PARENTAL ADVISORY – CONTAINS “ART”
I seem to be taking a lot more photos of pub toilets recently. What you can read into that, I wouldn’t like to say. Perhaps it’s just than loos are often one of the architectural and artistic highlights of a pub visit.
As part of my irregular spring cleans of my photos I’m putting together a series of posts on the subject, focusing on decoration, design, signage and humour. I’ll let others debate the ethical issues around taking photos in loos.
My personal favourite is the Cuban example above. It takes real guts, or perhaps a repressed record collection, to decorate your loos with Paul & Michael’s “Say,Say,Say” 7 inch.
If the Free Trade stuck a few copies of Agadoo and some Panini World Cup’78 stickers to the wall it might be a contender, though obviously there are restrictions on alterations to this World Heritage Site. The “Birdman of Milton Keynes” line pre-dates Milton Keynes.
In Stourbridge last year it was good to see a homage to the most famous toilet graffiti of all;
Of course there’s a whole branch of “Seaside humour” that I’m not getting into, but if you need to research for yourself I recommend rural Lincolnshire’s GBG pubs. This relatively tame one is from the incomparable Never Turn Back in Caister-on-Sea.
Stickers on the plumbing is the latest trend, with Stroud and Dulwich at the cutting edge.
The specialist craft places like Beer Rebellion have their own in-house teams of course, like the one at Gipsy Hill who here mix graffiti with ’70s surrealism to classic effect;
We’re still some way behind the Poles though, who run degrees in toilet art at Mikolow University.
And finally, the wooden spoon goes to all pubs with a sign like this, the loo equivalent of those “Man Creche” boards outside dull pubs.