VICE reported — Professional skateboarder Brian Anderson posted a video to his Instagram account announcing the launch of an ominous project titled Cave Homo. The blinking loop offered little more than an @ mention directed towards an account that had a few tiled pictures of Anderson, including him taunting the camera, with his tongue poking through a black leather mask. The account revealed that Cave Homo would be the title of a zine, presumably about Anderson, who famously came out as homosexual last fall in an award-winning VICE Sports documentary directed by Giovanni Reda.
ZINE RELEASE Opening party: SATURDAY 6/24, 6-9PM 208 Bowery New York, NY 10012 | Facebook Event Page
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“I know it’s not going to be perfect and I could get get a bottle thrown at my head at a skatepark, but I’m ready for that too,” he says, recalling how he felt on the evening before the documentary premiered. “I used to have my skateboard in my hand in the city and maybe once a month someone would come and want a selfie, now it’s five people a day saying, ‘That’s that dude, who came out—that gay guy!’ Sometimes I get home and cry just thinking about it all.”
Anderson was approached by designer Luke Williams, a friend of his, to collaborate on a project with photographer Christian Trippe. The idea quickly morphed into a full-fledged zine, rooted in art, photography, and sketches that reveal more about his journey and exploration as a now openly gay man, as well as in his personal interests.
“You don’t know what’s under someone’s clothing when you walk by them,” he says. “To me it’s a freedom and form of letting myself vent—it’s not showy, just do you.”
Looking past the opening weekend for Cave Homo, Anderson mentions that he’s working on a book, but the focus for now are moving 666 copies of the zine, with proceeds being donated to the LGBTQ suicide prevention non-profit The Trevor Project. As he feels his run of telling his story to the press winding down and is eager to craft the next chapter, one thing remains an unwavering constant and vital part of his personality.
“I’m always focused on skating and by no means do I want to leave it,” he tells me on the morning of Go Skateboarding Day. “I wanna stay until i’m 50 or 53… even if my legs start going.”
Cave Homo celebrates its release this weekend on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 208 Bowery. An opening party will follow, while on Sunday, June 25 at 2 PM there will be a signing and reception with Brian Anderson.