Words: Shamim de Brún
The Spicebag Banshee Bones scarf is strictly limited and set to become as big a must-have for Irish football fans, art enthusiasts, and crisps lovers as the Bohs Dublin Bus jersey.
Acclaimed political artist Adam Doyle, known by his Instagram moniker @spicebag.exe is back at it again and his finger never seems to have left the proverbial pulse. He announced the new scarf on Instagram yesterday to much fanfare. Commenters called the forthcoming scarf ‘A relic of the past reborn anew’, and ‘so sick’. The scarf, available for pre-order at €25, is gaining attention not only for its bold design but also for its cultural significance.
Spicebag, who has built a strong following for his cheeky, inflammatory, and satirical artwork, is no stranger to going viral. He is a well-known critic of the Irish government and has made many artworks about it, including Eviction Print and most recently his guerilla art campaign Designated Drug Zone.
His previous release, the Meanies jersey, faced delays due to production issues and poor-quality samples. In a generous move, anyone who pre-ordered the Meanies jersey will now receive a Banshee Bones scarf as a gift, according to an Instagram post.
The choice of Tayto Banshee Bones crisps as the scarf’s focal point speaks to the deep-rooted connection between Irish culture and our crisps. Crisps are a significant part of modern Irish national identity, and the scarf serves as a nod to this cultural icon that is less commodified than Guinness or the Poolbeg Towers but equally beloved.
Adam Doyle’s artistic portfolio includes various works, from gritty photography zines to surreal creations like a Billy Roll balaclava. He is best known for his Eviction Print, which he re-issued following the lifting of the eviction ban in March 2023. This powerful piece, featuring real images of masked Gardaí and bailiffs during an eviction, raised over €30,000 for homelessness charities.
The football scarf trend has not only captivated Spice but has been a dominant medium in recent years with other Irish artists, such as Megan Nolan Walsh, Kate O’Loughlin, Orla King, Ciara O’Neill, and Niamh Barry all using the football scarf as their canvas.
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