Get to Know Your Zinester: Uno Foto Art

What was your first zine about and when was it made?

MT: It was a mini-comic called Subhuman that I started around 2007 and ended in 2009 with eight issues. It was a mess, ha ha.

L: Mine was a one-pager I made for my Women’s Studies class, about four years ago. It was about being happy with your body and eating donuts!

Describe your most recent zine.

MT: Me and L finished a food zine called “Foodies with Hoodies”. It has us trying local restaurants and writing about our experiences there. Our thoughts are mixed in with fun facts and activities. I also compiled a quarter size character illustration folio.

L: My most recent zine is a photo zine of street art from three different cities: El Paso, TX, Seattle, WA and San Diego, CA. Only, it hasn’t been printed (as of yet) because Kinko’s is evil. It includes photographs of everything from graff to street sculptures to murals taken with my analog and digital cameras.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?

MT: My crate of sketchbooks. It’s a life-long project that has been building itself over the years.

L: That’s tough, because I’ve bee a crafter/artist all my life. Most recently I’ve been making collages with original photographs, taken between 1950s-1990s, that I acquired through a stranger on Craigslist. They turn out pretty rad! Working with MT on F.W.H. was pretty rad too; it was the first project we actually finished together 🙂

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.

MT: Movies, Heavy Metal magazine, books of all kinds. I pay a lot of attention to storytelling devices and illustration technique. Over the years, I’ve worked, re-worked and refined what I like and am getting closer and closer to creating at a level I can be satisfied with.

L: People who say they aren’t artists, but create “art” anyways, are pretty awesome because their art is honest. Tumblr, because I follow a lot of art/zine/illustration/horror blogs and I’m reminded that there’s always time to make something else. My Mum is a great influence because I want her to be proud of the art I make. I’m trying to get her to make her own zine of children stories!

What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?

MT: Think about getting back to my desk. Growing grey hairs and making time for everyday things that normal people do. Too much stress and psychoneurosis could maybe benefit the work…but L wrangles me in to a better state.

L: When I’m not creating I’m watching “Hoarders” or “Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations” and chastising myself for not working. That can’t be good for anybody.

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