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The first ever issue of HAMAM published, with a very limited number remaining.

This issue of HAMAM — Dedication — is exactly that: a dedication to those unconventional spirits out there with open hearts, creative minds, and big ideas. We explore bathing in a myriad of ways, whether it’s a local swimming association in Palau or a historic look at the Turkish bath in the British Isles. The perfect accompaniment to your next bathing experience.

Plunge into stories including a how-to Korean scrub and the poetic etymology of toto-no-tta. Peer into a scene in a Russian banya near Berkeley or take in a photo story of the Japanese bath by acclaimed photographer Mark Edward Harris. All of this, and much more. 

Each story features illustrations, artwork, or photography. Every issue is 112 pages, printed on Munken Print White and UPM Finesse silk in Istanbul, Turkey, and available to be shipped worldwide. A limited number of each issue printed.

In This Issue


Mikkel Aaland

Banya 94706

Brian Glubok

Recipes & Remedies: The Korean Scrub

YeRin Kim


Julia Plevin

La Gata y Sr. Lizard: a short story

Carl Rosenstein

A Bath Swallowed by a Volcano

A conversation with James Mortimer

The Way of the Japanese Bath

Mark Edward Harris

The East in the West: Victorian Turkish Baths in the British Isles

Burkay Pasin

Sky Burial

A conversation with Tad Fettig

An excerpt from Adventures in Consciousness

Andrew Holecek

Strokes & Bubbles: Palau Swimming Association

Max Pinckers

Holding Space in High Desert

Photos by Trent David Bailey

Poems by David Mason

Urban Bathing Raumlabor

By Şebnem Şoher

Another City Another Sauna

A Saunatarian memoir by Jack Tsonis

In No Time

A short story by Rob Bailey


Meet the artist: Don Pocella