We Talk TNF Collaborations, Tape Art & Teufelsberg With Tape Over
Tape Over are a Berlin based collective of graffiti artists, street artists and graphic designers specialising in Tape Art.
Following on from the news that The North Face are dropping a limited edition Nuptse with Tape Over for this years Bread & Butter event, we caught up with Robert König from the Tape Art crew to see how it all came about. Tape Art is exactly what it sounds like, art created with tape, and isn’t it truly amazing what the end product can be. Based out of Berlin’s Neukölln district,Tape Over have worked all over the world including the likes of VW, adidas, Mercedes, Nike, Converse and now The North Face. You can check out all the past projects and latest work from Tape Over at tapeover.berlin.
Berlin has been synonymous with graffiti and street art ever since the Berlin Wall, how did you guys originally get involve with the scene?
We have different backgrounds. Some of us are graffiti writers, some of us are street artists / urban artists, some of us are painters and some of us are graphic designers. That means that some of us were part of this graffiti scene from the early 2000’s and some of us were in a different art scene and some of us were not even in school. What unites us is the material tape and our understanding of art. We are very different characters with a different artistic background, but we like each other, we learn from each other and we inspire each other.
You guys have done some really cool work, how did you end up getting involved with The North Face?
I think this project was just right for us because it’s about handmade tape design jackets. We already did some projects for adidas, Reebok and NIKE. That was probably also one reason why the agency The First Day of Spring asked us to create those designs.
What other installations, collaborations etc do you guys also have lined up for 2018?
This year is going very well. We have already been to China, Unites Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Korea, UK, and France to create murals, tape art designs or exhibiting our art. The next project is an exhibition called “Waterhouse Gallery” in Maastricht (Netherlands), a tape art design for an hotel where we create about a dozen different murals on inside walls and a road show for Volkswagen.
Where do you see ‘Tape Art’ going over the next few year and why do you think tape has become as big as say traditional spray paint and bombing markers?
I think that tape art is still at a very early stage – it just became an art form. There is great potential and space for the further development of this art direction, because it is somehow unique. I always say: “tape art…sticks in your mind”. I see tape art in schools, because it is a great material to work with. We do a lot of workshops with kids as well as with adults. That means people are really interested. And because doing tape art is in a grey legal zone, you can do it during daytime…and you don’t need to be afraid of getting chased by the cops. If people don’t like what you do or cops are complaining – you just take the tape off and that’s it.
Where are your personal favourite places in Berlin to check out street art?
Definitely Teufelsberg, the old radar station. It’s such a special place with a lot of different art pieces. Pretty much everyone of our crew did a piece there at least once. There are a few more abandoned places I really like. For example the Children’s hospital Weißensee and the Anatomy Institute College.