What was your first zine about and when was it made?
“Mini Glitter PSA” was my first zine series which I created to distribute during the Echo Park Rising Festival in summer of 2013. Measuring about one inch tall, each booklet features a helpful reminder about life with messages ranging from, “Tell the people you love how you feel about them TODAY… before we all die!” to “Outer space is watching you like almost all the time.”
Describe your most recent zine.
The zines I’m currently working on are photo exposes on three of my favorite topics- circuses, the Islands, and space! Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Barbarella even get in on the mix.
Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
My favorite creative endeavor up until this point was “Saccharine Surreality,” the candy-themed group art show I curated at Pehrspace in January of 2013. Begin given the opportunity to collaborate with friends and exhibit their work is incredibly fulfilling and fun. Saccharine Surreality featured work by 15 local artists, video installations, candy cover songs by Geoff Geis, a candy zine, candy-themed cocktails, and unlimited free candy!! Only two partygoers died of sugar poisoning, so we considered the event a success.
Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
Visually, I find the work of Busby Berkeley incredibly thrilling and inspirational. He pushed the boundaries of film and used costumes, choreography, and people as his medium in a way that would make modern CGI experts cry from envy!! John Waters is my favorite lifestyle influence, the uber-classy/trashy characters in his films inspire me to be myself at all times, no matter the cost. And of course, Jayne Mansfield. Style icon and a hero of shameless self-promotion, inventor of the nip-slip and an avid animal lover, she died way before her time!
What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
I believe everything we perceive affects the psyche, be it positively or negatively, and it is our responsibility to act as the curators of this perception. For that reason, it’s important to seek out experiences and visual stimulation which will positively benefit our creative output. When I’m not making things, I like to walk around wacky neighborhoods talking to strangers, and then at night watch bands play songs.