Category Archives: Street Art & Artists

Fin DAC – Magnificent 7

Still from Fin DAC - Magnificent 7 by Trevor Whelan

Photo: Still from Fin DAC – Magnificent 7 by Trevor Whelan

Watch street artist Fin DAC at work on his huge Magnificent 7 mural, a series of 7 beautiful portraits, at The Point Village, Dublin during an art residency at The Gibson Hotel, filmed and directed by Trevor Whelan for Dragon Armoury Creative.

Fin DAC has been one of my favourite street artists since I saw him painting at Stroke Urban Art Fair and he was back in Berlin over the last few days working at Teufelsberg for Berlin Rising.

Fin DAC – Magnificent 7

Berlin Street Art Vol 17 – Various Artists

Here is another selection of some of the fantastic street art that Berlin is so famous for.  Clicking on an artist’s name will take you to more work from them on andBerlin.

El Bocho

I never tire of finding El Bocho pieces and the melancholy look on the face of this ‘Still Falling’ paste up from his Citizen series is well suited to its placement behind bars.

Still Falling - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin No Cats - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

MIMI The ClowN

Guitar Clown - Street Art by MIMI the ClowN in Berlin

L.KUBA / KubalArt / Lukáš Kubala

Lukáš Kubala is a young artist from Slovakia – see more from him on his Facebook page and website.

Black and White - Street Art by L.KUBA (KubalArt-Lukas Kubala) in Berlin

Negative Vibes

One-eyed Girl - Street Art by Negative Vibes in Berlin

Sokar Uno

Sokar Uno is a graffiti artist, painter and illustrator born in Gotha but now based in Berlin.  I first saw his work at the Stroke Urban Art Fair.

Pinched Tongue - Street Art by Sokar Uno in Berlin

CAZ.L

Animals are a recurring theme in the art of Berlin street artist CAZ.L and this camel in a Hof on Rosethaler Strasse is an oldie but a goodie.

Camel - Street Art by CAZ.L in Berlin

LUSH

Graffiti writer LUSH left this piece on the side of Stattbad Wedding last summer when he stopped off in Berlin during a European tour with a mobile gallery in a box truck.

LUSH Graffiti in Berlin

See more outdoor work from the Australian graffiti artist and self-titled “Graffiti Asshole” on his website.

Otto Schade

Mad Clown - Street Art by Otto Schade in Berlin

Unknown Artists

I would really appreciate any help anyone can give me to identify the artists of the following works so I can give proper credit.

I'm In The Middle Of Nowhere - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin We Want You To Enjoy Street Art - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin Woman - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin

 

You Are A Marvel – Herakut

Still from 'You Are A Marvel - Herakut' by Two Dollars Please - street art in Los Angeles

Photo: Still from ‘You Are A Marvel – Herakut’ by Two Dollars Please

You Are A Marvel is so much more than just another street art videoJasmin Siddiqui (aka Hera) reads a beautiful quote from Pablo Casals, a Catalan cellist and conductor, as we watch her create a huge mural in Los Angeles with her partner Falk Lehmann (aka Akut One), the other half of Herakut.

You Are A Marvel – Herakut

Vermibus – NO AD Day 2014

Still from NO AD Day 2014 by Vermibus

Photo: Still from NO AD Day 2014 by Vermibus

Berlin-based street artist Vermibus was part of a global action on 27 November 2014 called NO AD Day – an attempt to reduce the exposure of consumers to advertising on Black Friday – and has now published a video documenting the project.

Vermibus describes NO AD Day in the description of the video on his Vimeo channel:

Over-consumption and the unchecked use of our natural resources to serve that consumption, is wreaking havoc on our environment and on our minds. Our unabated need for the latest products and ideas leaves us only wanting more, at the expense of the world around us. Fueling this unchecked desire is a commercial media whose goal is the promotion of more consumption through every outlet known. Newspapers, Magazines, Television, the Internet, and even the Public Space that we collectively share, all serve to promote our desire for more.

In an effort to examine the issue of over-consumption, “Buy Nothing Day” began in 1992 by artist Ted Dave, and participants were asked to refrain from purchasing goods for 24hrs. 22 years later this single act of defiance has grown into a worldwide movement that now takes place in 65 countries and includes thousands of participants. We have begun “NO AD Day” in solidarity with the “Buy Nothing Day” movement, and as an extension of our activist projects dealing with outdoor advertising in Public Space. Participants in “NO AD Day” are asked to remove as much outdoor advertising as they can the day before Buy Nothing Day, in an effort to eliminate the commercial media messages which dominate our public spaces.

We believe that curbing our over-consumption requires we take a hard look at the commercial messages which dominate all media outlets, and whose conceits we cannot escape. We also believe that extraditing ourselves from the commercial media system is the best way to gain control over our consumption behaviors. Our public spaces, dominated by commercial media, make gaining distance impossible. By eliminating the commercial media which dominate our public spaces we can begin to more fully gain control of our desire to consume, and address the issues surrounding “Buy Nothing Day”, and the rampant over consumption which threatens our civilization.

“NO AD Day” is about controlling the over saturation of our minds and environment by commercial media, so that we might address our consumptive needs in a more meaningful and productive way.

NO AD Day 2014

If you’d like to see more ad-busting street art from Vermibus in Berlin and across Europe check out Vermibus – Berlin Fashion Week Interventions 2015 and Vermibus – Dissolving Europe: The Ad-busting Street Artist At Work.

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.

Street Art by Don John for Urban Nation Berlin Street Art by Don John for Urban Nation Berlin Street Art by Don John for Urban Nation Berlin Street Art by Don John for Urban Nation Berlin Street Art by Don John for Urban Nation Berlin

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