Founded in 2008, From Here to Fame Publishing is the brain child of Akim Walta and Don Karl. We are situated in the Hip Hop Stützpunkt (Headquarters) in the Berlin neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg. In addition, the Stützpunkt hosts the Common Ground Gallery, which is one of our From Here To Fame Publishing side ventures.
At From Here to Fame Publishing our roots are firmly set in urban culture. Not only do we produce literature about graffiti, street art, design, Hip Hop and the scenes and phenomena that surround it, we live it. Our team comprises of an international, assortment of urban culture activists, with backgrounds in graffiti writing, art & design, scene involvement and documentation. The initial idea was to create engaging and relevant books “from writers, for writers” that document and preserve graffiti history and legends at work. Inspired by how expressions of urban art evolved, this concept expanded in time to include all areas of urban culture, art, typography and design. All of our publications are collaborations with international artists, writers and researchers who have been personally involved in shaping or documenting the development of their respective scenes. The relationships formed with many of these artists and activists have been nurtured by individual members of our team throughout more than twenty-five years of involvement in the global urban art movement and through numerous off shoot cultural projects, exhibitions, and publications. This inside perspective not only gives us our edge, it means that our readers get the lowdown directly from the source. Through our collective experience and knowledge we promote the history, development and influence of these urban cultures in our society—with a keen focus on a young generation that is learning from its beginnings, and contributing to its future.
Author & Partner: Alain "KET" Maridueña, New York City
Author & Editor: Amber Grünhäuser, Berlin
Text Editor: Joy Hawley, Berlin
Sales & Marketing: Inga Dehl, Berlin
Graphic Design: Daniel Knorn, Stephan Wilke, Berlin
Fairs & Logistic: Gregor Siegel, Berlin
Akim Walta aka Zebster is a graffiti writer, music producer (ZEB.ROC.SKI), historian and organizer of international Hip Hop projects. Zebster is well-known in the Hip Hop community for his efforts to spread the culture around the world. He began breaking and writing graffiti in the early 80s and is considered one of the top European writers of the era. In 1990, he started the On The Run Graffiti Magazine, by 1992 he founded the Hip Hop label MZEE Records and later in 1995 he co-founded From Here To Fame as a Hip Hop network company. He is the author of "Graffiti Art Germany" (1994) and producer of the world-renowned bestseller "Hip Hop Files". In 2007, he founded the Hip Hop Stützpunkt in Berlin and is currently curating cultural projects in China and India.
Don Karl aka Stone is a graffiti writer, author and publisher. He started to write graffiti in 1983, as one of the first writers in Germany. In 1986, he published his first book on train writing “Die Züge gehören uns” (The trains belong to us) with Heyne Verlag. Numerous books and articles have followed since. Over the years, he has participated in and curated various international urban art exhibitions and projects, such as Cubabrasil. He works with artists from around the world and recently initiated a project called “Arabic Graffiti” in the Middle East. Stone has extensive professional experience as a publisher and currently runs From Here To Fame Publishing and the Common Ground Gallery in Berlin.