I’m here to meet Raphael Villet, artist and founder of Play Press Zines, based in West Oakland. He’s in Mexico City for the third annual Rrréplica Zine Fest, an international gathering of “disobedient printers” and independent presses.
If you were to ask me my two most reliable pleasures, I would be able to bark back a certain answer — the way that little children do, when you ask them what they want to eat, or what they dreamt last night. I would tell you that they are reading and swimming, mostly because they have the same rhythm, all disembodied and steady.
It is not called a “Hawaiian shirt” in Hawaii.
In stereotype, folklore, and the Oriental Trading catalog, the adjective “Hawaiian” evokes a place separate from reality. America’s constant backyard luau. Consequently, “Hawaiian” shirts are for retirees, golfers, slackers, and mainland denizens of Vacationland.
Sam and I are studio neighbors at Real Time and Space in Downtown Oakland. We’ve done a collaborative talk for my Black Printed Matter residency project at E.M Wolfman where we geeked out about the ways traditional printmaking has left an imprint on our art practices and moving toward decolonizing that practice.
“Those cruises are crazy, I was on one actually. There was an alarm and we all had to get into boats. It was crazy, man.”
Kristen and I are having a hostel roof special in Seville. Paella and alcoholic punch up here for seven euros. What the fuck.
Late at night, while my partner is watching basketball in the other room, I excuse myself to play video games. This is a half-truth. Instead of playing one of the many games I’ve purchased and queued up, I open my computer and go to a familiar bookmarked page: dolldivine.com.
new writing from
Caleb Beckwith, Caren Beilin, David Brazil, Justin Carder, Pia Cortez, Leora Fridman, Ali Giordani, Blair Johnson, Jacob Kahn, Jordan Karnes, Hannah Kingsley-Ma, Amy Langer, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Tara Marsden, Margaret McCarthy, Louise McCune, Claire Mullen, Zoé Samudzi, Clara Sankey, Liza St. James, Claire Stringer, Avery Trufelman, Miranda Tsang, Leila Weefur, & Jennifer Williams
E.H. Mann, Raphael Villet, a Golden Dog, Zoe Donnellycolt, Sophia Wang, & Andrew Evans
visual art by
Jade Ariana Fair, @laurencessss, Dionne Lee, Alton, Brian, and Molloy McMullen, & Marcela Pardo Ariza
books curated by
Tongo Eisen-Martin & Colin Winnette