Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
In almost every TV production where Kreuzberg is the background for the main plot one immediately knows it is Kreuzberg that they mean – every single house is covered with graffitti from the bottom to at least the first floor (only to take a 3- or 4-storey break and continue directly under the roof).
It is true that graffitti is a big problem in the borough. But you can also look at it the other way round: it is one of its very own, very peculiar marks. Something that makes it special. My view of graffitti is pretty simple: if I look at a damaged façade and laugh or am in awe, it is art. If I look at a damaged facade and feel like shoving the paint spray can up the author´s sphincter, it ain´t art, it´s a bloody nuisance. Call it simplistic or subjective, I cannot say I care (although there might be paint sprayed all over your front door any time soon…)
It seems that the scene I captured today presents a rather negative take on street art´s relationship with its public. Perhaps the shop-owner should consider selling chalk instead?