Jo Hempel

Gypsy Ska Orquesta – On Stage – Kult41


The Gypsy Ska Orquesta was back in Bonn

About a year after their sweaty concert in Cafe La Victoria the

Gypsy Ska Orquesta

took their Bus and came to Bonn for the first concert of their spring tour 2017.

Having a new album on board there is no need for seatbelts.

La Malevola, is a safty trip to hell,….if you do not like to move your feet, or shake your hips, throw your arms in the air, shout weired sounds, smile.

Heartfull band meets heartfull location at Kult41.

See you soon!




D’r Sound Kütt – a way of heartfull carnival Part II



Traditions are crucial for every social group and they are very relative

Good start for a article about an alternative carnival fiesta happening since some 12 years, d’r sound kütt, Reggae beats and similar music played by carnival loving but traditional carnival music disliking DJ’s.

12 years are a long time for being an alternative carnival event, what timespan is relevant to decide what is tradition and what not?

The conclusion might be, it is still alternative, because it does differ from most of the other parties and events happening in Bonn during the carnival and it is tradition, because 12 years is half of what is defined as a generation span and traditions are defined by generations…. right?

Further more it is a peaceful, mindful and non commercial event in the regular carnival madness.

Because of this it is quiet questionable why it is always treat as a bastard child by the Karneval Festausschuss (the association responsible for running the big carnival parade in Rosemonday) and the city of Bonn.

The answer is sad and excluding. The organisers of d’r sound kuett do like carnival, but they do not want to become part of the carnival Kluengel, the, sorry to say, kind of league of honourable gentle(wo)men rooted deep in all parts of city life. Without being in the Kluengel it might be hard for you to become major of the city, expand your business, build up contacts,… German style brotherhood.

Because they do not want to integrate themselves into this Klunegel d’r sound kuett has to handle strict rules like sound level regulations, bathroom rules and such, which are not enforced on the rest of the carnival events during the parade.

Because of this the party has been a official demonstration again this year, that had to end when 400 people where just becoming warm and cosy with the music.

What happened to the spirit of carnival that allowed you to once a year do what you want as long as nobody gets hurt????

Before you start taking a look at the pictures here is a number that shows the diverse way of handling rules during carnival: German law states that being organiser you need to provide 1 toilet for every 50 people coming to your event. 250000 people is the average number of guests on the rosemonday parade. By law the  Festausschuss being the organiser would have to set up 5000 toilets, to prevent people from peeing everywhere. The average number of toilets set up officially is round about 20. D#r sound kuett had 12, all paid by donations. Go figure!

Alaaf akbar again!



KültürKlüngel Orkestra – a way of heartfull carnival – Part I.

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Carnival in the rhineland, love it or leave it?

Many folks life by this mantra, being intimidated by 100983288 gallons of beer pured down from weired looking germans in silly costumes during shitty cold weather, in february. And what about this buring a puppet (the nubbel) at the end,  to get rid of all sins that might have accumulated during the days of Carnival, very medival, seems like burning a witch. Not nice….kind of.

But folks, do not forget, the many roots of Carnival, the many evolutions it went through the last hundrets of years, can be happily combined to a more cultural, freaky, funny, friendly way. Driving out the winterghosts, making fun of the high borns, critising social phenomenons, behaving awkward, dancing, singing, beeing creative, welcoming everybody.

Smiling I take a ride back at the 3th or even 4th „Viertelzug“ aka Kültürklüngel Orkestra aka „Peterstrassenganggetswicked“ as beeing a possible face of this colourfull, multicharacteristic, creative side of Carnival.

Take a look and come by next year, when people from all kinds of backgrounds find themselfs on the streets.

Alaaaf Akbar everybody!!!!,…. not to offend anyone, but during Carnival Alaaf, or Helau or Wuptika, or what ever the local shout out is up in the sky, so basicaly: Alaaaf is great everybody



Goulash Disko Festival – slow cooked analog trip

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Shot a lot of pictures.. but the analog ones still have the most Goulash Disko

Old lady Leica M3 is a bit slower, therefore we are getting to the quiet moments here. with cross processed anlaog pictures from Goulash Disko Festival.

The right thing to look at on a rainy autumn day, I guess, because if it gets fuzzy ouside, remember the good sunny days and take the mental sun with you all day.

Hope you do enjoy the little trip From Split to Goulash Disko Festival on Viz Island and back. If you find a favorite one…let me know.


have a shot – summer 2016

Summer is nearly coming to an end?!

A little cruel to start with this, but do not worry, the summer will be back and before a great autumn starts I share with you  various photographic works from the last 4 months. Enjoy!!!

Mongolia – digging temples and skateparcs

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it has been 14 years….digging in mongolia




And then you scroll trough your old files and find these bw scans, smile and remember. It was digging at Karakorum with the DAI, eating bots every day and finding natural herbs in the mountains, horseriding and dog playing, vast plains and acient remains.

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It was the time when to discover the great abondened skatepark in Ulan Bator/mongolia that led us to the 14 skater project „in search for the history of the mongolian skateparc“ in 2004, ending up with the book dirt ollies  and the film mongolian tyres .

Thanks to Juliane Schmidt for showing me the parc first time and to Prof. Dr. Hajo Huettel for accepting my participation with the Kaak/DAI project in Karakorum. Thanks to all the excavation team!


smoke on the water – DCxBright

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DCxBright Smoke on the water at Else Berlin

A little backflash on the DCxBright skatefiesta with #cashfortricks #JeruTheDamaja #DCskateteam. Nice to shoot skateboarding, music and party in one event again. Smoke on the water…..

Serious damage done to no one, hard tricks kicked, sound blasted. Good night good fight…. see you soon.


Lohse Rampe Skatecontest

Lohse Contest

A miracle happened at the Lohse Rampe Skatecontest

it was raining heavily the days before, so they had to skip the Skatecontest from saturday to sunday and it does rain every day since then.

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Stuttgards Stjepan Lovric flying high over collogn-ial grounds while the masses enjoy the sun

So whatever god had mercy for some poor little 4×4 rolling boards pilots, thank you for that wonderfull sunny day. You did get a fair reward as all the spectators did get a more then decent action jackson afternoon, with highspeed feebles and headhigh airs.

Yeah, we do miss the ladies contest here again…fucking stupids we are…but we have just been allways at the wrong spot for the right tricks, and you do not want to show a rock to faki, Because they to better with blunts and liens to tail…respect and sorry, next time.

So this is a boys issue again…. sunny boys in various poses, with danger in the mind and adrenalin in their veins (who knows what else)…

this years winner….

Lohse Contest

Kevin Wenzke – headhight ollie to fakie disaster bash and first place


Thank you Lohse crew for that afternoon.




the magic of analog – timetravel to egypt


SOME HATE IT – I LOVE IT …. analog timetraveling

Time passes and then you develop an analog film, you do not even know what is on it and it is like christmass… you know you will get presents, but are they any good?

Happens all the time, here are some rough scans back from last years winter in egypt…skate, art, nightlive, streetlife, obscurities

Rollei35, no light meter, no focus help… an analog weapon of choice



symtome of caring infront of your door – Signa


If not (by miracle) a brillinat genius surprises us with a new and supergreat idea, humas do react on signa.

Conclusion: „safetheblowup“ „viva victoria“ „LIZ-occupation“ and also the far away, in a country on the other side of the big mountains „Kaufhaus Bozen“ do react on a Signa.

And it seems like the Signa is not totaly welcome around. Shopping in big malls is not the Signa of daily interest, for shure not if there is rumors that reconstructing a whole neighborehood does go along with some rather dirty spitting in the handshakes.

How come some people did know 5 unofficial years before that the victoria Caree will be in the talks for remodeling. Supposingly the german bank does rate people working at the building authority with a similar security rating as terrorists, concerning the monitoring of their bank traffic…. and the authority in Bonn seems to have a very bad reputation.

But thats all rumors.

Fact is, a lot of people do stand up against a moneyhungry change of the face of the city and rather come up with own ideas…..

Here are some pictures of one of the last contra Signa events with a pro for brains on new signs. The Bluemchenknicker on stage