Portrait of the young artist with a spray can

You’ll probably know Aches from his murals of Savita, Stormzy and Horseboy. But this unidentifiable street artist is flirting with recognition as he prepares to present another solo exhibition

15th March, 2020
Graffiti artist Aches, with some of his work in Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar. Picture: Fergal Phillips

“Are you Aches?”, I whispered conspiratorially to the man I’d locked eyes with in the agreed meeting place. “Eh, no... what?!” was the reply. An explanation of who I was waiting for made matters no clearer. “He’s unidentifiable,” I explained, “because his work is illegal.” Nothing.

Eventually a friendly Carhartt-capped gent with a grey hoodie and North Face jacket made himself visible from...

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