Type Slowly specialises in records, zines, books, comics and art. Most importantly for our Marketing Officer, Sam, it's the best place to pick up all kinds of pop culture pins.
Originally opened on Carr Lane before moving to Queens Dock Chambers, this independent emporium of awesomeness 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,” explains owner, Michael Barnes. “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 haven't come across them, zines are self-published works that are similar to magazines. However, they are usually the product of one person or a small collective, and 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. “We've 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 hold. 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 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 general public. Its recent move into new premises next to The Warren and across the road from the BBC Building makes it highly accessible, plus there's even more room for eye-catching displays and unique products.
“A lot of people who I know from the fanzine community have been really supportive,” Michael points out. “We’ve also had visitors who are completely new to this sort of thing, and they’ve also been impressed.”
Whilst much of the stock is from overseas, Michael is also keen to maintain a strong Hull vibe: “I make 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 too. We’re really trying to create a good relationship with local creatives so that we can showcase their talent in our shop.”
If you're still unsure whether this medium is for you, Michael sums it up very effectively: “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 and discover worlds so far away from here. It’s a fantastic community and everyone is welcome to join."
Type Slowly is open 10am-2pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturday. Find out what's in stock and make sure to pay them a visit.