What Are Those Cute Little Maps?
An Interview with Lee Posey of UNSCENE
By David Shuey, December 19, 2008
UNSCENE is not necessarily new on the scene. It started in Chicago in 2000, then spread to 12 other cities. You've probably seen their useful neon-designed maps at Filter (when it was there) or Earwax (still there!) at six corners-North/Milwaukee/Damen or hundreds of other print material depots in Chicago. The maps point you to boutiques, coffee shops, and other indie stores – with any luck before they turn into banks (see: Filter). They also do online side projects on independent music, such as UNHEARD, and there's even something here for unsigned bands to get their music out.
Recently, my friend and former contributor Lee Posey asked to do an interview exchange for the UNSCENE Chicago newsletter. I would send her a few questions on email, and she would send me some. She started first, and you can read some of my responses on the genesis of Chicago 6 Corners on PDF [link has since been removed]. Lee's thoughts on local commerce, the bullies of the Big Shops overwhelming the Little Guys, and her band Chaperone are detailed below:
Hi Lee. First off, can you tell people what is UNSCENE. Is it a website? A resource? An idea? All the above?