We are a three person collective that is from the beautiful Los Angeles area. That are currently expressing themsevles and their feelings. Xicanx Crybaby is for the femmes, LGBTQIA+, Punk/Hardcore/Indie/Ska scenes, and outcasts. Xicanx Crybaby is for anyone to reclaim their tears and their identities. We are here to validate our feelings in this world.
I started to make zines in April 2016 after supporting one of my best friends that were vending in LBZF 2016. A friend of mine came up to me about a zine fest in a flyer. I was also going through a lot around that time and I needed a creative outlet to express myself. So I made zines and it's been an amazing way for my journey on healing and growth.
Most likely if you're going through a rut and you feel uninspired to make a zine. Or if people have these demanding expectations on you to write something. That can be difficult honestly because the creative process is an ongoing thing. Forcing the creative process especially on a zine may not be the right thing. It takes time to get inspired.
I honestly feel that zines are such an important part of one's cultural identity. I',m Xicanx and I'm also a part of the Hardcore/Punk scene here in LA. So those two things have shaped my cultural identity in a way knowing that being a part of a zine collective such as ours. Is a powerful thing for others outside of my culture to be aware of.