Zine Review: Skin Deep #2

7 November 2007

The importance of zines to fascist organising is explained in White Noise:

Over the years an underground network of nazi skinhead magazines[,] “skinzines”, had been constructed. … With the politicisation that being in contact with other skinheads brought, it was common to find that an address over a period of time went through three stages: a skinzine address; contact for a skinhead crew; then finally a contact point for a fascist organisation.

Zine cover - Skin Deep #2

With that in mind, Deep Skin #2 is a must-read for anti-racist campaigners. It is a beautiful skinzine written by a violent racist… poet. Make no mistake, this is a serious bonehead: “Its for the dude who doesn’t want to be a total gay if he is just trying to write some poems. So you can fuck off.”

The zine is characterised by childish handwriting, naive sketches, bad spelling and a preoccupation with homosexuality. A sample:

Regret I had one time

knife
I am sorry I forgot you at home
knife
I am sorry you didnt get to party
knife/since dad that homo left you are
my best friend
knife
the block of concrete meant nothing
to me
knife

Like all good satire, Skin Deep #2 is effective because it is so accurate. Poems about “knife” and boots and being “too fucking tough / to have friends / or love” skewer the ultra-masculinity of the racist scene. And when the nazi twins are in the headlines, complaints about “weak” kids books are spot on: “my son doesn’t need some fuzzy tiger teaching him how to be a fag”.

I hope some real boneheads accidentally read this zine and see what utter morons they are.

Anonymous, Skin Deep #2, 1/4 size, 36 pages.
Available from Microcosm.

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One Response to “Zine Review: Skin Deep #2”

  1. William Thompson Says:

    I agree–Skin Deep #2 is very arch. I was reading it aloud to my housemate and we were both laughing. As a out/proud fag myself, I found the zine most amusing whem most offensive.


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