12 Questions/Zine Review with On-Idle

By - Thursday, February 26th, 2015

12ozProphet has its roots based in the zine culture and it is important to recognize those that are still keeping the tradition of DIY ongoing in the digital age. Self-publishing has been the primary method of distribution for several art and political movements in the 20th century, so it feels only natural that graffiti was showcased by the same means. Zines played an integral part of spreading ideas and were the only way graffiti writers were able to share and convey their lifestyles.  With so many of us relying on some sort of digital medium to give us glimpses into the secrecy that surrounds graffiti culture, zines are not only a great way to document and share that lifestyle but also act as a form of creative expression.   Today we are showcasing NONEXIST from On Idle. Shot entirely in 35mm, NONEXIST  contains photos from the streets of NYC, abandoned buildings, and behind the scene actions shots of writers like NOXER, KLOPS, DONUT, BOGUS and others. I thought we should take this a little further and share some thoughts and wisdom and hopefully inspire some of our readers to create their own zines.  50 more copies have been made available here for $12.  

 Who or what are your biggest influences?
Biggest photography influences? Ah, Boogie’s work is sick and Joel Meyerowitz has amazing landscapes and gets great shots. They are very different photographers but they both capture their subjects beautifully. And of course Martha Cooper.
What do you shoot with? What’s your creative process?
I experiment with a lot different cameras. I shoot in 35mm. I would say I use the Canon AE-1 and Canon Sure-Shot the most. 
How did you get into photographing graffiti?
People photograph what they love, right? 
What compels you to continue doing so?
 I love going out, lurking and taking behind the scenes and actions shots. Thats never going to change.
Where do you see yourself this time next year?
Ha, honestly I’ve never been “a man with a plan”. I don’t think about what I want to do in the future very much since I’m constantly changing my mind. I know I’ll definitely still be taking photos and hopefully not getting into too much trouble…
What are some of your favorite zines?
Hmm I don’t have one and can’t think of one off the top of my head. Its hard to pick a favorite when everyone captures differently.
What are your favorite spots for food?
As much as I like fancy restaurants where I can feel bougie as fuck, I’m good with anywhere with a good burger. No pickles. 
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Oh I’m doing that right now. Trying to make it through school without dropping out. 
What’s your happiest memory?
Probably when I graduated high school and moved to Brooklyn.
What’s your biggest regret?
I don’t regret anything I’ve done, living like that just slows you down. Regrets are just things we haven’t done yet. 
What can we expect for you this year? Got any upcoming projects/trips?
I’ve been traveling a lot so there will be a change of scenery in my photos but other than that maybe a hardcover photography book just for fun. I don’t try to make money off this photography stuff. It’s meant to be shared, if anything I’m just trying not to loose money haha.
 What’s an average day look like for you? 
Well I don’t do much in the day but the normal eat, shower, and work. I do more at night. Thats where the fun begins, am I right?

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