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CLOTHES MAKE PEOPLE: Graffiti - works of art and illegal nuisance

20.05.2021 | 17:02 Clock | People
CLOTHES MAKE PEOPLE: Graffiti - works of art and illegal nuisance
CLOTHES MAKE PEOPLE: Graffiti - works of art and illegal nuisance

In Frankfurt there are some really great graffiti and large murals. With them, it is clear that these are real works of art. At their best, graffiti are creative and individual facade paintings. These can even be commissioned and help to beautify drab, grey walls. Many innovative, colourful and expressive projects have already been created as a result. The sprayed works are emblazoned in large format on house walls, bridges or underground stations and demonstrate their impressive aesthetic range. In the Main metropolis there are areas in the city for Frankfurt graffiti artists that can be used legally. Here they can let off steam and be artistically active. In our blog we have introduced you to some of these works in more detail as part of a city walk.

But there are not only the many positive examples. Because not all sprayers stay in designated areas. Especially in residential areas, illegal applied writing on house walls are annoying for the owners and costly to remove. Ercan Kökten (38J) is an operations manager at FFR, a subsidiary of Frankfurter Entsorgungs- und Service GmbH (FES) and is responsible for the chemical or mechanical removal of unwanted graffiti. Kökten and his colleagues at FFR know that there is no universal method for removing graffiti. That is why they advise and find an individual solution. Kökten: "It depends on the condition, material and property of the sprayed surface just as much as on the material of the graffiti. Whether it's spray paint or felt marker, we get rid of it after assessing it with blasting equipment or high-pressure cleaners. Before that, chemical cleaning agents are sometimes used". Ercan Kökten, a trained two-wheeler technician, has been with FFR since 2010. He is married and has two children (10 and 14 years). In his spare time, he likes to wrench on motorcycles.

For the photo shoot of the campaign "Clothes make the man", he now traded in his protective suit, safety shoes and mask for a chic beige pinstripe suit by tailor Stephan Görner. "In the campaign, we present extraordinary professions and the people behind them. Recognition, appreciation and respect are the focus. We show the people who otherwise ensure that the city remains safe and clean in safety suits, smocks or protective gear," says Görner. They are first photographed authentically at their workplaces and then artistically in suits or costumes by photographer Daniel Baldus. This always results in really great photos.

Since 2015, tailor Stephan Görner and event specialist Sven Müller have always presented new professional groups. On 22 January 2022, Ercan Kökten will then also be allowed to walk the red carpet in his tailor-made suit at the Hotel Kempinski Gravenbruch. On this day, the charity gala "Kleider machen Leute" will take place, where he and his extraordinary profession will be presented to 300 guests - if the pandemic allows it again.

More info about the campaign can be found at:

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