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Tickl Magazine - Carmen de Vos

Tickl Magazine

Tickl Magazine

Tickl Magazine

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

According to Florian Kaps, instant photography’s very beginnings exposed the “strong connection to a new and intense way of exposing and picturing the other you: for the first time, every single picture could be a little secret between you, yourself and your camera.” Photos exist both privately and uniquely until someone consciously chooses to broaden its audience. This quality is apparent in the happy marriage of erotica and instant photos found in TicKL Magazine, described as a “naughty little publication” by founder and Editor-in-chief Carmen de Vos.

Born out of the craving for a true and honest sensuality,TicKL’s pages are littered with human touches: artful arrangements and splashy language, a suggestive body part here and there, and a distinctly D.I.Y. aesthetic. Few would readily characterize TicKL as pornography, which is not to say that its type of erotica isn’t compelling, or decidedly sexy. To the contrary, its representative sexuality is both explicit and lighthearted, and forthcoming in a way that indicates a degree of natural confidence and acceptance all too rare in the realm of the erotic.

The magazine’s companion website warns the unwitting Web surfer that in the course of their browsing, they might chance upon words, expressions or situations that would, perhaps, be unwelcome “in such locations as the parental bedroom or the vegetable department of one’s local supermarket (and, in the latter case, most particularly whilst considering the purchase of cucumbers for one’s salad).” Though the website gives a taste of TicKL, the choicest bits are reserved for those who purchase the oversized print mag. Each edition sells for €12 and falls under a loose theme and tagline. TicKL #4’s theme was “The Dickstravaganza Issue.” “New! Improved! Möre cöck per eüro than ever beföre!” Keep your eyes peeled for TicKL #5 come November—”Inflate, celebrate, fornicate (and don’t be late) — the Birthday Party Issue.”

Text by Ellen Knuti


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