Skate Jawn on zines, scenes, and DIY content

_MG_7412Skate Jawn editor Marcus Waldron, Crooked Grind. Photo: CJ Harker

How did Skate Jawn begin?

I always skated, loved skate mags, and thought it’d be cool to make one. I tried to make one in high school, but when I moved to Philly I ended up in a skate house and met so many people so quick, it was on. I made the first issue within a couple months and never stopped.

Where does the name come from?

We all said “jawn” (Philly slang for anything/ any one) a lot and “Skate Jawn Mag Jawn”, somehow this became the working name for the first issue, just cause we liked saying it. After the first issue we shortened it to just Skate Jawn. I still kinda can’t believe the name stuck.

Is there a common thread that links all the work in the magazine?

All the work in the mag comes from friends, and contributors who saw what we’ve been doing and wanted to share / be a part of it. There’s a lot of connections through friends and places / scenes. We also have a lot of D.I.Y and East coast stuff in the mag which probably attracts a certain type of contributor or reader. There’s not supposed to be a theme really except real skateboarding and expression without bullshit.

1-coverCover of the first issue. Photo: Colin Sussingham

Who is involved with the art/writing/design of the magazine?

We get photos, art, and writing contributions all the time which is awesome, and a huge part of the mag. We also have our go to photogs, artists, and video guys. Noah is like the co-editor for the mag and helps organize all the photos, final editing, emails, really anything that needs to be done. He shoots photos and writes / interviews too. I do most of the layout, some interviews, order fulfillment and production shit, and a lot of “putting out fires” and random work that pops up. Sloan builds stuff whenever we ask. Conor, Jake, and Johnboy help with art / graphics.

Do you follow any other skate publications?

I’ve always got Thrasher since I started skating. I try to get all the skate mags and zines I can. I check out a lot of euro mags, Free Mag is sick and so is Go Skate and Dank. I’m addicted to zines, and skate mags, I’m always trying to get any ones I can. Lowcard is dope. I love other non-skate zines too.

Like what?

Zines don’t come from skating. Punk and music zines have been around forever, along with political type zines and pamphlets. Graff zines are tight, they make sense, it’s a perfect way to show off crimes. Tax Report is a sick lil graff zine from Philly. I love them all, they each have their own style / purpose.

CjH0424_CjH0424-R3-019-8Marcus. Photo: CJ Harker

Are you excited by the resurgence of zines at the moment?

Yea, there’s a lot of independent stuff going on as far as companies, and zines etc., it’s definitely awesome to see. I think the best part of it is more stuff is coming out of smaller scenes around the country instead of so much just coming out of California. I didn’t run into many zines coming up, but I feel like there are a bunch of new ones now that people can get their hands on.

How do you want to develop Skate Jawn?

I want Skate Jawn to be the best skate mag out, and cover what’s going on all over the country and abroad, especially in places that aren’t getting the attention they deserve. And to be an easy outlet for skaters and creatives to reach a larger audience. I want to get a blimp one day to fly around spreading the word and dropping mags.

Is advertising the only way to sustain skate magazines, or do you see an alternative?

Advertising is the standard way magazines and media outlets operate, but everything’s changing, I think we’ll definitely see new ways of magazines getting by.

Do you have any plans for 2016?

Global take over. Travel more. Better switch flips. Grow the magazine, and run it the best I can.

Pick up a copy of Skate Jawn at your local skate shop.
Interview by Daryl Mersom . Give him a follow @fakiehillbomb.

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