Skid Row Zine independent collective that celebrates the vibrancy and voices of Skid Row. The art, essays, and poems on these pages are works of inspired imagination and difficult truths, all of which were created at the Studio 526 in Skid Row. SRZ (Skid Row Zine) is a collaboration between Skid Row neighborhood artists with support from local artists, Hayk Makhmuryan, Tracy Park, Ivy Pochoda. SRZ came together with the help of the Studio 526, helmed by arts coordinator Hayk Makhmuryan, which offers a safe and nurturing place for creative self-expression to a diverse population of individuals who are homeless, extremely low income and/or living with a mental illness. The program encourages long-term participation as artists develop their individual voices and build a healthy community together and make creativity a continuous, restorative part of their lives.
We started making zines as a way to unify our collective—to marry the art studio to the writing studio as well as to educate people about the positivity of Skid Row, Los Angeles. Our zines are a way for individual to express themselves and to get their stories and visions out of DTLA and into the hands of a wider ranges of reader.
We love the collaborative effort and we love the opportunity to take our zines into the wider world. We've met so many different zinesters in our travels. It is absolutely awesome. We are part of an amazing community in Skid Row and Studio 526, but we also consider ourselves members of the zine community now, which is fantastic.
Some of our zine take months. Some are a matter of hours. Some are the work of one artists. Some are from a wide ranger of collaborators—some of whom are devoted studio members and others who drop in. This grab-bag reflects the variety and vitality of our group and our mission. Everyone is an artist. Everyone deserves to be heard.