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IDEALISM-ART Interview 11 January 2013

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IrishStreetArt.com caught up with IDEALISM-ART, to find out a little more about the established Dublin graffiti writer, his roots and what has kept him active all these years.

IDEALISM-ART, Explain the name?

At first the name I used was simply “IDEAL” as these are the letters that I use to form most of my pieces. Then a few years later I considered a change of name but thankfully never went down that road. Instead I added on the “ISM” to give my name more substance. Finally in recent years the “-ART” bit was added simply as a way of making a quick and effective statement, “I am an artist, not a stereotypical delinquent with a spray can”.

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How would you explain your style?

This is tricky question because in my eyes I am constantly evolving and trying to push my style. I think it is important and healthy to continue pushing yourself style-wise because it keeps you motivated and driven. Without a challenge it would become boring and monotonous very quickly. I guess, if I had to pick a few words to describe my style, I would say sharp, clean-cut, balanced and lively. In my eyes I am still on a journey style-wise of which I am still only halfway up the path to where I want to be.

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So how did you get into graffiti?

It all started in the mid 90’s when I started taking the train to secondary school, that was my first real exposure to graffiti. There was a writer at the time called ZINC, his stuff was up everywhere, it was full colour, clean and complicated in terms of other stuff I had seen. He was the GRIFT of the 90s.. It was this new exposure to something I had never known that excited and amazed me. I knew this was for me, I had to do it. I was an absolute disaster for the first good few years, I didn’t have an artistic bone in my body. Out of frustration I contemplated giving up many times during this period but something kept me going.

I remember the first time walking down Windmill Lane, It was surreal there was full colour pieces by writers such as Maser, Rask, Kube, Artz, and Jor. Another place that blew my mind was Blackrock Baths, I remember walking in and seeing full productions by writers like Kube, Rask, Sek, Jor and Maser etc. This set me of on a journey that I am extremely glad I continued on, painting gives me something that nothing else in life can,it is my Zen.

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What’s kept you in the game for the last 13 years?

This is my passion in life, I am deeply in love with it. I am an out and out addict constantly in search of my next artistic hit. It has been a love/hate relationship with lots of ups and downs, smiles and cry’s along the way. I have considered walking away at certain points but I love painting too much to ever leave for good, I’m a lifer.

Painting allows me to be free and clears my mind of all thoughts. My hunger for painting has grown year by year and shows no signs of slowing down. I don’t need others to motivate me I motivate myself out of my sheer love for what I do, if I want to paint then, BOOM, I go and paint, if not then I don’t. Writing has always been something personal for me, I have never felt attracted to any scene that may go along with it, I am happy painting, painting with no drama, I let my pieces do the talking. I am more than Happy to hook up for a paint with other writers but it is and never has been a priority. I have no interest in the politics and the who knows who, that bores me. What I am interested in is who can paint, who is active, who has the hunger and who is making visual noise etc…

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What do you think of the state of the graffiti world in Dublin at the moment?

Over the years I have seen many writers come and go, some of which I imagine it was just a hobby which they grew out of like rollerblading or collecting coins, it simply stopped being cool. There are a handful of writers in Dublin,many of which started painting well before me, who have kept active and continue to push themselves harder and harder. They clearly share the same passion for graffiti that has kept me going. Those writers are a true inspiration and I admire and respect them all for doing their thing.

There is a lot of nice stuff being painted around Dublin. It is always great to see people putting work in producing good quality work many of which I would like to paint with. I am more than impressed by lots of talented writers around the city at the moment, some truly mind blowing stuff.

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Who have been your biggest local/international influences?

Maser has always been my favourite Irish writer hands down. His stuff is always so clean-cut and flawless. He sets the bar very high and yes it is fair to say has been a strong influence in what I do.

Jor is another favourite of mine, his work is always so different and out there when compared to the usual more traditional pieces. He does things his own way and is not afraid to step outside of the norm. He made me realise that there are no rules, you can paint whatever you like. I don’t really spend time on the computer drooling Over amazing pieces done by international writers, I prefer the act of getting out there and painting as much as I can. A few writers that impress me internationally would be the likes of VODKER, PREYS, TEASER and ENOS. I have learned that you must paint for yourself, not to please others as there will always be haters. So my advice to other writers would be keep your head up, paint what excites you and don’t let others bring you down.

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Shout Outs?
A big shout out to all Irish writers working hard, pushing themselves and keeping their head’s up. Special shouts to Phish, Deneb, Apt and Led.
P.S: Don’t forget to have fun.

For more visit Idealism-Art’s site or Idealism-Art on Flickr or follow him on facebook

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Brigde Jam 2012 8 August 2012

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Ireland's Premier Graffiti Event

Ireland‘s premiere graffiti event, ‘Bridge Jam‘ will take place at the Bridge of Peace in Drogheda this coming weekend. The 18th annual graffiti jam (the world’s longest lasting graffiti event) will feature SOTEN, TIWS, RASK, CRAP, REKS, DAMN, BETA, SUMS, SCIE, PHATS, DEKS, CRACK, CHASE, AMPES, CREPT, VERA, KRIME and PACE to name but a few!

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Crack 0ne

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Graffiti writers in Ireland in the 90s

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Ciaran Brennan - Amazing Graffiti

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NOTA – None Of The Above 6 March 2012

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Don't Tread On Me

IrishStreetArt.com recently caught up with Belfast‘s Nota, who told us of how he became a street artist. Forced to leave school at a young age, Nota grew up as part of the local punk scene passing the days drawing and tagging. He eventually moved on to painting characters and simple pieces. ‘I haven’t done so much work with lettering or typography, but these days that is what I’m mainly interested in.’

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Danleo – Dublin Ink & Surrounded 4 April 2011

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Danleo - Dublin-Ink

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20 Years of TDA Klann 20 March 2011

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Ireland’s longest running graffiti crew, the TDA Klann (The Dark Angel’s) have come along way since their humble beginnings back in 1991. Since then they have become one of the most established of crews on the international stage. To celebrate twenty years in existence founding members hooked up with current members in London. Below are photos of the St. Patrick’s Day gig.
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Whitewash II 21 January 2011

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Last week saw the second live graffiti art event, Whitewash, held in Gallery One of the Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Co Armagh. Artists included DERMIN8R, VERZ, FILTH, Hawkie, Dre Botero and MyTarpit as well as a public mash wall for everyone to get involved on a huge collaboration piece. The day was well recieved with an excellent turn out and music and beer flowing. The six artists worked across the entire evening showcasing what they do and promoting street art in a public gallery.

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The Expansive Fink 17 January 2011

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2010 was a very busy year for Fink and the Dublin based artist tells us he is “looking forward to a more visually prosperous year ahead” Below is a pick of his work in the last year, for more of the same visit Fink on Flickr.

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We’re delighted to reveal the most popular photos of last year on IrishStreetArt.com. 2010 was another crazy busy year for the site with the amount of traffic tripling, which is really encouraging. So a big thank you to everyone who submitted photos during the year and a happy new year from everyone on the team. Hopefully this time next year we’ll have another beautiful collection for you. Don’t forget, to keep up to date, you can follow IrishStreetArt.com on Facebook and Twitter! To submit photos email streetart@wecanrcreate.org

Midwest Coast Customs 13 November 2010

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Limerick‘s graffiti and design collective, All Out Design produce custom murals, graffiti artwork, and regularly play host to exhibitions showcasing the underground art scene in Ireland. Cian Hackett brings us two videos profiling All Out Design‘s treatment of cars and taxis.


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Bridge Jam 2010 2 September 2010

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TDA KLANN brought us the sixeenth annual ‘Bridge Jam‘ in Drogheda this August with a whole hoast of internationally renowned graffiti writters including Daser, Vibes, Kak, Smug, Rask, Sums, Maser, Jor, Mr Zee, Twis, Dris, Ciar, Rise, Dusto, Dex, Baqsr, Crap, Beta, Tea, Jack, Texto, Kean, Deks, Crept, Jise, Name, Bryte, Dir One and Reks. The photos below come from Crucial333’s flickr collection. Visit IrishStreetArt.com on facebook to see Crucial333’s video of the freshly coated bridge.

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Belfast’s Peace Wall 23 August 2010

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Belfast‘s Peace Wall recieved a fresh lick of paint at this year’s ‘Meeting of Styles‘. The line up of writers included Stylo Solo One and Mear from VOP-Crew, Corze from London, the Welsh Rmer Hoxe Cruel Vapors Crew, Demo from Holland, Scotland’s Easy Riders as well as Estum, Dir One from Lithuania, TDA-Klann with Rask, Sums, Maser, Beta from Liverpool, Ireland’s RTM crew, Dex, Duso, Crap, Baqsr and Ciar and Dris, local lads of TDS.

A big thanks to Crucial333 for the great photos below. For the ful collection of this year’s graffiti from Belfast visit Crucial333 on flickr.


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Rattles the Most, Cork 4 August 2010

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Graffiti Crews at Rattles The Most.

LB Frames covers Cork‘s ‘Rattles the Most’ in HD at the beginning of the summer. Really nice footage and incredible graffiti from the pick of Ireland’s graffiti writers including the prolific RTM, TDA TDS and TNB crews. Check out White Street Car Park’s latest facelift in the doc below.

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