Thanks for popping in.
3 down, and 1 to go.
One more day at the Frankfurt Messe,
and we can come home.
Although I had best find a supermarket and make sure I get the items on my mum’s shopping list before said departure -
or I might as well not bother coming home!!
I still chuckle remembering Mum and myself in Baden Baden
wheeling the shopping trolleys through the cobbled streets and straight into the hotel, into the lift and up to the hotel room!
It feels so good to break loose and be a rebel sometimes, doesn’t it.
To swim in the other direction,
do zag when the others are all doing zig.
Had a taste of that again today.
The morning has gone well, and I met some lovely people at the stand, but by the afternoon I was ready to escape for an hour.
So Dave and I ventured into another hall.
As soon as we turned the corner, there they were:
a whole crew of young people,
heads down and completely immersed in their crazy art.
I watched in awe as these young graffiti artists worked away.
“You are happy, aren’t you?” I asked the young chap.
He looked up and smiled at me.
“It is my passion”, he replied.
Just like us, you and me -
Oblivious to the world around.
Completely absorbed in their art.
It was quite a surreal moment,
coming away from the starchy, commercial hall we are working in,
to this world apart upstairs.
They invited me to have a go.
It felt almost naughty to just start writing and drawing
all over a wall!
But then I got into it.
Oh boy! Is it addictive and liberating!!!
I was off in my little world, a mini trip away from reality - just for a little while
The guys were so friendly and kind too.
No barking margins and demands.
Just kind and helpful and generous with their time, actually.
Christopher - a star.
This little lady I want you to meet tomorrow.
She was so beautiful! Inside and out.
This guy Akim Walther is the leader of the pack, if you like.
ON THE RUN is his company.
Twenty-six years ago, at about the same time as I started Clarity,
Akim started On The Run, to bring together Graffiti Artists from all over the world.
Their expositions and stands are world renowned.
Their art is fantastic!
Really out there and wild.
Very nice man. A real free spirit.
This guy is a calligrapher.
His art name is Schrift-zug.
He offered to write a poster for us....
and so we watched as he worked .
No ego. No rules.
Just freedom of expression.