Garage Magazine includes art condoms in its second issue
In its second issue, dedicated to sex and relationships, Garage Magazine has included an appropriate, unique gift: artist-designed condoms. The designs are from artists Keith Haring, Sue Webster, Tim Noble and Mat Collishaw.
The magazine is part art, part fashion, a high-end blend of the two. As ArtInfo writes, it had to work hard to top issue No. 1. When it debuted in 2011, it had three separate covers; one was adorned with a Damien Hirst-designed peel-off butterfly sticker, underneath which there was a not-safe-for-work Damien Hirst-designed tattoo.
Garage was founded by Dasha Zhukova and named after an art center she opened in Russia in 2007. On the magazine's website she writes, "out of an increasing abundance of ideas, Garage the magazine was born."
The second issue promises to include stories about Internet dating, the legalization of gay marriage, and the advent of fertilization technology. But don't expect it to be too straightforward: Issue No. 1 was creative, artistic, and sometimes baffling. “It is so very, very different from other magazines,” Garage’s art director Mike Meiré told the N.Y. Times. “It’s like a box of Pandora.... You don’t know what is happening on the next page.”
The condoms can be found in every issue of the magazine, and in Andre Saraiva’s Le Baron nightclubs in Paris, London, and New York during Fashion Week.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Keith Haring condom wrapper. Credit: Garage Magazine