This picture was taken in County Mayo, in the lead up to Christmas. As I drove by I laughed, and I had to turn the car around, pull in, and take the shot. To me it is a uniquely Irish scene. There was obviously care taken assembling the figures, and its got the religious element, but sometimes over here we might not be the best with the finer details. The old car trailer parked in a mucky pathway was the funny part for me. Also it kind of looks like it may have been abandoned there. But I like the fact that someone put this together, for the passers by…
“Trying to capture an expression in the eyes of the people that I draw is a challenge that I enjoy & the lines from the eyes are there to emphasise this, this started to appear in my work a few years back when I started to leave in the construction lines. I am a fan of traditional, I guess it’s called old school tattoos and their composition, hence the heart. I often use a heart motif in my work. My first street art piece was one. The flowing lines of the ribbon and balanced composition of this style of tattoo appeals to me & my leanings towards OCD. These two parts of the illustration are kind of like the two sides to my art.”
“I was at the end of the South Wall a few weeks ago, thinking about how Dublin can be such an intimate city – there’s something about the scale of it that lends itself to us being at ease with other, most of the time anyway. I saw two young Brazilian guys enjoying the sunset, and quietly shot a few frames of them. They noticed me and came over, and I showed them what I’d done. One of them asked me to do a shot of both them, and this is what happened. It hadn’t been apparent until then that they were a couple. I love this picture.”
The second Le Cool Dublin cover by Dublin native, Waterford-based illustrator and designer Colm O’Connor.
“I moved out of Dublin when I was 18 so I have quite a nostalgic view of the city whenever I go visit. This is a throwback to the weekends myself and Pat, with a couple of weeks’ pocket money on us, would get the 78A in to town, go see a film in the Savoy, drop in to Peats, HMV, Champion Sports, Marathon Sports and anywhere else we couldn’t afford at the time. We were only 11/12 and it was well before iTunes, Spotify, even Napster, but after graduating from taping songs off the radio this was the guy to get your bootleg tapes off. Standing outside McDonalds on O’Connell Street with a box full of dodgy tapes you could get all the latest hits. The days would end with missing our bus on the Quays, spending an hour in Virgin waiting for the ‘next one’, and chatting about the film, video games, and what we were going to spend all our millions on when we made it. Good times.”
By Waterford I.T. graduate (currently interning and soon to be available) Colm O’Connor.
This cover was designed especially for the Food Issue. I had a bit of a panic attack when I was told this issue usually trends but I got my act together, jotted down a few ideas, and decided this was the one. You can’t beat a payday when you don’t have to make your own packed lunch!
By Edinburgh-based Irish illustrator and designer, Mica Warren.
I thought that something number based would be fitting for the 250th issue, I used that as my starting point. I’ve been reading a book about Islamic Patterns recently and the geometric grid structures that underpin them. So I thought geometry, maths, numbers, savage, I’ll have a whack at that. Using one of these grids I created the type for the cover. What’s amazing about these patterns and grid structures is that they can potentially repeat and go on forever, I would like to wish Le Cool the same kind of longevity. Happy 250th!
The first Le Cool Dublin cover by Co Wicklow-born, Edinburgh-based designer and illustrator Mica Warren.
“I wanted to do something Halloweeny so I drew inspiration from the best Halloween-themed film I’ve ever seen (by a long shot), Hocus Pocus (1993). More specifically, the bully characters, Jay and Ice. For anyone who’s not seen the film, they’re these two dudes who hang around in a graveyard, that overlooks the town of Salem, Massachusetts (just them, no one else, just a coupla dudes, hangin out in a graveyard). They’re introduced to the audience in a scene during which they shakedown the film’s cool-new-kid-in-town-ex-city-slicker protagonist, Max Dennison, for his shoes.
I got thinking about these guys and I started wondering what they might do when no one was around. So I figured maybe they do each other’s haircuts (my brother Ben and I had recently given each other a haircut). They come across pretty douchie in the film so I wanted to give the characters an element of goodness and fraternity, and make them a little less one dimensional.(If you haven’t already, please watch Hocus Pocus)…”
A second Le Cool cover by Dublin-born-but-studying-in-Wales photographer Daragh Soden.
“I had just started working on a project called Young Dubliners (a work in progress) and saw this couple just chilling at the back of the bus. They had such slick style, I knew they would make a great shot but it takes balls to ask people for their photograph, it’s nerve-racking. I sat for a while and eventually built up the courage to ask, and of course they were cool about it. So I wobbled about as the bus swung round corners and they just sat indifferent to being looked at, they had real confidence, self-assured.“
The second Le Cool Dublin cover by Bray, Co Wicklow-born designer and NCAD [National College of Art and Design] alum Guy Cresswell.
“I recently re-watched the Life Aquatic, so I think there’s a certain amount of Steve Zissou in this one! I wanted to keep the theme and feel from the first illustration, but see where else could be explored.”