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Makeshift #12: Laws & Orders — You are the Sheriff around these parts now

This issue contains marriage detectives, self-made superheroes, and do-it-yourself gunsmiths finding creative paths toward justice. If you hit roadblocks in your own work, hack them, build around them, and make it better.


ISBN: 978-988-15950-8-1
Size: 170mm(w) x 228mm(h)
Pages: 96p + 4p cover


p18 – Self Control

After decades as refugees in the desert, Saharawis define their laws of the land through solidarity

p20 – Justice Negotiators

For certain legal grievances, no judge or courtroom is needed to resolve

p26 – Contraband Library

Slip pre-loaded USB drives in your pants to haul censored pages back to Communist China

p29 – Copydesh

Lifting lines in Bangladesh is encouraged, with good reason

p32 – Observed


p34 – Marriage Detectives

Indian men and women seeking spouses online hire private eyes to suss out the liars and cheats

p37 – Observed



p50 – Chengguan Dodge

Take one step out of the vending zone, and face the consequences

p54 – Streetfood Politics

Bite your tongue, or suffer the cold stares of Mexico City’s taco matrons

p56 – Observed


p58 – Everyday Superheroes

If you spot caped crusaders, they could be delivering non-perishable food items

p64 – Digilantes

Step out of line, and it might soon be known online

p67 – Observed


p68 – Without a Trace

For USD 200, you can trick surveillance cameras into thinking you’re Leonardo Selvaggio

p70 – Dojo Domination

Only with a diverse arsenal can a teacher bring order to the young mobs


p74 – Family Feuds

Don’t steal a sheep in the mountains of Crete; your offspring could pay the price

p77 – Observed

Law Enforcement

p78 – Artisanal Arms

A homemade pistol costs just one-twentieth the price of a smuggled firearm in Cairo

p82 – Close Watch

The answer to "Who’s watching?" keeps getting more complicated

p84 – To Bribe or Not to Bribe

Sometimes, you just need to know which words mean 'cough it up'

p86 – Local Uprising

Guerrero’s vigilantes claim to have dropped crime by 90 percent

About Makeshift

Makeshift is a field guide to hidden creativity. From homemade aircraft in Nigeria to drug smugglers in Mexico, Chinese hackers pushed up against the Great Firewall to Haitian communities pushing back against marginalization, we believe ingenuity can be found everywhere if you know where to look. Let us tag along on your creative pursuit.

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