Our zines are comprised of verse and illustrations dealing with the female experience. We have also done a magazine that features the art and poetry from our zines, but also includes interviews with local bands and other articles.
- Feminist/Riot Grrrl
Our zines are about female experience translated through our eyes and written down as poems, raps, and stories.
We started making zines in 2015 as a creative challenge to write, illustrate and then publish a narrative. We wanted to create something that could be held and absorbed, something small and special.
We use hand drawings, digital drawings, photocopying, Photoshop and Illustrator.
Independent publishing is important because self expression is important. It's another type of medium to express ourselves in. It helps with relating to other people and opens up conversation, and it's a really fun way to share your work and exchange ideas with others.
There is a huge zine community, if you think about it globally. There are zine fests and zine makers everywhere. People have access to many means of publishing, and can make a zine with pen and paper alone. It's a beautiful thing and it will keep going forever.
Our first zine was self-titled or untitled Splatter Girls. The first lines are, "Ladies, start the celebration" and the image with that is a numbered diagram of a Z-snap. It was an illustrated rap about strength, power, and sass.
Our favorite part of making zines is seeing the final result. It's often a roller coaster of emotions when it comes to producing the content, figuring the layout and going to print. In the end, when we have our finished zine in our hands or seeing it in someone else's hands and watching them experience it, it proves to us that it was all worth it.
The biggest challenge is fighting perfectionism. The fear that it won't be good enough or as good as it could be is the hurdle before the finish line. You just kind of have to shake it off and trust your judgment.
Splatter Girls is two best friends who want to create art and make stuff. We've grown in our practice through collaboration, and challenging ourselves. We had the idea for Splatter Girls Press so that we could incorporate more of our collaborations in what we do; to this date that has been our magazine which includes more of a variety of voices (other artists, bands) and other interactive elements (like a quiz, mad lib, paperdoll, etc).