The Low Bros
LEILANNI X LOW BROS
The Low Bros are a dynamic duo – two brothers, Christoph and Florin Schmidt who live and work in Berlin. Together, they create these amazing graffiti murals that depict these magical, surreal worlds. Each one is a work of art. Their use of color and shapes combined with references to 80s and 90s surf, skate and hip hop culture is what drew me in. I fell in love with their cheeky humor and playful spirit. And of course, their rad animals with so much 'tude.
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PHOTOGRAPHY: RILEY STEWART / PROPS: CAITLIN DOHERTY/ STYLING: DIEGO ARMAND / HAIR & MAKEUP: KRISTJAN HAYDEN
The Low Bros is an artist duo, which is made up of brothers Christoph and Florin Schmidt. Their work most often centers around stylized animal characters with human features, and addresses graffiti, hip hop, skateboarding and other elements which influenced and shaped the artists’ youth in the 1980s and 1990s. Ambivalence with a wink – This is how the world of the Low Bros could be described thanks to many humorous details, which become apparent upon closer examination. It's a world where painted scenes are transformed into surreal places of wonder.
I wanted to know more about this talented team, The Low Bros – how they got started, their inspiration, working together as a duo and what advice they could pass along.
So we asked them a few questions:
1. How did you get started in graffiti art?
We think it's got do with Hip Hop culture as one of our main influences in our youth. Hip Hop relates to other fields than music like literature, sports and arts. So everybody interested in Hip Hop can pick up something where he feels he is talented. Our talent is to draw and paint, so it was a kind of natural thing to start with graffiti.
2. Were you good students in school?
Most of the time we were average students. But when we found a theme really interesting we became very good at it. Interesting topics have always been the best motivation.
3. What are your favourite things from 80s / 90s surf/ skate culture?
There are two particular skate videos from that time that we would like to point out: The Bones Brigade and Public Domain. Strangely enough we do not surf although in our family there are some surfers.
5. What were you like as children?
We went through different phases. At some times we were cheeky devils and at some times we were well- behaved and introverted. But we were always drawing and doing other creative things.
6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten?
We can't remember any really good advice. We think life gives you the best advices. When we made mistakes we learnt from them.
7. What was the biggest turning point and risk in your career?
It was when we decided to give up our solo careers and joined together as a duo. It was a certain risk to decide to make a living as a duo.
8. What advice would your 90-year-old self give you today or your younger self?
It would be: Look twice with whom you work, don't be too credulous.
9. What was it about this project that made you want to collaborate?
There were different reasons. On the one hand suits are a more interesting medium than for instance T- shirts or other graphic requests we sometimes get. On the other hand this is a small and enthusiastic project we wanted to support.
10. When you hear or see the word Yes! What comes to mind?
It reminds us of the satisfaction when we succeed in something. For instance when we manage a new skateboard trick. It describes the short feeling of surprise when you realize you have been successful.
11. Are there any tips you can give our young readers who want to start their own business, practice their own art or design, but are afraid to do so?
Low Bros! Thank you so much for taking part in this project and saying Yes! We appreciate all your time and lending your talents to our rad project!
You guys are super inspiring and we are excited for all your next projects.
You can find the Low Bros work here: