Jim Newitt is a graphic designer/artist out of the England, who in 2009 founded an independent zine called Point Never. This expertly curated collection from various creatives explores surf and skate cultures though photography and art. The latest issue (#3) was just released and can be found at http://www.point-never.com
For those who don’t know, what exactly is a zine?
The term ‘Zine’, is abbreviated from ‘Fanzine’ or ‘Magazine’ and is basically a small-scale, independently, or self published magazine. Zines kinda emerged from Punk as a means of expressing and disseminating ideas, be it political, personal, artistic, or otherwise.
What was the inspiration behind your zine, Point Never? How did it start?
Point Never came from a desire to make my own surfing magazine and merge my interest in art, design and surfing. The first manifestation of this was a book a made called ‘Killer’ that I made in 2007. It was intended to be the antithesis of a surfing magazine; an odd collection of images and articles that could all be traced to surf culture, but weren’t immediately tied to it. It was pretty raw and experimental. With time, I refined the concept to become Point Never.
What can we expect to find when checking out a copy of your zine?
Well, don’t expect a surfing magazine! Its not intended to be for surfers only. The themes and ideas that run through the thing are much broader. But the project definitely has its origins in surfing. In fact, I thought it would be nice to give back something to the very thing that inspired the project, so now I donate a small portion of the proceeds from each issue to The National Geographic Society’s Oceans Initiative.
Although most still remain pretty underground, it seems as though zines have really become more popular in the past few years. Why do you think the increase in popularity?
I’m not sure zines are really very ‘underground’ anymore. There is now a thriving culture of independent publishing. Its interesting because the basic materials you need to make a fanzine – paper, scissors, glue, stapler – are pretty primitive and really haven’t changed, but I think computers have so democratised technology and desktop publishing, so that now its relatively easy and quick to publish and distribute something. I’m not at all cynical about this; I think it has been a great revolution in allowing people to create and be inspired by others.