Lady Teeth #2
by Taryn Hipp
37 pg. at 4” x 7”
$3 from the author on etsy
I apologize for being remiss in my zine reviews, I was enjoying some stressful times and decided to shirk a couple of obligations here and there. But my stack of zines to review has been staring me down, and I just heard today that Lady Teeth #3 will be out shortly (and that it will be a split with Your Secretary, which will be awesome), so I wanted to write about Lady Teeth #2, and how it is great.
Hipp previously wrote the zine Sub Rosa, which I wrote about here. Sub Rosa chronicles some rough times in her life, and she wanted a new imprimateur to tell us about her hard-won happiness, hence
"starting over with this zine, this amazing wonderful zine that I am already in love with because it reflects an honest life I have worked (& continue to work) so fucking hard at."
There is nothing in this big world that will win my heart faster than a tale of hard-won happiness. I think it is the coolest fucking thing anyone can do to be miserable and scared and messed up and to fight tooth and nail, day to day, for contentment.
It’s not a battle you win and have done with, as Hipp makes clear in Lady Teeth. She writes candidly about having been shaped by bad times, about feeling out of control, about panic attacks, about doubting herself. I needed to read all this so bad, and reading Lady Teeth reminded me again why zines mean a lot to me.
Hipp also writes about the sometimes awkwardness of traveling as a person who doesn’t drink, and about apologizing to her partner,
"I’m sorry if my anxiety and mood swings ruined this trip. I tried so hard to have the best time and I think I did"
Lady Teeth is candid, moving, and well told. This should be no surprise; Hipp offhandedly mentions that it’s “the 43rd zine I have made (I think) in the last 17 years”. It is full of encouraging words and tips for leading a good life. I can’t recommend it or Taryn Hipp’s other zines highly enough, and I can’t wait for her split with Your Secretary.
- Lily Pepper