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Phooka

Phooka

Phooka

So, the Phooka is a mythical creature from Celtic folklore and he’s got a goat’s head. That’s right, a goat’s head. He’s not to be messed with and depending on how the chips fall whenever you cross his path he may be either helpful or menacing. That’s just the way he is.

He’s a generous A2 in size and is made using hand cut stencils and watercolour. Signed on reverse.

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To Bite the Bullet

To Bite the Bullet

We did a version of this picture on paper a while back for a show at Studio 10 but it was done on a pretty small scale and as we liked it we thought it deserved to be immortalised on a wall on a bigger scale. A brief bit of work later and we were ready to realise our idea. All we needed was a suitable wall, some paint and a little bit of time.

According to the internet an idiom is ‘a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words.’ We are called ‘id-iom’ and ‘to bite the bullet’ is a graphical representation of an idiom. You can see what we’ve done there can’t you? How self-referential and hip we are.

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Umbrage

Umbrage

For starters I think we found a great wall to do this one on. Suitably dingy and derelict looking. It was pretty much just asking for it. And we were happy to oblige. Whilst getting a good photograph proved to be something of a challenge I think we managed to persevere long enough to get a decent shot.

We’d usually try to cut the line work a little more delicately but we only had one blunt and crappy scalpel between us when we had the time to cut it. I think a thin or stencil cap would have been nice to touch up the lines but we could only work with what we had and beggars can’t be choosers. In fact given some the sub-standard equipment, the fact that the wall was damp and the generally inclement weather conditions I think this one turned out just fine…

Anyway, I’m not entirely sure what our character has taken umbrage with. Maybe it was our poor attempts at set decoration…

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Big Heart Little Brain

Big Heart Little Brain

This was originally done as a t-shirt design many moons ago but in the studio clear out we found that we’d also cut it as a stencil which had somehow managed to get lost in amongst some other stuff and had never been sprayed so we thought we’d best remedy that post haste. The eagle eyed amongst you will, no doubt, spot the obvious mistake which just goes to show the little brain aspect. The fact that the brain is bigger than the heart just goes to show really. In fact thinking about it I’m going to have to have a look and see if i can find my t-shirt as i haven’t seen it in a good long while…

I think the inspiration behind this picture comes from those times when you are trying to help out but try as you might you seem to be more of a hindrance than a help. I’m pretty sure my girlfriend would agree with this as a description of me from time to time.

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Heart 2 Heart

Heart 2 Heart panorama

Heart 2 Heart

Heart 2 Heart

Heart 2 Heart

As Tina Turner famously sang ‘What’s love got to do with it?‘. Quite a lot as it turns out as we’ve got representations of both modern day and prehistoric love in the one room. ‘How do you go about making this room complete?’ I hear you ask. Well, if there’s one thing love can do it’s to bring two previously unconnected hearts together – and that is exactly what we’ve done right here with the use of some red thread, making a tunnel of love if you will. The demolition crew are going to love this one when they finally arrive…

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FSFO crest

FSFO Crest

We couldn’t really attempt to cover our studio building in graffiti without getting a cheeky little reference to the glorious Isle of Man in there. So we’ve decided to revive a bit of graffiti that was found all over the island when we were growing up and give it a little design twist. FSFO apparently meant ‘Financial Sector F**k Off’ and was daubed on walls in the 80’s purportedly in response to the increasing growth and power of the Island’s burgeoning finance sector. Personally I always preferred the other definition of the acronym- which was that it stood for ‘Free Sex for Onchan‘ (which is a small town on the Island) and the idea that sexual liberation was one thing they were willing to fight for. FSFO!

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Olympic sports I’d like to see… The Hipster Hunt

The inaugural Hipster Hunt 2012

The rules would be simple. 50 hipsters would be rounded up from the streets of Shoreditch and Brick Lane and herded to the Olympic stadium in Stratford. There they would be hunted over a cunningly designed game zone by competitors from across the globe and the gold would be awarded to the one who brought the most glasses back in their trophy bag. Easy.

After a quick bit of recon to work out where she’d look her best we got her up complete with shotgun and official ‘Hipster Hunt’ poster. Where better but the East End of course. I’m sure she’ll be bagging braces of the swaggering bespectacled try-hard’s left, right and centre. Go team GB!

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I’ve got a dirty mind

I've got a dirty mind

I’ve got a dirty mind

There’s something that has been becoming ever more clear in my mind the older I get and that is that nearly all women are truly depraved. On the surface they may seem composed and serene but in reality they can match any man when it comes to filthy and impure thoughts. When women are in groups the kind of things they talk about aren’t shopping or any new beauty regimes, what is actually talked about is just down right dirty and I don’t mean anything so crass as ‘lady troubles’.

These women talk about anything any group of men will talk about but its nearly always about 10 times worse with incredible bouts of vulgarity. The only reason i know this is a technique i’ve learnt called ‘keeping mum and getting drunk’ which, if you’re good at, will eventually lead to them chattering away and forgetting that you are even there. It is at this point that the magic really starts. Next time I’m in half a mind to try and record it – although i’d probably have to fear for my safety for a long time afterwards…

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Go on! Put ’em up

Go on! Put 'em up

Go on! Put ’em up

Now for something a little different… Check out this feisty little bugger. He’s just spoiling for a fight and he’s got you in his sights! If you’re not careful he could get you with one of his right hook, left hook, uppercut combos. I’m not entirely convinced of how much damage it would do though as it looks like his skinny little wrists would shatter if he punched anything tougher than a pillow. It looks like they would sprain as he tried to swing his arm through the air!

Is it irony that he was bestowed with an unforgiving and aggressive attitude but has very little to back it up with? It’s difficult to tell how tall he is from the picture but I get the impression he’s quite small but a bit punchy and probably has something of a Napoleon complex. However effective he thinks he is in the ring I know I’d back a 90 year old granny to take the crown off this chump and become King of the Ring.

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Life’s priorities

Life's priorities

Life’s priorities

Now look at this chap. He finishes school with a head full of dreams, has a last great summer being a teenager and then it’s off he goes to university to further broaden his mind and realise his ambitions. Some time after this he gets his first job and then it’s all downhill from there. The dreams he once had lay shattered around him. No longer is he the caring, loving creature he once was. He now lives for the weekends and is a steaming drink-fuelled monster who’s only objective is to get drunk beyond all European union health & safety guidelines and chase unsuspecting females around. Notice too that this poor creature no longer even cares for his own genital safety due to the fact that his (probably unwashed) Calvin Klein underpants have been unceremoniously pulled over his head to create a 2012 version of Dexy’s dungarees (from Dexys Midnight Runners).

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