Secret Wars in Stockholm...............CHECK!
What a roller coaster ride it's been, but now the first ever Secret Wars event in Stockholm is done and (saw)dusted - and yes, anoooother smashing success!!
Bad-ass tattoo guys SALONG BETONG challenged MONOREX to a 2-on-2 battle and threw a massive party right in the centre of the very centre of Stockholm to frame the event!
The musical line-up included among others: the Salazar brothers, Näääk and the banned rap group Kartellen (first ever gig in their home town..). Sadly our own tongue twister Reeps One got stuck in Sheffield and didn't make it.
Doing the first ever SW in a new city always adds a certain buzz. Not knowing how a brand new crowd will respond can be nerve wrecking, but I can't think of a single time it hasn't been instant love!
The preparations are the same though.. hammer, saw and roller - never leave Secret Wars HQ without them!
The ol' dynamic duo DiscoTeck & Jimi Crayon represented Team Monorex against Felix & Bleckan, two very interesting and up-and-coming tattoo artists. The match up would turn out to be very exciting as Salong Betong went for a very stylish and clean approach, while Monorex put more emphasis on details and concept.. (yes, the piece was hiiiilarious!).
Both teams were quick and had no problem in finishing on time. Everyone knew it was a close one and as the first judge got up on stage I was quietly hoping for us to sneak an away win..
Well respected cartoonist Kim W Andersson scored the bout as a Monorex win, 1-0 to the away boys!
The crowd was really into it at this stage and when it was time for the decibel count they didn't hold back - Salong Betong got a crazy scream...1-1
Last judge was Linda Skugge, famous writer and critic. She said it was a hard choice but she liked the style of Salong Betong better.. 2-1 to the new boys! Congratulations and well done guys, looking forward to seeing plenty of your skills in the future.
The audience was really mixed and we love reaching out to new groups of people. This time we even had two groups of leather clad, short-sleeved men with a common two wheel-hobby.. Art unites people!!
Big thanks to Filip/Reebok, Matthias/Kingsize, the staff at Kolingsborg, all the guys and girls at Salong Betong, everyone who performed, everyone who helped out and of course..everyone who showed up and partied with us!!
Photos by Linda Skugge and Daniel Wakeham.. Proper PRO Pics up tomorrow!