GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Tiny Splendor
What was your first zine about and when was it made?Our first zine, Rat Milk, was inspired by watching many a Simpsons episode and drinking warm bhang on cold winter nights. We would throw potlucks at our house and cover our dinner table with paper and our friends would draw on it. It got covered with strange food stains intermingled with depraved drawings of rats lactating, dogs on acid, caricatured faces, and mountains of details by friends and visitors. We did this a few times and scanned the results, which we screenprinted and turned into a zine. This was once upon a time, when Sanaa Khan, Max Stadnik, and Cynthia Navarro were living together, and Kenny Srivijittakar lived down the street. It was a time of constant creation. Now that Cynthia and Kenny live in L.A. we’ve had to change up the collaborative process a bit.Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.We could name drop, but we are four people here, and that’s what seems to keep our work from getting stale—four brains are better than one. As far as the three things that keep us going, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention printmaking, community, and food.
Printmaking, because all four of us studied it and fell in love with it; it gave us an appreciation for process-based thinking, working in layers, color separations, registration, discipline, stamina, experimentation, and working in limited editions. Working in multiples allows you to reach a wider audience than a single painting ever could. We’ve brought that mentality to running a small press.
Community is essential to what we do. If it weren’t for all our friends who laughed at our drawings, inspired us with theirs, and worked side by side with us in between countless glasses of whiskey, we’d have long ago lost our sanity and become boring introverts. We’re extremely lucky to be a part of a community of hardworking creative people—musicians, photographers, writers, framers—all stripes of people working with their hands.
Food is what keeps us going. I’m hungry right now. We all have a soft spot for anthropomorphized drawings of food, weird retro food iconography, and cooking and brewing and trying all the edible things out there. We had an art show this year devoted to coffee. We are working on a zine dedicated to hot dogs. Our best ideas have been hashed out over food and drink, reenergizing our brain batteries by indulging our taste buds.
Read the rest over at the LA Zine Fest blog!
PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE FIRST EAST BAY PRINT SALE
Here are some of the participating artists:
- Kenneth Srivijittakar
- Cynthia Navarro
- Sanaa Khan
- Cindy Ostroff
- Adrian Rotzscher
- Raphael Villet
- Sean Vranizan
- Elle Breidenthal
- Tim Shriver
- Daniel Shimoda
- Michelle Spetner
- Emily Parrish
- and more to come
It is not too late to sign up, send your contact information to MAXSGARAGEPRESS@GMAIL.com to receive submission instructions
beautiful sights being multiplied.
One of my favorite lithographs!
* Honore Daumier (1808-79)
* Gargantua (1831)
* Technique: lithography