The Rooms Festival, Bristol

Exploring the future of reading, relaxation and more in this showcase of new ideas

There’s a sense that exciting things are happening in Bristol, the UK university city that CH visited last year for the “Shadowing” street project, which was the winner of Watershed’s 2014 Playable City award. Watershed is also one of the collaborators that make up the REACT project, which aims to get academia and businesses to work together, a helpful initiative for emerging creatives who need …

We Are Ink’d Temporary Tattoos

Bristol-based contemporary publisher Urban Graphic taps their favorite artists for non-committal body art

We’ve come a long, long way since the times when getting a tattoo was the exclusive prerogative of those on society’s fringes. Getting inked is still a pretty big decision however, so trying it out beforehand can oftentimes seem like a good idea. Step forward We Are Ink’d, a British temporary tattoo company (similar to Tattly) offering some of the quirkiest and most original designs …

“Shadowing” Street Project, Bristol

A haunting and artistic reminder of Britain's CCTV culture in this interactive installation

Walk down the streets of Bristol—a university city in England’s West Country—after dark, and while passing under a streetlight, you might find yourself sharing the illuminated circle with the ghosts of visitors past: someone else’s shadow walking beside you. Meanwhile, your own shadow is spirited away to accompany the next person who walks under the light. That’s the haunting premise of “Shadowing,” a new interactive …

Richard Gray’s Bristol 411

Acclaimed photographer Frank Schott captures the rare British sporting car on Northern California's historic Highway 1

If you’ll remember from our 2010 visit with Bristol Cars‘ chairman and owner Toby Silverton at their sole dealership in Kensington, London, the rare hand-built cars are one of the more elusive, and certainly cherished automobiles on the road today. Built by a company that got its start making fighter planes during WWII, the high performance “sporting cars” are purposely made to epitomize understated luxury. …