THE blackbeltmonkey’s

have no office. We all work independent and remote from our desks in Hamburg and Berlin. With it’s roots back in 2007 as an agency and re-founded in 2017 by Executive Creative Director Mike John Otto as an open collective of independent and freelance minds, most members have more than 20 years of professional practice. We help forward thinking clients to succeed in digital culture by creating culture driven Narrative Experiences and Services that convert humans into brand fans.

Our Collective aims to be intimately associated with iconic visualizations and epic stories, driven by the mixture of pure force of imagination and technical excellence. Epic things often start in the nothing, right from the scratch in what we call – the monkey room. From initial ideas to moodboards, storyboards and prototypes to high-end execution with specialized partner studios, we offer creative brand consultancy and craft the certain epic look and feel that fits to your brand and products. We are working as individuals or cells (depending on the given task), worldwide for brands, entrepreneurs, agencies and companies in a wide variety of sectors and in disciplines, such as brand shaping strategies, web 3.0, metaverse and brand experiences, film & branded content, services & products, Visual research & design and culture driven narrative experiences. 

Our clients work directly and close with us creating a more personal working relationship. The most important question always is how to provide something meaningful or valuable to our clients, their audience and followers. Valuable means a teaching moment, an inspiration, or something entertaining. We call this a Narrative Experience. If you know your brand, know your customers and understand cultural influence, this is the overlapping field to start working and creating unseen concepts. Let’s start a conversation to maybe create your next Narrative Experience.

RECENT Clients
We Offer

Narrative Experience Concepts
Visual Research & Design
Metaverse Experiences
UX/UI Design
Brand Design
Animation & Motion Graphics
Web Design
Exhibition Design
Editorial Design
Content Development
Moodboards & Styleframes
Product Development
Creative & Art Direction
Ideations & Workshops


Mike John Otto
+49 173 62 12 172
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Meet the Monkeys

Mike John Otto – Strategy, Design & Concept
Michael Ploj – Design & Concept

Lars Herzog – Design & UX/UI
David Linderman – Design & Concept
Jürgen-Rahlff Lindner – Strategy & Concept
Walter Schütz – Copy & Concept

Markus Drühe – Accounting & Project Management