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Out & about in Amsterdam: ‘Painter’, the new book of Niels Shoe Meulman. The founder of calligraffiti in Holland.

8 November 2012

Book signing by Niels Shoe Meulman!

Niels who? Calli what? Ok, for some of you Niels Shoe Meulman is an artist yet to be discovered. In the graffiti and calligraffiti scene he is a big name. Calligraffiti is the combination of calligraphy and graffiti. Niels Shoe Meulman: “Calligraphy is about the art of writing and can have many forms. Graffiti is the art of getting your (pseudo) name up in an urban environment.” The result is what you see in the picture above I

spotted at calligraffiti.nl! Pretty cool.

“Opposites attract” says Niels Shoe Meulman!

In his new book ‘Painter’, Niels Meulman shows how: opposites in art can be united, how writing and painting can be one, and how modern art and street art come together. Great illustrations and copy. The book signing is November 10th at the American Book Center!

I hope he writes his name in calligraffiti :-).

American Book Center: 
Address: Spui 12, Amsterdam
Date:  10 november 2012
Website: www.abc.nl and

Amsterdam Bucketlist
Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
MOCO Museum for street art
Photography museum FOAM
Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Red Light District tour
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn

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Our favourite hotels:
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
☾ CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
☾ Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
☾ Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
☾ Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
☾ Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
☾ L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
☾ Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
☾ W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.

More hotspots in Amsterdam

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Anne de Buck