Seven Skulls-Seven Sons
Each skull is a one off, characterized by its idiosyncratic cracks and hand painted by the artist, Charles W Krafft.
Generally one would look at ‘Dutch Delft’ style ceramics and think of antiques and Kitsch, but Kraffts dark and ironic subject matter juxtaposed with ceramic antiquity gives his work an eerie wit. It was a pleasure displaying these at the shop, I gained a whole new respect for the work of Charles Krafft and Maiden Noir (Big Thanks to Nin & Christa)
Trying to catch up on some blogging after being away for awhile. Here’s some images from the tail end of my trip to Berlin a few weeks ago.
On the last couple days we rented some bikes and toured the entire city to check out all the monuments and tourist attractions. Berlin is super bike friendly and is one of the major modes of transport for the locals. You can rent a bike for about 10 bucks a day. If you got a day to spare I highly suggest renting a bike instead of taking the underground.
This is the Berlin Holocaust memorial for all the murdered Jewish victims during the holocaust. Designed by architect Peter Einsmenn it consists of 2,711 giant concrete slabs arranged at varried heights. It’s amazing in person and one of my favourite sites in Berlin.
You’ve probably seen this in movies! The Brandenburg gate is one of the most well know landmarks in Germany.
The Charlottenburg Palace was a trek to get out to on our bikes. Worth checking out in the end.
After a long day of touring on our bikes we had to take a pit stop. One of the Berlins most beloved fast food snacks is the Currywurst. Here’s one of the joints that specialize in it Curry Station 36.
A Currywurst is essentially a big german wurst sausage covered in curry powder and ketchup. Looks pretty simple but surprisingly it’s actually quite tasty.
We ended up having some free time and decided to go check out the Berlin Zoo, which is apparently one of the largest Zoos in the world. This guy looks pissed off….I would be too if I was behind a glass wall and stared at by 1000′s everyday….
Our last night out we hit up the Pratergarten which is the Berlins oldest largest Beer Garden. Germans love their Beer!
And with that said…. ain’t no Berlin blog without a picture of Beer! Chormer is a local German beer that I got in Mitte that was quite good.
Berlin train terminal is dope.
Onwards to the Czech Republic…..
While I was in Berlin I somehow stumbled across the Salim Varol “At home i’m a tourist” Exhibition at the ME Collections Room. I didn’t even know what it was until I saw a massive poster of a KAWS companion hanging from the building that peaked my interest. The exhibition includes a total of 3,000 works by more than 200 artists & designers from over 20 countries with amazing work from all the whose who of the street art industry. Artists include KAWS, Shepard Fairy, Faile, Banksy, D*Face, Delta, David Choe, Futura and so much more. It was pretty unreal the magnitude of Salim Varol’s collection until you see it all in one space. Here’s a few pics that I snapped.
For the last week or so I have been away on a short trip to Eastern Europe with the gf. We spent half of our time in Berlin, Germany and the other half in Prague, Czech Republic. It was my first time ever visiting the city Berlin and I had some pre conceived notions of what it wolud be like. Berlin seems to be changing very fast and it’s most evident in their architecture. The city is riddled with old graffiti stricken and war torn buildings contrasted with stark modern structures. It’s a pretty amazing city that has lots of character of it’s own.
Day one we were completely exhausted after arriving in Berlin from nearly 18 hrs of flying all the way from Vancouver. One of the first matters of order was to meet up with Errolson of Acronym who was leaving to Paris then Italy the next day. Here’s Hendrik (Artoo), Joerg (Firmament) and Errolson (Acronym) in Mitte. Yes Errolson aka Mr.Acronym is holding a Zara bag!…..Actually he was carrying around a bag full of cupcakes!
It was actually Errolsons’ Birthday hence the cupcakes. We headed out for some amazing Cheescake to celebrate. German’s know how to make Cheesecake!
Errolson isn’t always as serious as his Acronym videos make him out to be…
Day 2: We were fully recharged and got up early to have brunch at Cafe Anna Blume in Prenzlauer Berg. They are really famous for having one of the best breakfasts’ in town.
One of the first sites we visited was the Berlin Wall. It was pretty cold and rainy on the afternoon of second day, but added to the impact of seeing the wall for the first time. Sections of the wall are still left untouched as part of historic preservation in Berlin.
These rods are markers for where the wall once stood
The first couple days in Berlin we had a chance to do some shopping and walking around all the different areas of the city. We spent a lot of time in the area of Mitte which has a lot of the independent shops, galleries and great restaurants…..when in Berlin make sure to check out Joergs’ spot Firmament. They are located in Mitte and stock the goods with Acronym, Stone Island, WTAPS, Nike Tier Zero, Undercover etc.
One of my favourite shops to visit in the city was the new Andreas Murkudis concept space located in a secluded courtyard in the area of Tiergarten. I’ve been to my fair share of “cool” spaces around the world and I must say that Andreas Murkudis is perhaps one of the most impressive and inspiring stores i’ve ever visited. They carry a selection of select goods for both men’s and women’s from Maison Martin Margiela, Dries Van Noten, Balenciaga, Guidi, Yohji Yamamoto and a plethora of other high end brands. Though the clothing is not particularly my cup of tea this massive space also houses a concise selection of accessories, books, home wares, furniture and apothecary. A must visit.
While walking through the city I found an abundance of buildings, entrances, and spaces to draw inspiration from. It’s no wonder that the city of Berlin is the home to many artists, architects and designers. Berlin would be a retailers dream, rent is amazingly cheap and the spaces that are available are phenomenal, making it very easy for independents to set up shop. I must have walked by dozens of buildings where I thought “huh, that would be perfect to set up a HAVEN shop”. There’s so many hidden courtyards and discreet locations tucked away in every neighbourhood …Here’s a few entrances I stumbled upon that I thought would be great shop entrances if fixed up nicely.
While in Mitte Joerg recommended hitting up Claerchens Ballhaus for a traditional style German dinner…
Here are some randoms from around the Mitte and surrounding areas.
Lost track of time and found some random pics on my laptop from NYC a month or so ago
Dougie Fresh and I at the Reigning Champ and Wings & Horns showroom.
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Eugene reppin’ Edmonton!
Asians taking pictures of Food!!! ….Whaddup Nicole! Check out: WWW.THATFOODCRAY.COM
Pretty gay but pretty good!