I can remember when T-kid after a week was saying: "When the fuck did i see something from Town?, i didnt had seen anything until now, only painting, painting...come on Nabi give me a break, only one day, some sightseeing maybe, this is a place of History over here". But Adrian reply: " Our Time is running out man, peoples are waiting for you. You have to paint as much as possible, so that people learn as much as possible".
One of the last walls he should do was with the entire GFAcrew. Back then, consisting of Kage, Eso, Shek,Poet and Gina. But the weather maked a monkey wrench in our plan. It was heavy rainning and the Wall that was chosen, were to wet to paint. So Adrian called up one guy of NHS (Neukölln Hustlers), to ask them if we all could go to their Hall of Fame, dirrectly located at the S-Station Neukölln, wich has a roof. The Hustlaz agreed and so we finally painted together this huge wall in the 44 neighborhood with T-kid and also some members of TFB and NHS. I did an "Yesim" piece that day. There was also a huge crouwd of writers and kids out of the Neighborhood, on the Street watching the whole thing and messing around, while we where painting. But it was a great and funny day. The picture i took, shows T-kid the Legend from N.Y.C. (with a gun from Dos) with the original first Generation of the Neukölln Hustlers: Dos, Jame, Not1, Seol and Jone in 1994, wich Names became Street legends later, for different Reasons, in Berlin and especially in their infamous district of Neukölln. Good fellas Style
|Maxim R.i.P. winter 1988/89|
|Maxim R.i.P on the ladder at Oranienstr./Manteuffelstr...|
|Banditz by Saer...|
|the finish WSC by Maxim R.i.P|
|Set7 by Saer...SubwayStation Bundesplatz december 1988|
|Mean BA, Aero, Saer, Ay-cee(AC), Setseven, Kino, York, Denotscrew on SubayStation Bundesplatz december 1988|
It was also him who introduced me to some other writers from his School, back in spring 1988. it was STONE and UZY aka WISH. We were all on the same level, doin our first steps and so we started to meet for sketchsessions and the contact became closer with them. After some weeks, they asked me if i like to join their new founded crew called Bandits, which I did. Members of Bandits back then were MEAN, ZONE, KINO aka KOAN, UZY, MEGA, STONE and some more. We were mostly doin inside Tags and hittin all the innercity subwaystationes of the lines U1,U7 and U9 and a few single pieces as a crew. The crew Bandits didnt last so long. After Bandits broke up, Zone and myself formed our own crew together with Kage in 1989.
One of them Pieces I did, you can see on top. Where i was together with MAXIM R.i.P, (BKS) who did a Piece for ESO - WSC (Wild style Crew). ESO who was like the little brother of MAXIM R.i.P.. We where painting on the corner of Oranienstr./Manteuffelstr nearby the Subwaystation Görlitzer Park at around Six or seven in the Morning, with our restcans, after we painted a wall on the S-line the whole Night. Back then painting in the notorious district of South/East of Kreuzberg called SO36 was different, You actually didnt ask anybody, if you wanted to paint in the Streets back then, you just did it. So we saw this fresh renovated wall, that you could see from the above running Subway and were happy to be the first on it.
The 2 pictures below you can see a Set7 Piece (done with Marabou Buntlack) from winter 1988, wich was located at the Subway station Bundesplatz nearby the hall of fame, with the same name. Back then it was impossible to paint on the trackside walls of the Stations like it is done nowadays at night, because you had conducters 24 hours on the platforms. I did this piece on a Sunday afternoon around 5. KINO and AERO where looking out for me. Actually I was inspired to paint there, by the infamous golden throw-up "S" from the SAINTS crew, painted one Subway station further, called Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz, wich was like their hometurf and a kind of mark, i think.
First i tryed to make a Silver piece on that Station some days before, but one of the members of Saints crew discovered me as i was starting to paint on their Station and soon i was surrounded by 4 older guys, who wanted to turn on me. I just sad to them: "Look your 4 guys, iam one and you guys are even much older than me". I think they were around 19 or 20 years old and said : " Leave our turf and everything is fine." and I answer to them: "you guys will see what i come up next with." and so i went for this Set7 color piece. The piece last for about 2 weeks, because they didnt know how to buff it. On the right top of the Seven you can see that they started but quickly gave up. R.i.P Maxim
|POSE, POET, MOVE and DARE.|
thanks to FCA from Offenburg for the picture.
3 Stripes Style, Cloud buster Style and Explosiv Style on canvas, all mixed together in this serie, wich i called Flying "E" serie. because first i just had the Idea to let the "E" flying around on one canvas, but then always when i was finish with the canvas, it lead me to the idea for the next. So thats why all six canvas belong to each other, because they all arise from each other.
It started with the first canvas (the one on top), wich includes 3 times Poet, where i just let the E from the first poet flying around. The second one, is a pastell version, includes also 3 times Poet but where i added a Paperstyle on the bottom.
The Sun in the middle of the first canvas lead me to the Idea to change it on the third canvas to an Eye, with only one Poet in the center. The 2 clouds, on the left and right next to the poet, where the arrows come out, are this time no letters. The T of the Poet is the 3 red arrows, coming out of the holes.( I just want to mention this, because i use mostly when i do the Cloud buster Style, a cloud with a arrow coming out as the letter "T" or when it is a "P" then the cloud have also a small Eye in the center.)
On the fourth canvas, with the red background, i came back with 7 times Poet in different Styles, where for example the olive colored Poet is in a pure Explosiv Style executed. One of the characteristics of the Explosiv Style is that the letters are stacked from up to down but still connected.
On the fifth canvas, I painted 4 times Poet on it. I tryed to play with the classical Bad/Good theme. which is symbolized within the black and colored arrows, that where fighting with eachother over the dominance of the painting and the eye of the beholder. I painted also 2 letters in black,(P and E) to symbolized that this fight is also going on in me. Wich I think broke out totally on the last painting, the sixth. Where i let this time the 5 different Styles of Poet, instead of the arrows before, fight over the dominance of the painting and the eye of the beholder.
This canvas serie was showed and sold within others in the Yard5 show "The Fence" ... extra thanks to Cris from Yard5 for his committed support...
Flashbacks i call a new column where i post from time to time some classic flix. this Time its a day of the summer 1989 in West-Berlin.
|One SHANE-AGS Inside and 2 outside.|
|Sick (GFA-NSK) surfin...|
|the same day like the top foto, left to right: Aniel (AGS), Arena ( 65 Oldschool legend), Soe (GFA-AGS-NSK), Becks (GFA-AGS-NSK), Sonar (AGS), Acon aka More (GFA-AGS) and in front Dj Crash (GFA-AGS-NSK)|
|Bose1 (GFA later also AGS), on top right you see an Arek (GFA) tag|
|The AGS crew (Art Gangster Syndicate or Alles gute Säufer ) was founded in 1989 as a result of a conflict between Acon aka More and Soko, the president of GFA, who was a protege of Maxim (BKS) R.I.P. the founder of the name Glorious 5. Mostly all old members of AGS were before members of the GFA crew. GFA was actually founded in 1987 in Berlin-Wedding by Soko, Slatko and Sick aka Wesp. After the separation of the First generation of GFA, they split into new formations like AGS and NSK (North Side Kings). In general you could say 1988-1989 was the time of a new upcomming generation and an exchange of West-Berlin Writers and mentality. Instead of the West-berlin Oldschool of the mid 80'ties, who were devided in a North and a South Scene but both mainly focused on Style and the Berlin wall. People started really bombing hard the City of West-berlin, including the Streets, Trains and their lines. Not to mention that the crews get mixed at that time with members from North and South of West-Berlin. Active members back then, as i can remember, of AGS were : More aka Psycho aka Acon, Bose, Shane aka Come, Dase, Soe, Becks. Aniel. and some more wich i cant remember rightnow... Me myself became first a member of AGS in 89 and then later in 1990 I joined GFA. |
GFA Memorial Wall dedicatd to our dead friends and brothers who past away to early and to young. Demo aka Shear (30 crew), Kant (KSB), Ruzd79 (DRM), Mofa aka Sor1, Sektor65 (T5B), Maxim (BKS), Self36 (36juniors), Chio (MGS) and Skenner (JetsCrew) R.I.P for all.
This wall was done together with Mr.Ice (GFA-RTZ), Migel (T2B-GFA), Moe (GFA-TGK).
Special thanks to Yard 5 Berlin for making it happen.
Phos4 in Zürich for the second time, we painted again some walls for the infamous "Flame jam" series holded down in the Rote Fabrik location 2005. Writer, Breaker and Mc's from all over the world and Martha Cooper were invited to celebrate this Jam in Switzerland. Alots of huge walls were done in different districts of the city. We were representing Berlin on this event and painted alot of walls in this 3 days. On top i did a Sear piece on a single wall with 2 characters on the side and a Maxim R.I.P. memory. On the last picture you see a Phos4 with a unfinished Sear on the main wall, a huge brick building that was painted by alots of writers together over several days. As i can remember the finish wall was reaching the 3rd floor, we started with it as one of the first on the bottom. Flame Jam was one of the best when not the best organized Event i could remember. special thanks to Felix "Felsen" and his Staff for everything.
|on the wall I added for the balance another 2 arrows, and changed the 117 to 110 (the german phonenumber to call the police)|
next to me. he was living straight on top of the wall in a nearby house with view on the line. back then I was for years mostly daily on the S1-line in Schöneberg painting or hanging out with the boys.
this is a model of the berlin S-Bahn in white/blue, which they never released, only one dummy in the early 90`ties. The Colors where for to many berliners , just to much bavarian like, so they tested on one train a grey/red version of it but the berliners didnt really liked it. Finally they keeped the traditionell beige/red Combo in the end. but the really special note on this dummy is that the train only have 2 doors instead of 3. Sad that they didnt release that model. i think Graffiti on a white train would really look great .
pictures of the first berlin miniwall edition from 2008, the Edition was limited up to 250 single wall elements, all handmade and sold out after 3 months. As you can see the first edition had a little bit smaller wall elements than the followin editions. This double Poet for example was exibited at a Artshow in Berlin named PartyArty and sold to a Gallery and artcollector from N.Y.C.