Berlin Diary: Wrangling with Wrangelstrasse

    |    Friday, der 21. February 2014

Wrangelstrasse in Kreuzberg 36 is gentrification in action. Amazing, how if you close your eyes for a month or six, what you see when you open them again. Fancy cake shops and ice cream (oh no, sorry Gelato) vendors doling out Italian-style in shabby chic storefronts.Is that the way the (Barcomi) cookie crumbles? Well, nice 

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Berlin Diary: Fred and Ginger Swing Time at the Ankerklause

    |    Friday, der 3. January 2014

xhiller on the Kreuzberg beat – picking up some digital graffiti time on the banks of the Landwehr Channel. Near the Ankerklause a big, big marque „You’ll Never Be Happy Until You Try“ with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers sprayed onto a cleanly painted white wall. Black and white – with just their hearts in 

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Berlin Diary – Berliner Arroganz?

    |    Friday, der 6. December 2013

Guerrilla gardening, guerrilla knitting, now guerrilla t-shirting? Is this a new Berlin trend in urban expression? We’ve had the locks on bridges, the bottle cap mosaics, the cool ceramic tiles,  flower bombing… is graffiti passé? Oh definitely not. But the winter weather is now upon us – weather front Xaver dropping wind gusts and snow 

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Berlin Diary – Tagging in Berlin – Schriftkunst

    |    Wednesday, der 27. November 2013

xhiller has been scouring the streets in Kreuzberg the past days for excellent examples of tagging in Berlin. In a doorway in Pücklerstrasse – on a black ceramic  tile with white pen – a handwritten tag repeated in calligraphy style – of course it brings to mind  L’ATLAS.  The repetition a statement, a visual device, 

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You’re Tagged! The Who’s Who of Graffiti Tagging in Kreuzburg

    |    Friday, der 15. November 2013

You’re Tagged! Walk down the steps and out the door of your building anywhere in the streets of Kreuzburg – especially Kreuzburg 36, and your eye will be bombarded first thing with colorful tags everywhere at eye level. Whereas in most cities graffiti artists and taggers are hunted like criminals, Berlin is pretty lax. So 

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