Face time in Berlin

Kreuzberg. February. 2013. The walls are alive with the painted faces.

Religious Clown

Religious Clown

Street artists have long used faces and massaged them into something new, emotive and down right creepy at times. The most recent trip down Berlin way pulled out many a face and here are a few stencils, freehand, stickers, statues and even a headless dictator.

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Face Clown

Face Clown

The humour of putting one of the worlds most famous, money grabbing, creativity sapping gents in the game using street techniques is a nice touch.

Old Clown

Old Clown

Old is just as good and current and relevant as new

Super Clown

Super Clown

Super heroes are alive and well in Berlin

Berliner leibe

Berliner leibe

Jesus looks like he has finally found the love of a good man too. God may well be pleased

The bronze man of Berlin

Paint on everyone

Paint on everyone

And one depiction of evil

From Berlinische Gallerie

From Berlinische Gallerie

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See No Evil – Bristol

Bristol is well known for a few things but the two biggest and most culturally relevant to the SF eye would be the Drum n Bass and the vibrant Street Art.

Listen to a little Roni Size while you peruse the paint on walls

See No Evil in Bristol is the annual street art project that draws an International crowd to an urban enclave every 12 months, it is a properly organised Arts Council supported display of street doodling.

Wruff

Wruff

Flying Fortress & Nychos

Flying Fortress & Nychos

Mark Lyken

Mark Lyken

Well this is quite the question. There is no right or wrong way actually. A touch of the Ben Eine about this one

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See Bristol isn’t only the stopping ground of the ever-over-exposed Banksy

Conor Harrington

Conor Harrington

And finally….

A variety inc Lucy Mclauchlin &Chase

A variety inc Lucy Mclauchlin &Chase

LaChapelle @ Halcyon

LaChapelle

LaChapelle

David LaChapelle. Quite possibly the most seminal photographer of his generation. For what he does there is no comparison, the surreal extra-ordinary narratives in LaChapelle’s pictures broke the photography mould ever since he was taken under a certain Andy Warhol’s wing.

There are are other greats but none in the same ilk as LaChapelle

Other honourable mentions for Teller (pervert) Richardson (white trash pervert) Rankin (Brit Publishing great) Leibovitz (Beauty snapper) Rock (Rock’n’Drugs photography)

Halcyon Gallery is not one SF usually visits, because it is for rich people to buy pieces and the prices are more than you would pay for a row of house tup north, but to see the following pieces in one place you have to go. We might have to marry a rich Russian though

Diaminds are a girls best friend

Diamonds are a girls best friend

Red

Cereal anyone

Blow McQueen

Blow McQueen

The final Warhol portrait

The final Warhol portrait

Jose Parla – Broken Language

Jose

Jose

Jose Parla is a NY based photographer / artist who has his first London exhibition at the moment from 8th February to 28th March at the Haunch of Venison in Mayfair, he has a pretty damn amazing view on the streets of Londinium

Paving

Paving

So Jose heads to a city and take up residence, then he goes out on a wonder with his camera and shoots the landscapes that he sees, taking in the colours, textures, light, darkness and all the flaws of the city to inspire and create his pieces.

Brick Lane

Brick Lane

Once he has a catalogue of images then he uses these for his paintings and sculptures, some are included some are just inspiration. It is pulls together some amazing perspectives on the city he is in.

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London is arguably the best city in the world (NYC, Berlin, Lisbon will argue this) and has variety in the people, the food, the architecture, the weather and wealth. This all makes for a case study to bring a vibrant and energetic collection to life, Jose describes it as a reaction to the area he is in, giving him broken languages of a global community. SF reckons this is just Street Art.

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When SF visited Haunch of Venison the man himself was there to speak to visitors and he genuinely looked excited to be showing in London, well you would be wouldn’t you.

Pinky

Pinky

Jose explains here

Bit of garage in your life

So apparently this guy is going to be huge, according to a friend of SF, he is also fit and soon to be her new boyfriend. He is Scottish, classically trained pianist, just finished a degree at St. Andrews and is easy on the eye… poor sod is obviously looking for a break. . Just signed to major management and label to follow, expect him to be the flavour of the month towards the end of the summer

Shades of Jamie T but with better teeth. I give you Leon T. Pearl

David Beckham and the sperm donor

 

SF is not the usual place to find preening footballers, especially ones who are quite so over exposed but being as this is a blog about marketing, art, fashion, tattoos and general perving…. Monsieur Beckham makes the cut on this occasion.

Focused marketing

Focused marketing

Today saw the launch of Becks new kecks, basically he is good at selling pants and since leaving CK to create his own line for H&M his coffers have swelled more than the underwear of a gaggle of gays standing outside H&M staring at Golden Balls close up.

These days it is not good enough just to launch a new line, you have to do something more. Sports brands have this down to a tee with their epic adverts featuring stars such as the Brasilian football squad, superstar ballers such as Kobe, Tiger and the Irish Tiger etc. On this occasion H&M added Becks to a very well known Brit director and former Madonna sperm donor and a bit of Hollywood dazzle to create a Becks knob fest.

Originally planned for 30 seconds (apparently) the ad is a full 90 seconds of David running around in his smalls after getting locked out of his house. It is a ridiculous premise but it is an ad so that matters not.

What I find more interesting than the big name combos, the setting, the storyline, the extended cut, the underwear, the hype about the premiere on Channel 4, etc, etc is that back in October, media worldwide were awash with stories about Becks being caught in his underwear and unsuspecting tourists coping an eyeful.

A masterful marketing guy getting a little bit of pre – interest, and free publicity for H&M and Brand Beckham or just an accident. I’ll leave you to make that call.

Either way I’d hazard a guess that most straight women, gay men and even some straight men would happily remove that pair of H&M undies. SF would only do it to find out if it is true that he has a Prince Albert

la Moss – 20 years on

4Moss

4Moss

Twenty years of drink, drugs, style, headlines and very few interviews. Say what you will about la Moss but she is interesting if nothing else, able to seamlessly define a generation.

i-D the bible of cool for 33 years this month has Kate Moss on the cover 20 years after her first appearance, in the familiar one eye obscured look.

Shot by Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi, four different covers exploring a different side to the oft pictured model of the last 20 year, fragility, innocence and purity. Words not often used with a certain la Moss.

Kate Moss is a case study in how to build a brand with mystique and saying everything by saying nothing. The clamour to hear the thoughts of Moss is huge but she is able to work across so many brands and styles because of keeping quiet. As a wise man once said, it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt

Here are a few of the other ones from the last 20 years

Blue Moss

Blue Moss

Platinum Moss

Platinum Moss

B+W Moss

B+W Moss

 

Camo Moss

Camo Moss

 

Kate Moss