The DIY Eye Zine – Issue 1

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Cover image by Max Estes

The DIY Eye‘s first printed zine is here! Available from the ETSY SHOP it features 20 international artists/photographers/illustrators brought together on the theme of art + skateboarding.

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The 20 contributing artists are:

Andrew PommierDave The ChimpChris BourkeChris JohnsonEktaJay CroftLeon ZuodarMatt WalfordMax EstesHarriet AlanaNathaniel RussellRandy LaybourneRich JacobsRobert DarchSimon PeplowRuss PopeSergej VutucMichael SiebenStefan Marx and Winston Tseng, plus The OutCrowd Collective and Majls.

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The idea for this first issue was inspired by the tenth anniversary of the first Concrete to Canvas: Skateboarder’s Art book (published in the UK by Laurence King Publishing) which showcased work by artists with a background in skateboarding. The zine catches up with some of the original contributing artists to that book, plus others with the same connection to skateboarding.

It’s A5, printed on quality paper with a card cover, 36 single pages in total. More info from the Etsy shop HERE.

Interview: Chris Johnson

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Dave Watson, Frontside Bluntslide, Southend-on-Sea by Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson went from photographing friends at his local skate park to touring with childhood heroes for a national magazine. Rising swiftly from contributing photographer to Senior Photographer at Sidewalkmag.com, all through sheer hard work and determination. We picked his brain about what it takes to be a professional skateboard photographer and how he made it happen, DIY style.

So you began taking skate photos when a back injury prevented you from skateboarding yourself back in University, but when did it ‘get serious’ for you and you knew you wanted to pursue photography as a career?

Being unable to skate for about a year mid way through University I found myself at a loss. I picked up a camera so that I could carry on going out skating with my mates and not be the guy with no purpose. The element of obsession and addiction that everyone experiences with skateboarding itself was also present with photography for me and it’s just progressed from there.

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Ben Grove, Kickflip, Birmingham by Chris Johnson

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Zine: THIS IS OURS

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The first THIS IS OURS zine is now available from The DIY Eye’s Etsy Shop! Made and produced by The DIY Eye, issue one is The Trees Issue and it’s about looking up, squinting your eyes and seeing the patterns that are repeated throughout the natural world, where branches become roots and ventricles: as above – so below.

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Read more about the THIS IS OURS project here. See more photos and visit the Etsy shop HERE.

Stickerbomb 3: Artist Call Out

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The designers behind the excellent Stickerbomb book series are now looking for contributions by artists for their eighth book, the third in the un-themed Stickerbomb series.

The new book won’t be theme specific like the last few (see the Stickerbomb Skate review by The DIY Eye HERE) rather Stickerbomb 3 follows on from the classic first 2 Stickerbomb books released 7 years ago now, and wants to feature a new wave of artists as well as favourites and legends of the Stickerbomb series.

To submit your artwork follow this link –> HERE and submit before the 21st June to be considered for the short list. Good luck!

A Dark Forest

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A Dark Forest is a comic by Kate-Mia White. Issue 1 has been launched via Kickstarter – see here – in order to get it printed professionally, and although already surpassed its £200 goal, there are still lots of stretch goals and rewards on offer (including exclusive prints, drawings and more) for those wanting to get a copy of the first issue and join her campaign.

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A Dark Forest is an intricately drawn story of two sisters set in a mysterious forest. It’s a dark fairytale inspired by folklore, witchcraft, myths and legends and will be told over seven, sixteen page, A5 issues.

The spooky coincidences surrounding the eldest sister’s homemade corn doll and the birth of her younger sister, immediately hook you into this unique tale and leave you wanting more.

Visit the kickstarter page HERE to read more about it, the first issue is due out in July. Good luck with the project Kate, this looks great!

Vessel

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Kristyna Baczynski, one of my favourite comic makers/illustrators/storytellers, has a new book called Vessel. It actually debuted (and understandably sold out) earlier this month at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival but happily it’s now available from her Etsy shop.

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Vessel tells the tale of Nova, who realises life is passing her by and sets off on adventures of discovery in strange lands.

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As with all of Baczynski’s work it’s beautifully drawn and realised, with her usual blend of existential and otherworldliness, that’s easily relatable.

The book itself is A5 and 24 pages, with high quality full colour printing with a thick cover.

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Check out Vessel and more of her fantastic work at www.etsy.com/uk/shop/kriski

Home Zine Issue 2

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After my review of Issue 1, Tallulah Fontaine, co-curator of Home Zine kindly sent me a copy of Issue 2. It follows on from the previous issue where the umbrella theme is musings on the word Home: thoughts, feelings, spaces and people.

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Issue 2 expands on this by looking at belongings and physical objects that make up one’s home. There’s nine contributing artists as well as the front and back cover by Talulah and includes an illustration by co-curator Carla McRae.

It’s another fantastic issue from the talented group of illustrators. Each artist has interpreted Objects in their own unique way: from everyday items in a domestic scene to ordered, catalogued fragments of existence, to the more mystical.

Issue 2 has been Riso printed this time and I love the quality that printing technique has given the zine, it’s added a denseness and extra tactility to the quality, heavy paper.

The zine is Riso printed in the US by Tiny Splendor and in Australia by Caldera Press in Melbourne. The edition shown here is the US version with a magenta and blue cover, the Australian version is blue. The US run has already sold out with more on the way.

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Visit the Home Zine Tumblr at www.home-zine.tumblr.com and buy Issue 2 HERE.

Zines with Harriet Alana

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Interested in tabling at your first zine fair? Illustrator, skateboarder and zinester Harriet Alana shares her knowledge, experience and love of making, selling and swapping zines.

Tell us a bit about yourself. How long have you been illustrating, skateboarding and zine making?

I’m originally from the Midlands and I now live on the South Coast, a breath of fresh air after residing in London for five years – the beach is just 10 minutes walk! I graduated from Camberwell in 2012 after studying illustration. Since then I have done various freelance jobs alongside skateboarding coaching and youth work.

I’ve been drawing all my life, skating for about six years and through meeting punk skaters at art school, I was first inspired to make zines. My first zines were tiny slit zines about how fascinated I was with skateboarding: ‘A little zine about how scary skateboarding sometimes is’  is about arriving at the skate park for the first time and being the only girl there, as well as all the usual stuff about falling off ya board. And then it progressed onto Brash.

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Tell us about your zine Brash; do you still make it and what other kinds of zines do you like to make?

Brash is a skate/art zine about the scene that surrounded me at the time, which consists of contributions from loadsa artists, skaters, writers and photographers. Issue four was the whole she-bang; packed with skatey/arty goodness, photocopied and risograph printed pages with a screen printed cover. It is currently on a hiatus as I put my heart and soul into it for my final project and I still haven’t figured out where to go from there.

Currently, I am trying to get a travel zine done about my time in Europe last year. I did manage to pull together a zine in time for Sheffield Zine Fest earlier this year in the form of a humble photocopied publication. Conexiuni is simply a collection of various drawings; skateboarding pictures, Buddhist patterns/imagery, collaged mountains and drawings of the children I worked with whilst volunteering in Romania.

I often get fed up with my work because I feel there’s too much variation in style and content, and I can never settle on something. As I was putting the zine together, I began to realise that whatever I do – my illustration work, making zines, skate coaching or volunteering in Eastern Europe, that it is all connected and comes under the umbrella of what I do as an artist.

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