Part of a project I’ve been working on lately…
I don’t usually make personal posts here but this is what is happening lately:
Lets make something good happen?
Nighted Life Presents: Blood of the Young
BOTY is the hardest working group of folks in the zine game, straight up. Everything they do is sick as fuck, and if you aren’t already up on them, we feel sorry and hyped for you at the same time.
For those who don’t know, what is Blood of the Young?
Blood of the Young is… well, a lot of things, haha. I guess we make books and zines and prints and shirts and other wearables and make exhibitions happen and are based in Toronto, Canada. I guess we’re a tight-knit group of hardworking artists staying busy.
Where did the idea originally come from?
Reilly was living on the west coast, me on the east… we had known each other for years through music stuff (he was in a band, i was good at taking photos) and were essentially doing the same things- making a bunch of stuff and not being sure what to do with it. We kinda just accepted that it makes more sense to work together than as rivals, so we decided to… do something about it, haha.
Do you have individual roles within BOTY?
Nah, we don’t play that game- we all got ‘creative director’ on our cards, haha. We all do everything- no matter what. We’ve kinda sorted out our workflow after 100+ zines, haha.
How do you choose the photographs/ people to be featured?
It’s easy- it’s something good. That’s the only criteria, haha. I mean, obviously there’s some ‘cultural’ lean towards graff and skateboarding or whatever, but that’s because it’s what we know. I’m sure if we were a bunch of university dorks or trust fund dslr busters our blog would be hella different, haha.
Can you describe what you look for in a “good” photo?
It belongs to someone, you know? It doesn’t look anonymous. It just slams you for some reason, ANY reason.
Do you guys work day jobs, too? How much of your time is spent on the BOTY hustle?
24/7 BOTY stressing, haha. I guess we moonlight at dayjobs, never really seriously… we’re in a lucky position, I suppose- we’re both busy with our ‘art’ outside of BOTY, whether it’s freelance or whatever, so we kinda keep that money coming in. That being said, I am so broke right now I could cry. Our studio got fucked and I fucked a job so i’m $1k down this month… good luck paying my rent, I guess.
(Note from the Nighted editor: That’s a fucked up situation, please support the homies!! Go spend some $$ in the BOTY Shop!)
What else are you guys into? Where can we catch you in your spare time?
Writing on other people’s stuff or skateboarding- not much else ‘cause there isn’t really any spare time. I mean, we have no choice but to stay busy- it’s all we know.
What’s next for BOTY??
God, you tell me! We’ve got a big sale this week for ‘Grey Thursday’ in our shop… two new releases by the end of the year, and hopefully gold teeth by spring.
Blood of the Young: Joey Skilton, trh, Sonia, Dimitri.. Shout out to Josh Hicke and Jamie Allan Shaw, they’re in the gang too! Oh and Brendan Meganetty, he’s family.
Our main man Chunks is in the studio right now finishing up binding copies of his new zine PAID IN FULL. Its a beautiful one, with riso printed color covers and center spread.
Check it out in the shop.
Get this. That’s my belly.
alovetoken asked: Yo TRH, you got the best hustle in the game right now. Top notch quality on everything. Thanks for the pins. You'll be hearing from us soon!
Thanks man! I always appreciate hearing the kind words, glad you’re into what I’m up to.
Setting the mood at xpace all afternoon
Stickers on everything! You’ve seen these up around on almost all of the continents, get some for yourself and crew up, friend.
We’ve got new sticker packs in stock!
And for those wondering: All of the out-out-stock shirt sizes should be back in stock within the next hour or two.
It has come to my attention that the entire planet is on sale this weekend and after this past crazy month we’ve had (studio floods, legal fees, losing jobs, broken furnaces, etc.) we figured, hey, why not put the whole dang shop on sale too!
We are a very small crew putting a ridiculous amount of effort into bringing you the realest of the realest quality publications that are made all by hand, but you already knew that. We’ve been blown away by everyone’s encouragement the past few years and are always looking for ways to say thanks, so this is it.
Tell your friends, Support independent publishers!
Get at it before Monday… or before what you want sells out ;)
I finally got the BOTY darkroom set up again and have been making some cyanotypes lately. I might have a few more of these available for sale if anyone’s interested.