Born out of a love of print publishing and design, TALC is a new magazine that takes a new approach to adult publishing that knows where it came from without being retrospective – a time when magazines like Playboy and Lui managed to feature beautiful women, while also having a strong, honest editorial point of view. Basically, very tasteful soft porn. Conceived by a group of London-based designers and writers led by Edward Vince (Vince & Son), TALC looks to fill this notable gap in the market.
Since September 2012, TALC has been putting together issue 1, ‘The Post-Modern Issue’. Featuring conversations with the likes of Barbara Nitke, the photographer who documented porn sets in the 80’s, and Leonard Koren, the founder of the niche, but incredibly influential ‘WET – magazine for gourmet bathing’ that came out of LA in the 70’s. Also included are features on furniture by some of our design heroes from the Postmodern era including Sottsass and Mendini and illustrations from renowned art director and illustrator Mat Maitland who’s worked with musicians such as Goldfrapp, Basement Jaxx, Beck and Elton John, to name a few. Issue 1 also explores five decades of Rolex, the mystique of car parks and an essay discussing the re-use and re-definition of the word porn in the context of visual culture, not to mention three short films made exclusively for TALC. Glamour model Seren Gibson graces the first TALC centrefold in a shoot by Bella Howard, styled by Madeleine Østlie, and the magazine has also commissioned an exclusive track by London producer Joe Ashworth.
The problem is, TALC currently lacks the financial support to make this all come to life and have therefore launched a Kickstarter campaign to turn the concept into a physical 84-page reality. If you’re interested in helping launch TALC (in return for Kickstarter benefits, as per the platform norm), head over here to pledge your support.