We had the good fortune of connecting with zonekidd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi zonekidd, can you tell us about an impactful book you’ve read and why you liked it or what impact it had on you?
Das Energi by Paul Williams, I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I never was a big believer in coincidences but this book definitely found me for a reason, with all of Paul’s thoughts and philosophy he made me come to realize how important living freely really matters, including self-worth. we as individuals often carry this negative judgment about ourselves and within the book, Paul states “The only sin is self-hatred.” within those words did I realize that only the self-loathing that one carries is the only sin one can intently give. not saying it’s okay to do morally wrong things of course but I came from a place where I hated everything in the world and wanted nothing but to die. given the taste of death did I come to see how precious life really is outside of the gloominess, outside of all the responsibilities you have to face. the living person you see in the mirror is perfect. because there isn’t any way you could be better. everyone is perfect as they are.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
With my art, i have come to only describe it as “beautifully dark.” I create within many mediums such as music, photography, graphic design, writing, videos, painting, and collaging.
I recently wrote and printed my first ever book that is practically my heart and mind. I only made 25 copies and strictly only those 25 cause I wanted only a few out in the world that couldn’t be made ever again.
it was a very stressful process and a weight off of my shoulders to get it finally finished, I had to relive a lot of memories, and I was afraid of what people might have thought of me reading the book. yet I had to come to accept that I should not and don’t really care what people think, the book is me in the most rawest form, and if someone didn’t enjoy it. then that is unfortunate as life moves on.
my next big projects are an experimental short film and an ep or album.
getting to do what I do now is both enjoyable and stressful at the same time, as soon as I realized that time and money are both limited things, it’s hard to do what you love without needing or wanting to do other things. what helps ease the process is understanding to live in the moment. life moves fast, so fast I get anxiety from it. especially wanting to create all the time yet having to work under someone for 8-9 hours a day just to pay for living. that’s where living in the present matters, cause nothing lasts forever. enjoy what you can right now.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of my all-time favorite places is Salt Lake Coffeebreak, that place holds such a spot in my heart. The only best place to get a chai latte for a cheap price. While being locally owned they are starting to showcase and sell local art there too which helps artists like me.
Another really cool spot is Pie Hole and Raunch Records and Skate, Pie Hole is a downtown local pizza restaurant that is filled with a cool ass interior and is open late at night which is perfect for some nightlife fun with the homies.
Raunch Records and Skate is a Punk Rock skate shop that is one of the best places to visit and shop for almost anything dope, they have everything from apparel, records, magazines, graffiti supplies, and so much other random sh*t. definitely a place to visit
Lastly, one spot I always have to check out when I am downtown is Utah Book and Magazine, it’s a vintage shop on Mainstreet that has so much to look at and if you are an old soul like me you can find so many antiques, books, knickknacks, and vintage playboys that are perfect for collaging.