Making Issue Three

We're deep into making Issue Three! To celebrate Women's History Month, this issue has a loose Lady Appreciation theme (but we aim to appreciate ladies in everything we make).


This issue contains a lot of our thoughts on being a feminist. Aysha and I have had really moving conversations about what feminism means for us, and what we want feminism to do for the world. A lot of our views have to do with building up fellow women (#ShineTheory), collaborating instead of competing. 

I do all of the writing for the zine in the morning. I set aside most mornings to write fiction, articles, product copy, etc., and the zine writing fits right into that time. For most of our zine's pages, the writing comes before the art.


Much of my writing process involves list-making. My brain works in lists (typical Type A), so I take advantage of that when I'm developing a piece of writing. Here, you'll find a list of my grandmother's traits. I'm writing about her and my paternal grandmother for Issue Three. 


For my fellow pen nerds: I write the zine with two pens. My personal favorite is the Muji Gel Ink Ballpoint with a 0.38 mm tip. It makes fine lines and the ballpoint flows nicely. I also like the design of the pen itself—it's sleek and minimalist. When I'm going for a thicker line, I'll use a Pilot G-2 Retractable pen. These have been my go-to pens since 2012. 

Writing for illustration challenges my brain in new ways. When I'm writing the zine, I have to ask myself, "Is this something Aysha can make into images?" It's always interesting to see what she develops from my writing. I hope every writer can have this experience someday.

We're releasing Issue Three of our zine in mid-March! Look out for it then.
In the meantime, order Issue Two in our store today.

Hurley Winkler
Stop, Collaborate, and Listen

We're excited to give a presentation in the Jax Makerspace at the Main Library on Saturday, February 17 from 2 - 3 p.m. There, we'll discuss zine-making and our collaborative process. 


"Stop, Collaborate, and Listen" is more than just a Vanilla Ice lyric. It's also a great approach to collaborating with a creative partner. 

STOP: Take time to figure out what your skill set and vision entail, as well as your weaknesses. Use this information to search for your Missing Piece (aka your creative partner).

COLLABORATE: An ideal creative partner has a vision that matches yours in addition to a skill set that complements your own. Your Missing Piece could be right in front of you! When you find this person, develop clear goals and set objectives together.

LISTEN: Learn how to trust and listen to your creative partner. Divide and conquer your work. Make stuff happen! After all, in the words of Helen Keller, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."


Don't miss our presentation at the Main Library this Saturday afternoon at 2pm. While you're there, check out the Makerspace Zine Zone!

Hurley Winkler
Advice From People Who Shouldn't Be Giving Advice

Dear Nickname: Will I ever play in the NBA? —Skylar, age 21, Boston, MA

Dear Skylar: You came to the right place. The early 2000s produced some killer basketball jams, including (but not limited to) Lil Bow Wow's Basketball and Aaron Carter's That's How I Beat Shaq. We're big fans.

Do you know how to play basketball? That seems essential. Avoid double-dribbling, and you'll be on your way to the NBA. Triple-dribbling is pretty impressive, though, so give it a shot (B-BALL PUN INTENDED).

Also, never forget—if you can dream it, you can buy it. Just play a lot of NBA Live. No need to thank us for doing the good lord's work. 

Got a question? Ask away. We may answer it on our blog!

Looking for more wisdom? Issue Two of Nickname is chock-a-block full of it.
Order your copy today.

Hurley Winkler
Three Things: February

If Groundhog Day is a thing you celebrate, happy holiday to you. Here are some things we've been loving lately. 

Hurley's Three


1. Smiley Diary
I loved this planner so much last year that I bought it again this year. If you're a list freak like me, you'll love that each page gives space for to do lists.


2. Tracee Ellis Ross
I'm late to the Tracee Ellis Ross party, but recently fell for her ridiculously hilarious wit while watching her 73 Questions interview with Vogue. I admire the way she uses her voice for good, spearheading causes like the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund. 


3. Freakebana
I'm crazy about the Instagram account @freakebana, where strangely-paired objects are arranged and photographed beautifully. Stella Bugbee, Editor in Chief of The Cut and NY Magazine, started this craze, and I'm obsessed. The account notes that freakebana is "the turnt cousin of ikebana," the Japanese art of flower arranging. There's something about these photos that calms me down. 

Aysha's Three


1. Karley Sciortino
I've been a long-time reader of Karley's blog Slutever. She's my Carrie Bradshaw but more relatable. A few of her articles feel like they've been written specifically for me. She isn't afraid to talk about the wild world of female sexuality and all the things that go along with it. She also discusses gender and everyone's favorite topic: LOVE! 

Karley has a new show on VICELAND that's a video version of her blog. Her ability to be open and honest about topics we aren't supposed to discuss is sexy. She's totally #ladygoals for me.


2. Grays Peak Small Batch Vodka
It's vegan, gluten free, and won't leave you feeling the same.


3. Renaissance Jax
Renaissance Jax is an amazing nonprofit organization that helps kids explore the world of engineering and technology. The man in charge is one of the greatest people I have ever met. He is super motivated and humble as hell. He's helping to build our future tech gurus. 

Get Issue Two of Nickname in your hot little hands. Shop our store!

Hurley Winkler
Babes + Books: Hunger

Good news! Our very own Hurley Winkler is coordinating a book club with our friends at Babes Who Hustle.
For our first meeting, we're reading Roxane Gay's Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body.


HURLEY: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body is one of the most personal books I’ve ever read. I marvel at Roxane Gay’s willingness to share with us. Her honesty kept me turning pages. I know this text is going to stir up powerful discussion at our book club meeting on Monday.

AYSHA: Reading Hunger felt like opening a friend’s journal and landing on the most personal entry. I really enjoy Gay’s honest approach to a topic that not many people want to address. Her powerful voice helped me see another side of anyone who struggles with weight. I found the book relatable—it made me question why I still struggle with my weight at my age.

  Our zine  makes the perfect bookmark.

Our zine makes the perfect bookmark.


HURLEY: Hunger opened my eyes to the implications of diet culture. I hadn’t considered the “morbid” modifier in the term “morbidly obese” until Gay mentioned it. As a society, we treat fatness like a death sentence.

AYSHA: In Chapter 71, Gay writes, "People are rarely what they seem. The more I got to know him, the more I realized that he was always showing who he really was and the people in his life either saw through him or closed their eyes." This part really spoke to me. Society allows certain people who have won the genetic lottery to get away with a lot more than someone who is considered "fat" or "ugly." As a full grown woman still shopping in the kids’ section, it made me think about how I've been rewarded a "luxury" in life. I fit society's idea of what a female should be—small, taking up little space. I’m three years from 30 and still get questioned about my ID. The book opened my eyes to someone who has the polar opposite problem, but Roxane Gay and I both carry society’s idea of a perfect woman and try to meet it. The book helped me gain more knowledge on how to look at my body in a healthy light as opposed to picking out all my imperfections and obsessing over my dress size.

 To develop book club discussion questions, Hurley took notes in the back of her book. Don't ever let her borrow a book from you because she'll probably write in it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

To develop book club discussion questions, Hurley took notes in the back of her book. Don't ever let her borrow a book from you because she'll probably write in it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 


HURLEY: There are few things more exciting to me than getting together with a group of smart, hustlin’ babes to talk about a book. Monday night is going to be incredible. It’s an added bonus to know that babes from all over the globe will be joining in on the conversation, too—we have ambassadors in different cities around the country. Unfortunately, the themes addressed in this book—body image, sexual violence—are universal. Because of this, though, our discussions are bound to be moving.


AYSHA: I’m really looking forward to hearing other women speak on societal pressure and how it has affected their mental health, body image, and thinking. Being in a room full of women pulling the blindfold off a taboo topic is going to be really interesting. Hopefully we'll collectively realize that the number on a scale doesn't determine our weight in this world.

Join the conversation on Monday night! Wherever you are in the universe, sign up to be part of the official Babes Who Hustle book club.
If you’re in Jacksonville, we’ll be meeting on Monday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Social Grounds Coffee Company.
Hope to see you there!

Hurley Winkler
Release Day: Issue Two

We're pumped about releasing our second issue today! Let's talk about our favorite pages in this issue of Nickname.

Photo by Zach Kendrick - Issue Two.JPG



AYSHA: It's so hard to pick my favorite page, but I think "Deep Breath" is up there for me. I really love the idea of taking deep breaths with the help of a cold stethoscope. Reading it gives me goosebumps because I've had those cold doctor hands pressed against my back while they move the stethoscope up and down with an uncertain look on their face as if bad news could be around the corner. It's one of those rare moments of silence between you and a stranger where you both can't speak. You just have to be present, breathing, and listening. I think that's why the old physicians notepad paper works so well with this poem. It's minimal and doesn't take away from the writing. 

 We found this woman's photograph in a medical textbook Aysha got from her dad.

We found this woman's photograph in a medical textbook Aysha got from her dad.



HURLEY: Aysha and I are both big goal-setters. We talk about our New Year's Resolutions a lot in this issue. These parts of the zine are my favorite because they feel genuinely conversational. Aysha and I discuss our goals all the time, and with a new year on our hands, it feels right to address this on the page. 




AYSHA: Creating this issue was a little intimidating for me. When we released Issue One, we received the most amazing review from Syndicatedso when I sat down to work on the next issue, I had a little bit of a creative block. In retrospect, this was good because it helped me work out a lot of different ideas with different mediums. I made a lot of art I hated and a lot of art I liked. I got stuck on one particular poem Hurley wrote and didn't know how I was going to visually translate it to the viewer. I loved working on my cutting skills and seeing how detailed I could get with just scissors and paper. I felt like I was in kindergarten again, learning how to cut out shapes for the first time.


HURLEY: Nickname has become a safe space for both of us to make new work. I think the words and images in this issue reflect that freshness.



 Hurley took this Prayer Request Card from a church in Brattleboro, VT. She was there for a Claire Messud reading with friends from grad school. 

Hurley took this Prayer Request Card from a church in Brattleboro, VT. She was there for a Claire Messud reading with friends from grad school. 

Order your copy of Issue Two today! 
For a limited time, get free shipping when you use the code 2018MACHINE at checkout. 

Hurley Winkler
Making Issue Two

We’re putting the finishing touches on our second issue, which we’re releasing next Friday!



HURLEY: It has been significantly easier to make a zine the second time around. Aysha and I are getting better at conveying our ideas to one another. It took awhile for us to wrap this issue because of the craziness of the holidays, but we're feeling good about it.

 Original image before we tore it up and collaged it.

Original image before we tore it up and collaged it.


AYSHA: Our cover features my drawing of skeletons holding beer bottles and chatting. It's an altered version of a sketch I drew for a mural. I ended up taking the mural in a different direction, but still loved the skeletons. We decided to use it for the cover.



HURLEY: Tearing up a drawing and laying it down as a cover is a technique we’ll probably maintain for every issue. This method arrived to us in the final hour when we were making Issue One—it was the day we were supposed to print, and we still didn’t have a cover. Aysha had an abstract drawing she wanted to use, but it looked flat when we laid it on the copy bed. I gave Aysha a minor heart attack by ripping her drawing into pieces and taping them to the page. When we copied it, the drawing’s essence was still there, but it had a lot more texture. It was also more collaborative that way, which is something we always strive to achieve. She drew, and I rearranged. The covers resemble conversations.

That’s an important lesson we’ve learned in the art of Xeroxing—in order to have texture, the page needs texture in the literal sense. Some of our favorite pages in the zine have torn pages and papers of varying weights. Construction paper combined with magazine paper formatted on printer paper is a family fave.


AYSHA: We talk a lot about our New Year’s Resolutions in this zine. We’re both big goal setters, so this is an important topic to us. One of my goals is to have a billboard!

HURLEY: Similar to Issue One, this issue contains a lot of poetry. I don’t ordinarily write poetry, but Aysha and I like to treat Nickname like a playground. It’s a place for us to explore.

We’re so excited to release this beauty into the world next week!
Stay tuned for a special Issue Two offer.



Hurley Winkler
Three Things

We're kicking off our blog, Blogtalk, with a list of three things we're loving right now.

Hurley's Three


1. Carmex
Carmex is the butter to my bread and the breath to my life. I slather this shit all over my kisser every chance I get. I like the kind that comes in a jar because there's something weirdly satisfying about finishing off a jar of lip balm. 


2. Marissa A. Ross
I've developed a VERY ADULT interest in wine this winter. Words like "grippy" and "mouthfeel" occasionally tumble from my lips. A few months ago, I stumbled on a Marissa Ross interview on Man Repeller and binged her blog after that. Her writing is smart, hilarious, and informative. I'm also a big fan of her Instagram, where she gives bottles the "Ross Test" in Adidas athleisure. Total girl crush material. 


3. Babes + Books
I'm putting that B.A. in English to good use this year by leading a book club for Babes Who Hustle! We're meeting quarterly here in Jacksonville, and other babes around the globe have signed up to lead chapters of the club in their cities. For our first meeting on January 29, we'll discuss Roxane Gay's Hunger: A Memoir of (My) BodyI can't wait to talk about good books with fellow hustling babes.

Aysha's Three


1. Art-n-Fly Fine Line Drawing Pens
Fuck you, Micron—you've done nothing but waste my pennies. These Art-n-Fly pens can draw for miles. I even use them to make our zine!


2. Chris Hess
My friend Chris is the frontman of the amazing band Swimm. He's talented, kind, and beautiful in the best way—inside and out (just look at that hair). He has so much passion for music, which I'm learning is a rare quality in the digital age. 


3. I Am Sus
I don't even care that the cast is entirely male. The video series I Am Sus has a Wes Anderson aesthetic with All That humor. I'm so excited about their new episodes. 

Hurley Winkler