Category Archives: Zines

Old news from the North

Thrappage was a zine that originally ran from 1999-2001. I’d never actually heard of it before so I was intrigued to see a new anthology has been released. Thrappage: Greatest Hits is a collection of some of the best content from the original publication. There is an intro and an outro that explain what the magazine was, how it was received, and what it lead onto.

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A Bosnian vandal in Connecticut.

BiH: A Love Story is a tiny graffiti magazine I came across randomly online. It’s a bit of an oddity as it’s a magazine produced by a casual observer about a tag they started to see up in their area.

BiH

It turns out that the tag, BiH, was actually the initials for Bosnia i Herzegovina that a local was obsessively writing. The magazines author says that the BiH tag stood out to them because it was placed carefully in with it’s surroundings yet made no attempt to look pretty. They admired the work of BiH and wondered what it was all about. Eventually the arrest of BiH was published in the local newspaper. The newspaper article provoked a torrent of racist abuse from readers, some of which is reproduced in the magazine. I usually find observations on graffiti by outside observers quite interesting and, in contrast to the newspaper respondents, the views of the magazine’s author are much more sympathetic and considered.

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