: Classifieds : MyJU :
Stories: Entertainment
Browse Entertainment Stories: « Previous Story | Next Story »

The Skinny

Date Posted: 2000-09-22

‘My body is ready, but my soul is not,’ those are the words of .Warr Travis, a 21-year old Marine getting ready to PCS to USA for PCS. The energetic Marine is publishing this weekend the eight and the last issue of ‘Skinny,’ a small underground publication distributed mainly in Okinawan rock haunts.

He started the free paper late May. When Travis first came to the island, he noticed that many good local bands had some really cool websites, but there was nothing to keep the loyal, but computer less (such as myself) fans informed. Being himself one who does not have a computer nor a car, he created Skinny. All by himself and the old-fashioned way, he cut and pasted, typed and printed copies and then distributed them himself. He’d take a bus or walk to get information on live schedules and new places. Travis says that ‘The Okinawan music culture is represented by a tight, multi-cultural community of serious musicians.” He continued “Everyone knows everyone else, constantly trying t help each other. Nationality is not an issue, as long as you play good music. In the States, it seems like every band is on their own, trying to be more famous than the other bands that I find very selfish. Okinawa is unique for the fact that there is hardly any competition between bands - Americans or Japanese, every musician matters.”

A friend going by name “Monkey” has promised to continue to write the Skinny. He also has his own unique philosophy concerning the business aspect, or lack of it, of the paper. “I don't make a profit from the Skinny, and if I did, I don't think it would be as fun or rewarding, Travis explains. He adds that the offer stands for anyone who wants to continue his work. “There are too many wonderful things to list about writing the Skinny. First of all, I have made many friend, and good acquaintances. Most people have had an open attitude towards me. Leaving the island, I will take with me invaluable memories and experiences that I will hold on to forever. If I had the money (and the time), I would try to make the Skinny a REAL magazine. Right now, it's just a glorified flyer. I love publishing, writing, drawing - a bigger magazine, with enough money, could reach an even more diverse crowd. I would be thrilled to see my 'zine be as successful and popular as the Okinawan ‘Hands’ magazine. I’m dreaming big - an international publication.

I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Skinny. To all the bands on Okinawa, my gratitude and encouragement - Chuck Wow, Zero Faith, 8-Ball, Y2roK, Mongol 800, Dead Blood, Jigokuguruma, Katchan... Keep playing and making CD's. Keep doing it for the cause - anywhere, anytime, always loud!!” Travis concluded.

Browse Entertainment Stories: « Previous Story | Next Story »

weather currency health and beauty restaurants Yellowpages JU Blog

JU FacebookOkistyleOkistyle

Go to advertising PDF?||?|o?L?qAE?|?}?OA?N?ga`OkiStyle?A??q?qM?oeu^?I`??N?gX?<eth>?<ETH>?ni^?IWanted!!Golden Kings ScheduleOkiNightSeeker