Banksy fan? You can soon buy his artwork for cheap

Banksy fan? You can soon buy his artwork for cheap

Banksy is something of an enigma in the art world – and not just because no average Joe knows his true identity. His heavy-handed imagery and symbolism, and constant political/cultural commentary, have both thrilled and divided art enthusiasts from London to New York to China. He has a mission. He has a statement he’d like to make and he makes it, loud and clear and easy to understand, again and again. But this isn’t meant to be a review, or even a comment, on his art. Nor of his bravado. Nor is it really a discussion about the phenomenon that has led to Banksy’s art pieces selling for millions of dollars, “Save Banksy” campaigns (watch an example in the video below) and his rabid, cult-like following. We just wanted you to know that you will soon be able to own some of Banksy’s latest artwork at a much, much lower price point than the 6+ figures it has recently been selling for. If (and it’s a big “if”) you head to the West Bank, to Bethlehem. This is also where the artist’s controversial hotel stands. “The Walled Off Hotel,” as an apparent commentary on Israel and Palestine’s strained (to put it lightly) relationship, and the wall that splits the holiest of cities into two, offers the “Worst View in the World” (you can buy a t-shirt there that says so). The gift shop will be located at the back of the hotel (not to be confused with the Banksy-themed store that opened up across the street in an attempt to capitalize on the artist’s celebrity).   Interestingly, it stands in...
A Minnesotan in Freiburg

A Minnesotan in Freiburg

Germany is not the tropical getaway normally associated with winter vacations. But here we are (and 40° is certainly better than -21). And those who enjoy St. Paul’s Winter Carnival, Minneapolis’ Holidazzle, and the holiday celebrations around the rest of the state will certainly appreciate the beauty and enthusiasm of Xmas in Germany. Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsmarkts) are a staple of the holiday season, filling the streets with roasted chestnuts and candied almonds, hot plates of food passed over counters, warm, mulled wine (Glühwein) steaming into the cold air, toys, gifts, and so much more. But they aren’t the only reason to visit. Frieburg, Germany German efficiency is a real thing. The apartment in Frieburg is 350 sq. ft. and yet is comfortable, with plenty of space for all basic needs. Bakeries, grocery stores, restaurants, shopping are all within walking distance. The narrow streets make way for pedestrian, bike, car, bus, and streetcar traffic. The city is old, ancient by U.S. standards (founded in 1120), and yet has integrated into modernity almost seamlessly – the city feels more forward than almost every American city of similar size. The biggest difference, perhaps, is that the city is not built for cars. It couldn’t be, of course, as this and most other German cities were designed long, long before Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler were a twinkle in anyone’s eye. But the adage of “If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places,” certainly holds true. It’s a dense and lively cityscape, walkable the whole way through,...
Things to avoid when traveling: BBG Communications

Things to avoid when traveling: BBG Communications

You’re in the airport of a country not your own. People in a hurry all around you are speaking a language you don’t recognize. You’re jet-lagged, tired beyond belief. You need to make a phone call, to hear a familiar, friendly voice. But your cell phone doesn’t work here, or it died sometime during the plane, train, or automobile ride. What do you do? TiltMN is here to help fellow explorers avoid the pitfalls of traveling to new lands. There are countless companies, people, and places looking to take advantage of a traveler’s wants, needs and emergencies. In this installment, we talk about one company in particular: BBG Communications. BBG Communications BBG Communications is a telecommunications company that preys on tourists lost in foreign airports and hotels. Take Sam**, for example, who used a payphone at the international airport in Frankfurt Germany after the airline lost her luggage on the flight over. She used the payphone twice using her credit card to call the person she was supposed to meet, with no answer. The calls lasted less than thirty seconds apiece. **name changed due to ongoing litigation with the company. Charges from BBG Luxembourg for the two calls appeared on her bank statement the next day. Ridiculous rates vary, but BBG Luxembourg was more than happy to connect those less-than-a-minute phone calls for $30 each. That’s $60, and the calls weren’t even completed. You won’t have any idea of what you’re paying; no price quote or options are given beforehand. There is no option to accept or decline the charges, either. You simply swipe your card, make your call, and...
2016 Olympic Games: Minnesotans in Rio

2016 Olympic Games: Minnesotans in Rio

Minnesota, known more for winter sports, is well-represented in the 2016 Summer Olympic games. The Olympic Games are back. Just two years after hosting the World Cup, the eyes of the world’s sports enthusiasts will once again be on Brazil. Well, the games haven’t even begun and they already have been, as everything from water contamination to the country’s socioeconomic policies have been under intense international scrutiny. But the dreams of nearly a dozen Minnesotans will be made this summer. This competition, the word’s largest display of international might and athleticism, is what these athletes have worked for their entire lives. Here are the Minnesotans travelling to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The world-champion Minnesota Lynx are sending half of their team (not actually, but it seems like it), with Seimone Augustus, Lindsey Whalen, Maya More, and Sylvia Fowles, as well as coach Cheryl Reeve, all have spots on the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team. Augustus and Fowles both won Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012, and Whalen and Moore joined them for the 2012 games. Coach Reeve is the only first-timer. There a couple of Minnesotans hitting the rugby field as well. Garrett Bender, a forward with the Men’s Eagles Sevens on the men’s team, and Katie Johnson, a center with the Twin Cities Amazons W.R.C. will play with the women. Neither player has prior Olympic experience. Paula Lynn Obanana women’s doubles badminton player from St. Paul, ranked 29th in the world, will represent the U.S. in Doubles Badminton U of M grad, and 14 time All-American, David Plummer will swim the 100-meter backstroke in his first Olympic appearance. Megan Kalmoe, originally from Minneapolis, will be...