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Sep 25, 2010

Raising the Bar

These are exciting times for us all. Zigzag magazine has expanded to include artists and writers across the map. As if the pool of Ringling students were not diverse enough, there will be an amazing convergence of styles in these upcoming issues...a better reflection of what is happening in art everywhere.

Ringling students: this will be your chance to be published with not only the obscure treasures, but popular peeps as well! And for those of you who already realize the potential for Zigzag, know that we are currently recruiting a STREET TEAM. Contact us for more info on how you can help Zigzag fuel the fire (we need printers, promoters, and color copy donors).

Not only that, we are preparing to launch a website and soon we will install a newzbox at our first local distribution hub. Big E's Sweets & Gourmet is a ramshackle coffee house across from Ringling College. People who read political texts and play chess tend to congregate there. I once met a guy at Big E's who told me about how he learned to survive in the desert without food for a week.

(In the photo: Brett Lindstrom and the late nite graffiti crew.)

Sep 19, 2010

Release at Rico's

For those of you who weren't there, I will describe a night of true synchronicity. But first, Imagine that feeling you get when you are doing something that's enjoyable, righteous, and fun. Isn't there a sense of now, of focus and exhilaration that keeps you loving the present? You transcend your expectations and fears about the past or future, and find yourself back in the ongoing WOW that's happening right NOW. Imagine: shaking hands with everyone you wanted to meet, dancing to music by your best friend, watching colors appear, giving applause to someone you're proud of, and knowing there is more to come.

Well, that is how I felt on September 10th, 2010. As promoter for Zig Zag, I kept busy buzzing around the campus, the neighborhood, the smokers' paradise, around tables and along stairwells. When I saw a friendly face, I threw light on the night's festivites. "This is no ordinary party, you see. There will be an important message, and I'd like to see you there." In some cases, I had to mention, "There's beer and pizza and all your friends will be there, bro!" Meanwhile, Brett Lindstrom (mad designer of Zig Zag) wrestled words with authority to get his seven foot high poster hung over a balcony, and was successful.

Many phone calls and check lists later, we rolled out to the joint. Rico's Pizzeria is not one-of-a-kind. Indeed, it has all the elements of a bar cross with a pizza restaurant - spicy smelling hot air, checkered plastic table clothes, neon beer signs, and your finest silly-faced wandering locals enjoying a late dinner. The proud owner, who smiled when I called him Rico, was happy to help us set the stage. Then Jack Price (creative editor of the 'zine) arrived in a denim vest with "ZIG" on one breast and "ZAG" on the other. Once the three of us were on location, the presence of Zig Zag established, we witnessed a gathering of bright minds and voices to be reckoned with.

Wherever I looked, there were ambitious faces, note-takers, personal journalists, photographers, film students, poets, actors, listeners, talkers, seekers, and good-hearted hedonists. Some heard music and walked across the street, and others carpooled from boring towns to catch a glimpse of the Sarasota scene. The show began with a word from writer and street performer Jordon Stone, who introduced the importance of creativity and giving voice to unpopular ideas. On one side, William Inman sat at his easel capturing each moment in swift blue paint strokes. At the same time, Darcy Little prepared her canvas for an intense dance of red and yellow. Live art framed the imaginary stage, as the audience became the attraction.

Backed by Pat the DJ, Brett J. Lindstrom took up the mic and demanded enthusiasm. He spit relentless rhymes and was the first to freestyle. The tokin' folks outside could feel the beat, the insiders heard the flow, and the standing floor connected to the source began to expand. When Ricki Rishi and Jha Fa came out of nowhere and delivered a two-man verbal explosion of beatboxing and free rhymes, there was encore. Half Dub played a fresh set worth a skank and showed their versatility by switching instruments. Finally, the floor opened for the headlining band, Speak Nothing About Project Mayhem. SNAPM, as always, slammed the crowd with funkin' grooves and left 'em with something to think about. In the end, the message was clear: do what you love, be a part of something, go out and see what's happening now, express yourself freely and you shall be remembered.

Thanks again to everyone who made the event possible, especially you delightful people who showed up without an excuse. Look forward to another Zig Zag hosted slam later in the year. If you'd like to help arrange or perform in at the next big release, please let us know. Contact us at

Click here for more photos of the event.

Sep 12, 2010

Launch Time

The ease and appeal of blogging is inspiring a new group of writers and creators to share their voices with the world. It is the soap box of the 21st century. Likewise, Zigzag Magazine is an answer to the artist's demand for free expression and recognition - a chance for digital natives and settlers to be immortalized in print. Paper, quickly crumpled, burnt, torn, and tattered, still brings us closer to reality than fleeting pixels. Not to mention, it is much easier to read a 'zine on the shitter than to fumble with a laptop in that moist environment. It is virtually impossible to wipe your ass with an online newspaper.

With that said, there are a few ways to get your hands on a copy of Zigzag 'Zine. The first way is to become a contributor. That means sending us scans of your artwork, photographs, stories, and/or poetry to For inside pages, we accept black & white images (proportionate to 4 x 7 inches), design files, and text. Cover submissions are printed in color and spreads are 11 x 8.5 inch pages. There is no limitation on subject matter. We only ask that you do what you want to do. Send us something you feel strongly about communicating or whole heartedly enjoy creating. There are no deadlines unless you want one. But heck, we sure need some material for the next issue, so send in your page soon!

If you'd like to check out the magazine before contributing, please contact us for back issues. (Contributers living in Florida always receive issues free of charge.) Otherwise, take notice of the PDF version of the latest issue. Zig Zag prints a new release every other month.

For questions and concerns, please contact us at If you'd prefer to speak to the founders individually: email Brett J. Lindstrom / Jack Quack / Van Jazmin AKA Fig.