Akaenda Berlin – Part 1 – Graffiti

Berlin, how do I love thee? let me count the ways!
Everyone who’d been there told me I was going to love the place before I went, and oh! how right they were! not even -15 degree temperatures could cool my enthusiasm for this incredible unique city.

After almost 3 weeks of madness filming for the “Twende Berlin” documentary, sharing an apartment with 6 Kenyan hip-hop musicians, 3 Italians, an English/Kenyan and a Chilean, I’m back in Tokyo.
My body clock is still all over the place, I have hours of video footage to watch, there are several “in” jokes that are still making me chuckle and readjusting to being here feels like it’s getting harder every time.
I feel physically and emotionally drained, but like I was just part of something wonderful.

But, I digress……Enough about the here and now.

One of the first things that stuck me about Berlin was the Graffiti and street art.
Like Berlin city council has made it an ordinance that if you live there you have to do at least one piece of graffiti a week.
There are of course the all too familiar tags – boring and messy.
But there are also amazing pieces, epic, huge, whole building sized pieces of beauty and amazing creative stickers. The sheer volume of amazing work puts every other city I’ve been to to shame.
So for the first of my “Akaenda Berlin” (‘I went to Berlin’ in Swahili) series, allow me to present some of the amazing work I saw on the streets of this incredible city.

Akaenda Berlin series of posts:-

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5 comments for “Akaenda Berlin – Part 1 – Graffiti

  1. Matt
    December 9, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    love it!

  2. hern42
    December 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Nice set … I loved it as well when being in Berlin.
    As far as I know it is also all over Germany, I remember some nice ones in Aachen of all places!
    I’ll send you a set of them things from Praha that I collected some 4 or 5 years ago.

    Hope your re-adjustment goes well…
    palabra hombre.

  3. December 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    @hern42 – Glad you liked them.
    Some of them completely blew me away, especially the huge ones….
    I was stood there looking at them thinking, how the fuck did they do that?? ladders?? a crane??
    amazing stuff and I really believe it makes the city richer, if all we have to look at is fucking advertising that big it makes me feel sick…..repossess the public space!!!!

  4. eiichiscart
    December 12, 2010 at 10:39 am

    tanoshiso !

  5. December 13, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Probably better even than New York (since they basically made it punishable by the death penalty to paint the trains…), Berlin is a prime example of what human-created beauty is possible when the powers that be let a diverse population breathe into art rather than genocide. Being a part of a (film) crew in Berlin is akin to being Charlie in the Chocolate Factory, a bit scary at times, but full of fun secrets down every turn. Glad you did it with such great result.

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