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  • “000 GYPO AND JO’S HOUSE, PORT ST MARY, ISLE OF MAN: THE LOO THAT INSPIRED #LOO2010 BUT IRONICALLY I’VE NOT BEEN BACK THERE SINCE I STARTED PHOTOGRAPHING LOOS, SO THIS PHOTO WAS SENT TO ME BY STEF PAUSE. I’M GOING BACK TO GYPO AND JO’S IN APRIL, SO I’LL CAPTURE THEIR LOO ‘OFFICIALLY’ FOR #LOO2012 THEN.”
  • “018 BACKSTAGE LOO, BRIGHTON THEATRE ROYAL: THE ONLY LOO I’VE EVER SEEN WHERE THEY FEEL THE NEED TO INDICATE THAT THE WATER IN THE CISTERN IS NOT FOR DRINKING.”
  • “020 THE BLACK HEART, CAMDEN”
  • “014 OFFICERS’ LATRINE, VINDERLANDA ROMAN FORT, HADRIAN’S WALL”
  • “049 THE MOOSE, COPENHAGEN: IT SAYS A LOT ABOUT DENMARK – EVEN THOUGH IT’S A GRAFF-COVERED LOO IN A HEAVY METAL BAR, IT’S STILL VERY CLEAN AND THERE’S LOO ROLL.”
  • “057 SONGS FROM THE SHED HQ, NEAR BRISTOL: SONGS FROM THE SHED IS JOHN EARL’S LOVELY LIVE MUSIC PODCAST, MOSTLY FOLK, AMERICANA AND ACOUSTIC STUFF, FILMED IN A SHED. THE HOUSE IS BEAUTIFUL AND THE LOO IS GORGEOUS.”
  • “067 CANTEEN, BRISTOL: CANTEEN IS A COLLECTIVE-RUN RESTAURANT AND BAR IN STOKE’S CROFT. SOME OF THE BEST GRAFFITI IN A UK LOO I’VE SEEN.”
  • “069 MR AND MRS OXYGEN THIEF’S LOO, BRISTOL: BARRY IS THE OXYGEN THIEF, A PUNK/METAL ACOUSTIC SINGER WHO USES LOOPED RIFFS. THE LOO IS COMPLETELY COVERED IN COMIC BOOK PAGES.”
  • “077 STAGE SET, CELLAR 35, ABERDEEN: COINCIDENTALLY WHEN I ARRIVED FOR A SHOW AT CELLAR 35, THE PREVIOUS FEW NIGHTS THERE’D BEEN A PLAY ON AND THE STAGE-SET WAS A PUBLIC LOO, WHICH WAS PERFECT BECAUSE THAT’S THE ONLY TOUR WHERE I SOLD PRINTS OF MY LOO PHOTOS – I LET THE AUDIENCE THINK I’D SOMEHOW BROUGHT THIS STAGE-SET WITH ME ON A SOLO TOUR!”
  • “081 NIGHT & DAY, MANCHESTER”
  • “087 UPSTAIRS VIP BAR LOO, THE DOGHOUSE, DUNDEE: THE MOST PROVOCATIVE LOO I’VE FOUND.”
  • “090 THE GRAY FAMILY HOUSE, TWYFORD, NEAR WINCHESTER: MY OLD FRIEND OLIVER PUTS ON ALT-COUNTRY AND AMERICANA SHOWS IN WINCHESTER UNDER THE SXSC BANNER – AND OCCASIONALLY RUNS SHOWS IN A SHED IN HIS GARDEN.”
  • “111 ETEAKET, EDINBURGH”
  • “155 20TH FLOOR, THE YALE CLUB, NYC: VERY, VERY POSH. THE CLUB HAD OWN-BRANDED MOUTHWASH IN THE WASHROOM. THE PRINT ABOVE THE LOO IS AN ORIGINAL OF A CARTOON FROM THE NEW YORKER FROM (SOMETHING LIKE) THE 1930S. THIS IS WHERE BERTIE WOOSTER WOULD’VE GONE FOR A WEE IN NEW YORK.”
  • “182 THE GREEN LOO, SCRIVENOR’S BOOKS, BUXTON: THEY LOVE THIS LOO, IT HAS LOADS OF GREEN JUNK IN IT AND A HOMEMADE CERTIFICATE FOR BEING THE BEST LOO IN BUXTON. WHEN I TWEETED IT TWO TOTALLY SEPARATE PEOPLE MENTIONED HAVING BEEN IN THERE AND BEEN BURST IN ON, SO I GUESS THE LOCK IS PRETTY LAME.”
  • “193 PROMISED LAND, CARDIFF: BEAUTIFUL, ELEGANT THEMED ORIGINAL ARTWORK ALL AROUND THE LOOS.”
  • “200 CRAPPER’S VALVELESS WATER WASTE PREVENTER FROM 1881: THIS IS ON DISPLAY IN A HISTORY OF LOOS IN YORK CASTLE MUSEUM.”
  • “216 THE WELL, LEEDS: A PARTICULARLY FINE EXAMPLE OF “GIG VENUE STICKS LOADS OF ARTWORK TO LOO WALLS” GENRE.”
  • “AND FINALLY, WITHOUT A NUMBER, A PHOTO OF THE ‘HISTORY OF TOILET PAPER’ EXHIBIT IN YORK CASTLE MUSEUM. JUST AMAZING THAT THEY WENT TO THE TROUBLE.”
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PHOTOS BY CHRIS T-T

Contrary to unpopular belief Chris T-T isn’t named after a Manx motorcycle race. Over the past decade he has in fact been one of the most consistently acclaimed artists in British underground music and a truly pioneering DIY artist across many media and platforms. Based in Brighton but restlessly mobile, he writes for magazines, websites and books, including a regular column in national left-wing newspaper The Morning Star. Here are some other things I didn’t realise until shamelessly plagiarising his online biography:

  • Last year Chris put some of AA Milne’s poems for children to music for a show at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, releasing it as an album more recently
  • ln 2010 Chris instigated the #IAmSpartacus global Twitter meme as an act of civil disobedience in support of Paul Chambers’ Twitter joke trial
  • He has performed on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square for Anthony Gormley’s One & Other project
  • Chris has re-soundtracked the cult Japanese film Battle Royale for Soho’s Other Cinema and composed music on commission for the Natural History Museum and the World Health Organisation

Anyway. I digress. Impressive achievements aside the reason you’re here is that since January 2010 Chris has taken a photo of every single toilet he has visited and posted them to Twitter. We asked him to pick twenty of his favourite photos for us and it is those that we present to you here. Amongst the haul are notable live music venues in Leeds, Manchester and Bristol.

Oh, and before you ask (as I know you will) the featured image is a restroom in MOMA, NYC. For all the other photos just click on the quotation marks for an explanatory elaboration in the form of some words from Chris.

If you enjoy what you see here then you can keep up with Chris T-T’s ongoing documenting of lavatories via his Twitter.