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A classical Greek statue wears a graphic condom by Made in Love (all images courtesy Made in Love)

The latex condom was first introduced in 1920, and its basic roll-down design, chemical smell, and sticky rubber texture haven’t improved much since then. Manufacturers have tried all sorts of tricks to attempt to make people hate condoms less: prophylactics now come in banana split, mint chocolate, and island strawberry flavors; in tingly, “fun bump,” and glow-in-the-dark varieties; and equipped with vibrating rings or wrapped in Star Wars–themed packaging. Yet condom haters continue to hate.

But what if a condom doubled as a work of art? What if putting on a condom felt like banging a Monet? That’s what French startup Made in Love is going for, with its new line of artist-designed condoms, or “Preservatifs Graphiques.” The company’s founders, three sisters, call them “erotic ephemeral tattoos.”

So far, French contemporary artists Maëlle De La Forge, Alex & Marine, Anna Borowski, and Lilyloca have contributed limited-edition designs to the line. Most consist of colorful, psychedelic patterns featuring peacock feathers and floral prints.

They’re not the first graphic condoms in the world, as Made in Love claims — one company, Graphic Armor, lets you custom-design the printed graphics to go on your rubbers — but they’re the first created by contemporary artists, as far as we know, and the classiest looking. At the very least, it’s fun to see classical Greek statues sporting these stylish sperm-stopping accessories in Made in Love’s ad campaign.

These “Preservatifs Graphiques” are not on the market yet — Made in Love is currently raising money on Paris-based crowdfunding platform Kiss Kiss Bank Bank.

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Carey Dunne

Carey Dunne is a Brooklyn-based writer covering arts and culture. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Baffler, The Village Voice, and elsewhere.

One reply on “Graphic Condoms Let You Make Love to Works of Art”

  1. Ha! Love it! If safer sex and pregnancy prevention had more of a sense of humor like this, perhaps both problems would be somewhat less than they are now.

    I have to agree as a man, condoms aren’t the most fun, but then again, they’re better than nothing. Now, if only people would stop acting like I or any of my casual partners were worthy of nothing but contempt for having the audacity of enjoying sex for itself instead of trying to have a bunch of very expensive reminders otherwise known as children. I love them, but I don’t want any of my own. I’d be a terrible father and wouldn’t inflict myself on any kid (humor).

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