hello, i’m tukru! i’m a 38 year old (est. 1982) finnish immigrant living in medway in kent, south eastern england. i’ve been here since 2003, came here to study photography and kinda never left. oops. i went and fell in love with a local boy, and besides, moving all my stuff back home would have been expensive and way too much effort, and i didn’t really have much to go home to. besides getting all my crap back to finland just didn’t seem like worth the effort. i do sometimes wonder what things would be like if i’d gone back / never left but that’s ifs and but(t)s and coconuts.
by night i’m a zinester extraordinaire and a di(stro mi)stress. i mainly write a perzine called bat habitat which was called your pretty face is going straight to hell until very recently (july 2020), and i run a little zine distro called vampire hag distro. and that used to be called vampire sushi distro, but i changed it in february 2019 and i’ve been running it since 2009. those are my main loves ♥ i’ve been making zines for almost 20 years, ever since i first read about riot grrrl and through that discovered zines on the internets back in my mid-to-late teens. i made my first zine without actually having seen a zine in real life (maybe even the first two or three?) cos those were the days before paypal or at least being able to get it in finland and i had to go all the way to helsinki to get my hands on foreign currency to send off as payment. my first few efforts were mostly full of flowery fiction, as i didn’t really have much life experience to write about (at least as far as i thought back then) i had a few years off while at i was at university, but i started writing your pretty face in 2006 after i graduated. though i’d wanted to start again in my 3rd year when i rekindled my love for zines and even ended up doing my dissertation on perzines, but didn’t really have the time to work on a zine on top of my final work. at the moment (february 2019) i’ve done about 27issues of pretty face and about 35 odd zines all together over the years. and i still think i could do more. i dont think i’ll ever do enough in my opinion.
by day i’m currently unemployed after being made redundant from a call centre job a month before UK went into lockdown due to covid-19. in the meantime i’m on benefits, trying to find a new job and trying to be an artist on the side.
i do a lot of knitting and crocheting and some sewing because i’m a big old grandma at heart ♥ ♥ ♥ i also try my hand at all sorts of other crafty things but never finish things. i draw sometimes, and occasionally i sell those drawings. i also try to play bass in a band but it’s seems harder to get things going that you’d think. since my old band sean bean death scene went on hiatus and never came back i’ve hard at least several false starts on new bands, but nothing ever seems to work out. i’m also fat babe and i love fashion but i’m also always broke. i’ve recently started making clothes again, usually using free patterns i found online (see my pinterest board) and mostly using fabrics from a fabric stash i’ve been building over the last few years, mostly consisting of duvets and curtains etc materials i’ve found in charity shops and recycling centres.