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Bristol freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze

  • Posted by tim
  • 5 February 2009

We are due to go to brizzle today for the Barney Bubbles exhibition, these are the pics Nick Hand kindly sent over that illustrate what awaits us. We are on our way. 


someone else's trumpet

  • Posted by ade
  • 8 January 2009

The Bristol shop was designed and overseen by a lovely guy called Russell Ashdown.  He is a Bristol based interior designer specialising in sustainable design.

He helped us with the concept in Carnaby street, designed our printshop and creative shed, our Cardigan shop and will do our office when we can afford it.

He is great to work with cause he is good at what he does and knows his stuff, can interpret our briefs into what we want, understands that every project is fluid throughout it's development even when you are at the sawing and drilling stage and will react, will come back and review whether the concept is right and is a thoroughly nice bloke. And his work is great.

And he is a pretty mean long distance runner too.

Have a look at his website.

I just got this book recently. Published by Bristol/Bath homeboys Tangent, Children Of The Can: 25 Years of Bristol Graffiti documents the Bristol graffiti story from the early days of 3D’s New York-inspired work and John Nation's grass roots influence at the Barton Hill Youth Club to the current crop of artists who have helped to make Bristol’s graffiti scene one of the UK's most influential and diverse. Children Of The Can features the work of all the city's best-known and (until now) unsung talent, including:

 2Keen, 3D, Awkward, Banksy, Cheo, China Mike, Filthy Luker, Haka, Inkie, Jeff Row, Jody, Just Another Crew, Kato, KTF, Lokey, Mr.Jago, Mudwig, Nick Walker, Rowdy, Shimz, Sickboy, Soker, Souls On Fire, TNP, TUB, Turoe, Twentieth Century Frescoes, What Collective, Will Barras, The Z-Boys and many more…

 Felix ‘FLX’ Braun started writing graffiti in the mid-80s and grew up with the Bristol scene painting alongside the likes of Inkie and Nick Walker. He continues to live and paint in the city and has unrivalled access to the artists and their work. Here, they tell their stories in their own words. Most of the pictures in Children of the Can have never before been published and many have been provided from the artists’ sketchbooks and private collections. 

Click view to see the history of tangent below 


The story of Tangent Books


There was once a book publisher called Naked Guides Ltd. In fact there still is. The company was set up by Richard Jones (from Bristol) and Steve Faragher (from Bath) in 2004 with the intention of writing a series of alternative guide books to all the major, and not so major, towns and cities in the UK.


The books would be sharp, funny, in-depth, revealing. They would lay bare the towns and cities. They would be Naked Guides. Soon the first editions appeared of the Naked Guide to Bristol and the Naked Guide to Bath.


Then a bloke called Stanley moved into the office, which was above a cinema in the middle of Bath. He did art stuff for Radiohead and wrote loads. We liked his style

so we worked together to publish his wonderful collection of ‘Miserable Stories’.


We started to realise that we had gone off on a tangent from our original plans. So we decided to call ourselves Tangent Books and adopted a mission statement to ‘publish interesting stuff’ and provide ‘quality books for the discerning punter’.


In the last year this ‘interesting stuff’ has included a novel set in a 1970s Bristol dole office (Where’s My Money), a cookbook, a children’s story. And our ‘greatest hit’ so far, Banksy’s Bristol: Home Sweet Home which traces the early influences and work of the infamous street artist.


During November of 2008 will also welcomed three new arrivals. Ex-stand up Nick Law’s Bartholomew Rakehell, a hilarious and bawdy tale of Boxing, Bordellos and Bristol pluck told in verse and set in the late 18th Century.


Bristol Black and White by based photographer Mark Simmons who has been snapping people from around here for over 20 years. Images in this collection include passers-by, clubbers, international celebrities, children and the elderly.


Our final book of 2008 is Felix Braun’s Children of the Can, 25 years of Bristol graffiti. Collecting images from over 50 Bristol based street artists including Nick Walker, Inkie, Banksy plus the new generation of artists snapping at their heels.


Publisher Richard Jones has noticed a growing interest in local books, “I think it is linked to the interest in all things local” he says, “including local food and local history. People are curious to find out about things going on in their area and luckily there is always plenty going on in Bristol”.


Next time you are in a bookshop, make sure you look at the ‘local books’ section and if they don’t stock Tangent Books demand to know why, tell them you won’t leave until they promise to get some in.

Here's the link again to tangents website.





no pj's or nighties

  • Posted by ade
  • 29 November 2008

it's 5.49 am and we are nearly there.

because things have slowed some people are not stimulated and are taking a short rest before we vacuum and then mop.

we have gone from shell to dressed in just over 48 hours and we are in the hard bit now.

please come sun.

and the boston tea party coffee shop...

night faries

  • Posted by ade
  • 29 November 2008

Today they delivered and fitted the new curved glass.

The electricity board connected the wires, and tomorrow at 7am they come to fill in the hole outside the front door.

So tonight all night David, Anna, Terri, Nick, Nick, Matt, Ben, Barney, Lizzie, Sam, Paddy, Anja, Barney and me work all night putting the final stuff in place.

There is alot of final stuff!

All Aboard

  • Posted by ruben
  • 27 November 2008

The last lorry full of stuff for Bristol is being loaded up right now.

Loads of clothes. A sofa, some rails, hangers, scales, DOs, chairs, stationary.... It feels a bit like moving house!

The warehouse is packing the last of the clothes into boxes, then we just need Kerian to deliver the other rails and the lorry will be ready to go.

We have the green light to open on Saturday morning, now all we have to worry about is getting everything up to the shop and making it all look nice.

A couple more late nights for the Bristol team and then all the hard work will come together and we will open the doors.

Down in the warehouse...

  • Posted by ruben
  • 27 November 2008

While ade and his team truck on getting the shop in Bristol set up, the boys and girls down in the warehouse are picking and packing stock out like crazy for the grand opening.

Thousands of items to go out. Only 5 trollies.

They ran out of trollies the other day, and started using the big post cages.

the last steps to bristol

  • Posted by ade
  • 26 November 2008

I drove the van to the store with Anja and Terri. Anja has been the go getter and Terri has been working on putting the howies into the shop.

We got to Bristol at 6.30 and I was totally knocked back by how great the shop looked.

Upto now it's been a to do list.

A top ten of tasks.

A scale model that we have played with here in Cardigan.

Negotiations with solicitors, contractors and utilities.

Sleepless nights and lots of coffee.

And I walked into it 80% there, with the 20% packed into the van.

I am really looking forward to the final push. We have Teri, Nick, Nick doing creative stuff. Russell the designer finishing the detail. The builders cleaning the lines. Anna dressing the clothes. Matt, Lizzie, Sam, Paddy, Will, Ben and Barney the new shop staff lifting, moving, cleaning and helping.

Freshwest coming to fit the counter.

And when it's all finished the founders will arrive and the end game will begin.

Tomorrow we have a site meeting with the contractors and we find out if we are able to open this weekend.

So one more sleepless night.

David did say he would turn my beard grey. It's actually going white!

bristol shop. bad good day

  • Posted by ade
  • 25 November 2008

i rode to work today listening to the Tim Ferriss Do Lecture lecture. which basically went, you can achieve the impossible.

then i got to work to find that some of what we needed to do today could not be done.

people were just saying no.

so we pushed and pulled and picked and called and hounded and pleaded and begged and bribed and said please and turned a lot back into yes'.

tomorrow we convert more no's.

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