October 31, 2014
I think it all started with my brother, who drew comics. As a kid I always imitated his style until I tried drawing my own stuff. In school I chose the art class and graduated in it. After an internship I was sure I wanted to study design. Typography was always something that fascinated me. As I listen a lot to music, I wrote a lot of lyrics and quotes, that inspired me. During my studies I tried a lot of illustration and always came back to lettering somehow.
After my finishing my studies in design I spontaneously decided to do an internship at one of my favourite artist collective Klub7. They do a lot of windows and murals, which I already did, too, but I used to do a lot of sketches before drawing on big surfaces. I admired their spontaneous way of working together, they rarely plan what they are painting and always react to what the others paint. I also wanted to interact with the crowd at 5 years of betahaus. Listening to what they're talking about I used everything that was happening around me and transformed it into abstract or floral patterns and combined it with lettering. So it became like a little protocol of that day.
I don't do it deliberately. The more I create, the more people tell me they recognize my style. That's actually when I notice that a lot of different artworks look alike. Of course I have my favourite letterings or plants, that I use often.
Basically from life. Whenever I had a bad experience, I try not to give up, but take it as a life lesson. I think that's what life is about, making mistakes and learning from it. But it's important how you let it affect you. I try not to take myself and everything I create too seriously. I think humour is the most important thing in my art.
I actually don't want to make a brand but rather do designs for existing brands. I want to concentrate on making art, printing and distributing doesn't really interest me and takes up too much time. Since music is a big part of my life, I enjoy making t-shirts for bands of friends, but that's it.
During the summer I love hanging out at Tempelhofer Feld, since even though there's so many people, it never seems crowded. It also reminds me of the seaside, I can't really tell why. Now when it's getting colder I like having coffee at Roamers in Neukölln. I met a lot of very nice people there and it kind of feels like a second home.
One of my many favourite quotes is from a Black Keys' song "You know what the sun's all about when the lights go out". It's a very dark song about loneliness, teaching you that you don't know what you have until it's missing. As you already know I love summing up life lessons. Have a whiskey sour with it, cheers.
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