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Mickey or a ringie?

Today’s eBay piece is ‘Mickey or a ringie?’. Click on the link below to check it on eBay:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/392185026863

In the Isle of Man there is something of a superstition whereby Manx people can’t say the name of one of those little furry things that were blamed for the Black Death, pestilence in general and a whole host of other nefarious things. The reasons for this have dissipated into the mists of time but the superstition remains and due to this quirk in Manx folklore there are a number of socially acceptable local alternatives which include joey, longtail, ringie, iron fella and roddan.

Recently young people have also begun saying ‘r-a-t’ owing to the influence of English immigrants but older people on the Isle of Man don’t tend to listen to those Jonny come-overs too much and certainly not on such serious subjects as these little buggers. There is a comparable taboo against uttering the word ‘rabbit’ on the Isle of Portland. Here ends the lesson.

Cheers

id-iom

Title: Mickey or a ringie?
Size: A2
Media: Acrylic and paint pen

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Pink room panorama

Pink room panorama

Storm Bird wheatpaste

So we’ve finally got the pink room at the top of the soon-to-be demolished townhouse finished. And here’s the panorama shot to prove it. I’m particularly glad because working in the garish pink room always freaked me out a little. The only addition since the panorama was taken is the Storm Bird wheatpaste which i’ve included here for completion’s sake. You can find more on each of the pieces in the pink room here, herehere and here. I do wonder what we’re going to do with our time when the old girl finally comes down…

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Poet Mouse loses the plot…

Poet Mouse loses the plot…

Poet Mouse knows it was National Poety Day just the other day but he doesn’t care right at the moment. Despite the fact Poet Mouse has a gargantuan lexicon and a great knowledge of poetry both contemporary and classic he is still subject to the same earthly needs as anyone else. And when he gets hungry he gets cranky. Here we can see he has eschewed the lofty world of words to let rip with the Mouse for something like ‘snack time!’ (which doesn’t translate well into English) as he spots a tasty beetle to assuage his seemingly bottomless hunger…

The pink room at the top of House of Pain(t) is currently the emptiest in terms of work we’ve done (probably because of the number of stairs you have to climb to reach the top of the house) but we have still have a few days left before demolition so we’ll hopefully get this room a little more completed before the wrecking ball moves in…

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We’re going to rock down to Electric Social – and then we’ll take it higher!

id-iom's How to Get Your Man at the Electric Social

Electric Social downstairs wall

Electric Social dripping bulb logo

Electric Social cassette

Crack squirrel on bar

 

Gotta make it home for Eastenders!

Magpie on doorway - looking just a little shifty...

He doesn't look so shifty from a distance

A slightly worried looking rabbit. He knows what the squirrels are up to...

King Stoat

Mick the magpie looking for a good holiday read

Owl in the woodland

You have to look close but he's there...

Your lunch smells lovely...

Magpie in the woodland

There's a mouse! Where? There on the stair!

Since when can squirrels read?

Aha! That's why she has that enigmatic smile. Because of the cute squirrel.

We’ve been a little quiet of late but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy! We have in fact been very busy working with dangerous animals and giant stencils on a new bar that has opened in Brixton.

The Electric Social on Acre Lane is now open for business and looking spiffing – complete with id-iom enhanced interior! Downstairs we have done a 10 metre section of downstairs wall with an Electric Social lightbulb wallpaper and a big piece over it entitled ‘id-iom’s How to Get Your Man’. Then upstairs we have done a large Electric Social cassette tape behind the stage. Scattered throughout we have painted numerous happy woodland animals. There’s mice, rats, magpies, a stoat and an owl. Unfortunately there’s a couple of bad eggs that have slipped in too – as the bloody squirrels have only been at the crack again! They’ll be chewing on the wiring again before you know it…

The Brixton crack squirrels were actually inspired by a couple of ‘true’ stories (I use true in the loosest sense of the word – mainly that it was reported by The Guardian and The Sun newspapers).

NEWS JUST IN – it’s been confirmed that one of my favourite DJ’sA Skillz – will be playing at the the grand opening of the Electric Social on Friday 30th September. Now I just hope they were serious about that bar tab for us…

Cheers

id-iom

PS – You can see bigger shots of all the work on our Flickr page (plus a couple of extra shots not uploaded here)

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Now we eat mouse…

Sometimes the muse makes you do funny things. You may start off with different ideas but before you know it  you’ve painted a big picture of a hungry schizophrenic raven with a bad heart who has just found himself some dinner. Whilst the motivation behind some pieces is obvious or easily worked out i’m really not sure myself of how this one came to be. So there you have it. Class dismissed.

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You’ve Been Framed!

We just got a mammoth load of stuff back from the framers so I thought I’d give it a little airing on the internet for your perusal. I think all pieces are up for sale if anyone is interested. Just let us know. First up we have DUCK! in  a lovely little box frame. We haven’t had glass put on the wooden or slate bits as they are just so tactile and don’t really need to be hidden behind glass.

 

After thinking about Donald’s famously explosive temper i did a little research and found out that (amongst other things) that his birthday is Friday the 13th! Once i had found that little gem out the idea pretty much formed itself. This is most definitely a film i’d love to see made although i’m reckoning it will take a pretty big turn in Disney’s fortunes before they start pumping out the animated horror films…

Oh, if only id-iom worked for Disney!

Title: Disney’s DUCK!

Media: Hand-cut stencils and spraypaint on found wooden board

Size: 50 x 60cm

This time it’s Pinocchio that receives the id-iom treatment. I had thought ‘BLUE – A life in the movies’ to be a biopic of the life of Pinocchio charting his early rise to fame following the Blue Fairy bringing him to life, a tragic lost period in his late teens and his monumental return to (adult) movies following a minor bit of body modification at the hands of a highly skilled Italian woodcarver.
I’ve clearly got an overactive imagination as i had Pinocchio’s life all worked out…

After being a child star for Disney and enjoying all the trappings that would have come with it I imagined that Pinocchio would have had a few years of coke fuelled paranoia living in Hollywood whilst failing to get role after role as he was too typecast and the fact that “there isn’t all that much demand for sentient puppets anymore” – apart from maybe some seriously demeaning kid’s TV work. After a failed comeback on Big Brother or some similar reality TV show he’d slowly slip off the world’s media radar and spiral into a few years of failed relationships, drug abuse, debt and anonymity. Then, after a debauched weekend with an old friend they finally come up with what, even at the time, seems like a ridiculous and outlandish idea – that Pinocchio should take advantage of his old friend’s contacts, get a nose job and then start making some serious money again. He’s just desperate enough to give it a try and so one week after his return from Italy (where he’s been for surgery) he makes his triumphant come back to movies – this time of the pornographic variety. His rapid ascent to the zenith of the adult entertainment industry takes everyone by surprise and before he knows it he’s churning out porno’s at a prodigious rate and his star is once again in ascendancy. Before long he is a bonafide celebrity again and even Ron Jeremy concedes that he’s certainly ‘Got wood!’

 
I could keep going on and I’m sure i could actually come up with a decent script for this film (the visuals and adwork are clearly already done). I’d love it to be some kind of animatronic and/or animated tour de force. Basically i’m pretty sure it won’t be long till i’m working in Hollywood…

 
Keen eyed readers will (i’m sure) have immediately noted the use of part of the Electric Blue logo for the title of film (for those few uneducated readers that don’t know Electric Blue was a soft core porn show that was made in the UK and was shown on the Playboy channel in the 80′s) and therefore also the use of the Playboy bunny logo on Pinocchio’s top. The ‘Got wood?’ tagline was perhaps my favourite touch though as surely all the creatives in Hollywood couldn’t have come up with anything better for this film! As with DUCK! and Oswald the Unlucky Rabbit I would love to see this film get made…

 
Title: Disney’s ‘Blue – My life in the movies’ starring Pinocchio

Media: Hand cut stencils and spraypaint on found wooden board

Size: 57 cm x 21 cm

When i was growing up i think hide and seek used to be my favourite game (other than just generally destroying stuff). After looking it up on wikipedia it would appear that we used to play a variant of the original game and i’m pretty sure we used to call it ‘Buzz Off’ (although i only have my shaky memory to depend on for that!)

 
I’m determined to bring this game back as i’m convinced it will still be fun to play – especially if you have had a drink or two! I reckon that Health & Safety would probably have something to say about it although i definitely wouldn’t be the one to tell them…

 
Title: Ready or not, here i come!

Media: Screenprint, spraypaint and stencils

Size: 46 x 31 cm slate

I’m bored of trying to come up with pithy little comments to write to go along with our pictures.

 
No I’m not! I really quite enjoy it actually… I’m sure we’ve all become a little bored when we find ourselves in the unenviable position this young lady has managed to get herself into. Really, women these days what are they like? Mine barely knows how to tuck my microphone in properly!
Looking at this kind of thing can not only make you go blind but can also have you up before the Personnel department if you’re not careful whilst at work. I know because it happened to me. Happy viewing…

 

Title: I’m bored of vying for your love

Media: Ink, spray paint, newspaper, watercolour, glitter and paint pen

Size: A2 paper

There I was in Nanjing doing some work in my capacity as international archaeologist adventurer when i happened across an important archaeological artifact that sheds some light on Victorian international relations. It’s a small  fragment of the original Treaty of Nanking that was presented to the Chinese by the British after the treaty was ratified by Queen Victoria and Doaguang Emperor in 1842. This was, of course, back when the British Empire was really something to behold and British foreign policy was perhaps a trifle more aggressive.

 
As befits my part-time international adventuring job (sadly it pays better than art) I hastened the fragment out of the country at the first opportunity from under the noses of the curious authorities (therein lies another tale for another time). Nonetheless it is an interesting curio with a certain historical value that should fetch a handsome sum from some museum or other. I believe Queen Victoria had thought it amusing to get the treaty ‘set in stone’ so they would get the message that little bit more clearly. I have had to censor this for public consumption however. How simply delightful all the same!

 
Title: Treaty of Nanking fragment

Media: Stencils and spraypaint on slate

Size: 24 x 50cm approx

First off, I realise a gorilla is not, strictly speaking, a monkey but I think you should get the message. I’ve had too many temp jobs in my time not to feel like this sometimes… In fact, quite a lot of the time!

Title: Office monkey

Media: Acrylic, spraypaint and marker pen

Size: A2 paper

What can i say about Martin? He looks adorable but his heart is black as jet! He just loves to kill alien scum with his high powered laser! What more could a boy want?

 
As a side note – glow in the dark paint this has been liberally used on this picture so the stars shine at night!

 
Title: Martin the Space Cadet

Media: Handcut stencils, spraypaint (including glow in the dark paint) and paint pen

Paper size: 59 x 31 cm

Type 2 Nation (US version)Like Su-Bo, Dibo’s will soon be everywhere. I was reading the other day that it is predicted that diabetes will affect half of all Americans by the end of the decade. Now that is going to be more than 150 million people and will annually cost around 10% (about $500 billion) of their entire healthcare budget. Now surely with all this over-eating and lack of exercise even their superheroes are eventually going to succumb. With this in mind I’ve depicted an overweight Superman (he can still just about fly though due to our sun that powers him) taking an overweight lady to the nearest hospital so she can be surgically removed from the telephone box in which she has accidentally been trapped.This is the new ehanced version of Type 2 Nation featuring some lovely clouds and a dose of glow in the dark paint emanating from the sun. We all know how Superman loves our yellow sun!

 
Name: Type 2 Nation – U.S version

Media: Stencils and spraypaint (including glow in the dark!) on slate

Size: 24 x 50cm approx

 

As with most of our pictures i would have a hard time explaining how or why they come into being.

 
Well, what can i tell you about this little number? It is a diptych, it is an experiment in colour (or lack of) and it is based on a picture of a Chinese girl. Beyond that it’s difficult to say. Perhaps I was listening to ‘Go West’ by the Pet Shop Boys and decided unconsciously to create a picture that was the antithesis of their lyrics. Perhaps I thought the girl in the original picture was mystifying and enigmatic and just needed to paint her. Perhaps I just wanted to get the paints out and get messy. Who could possibly say? Not me. Anyway, i’m just rambling on again – so it’s best I leave now and you can make up your own mind…

 
Title: Facing East (monochrome & polychrome)

Media: Acylic, ink, oil pastel, spraypaint, charcoal and paint pen

Size: A2

It can be quite fun painting pretty ladies and this was no exception. I’m not really sure (as ever) where the inspiration for these pieces comes from but it’s nice to stay busy. Who knows what’s next on the agenda…

 

Title: Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em

Media: Acylic, ink, spraypaint, charcoal and paint pen

Size: A2

War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Say it again! – so sang Edwin Starr in 1970 on the anti-Vietnam song ‘War’ (which, i was interested to learn was originally recorded by The Temptations but not released as they didn’t want to alienate their more conservative fans). Whilst i have a lot of respect for our armed forces and the work they do it is generally political forces which dictate what they do and when – and this can sometimes lead to questionable decisions being made regarding their deployment. That’s all i really want to say on the issue as i think this piece largely speaks for itself…

 
Title: F*@k this for a game of soldiers

Media: Screenprint, acrylic, acrylic and spraypaint

Size: 46 x 30 cm

I knew i had this one nailed when my friend came up with the title. Little did he know it at the time (as he was talking about something else entirely) but he had just helped me put this one to bed. I love it when a plan comes together…

Title: She’s like a new wave heroin electronica tune on 12 inch vinyl limited edition

Media: Watercolour, pastel,  ink and paint pen

Size: A2

I’m trying to work out where our motivation for certain pieces comes from and to be honest i’m not entirely sure. Our muse doesn’t really give explanations as to why we should do what we do so we just try to get on with it.

 
Title: Peek-a-Boo

Media: Acylic, ink, oil pastel, spraypaint and paint pen

Size: A2

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Oswald the Unlucky Rabbit

Whilst i’m in a slightly fuzzy Disney state of mind I thought that i may as well drop another little cartoon based creation. Whilst snooping around online for our DUCK! piece we came across the fact that Mickey Mouse was created as a replacement for an earlier charactler called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit who has been in some kind of animated character limbo since the late 40’s (although now is apparently having something a resurgence after those crazy kids in Japan took him to heart). Quite why Oswald seems to have been relegated to the scrap pile whilst Mickey seems to enjoy something akin to eternal life i’m not so sure. Either way he certainly doesn’t seem to be the luckiest rabbit in world…

In fact, whilst i’m on the subject – why on earth are rabbit’s feet considered lucky? I’ve just looked online and it would seem the practice is commonplace the world over and has been so since at least 600BC! Apparently they could be considered as some kind of rite of passage for young hunters. It certainly doesn’t seem so lucky for the cute little rabbits though!

Cheers

id-iom

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Title: Oswald the Unlucky Rabbit
Media: Spraypaint, acylic and paint pen
Size: A2

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