Discover a whole new world at Type Slowly

Published: Monday 23rd October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Type Slowly is a brand new shop in Hull City Centre that specialises in records, zines, books, comics and art.

Having recently opened its ruby red doors to the public, the small store is packed full of rare and unique artworks from around the world.

“We sell all sorts of creations from the punk, indie and DIY community,” owner Michael Barnes explains. “We’re trying to stock as much stuff as possible that you can’t find anywhere else in the UK, or at least not outside of London.”

For those who aren’t clued up, zines are self-published works that are similar to magazines. However, zines are usually the product of one individual or a small collective. Their popularity originally grew in the United States, when the photocopier was invented. Since then, creatives have used the medium to share their thoughts on particular topics with a small audience.

“I think zines allow individuals and groups to write about any subject they are into, in any way that they like,” adds Michael. “Nowadays, we have become so used to reading on a tablet or our phones that we often forget how great it feels to have a physical copy to read. It’s extra special knowing that the zine has been handmade, probably by one person in a copy shop in America.”

Michael has been a zine fan since he was a teenager: “I’ve always personally been interested in self-published stuff, rather than mainstream publications. I got into music, especially punk, when I was around fifteen or sixteen, and with that comes a strong zine and do-it-yourself culture.”

So far, the vibrant shop has been well-received among the creative community and the general public.

“A lot of people who I know from the fanzine community in Hull have already popped in and have been really supportive. They are all really excited,” the shop owner points out. “We’ve also had visitors who are completely new to this sort of thing, and they’ve been impressed too.”

Whilst much of the stock is from overseas, Michael is also keen to keep a Hull vibe in the shop: “I made colouring books based on music and films with my friend and we’ve created a Hull edition,” he says. “We currently have several records and zines from Hull-based artists and bands. We’re really trying to create a good relationship with local creatives so that we can showcase their talent in our shop.”

“Zines are great because they explore topics that you may not have even thought about before. You can really see the passion come through the pages,” Michael enthuses. “With a zine, you can discover worlds so far away from here. It’s a fantastic community to be a part of.”

You can find Type Slowly at 44 Carr Lane opposite the KCOM offices. Like them on Facebook to follow their story.

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Published: Monday 23rd October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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