Category Archives: Street Art & Artists

Inside the Mind of ALANIZ, Berlin’s Banksy

ALANIZ Painting at Bärenquell Brauerei in Berlin - still from Inside the Mind of ALANIZ, Berlin’s Banksy by Vocativ

Photo: Still from Inside the Mind of ALANIZ, Berlin’s Banksy by Vocativ

I find the comparison to Banksy in the title annoying given their very different styles but if you can get past that, Inside the Mind of ALANIZ, Berlin’s Banksy offers some fascinating insight into the motivation and creative process of the Berlin-based street artist.

Whilst taking Vocativ on a tour of his art in Berlin, ALANIZ, describes how moving to the German capital from Argentina transformed him and brought out a darker side to his art.

When I first discovered ALANIZ and posted about him I saw mostly colourful paste-ups but he has recently concentrated on larger walls painted with rollers in mainly black and white paint.

Speaking of these walls he says:

I don’t see that what I do is illegal.  What I’m doing actually is a favour for the community, you know, I’m making them look better.

Like Plotbot KEN, the subject of last week’s street art post, ALANIZ is a fan of painting on and in the city’s abandoned buildings.  Watching him free climb the walls of the Bärenquell Brauerei to get close to his piece there makes you wonder about the risks he is willing to take to paint in the perfect spot.

Inside the Mind of ALANIZ, Berlin’s Banksy

ALANIZ has featured many times on andBerlin, including in yesterday’s Berlin, Berlin: Autumn video, and will undoubtedly be seen here again soon – until then you can see more of his street art on his Facebook page and Flickr stream.

Plotbot KEN – Street Art Goes Nuclear

Street Art by Plotbot KEN in Berlin

The apocalyptic scenes in the works of Berlin street artist, Plotbot KEN are perfectly suited to the abandoned sites where he often paints.  The above piece is one of a number gracing the walls of the former NSA listening station at Teufelsberg.  His gallery work featured at the alternative Christmas Market, Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding.

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You can see more Berlin street art from Plotbot KEN on his Facebook Page and Tumblr.

In the Belly of a Whale – El Bocho

Berlin-based Street Artist El Bocho At Work On The Street In Berlin

Prolific Berlin-based street artist El Bocho speaks to Andreas Lamoth und Frederic Leitzke about his work and his motivations in 2013 in a new episode of their award-winning documentary In the Belly of a Whale.

You may recognise a number of the pieces featured as El Bocho has appeared many many times on andBerlin.  Street art from his Citizen series, Little Lucy and most recently Tina Berlina characters pop up regularly on the streets of Berlin.  You can see more of his work on his website and Facebook page.

In the Belly of a Whale – El Bocho

Shepard Fairey – Obey the Giant in Berlin

Elephant - Street Art by Shepard Fairey (Obey the Giant) in Berlin

One of the most recognisable names in Street Art, Shepard Fairey, has been in Berlin painting a large-scale mural for Urban Nation as well as leaving some of his iconic Obey the Giant images and other posters and stickers around town.

If you think you haven’t seen his work, think again.  Do you remember that Obama ‘Hope’ picture used during the 2008 presidential campaign?  Well, that was Shepard Fairey.

Fairey is no stranger to Berlin and on his Obey Giant website refers to his time in the city for Backjumps in 2003.

Make Art Not War - Street Art by Shepard Fairey (Obey the Giant) in Berlin

The Make Art Not War mural in Kreuzberg was organised by Urban Nation, who have been bringing lots of artists to Berlin, including Ben Eine, Fin Dac and Nick Walker, who have all painted near their office on Bülowstrasse.

Make Art Not War was completed by Fairey and his team in two days and faces another excellent large-scale piece by Danish artist Don John.

Shepard Fairey’s Street Art career started when he was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design when he created his Andre the Giant Has a Posse sticker campaign.  This sticker was previously featured in my Berlin Street Art Vol 8 – Various Artists post.

André The Giant Has A Posse Sticker - Street Art by Shepard Fairey in Berlin

The story of the origins of the Andre the Giant image and Fairey’s exploits is told in OBEY THE GIANT – The Shepard Fairey Story a film by Julian Marshall, his thesis film, whilst at the same Rhode Island School of Design and funded partly by a Kickstarter campaign.

OBEY THE GIANT – The Shepard Fairey Story

From those humble beginnings a global brand has grown, Andre the Giant morphed into Obey the Giant and spawned a clothing label.  Further artwork followed.

Andre the Giant - Street Art by Shepard Fairey (Obey the Giant) in Berlin Obey the Giant - Street Art by Shepard Fairey in Berlin Obey V-sign - Street Art by Shepard Fairey (Obey the Giant) in Berlin

Berlin-lovers might like this Berlin Tower print, unfortunately now sold out.

Berlin Tower - print by Shepard Fairey

Photo: Berlin Tower – print by Shepard Fairey from www.obeygiant.com

The good news is that this isn’t the last we’ll see of Shepard Fairey in Berlin, as he states on his website that he will be back for more projects with Urban Nation, until then, you can follow Fairey and Obey the Giant on Twitter and Facebook.

Tourist Information From Tina Berlina by El Bocho

Tina Berlina - 'Top Secret Info' - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

It was around the start of 2014 that I first noticed Tina Berlina, a new character from prolific Berlin Street Artist El Bocho.

Tina has been popping up on the streets of Berlin this year offering advice to tourists and giving German lessons.  Unfortunately, I’ve missed German Lesson 3.

Tina Berlina - 'Beware of Boring Areas': Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin Tina Berlina - 'Don't Believe The Dealer' - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin Tina Berlina - 'Don't Go To The Oktoberfest' - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin Tina Berlina - German Lesson 1 - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Translation: Will I get into Watergate like this?

Tina Berlina - German Lesson 2 - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Translation: Is there also something by Banksy here?

Tina Berlina - German Lesson 4 - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Translation: I would like to buy the loft…please.

There’s lots of El Bocho Street Art from his Citizens and Little Lucy series elsewhere on andBerlin and here’s hoping that Tina Berlina keeps appearing on the walls of Berlin, offering her pearls of wisdom to the city’s many tourists.

Berlin Street Art Vol 14 – Various Artists

Feast your eyes on a selection of first class Berlin Street Art.

Same procedure as every post James – if the artist has appeared here before, clicking on their name will be rewarded with more of their work.

CAZ.L

I still don’t know any more about CAZ.L than I did when I first posted her work in my Dog Lover post as part of my It’s Friday, I’m in love series.

My Buddy - Street Art by CAZ.L in Berlin

Check out CAZ.L’s website and Facebook page for more great work.

El Bocho

Kissing - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Jimmy C

Australian-born but currently London-based, James Cochran, aka Jimmy C, has made a few trips to Berlin over the last couple of years and each time he leaves Street Art fans a present or two in the form of his pointillist murals.

Big Mouth Strikes Again - Street Art by Jimmy C in Berlin

You’ll find a heap of great Street Art from Jimmy C on his website and Facebook page.

ALANIZ

Cracking - Street Art by ALANIZ in Berlin

MIMI The ClowN

This is a Foto Opportunity - Street Art by MIMI The ClowN in Berlin

Have a look at this short film ‘ICH BIN EIN STREET ARTIST’ to see MIMI The ClowN at work in Berlin.

Mina Ja Lydia

Vincent - Street Art by Mina Ja Lydia in Berlin

You can see more from Estonian artist Mina Ja Lydia on her Tumblr.

Adnate

Emma Pea - Street Art by Adnate in Berlin

Don John

I only wish there was more of Danish artist Don John’s work in Berlin.  Eye-catching motifs, a very strong style and first-class technique set him apart as one of the good ‘uns.

Tails of the Unexpected - Street Art by Don John in Berlin

You’d be a fool not to have a look at Don John’s website.

FLOCKE // ART

This WASTED GERMAN TODDLERS paste-up by FLOCKE // ART is a twist on WASTED GERMAN YOUTH.

WASTED GERMAN TODDLERS - Street Art by FLOCKE//ART Berlin

FLOCKE // ART has been pretty active in Berlin over the last year so you can expect to see more of his/her work here.  In the meantime check out his/her Facebook page.

Unknown Artists

Do you know who created any of these pieces?  If you do, let me know in the comments and I’ll update the post to credit the artist.

Fire Walk With Me - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin Framed - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin Drunk Spongebob - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin

Berlin Street Art Vol 13 – Various Artists

Time for another Berlin Street Art selection box – enjoy!

You should know the drill by now, but just in case you don’t, if they’ve featured on the blog before clicking on an artist’s name will take you to more of their work.

CASE

Andreas von Chrzanowski, aka CASE / Case_Maclaim, is the man responsible for these massive hands.  Born in Thüringen, he produces some very impressive photorealistic Street Art and has been part of the Maclaim Crew since 2000.

Under Der Hand - Street Art by CASE (Maclaim) in Berlin

Unter Der Hand (Close Up) - Street Art by CASE (Maclaim) in Berlin

Check out CASE’s website and Facebook page.

ALIAS

Sitting On The Facts - Street Art by ALIAS in Berlin

Apitatán

These two pieces by Apitatán, who hails from Quito, Ecuador, made me smile.  ‘Monday Again’ – the image of a man shaving – was particularly well placed, the recess in the wall giving the impression of a mirror’s frame.

Nuen Tien Do Nada - Street Art by Apitatán in Berlin Monday Again - Street Art by Apitatán in Berlin

See more from Apitatán on his website and Facebook page.

Ericailcane x Bastardilla

This huge piece in the Haus Schwarzenberg Hof by Ericailcane is a very unsubtle dig at people like me who take photographs of Street Art.  It is part of a collaboration with Colombian Street Artist Bastardilla – just one of a number of murals produced by the pair.

Street Art by Ericailcane x Bastardilla in Berlin Ape Face Close Up - Street Art by Ericailcane in Berlin Ape Face Close Up - Street Art by Ericailcane in Berlin Camera Close Up - Street Art by Ericailcane in Berlin

El Bocho

Citizen Green - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Ambush

If you’re a fan of Berlin Street Art, chances are you’ve seen Ambush’s ‘Bending Berlin Baby’, featuring a slightly worse for wear Bender from Futurama.  This time, Yoda gets the Ambush treatment in ‘Kiss My Darkside’.

Kiss My Darkside - Street Art by Ambush in Berlin

Negative Vibes

Shrouded - Street Art by Negative Vibes in Berlin

See plenty of cracking Street Art from Negative Vibes on Facebook and Tumblr.

STEIN

Painter For Life - Street Art by STEIN in Berlin

There’s a lot more work from Norwegian Street Artist STEIN on his Facebook page.

Unknown Artists

If anyone knows who created these pieces, please let me know in the comments.  That way, I can update my post to give the artist the proper credit.

Daft Punk - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin Puppeteer - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin

Berlin Street Art Vol 12 – Various Artists

A selection of some of the best Street Art Berlin has to offer.  Where they have featured before on andBerlin you can click on the artist’s name for more great work.

Herakut

German Street Artists Hera and Akut have been working together under the name Herakut since 2004.

‘Monkey See. Monkey Do.’ was painted for the CONS SPACE 002 event, brought to Berlin by Converse, and is part of ‘The Giant Story Book Project’.

Monkey See Monkey Do - Street Art by Herakut in Berlin

See more great work on the Herakut Facebook page and website, where you can sign up to their newsletter.

El Bocho

El Bocho must be one of the most prolific Street Artists in Berlin and also one of the most popular. This paste-up from his ‘Citizens’ series only lasted a few days, presumably because some idiot decided to take a souvenir home – as long as Jack’s alright, ey?

I Was The Artist Secret - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Moe

Anonymous - Street Art by Moe in Berlin

Mimi The ClowN

French artist Mimi The ClowN’s work brings a welcome dose of humour to Berlin’s Street Art scene.  His clown paste-ups have been have been poking their red noses in all over the city.

Charlie Hebdo - Street Art by MIMI The ClowN in Berlin

kurznachzehn

Picking Flowers - Street Art by kurznachzehn in Berlin

Prost / Dave the Chimp / Käptn

It’s always good to find Street Art pieces that complement each other rather than compete. These three characters from Prost, Dave the Chimp and Käptn seem to be playing out a scene in a Street Art soap opera.

Street Art by Prost : Dave the Chimp : Käptn in Berlin

ALANIZ

Argentine-born, Berlin-based Street Artist ALANIZ’s style is evolving.  The first pieces I saw from the artist were stencils but recently he has been producing an increasing number of large-scale murals, painted with rollers, like this two-storey Mother and Child in Kreuzberg.

Mother and Child - Street Art by ALANIZ in Berlin

TEJN

Danish Street Artist TEJN creates sculptures from salvaged Iron found on the streets.  A number of pieces from his ‘Locked On’ project have popped up around Berlin including this huge character, which seems to me like it may be a Norse god, a larger version of a previous sculpture on Kastanianallee.

Norse God - Street Art by TEJN in Berlin

Find out more about TEJN on his website.

TONA

Contortionist - Street Art by TONA in Berlin

Unknown Artists

If anyone has any information about who created any of these pieces, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to give the proper credit.

Batman With Beer - Street Art by Unkown Artist in Berlin Lip Gloss - Street Art by Unkown Artist in Berlin Don't Take Your Toys Inside Just Because It's Raining - Street Art by Unkown Artist in Berlin

Banksy Flower Chucker / Thrower in Berlin

Flower Chucker / Thrower - Street Art by Banksy in the courtyard of the Kunsthaus Tacheles Berlin

Did you know that there is a large-scale example of one of the most recognisable Street Art pieces by undoubtedly the most famous Street Artist in the world in Berlin?  Banksy’s Flower Chucker / Thrower has been reproduced by thousands of opportunistic entrepreneurs on posters, mugs and canvases. You can even buy your own stencil.  The piece can be found in the courtyard of what was the Kunsthaus Tacheles (Art House Tacheles).

Flower Chucker / Thrower - Street Art by Banksy in the courtyard of the Kunsthaus Tacheles Berlin

Tacheles is a former department store squatted by a group of artists soon after the fall of the wall that became one of Berlin’s most popular tourist attractions.

Global Warming Exhibition sign inside the former artists squat Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin

Graffitied staircase inside the former artists squat Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin

It was built in 1907 and has a very interesting and chequered past.  Between 1928 and 1980 it was used by AEG as a shop and showroom called Haus der Technik, housed the central office of the SS, was used as a Nazi interrogation centre and then became the home of the Free German Trade Union Federation.

The building was partially demolished in 1980 and it was in order to save the building that the artists collective occupied the building in 1990.

Graffitied staircase and cage inside the former artists squat Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin

Tourists relaxing inside the former artists squat Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin

The last squatters were finally cleared from Tacheles in September 2012 after a protracted legal battle against eviction.

Banksy has been at the forefront of an explosion in the popularity of Street Art and Graffiti over the last couple of decades and his work has risen dramatically in value.

His pieces tend to make a political or social statement and he can count Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Kate Moss, and Jake Gyllenhall among his fans.  The fact that he has so far managed to remain anonymous despite numerous attempts to unmask him only adds to the hype surrounding his work.

In 2010 he released his first film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, which he described as “the world’s first Street Art disaster movie”.

Flower Chucker / Thrower - Street Art by Banksy in the courtyard of the Kunsthaus Tacheles Berlin

The piece at Tacheles depicts a youth with a scarf over his face and reversed cap throwing a bunch of flowers as though it was a Molotov cocktail.  Banksy used the image as the cover for his 2005 best-selling book, Wall and Piece.

Update: A comment on my Facebook page suggests that this is not a genuine Banksy and was in fact painted by someone connected to Zapata, the bar that occupied the part of the building on which it is painted.

Banksy originally painted the Flower Chucker / Thrower on the West Bank barrier, a wall separating Israel from the West Bank – it is appropriate therefore that it can also be found in Berlin, a city divided for so long by a wall.

FlashInvaders – A Street Art App From Invader

Screenshots from the FlashInvaders app from Street Artist Invader

Screenshots from the FlashInvaders app

French Street Artist, Invader took the inspiration for his art from the classic arcade game, Space Invaders.  Now, with the launch of his app, FlashInvaders, he has gone full circle and turned his art into a game.

Invader’s tile mosaics of Space Invaders can be found in many cities around the world, most notably in his hometown, Paris.

The object of the game with FlashInvaders is to ‘flash’ (take photos of) Invader pieces on the street. The app compares the photo to a database of the artist’s work and, using your smartphone’s GPS, verifies that you’ve seen the mosaic in person.

Screenshots from the FlashInvaders app from Street Artist Invader on the App Store

Screenshots from the FlashInvaders app on the App Store

Players (users) are then awarded points for each Invader ‘flashed’ and compete against each other in a ‘highscores’ table.

The app is available for iOS and Android and can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play.

I’ve seen lots of Invader mosaics in London but unfortunately, though he has been here, I haven’t found any of his Street Art in Berlin but if I do I’ll ‘flash’ it with my FlashInvaders app.