How to Have a Cultured St. Patty’s Day

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There are plenty of ways people are getting in touch with their inner Irishmen or -women today, from wearing green to day drinking to, uh, more wearing green and day drinking. As much as we love looking like giant blades of grass and getting seriously sloshed while the sun’s still up, we’re thinking of trying out something slightly different.

After the jump, we’ll be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by rounding up some of the coolest Irish art on the Internet. Check out our top picks, from graphic novels to sketches to comics, after the jump.

Eclectic Micks

Eclectic Micks are a collective of professional Irish comic book artists, who the cool folks at Comic Beat tipped us off to. Above is Will Sliney’s Batman, which is about a thousand times cooler than what’s been happening to Batman on this side of the globe, now that the Yale alumni magazine is vehemently insisting that Batman is an alum. Sure. Okay.

About a Bull

Comics Beat also alerted us to MK Reed’s new webcomic About a Bull, which adapts Irish legend about Queen Maeve and her jealousy of the majestic bull. The webcomic seems to be the perfect combination of slightly-weird-conceit and lovely watercolor illustrations.

ADW’s Street Art

Dublin’s got a pretty cool street art scene, featuring full-time guerilla stencil artist ADW (“Assault Deadly Weapon”), who made the upper-right piece, “Napping On The Job,” just for St. Patty’s Day. Time to step up the holiday spirit, Banksy.

Chloe Early

Chloe Early is (surprise!) a Dublin transplant in London who paints fantastical landscapes resembling urban utopias. Her industrial architectural images house vacationing couples, playgrounds, and circuses for her show “Ladies And Gentleman We Are Spinning In Space.” Click through more of her work here.

They Are Us

They Are Us is a large-scale outdoor collaboration between street artist Maser and musician Damian Dempsey to benefit Dublin’s Simon Community, a prevention and aid organization for the homeless in the city. The works start a conversation in a rather large, direct way about how the other half lives, and can be viewed on the They Are Us website.