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Until it Breaks!: RtR @ 3rd Berlin Tattoo Circus

Until it Breaks!: RtR @ 3rd Berlin Tattoo Circus

View from the table at Berlin 3TC
View from the table at Berlin 3TC

Tattoo Circus? …what’s that?

The Tattoo Circus began 2007 in Rome and since then, activists from all around Europe (Barcelona, London, Thessaloniki, Bern, Athens, Madrid… etc) took on the concept for supporting those people who can’t be among us.
The idea behind this solidarity event is to create a space where tattoo culture and political engagement come together. Several tattoo artists will provide their creativity, experience and as much ink as possible, in order to support the anti-prison struggle and to become a part of it.
The principle of the Tattoo Circus is that nobody earns anything from this event – neither the tattooists, nor the piercers, the bands, performers or speakers will work for their own profit-and the complete proceeds will get to those people who fight against the state and capitalism.
It is also important that, as opposed to some established conventions, Tattoo Circus takes place in a non-competitive, non-commercial and non-hierarchical atmosphere. Every euro collected in TC goes directly to structures supporting prisoners and the Anti-Prison-Fight.

During the event there will be information provided about the cases of comrades behind bars like about carceral system more generally.

Tattoo Circus won’t limit itself to the tattoo culture, therefore, a rich program is being prepared. It will include lectures, workshops, readings, exhibitions, info points about prisoners, a mail corner to communicate with the detainees and an anti-prison film festival, as well as entertainment in form of extreme art-performances, theatre, concerts… And of course there will be also food and (at least!) a bar!
We cordially invite you to join, help and enrich this project. Because the solidarity with our detained comrades is the measure of our strength!

The preparatory committee

For a society without prisons and repression!
Until it breaks!

Heeding the call from our friends in Berlin, and following up on our fantastic experiences with similar events in Thessaloniki and Zurich, RtR was proud to support artists George F. and oneslutriot to attend the 3rd Berlin Tattoo Circus on the 9th-11th September. Here’s some words from George on his experience:

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The sun was hot and the beer was cheap. There must have been 50+ tattoo artists working 12 hours a day, each donating all their labour to raise money for prisoner support. We met friends from Thessaloniki and London, unexpected faces emerging out of the Berlin crowd with smiles and support. We set-up a table in the yard and distributed our zines and books, chatting to people from all over about their experiences with the ‘in’justice system, discussing the current state of the situation with the Warsaw 3 and the East Street 3. Friends at home were already organising benefit support and the true scale of the international solidarity and cooperation became apparent from coming together in Berlin to do what we could. I felt truly connected to a movement bigger than London, bigger than myself and my friends. Many thanks to the volunteer table crew!

George F. + support
George F. + support

“Friday we spent the day in the amphitheatre watching street performers and amazing circus aerial shows on a massive rig. A crowd swelled as it grew dark, and the only thing I felt missing was a fire show to blaze in the darkness. The next day, I was booked to perform. Originally intended for the theatre space, the organisers felt that it was such a nice day, I should perform outside. So I ended up between the children’s area and a paddling pool, on a cycle path, surrounded by a gaggle of kids who I got to sing a song about gummi-bears before launching into my usual tirade of anticapitalist antagonism. The crowd was generous, although they seemed very far away. Most gratifyingly was afterwards, when many people approached our little table and chatted for hours about the situation for them in Turkey, in Serbia, about what their situation was, sleeping in parks and travelling across Germany for free.

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“We sold several copies of the book, and many copies of the zine, the surprisingly most popular one being Brexit Blues – a collection of poems and scribblings all about the brexit farce. It continues to be so encouraging to travel around performing and sharing with people about political issues through poetry. We had a real adventure in Berlin, having to spend a few nights sleeping in the parks ourselves due to being locked out of our accommodation, and I am indebted to RtR for making it possible for myself to attend! Many many thanks. Until it breaks!”

On Crack, To Berlin, In The Forest – from Sierra Weppla

On Crack, To Berlin, In The Forest – from Sierra Weppla

From sponsored artist Sierra Weppla on her experience

CRACK festival
I have been planning to go to the Crack festival for a several years now. But it was always hard to find finances to carry all the artworks that I wanted to present and art materials. As on the air plane it would mean a lot of additional costs. This year, because of Reboot the Roots funding, I was finally able to satisfy my dream. In addition it created an opportunity to take as many and as heavy artworks as I could, including paints and other art materials, as me and my fellow artists were going by the car.

The festival itself is an amazing space full of non commercially driven extraordinary creative autonomous artists from all over the Europe and even overseas. I had a great opportunity to meet a lot of creative activists that I have never heard before of. The organizers provided me an exhibiting space in one of the cells (where exhibition was taking place) where I had more than enough room to widely display my artworks and even share it with my fellow artists. During the exhibiting time other artists came to speak with me in order to swap patches, zines, comic books and drawings. The doors opened for future projects, including invitation to submit works for a few upcoming comic books along with a satisfied and happy words from organizer of the event about exhibiting next year.

 

 

BERLIN
As the CRACK festival went so well, next stop was Berlin, the Rigaerstrasse 25th anniversary. As I mentioned before, I was able to carry with me all the way from Rome to Berlin sketch books, boxes of paints and brushes and spray cans. It was extremely important in order to be able to create something on the spot. I have been given permission to do the mural on one of the buildings (where festival was taking place) wall.

 

 

HAMBACHER FORST

Arts festival in the occupied protest camp near to Cologne was carrying a lot of different workshops during the week, which I was able to attend and participate in. I have been asked to paint a big mural on the building wall which was sharing freeshop and library inside. I used the same materials that I was carrying all the way, along with the ones organizers provided me. Further, the forest occupation inspired me so much, that it will be highly reflected in my future’s creativity as a main subject.

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