... Berghain’s most famous bouncer, stares in silence as I stroll past him to begin my shameful, shirtless walk home. The imposing hard music sanctuary blares out hypnotic techno with some people choosing not to see the light of day over the duration of a typical Friday-to-Monday clubbing marathon. So I’d wear them everywhere, even when I went to the supermarket. From award-winning writing and photography to binge-ready videos to electric live events, GQ meets millions of modern men where they live, creating the moments that create conversations. -Because there’s already too much hype, and the club doesn’t need any more tourists. The club evolved from the gay scene in Berlin in the nineties. You grew up in East Berlin, and Berghain itself seems to be a very East German sort of place—it specializes in minimalist German techno, it exists in a massive East German power station. But really, black just happens to be in fashion with the new generation, too. One of Berlin’s best known clubs, Berghain, recently fired a member of its security staff after a partygoer made a formal complaint. That would be this man, Sven Marquardt, 52, who has run security at the club since it first opened in 2004. When you say you teach them "what Berghain is all about," what do you mean, then?I feel like I have a responsibility to make Berghain a safe place for people who come purely to enjoy the music and celebrate—to preserve it as a place where people can forget about space and time for a little while and enjoy themselves. Despite your club work, you don’t photograph nightlife or street fashion. Myself, I only started using the Internet three years ago. Up until then people had to fax me. There was a whorehouse in the front, and the club was in the back, called "Suicides." Nico Limo, who identifies as … He may be the only bouncer in the world who has also done a menswear collaboration with Hugo Boss. My colleagues read the stuff that’s posted and sometimes share it with me, and we joke about it. The company that runs Berghain is still called Ostgut GmbH, in fact. Thanks to its extravagant atmosphere and its groundbreaking sounds, the club has won a rare and unique fame, deserving, a few days ago, that the stolen drinks were offered for sale on eBay. That’s the theme in any good club: diversity, friction. Special thanks to Damian Kastil and Daniel Regut. But at the same time there was a punk and new-wave scene rising up in Prenzlauer Berg [a residential neighborhood in East Berlin]; all these kids spiking up their hair and wearing eyeliner. The first permanent doorman job I had was at a building called Bienenkorb [Beehive]. - See 940 traveler reviews, 107 candid photos, and great deals for Berlin, Germany, at Tripadvisor. My people all have their own personalities, and you can see their sensibilities reflected in the crowd over the course of their shifts. By Burt Hel m. July 25, 2015 When was the last time you got a new tattoo?Just two days ago, seriously. In addition to being the world's most famous bouncer, the East Berlin native is also an accomplished photographer who has exhibited his work in numerous locations around the world. After this interview with you, I’m headed to the Hackesche Höfe [a commercial area in Berlin], where I’m shooting some photos for Jan-Henrik Scheper-Stuke, a menswear designer who used to own a fashion label called Edsor Kronen that specialized in ties, bow ties, and handkerchiefs. Recently, we sat down with Marquardt at a coffee shop in Berlin, where, through a translator, he talked about his photography, his personal style, and, somewhat reluctantly, what it takes to get into Berghain. It would feel less tolerant, too. They’re just not my style. You always want friction, though. People opposed the dictatorship and wanted to somehow express their point of view. For example, there was a time when I really loved bow ties—just the way they looked against my face tattoos. Sven Marquardt is probably the most famous doorman in the world. For more on Berghain, here are28 tips on how to get past the bouncers, a Palace t-shirt paying homage to those who have been denied and a virtual reality game for people that want to know what it's like to face the bouncer. I was completely sucked into it. It’s not only what you wear! Only a few of my guys are allowed to select guests at the door. Berlins Techno Club Berghain is known to be a people magnet, and for long, it has been the talk of the town. Berghain, housed in an old power plant on the border between the Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg districts, will from 9 September show works produced during the Covid-19 lockdown by 85 Berlin-based artists, including established figures such as Olafur Eliasson, Tacita Dean and Wolfgang Tillmans and younger names such as Shirin Sabahi, Christine Sun Kim and Sandra Mujinga. At some point I started working for a party called Ostgut—it was a gay fetish party—and that moved around for a while, and at a certain point moved into the power station and became Berghain.
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