Headquarters on 4th

At our space on 4th street, we have created a cohort of visual artists, writers, musicians, makers, skateboarders, and ice cream salesmen. The content for our publications are primarily compilations of murals that we have painted in the city of Long Beach, chapbooks of individual poetry, albums and cassettes of local music, and original artwork and prints for sale. Our work is community based.

City:Long Beach
  • Poetry/Literary
  • Photography
  • Cultural
  • Illustration
  • Music/Art

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What are your current zines about?

We are currently creating a lot of collaborative work using traditional screen printing techniques, hand painted signs, murals, photography, and stencils. Our zines have become compilations of these selected works.

What methods do you use to make your zine?

  • Handwritten/drawn
  • Photocopying
  • Screenprinting
  • Digital
  • Other

What type of binding do you use for your zine(s)?

  • Stapled
  • Other

When did you start making zines ... and why?

Initially, the zines we were making were chapbooks; small collections of poetry. They were printed as part of multiple writing organizations in Chicago, IL, Madison, WI, and Long Beach, CA. As we continued our practice of making self publications, we found that the language of screen printing and stencils could also be seen as independent print techniques to showcase.

How do you create your zine content?

We have a storefront on 4th street as well as a large studio space behind the shop. In this space, we encompass skaters, screen printers, muralists, carpenters, and music producers. This space has become a collaborative endeavor where many of Long Beach's young local talent meet. Generally, if a work is being produced, be it music, visual work, or a physical object, we will record the process, add ideas to the production, and support the project. This process has created a ton of content to use for publications.

Why do you think independent publishing is important?

Independent publishing is the pulse of the community. We have seen here at our studio that the communities most marginalized have created their own forms of sharing their personal narratives. Young people in our community look for outlets for both their stories and creative development; we advocate for these local businesses, artists, skaters, and musicians through documentation and education.

What does the future of zines and independent publishing look like to you?

We think that the communities who have established the culture of independent publishing will continue to advocate for themselves, but we also see a takeover of major ivory towers through these art forms. We see that hip-hop, punk, skate, and the brown and working class political movements will lead the innovation of higher education, music production, theater, fine art, film and literature.

What was your first zine called? What was it about?

My first zine was called Left Hand and it was a compilation of poems about bathrooms.

What is your favorite part of making zines?

We enjoy the design and layout process. But the problem solving in each project is the most fun.

What is your biggest challenge in making zines?

A zine's production should match the content. We always have fun with the challenge of how to present each unique project.

What else do you want people know about you or your zines?

We have been in the same storefront for five years and it has grown every day. We just keep going and document what we have done fearlessly.