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5 Steps for Surviving the Berlin Winter

With a fifth round of snow (or sixth? It’s easy to lose count) this winter and an ever-elusive spring being a particularly awful tease this year, Berliners are getting grumpier by the second. The dose of vitamin D received a couple weeks back has definitely run its course. So what’s a Berliner to do? Here’s a list of 5 steps to ensure you survive the winter (emotionally and mentally, that is)…

5. Turn back your calendar to last year. December 2012 would work just fine. Not that you should entirely give up on spring ever coming, you’ll just forget to expect it. Hit up the discount stores for leftover Glühwein and start a Weihnachtsmarkt stand with some pals (you’re bound to at least get some smiles or funny stares – the difference is not always clear with the Germans, especially in winter time). Don’t forget the adage: red wine does indeed get better with age.

4. Stock up on discounted winter gear. The good thing about a long winter (or a winter re-awakened after a short spell of springtime weather) is that a ton of winter gear has been put on sale. Think those idyllic and super cute wooden sleds are just for German kids? Ditch the cardboard, grab one of those super sturdy sleds and climb Teufelsberg. The exercise and adrenaline are sure to counteract the winter blues.

Peter Pink strikes again!
3. Paint the streets. The streets are now a blank canvas! It’s time to add some much-need (legal) color. (See Peter Pink street art above.)

2. Stay indoors. Easy enough. Get some first-hand experience on the benefits of an extended Winterschlaf!

1. Fuck it. Get outdoors and start a BBQ anyway. La Pizzeria, a trio of Italian artists living it up in Weissensee, are right on the money with their “White Springtime” BBQ this Friday, March 22nd 2013. Take note.

How To Upset Street Artists in Berlin

Looking for a sure-fire way to anger street artists around the world and make a bit of cash on the side? Then look no further… [Warning: Kids, don’t try this at home… err… on the streets]

Revered for it’s colorful graffitied corridors, clever ad-busting, stencils and pastings galore, it’s not news that Berlin is one of the top street art capitals of the world. A relatively cheap city with lower living costs than other major European cities, Berlin lures artists and creatives from all over the world to reside and work indoors, outdoors, everywhere. More often than not, however, the work/money-making situation is the toughest detail to iron out.

Have you found yourself strapped for cash? Looking to get on a few hit/shit-lists? Well then, a.muse berlin has got quite a sweet & delicious job tip for you! You can work at night, the hours are flexible, and the pay may be enough to make you forget you ever had a conscience. Credit must be given where it due, however: this article is 100% inspired by the brilliant crimi-money-making scheme of the “Street Art 4 Sale” site.

So, in four easy steps:

(1) Always Be Prepared: Rummage through the streets and abandoned buildings, hang outside of art exhibitions and parties, and be sure to get extra friendly with curators who are organizing indoor street art exhibitions and festivals. Be sure to always carry a hammer and nails with you, just in case. Keep your eyes open for any artwork that is left unattended or hanging loose. This is your chance. Steal that shit.

(2) Make A Website To Sell The Artwork You’ve Stolen: Simple enough. Ebay, Facebook, whatever.

(3) Fine-tune Your Marketing Skills: Learn from “Street Art 4 Sale” with their brilliant (or rather sketchy – the sketchier the better!) promotion skills – refer to the temporality of street art and why you, as a consumer and art enthusiast, must save it from being vandalized or disposed of by city officials. [Exact text from the site of “Street Art 4 Sale”: “Street Art often seen as a temporary piece of public art can now hang in your home forever. We save Street Art from being vandalized or disposed of by city officials. Make you walls inside look like the walls out side. For prices message me.”]

(4) Watch Your Back: You are, after all, working on the streets and will probably, sooner rather than later, be on the radar of someone who is also working on the street and who you probably owe a shit ton of money too.

Good luck.

[Disclaimer: If you’re actually considering the above, then there’s just no hope for you.]

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