The original version of ENEMY KIDS was written in 1997 as a reaction to ODEM’s “On the Run”. BUS126 has two chapters dedicated to him in this book, in which he finds it difficult to find himself. Prompted by the text, which was noticeably formulated by a ghostwriter, he recounts his own view of the West Berlin graffiti scene, of his childhood and youth in Lichtenrade and Marienfelde. Were these beginnings of hip hop and graffiti in Berlin really so glorious and creative? Who were the young men whose lives included graffiti as naturally as violence, drugs and boredom? What was the mood like in the walled-in half of the city?

Finally completed after 25 years, ENEMY KIDS seems like a journey back in time, into a city whose places and street names are familiar to us but which is nevertheless a completely different world. Completely dispensing with name-dropping and glorification, BUS126 tells of a time without mobile phones and the internet, without video surveillance and graffiti bars. A time in which knives were just as normal a pocket item in certain circles as markers, fights were as natural as surfing the subway and love was as far away as any prospect of ever getting out of it all.

ENEMY KIDS also includes an epilogue by Jo Preußler that describes the genesis of the final book and also explains the circumstances surrounding the original text. The book also gives you another perspective on his current work and concepts and helps you understand this approach even better. An absolute recommendation for every bookshelf.

104 pages, 11,5 cm x 17 cm, softcover with dustjacket
Language: German
Editing by Jo Preußler & Stefan Wartenberg
Release date: January 2023
Publisher: Possible Books

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