Archive for December, 2012

DabbledooMusic Is Rollin!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Big thanks to everyone who dropped down to the launch and took part in the workshop. Great to get so much positive feedback on the project! Anyone looking for books can contact me directly for now. We’ll have them online and in independent music shops in the new year.

Mindful Vandals – All City Gallery Launch

Monday, December 17th, 2012


Dabbledoo Music

Friday, December 14th, 2012

DabbledooMusic is a project Shane McKenna (musician, educator, creative badman) and myself started just over a year ago aimed at giving people the ability to compose and perform music without having to worry about reading standard notation. Using graphic and animated notation, one can perform these scores on any instrument they like (no instruments? then use your voice and some body percussion!). Here’s what it looks like:

We just got our first educational book printed. Aimed at 6-12 year olds, we’ll be launching this at 2pm tomorrow Saturday December 15th in the Centre for Creative Practices, Pembroke St, Dublin. We’ll be running a full workshop showing how the book works as well as providing instruments and graphic scores from the book for people to join in and make some noise! Here’s a taster of what the book will look like:


!!! Rabble 5 !!!

Friday, December 14th, 2012

So the FIFTH installment of rabble arrived two weeks ago. Our super mega distro team have been lashing it out around not just Dublin, but all around Ireland as well as to our distro hubs around Europe. We’ve gone from 3,000 copies of a 16-pager, to 10,000 copies of a 32-page magazine in just over a year. That’s all down to the fact that we just can’t keep this on the shelves, so a big thanks to everyone out there who picks up a copy!

You can have a browse of this issue’s content over here, feel free to comment, fill out our reader survey (you could win a PRYZZ!) and support us. We detailed our costs in this issue as well as a breakdown of where our funding comes from. Imagine a magazine, comin out regularly, with the content YOU want to see, talking about issues that effect you and yours, that our usual state media apparatus won’t touch? One that’s owned by the people? One that can do some ballsy investigative journalism? One that has the few funny bits as well like? That could be rabble with YOUR help!!! If all our readers donated a tenner a year we would be well on our way, jus sayin!

We’ve also got the blog running with heaps of new content popping up there every few hours. The big thing for me in this issue is the quality of the illustrations throughout, particularly the contribution from comic book artist Philip Barrett for the Licensing Laws article which was so good we used it for the cover. Here’s a few of my own contributions:

The centrefold in this isse features the ‘There’s No Justice, There’s Just Us’ stencil piece that was re-done by artist ADW after the Gardai forced him to paint over the original (read the interview here). Here’s a timelapse he did of the piece:

Come Here To Me Book Launch

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

This is tonight, 6.30pm, Bia Bar, Dublin, gwan the lads. Buy it here.


Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

So me mates Barry and Simon went over to Brussels and opened a SAVAGE seafood restaurant called ‘Bia Mara’. It’s on Rue du Marché aux Poulets 41 and you should go there. Best fish and chips I ever had. Basically combines street food speed with a range of fine-dining techniques so the result is mad yummers NEXT LEVEL FISH’N’CHIPS. The menu is pure genius, hats off to the lads. I was over there a few weeks ago to help paint the place. Here’s some photos, inside and out:

Shouts to Lisa from Rowdy Studio for all the graphic design work as well as sorting the stencils!

Went over there again a week or two ago and had a great time: ate the whole menu, did some more painting, played a few tunes and did an interview for Brussels International TV. Here’s what the food looks like:

Get that into ye!

Captain Haddock inspired (unbeknownst to me at the time however!) painting what I did (referred to as Captain Igloo in this review):

Interview (I start ranting around 3:45 in…):


Shouts to Barry, Simon, Cairene, Sarah and Ryan, see yis soon!



Jus sayin…

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Here’s a colour-coded map showing levels of restriction on abortion around the world. Can you spot Ireland?

Illustration for Flying Buttresses

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Remember this? So I was talking about the limited edition CD that the Flying Buttresses chaps were putting out. I did a little illustration for them and this is it:

Had a great laugh doing it, all the characters are based on Sebi’s lyrics, and then there’s snippets of his lyrics in textual (aw!) form in ze background. A few mad colours and then BOOM! Got great feedback on this one, so much so I might even do a few screenprints, watch this space…