MASTURBATE. WIN AND DIE.

Is masturbation a race? A contest? And if it is – with whom? Czech writer and anthropologist Zuzana Trachtová shuffles and deals out the playcards of the game of self-discovery and self-pleasure. The text is accompanied by delicate and symbolic illustrations by Czech artist Julie Daňhelová, which were custom made for SWARM Mag.

WELCOME TO KILMARNING

Scottish painter going by the artistic nickname of Craigie Harper created a fictional provincial town with inhabitants whose pride and joy is sports – and the incompetence in them.

EVERYTHING’S JUST PEACHY

Playful and bubblegum-y, the illustrations by Spanish artist Juan Vallecillos take us into an universe where everyone is sporty, colourful, sharply dressed, up to something, and a little bit tired.

IN THE LONG RUN

“When you think outside of the box, you can reach interesting things,” says Hila Cohen, an Israeli fashion designer and triathlonist, making her collections out of sports garments doomed to be destroyed or unused forever.

THE VIRTUAL RUN THROUGH SECOND LIFE

In her essay, Czech writer Bára Čápová gives us an intricate look into the heyday and present state of a once-popular online world-building game still suspended “out there”. This piece was composed exclusively for SWARM Mag.

COME ON, TURN ME ON

Via digital drawing techniques, Mirko Conte creates his own bold-coloured, smooth-surfaced worlds where his statuesque and majestic heroes and heroines pose in unabashed comfort with their naked form.

DELIVER US FROM EVIL

The autumn chills creep in and we are bringing you an easygoing interview with Romania artist Ștefan Tănase. His object and sculptural works mostly consist of dark-humoured still lives and tongue-in-cheek snippets stemming from his lived experience – currently the one of a delivery driver.

FINISH THEM

Devaja is a joint project of two Spanish artists, Rocio Soria de Vaja and Ana Pez, based in Madrid. Their INFLAMMATORY earring collection was shot on models with styling reminiscent of characters from Mortal Combat cut with a Street Fighter aesthetic.

CASH RUSTLES LIKE ASMR

Marie Lukáčová has been unapologetically trailblazing the field of “proletarian or perhaps precariat rap”. Stemming from video art with surreal narration and plots, she eventually took her audiovisual art a step further.

THE COOL KID’S BEDROOM POSTERS

The colour scheme and soft, rounded style of Jonathan Hoffboll put us on a sporty nostalgia train to the station 80s/90s. Remember all the basketball trading cards, funky casual T-shirt prints, over-the-top sneakers and all the Will Smith movies?

WASTEFUL FANDOMS

The Hungarian fashion designer collective Borbala are turning discarded sportswear into dresses, tops or overalls reminiscent of haute couture giant-slalom suits with dynamic cut patterns and outward-facing overlocked seams. We bring you an exclusive interview below.
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