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Zines by Ze Golden Sombrero feature a variety of original art working in a few lowbrow sub genres and topics - mostly Pop Art, tiki art (art inspired by tiki bars and the surrounding culture) and dark art (Halloween, horror films & occult). All art, layouts, printing and assembly done by Joseph Dunn.

  • Please upload 2-5 images of your work.
  • Please upload 2-5 images of your work.
  • Please upload 2-5 images of your work.
  • Please upload 2-5 images of your work.
What methods do you use to make your zine?
  • Handwritten/drawn
  • Photocopying
  • Digital
What type of binding do you use for your zine(s)?
  • Folded
  • Stapled
When did you start making zines ... and why?

I started making zines as an affordable way to showcase my completed art projects. I wanted to have an inexpensive option for people that didn’t want to invest money in original art or that like the tactile aspect of books and magazines, like I do. Zines are a perfect medium in all these respects!

How do you feel that are zines important in terms of independent media and publishing?

Even in the era of the internet, zines are a fantastic way to hear new voices and perspectives. The cost of producing zines are so low in comparison to other print media that if you can think of an idea, story, joke or concept you can get it out to the world without spending thousands of dollars. On top of the DIY element of zines, I love how there is no barrier between the person making the zine and the person reading it. It’s very direct!

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

Start small! There’s lots of complicated, large-format zines out there, but you can easily start with a one-page folded zine. Get it out there, get feedback and make more! It has been a learning experience and even though I want to make bigger, glossier zines, I’m glad I can go small and simple if the idea fits.