The amazing WHQ murals
Why in the world..?
'Yeah, they are meant to be awe inspiring & they are... People are supposed to stop & wonder, why in the world, would anyone ever even bother to do that..?'
A Club With Tattoos
We always take our time to add art to the Club. It's constantly evolving in terms of how it looks. Eventually, we aim to decorate all the inner walls with high quality murals & pictures of things we are into, reflecting the culture of our Club & the type of people who come here.
Our murals are always created by current members of staff, we never commission professional artists.
Many of our mob study art anyway & if they have even a hint of the skills, they are promptly press-ganged into creating art for the Club.
From bar & cloakroom staff to doormen, if they have the shapes, it's on.
We see our murals as a direct evolution, from the days when early humans decorated the caves they lived & celebrated in.
They painted the things they held dear, felt had power, or were major influences on their everyday lives.
Well, that's exactly what we are doing too, just hundreds of generations later.
We're celebrating that exact same innate, human drive. Instinctively decorating our 'cave' with images of what we feel is important.
It’s also nice for our regulars to see the weeks & months it takes, to create a truly great mural & watch it develop & grow from a basic line drawing, to a warm, colourful, fabulous thing.
Every mural has it’s own unique story & we'll add articles about each one, over time in our 'Stuff We Like' section (in the site menu).
We’ve had such a laugh with all the many different staff members we’ve worked with over the years, who have contributed murals to the Club, it would be a proper crime not to write all the daft yarns up.
There are twisted stories of initial grooming, imprisonment, sleep deprivation, light torture, OCD, extreme human endurance...
Basically, everything challenging, that can possibly happen to a fledgling, young artist (barring underpayment…)
Locked, right there in the brushstrokes, of every single amazing piece...
All the little animals
Some of our Murals really connect with people big time. Below you can see a fab little posse, who have all masked up as animals to get their photo taken under the Davey A mural. We spotted them from the booth & whipped out a phone, to grab a snap of them for ourselves.
When great art makes a connection like that - you know you have a tribe.
A great little filmed Mural Tour
Here is a really, cool, insightful little film, as Tommy takes you on a tour of the Club discussing in detail, many of the murals & artworks we display in WHQ & delving into their meaning, origins & the effect he hopes they have on people.
The love of murals in Bars & Clubs began for us in the crazy world of 80s & 90s Amsterdam. They were everywhere over there back then & could be of astoundingly differing qualities. Some were amazing, some were pants. We exported the vibe back home with us & we've improved on it since.