Last week I was in Germany for the first leg of London Vs. Hamburg, part of the Secret Wars Euro League sponsored by G-Shock. The Secret Wars Euro League sees 17 teams from across the continent face off for the chance to be crowned kings of the Euro art scene. Each team is given a white wall, a handful of Edding marker pens and 90 minutes on the clock to complete their best piece of artwork.
None of the London team were particularly phased by what lay ahead for them that evening, with the team’s three representatives, Wen, Flawn, and Mr Gauky, each as confident as the other about crushing the German opposition.
By the time the event kicked off, Hamburg’s Embassy Club was already packed full of the home team’s supporters, with the London team’s support representing nothing but a mere fraction of the crowd in attendance. 90 minutes counted down on the G-Shock wall timer and things got underway fairly rapidly. Teck, the team’s self proclaimed “concept king” was on hand to direct the artists while each of team London’s 3 members got off to a quick start on their respective sections.
As time ticked by there was certainly no clear winner. The teams filled their canvases with illustrations and as many jokes as they could squeeze in. Crowd support was clearly in favour of the Hamburg team, but this didn’t seem to be an issue for the Londoners as they stormed their way across the wall. 90 minutes later, time was up and the teams shook hands, exchanged hugs and eagerly awaited the result whilst enjoying the sounds of UK Beatbox Champion Reeps One. Hamburg’s ‘After Eight’ piece took the crowd vote and one of two judge votes, making them the victors of the evening’s battle, with London’s ‘Der teufel steckt im detail’ earning them at least a single point in the battle.
The saga continues with London vs. Cardiff at The Book Club on April 16th, where team London will hope to gain those much needed points, allowing them to pass on to the next round. For more information on the next event, check out the Secret Wars website.