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SCOTT RAMSAY KYLE.

Meet the artist giving new life to porn of the past with his iconic embroidery techniques.

If you were a gay man growing up in the 70s and 80s, you probably had a porn collection. Regardless of how big or small it was, it ‘s likely you had a couple of issues of Zipper or BUTT stashed away under your bed, far from the prying eyes of your inquisitive parents. At least this was the case for Scottish- born designer Scott Ramsay Kyle, who amassed his porn collection by either stealing them from newsagents or buying them over the course of his youth. These days, he ‘s utilising them for art purposes, uniting them with his embroidery technique to either omit or emphasise elements of the masculine form, whether it ‘s a giant phallus or the toned torso of a 70s porn star.

Originally a fashion designer himself, he ‘s most recently caught the eye of Delhi-born designer, Ashish, who has tapped him for an upcoming t-shirt collab as part of his Taint collection. I meet the artist at his East London studio, where the walls are laced with visual references of giant cocks and gay porn, to talk the evolution of his signature stitch work.

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