Collage sourced from a 1977 issue of Sounds magazine, banner artwork by Eugenia Williamson
VINCE VERSA: I’m 16 and from Vienna, Austria (not fucking Australia) and am currently working hard on building up an art collective (@hhhorizont), which is slated to include clothing, art, music, photography and film. My most prominent aspiration for this creative journey is to create by employing a very radical approach to all art forms in valuing creative energy above theoretical knowledge, and not focusing on profit, but rather artistic intent. I write articles and do interviews about/with artists I like and/or who inspire me. On the side, I run a music blog on Instagram (@_obscuredbyclouds) and attend a fashion school.
Anyway, have a nice read (and smash the patriarchy.)
INITA BATH: I'm fifteen and live in Toronto Canada. I'm the primary caretaker of this website, so if you've got any technical complaints or issues regarding shipping, unfortunately you'll be dealing with me. I'm extremely passionate about revitalizing youth interest in subculture via new ideas informed by movements past, a passion which I've recently began directing towards the establishment of Death of Print magazine as a collectivistically run space for all ideas which promote acceptance, intellectual curiosity and artistic discourse. I strive to make subculture ultimately live up to its thus far unfulfilled promises of acceptance of all people by promoting progressive viewpoints and ensuring that this zine remains an inclusive and diverse project which includes authentic voice artists. It is my most sincere wish for other youth to be rendered capable of experiencing the sense of self-assurance and purpose that subculture provided me, and therefore my personal mission is to make it more accessible and progressive whilst ensuring subculture remains uncompromised, affrontive, and resolutely anti capitalist. As the world changes so must our notions of what subculture entails. I value free speech but am able to differentiate between expressing yourself and hateful individuals who simply want to express themselves free from any retirbution levied at them as a direct and just result of their expressed opinions. None of such expressions will exist free from criticisms here- you must hate hate lest you allow it to prosper. That said, I hope to draw attention to the artists, present and past, who've forever altered my life and provide a platform to unique voices with something compelling to say. I'm incredibly grateful for everyone who contributes and manages this project as it would be nothing without all of their talent and revolutionary zeal. I'm thrilled to meet new people united by shared artistic cause, so if you feel compelled to contact me you can do so via my instagram blog @death_of_print_magazine, or shoot me a text at 647-222-4418.
ROSEMARY: I’m Rosemary, a seventeen-year-old chicanx goth and part-time-punk. I discovered goth and punk music pretty late in my life but had previously listened to other alternative music like grunge. While grunge is great, and in of itself perfectly encapsulates the gloomy atmosphere of the rainy west coast, it wasn’t until I heard Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Clash that I had finally found the kind of music I was always yearning for. Growing up in the outskirts of Seattle, I never really got to experience firsthand the Seattle music scene due to a lot of inconveniences. So, like most isolated alternative teens, I turned to the internet to immerse myself in music documentaries, new bands, and of course, social media. I think that being part of a subculture gave me a newfound confidence to express myself, to create, and to be part of a community. There’s a quote by a wise punk from the documentary Another State of Mind that resonated with me, “I think that people should sculpt themselves the way they feel.” Hearing this me question whether I was truly happy with the way I was previously expressing myself and led me to the conclusion that I wasn’t. A lesson that I learned and would like to share with anyone reading this is you don’t have to let yourself being part of a subculture be your sole identity. You’re allowed to be a person outside of it and listening to other genres of music won’t make you any less punk, goth, metal, or emo. I think that at least when I was a newcomer to the goth and punk subculture, I assumed that there was a rule book that I had to follow to be truly considered goth or punk but the core of subculture is shared appreciation for the music, being an individual, and to be morally / politically guided. With that being said, thank you for reading and I’m grateful to have been given the chance to contribute to Death of Print Magazine!
Learn about the fabulous volunteers who have written, and or continue to write for the zine. If you contribute and feel so inclined, please send us a little statement about yourself- as personal or impersonal as you feel comfortable. Ideally we'd like to create a directory of sorts for global subcultural devotees, so if you'd like to be added to the page, please, by all means, contact us as every contributor deserves credit.