Angus Lavery writes:
A famous revolutionary of Irish descent and the artwork by an Irish artist that became one of the world’s great iconic images, all come together in a stamp which has just been issued by An Post.
Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, the quintessential left-wing revolutionary was killed in South America in 1967. An Post has chosen the 50th anniversary of his death to issue the stamp featuring the famous image of ‘Che’ by Dublin artist Jim Fitzpatrick.
The stamp (€1), designed by Red&Grey, is based on Jim Fitzpatrick’s artwork, which appears on t shirts, posters, badges and clothing worldwide and is now rated among the world’s top 10 most iconic images.
Finally, in fairness.
che was a kiler and by all account a nasty piece.
will they do a Pinochet stamp for balance?
Is there a famous piece of Irish art depicting Pinochet?
Yes, there is: https://www.google.ie/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiR04a2n9zWAhVG5xoKHZjSAZoQjRwIBw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.indymedia.ie%2Farticle%2F91540&psig=AOvVaw2i6X6pjzFPUghM6U58eXLj&ust=1507387833738652
So is every UK PM and US president.
Dead and beret’d.
haha – v. good!
Declan Ganley will not be happy
Is he ever?
Jim Fitzpatrick. So called socialist. We got in touch with him, he was very enthusiastic until we mentioned that a place where his prints hung was using job bridge. We wanted help. Zero response from him after that.
What was it you wanted him to do(?)
His work was hanging in the place, he sent it there. We were hoping as a socialist (as he’s always protesting that he is) that he’d object to the use of job bridge in the place that was showcasing his work, or that he’d at least tell them it wasn’t on and was very unfair to the workers.
Glad to see Irish talent promoted.
I’m not sure Jim Fitzpatrick needs promotion, Celebrated would be a better word
I suppose we should be grateful that Stalin didn’t have any Irish ancestors. This is one f’ed up country.
The O’Stalins of Kilcannon?
Only if it’s the sexy young Stalin that Harry Malloy has been rocking as his avatar.
He was a bit of a ride. Sexy leftie
Are you Bi Harry?
You’re a dark horse, ‘d say you’re a ride yourself.
Hello Harry. A sheltered blob residing in Kerry has a question:
Do you feel you have more options (of a romantic nature) since you figured out you’re Bi?
Would it be ignorant to assume that people of a Bi-sexual orientation have more options? (That assumption has crossed my mind, which made me feel a bit jealous.)
I’ve only become bi since being married really, and only ever with the wife. But it certainly means you can explore more as a couple.
It is late tho :)
Are you a giver or a taker Harry?
Wonderful move by An Post. Recognising one of the worlds great freedom fighters.
he was a dirtbag, and a statist too
Please expand on your highly knowledgeable comment.
There’s a nice left-wing basis to that whole image since the original photographer refused to copyright it so no one, including fitzpatrick , could make any money from it.
Actually, I might be talking through my arse there, maybe Fitzpatrick was able to copyright the altered image, but the original photo is public domain.
Fitpatrick never copyrighted his image so makes no money from its use. If he did he’d be disgustingly wealthy.
Or maybe not. It wouldn’t be as ubiquitous if it had been copyrighted.
What a stupid man
Is this An Post’s response to today’s announcement of the 2017 Nobel peace prize?
Che Guevara Lynch’s father said that in his son ‘flowed the blood of Irish rebels”. He was murdered by the CIA. A hero for all time. He will always be a hero of mine.
Really. I wonder how many ‘counter-revolutionaries’ he ordered executed in Cuba; I wonder how the families of those people feel about him.
It’s such an iconic image. I had it on the T-shirt myself during my Rage Against the Machine days.
Not the only famous image around here.
My mum used to have a Che Tee Shirt.
Once while wearing it in a shop in the local big town (this was when she was in her 50s), the young server scoffed at her saying “I bet you have no idea who he is”.
She was more than delighted to tell him a) she knew exactly who he was and b) she had bought the tee shirt in Cuba.
She left the shop in a triumphant flounce :)
I bet she didn’t know she had a mass murderer and dictator on the front of her t-shirt? That’s the problem with people of slightly above average intelligence. They think they’re smarter than everyone else but they’re only smarter than just over half the population. Joke’s on your ma
I’m confused as to how Red&Grey are given a design credit for a piece by Jim Fitzpatrick. What did they do? The text overlay?
No mention of Alberto Korda anywhere.
Yawn. Phil Lynnott would have been a better choice.
Nah, Martin Cahill. The one with his balaclava on.
And a Mickey Mouse t-shirt
Limited colour platettes of photographs of Che Guevarra, Castro and Camillo Cienfuegos and Camillo Torres were being done for years in Cuba for ICAIC and OSPAAAL before Fitzpatrick decided to get in on the act.
Fitzpatrick no artistic genius – and the way he rarely if ever gives the original photographer Alberto Korda credit for the iconic photograph – whose lack of claim in the copyright enabled Fitzpatrick to create his derivative artwork in the first place – really grinds my gears.
statist, machismist, third-worldism is nothing to celebrate. proper communists know him as an enemy.
I heard some shock-jock being interviewed by Morning Ireland, giving out about the stamp and blaming communism for everybody wearing Ché t-shirts
…got my first day covers at GPO on saturday…hope the lily livers withdraw them now…