hello, i’m tukru! i’m a 36 (almost 37) year old 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 day i work in a call centre doing customer satisfaction surveys for a large electronics company. i actually work from home these days, but i used to commute to the office, which sucked. i used to work very part time in a little photoshop in the local shopping center and take all the passport photos and process people’s holiday etc snaps for 3 years, and before that i was an ebay monkey for the local independent toy shop. after 9 years in retail, i am relieved to not be doing that shit no more. at least when people are rude to me on the phone i can mouth ‘fuck you’ at them and make faces and they will never know!
by night i’m a zinester extraordinaire and a distro mistress. i mainly write a perzine called your pretty face is going straight to hell, and i run a little zine distro called vampire hag distro. but it 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 25 issues 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.
i do a lot of knitting and crocheting 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 got a sewing machine for christmas a few years ago but i still haven’t managed to make myself anything yet because i’m terrified i will just waste my wonderful charity shopped fabric because some pattern i got on the sale doesn’t fit me right or i fuck it up.