My friend Angela snapped this image of a rather odd sign in the window of a Capel Street adult shop. I forgot to ask if it was the same shop which recently featured this duck in its window display. Back in February, we featured a piece on the history of the adult shops of Dublin.
When Utopia made the short journey into the Irish capital in 1993, it arrived on Capel Street, today home to more sex shops than any other street in Dublin. Utopia however, was about to become Utophia. While the signwriting tradition is sadly dying out in Dublin today, and hand painted shop fronts are few and far between, a painter was given the honour of putting the name above the door of Dubin’s first sex shop. Incredibly, and in the spirit of a good Dublin story, he spelt it wrong and Utophia was born, as it was to remain.