Tintin in Dublin?

Tintin in Dublin, near the Four Courts - © Bernd Biege 2014
Tintin in Dublin, near the Four Courts - © Bernd Biege 2014
A Collection of Tintins
A Collection of Tintins

Fans of the young Belgian journalist and busybody Tintin will be a bit surprised … our hero has never been to Dublin, has he? Quick stroll into the archives. Nope … no “Tintin in Dublin” found.

And yet … there is this cover art … somehow different … I have seen it somewhere.

Yes, you may well have – when strolling past the Four Courts. As Dublin street art. Unfortunately slightly defaced by now, but still brilliant:

Tintin in Dublin, near the Four Courts - © Bernd Biege 2014
Tintin in Dublin, near the Four Courts – © Bernd Biege 2014

What we have here is not the plucky goodie-two-shoes of comic strip fame, but a pastiche that drags him kicking and screaming (especially after a good night out) into 21st century Dublin. Track suit, oversized trainers, baseball cap, fag in mouth, Argos-type gold rings on fingers, can of cheap lager or cider in hand, looking like he is going to beat someone up in a second. Even that dog looks mean.

Setting the scene are the GPO and the Spire.

What a great comment on modern Dublin. And what a clever idea to have this near the Four Courts, opposite a Garda station, that much easier to compare art with reality.

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