WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR…
Happy Tom, founding member of TURBONEGRO and their (drummer and) bass player, had the idea of a TURBOJUGEND. In the mid-nineties, TURBONEGRO granted TURBOJUGEND diplomas to their most fanatic fans. A few years later, rock’n’roll enthusiasts from Hamburg, Germany founded TURBOJUGEND ST. PAULI, the first chapter of the TURBOJUGEND as we know it today. Since this time, St. Pauli has been the epicenter of the TURBOJUGEND. In the last two decades, the TURBOJUGEND has grown into a global rock’n’roll community with over 3500 chapters all over the world. From Tromso to Melbourne and from San Francisco to Tokyo, there is hardly any place where the TURBOJUGEND is not represented.
In 2012, PAUL MÜLLER-RODE, a photographer from Hamburg, took pictures at WETTURBOJUGENDTAGE VIII, the annual meeting of the worldwide TURBOJUGEND. He created a colorful documentation of the TURBOJUGEND that has been presented on various occasions.
At WELTTURBOJUGENDTAGE IX, the artist MIROSLAV MENSCHENKIND continued this documentation and included the TURBOJUGEND in his “SOFA STORIES” project. In his role of SIR POLARIOT, the Minister of Propaganda for TURBOJUGEND ST. PAULI, he shot pictures of the TURBOJUGEND on his sofa. It goes without saying that the TURBOJUGEND loved to pose on SIR POLARIOT’S sofa.
Shortly after, SIR POLARIOT had the idea for his “FACE THE JUGEND” project. In the last years, he has refined his idea and is now ready to start his photography world invasion. His mission is straightforward and well defined: he wants to capture the worldwide Turbojugend in photos.
In order to accomplish his mission, SIR POLARIOT will travel the world and take pictures of the diverse members of the TURBOJUGEND. In May 2015 he started his photographic journey in the epicenter of the TURBOJUGEND, Hamburg. FAMILY FIRST shows the first pictures, which where taken at the SCHLEMMERECK. The first tour brought him through Germany. BOCHUM, GEMMERICH, FRANKFURT and MUNICH were his destinations. Afterwards he did the first international trip to FINLAND, before the WELTTURBOJUGENDTAGE XI took place in Hamburg.
At all these spots he got help from a lot of friendly Jugendliche. Without this nothing would have worked out as well as it did. To keep this project running, he still needs your support: SIR POLARIOT can realize his “FACE THE JUGEND” project only with the help of the global TURBOJUGEND.
HOW WILL IT WORK?
We will continue organize tours to TURBOJUGEND chapters. On this tours, SIR POLARIOT will visit your TURBOJUGEND and document your chapter on a location that is related to your TURBOJUGEND history. This location can be anything related to your chapter: your home, your favorite bar, a sports arena, a whore house, a church, etc. The pictures will be shown on this website.
In addition, SIR POLRIOT will take portraits of you, which you will sign with your warrior name and chapter name. The portraits will be also shown on this website in a special format.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Please CONTACT us if you or your chapter is interested in being represented on “FACE THE JUGEND”. SIR POLARIOT and you will then go with the flow. For 2016 we will be working on a tour through the USA and Scandinavia. At the moment there is also a big interest to go to Australia. But our budget is limited and we have to take it one step at a time.
If you want to help, just have a look at the SUPPORT SHOP. On tour you can also help by providing accommodation or a meal or by motivating your friends in participating in “FACE THE JUGEND”.
WHAT WILL BE THE RESULT?
In addition to the picture documentation on this website, we have various ideas. Which ideas we can realize depend on our funding which we are working on right now. We are thinking about a picture book, a yearbook, a travel diary, or – our most favorite idea – a sticker album which would allow you to collect pictures of the TURBOJUGEND. Who would trade stickers of soccer players, if he could trade pictures of the TURBOJUGEND?
CAN I GET A COPY OF THE PICTURES?
Of course! All pictures SIR POLARIOT took or will take during his tour can be ordered afterwards. We will use any profit from selling pictures to fund the tour and are grateful in advance for any support you might provide.
PLEASE, DON´T STEAL THE PICTURES. It takes seconds to make a digital copy and post the pictures somewhere in the social media, but have you ever thought about, how much time it took to create all of this? How much time it takes to drive around and take all the pictures? How much time it takes to work on the pictures, write the articles and post them on this website? And at the end, what do you think how expensive the technical part has been to make all of this possible? So please, respect the artist and his work.
FTJ, Hamburg AUGUST, 10th 2015