the art of the story

„After the Storm“

Nach dem Sturm

the story of

Richard Edel

I was in the Navy from 1986 to ’90. Back then, we were the second-fastest unit on the Baltic Sea with four times 3200 horsepower. That was a hell of a ship. It was fun. I was a so-called “Signäler” (signalman), i.e. I operated the radiotelephony. I can still get most of the Morse code together, and I can still recognize most of the flags.

After my military service, I worked as a courier driver. One day I crashed a new Passat station wagon into a parked truck with a blood alcohol level of 2.1. The damage was 13,800 marks. I never actually drank alcohol when I was driving. But there were three of us at a concert in the Große Freiheit, and the driver had met a woman, shoved the key into my hand, and took off. And so I stupidly got behind the wheel. That was it with my driver’s license and my job as a courier driver. I then started an apprenticeship as an electrician but didn’t finish it.

At that time I was already smoking weed. Then I got in touch with people who did coke. And that was the beginning of my story about hard drugs. At some point I tried heroin and entered the classic career: with small possession offenses and fare evasion. In jail, out of jail, heroin again, homeless, and living under a bridge or somewhere with no wind.

In prison, I had the idea for a science fiction novel. Because I had trouble sleeping and was bored, I started to write down this idea. After my release, the manuscript, unfortunately, got lost. So I started again during my next stay in jail. Now it’s on my laptop and about a third of the way through. I’m at just under 80 pages. It’s a cool story. Let’s see if it will ever completely finish. But I’m getting there.

Anyway, when I got out of prison, I started selling Hinz&Kunzt out of necessity. But I was a drug addict. Which meant I couldn’t stand around and wait for customers to come. So I spent eight to 14 hours almost every day in restaurants and pubs in the Lange Reihe, financing my consumption and food and so on. Later I managed a supported rehab. And eventually, I found an apartment again.

Now my life includes a wife! Moni and I are married not by the state and the church, but by us. I met my Moni at bowling and through music. I used to go to her house on Sundays, sit at her laptop, and download music. Music-wise, I’m a child of the 1980s. Queen and Pink Floyd are great heroes – and I’m a die-hard Prince fan. Meanwhile, we were talking and became closer. Now we live together and are married. For us.

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Text: Sybille Arendt
Foto: Mauricio Bustamante

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Am 22. November wurde ein Teil der Homeless Gallery zusammen mit zahlreichen Kunstwerken und Auktionslosen, die namhafte Künstler*innen gespendet hatten, versteigert. Mehr als 40.000 Euro kamen an diesem Abend für das Straßenmagazin Hinz&Kunzt zusammen.


Die Werke der Homeless Gallery, die im Rahmen der Auktion aufgrund der Vielzahl nicht unter den Hammer kommen konnten, können ab sofort über einen Auktions-Nachverkauf erworben werden.

Jedes Bild aus der Homeless Gallery ist ein Unikat, zu dem es ein Echtheitszertifikat gibt. Alle Erlöse des Nachverkaufs fließen vollständig an Hinz&Kunzt, die gemeinsam mit einer Hamburger Stiftung neuen Wohnraum für Obdachlose schaffen.

„Wir freuen uns sehr, über das große Interesse an der Homeless Gallery und den Lebensgeschichten ihrer Künstlerinnen und Künstler”, sagt Hinz&Kunzt Geschäftsführer Jörn Sturm. „Es zeigt, dass wir mit der Ausstellung einen Nerv getroffen haben und dass die Menschen unseren Einsatz für Obdach- und Wohnungslose schätzen. Natürlich sind wir sehr glücklich über den Erlös, den die Versteigerung eingebracht hat, und möchten uns herzlich bei allen Besucher*innen, Mitbietenden und Käufer*innen bedanken.”

Auch eine kleine Auswahl an weiteren Kunstwerken kann noch erworben werden. Der Nachverkauf-Katalog ist hier zu finden: