To coincide with recent exhibition Process: The working practices of Barney Bubbles, a short run of t-shirts was produced featuring The M!ss!ng L!nk tattoo Barney Bubbles created for drummer Rat Scabies in the early 80s.
“Barney said he always thought of me as the original missing link,” says the former member of The Damned in Reasons To Be Cheerful.
Scabies hasn’t been able to locate the copy of the design Bubbles gave him for several years, so was delighted when the original turned up during research for the show. And he has vowed to finally have the tattoo inked; we have recommended a decent parlour and will keep you informed of developments.
Original artwork, pen and inks on card, early 80s.
With other examples of artwork on display at Process.
The original artwork – the broken links form a rat’s face – was a particularly popular exhibit among visitors to Process.
Rat has given the tees – on which the logo is inverted – two thumbs-up. It’s surely a testament to BB’s brilliance that the design remains full of impact. And, when wearing one, you look down at your chest and there’s a rat staring back at you…
There weren’t many produced and most went during the run of the show. However, there are some left at £10 each in L (40″ chest) and XL (42″ chest).
These two sizes are modeled here by the talented and handsome Chelsea Space assistants Gyeyeon Park and Mike Iveson, both artists in their own right.
To order your t-shirt go here.