When did you make your first zine, and what was it about?
It's embarrassing but I my first zine was a mammoth full letter-sized 50 plus page ode to marijuana appropriately titled, "From Weed to Weed." I made it some time in the mid-nineties and still have the original somewhere... maybe I'll print a fresh run for all the cannabis aficionados in ABQ.
Please tell us about the zines you’ll be tabling at ABQZF.
For ABQZF I found a love pink suitcase that I've been slowing filling with whatever zine-ish stuff I can find in my studio. I'll have a bunch of poetry zines and some little zine journals.
Zines are DIY or even better DIT (Do It Together) self-published magazines printed on computer/copier paper that usually present some useful yet banal information, challenge the status quo, self-promote, or are simply l'art pout l'art.
Name three influences in your life that have affected your work, or even how you work.
That's a tough question for me. I'm mostly inspired all the time in a vicious cycle of desperation and re-inspiration, especially by the anonymous anarchist artists taking REAL Bullets and Machetes fighting the white power hegemony, while I sit cozily in my tower of privilege... But If I have to name names I'm going to say, "today I'm super inspired by LA funk musician and Stones Throw recording artist DAM-FUNK, Swedish collective Teenage Engineering, and the Navajo Nihígaal bee Iiná."
Do you have a zine crush? If so, are you willing to reveal the object of your zine affection?
My zine crush is on a bunch of zines I just picked up from the Taala Hoogan peeps at a local fundraiser for those affected by the Gold King Mine tragedy/spill.
Getting the pages lined up in order... it makes my brain seize up and sometimes leak out my ears...
Why are zines important?
Making zines is a relatively cheap, self-reflexive practice that is usually a healing way to go about your daily life.