A couple of weeks ago Martin invited us on one of his new tours. On his beautiful bikes (whenever we get the chance, we leave our own bikes at home and borrow one of his’ — they’re just too precious), Martin guided us through Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain on his newly added “Street Art Tour”. Truth be told: most of us had pretty much seen all of the things he presented us. We’ve all been living here for quite a while, so the prospective of the tour was not to see anything new (which we did though — couple of new things, in fact).
Instead, Martin went out of his way to show us very special artworks and put them into historical and local context. We found out things about pieces that have been there forever, we discovered new works by famous artists, we discussed the commercialisation of street art in Berlin and best of all, we had a pretty good time (even though I almost blinded myself when a balloon popped into my eye; also I hit off the edge off my tooth when I tried to drink from a bottle. But still, good times!). If you’re interested in booking a tour with FindingBerlin Tours or if you just want to rent one of the wonderful, hand-built Singlespeed Bikes, go over and contact Martin for more information.
There was this one thing I learned on the tour that I want to illuminate here. Everytime I pass the Kaisers Supermarket on Wrangelstraße I smirk to myself about the “This is not Kreuzberg” tag on the building wall. I always guessed that someone was pissed with rising rent prices and gentrification issues, in general the change of the Kiez, especially Wrangelstraße. But Martin told us the other side of the story: this is a play on a line that had been on exactly this wall before, commenting on the big chain supermarket Kaisers within the Kiez with “This is not America”, as in “this is not corporate America”. I fished an earlier picture out of Flickr so you can compare it. Pretty neat insight.
But enough of that — here are the rest of the pictures of our tour. We can only recommend discovering the city this way, even if you’ve been here for a while. Don’t miss out on what this city has to offer, it’s great, it’s diverse and it’s so much fun. Thanks Martin for a great day!