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vol 6 - issue 04 (dec 2003) :: untapped
UNTAPPED TALENT: ERIC ADKISON
interview by sal swayzo

ERIC ADKISON HAD A VISION: HE WANTED TO CREATE A PUBLICATION THAT WAS DIFFERENT FROM ANYTHING ELSE OUT THERE. WE CAN RELATE. SAL SWAYZO GETS THE SCOOP ON REVIVAL INK.

Sal: So, tell me about your zine.

Eric: My zine, Revival Ink, is on its fourth issue right now. I interview local bands in the Louisville, Kentucky area, mostly; like punk, metal, and indie rock that is just starting out. I try to get everything fresh and new.

S: What made you pursue doing a zine?

E: Well, there wasnít anything in Louisville like a music-oriented newspaper. There is nothing that even acknowledges the music scene; nothing recorded in time that people can look back on and say, ďSomething did exist." I also used to take lots of pictures at shows. I had photo albums full, but I had nothing to do with them. I was talking to a friend, and we thought, "Why donít we put out a zine using our photography?" One thing lead to another, and I started doing interviews with bands. Actually, it was going to be me, a friend, and a couple other people. But, after awhile, everyone farted out on me.

S: Losers! (laughs)

E: Fuckers! (laughs)

S: What were your influences for the zine?

E: I really like Louisville. That might be a really dumb thing to say, but I really like where Iím from. And a lot of people donít. Itís the place that makes the bats: Louisville Sluggers. I went to Columbus, Ohio for a year, and some people had never heard of it. They thought, "Oh, heís from Kentucky." Like Iím from the hills or the mountains! But Louisville is a really big city. There is a lot going on here, but itís not--

S: --New York.

E: Right. And I needed an outlet. I like to make stuff and show it to people. So that was a way I could do it.

S: Who do you interview for the zine?

E: I interview bands starting in the scene. The last issue featured a band of girls called The Spaztics. They are young. One of them was born in '91, which makes me feel really old. I like to interview bands and people that are just forming. The Spaztics only had two shows. The band who did the cover of issue #4 had only played in basements and free shows up until then, and they are now getting out into the bar scene and local venues. I try to interview lots of bands that have different styles and genres. I have interviewed weird performance art bands, and industrial bands like Nine Volt Revolt. They are getting really big, and they have only been around for a year. They just really know how to promote. They do a lot of promoting over the Internet. They have already been on four or five compilations, like nationwide stuff.

S: Wow! Thatís pretty good for a year.

E: They tried to get in Lollapalooza. It was a big contest over the Internet. But they were beat out by some DJ.

S: Tell me about the Louisville scene.

E: Well, a lot of venues open here,.. but then they close right when it starts to get good.

S: Within a month.

E: Yeah. There have been places that have opened, and everybody gets excited, but then it will close its doors. Like, Louisville finally got a hostile here for travelers. It was open, maybe, not even a month. And they had shows played out on the back patio every weekend.

S: Thatís cool.

E: Iím actually working on a new zine right now. I havenít really given up on Revival Ink, but I want to shift my attention. I like true crime stuff, and Louisville and Kentucky have a lot of really good crime issues.

S: That could be a whole other section, too.

E: Yeah, definitely. There is just something about Kentucky that brings on weird crime actions. Homosexuals, the occult, and vampires. There are a ton of these cases reoccurring again and again.

S: Didn't you interview a ghost hunter?

E: The Louisville Ghost Hunters. I like to interview other organizations, too; not just bands. I interviewed an artist, a sculptor, that took cow bones and made weird altars. He had different methods of getting the flesh off the bones. A beetle would eat off the flesh to avoid getting gangrene. He would also use a special solution.

S: Thatís crazy.

E: It was interesting. One of the most interesting issues was the Halloween issue. It showed the creepy side of Kentucky that a lot of people choose to overlook. That's kind of what I want to touch on with Kill Yourself. Thatís the title of the new zine. Itís not out yet, but Iím working on it.

S: Are you doing it with anyone else?

E: No. People are like, "Iíll help you." But then they don't. I donít really think the other zine is over, I am just shifting my attention.

S: You just want to do more.

E: Yeah.

S: I think that underground music, true crime, and the occult all kind of go together anyway.

E: Yeah. And there is one case that involves the Louisville music scene. A few girls went to a concert back in '92, and that same night they murdered a 12-year-old girl.

S: They burned her.

E: Yeah. The Shanda Sharer story. That was definitely one of the most gruesome true crime stories that Louisville has ever seen.

S: So, you do the zine yourself, right?

E: Right.

S: How long does it take you?

E: Probably about two months.

S: Two months per issue?

E: Yeah. Well, the Halloween issue took me one month, but thatís because I neglected everything else. I didnít wash dishes for a month. Or take a bath or go to school for a month. Thatís probably why I flunked out. (laughs) But, I got it out in a month. Halloween was approaching very quickly, and I had to get it out before October. When I actually went to do my dishes, I found maggots had actually gotten in the bottom of the sink.

S: Ewww. (laughs)

E: Yeah! (laughs) Howís that for desert?

S: What art do you do besides the zine?

E: I silkscreen shirts for a store in town called Cherry Bomb. I make my own designs. Sometimes, I do band shirts. Like, Iíll rip off a Judas Priest or Iron Maiden. Of course, I give them all the proceeds. Right?

S: Right!

E: They receive everything. (laughs) I do weird art. I donít know how to explain it. Something I just finished is a picture of me and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She's sawing me in half with a chain saw.

Both: (laugh)

E: There is blood everywhere. A lot of people were disturbed. They were like, "How could you draw yourself in that position?" Well, I feel like this everyday. Get used to it. What else do I do? I play bass, but Iím not in a band. I donít paint with my bass or anything. I paint with my feces, though.

S: Thatís cool. (laughs)

E: Itís the latest thing. Poop art. I painted a picture of Shannen Doherty in poop.

S: Ewww. Thatís wonderful. (laughs) You should show it to me.

E: You should buy it.

S: Do you like any particular artist?

E: I like Jeff Koons, the sculptor. He did that weird sculpture of Michael Jackson and the monkey.

S: Didnít he do the Popple?

E: Yeah. He did Pink Panther,.. just weird stuff. And thereís that one with his wife. Him and his wife had some sort of performance art where they had sex and took pictures of it. Then they had an art show about it.

S: Anyone else?

E: I like a lot of art, but Iím just drawing a blank here.

S: What is your first memory of doing art?

E: I remember when I was really young-- not even five years old-- and I was at church, and my mom gave me a church program and a pen. I just drew all over it. You couldn't even see the paper. I covered it in scribbles,.. five-year-old people, where they just have heads and legs.

S: Thatís similar to my experience.

E: What was your experience?

S: It was exactly the same.

E: Really?

S: Yeah.

E: And here I thought I was being original.

S: My mom kept some of the church bulletins with scribbles on them.

E: My mom threw them out.

S: Guess they werenít sentimental to her.

E: I guess. (laughs)

S: (laughs) What are you planning to do with your art next?

E: Ummm,.. Iím waiting for someone in Hollywood to read this interview and give my a job.

S: Me, too!

Both: (laugh)

S: Final question: do dogs have lips?

E: Yeah. I kiss them all the time. Thatís why I have dog breath.

S: And thatís why this interview was done over the phone.

TO RECEIVE AN ISSUE, WRITE ERIC AT: 9104 LYNEVE DRIVE, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, 40272. ISSUES ARE $3.00 EACH.


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