Category Archives: Street Art & Artists

Don John Mural for Urban Nation Berlin

Street Art by Don John for Urban Nation Berlin

Since I first saw a Wolf Beard stencil from Danish artist Don John, I’ve been hoping to see more of his street art in Berlin so I was particularly excited to hear he had been in town painting a huge mural for the One Wall Project from Urban Nation Berlin.

With One Wall, Urban Nation Berlin is bringing five different artists to the city each year to paint a mural.  The aim is to bring diversity to Berlin’s neighbourhoods and help cement the city’s position as a recognised art destination.

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Don John painted his image of a flock of exotic-looking birds flying out of a hoodie’s hood on the side of a building in Mehringplatz back in June of last year.

Shepard Fairey painted the wall opposite a short time later.

If you’d like to know a bit more about Don John have a read of his interview with CFYE and check out more of his street work on his website.

I’d recommend keeping up to date with Urban Nation Berlin via their website, Facebook page or Instagram account for news about future walls, exhibitions and projects.  Who knows, maybe they can persuade Don John to come back to Berlin and bless us with some more first class street art.

Vermibus – Berlin Fashion Week Interventions 2015

Vermibus Mario Testino In Your Face Berlin Intervention

Photo: Thomas von Wittich | www.thomasvonwittich.de

Berlin Fashion Week was the perfect target for local artist Vermibus, whose ad-busting interventions subvert the very image the fashion world had descended on Berlin to project.

After using solvents to significantly alter advertising posters featuring glossy images of beautiful people, Vermibus re-hangs his artworks in advertising hoardings for maximum impact.

And this was what he did at the U-Bahnhof at Rosenthaler Platz when the fashion elite were in town for one of the industry’s flagship events.

Vermibus Berlin Fashion Week Intervention at U-Bahnhof Rosenthaler Platz

Photo: Thomas von Wittich | www.thomasvonwittich.de

Vermibus Berlin Fashion Week Intervention at U-Bahnhof Rosenthaler Platz

Photo: Thomas von Wittich | www.thomasvonwittich.de

Vermibus Berlin Fashion Week Intervention at U-Bahnhof Rosenthaler Platz

Photo: Thomas von Wittich | www.thomasvonwittich.de

Vermibus’s intervention at the newly opened Mario Testino exhibition, In Your Face, at the Kunstbibliothek Berlin, were he elected to hang an altered image of Kate Moss in a stairwell, was possibly even more daring.

Vermibus Mario Testino In Your Face Berlin Intervention

Photo: Thomas von Wittich | www.thomasvonwittich.de

Vermibus Mario Testino In Your Face Berlin Intervention

Photo: Thomas von Wittich | www.thomasvonwittich.de

Vermibus Mario Testino In Your Face Berlin Intervention

Photo: Thomas von Wittich | www.thomasvonwittich.de

Vermibus – In Your Face

// via Vermibus //

Berlin Street Art Vol 16 – Various Artists

It’s time for another selection of sweet street art from Berlin.  The artist’s names link to previous appearances on andBerlin if you want to see more of their work.

ALANIZ

One of the largest of ALANIZ’s rollered paintings in Berlin, entitled “Protesta; more than a right, an obligation” is right alongside a Vhils piece from his Go Forth campaign.

Protesta; more than a right, an obligation - Street Art by ALANIZ in Berlin

Raïa

Artistic talent is one thing but clever placement like this Wild Leo Girl paste-up by Raïa can take things to another level.

Wild Leo Girl - Street Art by Raïa in Berlin

URBEN

Single Again - Street Art by Urben in Berlin

Urben’s cartoonish characters are a regular fixture on the streets of Berlin.  See more from the artist on his Facebook page.

El Bocho

Little Lucy - Welcome to Berlin - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin Goodbye Love - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

AXEL VOID

Born in Miami and raised in Spain, AXEL VOID (Alejandro Hugo Dorda Mevs) was based in Berlin for some time before returning to his native Miami.  He describes the incredible story behind this Hitler Youth piece at YAAM on his website:

A few years ago my computer broke down. I went to a repair shop in Berlin and met this older man that ran the place himself. There were other people and he must have seen that I didn’t have much money so with my poor German and his poor English he sat me down and explained how to fix the computer myself. I spent the afternoon with him, and among other things he told me his story. He was the son of one of the Nazi generals, and was raised in the Hitlerjugend (Hitler’s Youth). He explained how natural his training seemed, but by the time he grew up and had to take part in the war, he couldn’t do it. They ended up kicking him out of the force and he left the country. He only came back to germany after the war was finished.
He never charged me anything, this wall is dedicated to him.

Street Art Meeting - Street Art by AXEL VOID in Berlin

CAZ.L

Crow - Street Art by CAZ.L in Berlin Dive In - Street Art by CAZ.L in Berlin

Robi The Dog

Cellist - Street Art by Robi The Dog in Berlin

Pubberoner

Hannibal Lecter Behind Bars - Street Art by Pubberoner in Berlin

In the biography on his Facebook Page, Puberroner states, “no, I’m not an artist. I’m just a guy, who loves art.”

Negative Vibes

Hooded - Street Art by Negative Vibes in Berlin

Unknown Artist

If anyone has any details about the artist of this piece painted at Platoon Kunsthalle for Urban Clash please let me know in the comments.

Kippe - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin

Acid Tanks – Plotbot KEN at work

Plotbot KEN at a Former Chemical Factory From Acid Tanks by Isabelle Pett

Photo: Still from Acid Tanks by Isabelle Pett

This video by Isabelle Pett shows Berlin street artist Plotbot KEN at work in a former chemical factory just outside Berlin.  The editing and the industrial soundtrack (The Sect – Underworld Machine Code Remix) are well suited to the setting and KEN’s post-apocalyptic artworks, created on four large storage tanks.

Acid Tanks

Berlin Street Art Vol 15 – Various Artists

A new year, a new selection of remarkable street art from Berlin to feast your eyes on, including some new artists as well as some very familiar faces.  As usual, where an artist has featured here before you can click on their name to see more of their work.

Dave the Chimp

According to his website, Dave the Chimp was ‘born in an egg on a mountain top’.  As well as decorating the streets with his quirky characters his artwork adorns skateboards and snowboards.

He has also turned his hand to directing music videos and one of my Berlin Songs series, Robots in Disguise – I Live in Berlin features snippets of the video he directed for the band’s song Girl.

Nutty Protest - Street Art by Dave the Chimp in Berlin

Negative Vibes

Stigmata - Street Art by Negative Vibes in Berlin

Marshal Arts

New to andBerlin, these Run DMC paste-ups from Marshal Arts gave me a chuckle.  See more from Marshal Arts on Facebook.

Run DMC - Street Art by Marshal Arts in Berlin Run DMC 2 - Street Art by Marshal Arts in Berlin

Lake

Born Christian Wahle in East Berlin, Lake runs the indoor climbing facility Der Kegel in Berlin’s RAW Gelände where his artworks adorn the walls.

Woody Allen and Clint Eastwood - Street Art by Lake in Berlin

See more work from Lake on his website.

Bobby Aviles

Salvador Dali - Street Art by Bobby Aviles in Berlin

El Bocho

Judging by the response to my Tourist Information From Tina Berlina post, I’m not the only one who loves this character by El Bocho.  I’ve also thrown in a Little Lucy for good measure.

Tina Berlina - Try a Döner - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin DJ Little Lucy - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Otto Schade

This baby ‘using’ a policeman’s helmet is very different from the other Otto Schade pieces I’ve seen in Berlin and London and I LOVE IT.

Baby - Street Art by Otto Schade in Berlin

Check out the Otto Schade website for more from this Chilean artist.

SOON

Homeless - Street Art by SOON in Berlin

Unknown Artists

If you recognise either of these pieces and know who the artist is, please let me know in the comments so I can give the proper credit.

Cop One - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin Old Man - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin

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 and 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.