When I was about to make my mind up preparing Hamburg Reeperbahnfestival Hamburg last year listening through all the bands I found out Kratzen from Cologne were definitely worth watching if fitting my time table and it did! Their recent record Zwei found a place in my shelf asap before Hamburg and after getting in touch with the band their 1st album Eins took (surprise surprise) the same way too. Having a chat afterwards a very propper and wet sweat packed gig at Molotov Karate Keller with Melanie that time soon the idea about playing Dresden sooner rather than later and having a poster as well was fixed. The rest is history some say and you now can obviously see the motiv makes some sense regarding the bands name and the current weather conditions for their gig at Ostpol Dresden early February 2023.
What has been planned for November last year and then had to be postponed to December finally could take place in January 2023: SUIR playing Altes Wettbüro Dresden. The poster was designed and printed for the December gig and after heavy intervention form all interested in having one I didn't had to re-work it for the new date in January and so now it tells a story. The design was driven by listening to SUIR a lot that time when I heared them first almost a year ago (better late than never) and finally around that time the design was made. To me it has a lot in common with a soundtrack to a certain movie and listening to it the best possible way for me there's been that quick fix with the car radio on a long long road and all that now features the poster the way I see it.
This years edition of The Sound Of Bronkow Festival came along with a couple changes. It wasn't only taking place later than September, it was framed by a silkscreen printing workshop where gigposters for couple festival bands and artists were made. Due to me being away that week I could'nt attend that one but still managed to be part of that idea by printing a new gigposter for Katharina Kollmanns Nichtseattle later on but still in time to make it to the festival. As long as they last you can find some copies of this poster (3 colors, 72 x 51.50cm, edition of 19, signed & numbered) inside the shop.
It's this time around each year two events take place being somehow important for screenprinters. Flatstock Hamburg as part of the Reeperbahn Festival and Colored Gigs Dresden. Hundreds of gig posters from legends like Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Iggy Pop and The National, memorable acts like Wet Leg and Wilco as well as some acts taking the stages of the Reeperbahn Festival themselves this year. Bad bootlegs, crumpled site fence posters, pixelated CD covers on paper? Never! At the gig poster shows, those who browse will find band-authorized posters, lush screen prints on sturdy cardboard, limited, signed in very small editions. Especially nice: All artists are on site themselves and are happy to tell you about the work they have brought with them - without any intermediaries. Take your time and come around either here or there or anywhere.
Finaly and in this case it realy means finaly - getting in touch with Markus and Julien aka Lea Porcelain from Berlin back in 2019 when they've been touring their debut we decided to get together again whenever another occation arrises and with some delays they've now been back to Groovestation Dresden. For them it had to be an Underground train as whenever you take one it's speed somehow gets you and if you're then listening to Lea Porcelain at the same time both kinds of speeds - the one you see and the one you're listening to - really don't fit each others rhythm and both collide and collapse in a very special way inside my head.
Back in 2021, inbetween two lockdowns, I almost accidentally popped into a gig of The Underground Youth at Ostpol in Dresden and that really kicked ass. Couple friends the same night decided to do the fanboy and follow the band the day after for another gig in Halle and if you aren't the driver you got some time ideas can flood your head about how a gigposter could look like. We never lost touch and with their recent tour and especially one gig at UT Connewitz in Leipzig the poster was back on the agenda. The idea behind is due to some idiot thinking it's ok to invade his neighborhood and the final design mix from message and colours makes the statement quite bold and we of course decided to help the Ukraine form the proceeds.
What already was planned for November 2021 now finaly could happen: the record release party of I'm Your Stalkers EP "Hollow" at Ostpol Dresden. In the end it became a night framed by a lot of art. The record cover shows paintings of Dresden artist Claudia Kleiner, the design for t-shirts and hoodies was made by Michael "Spacke" Kremer (RIP) and if this wasn't enough I was able to do 2 versions of a gigposter - one red and one blue.
Due to making a gigposter for Desperate Journalist when they played Scheune Dresden back in 2018 contact with the band never broke off and now finaly I was able to do another one for their gig February, 19th 2022 at the Lafayette in London. The idea behind with a typewriter and the pool of blood is as simple as self-explanatory but there is enough space for any viewer's interpretation. A limited amount of the posters went sold out at the gig and a couple more are now available inside my shop. I'm honoured and humbled and of course greatful to the band for this opportunity. Pics below will get you an impression of the making of.
As 2021 is about coming to an end Lars P. Krause was calling for another silkscreen printing workshop at Douze Studios Dresden and I didn't want to miss this opportunity after last years workshop didn't happen due to obvious reasons. Very special thing this year is the news there's another edition of Golored Gigs (this time Redux) just around the corner starting December 3rd 2021. Special because of becoming a digital version of it's own and so you'll be able to enter the exhibition online from home or wherever you are, watch panels with different artists giving lectures on different topics etc. anyway there'll be a time window you'll be able to pop by and pic your poster yourself at Medienkulturzentrum - Kraftwerk Mitte Dresden.
Due to various pandemic lock downs it's not only bands not being able to go on tour but clubs, bars, museums and galleries being closed as well and gigposter-art might get forgotten. Due to that Dresden Bar Combo uses their windows as a street gallery for quite some time now and invited Lars P. Krause and me almost 3 weeks ago to show the people who we are, what we do and here we are: our 1st ever combined Fenstershow.
Big hugs and thank you to Guram and Combo for having us!
Big big thank you to everybody out there who made Save The Groovestation the success it was. Another 5 pieces of my posters gone for a very good reason. Almost 16k € in total were raised and will help a lot. Posters and any other stuff will be handed out on Groovy-Startnext-Dankeschön-Verteilungs-Happening or posted straight afterwards. Thank you!
Pretty happy I've been asked to do some prints honouring 50 years of a Dresden kindergarden that is being demolished to make room for a new one. Anyway in the meantime the building has already been gutted and looks a bit sad now the transition this place has made over the years is somehow unreal.
I'm very happy that I've been able to contribute a couple of my posters to become involved in helping ''Shutdown? Rise up! - Rettet die Dresdner Klubs''. Anyway this was only one of many this event of Klubnetz Dresden e.V. over several weeks raised 62.245€ to help 13 Dresden Klubs to cover losses due to Covid 19 shutdown.
I very much like to thank everybody for contributing in any way!
I'm over the moon to be able to do another gigposter for POSTCARDS from Beirut and their gig in Societaetstheather Dresden. The idea behind the poster is as simple as the scetches were ready in mind right at the time this opportunity arose. What else fitting better than a postcard from Beirut and due to these two very famous stamps from Mauritius released in 1847 I made a red and a blue version of it. The band unfortunately had to stop the tour almost right after it started due to covid but liked the poster a lot and I hope you do too.
new gigposter for THYBEAUX in the making. anyway the venue had to be switched to Chemiefabrik Dresden the record relase show of the dresden band will still be framed by LUCIDREAMING and GREY SKIES AHAED and a couple of my posters.
I was able to be part of another workshop for silkscreen printing and anything around with Lars P. Krause at Douze studios in Dresden. Having a good time with good people is always a good idea, I was able to design and handprint a limited edition poster for MONKEY BUNCH SCOOTER CLUB - the 1st ever scooter club in town since 2013.
Another year has gone by since silkscreen printing workshop number one and here comes another one with Raphael Naeser and Lars P. Krause at Douze Studios in Dresden around x-mas. Having a good time with good people is a good idea everytime anyway it's no gigposter this time but a homage to a certain actor.
pretty happy and very proud of course to become involved into Colored Gigs Vol. X in 2018 - a gigposter show in Dresden from September 29th to 30th - giving a helping hand and having my posters displayed for the very 1st time
I've been able to design and print a gigposter for Desperate Journalist and Pete At The Starclub at the Scheune Dresden. Anyway the support had to cancle that show it was a great one!
So so happy I could make a gigposter for Belgrad, Tacho and Dikloud at the Scheune Dresden. First ever gigposter I made myself aynway a torn screen seems to be part of the game as well.
First ever time to silk screen myself, woohoo! Had a huge lot of fun for 3 days at a workshop at Douze studios in Dresden with Lars P. Krause and Torsten Jahnke from Spiegelsaal Hamburg. With a couple bands already asking for posters this might just be the beginning of something, let's see.