Shyguy creates bad asses industrial lamps homegirl london

Designs include – Talking Out Your Arse with a book while Kiss My Arse has a big pair of lips in kissing mode. These are then adorned with a suitable industrial cage light or lampshade along with other accessories such as spikes. They are part punk, fabulously fetish and have a great sense of humour! I Have One of These Shyguy Bad Asses Industrial Lamps

Shyguy asked me if I’d like a bespoke Bad Ass Lamp and I jumped at the chance. I’d just moved into a converted warehouse bordering on Bermondsey, Borough and Bankside. Naomi took this information to create me a stunning piece of art called ‘Backside’ which was her pun for Bankside! She says, “You really feel the history of this area which was a real lawless part of old London, rowdy, lewd, with prisons, brothels and poverty.


Fast forward today and you now have really cool converted factories and warehouses, creative studios, great restaurants, pubs and shops. I wanted to try and bring the cool industrial feel to this Bad Ass but with a big nod to the history of the area.”

Naomi drew inspiration from the Crossbones Graveyard to create my Bad Ass Backside Lamp which you can find out more about by visiting the Crossbones Website. She elaborates, “I remember visiting the Graveyard once and loved it. Situated in Southwark, it is in Remembrance of the ‘Dead Outcasts’ with the remains of 15,000 paupers. It lays in an area called The Liberty which was an area controlled by the Bishop and outside the jurisdiction of the City of London. It had a law unto itself and attracted brothels and activities not permitted within the City. This kind of lawless area appealed to me and the lost and forgotten voices of all of the single women and infants buried there.”

Revisiting Crossbones Graveyard provided Naomi with creative cues. She tells me, “I really liked the gate of ribbons that people have tied there with the names and dates of all of some of the women. The idea of The Liberty appealed to me and Lady of the Liberty became a character used on one of the ribbons. Some of the ribbons in the graveyard had metal charms on them, and I had some Milagros charms that I bought in Mexico a few years ago, so attached these to the ribbons. I sourced some antique ribbons and the Rose from Berwick Street in Soho.”

These ribbons were attached to a spray painted Jesmonite Bad Ass Cast, taken from the original mould of Naomi’s bottom! She stencilled this with the words she found from a poem about prostitutes – Be Good to Me and I will be Bad for You. Additional sources of inspiration included ‘The Southwark Mysteries’ by John Constable which is a book of poems and plays written about the Crossbones Graveyard. Naomi comments, “I hand painted a duffed-up union jack on the Backside and hand rusted spikes and the metal works of the stem and cage further to give an old industrial feel to the lamp. It’s finished with a red bulb to signify the old red-light district of the Borough.”

I had no idea what the lamp would look like and when Naomi brought it over to my apartment. I was thrilled when I saw the light. It was uncanny because since I moved to the area, the Crossbones graveyard has become a special place I like to visit. My apartment has red light shades in the living room and from the street at night you can see a red glow which friends have said reminds them of a brothel. This Bad Ass lamp is perfect and something I will treasure forever. You Can Buy These Shyguy Bad Asses Industrial Lamps

For more information go to the Shyguy Website. To buy a lamp, art or furniture you can contact the office on info@shyguyart.com, call 07538 565545 or contact Beautiful Crime Gallery on info@beautifulcrime.com. To see the work close up make an appointment at the Clerkenwell Gallery. Prices depend on the piece. If you want a bespoke Bad Asses Lamp contact Naomi for a price. She also rents out her work for fashion, music and film projects.