Munich’s Positive-Propaganda

With my employer’s headquarters based in Munich, I regularly make trips to the Bavarian capital. Though I’m there for work, I always make time to take in some of the local sights. On a visit in September 2014, I was delighted to come across a giant wall by the Berlin-based artist, Kripoe. It was a perfectly serendipitous moment: bleary-eyed, jetlagged and rushing to work for an early morning continuing education session, this wall greeted me as I stepped off the tram outside the office.

kripoe [Read more: Kripoe for Positive-Propaganda]

With a little digging, I discovered this wall was a 2012 joint initiative between Amnesty International and the Munich-based non-profit arts association, Positive-Propaganda, who are “dedicated to establishing contemporary and socio-political art in urban spaces”. Amazingly, they had been able to convince the notoriously aloof artist to paint his first legal wall, titled “Hände hoch für Waffenkontrollel!” (“Hands Up For Gun Control”).

Around the corner, also on the grounds of the Schwere Reiter art center, I came across another Positive-Propaganda wall by the Spanish artist Aryz.

aryz [Read more: Aryz for Positive-Propaganda]

After an absence of two years, I returned to Munich in November 2016 for a 3-day software training. With only a Sunday afternoon of free time at my disposal, I hit the ground running, determined to see the walls Positive-Propaganda had helped produce since my last visit. With walls by Blu, Escif, Ericailcane, and Shepard Fairey, the organization had managed to attract some of the most socially conscious artists active on the streets to their cause. No mean feat in an era of increasingly vapid and purely decorative mural festivals…

blu [Read more: Blu for Positive-Propaganda]

escif [Read more: Escif for Positive-Propaganda]

ericailcane [Read more: Ericailcane for Positive-Propaganda]

obey paint it black [Read more: Shepard Fairey for Positive-Propaganda]

All photos copyright Luna Park. If you enjoy my photos, may I suggest you pick up a copy of my book? ;p

Luna Park’s 2014 Favorites

As 2014 winds down, here’s a look back at some of my favorite art and images from the past year – shot in New York, Berlin, Munich and Washington, DC.

Featuring work by:

ADEK, WOLFTITS, ELBOW-TOE, FADE AA/EKGLABS, MOSA/CURVE/ESSO PAL, ELSOL25, MAYA HAYUK, BERLIN KIDZ, GRAFRO, MARTHA COOPER, DCEVE/SNOEMAN, STIKMAN, SHOK1, SKI/TOUCH, STEVE POWERS, DAN WITZ, SWOON, RUBIN415, JUST, CHRIS STAIN/BILLY MODE, ENX/COST, KUMA, JOE IURATO, UFO 907, TEXAS/GANE, SPONE/WANE/TRAP, ANDREW PONEROS, PIXOTE/RAMBO, PIXELPANCHO, CASH4, VTS, FALSE/PEAR, POSTER BOY, SOBER/NOXER, BARE/HERT/GABLE, RUSK/KATSU, NEVER, AMNY, YOU GO GIRL/JANZ/NEKST, KASHINK, KRIPOE, NESO, SATONE, RIPO, HOUSE OF HADES, JJ VERONIS, CLINT MARIO/ME_NEWYORK, GADSE, SMELLS/DROID 907, GIZ/GHOST/MARVEL, REVS, SPECTER, CEKIS/CERN, ELMS, HOODRICH, SWEET TOOF/DARKCLOUD, REKA, MOMO, TOP DOGS, JEFFREY GAMBLERO/SMART

My gratitude to those of you working in the public space.
Much love to anyone who lost a loved one this year…
#ripafri #ripdg #ripkorn #ripüzit

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.

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

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