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Zinester Dad Interview with Tim Hinely of Dagger
June 2015
Tim Hinely of Dagger
Name: Tim Hinely
Zine: Dagger
Websites:  current - www.daggerzine.tumblr.com , old - www.daggerzine.com

QRD – How old were you when you first realized you wanted to make zines & how long did you think it would last?

Tim – When my  sister & I were young, I’m a year older so I would have been 8 & her 7, we would make little magazines together. I think that was the beginning (though they were not about music). I began reading lots of zines (mostly music zines) in my early 20s & then a pal in South Jersey published his first zine, Big Fuckin’ Deal so that spurred me into action. The first Dagger came out in March of 1987.

QRD – What are a few highlights of your zining career?

Tim – Oh man…..all of the great people I have met in doing the zines as well as swapping zines with people, chatting, corresponding, etc.  It gave me a reason to approach some of my favorite bands/musicians & ask ‘em to do interviews.

QRD – At what age did you decide you wanted to become a father?

Tim – I always resisted it… hell, resisted responsibility in general for years. I was 37 when I got married, so a little later in life. A few years later we talked about having kids (my wife is 8 years younger) so yeah, early 40s. I was 43 when my daughter was born. It’s been awesome.

QRD – What are some positive & negative impacts your family has had on your zines?

Tim – Oh man, never enough time to write. Even now I could just sit at a computer all day & write reviews, but my wife has been very supportive of not just the zine, but my music obsession in general.

QRD – What are some positive & negative impacts your zines have had on your family?

Tim – Erm…guest lists for shows for positive. Can’t think of any negatives.

QRD – Has your daughter effected the zines you make &/or read?

Tim – No, not really. My daughter is 7 now & she doesn’t seem real interested. A few times she asked why I had so many records & CDs & I told her that I get sent a lot & do reviews & she was a little curious about that; but… man, she loves her Ipad, dolls, & Shopkins.

QRD – Given the limitations having a family has on going on the convention circuit, would you have showed more earlier in life if you’d known?

Tim – Ummm… never really did the convention circuit & not sure I would have even if I didn’t have a family. I would go to the Portland Zine Symposium every year because I lived there & it was a short drive across the bridge but otherwise, never really did that.

QRD – Do you think being a father or a zinester has a greater impact on your community?

Tim – Man. Probably a zinester because as I’ve said, I’ve met so many cool people & it has given me an identity in a way. Not sure if my being a dad has had any impact on the community.

QRD – Would you rather see your daughter eventually become a zinester or parent?

Tim – Wow…good question, I would really like to see my daughter become a parent (if that is what she wants to do), but yeah… seeing her become a zinester would be great, too!

QRD – Both family & zines seem like things that will take up as much of your time as you’re willing to put in.  How do you end up dividing your time?

Tim – I do most of my zine stuff (reviews, etc.) either early in the morning or at night when she is either in bed or upstairs with my wife watching TV.  I’m usually able to get stuff done. Sometimes.

QRD – What does your daughter think of your zines?

Tim – I don’t think my daughter has any interest at this point. Like I said earlier, she asked once about all of the records/CDs & I told her & she asked a few more questions, but she wasn’t super curious or anything.

QRD – Do you think you could ever do a zine project with your daughter?

Tim – Maybe when she gets a little older & if she showed some interested, yeah, that would be great. I have two friends who have daughters who are now like 13 or 14 & the kids are showing interest in their dad’s music. Maybe my daughter will do that one day. (sigh…one can hope….)

QRD – Any words of advice to young people?

Tim – Just follow your heart.

QRD – Anything else?

Tim – Thanks so much for the opportunity to do the interview BJM, much appreciated.  Also, I have a new DAGGER newsletter out, #47, if any readers are interested, please send a stamp to PO Box 22938 Denver, CO 80222.  Thanks!