Guen Douglas: The Berlin Tattoo Artist Bringing Sass & Sexiness Onto Your Skin

Guen Douglas: The Berlin Tattoo Artist Bringing Sass & Sexiness Onto Your Skin

photos: Guen Douglas. 

Berliners are known to have a certain affinity for tattoos. Luckily for us, the city attracts some of the world’s most amazing tattoo artists whose designs truly transcend the visuals. One particular artist whose works are especially brilliant – bold, beautifully executed, and abounding in cultural references, is definitely Guen Douglas from the Taiko Gallery studio. We had a little chat with Guen to find out more about her background, style, and some inspirations behind her designs. Read on!

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The Art Highlights of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2019

The Art Highlights of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2019

Art lovers and exhibition goers have already been looking forward to this since months: the Berlin’s Gallery Weekend! The 15th edition will take place from the 26th to the 28th of April. With 45 galleries and around 1000 international and national guests, the Gallery Weekend Berlin successfully continues to draw in 30.000 visitors every year. It has also developed into a high-selling event on the art market, that many collectors from Russia, the USA or even China come to visit. The event reveals the multi-faceted and important work of the galleries, that help to build and support their artist’s careers, working with them to facilitate and design innovative and thought-provoking exhibitions of their works. Since it is difficult to decide which of the 45 galleries and many unofficial sideshows to visit, we intend to help you by pre-selecting our favorite 10! Enjoy.

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Watercolors and Bubble Fun at the Mumm ArtNight 2019

Watercolors and Bubble Fun at the Mumm ArtNight 2019

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Do you remember your first art class at school? Where you were allowed to play with watercolors for the first time and be fascinated by how the colors lose their saturation when you use more water? Now think about the whole experience with a glass of premium sparkling wine in your hand and with your best friends by your side. This is the moment you might wonder what kind of ‘results’ your art class would have brought to light back then under these circumstances :).

Once per year the premium sparkling wine Mumm Sekt releases a bottle set in collaboration with an artist. This year the collaboration is with famous fashion photographer Kristian Schuller. His design for the three different flavors of Mumm Sekt is the first time they take advantage of the medium of abstract photography. Read more about the collaboration here.

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The Crazy Characters Get Together Again for the Pictoplasma Berlin Festival

The Crazy Characters Get Together Again for the Pictoplasma Berlin Festival

artwork: Julian Glander. 

This May, from the 8th till the 12th, the Pictoplasma Berlin Festival celebrates unconventional contemporary characters for the 15th time in a row. Pictoplasma is the world’s leading platform for contemporary character design and art. The project encourages the discussion and development of new illustrations down to animation, game to interactive design graphic arts. Thematically, this year’s festival focuses on the current hype surrounding the interaction with digital media and critical questions whether such an interaction is beneficial for both sides – human and computer.

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Fantastic Beasts of Berlin: A Safari Park at the Tempelhofer Feld

Fantastic Beasts of Berlin: A Safari Park at the Tempelhofer Feld

I’m sure we’ve all experienced some bizarre sightings on Tempelhofer Feld – but still, the pictures that you’ll about to see in this post will most definitely surprise you. Wild animals running free along the same stretches of land that are usually frequented by skaters? Read on to see some fantastic impressions of wildlife captured in one of the most iconic urban locations of Berlin and find out what it’s all about.

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The Talented Female Photographers of Berlin

The Talented Female Photographers of Berlin

Today is the very first time in history that the International Women’s Day is celebrated in Berlin as an official public holiday. What better occasion could there be to introduce you to a hand-picked selection of our favorite female photographers in Berlin?

As with many creative guides on iHeartBerlin, with this article, we want to create a supportive space to celebrate the many many talents, that Berlin has to offer. Especially in the field of photography and visual content creation, there is an incredibly wide array of interesting female voices that we think you should know about. Enjoy our selection of amazing ladies, who create outstanding work with their cameras.

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I Just Don’t Want to Give a Fuck! An Interview with Sam Morris

I Just Don’t Want to Give a Fuck! An Interview with Sam Morris

He is Berlin’s most desired bachelor on social media – We wanted to get to know the man behind the Insta-fame.

iHeartBerlin named the 30-year-old Brit one of Berlin’s most fearless Sexfluencers fighting for sex-positivity online. Don’t mistake his overtly sexual images for empty thirst traps, this man is more than just bum and bulge. The Instagram-famous artist wants to create something meaningful where others remain shallow.

145,000 follow the New Berliners account on Instagram, almost 50,000 more since the last time we featured him last year. What is it that makes JustSamMorris so undeniably fascinating? Is it the former dancer’s tight body, the 1970’ s-daddy-mustache or his angel-like singing voice while topless playing the Ukulele? Or is it the possibility to get even closer to this exclusive fantasy if you are willing to pay the price of his members-only website?

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Berlin’s Very Own Mona Lisa

Berlin’s Very Own Mona Lisa

Berlin can boast some impressive murals, and it’s no surprise that the newest addition to the bunch has drawn immediate attention. The huge version of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is impossible to miss. She occupies the side wall of the East Side Hotel in Friedrichshain and presents an interesting contrast to the often abstract artworks from the East Side Gallery, which is just on the opposite side of the street.

The Berlin art collective Die Dixons has previously been involved in noteworthy contributions to the city’s murals with the famous Meat Mural or the huge street art project The Haus. This time, they joined forces with the artists Tank, Weisse Seite, and FIX77. The graffiti they created together is apparently the world’s biggest Mona Lisa reproduction.

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Too Sexy for Instagram, Not Enough for Pornhub: Very Ugly Plates

Too Sexy for Instagram, Not Enough for Pornhub: Very Ugly Plates

Very Ugly Plates have taken the local internet by storm. In less than 4 months since the mysterious author sparked the first piece with their comedic genius, the plates earned a feature in Exberliner and even got their very own exhibition. But how do you turn a piece of china into a piece of art that resonates with the Zeitgeist of modern day Berlin and beyond? We’ve got an answer straight from the horse’s mouth (yeah, the one that welcomes you back from rehab).

The artist behind the fragile creations wishes to remain anonymous but was generous enough to let us in on some secrets of the trade. The concept of contrasting a traditional wall plate with a blunt phrase is not particularly new (notable example presents the Insta marimarki), but Very Ugly Plates introduced a style of their own. It’s about recognizing specific situations depicted on the plates, which often involves speculating as to the inner turmoil of the painted characters, and coming up with a Very Ugly remark to sum it all up.

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Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert: About Conquering Berlin & Leaving It

Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert: About Conquering Berlin & Leaving It

You just know, when Joseph’s in the room. The soon-to-be 28-year-old’s personality is as immersive as his imagery. The Berlin Wunderkind has left his mark on the big city – now, after almost a decade, he’s ready to leave her behind…

His cheeky charm and exceptional talent led Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert into the forefront of a new generation of Berlin creatives. The last eight years have seen him working as a portrait photographer for established publications such as Intro, Siegessaeule and Gay Times capturing the rare place where beauty, intimacy, and refined aesthetic meet like no other. His first, much-acclaimed photobook ‘Gender as a Spectrum’ – a collaboration with Kaey – was released in 2016, and hit the bull’s eye of a zeitgeist of sexual liberation and social acceptance for LGBTQIA+ people. At the time, Joseph was studying at the renowned University of the Arts Berlin, after already graduating from Ostkreuz School for Photography, and, on top, he opened up his own gallery ‘P7’ in 2017.

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