What's it all about?

What's it all about and what is the "Dirty Dozen"?

"The Dirty Dozen" is a changing compilation of artists who once a year create a public space together as part of a non-commercial project.

The idea for this action originally arose after the city of Frankfurt had released a space to be designed by organizer, but he alone would have had a lot to do with that. And so the idea came up to bring artists together and to make a project out of it, which in the meantime is repeated annually.

Since then a dozen artists with different styles from Germany and other countries come together in Frankfurt as the "Dirty Dozen" to work together and to create a large mural according to a motto, in order to revalue a corner of the city, have a good time and bring artists from Germany and abroad together. In addition, unknown (up-and-coming) artists will always be invited to each event in order to give them the opportunity to work together with well known artists and to exchange ideas.

Interested parties are always welcome to come by, watch and ask questions.


Why did you choose this name?

A dozen writers and the prejudice that writers are dirty slobs and "The Dirty Dozen" is complete.
But with that action we want to show that we aren't dirty by any means, even if your trousers, jackets, gloves, fingers and shoes are often splattered with colors. 

Since many years, graffiti has been part of the global cityscape, and of course in Frankfurt as well. Partly commissioned, mostly not, the pictures and messages polarize on the walls and on the trains. However, this phenomenon hardly ends up in public discussions. Thus we try to build bridges and create new perspectives for supporters and opponents. Our approach will certainly not tear down all barriers and remove prejudices so quickly. But we hope to be able to give important suggestions.

In the meantime the number of 12 artists


Could this action be repeated in my city?

The first actions have taken place in Frankfurt am Main, but are not limited to this city. We also like to paint anywhere else.
If you have the opinion that an area in your city needs a new coat of paint and you have or know an appropriate area that can be designed, simply send us an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .