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Formerly from the collective Sin Llorar, insecure tooth is Dulce Soledad Ibarra, a multidisciplinary artist who is known both as a practicing and exhibiting artist in the fine arts world as well as a freelance designer with contributed illustrations to organizations and projects such as Nalgona Positivity Pride and CereBronas. insecure tooth zines are about being an anxious persyn and dealing through anxiety in persynal and universal way, sometimes using rabbits as dimensional characters that represent companionship and the self. While taking on issues of mental health, these zines also provide light humor in the trajectory of uncovering anxious and depressive episodes.

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What methods do you use to make your zine?
  • Handwritten/drawn
  • Cut-and-paste
  • Photocopying
What type of binding do you use for your zine(s)?
  • Folded
  • Stapled
When did you start making zines ... and why?

I've been contributing to zines since 2010, but I found myself making my own in 2014. The real inspiration was my rabbit and our bond. But the continuation of making zines has been for the stake of speaking for myself, breaking the silence of a rabbit. In hindsight, working with the idea of carrying through the world like a rabbit, very anxiously and meekly, paved a path for me to really reflect on myself. Zine

What is your favorite part of making zines?

My zines tend to be pretty persynal and that could be pretty draining. However, thinking about words, emotions, and ideas has become so much more enjoyable than I thought it could be. And of course, drawing has been a passion of mine since I was young, and zines have been a great way to practice that passion. Aside from physically and emotionally making zines, I love sharing within the community. I have a big zine library and it's important for me to continue build that collections and the connections I make through buying and trading zines.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start making zines?

Find something you want to talk about or want to put out into the world. It doesn't have to be a particularly unique, it just has to be important enough for you. Zine have always been from a DIY perspective, expanding from subculture to subculture. But it's necessary to understand that the pressure of making zines should never get to you. Because it doesn't have to belong to group, it doesn't have to fit into any category. And there's always a audience for what you can make.