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Adrian + Shane Interview 7 December 2012

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Adrian + Shane have been churning out pop art since 1998. IrishStreetArt.com caught up with the Drogheda couple to find out a little more about the Adrian + Shane brand.

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When did you two start making art together?

It started soon after we met each other. We got very drunk one night in Glasgow and started messing around in a sketch pad. We did ten pieces that night and have been collaborating since then.

When creating a piece what does each party bring to the table?

The process of making varies all the time, depending on the project. When we originally started making art together, we would take turns working on a canvas, and keep swapping it back and fourth until it looked finished. We didn’t know what we would end up with. Nowadays pieces are planned out and we rely on each others strengths towards creating a piece, especially if we are under pressure.

Fans of Irish Street Art will no doubt be familiar with your Iconic stenciled work have you a favorite piece?

We love our ‘March‘ image. It’s the image that people would associate with us most. The image was created during a ‘self-portrait’ photo shoot we did for a magazine a few years ago. It’s been manipulated countless times. It’s been the subject of many of our paintings and prints. And it’s the main image we’ve used on the streets, in paste up and sticker form. People regularly send us photos they’ve taken of it on the streets world wide. We love that they recognise it when they come across it even though there’s no text attached saying that it’s Adrian + Shane.

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How does the title ‘Ireland’s Gilbert and George‘ sit with you?

We’re really flattered. They are really successful and respected artists. Being compared to someone like that is a great compliment, we really like their work. Our work isn’t similar. We use different techniques. And create a very different product. They are two men who use themselves in their artwork and so are we, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. We don’t plan to use piss and shit in our work anytime soon.

What was your personal highlight of 2012 and what can we look forward to from A + S in 2013?

We moved to London for a few months in the Spring to get some inspiration for new work. It was a really exciting time. Spending everyday exploring the city, visiting galleries and museums, meeting other creative heads, taking bucket loads of photos. Just really soaking up everything London has to offer. We made lots of new friends and connections.

Earlier in the year we did a range of T-shirts based on our stencils and they were a massive success. We sold so many all over the world, it was great to have such exposure and interest. We are currently planning several Adrian + Shane exhibitions for next year. We’ve been approached by gallery owners in London and New York. We’d also like to do a Dublin show. Watch this space.

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If anyone is interested in getting their hands on Adrian + Shane’s art, there are small canvases, prints and sticker packs available in their online store: adrianandshane.bigcartel.com To keep up to date follow A+S on Facebook,A+S on Twitter or Instagram: AdrianAndShane.

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Drogheda’s Graffiti Bridge Jam on Video 22 August 2012

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Drogheda Graffiti Jam 2012

Richie Hatch beautifully captures the painting and final pieces from the pick of Irelands graffiti writers at this year’s Bridge Jam. The ‘At The Wall’ video combines incredible HD timelapse with a slideshow and gives us a real flavor of Drogheda’s legendary gathering. Enjoy!

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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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Irish Graffiti in 1997 20 March 2012

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Graffiti writers in Ireland in the 90s

Check out this gem from the vaults of Irish graffiti featuring members of the TDA crew, The Dark Angels, in 1997. The graffiti report from @last TV directed by scanarama’s donal scannell includes an old processing factory in Drogheda and gives an insight into the earlier days of Irish graf writers. Respect!

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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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#11: Sums 9 March 2010

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Installment number 11 at ‘12 doors‘ comes from Sums. Sums, originally from Drogheda now residing in Dublin, has been actively part of the Graffiti scene since 1989 having played a major part in the growth of Graffiti here in Ireland.

He also been co-organizer with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ aka ‘The Bridge Jam‘ festival for the last 15 years, which is one if not the longest running graffiti festival in Europe if not the world. He has played a vital role in increasing awareness around the globe of the Irish Graffiti art scene.He has exhibited work in Ireland, England, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, New York and as far way as Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide – Australia.

Today, Sums works for the leading post production facility in Dublin as a Flame Operator, composting special effects for commercials and film. He along side fellow artists run TDA KLANN, Ireland‘s longest running graffiti crew. TDA KLANN have been pioneers in producing some of the largest scale outdoor murals ever seen in Ireland. This year alone has seen Sums travel to Melbourne, Copenhagen, Scotland, New York in a bid to promote Irish graffiti and TDA KLANN.

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15 years of the Bridge Jam 8 September 2009

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Rask of the TDA Klann tells IrishStreetArt.com the story of The Bridge Jam on the 15th birthday of Drogheda‘s international event. The photos below were all taken at this year’s momentus jam.

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“I began thinking about running an event in Ireland after attending a jam in Scotland back in 1992 run by my mate eez. The concept was simple to make international artists aware there was a scene in Ireland and invite artists across so we could learn from and collaborate with them. Eventually this would all help to grow the then fledgling scene. I managed to secure the permission to paint the bridge in 1993 and that same year we painted what was simply a mural using spray paint to start things off.

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This was well received so in 1994 with the help of my friend eez from Scotland I organized the first bridge event which saw only one side painted by mode 2 keen stylo and prime from London. There were several pieces painted on the other side by Scottish and Irish artists at the same time.

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1995 was the first year we painted both sides of the bridge and this has pretty much been the model ever since with both walls getting painted at the same time as well as the side wall.

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Over the past 15 years we have been honoured to have some of the top international artists grace our wall alongside some of the innovators from New York and a very large percentage of all the writers from Ireland making the bridge now the longest running annual graff event in the world. As a crew, we work hard each year to produce quality artwork and good vibes and we are very proud of what we have achieved as TDA Klann.

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This august we celebrated the 15 year anniversary with a bold mural with a large 15 in the centre ,as I reflect on the last 15 years I would like to mention bich and zyr , 2 artists who graced the bridge over the years no longer with us roll on the next 15 and many years after that..”
Rask tda klann tnb,dwb,ak,rtm,wo

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Drogheda – Home of The Bridge Jam 12 March 2009

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Drogheda’s Piece Bridge Jam is the premiere event in Ireland’s graffiti Calender. “The Bridge events began in the summer of 1994 with a small gathering of 6 visiting writers from the UK who painted together with their Irish counterparts to produce the first of many murals on the now famous Bridge of Peace site. The event has now been running solidly every summer for each of the following years.” [View Original Source]

We hope to get our hands on some photos of the Bridge in the coming weeks but until then enjoy Mistervera’s video of last year’s Jam.

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