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'''Gunk''' was a [[Riot Grrrl]] zine by Ramdasha Bikceem.
'''Gunk''' was a [[Riot Grrrl]] zine by Ramdasha Bikceem.
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Ramdasha Bikceem started ''Gunk'' in 1990, when she was 15 years old. She was inspired by an older friend who had lived next door to [[Tobi Vail]] of Bikini Kill, who brought her copies of [[Girl Germs]] and ppBikini Kill]] zines. These fanzines inspired her to start her own zine. It was focused on her skater girl gang and band of the same name. Through this zine she connected with [[Kathleen Hanna]], [[Johanna Fateman]], and other seminal figures in the Riot Grrrl scene. She travelled to Olympia, Washington, and later her band performed at the first Riot Grrrrl convention in 1992 in Washington D.C.
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Ramdasha Bikceem started ''Gunk'' in 1990, when she was 15 years old. It was focused on her skater girl gang and band of the same name. Bikceem completed five issues of her zine, which focused on topics of race, feminism and general youth angst. Particularly in the last few issues of Gunk, Ramdasha wrote about the lack of diversity within the scene, and expressed her opinions around racial dilemmas and class conflicts within the Riot Grrrl movement.
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Bikceem completed five issues of her zine, which focused on topics of race, feminism and general youth angst. Particularly in the last few issues of Gunk, Ramdasha wrote about the lack of diversity within the scene, and expressed her opinions around racial dilemmas and class conflicts within the Riot Grrrl movement.  
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In her zine, she wrote about starting to skateboard;
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"When I got my first skateboard I was probably around 12 years old. It didn't really occur to me at the moment that what I was doing was considered out of the ordinary for a lot of girls. But as I got older and started getting more into skateboarding, I realized what role most girls  played when it came to skateboarding. Their role was to sit on the sidewalk while the rest of the boys were having a rippin' time. At first I tried to ignore and I even looked down upon these girls for not trying. I felt like nothing was stopping me, so why couldn't they give it a try? When I turned 14 years old my two best girlfriends also started  to skate also. We were truly an awesome anarchic girl skate gang..."
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She travelled to Olympia, Washington, and later her band performed at the first Riot Grrrrl convention in 1992 in Washington D.C.
==External Links==
==External Links==
*[http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/fales/bikceem/bioghist.html The Ramdasha Bikceem Riot Grrrl Collection at Fales Library, NYU]
*[http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/fales/bikceem/bioghist.html The Ramdasha Bikceem Riot Grrrl Collection at Fales Library, NYU]
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khe_RX0XVts Gunk playing live at the 1992 Riot Grrrl Convention
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*[http://www.collapseboard.com/features/interviews/dasha-bikceem-a-k-a-designer-imposter-the-collapse-board-interview/ Interview with Ramdasha Bikceen]
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Revision as of 05:10, 2 July 2013

Gunk was a Riot Grrrl zine by Ramdasha Bikceem.

Ramdasha Bikceem started Gunk in 1990, when she was 15 years old. It was focused on her skater girl gang and band of the same name. Bikceem completed five issues of her zine, which focused on topics of race, feminism and general youth angst. Particularly in the last few issues of Gunk, Ramdasha wrote about the lack of diversity within the scene, and expressed her opinions around racial dilemmas and class conflicts within the Riot Grrrl movement.

In her zine, she wrote about starting to skateboard;

"When I got my first skateboard I was probably around 12 years old. It didn't really occur to me at the moment that what I was doing was considered out of the ordinary for a lot of girls. But as I got older and started getting more into skateboarding, I realized what role most girls played when it came to skateboarding. Their role was to sit on the sidewalk while the rest of the boys were having a rippin' time. At first I tried to ignore and I even looked down upon these girls for not trying. I felt like nothing was stopping me, so why couldn't they give it a try? When I turned 14 years old my two best girlfriends also started to skate also. We were truly an awesome anarchic girl skate gang..."

She travelled to Olympia, Washington, and later her band performed at the first Riot Grrrrl convention in 1992 in Washington D.C.

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