In today’s installment of ‘Meet this Zinester’ we meet 27-year-old Daisy Ruiz from The Bronx, New York. She’s an artist and a zinester so stick around, get inspired, and then make zines~
Who is Daisy?
I’m the NYC Chicana from the Boogie Down Bronx. I make art, comics, and zines based on my 2006-2011 scene phase, emojis, life, and imagination.
What are zines to you/ what is your favorite thing about zines?
Zines are whatever you want them to be and with the power of the Internet, you can find your audience. Now more than ever people want to see something they can relate to, I certainly do. Although I enjoy reading art magazines, I wish to find underground artists, zines have facilitated that for me. I love independent art and thought. I want to support and be part of that.
What was your first encounter with zines?
Teen Angels was my introduction to zines, I loved how it served as a way to document the Chicano Culture in California. The cover art, pictures, stories are something that I related to on some aspect and wanted to know more about. Shout out to the Internet.
What kind of zines do you make?
I personally make zines based on the drawings I make on the subway. I carry a small sketchbook with me so I can use those extra delay minutes to explore my memories and imagination. One of them is named “Draizys Subway Sketches” and the other is “Draizys Subway Goonz”. Aside from those, I work with my three friends (Travis, Ebony and Rachelle) to release an annual zine named “Deadass Tho. NYC”. A zine based on growing up in NYC and serving as NYC’s Friendly, Neighborhood Art Bodega, for the people by the people.
Why did you choose to display your art through the medium of zines?
I wanted to get published but I also don’t like people telling me what I can and cannot do because I do what I want. It’s an amazing feeling to do things on my own and hold my creation in my hands. Like wow, I really did that!
You’re the Co-Founder of Deadass Tho. NYC, Tell me about it. How did the idea to create Deadass Tho.NYC come to fruition?
I was in a Chinese spot in K Town with my friend Nadia and we were talking about how we should use NYC aesthetics for ourselves before any gentrifiers come and try to emulate that. Also, the Youtube Channel @Sheslulu inspired me. Lulu documents her life in California and I love her vibe and how she shows what it’s like to be from there. She made me see how my own hood in the Bronx is special. Also, I wanted to promote NYC born and or raised artists. Let the people know there are artists from the hood to upstate that are worth recognizing.
What do you hope people get out of Deadass Tho.NYC?
I want people to see that NYC is diverse but although we are all different culturally that’s what makes NYC special. I want NYC Natives to see themselves reflected in these pages and non-Natives to understand our perspective. I want people to laugh, cry and find their next favorite artist. When you support us, you’re supporting artists from neighborhoods being gentrified.
What’s in the future for Deadass Tho.NYC?
At the present moment, we’re building our website. I’m so happy with the amount of support we’ve received. One day we will have our own physical Friendly Art Bodega ran by our own locals. We’re out here creating our own institutions and spaces. Also more art events!
Tell me a bit about your zine making process?
Name your favorite zinesters.
One of the first I purchased was made by Itzel Alejandra (@itzelalejandra.gif) I bought the 10th print out of 10 of her “Cell Series” zine. I liked the scorpion on the font and the picture that says ESTETICA ARIES. It got me into photographing my own neighborhood and making art out of that.
I also like “Malos Pensamientos” by Luis Safa; I like his imagery and the words he uses. There’s a picture of Lisa Simpson asking on the phone if it’s really weed. That made me laugh because it reminded me of younger me.
Do you have any advice for new zinesters?
Anything can be made into a zine; you already have a unique voice because no one has lived your life. Just figure out your topic and you should be good.
Interview conducted by Solansh Moya
Pictures provided by Daisy Ruiz
Stay tuned for next week’s ‘Meet this Zinester’ with Vicki and Carlos, creators of Warship Zine.