Dublin qualify for Quarter Finals of SW Euro League!!!

Ye read it right, Team Dublin qualified! We’re in the last eight Secret Wars teams in Europe!

I know I’m a bit late with this post, but July has been Here’s the piece we did in our final first round game, home to Paris at Kings Of Concrete Festival, check the Napoleon Dynamite theme, as well as cameo appearance by Johnny Onion…

Sadly, I couldn’t get a photo of the French piece as it was covered up with fresh boards for some heads to lash a graf piece onto, but it won’t be the last time I’ll mention the Parisians on this blog, mysterious ohhhhhhh….

We’ve since been drawn against London in the quarter finals, there’s a home and away legs, and we’ll be stepping it up considerably in this next round. There’s no love lost between Dublin and London, the last time they came together though, Dublin won 2-1…(num num num!!! ok, i’ll stop with the suspense now).

The other draws for Secret Wars Euro League 2010 quarter finals are:

  • Malmo V Lisbon
  • Birmingham V Glasgow
  • Southampton V Amsterdam

More info an ting here.

Coach Andy has been doing a great job getting us through all this Euro League stuff. Not only did we manage to get through all our games quicksmart (which is all about the organization, maaaan), we’ve done a heap of friendly battles around the country which has been great practice for all of us individually as well as for putting together solid, balanced pieces (which is what it’s all about, NOT three artists drawing ‘their character, with fuck all gelling the piece together).

We’ve all come on a long way since our first battle against Copenhagen back in March (sadly, Copenhagen have since had to pull out of the league). Seven serious battles, trips to England, Spain and France, and three friendlies against Cork, Galway and Limerick. Next up it was Belfast’s turn…

In many ways, I’m envious of the Belfast arts scene, not only do they have some class artists (KVLR, Frizelle, Dog Boy, Bad Seed, Miguel Martinez, the list goes on), but the venues, facilitation and funding up there are unreal. Guys like Adam Turkington from Trans have put in sterling (ho ho) work the last few years and put together a world class framework up there. Of note particularly is the Trans Festival that runs the length of July. Workshops, exhibitions, gigs, combined live art and music festivals like Summer Base, man, these cats have it down! So we decided to challenge the cream of their people-who-draw-stuff to a friendly battle on July 9.

The venue was the Cathedral Arts, a real intimate venue, well laid out for the battle, plus there was some deadly music (the sound in there was delicious!).

Team Dublin was Friz, Danleo, and yours truly. We faced off with a strong Belfast team featuring Dog Boy, Bad Seed and Miguel Martinez.

I was really impressed with the Belfast piece, considering it was there first Secret Wars they did great, fair play for getting stuck in!

We did a foresty-creatures-with-bad-ass-chica piece that goes a little something like this:

BUT! As has been the case with all our away games, friendly or not, on the island, we lost 2-1. I’m hoping that the result will maybe prompt the uber-organised Belfast heads to get a team together for next years Euro League. There’s a MASSIVE amount of talent in the country, so we could definately be entering a few teams, nothing like a bit of healthy local competition too innit, unless of course it catches malaria and none of us can draw anymore cos we’re bleeding from underneath our fingernails (a common ailment amongst the illustrator caste).

By the time everything was wrapped up in the venue, it was time to move on for some falafel (or kebabs and pizza as some feckers had). I think the sign below says it all about the sort of establishment we customerized…

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