KENMO Graffiti / Performance / Artist


Kenmoe 1993

A designer asked me to do this piece for him. He liked my contest work so much and wanted me to do another one with black and grey. These are 6 pieces of wood which can be hung separately with each one letter on them - K E N M O E.
My first kind of Mandala I think.


Graffiti Contest, Hamburg 1993

In spring 1993 I took part in a Graffiti contest in Hamburg at the "Kampnagel"-area. You had to apply for it by sending in sketches, from which 25 participants were chosen. I just tried it out and was surprised to receive an invitation. One week off from school and they paid for the journey and the stay and of course the spraycans. I knew I was going to enjoy it!
I met writers from Dresden, Itzehoe, Lüneburg, "Sener" from Bremerhaven and "Wow123" from Bremen that I knew before, but most participants came from Hamburg. I was a bit puzzled by few people that seemed to be so overambitious and at least one person even dared to say he would 'by all means' rank in the top 4 - before he even started to paint! Some of them were very disappointed when they heard the news in the middle of the week that "Daim" was going to take part as well...

I just did my work and enjoyed the scenery. I felt glad to get to know "Jase", who by that time was quite a famous oldschool Graffiti artist and Breakdancer from the crew "The Def Stars". He´s such a nice guy and we had a good time together. We decided to do a piece together at the "Treff" the next day, after we had finished our contest paintings.

A few weeks later I was very surprised to find out that I made the second prize - right after "Daim" and "Hesh" who won the first one. As a reward I got this commissioned work to do for the boutique "Meyer´s" at the "Gänsemarkt" in the centre of town. Even the radio and the newspapers were talking about it.


Freak 1990

This is one of my first pieces. I did it together with my best friend at school times. Another friend of us wanted his room painted and he chose the word "Freak"...


Stadtwerke + Grenzstraße 1992

Originally I worked on this wall with silver at night together with a friend, when we got busted by undercover cops. The problem was a crewmember came to visit us while we were painting and he was so careful to turn out the lights of his bike on the road to enter the dark yard behind the houses at the train line where we were painting. The cops who sat in their car watched him and of course followed him. So just when he said 'hello' the cops were there. My friend and me couldn´t run away cause there were fences on both sides of our spot and a cop on each side, so we tried to hide under what I think was a high voltage transformer. But after a while it became obvious we couldn´t escape and they warned us about the danger of this transformer, so we gave up. They then found out that we were teenage graffiti writers, they thought we were burglars or something. They had a moment of thinking wether they should let us go, but their sense of duty didn´t allow it. So they said we should think about contacting the owner of the wall and ask him to disclaim a complaint, which is what I actually did. It turned out it were the "Stadtwerke" (municipal utilities) and I offered them to paint a piece on commission. They even payed for the spraycans and I ordered as much as I could without making it look too obvious. That way I painted a piece at the train line near main station which is still there up to today, went away without a complaint and had lots of cans for further work.

Using these spraycans I created my most respected piece for the year at our little 'hall of fame'. The character on the side was done by Scez / Keno, who died in winter 2004-2005.

This is a photo showing the whole wall with a couple of friends hanging around. Above my piece you see an also well-respected "TSW" piece by again Scez / Keno.


2 x KM 1991