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Guide to the Ramdasha Bikceem Riot Grrrl Collection
1974-1998 (Bulk 1991-1995)
 MSS 354

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Collection processed by Emily King, 2012.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on April 08, 2014
Description is in English.

Biographical Note

Ramdasha Bikceem grew up in New Jersey, where she started writing a fanzine in 1990, when she was 15 years old. She was inspired by an older friend who had lived next door to Tobi Vail of Bikini Kill, who brought her copies of Girl Germs and Bikini Kill zines. These fanzines inspired her to start her own zine named GUNK. It mostly focused on her skater girl gang and band of the same name. Through this zine she connected with Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Fateman, and other seminal figures in the Riot Grrrl scene. She travelled to Olympia, Washington, and later her band performed at the first Riot Grrrrl convention in 1992 in Washington D.C.

Bikceem completed five issues of her zine, which focused on topics of race, feminism and general youth angst. Particularly in the last few issues of Gunk, Ramdasha wrote about the lack of diversity within the scene, and expressed her opinions around racial dilemmas and class conflicts within the Riot Grrrl movement.

In 1993 she moved to Brooklyn, where she attended Pratt University. She currently lives in New York City where she DJs and makes music. She also runs a online vintage clothing store called Klub Kid Vintage.