ESCAPISMO is a football magazine focused on providing captivating and insightful content, to an audience that shares a passion for the beautiful game. Cult Kits caught up with its creator James Gamlin, about the mag's debut issue, which originally started as a pretty special Father’s Day gift.
CK: First things first, James – who do you support?
JG: I’m a big fan of my local side Bristol City, and love getting to games when I can. It’s an exciting time to be a City fan, Ashton Gate has been redeveloped in recent years and the team is getting closer and closer to the play offs each season.
I love travelling around the country to visit all of the wonderful grounds and see different teams play, whilst also love playing the game (often not brilliantly!) at a local level. I’m also interested in lots of European football and love the passion in South America too.
International football, particularly the major tournaments, are probably my favourite element of the game. I love getting behind the England team and am also part Italian so enjoy supporting the Azzurri as well. I think 2018 will hold a special place in the hearts of all England fans and it’s so exciting to look forward to the Euros with renewed optimism for the national team. I’m so happy that Italy will be there, and I love the way that tournaments allow us to feel so connected and proud of our countries. My first memory of the game is the World Cup of 2006 and seeing Cannavaro lift the trophy remains one of my favourite-ever football moments.
CK: When did the idea to create Escapismo mag come about and are there any publications you admire and aspire too?
JG: I’ve always been a fan of print and always think something means more if you can hold it, whether it’s a photo, book, magazine or record. I discovered Mundial about three or four years ago on Twitter and it really opened my eyes to a different type of magazine. I think it’s an amazing brand with a really distinctive voice that so many people can identify with. The first issue I read had an amazing feature on Maradona, and I’ve been a subscriber ever since.
My Dad’s birthday is in June, and usually tends to be close to father’s day, and in recent years I’ve tried to get him some gifts which are a bit different, and after discovering These Football Times, again on Twitter, I ordered him their amazing World Cup Issue, which he absolutely loved and I really enjoyed reading too.
We were lucky enough to attend the amazing game between Bristol City and Manchester United a couple of years ago – Dad has always followed United and I was United mad for a few years growing up – so this was a particularly special cup tie for us. It is definitely one of the best games we’ve ever been to, and most City fans would probably say the same. We speak about this match all the time and Dad said to me one day just as a passing comment “Why don’t you write a little piece about it and send it off to a magazine like Mundial or Four Four Two or something?”
I thought about this and started writing something about the United game but through this came a few other ideas and I started to put together a couple of other short pieces on things we were both interested in. From here the idea of making Dad his own mini magazine as a Father’s Day gift came about and that’s where the concept of Escapismo was born really.