A little (more) Berlinisch Graffiti
This is one from the archives. We went to Berlin* so that I could turn 30. I did so with great elegance, as we consumed delicious Korean food (our introduction to Korean pancakes came in Berlin), and I still think Berlin is one of the best cities we have yet been to. Whilst we were there, we caught up with some friends, saw a lot of amazing things, and I got the best haircut I have managed to get in Europe for just €12. If you’ve ever tried to get a haircut in the Netherlands, you will understand how amazing this really is.
And we saw this:
We saw this too:
No-one could possibly make a rational argument about why a dinosaur should not face off against a robot with a skyscraper in the background, and why that is not just about the coolest thing you could see on your 30th birthday. There’s a helicopter for good measure, just to trim any loose threads that this is not amazing. If you can make a rational (or for that matter, irrational) argument for why this is not supercool, please feel free to comment below.
Of course, in Berlin, you cannot go all that long without thinking about the past, and graffiti is perhaps particularly poignant here. Because we also saw this:
And of course, it’s part of this:
Parts of the wall still slices through Berlin, and it stands as a great reminder that graffiti can be political, it can be engaged. It can be art too, and that’s worth thinking about.
Photos by PJD or CIA, neither of us can remember anymore, Berlin, Germany, March 2011
* I wrote a little about this Berlin trip really early in this blog’s life