The New Malaise

Back in the first post I said Malaise was “back” and that I was busy conceptualising just what form it would take moving forward. I stated with much confidence that it wouldn’t be making a print comeback, that the fanzine was dead.

I’m that kind of indecisive person who spends a lot of time reinventing to, I hope, not too much of my own detriment. Dwelling on this idea, what it could be, what it’s been, it’s become clear to me that there really is no other way I’d want to do it other than a physical print publication. Hand xeroxed, personally distributed and all.

Back when Malaise was already in print and I was just starting to collate the second issue, I made the decision that this was just not going to work if I did it all myself. Real DIY is an ethic, it’s a conscious decision where you dedicate your efforts to a quest in unlocking your potential, and I think if done correctly the potential of others. On top of a stressful relationship, studying to not be an animator and volunteering with ZICS, that conscious effort just got too much and I laid the tools down. Mostly, the reason it ended was because I lacked to time and therefore energy to put into producing a 36-page fanzine all by myself.

That was the low note, here’s the high.

I’m really excited to share this sort-of epiphany that with the help of my brother Liav Shalev, long time supporter and good photography guy, is starting to shape into a full on concept. Malaise will be a regular zine again. New foundation, new direction; same passion, same zero dollar cost.

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The revised Malaise will be just one A3 sheet folded in half, two-sided print. The size is important for the same old reason which is that there are heaps of really good zines out there that have skating in them but we wanted to do something where the format follows the content and is truly a skate zine of skateboarders. I figured bigger was better and minimal was key. One sheet is easy enough to fold into your pocket, so you needn’t think twice about picking it up. And also if I’m going to be honest, there’s a lot less hairpulling pulling just two pages of content together under a bi-monthly/monthly (we’ll see how we go) deadline.

There’s heaps more in the works and heaps more that we have to do to build up momentum for a soft May release of the first issue. But as always I extend the offer to get involved in whatever way you feel you can! The zine will be free which means we’ll be doing all the work for free, so volunteering to help out is ace and I encourage it.

Lastly, I want to reiterate that at the heart of this idea is the need to coalesce skateboarders who produce creative work out of love, intrigue or labour. Because simply put, even in skateboarding creative work is undervalued. The new Malaise is heavy on the art side of things but I don’t want that to mean exclusive of filmmaking, writing, making music, the act of skateboarding itself. It’s a zine for those who are as much skaters as people.

Much more to come real soon so keep em lubricated: @malaiseskate on twitter and insta, facebook here.

-Tom

Paradise

I’m only just becoming aware of John Green as a skate filmmaker. I learned it was his filming that debuted the new Brisbane based bearing company Commodore in their very hype inducing “Hype Squad” edit just last week. One part founder and operator of Parliament skateshop, an underground haven dug out of 303 Adelaide St in the heart of the CBD, John’s made another debut under the exclusive release of Slam Magazine in their shop’s first full-length video. 

We had a Brisbane times article surface recently about the city’s late lack of interest in skateboarding under the quote “Brisbane ‘sucks’ if you’re a skateboarder in 2017”. I gassed briefly about this with John in-store and while the sentiment is mostly true, these locals in Paradise sure make an exception to that rule.

Watch the full video!

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Booji Boi Rolls Ankle

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Modern advancements in technology have ceded many of our wildest fantasies. These days, no longer wondering what it would be like to flip endlessly through outer space, be the Batman or just fuck everything, leaves us with very few desires of which to imagine, bored and procrastinating. Even the 800-ish annual pilgrimage mostly-up Everest that recreates the full body euphoria of becoming a human ice cube is beginning to thaw. There are fewer and fewer virtual realities left to inhabit bar one which seems to gain in intensity year by year, as if by some cruel hoax; the Brisbane skatepark stone-cooker experience.

Yes, you too can realise your weirdest dreams of transforming into a slow-roasting chicken leg as your body temperature rises to degrees where it cooks from the inside out.

Last Friday for example saw many partaking in such an experience in a relaxed, sweaty arvo at Fairfield. There was a fairly good turnout of skaters throwing in a pre-session before the new MAHFIA video premmy at Jay’s Small Room which not all who shredded attended. I rocked up about 45 minutes early to see Pontus Alv’s new video mammoth I like it here inside my mind. Don’t wake me this time on the blanket projector screen and would proceed to watch that film for 300th time since last year. Once our host, and friend of Malaise, Indigo arrived we threw on Quit your day job.

Immediately copping beers and some kind of cracker snack in the face, we went on to enjoy a really solid video, along with Norm’s added narration. As far as crowdfunded film budgets go, most seem to take a lot and do very little. With QYDJ, creators Monique O’Toole and Erik Sandoval made the best with what they had and it turned out amazing. Only criticism was the far too short but sweet Lacey Baker part. However, seeing the first full-length part from Vanessa Torres since This is My Element in 2007 made me wish I was awake enough to have backed their campaign for a DVD.

We applauded, we chilled, and then the call came from over the picket fence me and Liav were up against, standing on cinema-luxury milk crates, “Who wants to come skate Brain Drain?!” And so we did.

Which is where the story should’ve ended. It seems like my penance for a lack of skating in 2016, and riding the same deck for an entire year, was that I roll my ankle on the smallest of all bonelesses off one of the DIY boobs. Norm has footage you aren’t allowed to see.

This is gonna take me out of action for a while. 😦

Booji Boi Skates: A brief glance at the yeah

The future! Or what’s left of it.

To any soul-crushingly rare few who knew of Malaise in the past as a “SKATE/PUNK” fanzine which, tragically, self-immolated leaving a carcass shaped smear under a hastily written sign that read “TO BE CONTINUED” about who-cares shy of mid-2015, your prayers have been answered!

Risen once more from the ashes, reborn and eager tick off, with much procrastination, those items on your long list of disappointments is the new unimproved Malaise Fanzine!

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And first on the list is a real band-aid.

Malaise the fanzine is no-more; long live Malaise Fanzine!

I’m paraphrasing the fact that, due to much deliberation, I’ve decided to make something of Malaise once again but dramatically revert on what it is and does. I always had fuck-off-high expectations for the zine that fell out of fruition for reasons outlined long ago.

But these expectations I was once throwing around, that never formed anything other than a page blurb on the old wordpress site, never left my brain. I’ve had the time to reflect and form these things into actual ideas, plot out where and what I can do to get them each rolling. I’m keen to tell you more later down the track.

So what’s new and different?

MF is no longer a print publication. There’s no use organising a newsletter-style skateboarding zine about your local scene when we have online groups for that who can report on these things much faster than the written-to-print turnaround, simply because its the actual people doing these things also doing the reporting. Social media: journalism’s double-edged sword. Then there are the general environmental concerns, like, “is this dumb zine going anywhere to justify the paper and ink that made it?” and “I could add another 40 pages of content to this issue but should I?”

In order to ~flourish~ as an idea, I thought malaise needed to move its shit 100% online, so here’s where it’s set up base camp

Also new is the whole direction of content. Malaise was originally this angst-ridden, uber-serious, fanzine that tried to capture a ridiculously niche subset of skaters and try to cover 30+ pages on just that every two months. It only survived two issues. And while there’s nothing wrong with celebrating your scene, however small, Malaise ended up having most of the celebrating by itself, in the corner of the diner with a balloon sticky taped to the table. It was dismal.

In the interest of remaining an amalgam of skateboarding and skateboarding stuff, but also trying not to be so serious, I tried to unpack the “fan” in fanzine. Once you self-criticise and knock down the tunnel you see yourself and other skaters through, it’s mind-blowing just how diverse, globally, we all are. We’re all different people with different shit going on outside of skating, yet this one thing can bring us together. You don’t need a blog to teach you that, just roll at a park for a few hours and meet the folks who stop by. Malaise shouldn’t have a “locals only, kooks fuck off” mentality getting in the way of that, or at least not in places that it isn’t useful.

What else?

For the mean time, as these new ideas start to take shape, this blog is mostly going to publish crap-posts from me under the moniker Booji Boi Skates. These are your op-eds, me talking about stuff I’ve encountered that centres around my experience skating. Updates every Monday.

Here, as I leave, take ‘PADDO’ by Mitch Owens with a side of Marina Julia comics to go.

Paddo is the beating heart of Brisbane skateboarding and Julia’s comics give me energy. Sneak in some of her (I’m fully assuming) Hardy Boys inspired ‘The House on The Cliff‘ on tapastic if you can too, I’m loving it so far.

Add a recent Aaron Brown throwaway edit for taste. This rules.

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