Tuesday, January 25, 2011

1-UP Berlin Rooftops

1-UP are crew from mainly Berlin that have been getting up for years and years and I thought I'd show you a couple of their well-known roof top escapades. You can also find plenty of their work on the ground level HERE...


Nickgonewalkabout said...

Can you comment on why painting natural objects in their natural setting is a good idea, reference the recent 'piece' by 1 UP on Koh Phangan, Thailand (I cannot post a photo here)?

Your organisation has angered, saddenned and confused people here. Mostly people who have to accept it. You know, the sort of people who can't afford spray paint and lead happy, simple lives. All the sorry tourists too, forced to consider a perverse activity that carries the sort of mental delinquency characteristic of a crack addict than a budding Banksy.

The graffitti's in a position seen by pretty much the world as it comes to visit this island. An island still free of urban blight in 70% protected natural forest.

Perhaps this is a great accomplishment for you. Everyone on the road to Haad Rin will see 1 UP now. Everyone who takes the road up over lush, rocky landscape of tumbling granite, palm, birdsong, and sea views. A view there for rich and poor alike, predominantly normal people like you and me. Then at the top of the rise, a great big blue turd of a daub by you or one of your rivals. It doesn't matter which. It's a signal for every Thai to resent the presence of Germans and other outsiders.

You seem keen to export and sharpen your personal agenda in the most remote locations. What purpose does this serve? You wish to inflict Berlin's own personal political message on gentle, happy, poor people living in bamboo huts? They/we don't want or need you. We're just getting by. You know, we're the sort of people who can't afford spray paint and balaclavas.

Some kind of western snake really has made its way into the garden. Its you!, and all the people like you, more into themselves than others. So we drive by your graffitti, on down, past another piece of 1 UP graffitti, equally as trashy. No concrete tower blocks, violent gangs, or social decay, just natural beauty and you, the snake. Man, you look like idiots in Thailand.

Wisdom teaches us not to take too strong a stand on single issues. After all, all cases have an opposing argument. However, your vandalism has been so profoundly arsey and incompetant, I daub and scribble something on your space.

If you know who did this, tell him or her to come back and wash it off (without using toxic chemicals). People will love that person for their humanity, instead of hating them for thier cruel arrogance.

I beg you, be part of the solution, not the problem.

VZT said...

Dear Nick,
First off, I must congratulate you for writing the longest comment we've ever had, and for bringing to our attention a new piece of 1UP's work, and in doing so created material for a new post. Thanks.
Secondly, ESPVisuals do not represent 1UP, he is from Germany we are from the UK, and we have nothing to do with him, other than post up pics of his work. Before you begin your rant by accusing us of painting a rock, please get your facts straight first.
Thirdly, Banksy is old hat, no-one cares anymore about him anymore.
Fourthly, even if we did know 1UP, we would not tell him off and ask him nicely to go back and wash the rock, that would just be rude.
In fact, getting up on such a busy road, which I know for a fact has alot of police cars on, is quite an achievement. 1UP's got some balls.
Fifthly, you know what, I'm going to get 1UP's email and send him your comment. I think they might get a kick out of it.


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