Get to Know Your Zinester: Viva Vox Press

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

My first zine was a bi-monthly based out of the south bay (Torrance) called, Ad Infinitum Magazine, created in December 2001. It means ‘without end or limits,’ there was no end to how long or short a story was and there was no limits to what topics were included in the zine. Me and my friend Crystal Lafata put it together freshman year of college as a response to our high school journalism teacher who would tell us that our stories were too ‘political’ or ‘outlandish’ for a high school newspaper. We wanted a medium that wasn’t going to be censored, a medium where people could count on getting their stories, beliefs, artwork or ideas published, indefinitely, no matter how crazy they were! We made lots of friends, got to meet people we loved and did lots of cool stuff for the community. Ad Infinitum had a long run…7 years, to be exact. It died in the spring of 2007, along with my heart.

Describe your most recent zine.

I have two new zines out. Both first issues. One is called B-Sides (and other rarities) which is an AZ scene magazine that features local artists and musicians that add life to the vast, thirsty desert that is Tempe, Phoenix and the East valley. There are a lot of talented and colorful people who reside here and I want to tell every single one of their stories!

Second, is a zine called, American Puta. It is a magazine created by women, for women, and about women. It deals with mostly women in power and women empowerment, building sustainable healthy, loving communities and ‘of the earth’ topics. It will also feature women in the arts, basically women who just pretty much KICK MAJOR ASS!

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

My one favorite thing I’ve ever made is the one I’m working on at the time! Whether it’s making a zine, a photo book, cooking dinner, baking cupcakes, or making bling; when I start a project, I get so extremely excited about it! When it’s done, there is still excitement but not quite like when I’m in the process of creating it.

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

John Waters. Every time I work on something I always think to myself ‘What would John Waters do?’ and ‘Would he read this?’
Charles Bukowski…..I’ve got major daddy issues.
The public. If the public don’t like my stuff, who will?!
Oh, and number 3b is Vice Magazine. It rocks.

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

I live. I breathe. I try to experience life to it’s fullest. I try not to miss a beat. It helps what I do artistically because I am able to take what I see and feel and turn it into something I can create. It harms what I do artistically cause the more I live, the more of a chance I’ll get kidnapped, go to jail, be a victim of a freak accident…or worse.

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