Women sell!

Photo of three Zeit magazines with women on their covers - photo by Stefan Klenke

Photo by Stefan Klenke

One cannot deny the fact that females on ads or covers sell usually better than males or get more attention except of course for a few examples like male fitness mags or some male product ads.
You will have women on women’s magazines but hardly men. And you’ll have women on many men’s magazines too – hardly ever men.

So if you are a woman you are constantly faced with other women looking perfectly (photoshopped) pretty at you.

How is this influencing the way they feel about themselves?

Women on Ads in U Bahn station in Berlin - photo by Stefan Klenke

Photo by Stefan Klenke

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Mustafa wins!

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If you are from Berlin – or went to Berlin and to Mustafas Gemüse Döner then you probably just laughed as much as I did. I think this perfectly sums up Berlin humour to me. And also shows a real riddle and phenomenon. Berlin has around half a trillion Döner kebap stores – and probably 99 percent of them do better döners than Mustafa. And at none of them you have to line up for an hour – but for some reason people seem to think Mustafa is the only Kebap store in the city. I do not get it.

Hand Land

Here a few “handy” street observations from my walks through my new neighbourhood Berlin Treptow.

Politikerhände - Newsstand, Berlin Treptow (Streetphoto by Stefan Klenke).

Politikerhände – Newsstand, Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke).

Streetphoto of a Nagelparlour, Baumschulenstraße, (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Nagelparlour, Baumschulenstraße, (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

h Container (Berlin, Treptow, Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Streetart Hand on Rubbish Container (Berlin, Treptow, Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Why do we always lose just one glove? – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Street photo of poster for the Lepra Lebt campaign - Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Lepra is alive – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Street photo of E-cigarette poster “Smoke differently“ - Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke

E-cigarette poster “Smoke differently“ – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke

Street Photo of a Sign Language Street Art on the back of a traffic sign (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Does anyone know what this means? (Photo by Stefan Klenke

Neukölln stay(s) dirty!

Graffiti on a house wall in Rixdorf area of Neukölln

Graffiti on a house wall in Rixdorf area of Neukölln

Dirty corner at Hermannstraße station in Neukölln, Berlin

Dirty corner at Hermannstraße station in Neukölln, Berlin

Having lived in Neukölln a few years I can confirm that it is in many areas a dirty place. A part of me feels it adds to the charme and undergroundy authentic vibe of the more and more hip district in the South West of Berlin. Another part is sad and angry that people chuck their rubbish everywhere disrespecting our environment. 

 The writing “Neukölln bleibt dreckig!“translates as “Neukölln stays dirty!“ I see it occasionally written on walls in the city; sometimes with Berlin, Kreuzberg etc. instead of Neukölln. I understand it as a angry cry for people who are scared of gentrification which is “cleaning“ up more and more areas and making the rents go up and up and thus taking away the home districts aka Kieze of people who cannot afford to live there any longer. 

Graffiti “Unsere Viertel - Unsere Straßen“ - “Our quarter - our streets“

“Unsere Viertel – Unsere Straßen“ – “Our quarter – our streets“

The question is if these writings will in any way stop the gentrification or if it adds to the area being seen as cool and undergroundy and therefore attracts even more rich, boring people who want to feel cool and undergroundy. 

Too late (?)

I saw this on an art studio in the trendy Rixdorf quarter in Neukölln Berlin. It translates roughly as “This is no hip district!“ And a little less directly translated it means: “Fuck off, rich people and hipsters! Leave us alone and our rents low!“ I guess when you have to write a message like that it probably is aleady exactly that – a hip district taken over by rich people, hispsters and high rents.

Work, shop, consume, die!

Work, shop, consume, die - an anarchists grafitti

Work, shop, consume, die – an anarchists message

These are the words sprayed onto the wall of a Lidl supermarket in Baumschulenweg by some Anarchist(s). I guess the Lidl people tried to hide them – but as you can see only very badly. 

Something tells me…(Vol.10)

…they don’t like Chavs in here…

I can’t understand why!! Cause they look so lovely…

If you want to know how much of a chav you are, you can make the ultimate Chav-test here:

www.getlippy.com/quizzes/chav-quiz/quiz

It asks you questions like:

1 . Have you ever gone for a romantic dinner for two at Pizza Hut?

2 . Does your wardrobe contain one or more items in that Burberry check?

6 . Is drinking bottles of cider in your local bus stop a favourite pastime?

8 . Do you own a special tracksuit ‘for best’?

11 . Do you know anyone that’s ever been on Trisha?

 I just did the test – and it said i am a Wannabe chav: Wannabe chav You clearly know you are not, nor will you ever be anything even closely resembling a bonafide chav but that doesn’t stop you from jumping on the bling bandwagon every now and then. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of pretending though you’ll never be able to hold your own with the true Burberry brigade.”

I should be worried – very worried.