If you’ve ever been to Berlin in the past as It’s pretty much inevitable that you’ll come across a graffiti piece by Berlin’s 1UP Crew. Cool with us if you didn’t recognize their tag and bombing technique, but the movie One United Power is going to change that.
1UP Crew, Berlin’s most infamous train writers and bombers, started in 2003 and the sheer numbers of pictures the anonymous crew left around the city is stunning. You’ll find them on house walls, public buildings, U-Bahn-trains, truck beds, rooftops – everywhere.
With the movie One United Power, 1UP Crew now builds on its worldwide legacy. As we as already pointed out, Berlin’s graffiti scene has a long and rich history, and 1UP Crew are a big part of this. ‘One United Power’ is the essence of their contribution to the scene. Running to over four hours it is much more than a documentary, it’s more like a monographic show. And in terms of general look and feel, it’s dirty.
Eight years in the making, the double DVD was just released and consists of the Berlin-centred main movie and an additional 11-part worldwide travel documentary – all German, although the DVD comes with subtitles in nine languages.
Now, 1UP Crew have decided to leak their film to the public. You can watch the main movie on YouTube below, though this version comes without subtitles. 1UP Crew are well-organized city art guerilla. Others will call this vandalism – we won’t.
Published December 21, 2011.