I mentioned a few months ago that I have a fairly large zine collection. I also mentioned that I'll be periodically sharing some of the zines in my collection with you. So that's what's going on right now. If you have no interest in zines (specifically art and skateboarding zines) then you should just go ahead and scroll to the bottom of this blog and leave a comment informing me that I suck. I like reading negative comments about myself on the internet because in real life nobody ever has anything bad to say about me because of how awesome I am.
These are just a few of my favorite zines from my collection. If you've sent me a zine at some point and it's not included in this column, don't feel bad. It probably just means your zine wasn't/isn't very good. No big whoop. This first zine is called Beyonder. My buddy Adam Young put it together back in... 2005? I'm totally guessing because there's no date printed in it. That's one of my only complaints about this zine. It's always a good idea to add a date somewhere in your publication so that when people are looking at it years later they'll understand why you and your friends were wearing whatever type of jeans you were wearing at the time.
My only other complaint about this zine is that it's not stapled together at the seam. It had a rubber band holding it together but the rubber band got old and broke, and now I have to be careful not to get the pages out of order. If you have any interest in making zines, I highly recommend getting a saddle stapler or a long armed stapler for securing the binding.
Beyonder has a really nice balance between skate photos and writing. Skate zines that are all photos or all writing don't engage me. I like for there to be some kind of text along with the photos and vice versa. If you don't have anything to say then why make a skate zine? Why not just build a photography website? Or if you're making a skate zine and all you have is words, then why not just write a book? I have a lot of opinions.
This second (skate) zine is called Disposable Camera and my buddy Shawn Rylander makes (used to make?) it. The premise is exactly as it sounds: All of the photos in the zine were taken with disposable cameras. Such a simple and rad concept and a great way to actually capture the moment instead of checking the digital image and telling your buddy that you "almost got it."
The text message interviews are pretty smart, too. People tend to get to the point when they're being charged by the character.
A Knife In The Dark is a little art zine by one of my favorite drawers, Deth P. Sun. I don't have any real insightful comments about this zine, I just think the drawings are terrific. Sometimes that's enough.
Orcas is a travel zine by Lori D. Most of the zines in my collection are approximately 20 pages. This one is over 100 pages and is just so packed full of rad drawings, photos, and stories that it's hard to even describe it.
If you've never made a zine before and you're thinking about making one, definitely don't look at this thing before you take a stab at it. You'll be crippled by its awesomeness.
A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Andy Jenkins. He gave me a copy of this zine (Pages Issue Number 9) during our hang out and it's now one of my prized possessions. Club Home Boy for life. If you don't know what that means, it's cool. You and I weren't really going to be friends anyway. This zine was made in 1988 and it kind of embodies why people still think that skateboarding is cool... do people still think that skateboarding is cool?
Anyway... I have plenty more zines that I want to share with you so if you didn't like any of these don't worry, I have many more that you will probably like even less.
This nerd from New Jersey moves to California and gets his ass kicked for being a nerd. He comforts himself by befriending a janitor. Later on he gets a bunch of spaghetti dumped on him and he looks like a total asshole. In the end he kicks a kid in the face and the crowd goes wild. But he's still a skinny nerd. Did I mention he was skinny?
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