Exit Press

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Exit Press is a new, small press Riso publishers, making zines and artist books in the South of England.

Initial publications included Funny Land a collaborative illustrative zine project between Alex Payne and Pat MacDonald, and Observations by Alex Payne.

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Observations

Looking forward to seeing more of their publications – keep up with their latest output on their Instagram at www.instagram.com/exitpress

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Funny Land

Patinho Feio – Ugly Duckling Skate Zine

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Gonçalo from Patinho Feio the free Portuguese skate zine, got in touch with The DIY Eye. Although the majority of content is in Portuguese, his passion for the subject matter and skateboarding old and new is clear to see. I asked him a few questions about the zine and skateboarding in Lisbon. 

So Patinho Feio translates into English as ‘Ugly Duckling’ what made you chose that as a name?

Hi The DIY Eye, thanks for the opportunity. That’s a nice one. In my opinion, skateboarders still are a little bit like an “Ugly Duckling” in terms of being on the streets and still being stigmatized from society because the way we dress and how we live the streets and the environment. We really see things so damn different from the rest of society, you know? (We’re different but not better), but at the same time, it´s so damn good to be an “Ugly Duckling”. It’s so good being an outsider in this globalized society. The name is perfect. Love it. I´m proud being an “Ugly Duckling” skateboarder.

How long have you been skating?

I started skateboarding in 1988. Good old 80’s when skateboarding was pretty much a way of life and skating was based on friendship and true love for our roots and for the early pionners. We didn’t have this marketing/mainstream thing we see today with clothes, shoes, drinking sodas, ultimate contests, internet status, and so on. Sadly, right now the true skateboarding spirit is lost. Those times are far gone. I’m not saying that nowasdays everything’s bad. No way! We have lot’s of good things in skateboarding: more and better skateparks/spots, more people skating with more opportunities to make friends, more skateboarding brands to choose from. But on the other side we have some negative things too, like I said the corporate/money side of skateboarding. Skateboarding it’s a reflex of how society works and money is the new king. Money and status are more important than people. But, for me the most negative aspect of today’s skateboarding is that the kids don’t really know who were the beginners and legends of our way of living. They just want to check the latest videos, tricks and photos on the internet. They just want to see the “now” aspect of skateboarding. They don’t want to know that some guy invented some trick like 40 years ago or how everything started. That’s sad and very disappointing in my opinion. Jason Jesse said once: “I love skateboarding so much. I want it to die.” Great words Jason. We really need that again.

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What’s Lisbon like and what’s the skate scene there, for those who’ve never visited?

Lisbon’s great! Love the city. The weather in Lisbon is pretty nice all over the year. Well, it rains a bit in the winter but usually it’s pretty mellow. In terms of skate spots there’s a meeting spot just downtown Lisbon called Praça da Figueira (at Rossio). You’ll have too another one in Praça do Comércio, close to the river Tagus. In terms in skateparks you have Parque das Gerações at Estoril, close to the beaches; Odivelas Skatepark at Odivelas, just outside Lisbon and some others. You know the Portuguese sidewalk doesn’t help skateboarding.

Tell us about the Zine, are the interviews in Patinho Feio ones that you’ve done yourself with Portuguese skateboarders?

Well, the zine is small, black & white and made with photocopies: 100% DIY. I try to keep it simple and I like it that way. I don’t need and don’t want to have the ultimate tricks in the zine. At Patinho Feio people/skateboarders are more important than the tricks they do, so when I do an interview I always say to the interviewer: Hey men, this is your interview, so you chose your photos. If the guy wants some old photos with his siblings, parents, dog, first skateboard or whatever, it’s going to be that way. I don’t have any intention to put only skateboarding photos.

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The zine seems a mix of original content photos and interviews, plus cut and paste photographs from magazines of favourite/iconic skateboarders, is that correct?

Yeah. I like to do interviews a lot, I’m really motivated when I do them, and like the cut and paste works that I take from magazines/internet sites because everybody has important and nice things to say. I like to put old skateboarding photos in there to pay homage to people that started skating before we were born.

What can people expect from the new issue 4 in September?

For nº 4 we’ll have an interview with a skateboarder from the Lisbon area – the interview is done but I’m not saying his name here. I try to put different things in every issue. And we’ll have a Legends article, to remember where we came from.

Where can people get the zine from? – Do they just email you?
Well, the zine is free. I send them to skateshops in Portugal or to skateboarders if they ask for a copy. Or trade them with other skate zines. Other than that just e-mail me if you pass by.

Thanks to Gonçalo. Check out the Patinho Feio Tumblr at: www.patinhofeioskatezine.tumblr.com

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!