What are zines? Why do they exist? Who does them?
People who want to go against the grain. Not just because it’s ‘cool.’ But because if you want real integrity, that isn’t pushed by some media source of that doesn’t have an alt agenda, then zines are a way.
a tutor in media studies at an Australian university, writes ‘an explainer’ piece in The Conversation about zines. An explainer, yes. This is what I have been looking for! ‘Why are you doing this, DK?’ THIS IS WHY!
For those who want one, an explanation that is, about why people zine, this is a good source. I especially love the quote in the title of this post about the culture of ‘just go do it, do it now, and don’t overthink it! that is embodied in the ziner-lover-and-zine-maker’s ethos. This part is cool, too:
The counter-institutional disposition of the zine publisher’s practice, along with the cut-and-paste aesthetic of zines, has seen some attribute a revolutionary history to the form, drawing parallels with the actions and publications of pamphleteers and artists, including… the Soviet-era samizdat writers; Dada and Surrealist artists; and the Situationists of Paris, France.
Check out the full article, posted here.
Feature photo: S P A C E | Tokyo, custom couture zine for Z. Photo by BOSS // April 2019