The classic Converse Chuck Taylor, one of the most iconic sneakers of all time, is up for a reboot. Launched earlier this week, the new Chuck II comes as a high top and low cut in 4 different colors, with improved materials and functionality, turning this classic sneaker into a piece of contemporary footwear.
To celebrate the release, Converse teamed up with some of the world’s most creative visual artists and photographers to create artworks in the spirit of the new Chuck Taylor All Star II. After the jump you can see some of these.
Last Thursday it was finally time for a new project that we are part of to see the light of day. For the first time we invited people to see the new Blogfabrik space. The opening event was a huge success and so many came, more than we ever thought would. We are super proud and happy that the reactions were so positive and curious. It’s been really like a dream come true for us since we moved in back in May, but only now with the reactions of the people at the opening event we can finally realize and understand how amazing this project is.
I would like to thank the Blogfabrik godfather Holger Bingmann from the bottom of my heart for making this place a reality. It’s a huge undertaking and certainly not an easy one, but we are really grateful that someone has the faith in and enthusiasm for this project. I would also like to thank the Blogfabrik and Daily Bread Mag team Maria Ebbinghaus, Claudio Rimmele, Daniel Gruber and Danilo Sierra for rocking the house for us!
And now let’s get to it and look at some photos from our press preview afternoon and the opening party in the evening by photographers Anna Agliardi and Nils Krüger. Enjoy!
Yesterday afternoon I was minding my own business cleaning my house when all of a sudden the sound of my vacuum cleaner was overpowered by a thumping techno beat that got louder and louder. What. The. Fuck. When I looked out the window there it was: The Train of Love (a.k.a. Zug der Liebe) stomping down Prenzlauer Allee right under my window. I knew it was happening that day, but I didn’t really pay much attention to the details of it so I had no clue it would come past my house.
The street parade (that is not supposed to considered be a second coming of the Love Parade) was not what I expected it to be at all. It was loud, yes, and trashy, oh yes. But it was also one thing: A getting together of all kinds of people! Like a the laziest paparazzi on Earth I sat down on my balcony snapping away pictures of the people who came by. I saw cute hipster kids, costumed crazy people, 90s-style ravers, hot gay guys, moms and dads, happy bottle collectors, flower girls, people in wheelchairs, body builders, Asian trans women, all skin colors, all ages, all styles, all nationalities. This was probably the most diverse and inclusive event that I’ve seen in Berlin and I watched, deeply fascinated, sipping on my Rhabarberschorle on my little balcony…
Lately I noticed movie posters for a weird looking new film called Pixels all over town. It reminded me of a short film by Sergej Hein that was commissioned by SZ Magazine a few years ago. It’s a fun little clip with two guys turning into Pacman characters and chasing each other through town. I wonder if this was the inspiration for this new Pixels film… Enjoy the clip after the jump!
We’ve followed Italian illustrator and artist Nicola Napoli now already for quite a while, starting with his famous piece of the line in front of Berghain, over to the amazing garden of lust that was commissioned for the flyer of the monthly Berghain program, to his witty and fascinating portrayal of the iconic Kotti and of course his most recent interpretations of famous fashion designers.
Now for the first time we’ve collaborated with him for a brand new artwork and it’s going to be a quite ambitions one. He will present his new piece BERLINFERNO at the Absolut Art Bar that will take place on Saturday, August 1st 2015 at the brand new Blogfabrik (the crazy new blogger space that we share with many other content creators). Sign up now for the guestlist here and find out more after the jump!
I re-discovered this lovely Berlin video portrait by Pilpop when I was going through the archive of the Berlin Film Nights that we are doing with Mobile Kino since 2012. “Little Big Berlin” shows, quite impressively, a version of Berlin that feels like a miniature world. Obviously this is a bit of trickery here as the footage is real live footage of Berlin. The effect is quite strong and the results are really lovely. Enjoy the video after the jump.
On Friday Leni from Amy & Pink and I were two of the few lucky people who got to join a very exclusive event at Cassiopeia in Friedrichshain. In promotion of their sexy new cabriolet MX-5 the Japanese car brand Mazda organized a private concert of the Finnish band Sunrise Avenue that only 200 people were able to attend. You couldn’t actually buy tickets for this concert, you could only win them on the Mazda page or through various radio stations. I was privileged to be part of a small group of bloggers and journalists who got “smuggled in” by the girls from JuLi PR to see the so-called “concert of your life”.
It’s been actually well over 10 years that I have been inside Cassiopeia and I was pretty amazed by the whole area behind and around it that also includes a beer garden, an open air cinema called Insel and a crazy climbing tower. It was a lovely atmosphere with a wild mix of people of all different styles and it reminded me of how special the whole RAW area is.
As Friday was a pretty hot day the concert inside Cassiopeia pretty quickly developed into a musical sauna experience. But the die hard fans of Sunrise Avenue, as well as the band members were some tough cookies that made it through the heat like an easy exercise. I somehow managed to take some photos and animated GIFs from the performance and in the end I even got rewarded and caught one of the plectrums that the charismatic front man Samu Haber threw into the audience. That is certainly a souvenir to remember this concert, and for you I have the photos after the jump.
What happens, when a pair of big nightlife makers of Berlin get together and create something new: Exactly, something bigger! And so goes the story of Sampson who has been running his crazy karaokee nicht Cherry-o-kie now for years and PANSY who has taken Berlin’s party scene by storm with her gay R’n'B party Sissy and her PANSY presents… extravaganzas. Those two crazy kids have teamed up to create YO! SISSY – Berlin’s first queer music festival which is happening this coming weekend from July 24-26, 2015. With a massive line-up of over 50 acts the festival will take over the venues Schwuz, Neue Heimat and SO36 bringing together the diversity and creativity from all over the world onto the stages of Berlin. We are super excited about this new festival because it’s the first of its kind here in Berlin and it’s fresh and edgy and full of potential and we can’t wait for the world to see it. You can expect of course the local heroes of the queer Berlin music scene such as Aerea Negrot, Black Cracker, Evvol, aminus, and the party makers Pet Shop Bears, Mr. Ties (Homopatik), Mauro Feola (Beitola), and Joey Hansom (Boo Hoo), but also international names such as Hi-Fashion, Crystal Waters (yes, the one who gave us 100% Pure Love back in the 90s), Hidden Cameras, Annie and Peaches. After the jump you’ll get a taste of what’s to come with music from our favorite acts, as well as a big mixtape especially compiled in promotion of the festival featuring the music from all the acts mixed by Voin who many of you will know as the maker of the glorious Blitz party. Enjoy and get your tickets for the festival asap!
When the word “wall” comes up in any other city in the world it doesn’t really stand out. When it comes up here in Berlin it suddenly gets this super heavy meaning. Yes, the Berlin Wall will forever be a scar that the city is wearing across its heart, in some places more visible than in others. But Berlin has so many more walls than just THE wall. I’m talking about the so-called firewalls or “Brandwand” in German, the walls on the sides of the typical townhouses. Not that they are something specific only to Berlin, but due to the destruction of the city so many of them are visible because houses are missing in the row.
At first site these walls look raw and unintentional, but if you look closely you can see that they sometimes have a kind of footprint that was left by the house that used to be in front of it. It’s like a shadow of the past that won’t go away. Many fire walls look really run down, some have graffiti and tags, others more elaborate and commissioned murals. Some are just painted and clean, and others have received some windows (something that is actually illegal because it defeats the purpose of the fire security).
The German photographer Harf Zimmermann, one of the founders of the famous Ostkreuz photo agency, has dedicated a whole photo book to the most charismatic walls of the city. It’s a beautiful Berlin documentary piece about this lonely and often neglected part of the city. It was released by Steidl last month. After the jump we have a little preview for you.
Today we have a very charming German Berlin song for you by the lovely Lara Maria Gräfen. In her song she sings about the crude, yet irresistible character of the city while walking through it dressed in Augustin Teboul with a bullterrier on a leash. “You speak so many languages, but I don’t understand you. You act like you are honest, but you lie straight into our faces… I still wonder what’s your true face, but you keep your secret to yourself. Berlin, I love you.” She speaks a lot of harsh truths about the city that really make you think, but she is under the same spell that so many of us fall under when coming here. Enjoy the great song after the jump.