This is the second installment of my ‘CONCEALED ORIGIN’ zine series as it was based off of my mood board showcased in the first installment. This zine is 102 pages + hand cut with a metallic silver cover. I made this installment for similar reasons as the first – branding, self-promotion (something I’m horrible at otherwise), self-expression but most importantly – positive self-affirmation.
The concept of this zine is super simple – it represents my brain and all the things I often think about. Basically, if one were to open up my head and take a snapshot of what was going on in there – this zine is EXACTLY what it would look like. I call it “Read or Die” (or “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ELUSIVE”) because I often get frustrated when people won’t read my writing despite completely understanding why they won’t (I tend to be very lengthy). It’s just a difficult notion for me to swallow because all the heart of what I make lies in the writing. It’s something I often think about hence why it’s the title despite this particular zine actually containing very little text. This zine contains some of my personal history, as well, and a tribute to the lyrics of “All Along the Watchtower,” as this is the song that has had the most impact on my life. There are many references to my social/social media anxiety, too – as making zines is how I cope with this issue.