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Impressions from Berlin

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Just / Lost Soul (photo by Luna Park)

My most recent trip to Berlin is already over a month in the past. A week is far too little time to capture it all, but this collection of favorites should give a pretty good indication of the level of graffiti saturation present in Berlin. Big, highly visible blockbuster rollers have been supplemented by an array of equally as impressive extinguisher pieces. A new addition to the visual landscape are colorful, vertical tags reminiscent of pixação, sprayed by rappeling down the sides of buildings. I finally had the opportunity to ride the Ringbahn once around the periphery of Berlin, an experience I recommend to anyone interested in the intersection of graffiti, architecture, and rail infrastructure. I’m itchin’ to go back.

Berlin (photo by Luna Park)

Love Art Hate Cops / Roa / OneTruth (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Grafro / 1UP / Rainbow drips (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Riot (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Trackside (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Trackside: Kripoe (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Trackside: 24/7 PND / Caser / Ivory (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Reka (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Ich bin Pö / Rainbow drips (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Peach Beach / Just (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Orbit (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Nunca (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Mymo / Eltono (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Lush / Chub / Just (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

ÜF / Life (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Life / Berlin Kidz (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Just / Ufoe / NHS (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Just / Blu / BNT / NHS (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Herakut (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Broken Fingas (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Blo (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Alaniz (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

Alaniz / Agahn / Grafro / Vhils (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

1UP / Kasper1 (photo by Luna Park)

Berlin (photo by Luna  Park)

BMK / 1UP (photo by Luna Park)

Thanks & much love to Just, Lucky Cat, Various & Gould and Urban Nation for their hospitality and friendship. And if this wasn’t enough, you can find more photos from Berlin here.

Project M/3 in Berlin

Martha Cooper for Project M/3 at Urban Nation Berlin (photo by Luna Park)

Martha Cooper for Project M/3 at Urban Nation Berlin (photo by Luna Park)

After an exhilarating and inspiring week in Berlin, I was very pleased to be on hand to document the third iteration of Urban Nation‘s Project M, curated by Nuart‘s Martyn Reed. I’ll be posting more images from Berlin here on The Street Spot soon, but in the meantime, you can check out some of the installations for Project M/3 over on Brooklyn Street Art.

KLUB7 Is Up To Something

Klub7 at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)

KLUB7 – a 10 year old, Berlin-based, art collective focused on collaborative mural and illustration making – has been in New York for less than two weeks, but already their marks can be found in a number of Brooklyn neighborhoods. The group (represented by four of the collective’s six members on this outing) regularly creates intricate chalk installations on sidewalks in public spaces, drawing on their common vocabulary of hand-painted symbols, characters, and lettering. The pier at Coney Island and the Williamsburg Bridge bike path are but two of the locations the collective has hit. You can follow their New York adventures in real time here.

Klub7 at Coney Island (photo by Luna Park)

Of course, their aesthetic is also readily applied to walls, as is the case with this mural, painted on the side of a Williamsburg bakery.

Klub7 in Williamsburg (photo by Luna Park)

Klub7 in Williamsburg (photo by Luna Park)

Klub7 in Williamsburg (photo by Luna Park)

Come see what else KLUB7 have been up to at Pandemic Gallery this Saturday from 7-11pm. The show will feature a signature mural on one of the gallery walls as well as a selection of screen prints and other small works.

Klub7 @ Pandemic Gallery

Kripoe

Kripoe x Clint 176 (all photos by Luna Park)

Although the city of Berlin may disagree, Kripoe’s ubiquitous, balled, yellow fist has become an icon of Berlin. From what I’ve seen, which is admittedly only a fraction, there is no spot this cat can’t reach. Ride the S-Bahn across town and you’ll quickly lose count of his many fists, roller skates and shooting stars. And his letters? Funky, fresh and a little weird – just how I like ‘em.

Kripoe on a post in the middle of the Spree

Kripoe in front of the Reichstag

Trackside Kripoe front and center

Kripoe am Alexanderplatz

Roller Adams x Kripoe

Anyone x Angst x Kripoe x Moscito x Prolet

Ema Jones x Kripoe x UT x Tomcat et al

Anyone x Kripoe x Angst et al

Broa x Angst X Kripoe

Akim x Kripoe

CBS Über Alles

Roa in Berlin

Roa in Berlin-Kreuzberg (all photos by Luna Park)

Having painted large-scale walls in the UK, in several cities across the US, Mexico, Germany, and Denmark to name but a few of places he’s been just this year, Roa’s had an incredibly prolific year.  His latest show, Decomposition, just opened at Vienna’s Inoperable Gallery last week and word has it a trip to Australia is in the works. As luck would have it, my recent work trip to Berlin allowed me the opportunity to catch the closing day of Roa’s Transit show at Skalitzers.  He also painted a monstrous outdoor wall in the Kjosk lot down the street from the gallery (you can see photos of him in action on Just’s blog).




Below are just a few impressions from the show featuring some his signature interactive pieces. There are more images from Transit over on Skalitzers’ site.




One United Power

1UP "In it 2 win it" (Photo by Luna Park)

Spend any amount of time in Berlin and one crew immediately stands out: 1UP. Quality and quantity. Enjoy…

1UP x ÜF "Free OZ" (Photo by Luna Park)

1UP x Bimer (Photo by Luna Park)

(Photo by Luna Park)

(Photo by Luna Park)

(Photo by Luna Park)

(Photo by Luna Park)

6artist.com x 1UP (Photo by Luna Park)

1UP x Just (Photo by Luna Park)

(Photo by Luna Park)

(Photo by Luna Park)

(Photo by Luna Park)

(Photo by Luna Park)

I Love You x 1UP (Photo by Luna Park)

1UP x NHS (Photo by Luna Park)

(Photo by Luna Park)

Berlin’s Freedom Park

Dave the Chimp (photo by Luna Park)

My job unexpectedly took me back to Berlin for a second visit this year and I arrived just in time to experience a flurry of activities in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Wall being built. I had in fact just gotten off an overnight flight from New York and blearily made my way into the U-Bahn when the transit system ground to a halt at exactly noon on Saturday, August 13th and the entire city paused in remembrance.

A little over a week later at a location alongside the eastern bank of the river Spree, I came across a far more tangible memorial. The Freedom Park exhibition features numerous original segments of the Wall, painted by Nunca, Miss Van, Superblast, McBess, Funny Fun, Low Bros, Dave the Chimp, Kouka, Kiddy Citny, Thierry Noir, Chor Boogie, Erika Eiffel, Pius Portmann, Ezra 1, Mij.k.d0 and Jakob Wagner.

Miss Van (photo by Luna Park)

Miss Van (photo by Luna Park)

Nunca (photo by Luna Park)

Thierry Noir (photo by Luna Park)

Chor Boogie (photo by Luna Park)

McBess (photo by Luna Park)

? X Kouka (photo by Luna Park)

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Lowbros et al

Superplan (photo by Luna Park)

If you can help clear up any of the artist attributions, please leave a comment. I’ll be posting more favorites from Berlin in the coming days.

The Many Faces of Berlin’s El Bocho

elbocho pink girl

On repeat visits to Berlin over the course of several years, one street artist whose work has consistently engaged me is El Bocho. His work has two characteristics that are essential for long-term success as a street artist: a sense of humor and the willingness to change things up. These lovely ladies are part of his Citizen Poster series.

elbocho missvan
elbocho girl orange

Though now decayed due to exposure to the elements and the passage of time, this enormous 2009 portrait was composed with over 11,000 square feet of tape. See it in it’s former glory here.

wedding elbocho

Kalle and Bernd are two CCTV cameras that comment on their surroundings. (“Check out that blonde…” — “I’m fixated on terrorists.”)

elbocho blonde
elbroncho yo

By far my favorite El Bocho character is Little Lucy, who keeps trying to kill her cat. Doner catbab, anyone?


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elbocho deadcat3
elbocho catwash
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MTO’s Berlin Street Fighters

mto just

Just

MTO is a portrait artist whose grayscale paintings grace Berlin’s streets. He’s dedicated portrait series to musicians, film characters and now graffiti and street artists. Each piece is a collaboration with the featured artists providing their own signatures. He’s done 10 Berlin Street Fighters to date – here are portraits of Just, Bimer, Emess, 4artist.com, SP38 and Grab.

mto bimer2

Bimer

mto emess
Emess

mto 6artist
4artist.com aka Mr. 6

mto sp38

SP38

mto grab
Grab

Text and Photos by Luna Park