Absolute Bristol Legends


The Absolute Bristol Legends merch line is the unique and legendary trading project from the charity, Caring in Bristol. All proceeds go to support their 8 different projects helping people experiencing homelessness in Bristol.

Absolute Bristol Legends started life as a collaboration between the team behind Crack Magazine, popular Bristol-based illustrator and owner of the much acclaimed Turbo Island Tees platform, Christopher Wright and Caring in Bristol.

The project emerged from a shared philanthropic desire to help Bristol’s surging homeless problem. Initially based on a pub conversation centred on prominent characters who make Bristol the vibrant place it is, an initial shortlist of “legends” – young, old, famous and local – was created. After the team behind Crack Magazine suggested that a selection of drawings of these characters would suit Chris’ distinctive illustrative style, the idea of getting these legends on to a tea towel was born. Enter Caring in Bristol, a small but fiercely ambitious charity delivering 8 projects supporting people experiencing homelessness in Bristol, who suggested that this could be a brilliant way to help raise much needed funds at Christmas and beyond.

34 “Absolute Bristol Legends” later and Chris’ illustrations now find themselves on over 1,000 tea towels that will be available to buy online and from a selection of 20 Bristol outlets throughout December. Priced at £10, all profits from the sale of the tea towels will go to support Caring in Bristol and their projects. For 2018 we’ve launched our Absolute Bristol Legend t-shirts, so you too can join the ranks of local legends. Our merch make perfect Christmas gifts and are an opportunity for Bristolians to celebrate their heritage in a fun and playful style, all whilst raising money for an innovative charity dealing with one of the most prominent issues Bristol faces as a city.

In 2017 The Bristol Legends Tea Towel raised just shy of £6000 for Caring in Bristol and we’re looking to double that this year.

1. DJ Derek - DJ
2. Jeff Knight - Big Issue Seller
3. Carol Vorderman - TV Personality and Mathematician
4. Danny Wainwright - Pro Skateboarder
5. Cary Grant - Actor
6. Wallace & Gromit - Cartoon Characters
7. Martin Parr - Photographer
8. Dorothy Brown - Building Preservationist
9. The Wurzels - Band
10. Roni Size - DJ/Producer
11. Blackbeard - Pirate
12. Tony Robinson - Actor
13. Beryl Cook - Artist
14. Sue Walker - Activist/Flapjack Seller
15. Tony Benn - Politician
16. Tricky - Musician
17. Maisie Williams - Actress
18. Brian Steele - Carpet Salesman/Businessman
19. Jenny Jones - Olympic Snowboarder
20. Nipper - HMV Dog
21. WG Grace - Cricketer
22. Isambard Kingdom Brunel - Engineer
23. Portishead - Band
24. Alex Lovell - Newsreader
25. David Prouse - Actor
26. Banksy - Artist
27. JK Rowling - Author
28. Judd Trump - Professional Snooker Player
29. Big Jeff - Music Fan
30. Massive Attack - Band
31. Mary Carpenter - Social Reformer
32. Dutty Ken - Landlord
33. Jane Couch - Boxer
34. Stephen Merchant - Actor/Comedian

The Bristol Legends Tea Towel can be purchased from www.absolutebristollegends.com and from the aforementioned stockist list who will have a limited number available

Caring in Bristol find gaps in the city provision for people experiencing homelessness and work together with our community to create innovative projects to fill them. From prevention to emergency support, our projects range from producing free citywide resources that empower our city to act, to investing in youth support, helping influence change from the very start.

Crack Magazine is Europe’s biggest free culture magazine. Originating from Bristol and with its Head Office still based here, it remains an essential platform for followers of art and culture in the city.

Turbo Island create colourful and cocky t-shirts for the music geeks amongst us. An outlet for all of Christopher Wright’s illustrative explorations.

INFORMATION/CONTACT For all press enquiries: jenny.duffy@caringinbristol.org.uk (0117 924 4444)