UAM visits Epplehaus, Tübingen

UAM were recently in Germany and passed through Tübingen. We stumbled across this colourful painted up building. After abit of hunting we found out the self-governed youth center was built in memory of Richard Epple, “Richard Epple-house” or simply “Epple House”. Richard was shot by police after a misunderstanding.

Mr. Phomer Vs Supreme posters

Mr. Phomer has recently created something quite special, we sat down with him recently to get a breakdown on what its all about…

Last year I was walking down Brickalne and I saw the lady gaga posters and it was like a moment thing, I just trashed them and took some pics and it ended up as a hype internet thing. This year as the first ones came up in NY, some friends started to tell me to do it again, so as soon as they hitted London I just went for it, this time I got help from a friend of mine, João Retorta, who does this really good video/photography, you should check him out.

The thing is, altough it’s a vandal thing (it runs in the blood), of course it has a meaning, like all of my work. In this case it’s an obvious comment on the hype brands and culture, and the pop culture personas, like Gaga and Moss.. do I need to talk about it? There’s an interesting review that came up this last few days i think it gets it.

I’m not so much into explaining and contextualizing my own stuff, like those artists that put on a blank canvas and then write a book on it, and then you go “ohh, now it makes so much sence!” lol. I respect that, and maybe I should do the same, because I know that many times, people don´t get the concepts behind, they just look and think ” yeah, cool doodles” when almost everything I do has a message, most times personal and usually tips on how people should act and look at everyday life and challenges, luckly I have a grown audience that gets that. If you look into my work in those eyes and think a little and if you grow up on rap/punk music, street culture and sarcastic toons you’ll maybe get it too.

UAM Visits… Berlin

Recently Maryam, one of the UAM team, went to Berlin for a few days, obviously she had to check out the urban/street art scene….

“After spending the last few days in Berlin I have one word ‘unique’! A city which was a focal point for tensions between the Allies and the Soviets is now of an urban, retro and very bohemian city, with yellow retro 50’s trains to colourful high-rise flats. After the wall came down the city’s streets have become artists empty canvasses on which to experiment with and create new art.

The art critic Emilie Trice has called Berlin “the graffiti Mecca of the urban art world” and it certainly is. The street graffiti art work in Berlin represents Germany’s history, the struggle when divided and marginalized groups within the country. With many artists travel from afar to get involved such as JBAK  who have been pushing the scene out in Berlin for awhile now, check out the video for some of their work!

Street art in Berlin is a big industry. It attracts thousands of tourists and of course tourists bring money to a city deep in debt. This is why many say the city looks very urban and not modernised unlike other European cities. A lot observers call Berlin as the “bombed” city in Europe.

The Berlin wall is a big tourist attraction. Many street artists from the West saw East Berlin as a new playground . The extensive artwork, mostly done by paints and spray cans is a representation of people political views surrounding Germany, notions of anti capitalism, freedom as well as so rather interesting paintings of creatures, political figures and psychedelic objects.

The city is filled with art made by Swoon, TLP, C215, Neozoon, Rowdy, Miss Van, Above, Rero, Blu, Shepard Fairey, Muga, M-City, Armsrock, Mr. André, Primo, Invader, Swoon, Os Gemeos and Pure Evil to name a few.

As usually with street art there is a big argument within Berlin in terms of what art work would be considered as legal and illegal. Many locals believe that gang/crew tagging should be illegal in the country where as other artists argue differently, saying that street art including tags derives its power from being on the margins of society…

The pictures are just a few highlights of what I saw, get yourself over there to explore!”

Toasters toasting EVERYWHERE!

On Tuesday night we went down to the first screening of Toasters film ’Everywhere’. Getting there an hour early and queuing meant a long wait, but this was worth it to receive our free toaster popcorn box.

We have always been a fan of Toasters, (especially Alex!) the simpleness and quirk that toaster has taken over the world over for the last 13 years has made us smile and follow their antics, always keeping an eye out where we might spot our next Toaster.

The film showed the Toasters (Toaster A, B and D) journey over the last decade featuring a variety of famous artists such as D*face giving thier thoughts and opinions on the toaster movement. Highlights being toasters at the Tour de France and World Cup… those toasters are everywhere!

We wont give to much away.. get down to one of the other viewings if you can, if not we’re sure it’ll be up online in the next few months. Check out the video preview of the show to wet your appetite.

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