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Street Portrait (for and of Tim AKA Flame Proof Moth), 2012

OK, eagle-eyed readers will have noticed there’s something slightly awry here – sure, it’s a portrait, but where’s the street?

We heard Tim before we saw him – he was singing a brilliant song about how women should be in charge (including banning men from the boardroom and installing women and children in their place). The guitar-playing was dexterous and heartfelt and the whole thing was issuing from a small practice amp on one of the mudflats on the South bank of the Thames. And then I saw him! No need to say anything further (Astonishingly, he says he’s looking for a stylist!), except thanks Tim for letting me take shot after shot and then allowing me to take your portrait. Hope you like it.

Street Portrait (for and of Tim AKA Flame Proof Moth) Take 2, 2012

Street Portrait (for an unnamed rock star), 2012

It was the coat I spotted first. When I caught up with this guy, I couldn’t quite believe how good his look was. Out of shot are a fine pair of brothel-creepers. We had a bit of a chat, and he revealed that he is in a band, but I didn’t get his name (or find out what instrument he plays) – I gave him my card. Hopefully he’ll get in touch and fill in some of the missing details. Anyway, thanks for agreeing to all the shots! Hope you like your picture.

This was taken somewhere near Covent Garden, London, UK. I failed Geography at school.

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If you’re in London anytime up to the 2nd December, I strongly recommend you visit Simon Martin’s new exhibition, UR Feeling, at Camden Arts Centre. He’s brought together a fascinating selection of architectural, art and design objects for your consideration. Works include his own, Ettore Sottsass’, and Richard Artschwager. I think it’s a game changer.

15 Minutes with…The Man Thing

Nimble-fingered, former bassist for Tony Kandinsky, Mark Savage (AKA Man-Thing), is about to launch himself as the world’s first Bristolian love guru. His ‘very private’ grooming kit, It’s A Man Thing, is launched today.

I heard a story that you once bedded six women in a single night.

Seven. It was after an awards thing. There was an after-show party, and for some of us it carried on a long time after the doors were shut.

Were you dressed like that? (Today, Mark is sporting full metal/biker regalia)

Believe it or not I fill out a dinner suit very nicely. Appearance is important when you’re playing the mating game, mate.

Which brings us on to…

It’s A Man Thing. Penile grooming for the discerning gent. Stencils, hair-dye, clippers, a little comb, hand-mirror…[his mind wanders]…we found from our researches that young ladies, chicks, like a bit of humour in the bedroom. And in here you’ve got your stencils – keep of the grass – that sort of thing.

Do you think there’s a big market out there?

Massive, mate, massive. Every Percy needs a primping now and then. We’re rolling it out to Ann Summers first, but Boots and a couple of other high street shops have shown an interest.

What’s your favourite style?

Pink Oak.

Where did you get the idea for It’s A Man Thing?

There was this fella used to hang around the band in Amsterdam. He was from the Balkans originally reckoned he’d made a million selling something similar – not as good – back in the old country. A lightbulb lit up in my head. You can’t be a rock ‘n’ roller all your life, can you? This is my pension fund.

Why did you quit the music business?

A friend of mine died. It made me reassess. I need a rest from it for a bit.

Will you ever play bass for Tony Kandinsky again?

Dunno, mate. Sacked me, didn’t he? He’s a lovely fella, but a tricky fella as well. On the last tour I’d come up with some new ways to play the old songs, little embellishments, which he mostly liked. But there was this one night I improvised a little bass run during the encore – it got a huge cheer from the faithful. After the show, Tony said, “You know, Mark, there’s only room for one star on that stage.” We never played live together again. He’d been threatening my beard for the whole tour as well, and there was a strict ban on leathers. [He laughs, then turns suddenly sombre] I don’t want to talk about this…

OK on a happier note, what was it like working with Tony in ’92?

Fantastic, mate. Rock ‘n’ roll fun. Totally – Tony was flying, artistically. Live, the band was tight and we shifted a lot of CDs. But it’s all over now as someone famous once sang. This is the future.

It’s A Man Thing, £29.95, available now from Ann Summers, and online at

Citinews, 16th July 2006