Here is most of Mess 0 and Mess 1 in PDF format, for your perusal. Mess 0 was a bit of a test, and layout, font etc have since changed, but nevertheless it had some good content. Mess 1 was already more what we were going for and has sold out as a physical object.
Mess 2 is our best so far of course, and that will only be available as the physical object that it is. Because we like physical objects.
If you think it looks interesting, great, let us know if you feel like it. If you think it looks good but that it would be better with your contributions, then send us your stuff! If you want to order a Mess: the thing costs 5 euro, postage included. Just send us a message and we’ll give you payment info etc.
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It’s a Mess is a magazine with a mystical slant, featuring stories, thoughts, poetry and that stuff that is commonly called art.
Text is in Dutch, English and French.
We hope to attract writers, thinkers, artists of all kinds who create not to be the big cheese in some ironic subculture, but because they have to. The role of the artist should be shamanistic, if not for the people, then at least for the artist himself. We think you should stop lying – in all aspects of life – and dare to experience existence as it is. We have found existence to be magical, meaningful, unpredictable and fundamentally anchored in love. Not hopeless, cynical, predictable, hateful or boring.
We are trying very hard not to write any sort of manifesto; luckily we are too spontaneous and chaotic for that.
It’s a Mess can be found at various unexpected locations. Sometimes even in a shop. It can also be ordered. A downloadable selection from Mess nr. 1 can be found on this page. We will also regularly post some related material here.
Please contact us to order an issue, if you would like to collaborate, or send us your material!
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We are interested in everything, but personal preferences go toward: fantastic literature with a mystical touch (Blackwood, Machen, Crowley, Musil, Burroughs, …), surreal and spontaneous artwork, experimental philosophy, shamanistic/magical works, poetry, animals, trees, beauty.