yay it’s spring, time to repaint and refurbish… 🙂
just in time, i got an invitation to give an urban art & graffiti workshop teaching the next generation of graffiti hacksters some spraycan skills @ shackspace stuttgart…
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
testing posca brush markers…
Shodo in February 2012
testing new brushes with some shodo in vienna…
… 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.
Some time has passed and i’m still in Germany. What happened?
Since i came back in September to my home country, taking a coach from victoria station carrying only the stuff i had left off all my accumulated personal belongings and started living with my family for a while… time passed quickly and a month was gone soon.
Hanging out at shackspace – the local hackspace where i started teaching graffiti skills to some members and set up an urban art workshop and at the temporary artist residency in my brother’s office nearby i found the perfect little base for planning the next steps.
As travelling needs a budget to keep on moving i started my new events business called YUMEii Events (little pun in japanese: yume=dream / ii=good / yumei=famous) and registered with some german agencies and started working in some jobs… as a stage hand helping to set up light and sound at events like a turkish anniversary party, booths at stuttgart messe fair, a test booth for porsche’s next car show, marlboro merchandise booths in stuttgart’s nightclubs etc.
So, i became something like a roadie now. 😛
Recently i posted a link to a documentary about a the japanese freeter community done by ARTE. I watched it with my brother and we both feel like freeters here in germany.
Just working a bit whenever a job comes in, living a carefree life and dreaming of the next place to visit and doing the same there again. Karōshi (過労死) ? No thank you.
It’s two weeks now since i left London… time goes by so quickly…
I spent some days with my family recharging my batteries and had lots of conversations about my life in the uk and are dealing now with the situation to be back to my home country again.
Last saturday i did a last minute job as a stage hand at an event of the turkish community in stuttgart who celebrated the 50th anniversary since turkish guest-workers and their families came to live and work in germany. i helped to move sound and light equipment into the building, set up the stage for 3 traditional turkish bands and moved it all out again (until 3am in the next morning.) The line-up and music was rather exotic and not the tracklist i would play or dance to – but it was interesting to hear them perform live.
why not stay open minded… it was a new experience and almost like a day in turkey. 😉
Yesterday i decided to register officially with a new address in Stuttgart and start soon to run a small business organising and helping out at events in germany and making webdesign, flyers etc. to raise some money for the next journeys.
And apart from that i’ll keep on doing my art and music on the side and really need to brush up some skills in FL10, HTML5, CSS3 and Kanji. keep on reminding me and ask for some updates… 😛 i’ll keep on posting here and on twitter.
My next stops are:
Vienna – planned for November 2011
Berlin – definitely in 2011
Went by National Express (eurolines) from London Victoria to Stuttgart (South Germany).
Travel time: Wed 14:00 ~ Thu 8:00
Costs: £43 booking online
it was a very long coach trip via Euro Tunnel > France > Belgium > Germany with lots of stops in between to pick up other people and for a lot of breaks. that means i had not much sleep but on the other hand no problems to bring lots of luggage, so i could go back to germany and take all the stuff i needed to take with me. no security hassle whatsoever. great.
a bit of a strange feeling as usual when coming back to my home country, back to see mom and some of my brothers, eating german food, speaking german etc. failing to pay the trainride in euros at the first attempt…
now after 3 big mugs of coffee i’m playing some piano and arranging dubstep beats in cubase with my brothers 😛
later mom calls for dinner (noodlesoup and selfmade hummus) and tonight hopefully the best sleep since ages…
a modern city with all the standards you can expect from a german major city.
very clean, very safe and most of the time very efficient – very german in that regard if you want to say so.
beautiful countryside – recommendation: a visit to the vineyards / try vine tasting events.
people in general are quite friendly and helpful.
most of the time proper transport, effective showers and good german beer.
food: (from a veggie point of view)
very generic german food (say sausages), just some falafel shops or asian buffets are worth trying… very limited veggie options.
vegan restaurants? errm, seems to be just one in bad cannstatt.