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Stuttgart, Vienna, London

Started the new year in Stuttgart (Germany).

Then off to Vienna (Austria) to do some Bodypainting at a Chinese New Year’s Party by AsianNight Vienna, painting the zodiac sign of 2012 – the dragon:

Asian Night Vienna

Posca Test

testing posca brush markers…

Shodo in February 2012

testing new brushes with some shodo in vienna…

Stencils

… and came back to london for a week, met some old friends and saw some cutting edge art galleries during the firstthursdays art event… this inspired me to paint some old vinyl records at the kitsite office, which were still sitting in a corner at the hackspace in london.

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Day 49 – 28/6/11 – Hamburg (D)

breakfast.

by chance, (or not?) i found a shop for shodo and japanese art nearby called ars japonica.
have a visit if you happen to be in hamburg…
i had a nice chat with the owner, mizuki wildenhahn, who told me she used to study chinese literature and poems even before the ww2 – giving away a bit her age… apparently, her shop was founded in st.pauli in the same year i was born, 34 years ago…

soon i tested some brushes, and luckily found some which are not made of animal hair.
i’m so happy now that i finally found some…i have been looking for them for ages because i’m trying to live the vegan lifestyle and are trying to buy no animal products of any kind – even no animal hair brushes.

eventually, i just bought 2 of them + a bottle of chinese ink (bokuju).
and the money i spent went straight to their donation tin for japan. 🙂

when i told her about my travels she said “…like basho?” maybe… like him, i just should start learning how to write haiku. now that i have 2 nice brushes and some ink in my pocket… 😉

now chilling with some drinks at cafe may nearby again doing my internet stuff.

last day to explore hamburg with my brother…

Day 38 – 17/6/11 – Berlin (Germany)

good morning berlin,
going through some old records i left at my friend’s flat which were collecting dust…
quite my soundtrack at the moment is

“anthony rother – trans europe express”
having a coffee at an internet cafe on the road and more. preparing to see the city…
offer down the road: CLUB MATE – icecold – 1.15€
discussing a webproject (to be finished soon) with my brother on chat.

a friend of mine, redpigflower is playing at tacheles tonight. yay!
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went to mauerpark to chill with the locals and check berlin graffiti – i just realized where the berliner mauer has been cutting through houses and streets like schwedter strasse nearby. i also realised that i painted graff on the former “todesstreifen” some years ago…

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walking down to hackescher markt and met people from vice berlin later. said hello to annika from cobra killer. allsaints spitalfields in berlin looks the same like in london and seems to pretend to be there since the last century with all the shabby chic and worn out stencil look and stuff. how funny that shops want to look aged even if they’re not.

went to see the exhibition BASED IN BERLIN. good work but some of it was probably not worth spending millions of tax money on. anyway. interesting.

met the djays hito and sisen @ kitchenclub party at eschloraque. dresscode: gothic, fetish, kimono, strange – so lots of people sporting a funky nippon neogoth look like sisen himself – who also painted some really good shodo calligraphy to decorate the bar.
people like starkall – a photographer and fashion-freak from cologne who shared a paramount vodka with me. later some more gothic girls joined our round. strange but fun.

went to for an afterhour party at tacheles to see my friend redpigflower play a dj set till 7am. very good and nice chat in the morning. going to bed at 8am…

almost forgot…i also met chuuu one of the many talented tacheles resident artists.
great work!

Day 35 – 14/6/11 – Vienna (Austria)

leaving vienna on thursday, next stop: berlin.
chat with a new friend who is also a professional piano player and korrepetitor in vienna.
after work drinks at schikaneder as usual. tomorrow last day in vienna (for now).

finished piece at esterhazy park with cripo. fotos: (c) 2011 mpdesign

Day 27 – 6/6/11 – Vienna (Austria)

continued the wall i started painting with cripo at esterhazy park yesterday.
i decided to change the layout and paint it all over again. this time i used the character “藝” – the traditional chinese version of “芸” (art) … the same character as in “芸者” (geisha).

ars longa version 2 at esterhazy park vienna

ars longa version 2 at esterhazy park vienna

finished wall to be updated…

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later chilling at Blue Tomato watching the live painting of:

Blue Tomato - Peachbeach / Frau Isa / Nychos / Low Bros / Dxtr / Cone / Vienna 2011

Blue Tomato - Peachbeach / Frau Isa / Nychos / Low Bros / Dxtr / Cone / Vienna 2011 - Photo: Frau Isa

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meeting with old friend M. & C. at MQ for some drinks. one for the road at Shamrock Pub.

Day 26 – 5/6/11 – Vienna (Austria)

painting with cripo at esterhazy park.
i decided to paint a shodo style version of the phrase “ars longa, vita brevis” in japanese.

芸術は長く人生は短し。 【げいじゅつはながくじんせいはみじかし。】

ars longa @ esterhazy park vienna

to be finished tomorrow…

one for the road with C. and M. at Futuregarden