Antimimosa x Levi's Buttenheim

Berlin-Based Artist's Collaboration with Levi's

In the heart of Mitte

1. Hey! Thanks for joining us today. Could you give us an overview of your artistic background?

I started drawing when I could barely hold a pen. During my highschool years, I realized that my talent doesn't lay in math or chemistry, but in using colors to create visions from my imagination. That's why I studied illustration and design for four years at AID Berlin and am now working as a full-time freelancer for almost 2 years now.

2. How did you come to create this incredible Levi's mural?

As a feminist who loves intelligent design, vintage thrifting and streetwear clothing, I'm always curious about how I would orchestrate a brand design assignment. It's vital to me to use my artistic expression as a medium of empowerment and fight against unnecessary beauty standards and stereotypes, and promote positive values and principles. I was more than happy when Levi's reached out to me, even though I almost overlooked their sweet message on Instagram. (Kids, always check your message requests!) They gave me all the freedom to create this huge mural and I couldn't be more thankful for it.

3. Can you tell us about your artistic style and how it has evolved? 

For a long time, I couldn't decide which style suits me best. I was changing it back and forth and struggled to keep it consistent. I didn't know that I needed a certain belief to become who I am today. Soon after I got deeply involved in the world of feminism, amazing queer artists, and strong empowered souls, I transformed into the artist that I always wanted to be. Powerful, colorful and always a bit provocative, matching my beloved figures.

4. Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration when I'm walking through thrift stores, talking with my best friends, reading the news, or the good ol' Instagram scroll. Sometimes, ideas pop up randomly in my head and I'm like, "where the hell are you coming from?" and sometimes it gets quiet and I know it doesn't matter how hard I try to get inspired, I should take a break and make some coffee.

5. What does your everyday look like?

Every morning starts with my hand brew ritual, followed by cleaning up and creating a new mess at the same time. Then, I get lost for the next couple hours drawing and creating. If I have enough energy left, I'll go straight to my favorite boulder places in Berlin. I've been climbing for the past 4 years and it's one of the things that keeps me grounded.

6. What's one piece of advice that you have received that has helped you?

"It took time, a lot of practice, and hard work for many years to get creative things done quickly - get paid for your knowledge too and not only your time."

7. What's a local Berlin artist that you think everyone should know?

Shout out to @robertgretenkort, @humble_wriderz, @everything_is_irie, and @janoschjansen - you ROCK! Last but not least, one of my all time favorite local based artists: @felix.bork!

Discover more about Antimimosa on her Instagram and website.