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The so-called "Halls of Fame" in Hamburg

Naturally, there is also a relatively large number of surfaces on which legal spraying is possible in Hamburg. Many people confuse these with genuine "halls of fame".
"hall of fame" hardly signifies a space of fame where only the best are authorized to paint, but rather legal surfaces where anybody can go ahead spraying, as long as he finds a free space or is convinced that his quality is so good that he can cross out somebody else.
Nearly all greater walls have writers or crews, who have legalized them at some moment in time, or who take care of them for such a long time that only these writers can give the license to spray. Anyone with a longer experience in spraying on legal walls knows, how fast the owner can change his mind and the surface becomes illegal again.
In fact specially Hamburg has a long tradition in this. Great legal "halls of fame" like Glomm or Pein & Pein who helped the old school to really go at it legally, turned illegal as the rubbish and tags grew excessively in the neighbouring streets.
Later on single writers or crews took care that under their responsibility chaos at and around the place were avoided.
A good example for this is the Stelling wall which was legalised at the end of the '80s by one writer and where my crew TCD and myself could create large murals for years on end.This wall especially was under the control of police and the city authorities, who had to authorize any paintings. It was situated directly at a big intersection of important cross-roads in Hamburg which thousands of motorists passed by each day, and it would have been an ideal place for publicity. But the police feared it would distract the motorists too strongly. So they refused any such demands from the big companies.
We were very happy that our pictures were considered not dangerous for the traffic and could plan and realize many big murals in regular intervals.
If other sprayers wanted to work there, conflicts would be avoided by prior discussion. It was self-understood that cans and rubbish were taken away, be it only to avoid that children or toys could cross the newly created pieces.
The Altona School is another example for large murals which were meticulously elaborated. The gymnastics hall served as exercising ground to a graffiti course early in the '90s. When the course finished, it was used by Hesh, Panik and Skena for further spraying. Time and again the pieces were crossed without authorization by others.
The concierge watches more and more as to who sprays there and also the director watches the tags which get more numerous every day. A number of times he intended to delegalize these surfaces.
After all, there is enough illegal space to fool around.



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