I went to St Louis with some friends to see the Solar Eclipse! One particular place I really wanted to check out was the Venice Cafe as a friendly tipster on Reddit suggested it to be worthy of a Toilography visit. Not only were their magnificently mosaiced toilets a huge drawcard, the whole damn venue was one of the funkiest, artsiest bars I’ve ever been to. It’s up there with the Papermoon Diner in Baltimore.
Here’s the walk down to the beautiful basement shitters:
And here are some of the other captivating pieces of art throughout the building, both toilets and non-toilets. The bartender told us that every day at least one new piece of art is added to the collection.
DC is full of ramen bars with cool toilets. This one was at Toki Underground along the H-Street Corridor (it isn’t actually underground, by the way). Both stalls were plastered in these funky anime comics 🍜🚽
I was waiting in line to get in, finally the door opened and FOUR girls exited this cramped stall, I have no idea what they were doing in there or how they all fit inside. The last one laughed and said to me “there’s still one more to come!”
Anyway, there were a few good words of wisdom on the walls here at Solly’s, DC:
“Protest against the rising of conformity”
“And all the colors mix together to grey, and it breaks her heart” (Dave Matthews lyrics)
“We love them in leather, we love them in lace, we love them best when they sit on our face”
“Beaner sucks wiener”
“If you’re mad about Trump, remember that 2020 is far away”
“Shit on the floor”
And one for the readers out there, “The librarians rule the world”
I’m in Washington DC this weekend and paid a return visit to the incredible Oki Bowl. Not only is it one of my favourite toilets in the world but it’s also one of my favourite ramen joints 🍜🚽
A map of DC’s metro system on the walls at the local Hostelling International
Ladies and gentleman, let me present to you the Holy Grail of toilets! 🏆🚽
Entitled ‘America’ (2016), it’s a fully functional & usable 18 karat gold throne by artist Maurizio Cattelan on display at New York’s Guggenheim museum. This incredible piece had been #1 on my toilet bucket list since I first hear about it around a year ago – finally on a weekend trip to the Big Apple I had my chance.
According to the blurb in the museum guidebook: “This work makes available to the public an extravagant luxury product seemingly intended for the 1 percent. Its participatory nature, in which viewers are invited to make use of the fixture individually and privately, allows for an experience of unprecedented intimacy with a work of art.”
It doesn’t get much better than this. If you happen to be in NYC it’s absolutely worth a visit! 😁