Pogues frontman Shane Mac Gowan has created a range of products based on his drawing ‘Two Leprechauns’.
The items include everything from mugs to t-shirts, towels, yoga mats, duvet covers, pillows, phone covers, and prints.
Shane started drawing leprechauns inadvertently when he was six, and was commended by his school teachers for his artistic abilities.
“At school I did portraits of my Uncle John. There was no scale to it, so you couldn’t tell how big he was. You couldn’t tell he was a really tall man. But they saw this stupid Irish looking guy and decided he was a leprechaun,” he said.
Shane has continued to draw and paint (mainly pastels) ever since.
He designed the cover of the band's album ‘A Crock of Gold’ which also features leprechauns sitting around a crock of gold.
Shane doesn’t go for the traditional twee and cute idea of leprechauns that the Irish tourist industry perpetuates. He believes that leprechauns are real creatures.
“They’re the descendants of the Tuatha Dé Danann the tribe of the Goddess Danann, who interbred with the humans. I’ve met them on the farm in Tipperary. Some of them look like the ones I drew, but they vary,” he says.
“They talk in riddles. They whisk around you, they disappear and appear, get bigger and smaller, do all sorts of tricks. They do all sorts of tricks that really disturb you. They like humanity to know its place, as lower in the order of things.”
All proceeds from the sales will be donated to both Medicins Sans Frontiers and ISPCC ChildLine.
You can see the Shane leprechaun products at www.shanemacgowanart.com