Blood Of The Young
This article is taken from ISSUE 02 of our print edition, see more from ithere.
Dimitri Karkostas is the founder of Blood Of The Young, a publishing project that encompasses zines, skateboarding, photography with a focus on doing it yourself. BOTY zines are independent, handmade and always following the slogan, "Don't do digital." We spoke to the fellow zine lover and photographer about zine printing, why skaters like print and what skaters are killing it creatively right now.
Grape Magazine : Why did you start Blood Of The Young?
Dimitri Karkostas : Before BOTY, there were a lot of projects on the go that were essentially one-offs - it got to the point where we needed to put a name to a lot of the zines and books that were coming out. Aside from that, it was a good excuse to start chasing people down to get them to work with us! Ha!
Why isn't print dead yet?
There are thankfully enough people that want to touch something outside of their iPhone. It's the same thing with people shooting film - it all comes down to the tangibility factor. It's so weird to flip through a mag on the web. Feels gross. I hate all that digital shit - so boring. I need to know someone cared enough to sort it out - I know how much of a pain in the ass print is, so I have the utmost respect for everyone still pushing it.
Why do you think there is such a definite link between skateboarding, photography and DIY culture?
Well, for me - growing up interested in both skateboarding and art meant you had to make zines. You were looking at Templeton and the Gonz and Sieben and it just made sense - do something for yourself and for your friends. It was so exciting to get a new zine of skate flicks that you hadn't seen the 4 x 6’s of yet. It still is. I think skateboarders have come to terms with the idea of taking everything in their own hands - no consequences except for positive ones, as far as i'm concerned.
How did skating influence you to get into zines?
Early memories of O'Dell's editorials with Thrasher... he kinda steered me into that artsy crowd. Same thing with The Gonz pushing zines through Alleged and what not... it just so happens that a lot of my favorite artists are also skateboarders, haha.
It's always been a big thing, to the point where one of the biggest ‘large circuit’ skate magazines, Thrasher recognise it with their Zines section, why do skaters love zines?
Skateboarders love skateboarders... for the most part. Everyone gets psyched on the indie skate vids, same thing goes when a skater does good and makes a zine. There's so much sincerity in a lot of them... You can't help but like it.
There's quite a lot of movement and unrest in the world of skateboarding at the moment, big names starting their own brands, giant corporations starting 'skate lines' and it generally just becoming unstoppably trendy, how do you feel about the current skate industry?
I don't feel anything. Most of it is way too silly for me to even get involved in. Skate politics are fucked - worse than any fashion mag or whatever. I'm glad it doesn't affect me. Be careful where you put your dollars, kids.