Bene Rohlmann is prolific illustrator and designer based in Berlin, Germany. His colorful, eye-catching illustrations are often influenced by art from Mayan, Incan, Aztec, and other ancient civilizations. Combined with Bene's affinity for skulls, butterflies, and plants, these influences imbue Bene's designs with an almost mystical quality.
Bene, however, takes a more relaxed approach to his work, saying in an interview with Blackwater Studios "Sometimes they (clients and/or fans) tell me their own interpretation, which is interesting because it’s almost always completely different from what I had in mind. There’s often no deeper meaning in my illustrations, but some people keep searching for one and they try to make sense out of it. I like that!"
Bene's work has been featured on a wide range of mediums, from concert posters for Phish and Khruangbin to article illustrations for the New Yorker. Bene's work has also appeared in Variety, GQ, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone. BANDITS is honored to team up with this incredible artist and help to introduce his work to a new audience!
THE DESIGN: "INSOMNIA"
In considering the "Festival" theme, what came to mind for Bene was joy, dancing, drugs, easiness, sleepiness, and fireworks. This design somehow captures the energy of all these experiences into one vibrant, frenetic scene inspired by ceremony and celebration from all around the world.
Evoking vintage Japanese cartoons and product labeling, the characters at the top of the design read "Insomnia," and serve as a tacit narrative of the fever dream unfolding below. Drawing on themes and characters pervasive in his concert poster work - Bene's bold design is a nod to the music, the energy, and the color that make up the "Festival" experience.
THE CHARITY: BERLINER OBDACHLOSENHILFE E.V. ("BERLIN HOMELESS HELP" - BERLIN, GERMANY)
Berliner Obdachlosenhilfe E.V. (or "Berlin Homeless Help" in English) is a nonprofit organization that leads and organizes what they call "helping tours" on the streets of Berlin. On these tours, the organization staff and volunteers visit targeted areas in the city to homeless and at-risk individuals with warm meals, water, coffee, tea, fruit, sandwiches, clothing, sleeping bags, and camping mats. Since 2013, BOE has organized several weekly tours in hopes of making life easier for the most disadvantaged communities in the city.
Following a motto of "helping is easy," BOE beautifully enlists support from all over the city to help with their mission. The food that BOE provides is all prepared from groceries donated by individuals or by local restaurants and hotels. The clothing, sleeping bags, and camping mats also come from local donations or are purchased with donated money.
In addition to the food and supplies they provide, BOE also collects information about free clinics, emergency shelters, soup kitchen, detox centers, psychiatric clinics, and other helping institutions in order to act as an advisory resource for the individuals and communities they serve.