My name is Tragic O’Hara...
…and thats obviously my real name.
The first thing people always ask me is…
”Why do you call yourself Tragic O’Hara and not just use your real name?”
…and the answer is simple. You’ll never forget the 6 foot 3 inch guy wearing a Hawaiian shirt in November called Tragic.
Wether I’m spray painting a 20ft high mural, playing a show somewhere or delivering a class in “Digital Marketing for the Creative Industries” I always use that name, but the story of how I got it can differ from time to time.
Thanks a million for visiting my website. You’ll find examples of my work, my albums are available to stream and if you visit the shop you will be able to purchase limited edition prints, music and merchandise.
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Truth be told…
I started my artistic career as a vandal, but we all make mistakes.
I started writing graffiti in my teens and every school book I had was soaked through to back cover with whatever "name" I had decided to call my self that week. It wasn't long before my tags made their way from jotters to walls. Believe it or not, when you paint in the street you cant take your time and that why I spent many a night with friends in abandoned buildings on the outskirts of towns painting bigger, bolder and brighter.
Creating pieces purely for the photograph, never to be seen in the flesh again.
As I started writing more music, writing on walls took a back seat plus it's a lot less stressful when painting on a canvas than it is on someone's garage. This allowed me to expand into different styles and mediums like graphic design, digital drawing, illustration and murals and more importantly see my work hanging up in galleries as well as street corners.
We are now approaching fourteen years later and I have developed a style which differs from conventional street art.
Influenced by pop culture, surrealist graffiti artists and the thousand-year-old craft of stained glass.
It all started when…
I picked up my Granda's old guitar for the first time.
The finish had been worn off the neck, being in a skiffle band for years my Granda had never needed to learn anything past G, C and D.
To say I was hooked was an understatement and I spent my formative years locked in a room learning any Nirvana, Tom Waits, Queens of the Stone Age or Mark Lanegan song I could get my hands on.
Since starting writing music I've written and recorded three albums and played with other musicians such as Pete Doherty (The Libertines,) Mark E. Smith and The Fall, Ocean Colour Scene and Alabama 3 to name but a few. I've gigged the length and breadth of the country and played venues like HMV Picture House, O2 Academy Glasgow and festivals like Wickerman.
I became a youth worker at the age of 18…
and since then I’ve been using Art, Music, Film and Media as a way to engage young people, adults and communities.
Now with over 14 year experience working as a Community Creative I’ve worked along side and met some remarkable people.
Ive built 6 foot tall Trojan Cow’s made entirely from reclaimed wooden pallets and worked with young bands who have went on to tour the UK and further a field.
I’ve worked on creative and community projects with organisations such as Barnardo’s, The Scottish Parliament, Youth Scotland, Quarriers, Impact Arts and Youthlink Scotland to name but a few and helped communities set up their own sustainable groups and enterprises.