Canadian Lisa Murphy makes 3D porn magazine Tactile Mind for the blind

Updated: 2010-04-13
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Tactile Mind

Lisa J. Murphy has written an erotic book with tactile images for that special visually impaired porn connoisseur in your life.


Tactile Mind

Tactile Mind contains explicit softcore raised images, along with Braille text and photos.


The book, the brainchild of Lisa Murphy and called Tactile Minds, is designed to be ‘enjoyed’ by the blind and visually impaired – and is on sale for £150.


Among the 17 raised images include a naked woman in a ‘disco pose’, a woman with ‘perfect breasts’ and a 'male love robot’.


"There’s so much work that’s gone into it, from the models to the Braille…it’s not an unreasonable price,” Murphy points out to QMI Agency.

Each naked image in the book took about 50 hours of work to create.

Of the undisclosed number of copies she’s sold so far, many have been bought as an art object — and most by sighted patrons.

"It depends on your eye,” she said of whether it’s porn or high art.

But she doesn’t believe it pushes the bounds of 3-D. In fact she’s planning a new project that blind followers may want to, well, get their hands on.

"It’ll be much more erotic...with couples,” says the 35-year-old artist, who says her own vision is picture perfect.


A photographer with a certificate in Tactile Graphics from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Murphy learned to create touchable images of animals for books for visually impaired children. Then she realized that there was a lack of such books for adults only.


'There are no books of tactile pictures of nudes for adults, at least the last time I looked around,’ says Murphy.


'We’re breaking new ground. Playboy has [an edition with] Braille wording, but there are no pictures.’ She says that while we live in a culture saturated with sexual images, the blind have been ‘left out.’”


Between 1970 and 1985 Playboy printed copies of its famous magazine in braille - but without raised pictures.




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