Cassidy George Teaches Galore TV To Make A Zine
In Galore TV‘s latest installment of Teach Me How, “Renegade” founder and DIY Artist Cassidy George gives us a step by step tutorial on zine-making. Renegade, born as a zine and line of apparel, is relaunching today as a full-fledged media platform for DIY artists. The website is uneasily identifiable—mixing punk with bubblegum, it is saturated with with flashy VHS video, social commentary, and hot clothing on hot artists playing in trash. Post-zine making, we talked to George about the community of young artists in NYC, and what inspired her to transform Renegade into the badass platform it is today.
What makes someone a renegade?
The dictionary definition of renegade is “a person who deserts a party or cause for another”, synonyms include: traitor, deserter, betrayer, dissenter. I kind of feel like renegade more colloquially is understood as a synonym for badass. I certainly consider a renegade to be someone who pursues their passions and speaks their opinions fearlessly. A renegade is the person brave enough to give the middle finger to everything expected, comfortable and stupid.
How did Renegade start? How has it evolved?
Renegade started as a 30 page, black and white, hand collaged zine- bound with safety pins, which I created during a (boring) Summer interning for a fashion magazine. After that, I began printing stickers and wheat pasting images from the zine around lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Shortly thereafter, people who recognized the art asked for prints on T shirts. Those T shirts grew into a Renegade “shop”, and that zine grew into a digital platform aimed at promoting and sharing artwork by other Renegades.
Talk about producing apparel. I know that you’re not a fan of the fashion industry – what was your motivation behind starting a line?
Well it never occurred to me to make T shirts organically, people specifically asked me to. I’ve always been interested in fashion, not Fashion (there’s a difference), but I think no matter what kind you’re interested in, it’s a super fucked up industry. I’ve always been really fascinated with the streetwear culture
in New York, but the brand involved have built their notoriety by being fundamentally exclusive, in both their stock and in their intended customers, and I don’t think the later is ethically sound. Producing clothes felt like an incredible opportunity for me to construct a sustainable, locally produced and inclusive brand.
What’s your favorite piece for sale on the website?
Probably the Bad Kisser Jacket, which is the result of a collaboration between myself and a graphic designer who goes by the name Sonnie Kozlover. I think fashion is fascinating because its the epitome of the intersection between art and commerce, and Sonnie’s jackets are these incredible, wearable works of art. In the age of fast fashion and excessive mass-production, there’s really a lack of respect for craftsmanship; it’s nice to have helped create a piece that helps preserve that (precious) quality.
When did you buy your first zine?
That’s actually a hard question because I don’t think I actually paid money for a zine until after I had made/started selling my own. I definitely bought one at Art Book Fair at Moma Ps1, a little flip-book called “Bad-asses” *typical*. Unfortunately zines weren’t something culturally prevalent in New Orleans when I was growing up, even in the DIY music scene. They were these like, mystical, romanticized relics I read about in books about Punk and Riot Grrrl.
What is your favorite thing about zine making?
Zinemaking is amazing for people who like to make art in bursts, who like to sit down, start something, and complete it. My NEMESIS is painting- and other forms of visual art that require hours and hour of tedious detail, etc. I don’t have the patience for that shit. When I’m inspired I feel like I’m going to explode- and when I make zines, I can explode onto the page before that wave of creativity becomes placid. When you’re making a zine you can just sort of vomit on paper; pour out a ton of images you either made or like, sprinkle some text and some tape, photocopy it, and there you have it. Art!!!!
Where do you source all of the artists you work with?
I’ve been super fortunate in that I’ve assimilated into this community of young NYC based artists- a lot of whom are associated with NYU in some way, or were at some point. I feel like everyone I know makes something. 95% I’d say. Creative people are attracted to creative people. So it’s only natural that we’ve build this kind of social conglomerate. It’s really a incredible scene to be a part of because not only is everyone super talented, everyone is dedicated to helping each other. There’s so much collaboration and exchange already, I felt like I needed to build something that would showcase all of these incredible things they/we are making.
How can other artists get involved?
Submit on the website! Painters, photographers, writers, musicians, jugglers, artisanal rock breeders, soap sculptors- all are welcome! Let me help you show your work!
What is your ultimate endgame for Renegade?
Um other than world domination?? I definitely know we’re going to focus on showcasing amazing, young, DIY artists- but in addition to that, doing collaborations with these artists to create products that are exclusively available through Renegade. We also want to generate general digital content/articles about things we think are cool, important and worthwhile. I think the world could really use an art/youth culture oriented website that intentionally eliminates the dumb shit we have to hear/see/read about on other media!