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You only need an initrd if you need kernel modules to mount your root file system. Otherwise you can just mount your root file system and use modutils to get everything going from there. The Slackware main kernel includes all the popular systems compiled into it. Redhat and Mandrake are module crazy distributions were they include every option under the sun compiled as a module.
Some things just require initrd, bootsplash is one I can think of. If you just have to have mkinitrd you'll need to get an rpm package and convert it to tgz because mkinitrd is not available for slackware.