TALC was born out of our love of print publishing and design and will be a bi-annual print publication and an online platform. We are a group of designers and writers who recognise a need for a print magazine in a digital world that challenges and inspires audiences. We want to create and launch a magazine that is atypical in its style, and from cover-to-cover bursting with original, engaging content.
It’s a new approach to adult publishing that knows where it came from without being retrospective. Remember the time when magazines like Playboy and Lui managed to feature beautiful women, while also having a strong, honest editorial point of view? Well, we think there isn’t really anything like that on the shelves today, and we’d like TALC to fill that spot.
TALC celebrates design-thinking and creativity in all its shapes, forms, and colours. From post-modern furniture, to Rolex watches and interviews with iconic design philosophers and photographers, we see TALC as a promoter of the people we work with and an invitation for those we want to work with. We believe TALC, as a magazine and a platform, has unlimited potential to collaborate with writers, photographers, illustrators, and anyone who shares our same appreciation for beautiful, interesting, and relevant ideas.
Issue No 1: The Post-Modern Issue
Our first issue features some of TALC’s heroes including conversations with 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.
We feature furniture by some of our design heroes from the Postmodern era including Sottsass and Mendini. We have some mind-blowingly sexy 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. We explore 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. We’ve also commissioned an exclusive sexy track fit for TALC by London producer Joe Ashworth.
We’re grateful to have worked with some of London’s brightest photographers and stylists all under the umbrella of ‘Visual Stimulus’ – particularly as they took a leap of faith to be involved in a magazine that’s yet to exist.
We need your support. We have spent the last year defining and refining TALC, not to mention creating all the content and the TALC brand itself. After putting a huge amount of time and money into its production, all we’re missing now is the financial support to make it all come to life in print and online.
And this is where you come in: we’d love your involvement to help fund and promote this project to get it out into the world and into your hands – and take the same leap of faith as our contributors and models.
The majority of the funding will go to printing a beautiful, high-quality 84-page, full colour magazine. The print production will be of the highest quality as we want to present our incredible contributors in the best way possible. Anything extra will be invested in creating more online content and also to begin production on the second issue.
We also want to talk directly to you, the reader, and so thought that the best platform to do this would be Kickstarter. This way you can join TALC’s growing list of contributors and play a key role in the magazine’s future.
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The magazine is laid out and ready to go to print so if the project is successfully funded (fingers crossed) then production should be straight forward, and all content was created for TALC so we have no copyright issues with the project. You will of course be the first to know if anything changes, but It's all ready to go!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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