"#1 must have": An Interview with the Founders, Adrien & Slaven

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"#1 must have": An Interview with the Founders, Adrien & Slaven

Seattle-based dynamic business duo Adrien Leavitt and Slaven have teamed up to create a new queer photography zine, #1 must have, which is quite a visual delight.

(Slaven & Adrien)

Part archival project, part celebration, #1 must have features various montages of members of the queer community. My favorite montage is probably that which narrates a short vignette of the love between two sexy Seattle queer women, Lainy and Julia:

(Lainy & Julia at home in Seattle)

I recently spoke with both Adrien and Slaven about their stunning project; in the below interview, they discuss how they created the zine, as well as what lies in the zine's future:

Why a zine? What is it about this art form, especially considering this particular art form in the history of the Feminist & Lez communities, that attracted you to it?

The feminist and riot-grrl history of zines is compelling to us; plus, #1 must have is self-published from the ground up, so that seems relevant. We also are inspired by zines/magazines like Butt, Original Plumbing, and On Our Backs. Aesthetically, the hard copy issue of #1 must have is more like a tiny magazine and maybe not what you would traditionally think of as a zine. It’s full color, with original photography, limited text, and not photocopied. The spirit of zine culture is very much present, or at least that’s our hope.

Have you two collaborated before? How did you come to work together?

We are co-promoters, owners, and resident DJs for LICK!—a 6 y/o queer club night, held quarterly at Chop Suey in Seattle. This popular night (with approximately 600 people attend each time) is uniquely inclusive to many queer communities, providing an important space in Seattle’s nightlife, and we work with the venue to ensure safety and respect of all attendees. We have held fundraisers for various queer community organizations, including Put This On The Map, Queer Youth Space, and Bent, a queer writing institute. We also have collaborated with queer performers including MEN, THEESatisfaction, Team Gina, Katastrophe, and Left Field Revival.

We wanted to convey the love and community felt at LICK! outside of a club night, on an ongoing basis, so we decided to start a photo project, specifically with a tangible element (the hard



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I say hats off to doing

I say hats off to doing anything in print!

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