PRINT IS NOT DEAD. LONG LIVE PRINT.
I love telling stories with fanzines. They’re such an awesome medium for celebrating different communities and curating art. Made with real pages you actually your turn with your fingers. Take that, digital age!
Below are 3 of my favorite zine releases. Each one had a different role. They were printed in limited edition of 30 to 50 copies, and distributed through local independent skate and gallery shops in California and Sao Paulo.
GOOD TRAGEDY - STORY ABOUT HEALING
On January 12th of this year, I went to Protrero Del Sol Skate Park with my son, Beni, like we’ve done a hundred times. Only this time, I broke my back. The experience was intense to say the least. Three nights and four days at the hospital and 2 months in my bed at home. I had to wear this crazy body cast that looked a lot like a turtle shell. I’ll just say that I don’t envy turtles.
Good Tragedy is a collection of thoughts and drawings from this traumatic period. For the first time in my life, I felt vulnerable and fragile. It was super depressing but in the end, this tragedy made me a better person. I had no idea that a physical accident would impact my mind so much. The story may feel a bit sad but the making of this piece helped me heal.
Stories cure. Art cures. Zines cure.
GENERAL ADMISSION - PUNK SCENE
Growing up in Brazil during the mid 80’s, I was lucky to have access to cassette tapes of some amazing foreign punk and metal bands like Rattus, English Dogs, Dead Kennedys, New Model Army, Circle Jerks, Bad Religion, Black Flag, Bad Brains, Capital Punishment and many others. The audio would get to us, but we had limited access to imagery in relation to these incredible artists. A rare photo or some cover art from one of these bands would spark my imagination. I was an artistic punk music fan hungry for visual clues. In 2000 I moved to America and I got access to all the shows that always dreamt of. I bought a cheap camera and started shooting all my concert experiences. After almost 20 years I am finally curating and publishing the material. Welcome to “General Admission.”
DENY - ART SHOW
This zine is from the Deny Art Show, an exhibit I did at Everyday Skate Shop in downtown San Francisco. The show was an compilation of my last 3 years of work.
Projection from the art show: