time we visit our friends in other towns, someone’s always got some kind of unbelievable discovered note or photo on their fridge. We decided to make a bunch of projects so that everyone can check out all the strange, hilarious and heartbreaking things people have picked up and passed our way.
And how’d this all start?
One snowy winter night in Chicago back in 2000, Davy went out to his car and found a note on his windshield — a note meant for someone else, a guy named Mario:
We loved this note. It has an amazing mixture of anger and hopefulness. We shared it with as many folks as we could. Each friend we showed the Mario and Amber note to seemed to have a few finds to show us in return; clearly we weren’t alone in our fascination with FOUND stuff! As a way for everyone to join forces and share their finds with everyone else, we decided to start a magazine called FOUND, a showcase for all the strange, hilarious and heartbreaking things people’ve picked up.
We spent a year spreading word about this shit and collecting great finds, then with scissors and tape we slapped together the first issue of FOUND in June of 2001. Almost each year since, with help from our friends and finders all around the world, we’ve put out a new issue of the magazine or book. We hope you’ll enjoy checking out the website and the magazine, and that you’ll join in and send in your own finds!
Where can I get a copy of FOUND Magazine?
Sure, I’ve seen the FOUND website- so why should I pick up your other stuff?
Great question– we’re glad you asked. Our website’s great for showing the quickies — a Polaroid, note card, post-it note — but our books and magazines have their own feast of finds. Really, we think you’ll be impressed when you pick up one of our other projects- they feel real good and you can hold them and put ‘em under your pillow.
I found a dirty picture once– what do you do with all the raunchy finds?
Send ‘em our way! Our new FOUND Magazine project, After Dark, highlights the weird & raunchy finds!
I want to advertise in FOUND- I love the thought of my shop/band/project appearing in the magazine- how can I be a sponsor?
That’s great! Your support is HUGE, and we love spreading the word about the neat things you’ve got going on. Just drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll hit you right back with all the details.
When is the next NEW issue available? You guys still tour? What’s up in 2016??
Sign up for email list to stay up on the FOUND Magazine news! We’ll drop you a hello, let you know about tours, new releases, and more! We wanna be in your inbox and vice versa!
Does the booty ever stop?
What’s the Prisoner Pen Pal Project?
Prison can be a lonely and boring place. For as long as the magazine has been published, FOUND has offered free magazines to incarcerated friends. Davy thought it would be cool to also start a pen pal service for fans of the magazine on the “inside” to write to fans of the magazine on the “outside”; to bring people together, to correspond, on the common ground of FOUND fandom. FOUND Magazine’s volunteers and staff are NOT responsible for any letters back and forth.
If you are SERIOUS about getting involved please:
1. Write to sarah at foundmagazine dot com
2. Provide your mailing address
3. You will receive the address of someone who has written in recently requesting a pen pal
Use your FULL name and mailing address. Use their FULL name, DOC # and mailing address. Do not send postage. Do not send escape plans. Stick to using a ball point pen on notebook paper.
Hey, is this a NEW website!?
Yeah! We absolutely LOVE the jazzy new layout! Register to comment! Click the title of each find to reveal more details. Then click the heart to favorite and share with your friends! Navigate by scrolling around, search the tags and have fun! We are so happy to be able to share thousands of finds from around the world!