Nick Ferreira is the man behind the Hole Shot zine. We hit him up to ask him a few questions about Hole Shot and how he got started doing zines. Hole Shot is rad and I’m psyched to see where Nick takes it!
Check out the interview after the jump –
How’s everything going? You are in California now… How have you liked it so far?
A: Everything is going pretty well. Working, hanging out, and riding, I can’t complain. California is pretty rad. There’s a lot of good art stuff going on in L.A. too So far everything has been pretty cool, I always wanted to live in Cali, even if it was just for a year or something, which is what it’s probably going to be. An extended vacation if you will haha. I miss the Northeast.
How long have you been doing Hole Shot?
A: The first issue of Holeshot came out in October of 2007 but I was working on it since the summer of ’07.
When did it turn into a regular thing for you?
A: I guess after the first issue I decided to make another issue because my friends liked it, then things just kind of snowballed to the point where I’m probably gonna keep making it for a bit, at least til Issue 6 because I have subscriptions until that issue haha.
Did you have any plans when you started it, or did you just want to put something together?
A: When I first started it I had one semester of college left. I was really busy previously with all my photo classes and for that last semester I had super easy classes that I needed to fulfill for graduation. To fill up all the extra time I just concentrated on finishing up the first issue of Holeshot. I also just wanted to work on something unserious like BMX and not deal with critiques and just photocopy the final product.
Where would you like to see Hole Shot go? Do you have a desire to step-up the printing and make it more formal, or do you want to keep it in the original zine style?
A: Holeshot is for sure going to stay a zine. If I ever did anything that was more slick or even more magazine like I would change the name. As far as where I want it to go, it’s just a good outlet for a bunch of photos, drawings and ideas I have laying around so it will probably continue to be that.
What do you use to make your zine? Computer, programs, etc…
A: The zine was made with a good mix of the computer and hands on style stuff. I used the usual programs and a flatbed and film scanner and a shitty laser printer.
You’ve been doing some stuff with Lotek and have a blog on the site. How did you get involved with them and what kind of stuff have you done?
A: I got involved with Lotek through that t-shirt contest they had last winter . I wasn’t doing much at that point except working part-time at a library and working on the zine. I figured I’d enter one of the collages I had been doing with the zine and surprisingly I won. He asked me to do another shirt and some other shit and then asked if I wanted to have a blog on the site. It’s a pretty cool set-up. I definitely got a lot more orders because of being on the Lotek site. Thanks Rich.
Let’s take it back to the beginning. How long have you been doing art and design and how did you get into it?
A: Similar story to most people, I was always into drawing and magazines. I used to read magazines cover to cover, especially BMX and skateboarding ones. I made zines in middle school that were one sided letter-sized and stapled in the corner and I had my Dad photocopy them at work. It was called Cabinet Zine. I started shooting some pictures with a basic set-up I got for a present when I was 16. It’s the same set-up I use now, actually. Then in high school I had access to a bunch of free-film and the darkroom not to mention lasers printers and sick photocopiers. My senior year of high-school I met a dude named Andrew Burton who made this website Giraffebrothers.com. He also made a print zine to go a long with it. I was so psyched on it I made a zine for 4 issues called Communication?. I made it until I went to college and then I got kind of busy with other work and class and all the normal excuses. Then four years later this is where I am.
What kind of work is your favorite. Collage and zines, art, photography?
I’d say artist books and zines are for sure my favorite kind of work. Books and zines are so accessible to people. As far as for my personal work, photography made for an artist book or a zine is my favorite. Before I finished up Holeshot I was working on a new photo zine but got kind of sidetracked. I’m trying to finish it up now.
You have some rad contributors in the new issue, how do you like working with people and what can kids to do contribute?
A: I really like working with the contributors I have. I was so psyched on Ted Van Orman’s publication, Life?. It came out of nowhere and blew me away. His photos are some of my favorite in BMX. Kyle Emery-Peck is similar. I was always into his photos. I sent him a copy of Issue 2 and when I was taking submissions he sent me some rad stuff. The other cool thing in issue 4 is the photo from the Freestylin’ bin. I saw the photo on Bill Keaggy’s flickr and figured it was sweet enough to be on the internet and in the zine. As far as kids contributing, all they have to do is send over some photos or whatever. As long as it hasn’t been online or published somewhere else and I’m psyched on it, I’ll consider it. That goes for drawings, photos, basically anything except laying out any pages. If I don’t use your stuff for whatever reason, don’t be bummed it was probably because of space issues, anyways you should make your own zine, you’ll be psyched!
What can we expect for the next issue of Hole Shot and how can kids get a hold of a copy?
A; Next issue of Holeshot you can expect more raw BMX action packed into another new xeroxed format. To get your hands on a copy you can order one at www.holeshotbmx.net or send me some cash in the mail on the address on the Holeshot site. If you’re in New England you can pick up a copy at Dick Maul’s Bike Shop in Halifax, MA, Circuit BMX in Pawtucket, RI, Timeless BMX in Cambridge, MA. If you’re in L.A. you can also pick up copies at Orange 20 Bikes And right after I type this I am going to fill out a package to 5050 BMX in Utah. if any other shops would like to carry Holeshot they can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work something out.
Check out more on the Hole Shot site – holeshotbmx.net