The underground line U8 in Berlin is the German capital's most frequented drug lane for heroine. Police and politics seem to be helpless to fight this problem as long the dealers are eleven year-old kids. Having been brought to Germany from countries such as the Lebanon they are too young to be arrested or taken to court.
For the German magazine “Neon” Patrick Bauer and I tried to get a deeper look into the daily business life of those kids. How does it feel like working all day long in the underground, how do they deal with the junkies and how with the police? How does the system work which abuses them? Is there a tiny leftover of childish cuteness and innocence or are they as serious drug dealers as their bosses?
To start with we went underground and secretely researched for days in the tube and its surroundings. Patrick tried to find some guys who weren’t too afraid of speaking and I did loads of on-location scribbles.
After the kids got nervous and thought we were undercover police agents, alerting themselves with secret signs, I stopped my research and discussed a selection of over 40 scribbles with the magazine's art director Jonas Natterer. After deciding on five of those sketches I reworked them in my studio and created the final artwork with ink.
So, here's what it loos like in this month's issue:
Read the full story in the Neon Magazine's December issue.