MOMENTS | Mash-up: Softcore Magazine TALC Got Its Collage Aesthetic From Punk Artist Linder Sterling’s Feminist Photomontages

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Though softcore indie mag TALC started out as reaction to the end of men’s magazines, the zine became known for its collaged-styled erotica. The inspiration for the collage aesthetic? Editor-in-chief Edward Vince sites cult feminist icon Linder Sterling. We’re huge fans of Sterling’s work, and it’s not hard to see how her work has influenced a collage styled erotic magazine. Inspired by the Dada movement and unhappy with 1976 North England society, Sterling’s collages combine cutouts from pornography and advertising to create visual commentary on identity, sexuality, fashion and society. In an interview with Dazed And Confused, Vince talks about his idea to create a modern men’s magazine, and how the punk artist inspired TALC’s style.

MAKER | Linder Sterling: Collage x Punk x Fashion x Performance Art

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Inspired by the Dada movement and unhappy with 1976 North England society, artist Linder Sterling’s collages are made of cutouts from pornography and advertising—a visual commentary on identity, sexuality, fashion and society.
A well-known figure of Manchester’s punk and post-punk scene, Sterling’s provocative sleeve for Orgasm Addict by Buzzcocks in 1977 is one of her most famous works. Collage was crucial to punk because as Sterling puts it, “it was about making sense of the world. With collage, you make things wrong to make them right”.