Before you say it, I know: No one cares. Some people expressed an interest in knowing the history of this thing–OK, one person expressed interest. This is for you, STEM.
Lurch was the first ‘zine I had ever seen. It was made by a friend of a friend, Jeb. I only saw a couple issues, but it was really transformational for me. The style of it, seeing photos of people I knew, reading interviews with local skate celebrities—the whole thing was a revelation. I made so many bad zines after that: Dope, FONZ (Freaks of Nature Zine), Green…They morphed from being about skateboarding to being about nothing, to being about graffiti. Eventually I met up with KROK who had the name Krime Time. KROK was working at Kinko’s (what would now be called FedEx Office) as a graphic designer and got me a job working graveyards so I could draw and make zines when it was slow. I was obviously inspired by the few graff mags I had seen at that point: Can Control and Tuff City…Slap.