Ex-model cites ‘NippleGate’ fallout as example of NFL’s women problem

Business mogul and former supermodel Kathy Ireland paid tribute today to Janet Jackson on the 25th anniversary of “Rhythm Nation”:

@JanetJackson 25 years ago today, JANET emerged from every shadow & asked the world to choose equality for all through the anthem of music.

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@JanetJackson Power statements on Race, Gender equality, Drug Abuse & more built a "Rhythm Nation" for all. JANET did not ask us to bow.

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@JanetJackso She did not show us her wealth or fantasy body images. She empowered us to be our best selves. Next week, let's examine how

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@JanetJackson changed the world, and I believe, the people who became frightened by her clarion call for justice.

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@JanetJackson Happy Anniversary JANET. We owe you much and hope that our debt to your genius will be paid. xo

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

But with all controversy surrounding the NFL and women, Ireland can’t help but think back to Super Bowl XXXVIII, in 2004, when Janet Jackson’s breast was exposed during the halftime show. Ireland believes that the way Jackson was treated in the aftermath of the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” reflected the NFL’s inherent issues with women:

@JanetJackson deliberately exploited & twisted the gifts of this artist because of her growing influence & power. The NFL issues with women

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@JanetJackson did not begin with this news cycle. We could have noticed when an icon was viciously attacked and boycotted in 2004. We didn't

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@JanetJackson notice that the woman/person was shamed, blamed & is still boycotted. We should have risen in response to misogyny. We did not

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@flytetymejam @HubbuchNYP @nfl @JanetJackson Thank you gentle-men for acknowledging that the NFL treatment of JANET is abuse against women.

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@HubbuchNYP Powerful to experience what happens when a man publicly, removes clothing from a woman. We should have spoken out for our sister

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@Carlaray394 @Jorgehff @vanelove_xoxo @xo_tilweovrdose Didn't care about @JanetJackson or don't care about women? Even those of us who

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@Carlaray394 @Jorgehff @vanelove_xoxo @xo_tilweovrdose play and support the game with our families and dollars. What will we do #NOW?

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@kathyireland Don't take us men off the hook, tho. We let that happen, too. I wasn't offended then, but I also didn't hold JT responsible.

— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) September 19, 2014

@HubbuchNYP Bart, let me be clear: Did not hold JT responsible. Assumed he was a young artist carried away in the moment. Disgusted that

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@HubbuchNYP JANET was vilified, shamed, and abused. Almost no one publicly stood with her. Why? Last week NFL "announced" that JANET is

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@HubbuchNYP still "boycotted" or "blacklisted", following a query from TMZ? After all these years? Blame the woman? It's not alright.

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@kathyireland Looking back, I (and a lot of men) should've asked the bluenoses so upset about a nipple "Why is JT getting off so easily?"

— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) September 19, 2014

@HubbuchNYP If memory serves, it was a covered nipple and 1/14th of a second. Was it a great choice? No. Did it rise to indecency? Even the

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

It really is amazing how Justin Timberlake completely skated from NippleGate. Like he wasn't even there.

— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) September 19, 2014

@HubbuchNYP Even the Supreme Court says no. Now, Michael Powell formerly of the FCC, apologizes to JANET. Damage Done.

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@nfl @NFLNow Comm. Goodell, will you speak about the practices toward women that began prior to you tenure? @JANETJACKSON apology would be a

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@nfl @NFLNow great way to start showing women that this is not a practice and pattern of NFL behavior from the field and beyond.

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@dayg715 @friendsofjanet @HubbuchNYP n my view, it is not and was not, about JT. The issue remains that JANET was attacked and ten years is

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

@dayg715 @friendsofjanet @HubbuchNYP a long time to wait for an apology. Things haven't improved in the NFL's treatment of women. It's awful

— kathy ireland (@kathyireland) September 19, 2014

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Darkchild’s Many Productions, Ranked In Terms Of Genius

Everything is subjective, of course. But your opinion is wrong.

You know who Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins is.

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He’s the guy behind some of the greatest songs you’ve ever danced to. He’s a super-producer, a talented musician and songwriter, and a blessing to the world, most recently winning a Grammy for his work on Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”.

Here is an important — and unarguable — ranking of his best work.

19. Telephone РLady Gaga Ft. Beyonc̩

Bombast and pyrotechnics, this. But the chorus is fire, and the entire Bey feature is a jam all on its own.

It’ll do.

18. Feedback – Janet Jackson

Yes, this goes hard. But there’s something missing from this for me. It just sounds a little cold, even with the divine Ms Jackson doing her thing over the skittery beat.

I’d dance to it in a club, though.

17. I Can Love You – Mary J. Blige Ft. Lil’ Kim

This earlyish Darkchild (1997!) is just the easiest track to nod along to, so effortless.

Mary J’s keening vocals (at one point she modestly tells the object of her affection: “I can love you/a little better than she can,” which is quietly heartbreaking) are the perfect accompaniment to the simple groove. It sounds both completely of its time, but also timeless.

Shoutout to Lil’ Kim’s verse, too (with its gentle reference to Biggie).

16. Holler – Spice Girls

This late Spice Girls single (minus Geri, and before the Grand Hiatus) really works, but that’s not because of the especially great vocals (Mel C excepted). In fact, Mel B’s adlibs almost kill it.

But it’s catchy as hell, and so danceable.

15. Revolution – Kirk Franklin

Political gospel? Why the heck not?

Darkchild can do anything.

14. Cater 2 U – Destiny’s Child

Dodgy lyrics aside (“My life would be purposeless without you,” Bey sings in the opening verse, earning a sharp side-eye), this is a flawlessly produced slow jam with one of the most laidback and romantic grooves Darkchild’s ever made. There’s no beating Passionate Bey on vocals, and she’s out here in force.

13. If You Had My Love – Jennifer Lopez

Here’s how you know Jennifer Lopez was not playing around: This was the debut single on her debut album. So casual.

The lyrics are not the strongest, and it’s not even the best ever J-Lo vocal offering (that’s a list for another day) but it is a mid-tempo silky jam, and catchy as hell, so it’s easy to forgive its flaws.

Perfect to sing with one hand on your heart, in the mirror.

12. Say My Name – Destiny’s Child

If Drake is sampling you almost 15 years later, chances are you did something extremely right. This track is unnaturally right.

It’s the mixed-upness of “Say My Name” (perfectly telegraphing the up-and-down play of the lyrics: are you cheating or nah?) that make it a straight up banger. And the production is so tight and sure of what its doing, it steals your attention away from the fact that the band recently changed lineup, and this is the video in which you meet Farrah and Michelle for the first time. Plus! The break – “yea, yea, yea yea” – is poetry is song. A stone cold classic.

PS: shoutout to the most iconic Darkchild tag of them all: “Darkchild nine-nine”.

11. Déjà Vu – Beyoncé

“Bass…Hi-hat…Jay” It’s the classiest of openings, isn’t it?

On an album as jam-packed with bangers as B’Day, Déjà Vu is for me, one of the finest Bey singles ever produced. Darkchild went BIG on this, throwing everything at Beyoncé, who brought in some magic of her own. The high energy is infectious, and gives the feeling of having been a blast to record.

Big vocals, big production, big tune.

10. Can’t Leave ‘Em Alone – Ciara Ft. 50 Cent

This is not one of Ciara’s best-known, but it should be.

Darkchild gives her a classic handclap beat, plus the twinkliest of R&B accents. They are the perfect accompaniments for Ciara’s whispery soft vocals. “I can’t leave ‘em alone/I tried that good boy game/But the dope boy’s turning me on,” she sings like a lovefool. And then 50 Cent shores it up with bars like: “My intentions are good/I can’t help it, I’m hood/I wouldn’t change if I could/you shouldn’t tell me I should.” So at least they’re well-matched.

So fresh, it sounds like summer.

9. I’m Good – Blaque

This 2004 banger was too good to soundtrack a film as terribly bland as Honey (which, full disclosure: I saw at the cinema). Side note: There is a depressing number of now-defunct black girl groups from the mid-2000s.

This is low key girl empowerment (“I don’t like what you’re kickin’ son/ now leave,” they dismiss some unworthy creature), wrapped up in Darkchild’s beat wonderland. And the hype tag on this one is an idiosyncratic “Darkchizzle!” Which is fun.

8. You Rock My World – Michael Jackson

I was full of trepidation when they announced a new MJ record. What I loved of his music was either my age or older than me, and I worried. But then I heard this, and realised my own foolishness. How could Darkchild fail with MJ?

This is so smooth! The once sweet voice sounds as fresh as it ever did, and Darkchild’s production is sympathetic to MJ’s legacy, with lovely harmonies in the chorus.

Shoutout to MJ’s last great single.

7. Don’t Wanna Be A Player – Joe

I know it can’t be true, but this feels like this is the only thing I listened to in 1997.

The vocoder intros us to what would become the R&B love song to beat for the next 15 years, when Joe’s smooth and slightly nasal crooning takes over. “I think I’ve found someone I could live my life for, “ he sings, “I’m giving up the booty calls”. Only if you’re sure, mate.

And even though people don’t belong to people – and you know this – you sing along, sighing, when Joe finishes the hook with: “I’m yours, you’re mine for sure”. Aah, memories.

6. Still Not A Player – Big Pun Ft. Joe

I mean, technically, this isn’t a Darkchild jam per se. But it builds on one of his best ever productions, Joe’s “Don’t Wanna Be A Player”.

Joe’s falsetto opens it up, but that Brenda Russell keyboard loop – calibrated perfectly to make you bounce – runs away with the song. It’s such a canny song: Big Pun’s sometimes breathless bars (that don’t bear listening to too closely) married to Joe’s smooth R&B voice. By the time you’re singing along to “Boricua/morena” with Joe, the work’s already done.

What a jam.

5. He Wasn’t Man Enough – Toni Braxton

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? From the moment Toni says his name in a husky whisper (followed by a laugh) right at the top of the song, you know you’re in for a treat. “Who do you think I am?” she asks this lesser rival. I don’t know, Toni. I DON’T KNOW.

Again, the beat is king here, as are Toni Braxton’s slinky vocals. And then comes the bridge, when he strips it back, and lets Toni fly. She soars.

A thousand hen nights rejoice.

4. What About Us – Brandy

“Darkchild…B-Rock…Let’s go.”

And then Brandy launches into an impassioned but also somehow detached verse about how her man’s done her wrong, and should “close the door behind you”, but also, how about all these broken promises? “What about us?” she implores.

This is made for dancing with your girls at a house party, after too much food and drinks, when you’re skirting the line between genuine heartbreak and trying to just shake it off.

3. Top Of The World – Brandy

I was 16 when this came out, and it is so good I developed a crush on Ma$e. MA$E! That’s how good this is.

The drums are ridiculous, and Brandy pours her honeyed gospel voice all over it. It sounds exactly like a song a teenager would sing (Brandy was 19), except this teen was a huge-selling pop star to boot. “My life is real so please don’t get it twisted/Problems the same and got to be dealt with/These are the things I wish you knew”.

By the time Ma$e comes back for his verse at the end, Brandy’s “top of the world” refrain is permanently etched on our brains. “Slow down, Ma$e – you killin ‘em,” she instructs coolly.

Too late. This is perfect.

2. It’s Not Right But It’s Okay – Whitney Houston

Whitney’s voice was not what it used to be by this 1999 album, but you couldn’t tell when she damn near snarled out the first line of this: “Friday night/you and your boys went out to eat…” And then right after she talks about finding his credit card receipt, the beat kicks in, bringing with it the chorus (of women): “It’s not right, but it’s okay/I’m gonna make it anyway”.

It doesn’t matter if your partner is the height of loveliness and attention, after hearing this song, you’re going to pick a fight when they get home.

Everything is just spare enough in order to amplify the simmering rage of the lyrics. This is The Lick. One of his finest.


1. The Boy Is Mine – Monica and Brandy

That hazy keyboard opening is like the harp effect in the dream sequence on a teen sitcom; it is also the start of perfection that doesn’t let up for four minutes.

It’s unequivocally his greatest, right? His work with Brandy always seemed a cut above the rest, and this is their finest collaboration. There are no missteps; it’s all killer, no filler. A duet that favours no one singer, and everyone on their A game.

What. A. Song.

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Lusting Out Loud: Women, Social Media, And Desire

Women articulating their lust is amazing. We should celebrate it.

The poster and trailer for Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to Channing Tatum’s greatest contribution to cinema, 2012’s Magic Mike, dropped this week, and verily, there was an outpouring of lust so strong and vocal that the Earth tipped a little on its axis.

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And that’s A Good Thing.

Just under two years ago, I began putting together a list of things I like and posting them on Twitter. The list is called #Bims10Things and I am delighted by the number of people who are genuinely into the things I share. The formula is not set, but staples include: old Hollywood glamour, previously unseen photos of personal faves, music, videos, vintage ads, GIFs, very good-looking men and women, and always, always, a photo of my obsession, Solange. The exclamations of joy in response to the list usually take the form of retweets, perhaps with a little note at the beginning or end. People copy in their friends — “look! You’ll love this kitten in a sporran” — and others drop my @-handle out completely, leaving only the hashtag as a marker of its origin. There is a loudness to their consumption of the list that marks it as a clearly public activity.

And that sharing behaviour is true of almost all the things I post, except for one category. There is a peculiar response when I post a particular kind of image: that of a handsome/attractive man, perhaps in some state of undress, or doing something which, while entirely Safe For Work, is unspeakably sexy, or erotic even. Like the GIF of a young Marlon Brando I posted once, or Mark Ruffalo shirtless, or Harrison Ford in a natty suit back in 1980. The straight women of my timeline (and beyond) may retweet these images a few times, but they will also favourite the shit out of it. For all the RTs these images inspire (and the talkback: “Christ!” and “what even?!” are popular responses), the favourite rate is a different story altogether. It’s curious, almost coy.

Charles K. Feldman Group/Warner Bros

Charles K. Feldman Group/Warner Bros


I examined why this is, and came to a few — unscientific — conclusions:

1) Convenience. I tend to post #Bims10Things during most people’s work hours. Ogling a slo-mo gif of Chris Hemsworth’s rippling biceps and abs when your superiors might be observing your computer screen may not be the most prudent move. So a favourite may be all you can do at the time.

2) Faulty tech. Some version of this thought: “I’m on my phone, and the images never load on EE’s stupid crap 3G. Ugh! I’ll see whatever the hell this is later.” *hits favourite*

3) The horn. Some version of this thought: “I like this very much. I am favouriting it so I can get a closer, more considered look later. And again, later. And maybe one more time, later,” followed by a Mae West leer/Sid James chuckle.

I think the third conclusion is the one that makes me happiest of all.

Because when my interactions tab goes crazy with new favourites, I am looking at tiny pieces of desire, expressed. Women’s desire — so often considered non-existent, quiet, more civilised, so complicated as to be almost sentiently cunning, etc — sitting calmly and matter-of-factly in my inbox, chillin’. Women essentially saying, “Oh. That’s nice. I want it” or, slightly more coarsely: “I’d ruin that.” I get several of these most Fridays, and I revel in it. It’s freeing and lovely, normalising what parts of society still won’t, not without certain caveats. These favourites are not quite ladette culture — which, broadly, I loved — with its “Get your knob out!” antics. But it is not demure, pearl-clutching delicacy, either. It lies somewhere in between, a quiet acknowledgement: “I find this pleasing, and I’m going to save the image so I can look at it again and again, and that’s OK.”

My Twitter feed on any given day is a stream of consciousness: telly I’m watching, work I’m doing, essays I’m reading, handsome dudes that my Tumblr dashboard belches up with alarming regularity, and so on. Sometimes after typing out my 140 characters, my finger hovers above the backspace button: Do I really want to publish an articulation of how a seeing a photo of Jesse Williams made me inhale sharply? The answer, most days, is “Yes”. Or at least “I don’t mind”. Objectively speaking, Williams is a ridiculously handsome dude and my response to his beauty is, objectively speaking, fairly typical. Does the world need to know? Perhaps not. But it’s OK if it does, and that realisation is the kicker. You don’t have to detail exactly what Daniel Craig would gratefully receive from you (seriously, someone said that about Mr Craig, in my presence. “He’d receive it gratefully,” she said. I don’t think “it” was a martini), or maybe you do. The core is: acknowledging the desire? Expressing it? I’m here for that.

So if you’re one of the women — and it is mostly women, about 99% of the time — whose ladyboner directs the mouse to click “favourite”, here’s a little wink, a tiny hat tip to you. You make my Fridays, and as long as #Bims10Things is going, you will get your hot dude photo/GIF/video.

That’s a promise.

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30 Jaw-Dropping Pieces Of Bristol Street Art

There’s more to us than Banksy.

1. The Masonic, North Street, Bedminster

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Artist: Dan Kitchener. Visit his Facebook page here.

A vibrant and multi-coloured mural across the side of one of North Street’s pubs.

2. Hamilton House, Stokes Croft

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Artist: Cosmo Sarson. Visit his Facebook page here.

An enormous breakdancing Jesus on the side of one of Bristol’s arts and music hubs.

3. Red Point Climbing Centre, Winterstoke Road

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Artist: DALeast.
Artist: Masai.

A multi-artist work on the sides of this old cinema.

4. Gloucester Road

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Artist: Burning Candy Crew. See more of the collective’s work here.

Signature colour-work from this east London collective in Bristol.

5. North Street, Southville, from Upfest 2013

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Artist: Inkie.
Artist: Tom Lane.
Artist: Ged Palmer.

A piece in a maritime-tobacco-tin style: Bristolian perfection covering an entire wall.

6. Nelson Street, Bristol City Centre

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Artist: Pixel Pancho. Visit his Facebook page here.

Industrial and robotic craziness from a Turin-based street artist.

7. West Street, Bedminster

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Artist: Andy Council. Visit his Flickr page here.

A stunning galloping horse made up of south Bristol’s most iconic buildings.

8. The Farm, St Werburghs

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Artist: Xenz. Visit his Twitter page here.

Bucolic brilliance in the glorious beer garden of this pub.

9. M32, Bristol

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Artist: Zase. Visit his Twitter page here.

The Zase vs Dekor Turtle race is in a residential area, visible from the M32 near Ikea.

10. Souk Kitchen, Raleigh Road, Southville

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Artist: Andrew Burns Colwill.

The mysterious Bristol crocodile and friend get an outing against a deliciously delicate backdrop.

11. Red Point Climbing Centre, Winterstoke Road

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Artist: Jody Thomas. Visit his Twitter page here.

Multiple pieces of stunningly lifelike large-scale art inside this building.

12. Nelson Street, Bristol City Centre

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Artist: El Mac.

There’s incredible detail in this monumental piece by Los Angeles artist El Mac.

13. Little Bishop Street, St Pauls

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Artist: Silent Hobo. Visit his Facebook page here.

Local vibrancy captured at the heart of one of Bristol’s greatest communities.

14. The Kings Arms, Black Boy Hill

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Artist: Zase. Visit his Twitter page here.

Terrific detail and sunny styling in one of Whiteladies Road’s most popular pubs.

15. Nelson Street, Bristol City Centre

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Artist: Nick Walker. Visit his Facebook page here.

“Vandal” is a piece that towers over Nelson Street and pours down on to the pavement below.

16. Hill Street, Bristol City Centre

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Artist: Jon5

An incredible use of a small space to make a big piece come to life.

17. Nelson Street, Bristol City Centre

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Artist: Mariusz Waras.

A huge-scale industrial mural depicting Bristol’s mechanical past, from the M-City project.

18. Stokes Croft

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Artists: 3-DOM and VOYDER.

A striking collaborative work created high on a building on Stokes Croft.

19. The Old Bookshop, North Street, Bedminster

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Artist: Sokar Uno. Visit his Facebook page here.

Check out the beautiful use of colour and shade on the side of this Bedminster cocktail bar and venue.

20. Duke of York, St Werburghs

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Artist: Alex Mack. Visit her Facebook page here.

A “Grand Old Duke of York”-inspired mural by Alex Mack, created after she won the owner of this pub’s competition to design a piece.

21. Full Moon, Stokes Croft

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Artist: Cheba. Find him on Twitter here.

A gorgeous astrological mural covering the entirety of this backpacker hostel.

22. Raleigh Road, Southville

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Artist: My Dog Sighs. Visit his Facebook page here.

This warehouse door is characteristic of the artist, who often depicts eyes.

23. Hillgrove Street, Stokes Croft

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Artist: Phlegm.

A collaborative work between two artists with different illustrative styles on two sides of a house.

24. Lakota, Stokes Croft

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Artist: Cheo.
Artist: Minto.

A stunning mix of two artists’ styles wrap around this iconic Stokes Croft building.

25. Thekla, The Grove, Bristol City Centre

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Artist: Inkie. Visit his Facebook page here.

A brand new work from a Bristol street-art original on the rejuvenated floating nightclub Thekla.

26. Nine Tree Hill, Stokes Croft

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Artist: Fois.

There are big, contrasting colours on this multi-sectioned piece set back from the kerb on this historic and ever-changing street.

27. Portland Heights, St Pauls

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Artist: Silent Hobo. Visit his Facebook page here.

An almost shop-window-style mural on the side of this modern building, off Dean Street in St Pauls.

28. Stokes Croft

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Artist: Dan Kitchener. Visit his Facebook page here.

A stunning street mural of light and colour reflecting the atmosphere of its location, a short walk from the Bear Pit roundabout.

29. Mina Road, St Werburghs

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Artist: Stinkfish.

Bringing Bogota to Bristol, this blazing wall of colour faces out from a residential street.

30. Aldi car park, Southville

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Artist: Herakut. Visit their Facebook page here.

A full-scale mural on a sizeable Victorian building, full of detail and melancholy.

Big thanks to Upfest for their suggestions.

Upfest, Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival, will be held in Bristol in July 2015. To find out more, visit

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