Here we stand: our 10 truths

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Penny for the Guy

penny for the guy

Penny for the guy guv?  

Every penny raised goes towards printing and other costs of this most individual, independent and inspiring of magazines.

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Issue Two, Call for Artists And Illustrators

Artists, Illustators…

Time to stand up and be counted, if you would like to contribute to the next issue of the bristow we need a raising of your hand and a link to your work so we can match you up with the correct article.

We know you guys have it in you.

even if you,ve contributed before or already told us in person, please shout up.


Jon & Danny

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Invisible Architecture — a tour

Join Historian Ben Waddington on a tour of sights and buildings inspired by his article ‘Invisible Architecture’ from Issue One of Dirty Bristow.

He says:
“Take a walk down New Street. The challenge is to get where you need to be without being waylaid by market researchers, religious groups, animal rights zealots, charity collectors in pincer formation, personality testers, Big Issue sellers on their last copy, or the unlucky folk needing just 20p towards their train fare.

Even if you successfully run this gauntlet, you are never out of the magnetic field of every shop window display, carefully arranged to take your attention and unfold your money. One direction you cannot afford to look is upward.

The impression is that it is a modern arrangement of concrete blocks put up in the sixties at the expense of Victorian splendour. The reality is very different: certainly there are some recent buildings but above the ground floor is mostly rich Victorian brickwork, colourful faience, terracotta, sculpture and ornate ironwork.

It is interesting to watch the design of buildings around Birmingham, and indeed most UK cities, altering through time to reflect the level people are looking at. The focus of branding descends the building throughout the twentieth century like an elevator.”

A guided tour exploring some of these themes sets off from Queens Corner, Birmingham at noon on Saturday 25th September 2010.

It costs £5 to be put towards Dirty Bristow Issue Two.

Register here.

Drop Ben a line for more details (

Photo by Gordon Eightball.


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The Artist Formally Knows his Prints

Love the cover of Issue One? Then you may desire a quality print of the cover from TTV artist Pete Ashton.

They’re shiny, A4 in size (much bigger than the mag), and signed in silver ink. They’re only £8 and look, of course, like this:

by Pete Ashton

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