Sep 21, 2014

Jerusalemite Badass - A New Postcard Project

Last Thursday, there was the Pride march in Jerusalem. Now, most of the time, I go there to support the community and the struggle for equal rights and freedom and all the good stuff, and I rarely bring a camera. But this day was different and here's why.

A day before the march, I saw a bunch of rainbow flags flapping around on polls in downtown Jerusalem and was so inspired by it that I decided to bring a camera to the march after all. And not just my digital camera, but also my 35mm, semi-automatic, film camera!

I love my film camera. It's yet another one of my retro obsessions. This is a camera I bought back in 2000 when I just started learning photography. Back in the day, it was considered top of the line, cutting edge, hot high-tech shit, and I bought it for 500 CAD. After my electric guitar and my amp, this was the most expensive thing I purchased in Canada, and it was one of my most prized possessions.

Back then, I also had an eye for photography. Everywhere I turned, I saw potential for a beautiful photo.

So anyway, this past Thursday, I took it with me to the march. The march would start at 6:00 p.m. I spent that morning strolling down Agrippas pedestrian mall in central Jerusalem where Retroshalayim, the weekly vintage and retro street sale, was already in full swing. That's when I got a brilliant idea.

This is how I view the Israeli Capital. It has vintage street sales, second hand shops and bohemian style cafes, it has Slutwalks and Pride marches, it has enormous arts and crafts fairs, it has free street performances by indie artists, it has metal nights, it has dog parks, bicycle parks and skateboard ramps, it has more summer festivals than any city I've ever been to, and it has more cultural events than anything the 6 o'clock news would ever be willing to broadcast... which is why you never hear about it.

So I decided to start a new project - a postcard project - to show people the side of Jerusalem that I know, the reasons why I fell in love with it and why I live here.

The Jerusalem postcards you find in souvenir shops always show the usual sites like Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall, Arab merchants and camels, Old City walls, the David Citadel and other such monuments. And that's all well and good. The Old City really is the most beautiful and magical part of Jerusalem. But it has other things to offer as well. Out there on the fringes, it has the little spots that you can only stumble upon if you're lucky enough. And this is what I want to show people. This will be my postcard project.

I need to give it a name, something along the lines of "unconventional Jerusalem" or something...

I'm super excited about this so I hope that I can catch some good shots with my film camera. And if not, there is always the digital. If the picture is good enough, it could definitely work.

Pink Skull Kisses!

Sep 12, 2014

Issue 8 - Special Issue on Germany Trip

The latest issue of my zine was published in August 2014. This issue covers the Germany trip I took from July 29 to August 7, 2014. I write about the Wacken Open Air metal festival I went to, I recount the various shows I saw, what I liked and didn't like, what shows can be described as nothing less than "orgasmic" and which ones as nothing more than "craptastic".

I also write about the visit I paid to Berlin, all the attractions I went to, the bars I attended, and the German friend I met up with.

On issue 4 of PMS I started a regular segment in the zine - a comics I call Twigz. In issue 8, Twigz demonstrates the different forms of headbanging that metalheads use in live shows.

What is mostly special about this issue is that it includes a bunch of pictures from the trip and it is printed in full color!

A6 size, 50 pages, full color, glorious badass wholsomeness!

It is now up for sale on my Etsy site, and up for trade right here!

With pink skull kisses!

Here are some previews:






Sep 10, 2014

More Zines!

A long time has passed since I wrote here. The reason I don't update this page anymore is because I am too busy updating my blog, my WeMakeZines profile, this Etsy store and this Etsy store, the PMS Facebook page, and of course my own Facebook page (for which I will post no hyperlink because I don't like random strangers sending me friend requests).

But yes, I ought to update this page too since Purple Myrtle Squeegy is the only zine I am now running and I'm having a total blast doing it too.

Since the last post, I published issues 5, 6, 7 and 8 of PMS Perzine, and they are all up for trade. You may contact me at fallopian.falafel@gmail.com if you're interested.

They are also all up for sale at my Etsy store. All purchases on this store come with a free surprise, so head on down to the shop and buy DIY!





Jul 18, 2012

Issue 4 - 24 Hour Zine Thing!

Issue number 4 of Purple Myrtle Squeegy is published.

I made this issue as part of the 24 Hour Zine Thing challenge. So the zine was made in 24 consecutive hours, from start to finish. For more details on this experience, visit my blog!

The topics are spontaneous, and the layout is unique and funky. I had an awesome time doing it and will probably do it again next year.

The issue is now up for trade as are all the other issues of the PMS Perzine. Here are some sample pics!




Apr 23, 2012

A to Zine - PMS Issue 3!

Issue 3 of Purple Myrtle Squeegy is now published and stapled and ready for delivery to whoever is interested. I would personally prefer trade, and I accept other zines, artwork, crafts or chocolate in exchange for one copy of this issue.


Issue 3 is an alphabet zine. It includes short personal articles on the following:
Art; Books; Chocolate; DIY; Ecstasy; Family; Guitar; Horror; Inner child; Judaism; King of Pop; Long hair; Music; Nirvana; Ovaries; Period; Queer as Folk; Riot Grrrl; Sex; Tattoos; Uterus; Vulva; Writing; X-chromosome; You; Zines. To understand why I picked these words and not others, which may or may not be obvious to some readers, you'll have to read it!


It also has a section of honorable mentions, which include runner up words which I considered for some letters but didn't quite make the cut.


Plus, it has a rather longass list of all the music I listened to while producing the zine.


This issue is a quarter-size zine (A6 - i.e. quarter of a standard A4), 64 pages including the cover, all typewritten or handwritten, cut & paste layout with some handmade art and some backgrounds made of random flyers and pamphlets picked up from alternative shops and feminist events.

Contact me at fallopian.falafel@gmail.com to find out more or to trade!