2015/01/30

Tradition and names in Berlin..

Tradition means not always permanence in Writing Graffiti.

Multiple acteurs jusing the same name, is an oldschool concept improved by Writing crews in N.Y.C. in the 70'ties, mostly by sharing a synonym or alias by several members of the same crew. The Global rise of Graffiti in the 80'ties through the media, brought also the first names of global graffiti heroes. Back in the days it was like, after seeing the movie Beatstreet, people went to the garage picking up a spraycan for the first time, to try out a "Ramon" on the neighbours gardenfence. First, you try to step into another men's footprint.

Getting serious in Graff, means getting original, also by using a individual name and later maybe by creating an individual style,  to not to get confused with others. Or they used to write a number behind the name if sombody used this name earlier. In Graffiti you have also individual and collective performance, objektives or goals. And from this point of few, it makes sence to share an alias that is finally linked only with members of the crew, who benefit from it. So that maybe is all nothing new, for some of you?! Graffiti-Writing is turning 40 years rightnow and alot is written about that topic. Graffiti went several times already mainstream and today some names are like hollow words, because fame is became a transient shadow. Style is at least to endure fame, this is what history teached us.

Several names can be found today in every bigger city and then even in other country's city, all over the world, where graff putted his feed on. There are alot of different reasons why some one pick up a spezific name or alias to write on the walls. Some of those important reasons are like the meaning, sound or ring true of the name or it can be the order of the letters, that seemed to be perfekt to remodel a certain style. Many writers spend also alot of energy and time beside painting, to protect their name as an personal trademark and are ready to fight other rivals with the same name. But some names made it even further in Berlin, they get enjoyed and shared by multiple writers (over years and decades),not mostly knowing each other and it seemed to be no problem, the use became like an standart or better an open source!. As i mentioned, normaly writers share names only inbetween their Graffiti crew or friends, but this case is kind of different. For sure the fact, that they are mostly used as an second writing name or alias by most writers, beside their main name to get up, to hide Identity and activity, maked it easier for the activist to life with the circumstance.

On the spur of the moment, names like SOUL or SHOK came my mind. Maybe SHOK is the widest used or "friendly" shared name along Berlin Writers. Its hard to count how many people had writing this name, followed close by hundredor more SHOK pieces in Berlin. Even today, there are more than two person writing SHOK in Berlin. So, I like to present you some pictures exemplary, just to point out the fact, that several names have a special status in the Berlin writing history, like i mentioned a kind of a open source, some of them already since mostly 30years.

Starting with a rare illegal Shok streetpiece by ASEK-AC, done in Berlin-Schöneberg-Dennewitzplatz 1988 in daylight, declared as a legal job when walker started to ask, what he is doing there...(also note: NHS as NewHS signature, for newHorizonts crew, an early West-Berlin crew from the mid 80'ties, not to be confused with NHS today.)
Shok by Asek AC, Berlin 1988
followed by a Shok piece 1989 trackside GPK hall by  MORE GFA-AGS,  (the first trainbomber in Berlin for me), also known as Psycho by the Berlin oldschool and for his SHOK trains mostly...

Shok by MORE GFA-AGS, Berlin 1989
another great Shok influence by stylemaster FLASH (RMA-CMD-BMQ), Berlin 1997 Mauerpark hall
Shok by Flash, mauerpark hall 1997
one year before YORK62 from UTScrew, also used to write this name heavily...
Shok by York UTS, must be1996 at Hallesches hall
SHOK streetpiece Revalerstr. by SIRCH aka TRASHER at the entrance of Cassiopeia area...(but not 100% sure if it is him)
Shok, Revalerstr. 1995 by king Trash (35ers-BMQ) 
around 10 years later and several Shok's more...

Shok Wholecar, Berlin mid 2000 by ???

another nice Shok pannel running mid 2000 by ??? 

Poet for Microsoft Berlin-HQ 2014

This is a customized artwork, inside the Microsoft Headquarter in Berlin, primarily a classical painted Mural with spraypaint, then transferred on Glas with a printed transparency plastic foil, to seperate several meeting rooms ...
Microsoft Berlin

Microsoft Mural on transparency plastic foil by Poet, Berlin 2014
Microsoft Mural on transparency plastic foil by Poet, Berlin 2014
Microsoft Mural on transparency plastic foil by Poet, Berlin 2014
Microsoft Mural on transparency plastic foil by Poet, Berlin 2014
Microsoft Mural on transparency plastic foil by Poet, Berlin 2014
Microsoft Mural on transparency plastic foil by Poet, Berlin 2014

Microsoft Mural on transparency plastic foil by Poet, Berlin 2014

Microsoft Mural on transparency plastic foil by Poet, Berlin 2014

Microsoft Mural on transparency plastic foil by Poet, Berlin 2014

Microsoft Mural on transparency plastic foil by Poet, Berlin 2014
Microsoft Mural on transparency plastic foil by Poet, Berlin 2014

Poet mini-truck 2015

another quick signatures session...
getting buffed several times for the original dirty battered flavour...
the final hit on one side...
with a silver GFA at the back...
and another blue metallic Poet on the other side of the truck...let's Go!

t-shirt Poet-brain printsample's

...recieving the first samples of some limited t-shirt prints, with a Poet-brain and an canvas "tree of life" print on it... more info's coming soon, stay tuned...
Canvas "tree of life" design on the print rack from Poet...
Poet "tree of life" canvas print on shirt, Pink/black on grey , Berlin 2014

Poet-brain shirt print, firered on dark grey, Berlin 2014

Poet-brain shirt print, firered on light grey, Berlin 2014
Poet-brain shirt print, skyblue on black, Berlin 2014

Poet "tree of life" canvas, raster print on shirt, b/w , Berlin 2014

Poet "tree of life" canvas, raster print on shirt, black on yellow , Berlin 2014


 Poetbrain C/4 print on t-shirt, Berlin 2014

opening: Wall Expo 18x24 from 08.11.-05.12.2014


the flyer for the Wall Expo 18x24, Berlin 2014
 The Wall Expo 18x24 @ Berlinutte artspace, hosted by Freies Museum Berlin from 08.11-05.12.2014 was a big group exibition, where Arunski&Poet had the honor to work in a collabo with the artist Gio di'Sera, for an installation in the frontwindow of the artspace. Gio was displaying a kind of a Fantasy city, (originaly this work was created in 1989) with our miniature edition of the Berlin wall, in front of the city. On the left side, Arunski placed his wall and on the right I had my part of the wall. In the middle was a special collectors Berlin Miniatur Wall with a box presented...

Berlinutte artspace frontwindow by Gio di'Sera and Arunski & Poet, Berlin 2014
Arunski's miniatur wall with Gio di'Sera's City in the background, Berlin 2014

the collectors box..

Poet's minatur wall with Gio di'Sera's City in the background, Berlin 2014 
My Berlin miniature edition walls on left and right, are two works called "after the transport". A miniature  Imitation of a real outdoor process, where fresh paint were placed from Poet, and taken off the wall with a canvas by Arunski and get re-interprated by him on the canvas . My work on the miniature wall, is just a small characteristic frequency of  this process, a transport that we have invented and called "Monotypie-bombings". What you see on the miniature wall is an imitation of the wall after the transport, leaving behind an extraordinary background, full of colors that were part of the transport, for the so called "Monotypie-Bombing" works.

"after the transport",part1 by Poet, Berlin 2014

Poet letterstyle by Poet, Berlin 2014

"after the transport",part2 by Poet, Berlin 2014
close up of "after the transport" Part2

close up of "after the transport" Part1

close up of "after the transport" Part1

 bottom of the miniatur wall "after the transport", Poet 2014



inside the gallery...
the opening Wall Expo 18x24
the opening Wall Expo 18x24,  introduktion
the opening Wall Expo 18x24
the opening Wall Expo 18x24
the opening Wall Expo 18x24
the opening Wall Expo 18x24

the opening Wall Expo 18x24
the opening Wall Expo 18x24

the opening Wall Expo 18x24
the opening Wall Expo 18x24
the opening Wall Expo 18x24
Jim Avignon and his paintings...
the opening Wall Expo 18x24
the opening Wall Expo 18x24
the opening Wall Expo 18x24