Berlin – Kater Holzig – Another German Gem

So much to spot....

So much to spot….

Another weekend in Berlin and yet another little surprise uncovers itself. Another place which works in the daytime, the nighttime, the winter, the summer, for music, for food, for drink and for shopping.

It is how the Berliners do it.

Head to Michaelkirchstrasse for Kater Holzig

Is that Adele?

Is that Adele?

This place is a flea market during the day with everything you can ever imagine from MJ DVDs to roller boats to gold lame to shell suits to fabulous fancy dress. A veritable banquet for the senses.

Agynes Deyn kinda

Agynes Deyn kinda

There is some hilarious wall art and some cool stuff and it is hidden. We like hidden at SF. There are mice, big heads, manikins covered in newspaper, flashing lights and paint up Nike Air Max 1s.

Dude

Dude

In the summer there will be big parties as well, open air and buzzing with the usual alternative Berlin crowd. It looks like this

Party ja

Party ja

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James Cauty gets a little bit apocalyptic

Feeding destruction

Feeding destruction

The exhibition is called James Cauty, The Aftermath Dislocation Principle Parts I and II, part of the Frieze month of art in London town and quite something to behold.

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James Cauty has created a politically aggravated piece which shows a cityscape once it has been ravaged by some form of mass destruction, it appears all humans have been killed apart from the Police and the Media. Interesting that the only ones to survive would be those who would control the message and the fallout of such a disaster.

Urban decay

Urban decay

The Arch 402 gallery on Cremer St nr Hoxton tube features a just one piece and it is impressive in it’s size and scale, it is at chest height so you are looking at the scenes unfurl at a perfect height. Amongst the destruction there are little signs of humour such as the KFC sign changed to say ‘Jimmy made us do it’ (as in Savile) or one of the Police figures playing golf as the city burns, or the masses of Police feasting at Burger King and playing on a slide or numerous other pieces that you can find yourself.

Par four

Par four

Burning religion

Burning religion

Ariel view

Ariel view

Another little side note is to say that Mr Cauty is formerly one half of KLF and also a part of Orb.

I’m Culcha – Yeezy

Kanye, Kanye West, Kanye Omari West, Yeezy, Ye or God. A few of the names for Kanye. Others have less flattering ones for this rapper-come-designer-come-inventor-come-businessman-come-rockstar-come-cultural icon-modern day God.

Recently Kanye drew howls of derision for his ‘performance’ in three part interview with Zane Lowe for Radio1, but for why? For being a bit too brash? For being stupendously opinionated? For calling out the fashion snobs who ignore his ‘genius?’ For being just a little shouty? For the Mr. T esq gold chain? For failing to show a modicum of humility?

F*$k that, SF loves the guy for all those reasons, he is borderline ridiculous, but he makes amazing music. He is louder than a motorbike and what he has to say sometimes is a little non-sensical. But at least he says it with passion and believes it. He isn’t playing lipservice to anyone.

And boy can Yeezy rap. Yeezus is a brilliant piece of music

Paint out East – Unknown artists?

SF has been looking for new paint, away from the well trodden tracks of Brick Lane, the canals, Old Street, etc etc. A little cycle out past the Olympic stadium past Newham and beyond through up these lil gems. No idea of the artists as yet so suggestions would be welcomed, top line diggery suggests the below.

IDKY

IDKY

Great colours and freehand with some stencilling to boot. 2013 so pretty fresh too

Kid1

Kid1

Simple old skool, nice colours and freehand

Sish Man

Sish Man

Pink. Everyone likes pink, not just ladies and poofs. Words mixed in to the brain matter, with an on switch. Big like.

Cheese Freedom

Cheese Freedom

Pyramid, all seeing eye and the idea of Cheese Freedom, who knew that the shackles were on for the fromage. Liking the slick writing style

Head to Newham on the cycle paths for your own view

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

ich liebe Berlin… even in the snow

SF takes in am Berlin trip about once every 6-8 weeks….. the beer, art, sausage, clubs, people and sex are off the scale. A move could be imminent

It starts from here

It starts from here

Dscreet

Dscreet

Urban Spreeeeeeee

Urban Spreeeeeeee

Stinkfish

Stinkfish

slippy cowbwoy at Urban Spree

slippy cowbwoy at Urban Spree

Urban Spreee

Urban Spreee

 

Sweet Toof in NYC

So you spend most of your living days in the Eastend of London, you spot Sweet Toof absolutely everywhere, he pretty much has this party of town sewn up. Think I a m k  i  d  d  i  n  g ?

Then you go for a wee break in NYC and this is there….

Mobile tache n Toof

Pro-fecking-lific

New York City – Favourite Shots from November ’12

No lack of things to gawp at in NYC, here are the best shots from the recent jaunt to the grande apple

But I still do

This was in the toilet of a drift store…..

Arse on the King’s face

Never a massive fan of religion but this makes a little more sense

Dope on Bedford Av

So if religion needs security then we are all screwed then right….?!

ADT looking after an imaginary women

Little word in you ear

NYC words

Wastelands

Artists impression of war and religion

Then I went shopping

15 bucks for style

5Pointz in NYC – loads of paint

i spray….

5Pointz in Long Island, NYC. This is a tricky one. It is visually pretty inspiring and has become a graffiti mecca of sorts, known worldwide and attracting artists young, old, famous, infamous, good, bad and ugly. It was created as a place where artists could come and paint to their hearts content without the worry of prosecution thanks to a guy called Pat Dillilo.

Wall art

pinky and the brain esq

 

Now….

Big noze

That might be the thing that be the one thing that actually is a draw back. I always liked the idea of discovering the art and scribbles and not being spoon-fed it. I liked the idea that graf artists would have to work in the cover of dark, ready to make like Usain at any minute for fear of the fluff. The idea of have a safe sanitised area to create their ‘illegal’ pieces doesn’t ring true….

In the corner

Now who sounds like a tosser. Fuck it…. is it great check it out!

y’al pussy

Cheerful bomber

Blazed