Last Updated on 18. October 2020

In today’s episode of “Meet the Londoner” we meet Angry Dan. The artist and poet lives in Walthamstow where I saw his work for the first time.

Angry Dan, please tell a bit about yourself

Who are you?

My name is Angry Dan. I’m a poet and a painter. I write limericks, which are a type of short poem with a particularly playful rhythm and rhyme, and I paint them as bright, colourful public murals, and on canvas.

When did you realise you wanted to become an artist?

I’ve always written folk songs, and gradually the words have become more important than the music. I started writing poems about 7 years ago, and once I had a few, it seemed like a good idea to make them as pictures.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I write about absolutely anything and everything that takes my fancy.

What is the story behind your name? Why the angry?

I’m afraid it’s not a terribly fascinating story. It was my first email address, back when everyone had silly email addresses, then it became a nickname, then, when I realised everyone remembered it, I started using it as my art name.

Which is your favourite colour?

Yellow.

How does your creative process look like? How long does it take to get an idea out of your head and onto the wall?

I try to write first thing in the morning. Each limerick can take anything from a few minutes to a few hours. When the words are done, I’ll choose an object to represent them, then figure out how the words are going to fit over the shape. Painting a mural usually takes a few days, depending on the surface and the size of the wall.

Do you only use your own poems?

Yes, the drop-shadow lettering represents my voice.

Where can we admire your works?

There are nine of my limerick murals in Walthamstow, where I live, which I painted to accompany my first gallery show, Angry Dan’s London Borough of Limericks. There are murals in Hackney, Holborn, Kilburn, New Brighton, and Carlisle. The best way to see all of my work is to follow my instagram, where there is also a map of all the Walthamstow murals.

Do you check out the street art scene when you are abroad?

Berlin is the city that I’ve visited more than any other, and the street art always blows me away.

Who is an artist you admire?

In recent years, Grayson Perry has used his platform to make TV shows that attempt to tackle some big issues while demystifying the art world and his own artistic process. I think they’re fantastic.

Best advice you have ever been given?

Get obsessed.

Angry Dan about London

3 words to describe London

Bloody hard work.

Where do you recommend going to have some nice food in London?

Harringay Green Lanes is amazing for Turkish food.

Which is the best bar in London?

I don’t really drink in bars.

Must see attraction or landmark every visitor to London should see?

Don’t look back at the view until you get to the top of Primrose Hill.

Nicest place for calming down/taking a break?

The River Lea.

Favourite part in London

I’ve always loved Soho and Shoreditch, but now it’s Walthamstow.

Fun stuff about Angry Dan

Milk in first or milk in last?

Earl Grey, no milk.

Marmite – love it or hate it?

Love it, preferably with peanut butter and banana on toast.

Best party song?

Roni Size, Brown Paper Bag.

Angry Dan on Social Media

Wonna know even more about Angry Dan? Then check out his webite. And follow on Instagram (@AngryDan) to be the first to know about new murals.

Thank you so much, Angry Dan, for taking your time for this interview. Can’t wait to find more of your works in London and to catch-up one day to discuss in more details why you are such a fan of Marmite…

 

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