-written by Laura Meilman
The 1970s punk rockers were using zines was as a way to assert their individuality, align themselves with their community, share ideas, challenge norms, self publish, and distribute information directly. These aspects of zine making are feeling especially relevant now. Whether you feel more like a punk or more like a big nerd, I think there is a lot of heart and a lot of power in these little homemade books. They don’t have to be polished or edited or even particularly artistic. They just have to be whatever you want to say, whether it’s “How to knit a scarf” or “How to change the world” and that is pretty punk rock.