For those that don’t know, Read It and Weep is an awesome Melbourne based clothing label with heavy ties to the street, graffiti and tattoo culture. While there has only been around half a dozen great releases so far, the quality in both design and materials is top notch, I personally have a couple of pieces my wardrobe. So picking up this limited zine was a quick and easy option and at its very cheap price, it should be sitting in your collection very soon too.
I’ve become some what of a zine collector over the last year or so, artist made content, from the artists to the fans are great. Klara, 45RPM, Slurpee Slug and Reka have all made some great ones to get a look into their lives/interests and work all in one quick go. The zine culture itself has a strong history in a number of music cultures, punk in particular and this is the first to remind me of such a time. This isn’t a sloppy piece of work at all, but its purposely a bit rough looking, there are no page numbers and nothing in aligned perfectly, but its all with a great bit of charm. It feels personal and unfiltered by outside influences while including work by writers both big and small, it looks like a lot of care went into this small piece of work and thats why I like it and why you should get it too. Featuring an interview with Sydneys Dmote, a comic by the local Smel, Sydney band Phantoms, plus a bunch of tattoo flash sheets and sketches from around Australia, not to mention all the wicked flicks, both European and local, there should be something here to get your eyes popping.
Video by Ben Jones
To get your hands on this great little document, check out the links below, don’t forget to pick up some of Read It & Weep’s quality garments while you’re there too! The zine and range have also popped up at Villain recently too, so if you want your goods now, head on down.