A storm may be brewing over the defacing of the Luke Kelly statue, but one artist who can't afford to get attached to his work is street artist Maser.
The Dubliner behind the Repeal the 8th Mural has developed a ''Buddhist'' approach over his 22-year career: "No one ever really gives a sh*t about my works when they get vandalised," he laughs. "Once I put them out there, they are part and parcel of the public space."
He says that 95pc of his public works are gone. "They only exist online, so you can't afford to be precious."
Aged eight, Maser turned the walls of his home into a canvas. His parents had stripped the walls of paper while decorating and he "started to doodle". While most adults would have stamped this out, Maser's mother was different: "My mum was cool as sh*t, a country woman from Limerick and very relaxed. I got to graffiti my whole bedroom; it became a spray paint haven."
It took years before he realised she was instilling him with self-belief. "My inner critic has paralysed me so much at times he has kept me in my bedroom for days - it has stopped me painting, I down tools."
Over the years, every time he picked up a paintbrush he was trying to find the ''ultimate piece' and when he didn't succeed he was carrying the weight of that. He has destroyed "hundreds of canvases" in the process and faces a psychological battle in the studio.
His latest work ''Homebird'' was painted for the Mater Foundation, which raises funds to help front-line staff and patients in the fight against Covid-19.
He says: "My mind is all the time asking 'what is this socially contributing?' 'How does this bring community together'. It's all these other f***ing conversations going through my head as I am painting this blue rather than just thinking 'blue is lovely and calm'."
Last week, Maser's first print run of ''Homebird'' sold out its 200 prints in four minutes. Next Friday, he is expected to raise almost €20,000 for the Mater Foundation through the prints and a raffle. Maser says of the piece: "I want to communicate hope, to illustrate a feeling of strength, Irishness, and that we are all in this together."