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Happy New Year! Mine started (almost) straight with a hangover flight to New-Delhi!
After a night-out I had to leave Berlin on the first January for my flight in the early morning hours. It was time to start my trip through Northern India. I flew with KLM, with a short stop-over in Amsterdam, directly to New-Delhi.
Landed there in the middle of the night, my bag got lost, so I prepared to never see it again (and it was hard to get it back due to the burocratical mess that is still common in the country - I recieved it 3 days afterwards on very shady, not tracable ways, in my hostel) the metro was not running, so I slept a bit between the airport and the metro station. There were a few shady people lungering around, but all over the situation of sleeping in New Delhi a little outside of the airport was a safe experience. Thanks to KLM for the pillow and blanket!
Took the first metro and went to the metro station, where I should meet with my couchsurfer. Although - he was not there! After countless try's to reach him, he gave me some shitty excuses, why he didn't show up (I kind of didn't believe him at that moment, as the communication was very nice upfront, but when he 'excused of not showing up' it was kind of poor and very 'uncommunicative'), BUT he gave me the adress of a hostel (or was this a scam? :D). So I went to that hostel, as it was close-by, I was already too long awake and still hangover and slept on their matress, because I couldn't check in that time.
The hostel itself was run by middle to upper class young Indians(who like to have some spliffs), and they seem to make a good buck with putting 8 people in different rooms. Must say, it was allover clean, there was hot water and the metro connection was good. It was a bit off centre.
The best point about it was, that they offered various tours and I took one, which led to a Sikh temple, the Spice market, a secret rooftop and afterwards we went to a Street-Food tour through Delhi. It was really delicious and well organised, with a lot of information!
Regarding New Delhi as a city to do some illegal graffiti, I still got mixed feelings about it (as I got overall for India). The paint available is pretty cheap (both in quality and price). A spray can in India can cost you around 180 - 300 rupees. Don't forget to haggle, as the first time I payed the 300 rupees, which is not a bargain for what you get. There are some art shops, that supply quality spraypaint from Flame or other known brands, but you can expect European prices for those cans (500 rupees), but at least you're on the safe side, if you want to do some trains ;) Otherwise I'd highly recommend normal paint and a roller (or one of those pressure/garden spraytools).
India is always a country, where you're never alone at any given time.
I'd rather get catched in a developed country and taken to police, as in one of those upcoming countries not knowing what they will do to me. Anyway, on my first mission I had Aman, a photographer from Afghanistan, as my backup. All worked fine, had to abort one throwie, but 2 were done that night.
After that, I took a super-ass cheap train to Agra. I paid only 180 rupees for that ticket, as it was a non-reserved ticket. We didn't got checked on that train and it was not even overcrowded, so we had a seat the whole time. Arriving at Agra station will lead you directly to those friendly Tuk-Tuk drivers trying to ripp you off. Once you're through the first row, prices drop and with a little more relaxness, you'll get close to your favored price. In Agra, we stayed at a Homestay, which only costs 250 rupees per night. BUT it was freezing cold and the owner was very short on blankets. And almost everyone staying at that time demanded for some more blankets, but he was not willing to provide them generously. Big minus point, I'd say.
If you're in Agra, visiting the Taj Mahal is probably the only thing, that got you there. Otherwise there is not much to see (I would even skip the Fort). Paying the 1 000 rupees was worth it!
This post was for one week in scheduele mode, so I got to continue my stories in a second one. No pictures this time. Check my Instagram in order to see some pictures of Jaipur . Talk to you soon!
I finally made it! My first entire T-Shirt collection is out (or almost out, as I'm posting the new designs mostly on social media networks during the next weeks). Some designs went already off the shelves at local fleamarkets, but I made some reprints!
This new Okay streetwear collection is all about Berlin, my current homebase. As inspiration, local shops and companies (mostly around my living area in Berlin-Weddng) based for my 'coporate design shirts'.
The places are Berlin typical, ranging from a shiny-shady Shisha café to a multiplex cinema. I tried to cover most of my favorite and locally established places. Lots of them are (as mentioned above) in the former working class district Berlin-Wedding which in recent years (but kind of always) attracted new kinds of people from all over the world. Which is giving me a lot of opportunites to choose from a variety of unique places. Those places have mostly a curious story behind it (that might even just be their location) or I got a story about that location to tell you.
As always the shirts are printed on fair-trade garments to keep your footprint low.
I attached a very small preview of the recent shooting I was supervising with photographer Christina Hasenauer, videographer Dominic Packulat and the models Madlen and Jasmin.
So look forward to my social media channels and the shop in order to not miss the chance to get one of the limited Okay Streetwear Berlin shirts!
PS: A new Okay Streetwear gym bag is out and it's okker. Now I almost managed to have all the colors from my very first Okay streetwear corduroy gym bags in 2012 reproduced locally in Berlin. I'm still looking for some decent green cotton corduroy in order to make one gym bag with that color again. Otherwise the velour gym bag, the black and the wine red cotton corduroy gym bags are in stock again!
I worked on a new t-shirt collection for Okay Streetwear. This time I used Berlin based companies & shops as an inspiration to create illustrated corporate t-shirts. I named it „Berlin shops'n street“. The places I nominated are really Berlin-typical ranging from the classy shisha café to a cinema. I focussed on my current living environment: Berlin-Wedding. There are many hidden gems in Wedding where I can tell you a fun story of. But the shops'n companies are not only Berlin-Wedding based, they are also Berlin or Germany-wide represented. I choosed for a example the public transport company BVG to design an illustrated t-shirt. Or made up a name for a shisha café, which could exist in the city, but which I haven't found yet.
I firstly made a selection of stores I want to represent in this collection and then drew a small sketch and digitalised it. The process of optimising took me while, but I'm really happy with the final Okay t-shirts.
The Okay t-shirts are printed on fairtrade blancos from Stanley & Stella and they're sold in limited quantities. Depending on the weather, I might be present on some flea markets around Berlin in the next weeks or months. Still got to design a nice Okay Streetwear display in order to inform the people on one sight, what they're looking at and what they pricely can expect.
For all the online shoppers, there will be an update in the Okay Streetwear webshop soon(expet it by mid september), which will from now on be integrated into my website here.
Furthermore I'm palnning a shooting in the first week of september to deliver some high quality product- and mood shots from Okay streetwear, so you can see, how the illustrated shirts look while wearing.
This is okay!
As you all know, I got my passion-fairtrade-fashion project called 'Okay'. Since a few years I'm working on this with a more and more professional apporach which means, that I'm more satisfied with the results than I was a fewy years ago.
My first real product, that was done, was a gym bag. Back then I let those produce in China (which was kind of expensive, cause I only made 'samples' and also very hard because of difficulties in communication). AND I wasn't happy with the logo.
So, it took me now a while (let's say 4 years) to make a new range, which is now kind of fairtrade.
Why just kind of fairtrade?
I sourced the raw-materials to no 'textile fairtrade standard'. Most of the material is bought in Berlin art supply stores and the cotton corduroy and the polyester inlay was sourced at a small market in Berlin-Neukölln. The leather and the small side patches as well as the big logo patch were made in China (sorry for that), but I assume the cotton corduroy is also made there. Next stept to fairtrade would be to get some 'vegan' leather and some GOTS-certified cotton corduroy.
Anyway I let the raw materials then 'stitched' together by a Berlin-based seasmstress. And she made a really good job, the finishing went very well and I'm satisfied to offer a high quality made gym bag. I attached some detailed product pictures below and you can find the bags now shortly on my webstore. Grab one, before it's too late!
I also directed in co-operation with a friend, who's photographer a first lookbook of the current products I got and you can take a look on these highsnobiety-fashion look-a-like pictures on my ig or on the 'work' page. Enjoy!
Wondering, what I was doing the last 365 days? I drew each day a cover for a music single and uploaded it to my instagram account! (where I deleted now all of them besides the last one I made)
It was quiet easy to draw famous songs at the beginning, but became very challenging at the end, cause I always was in a constant mood of 'already heard that, but got no idea how to illustrate.' Luckily I got some help and I even achieved to make 380 (!) covers in 365 days. The reason behind it is, that some of the covers went missing while uploading, so I tought I was behind the challenge. Anyway I got it done, you can see the whole list here and also listen to each of the songs in the playlist I made on spotify.
Fun Fact: Guess, which song I drew, when Donald Trump got president of the U.S.A?
As you can see on the pictures above, I'm finally done with the poster design for the 34th festival of migrations, culture and nationality (34e Festival des migrations, des cultures et de la citoyenneté and two other events taing place on the same date), organised by CLAE, in Luxembourg on the 3,4 and 5th march 2017. I used some 'faces' as background. More to come with these guys.
So whish me luck, that one of my designs will be chosen!
It was a little quiet in the last weeks here on the blog. So I'll give you an update, what I was and what I'm currently working on.
To start off, I decided to design a new range of shirts for my label 'Okay' and furthermore to produce a re-issue of the (never available, but loved) gym bags. This is an ongoing process, so the first steps were design-related (80 % done) and afterwards I ordered the leather logopatches for the gym bags. They are already done and should arrive every moment in Berlin. The plan is to produce locally (as I did with the Ron- or grandma-shirts). I'm still trying to figure out, if this part of the concept is possible as a really small brand and if, how I can achieve it, to produce in a 'fair' way (at least labour and mostly garment wise). I want the brand to be as transparent as possible!
What else have I done?
I went out a couple of times spraypainting - and the results are pretty satisfying, so my cancontrol gets better and better (yippie). So I mostly achieve it, to have a decent sketch and put these sketch properly on a wall. While I'm commuting every day to work (oh, and I got a new job btw), I had the time to do an (almost) complete range (A-Z) of german surnames in my current graffiti/typography style. So these sketches will appear on walls as graffitis in the future time. I already draw some of the names onto paper (with markers) and I'm still deciding in which direction that will lead me... Check out my ig to find the most acutal graffiti I did.
So this is also a thing I'm currently busy with. 'Faces' - Cannot give further infos at the current point about the use of these, but the plan is send one or two to a poster contest in Luxembourg and to print a couple of them to start off with some 'adbusting' here in Berlin. But each of these toughts (or faces) needs more improvement and work done.
My '365-illustrated-single-covers' project is running smooth and I already have passed half of the year!
A little article about the last travels trough the Balkan states from Vice Serbia, with unpublished pictures and some stories about the spraycation.
No fancy pictures in here, but you can find each day a new one on Instagram or on my Facebookpage to recap the East-Europe tour done in the last week of July. Some stories too. Enjoy.
Traveling through the cities of Zagreb, Beograd and Srajevo took an end the last day.
It was a good experience to hit the east of Europe again on a different purpose than on the last interrail in 2013. This time, the backpack was fully loaded of spraycans to leave marks in the mentioned cities. Which worked really well. Got some decent walls done in all these cities. I was on the road with der.bergmann (that's his instagram). You can see one wall, I created above the post and the other's will follow soon either on Facebook, but for sure on instagram.
On the 18th of July, the community of Freiseng, a little village in the very south of Luxembourg, gave us (der.bergmann & me) the opportunity to spraypaint the two sides of a skateramp. We were very honored to take the chance and left our marks (Skate & Create). On the uploaded picture you can see the ending of the process and on instagram you'll find some finals in the near future, as well as in the communitys brochure. Or just head there and take a look!
I'm waiting for bad weather to go underground.
Guess what I'm doing there...So there won't be any big updates in the next 3 weeks.
Start of my FB page. Give me like! There I'm going to tell, as I do here, the stories behind the pictures and life.
"Mawlamyine, early morning hours. On my way to the train station I had some spray cans left which I didn't wanna take with me all the way up north to Hispaw. So I was desperatly looking for a good spot which was a bit hard to find with all my luggage. On the way to the trainstation I met some burmese sitting & cooking soup for the monks who would arrive with the train in the morning. So inspiring! They filled up my tiffin, pointed at a wall, on which I painted this little throwie..."
Here it is. The 'Gimmer' zine in it's second edition. A little photozine, with a selection of street-,food- and graffitiphotography from the recent trip to South-East Asia and some thoughts written in my travel diary.
A fair amount of 72 pages, printed on 80g copy paper, limited to 20. Try to get a copy.
In the next days I'll upload some product images on the website and after that, this is 'done'. Check out thisisokay.de if you'd like to take a purchase, or otherwise hit me up here
As y'all know, I'm an international successful part time model. This time I had an appearing in the Number one Thaistreetstyle magazine - Cheeze Looker. So grab your issue at the nearest 7Eleven or at an international newspapersupplier.
Oh. And my work on the second edition of the 'Gimmer' zine is done. There are only a few last little updates that have to be done. I'll release the video during the next days and do the printing at the beginning of the next week.
And there is a little 'Okay' update: There is a collection of bags and shirts coming out very soon. More details will follow here and on the Facebook page.
Have a good day!
While I was selecting through the pictures of my recent travel for the 'Gimmer' zine, I made a quick teaser:
'A little teaser with footage from my recent travels through South-East Asia in combination
with a wisely chosen intro, that fits, as the background music does, to the hectic, fearful and
disturbing atmosphere that is currently around (I guess not overall, but at least in Belgium) Europe.
So enjoy some oldschool philosophy and techno.'
Guess where I got this beauty? Myanmar. I have to admit, that it's not a disposable cam, but that was the best I could get over there at that moment. Anyway, I thread it like a disposable cam. And I even tell you the subject that the pictures are about: Dogs - in most cases Streetdogs around South-East Asia (Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand). There should be around 32 pictures on the black & white film. You'll own the rights of the pictures, if you buy this beauty. Give it as a surprise to some of your loved ones. It will be soon appear in my webshop, but if you want it, just hit me up. I'm willing to take your offers.
My instagram project 'Singles' is running smooth. Even got a like from the OFWGKTA account, which I'm a bit proud of! Will see, where this leads in the future. Follow me there, to get the newest updates!
I'll be back in Europe in a few days. So, you can expect the release of a new 'Gimmer' zine which will be supported by a travel video very soon. I expect it to be online around mid May. Let's see, if I can handle the schedule.