Toilet graffiti is the art-world’s unsung hero. Inane scribblings, offensive quips responding to offensive quips, and the wonderfully irreverent (the gents at Manchester’s Keko Moku carry the immortal statement, “Idol Minds and Leather Biscuits” – surely the world’s best band name that isn’t?)… drunken scribblings can easily rival some of the more detestably pretentious ‘real’ art out there.
And now, a new bar at arts space TESTBED1 – located in a former Battersea dairy – puts your artistic musings centre-stage. The Doodle Bar actively encourages the expressive defacing of their walls; giving you, and fellow doodlers, the opportunity to indulge your inner street artist, present your latest illustration style – or, of course, just scrawl some childish rubbish that’d get you thrown out of most West End joints.
The rest of the space is warehouse chic to the nth degree, and out in the courtyard you can find the semi-permanent incarnation of Mark Jankel and Jun Tanaka’s famous Street Kitchen; you won’t want to leave.