One hundred extraordinary artists representing many European cities, each with its own and often uniquely inspiring graffiti scene, including London, Amsterdam, Paris, and more. This dense, sprawling portfolio is the product of “modern day documenter” Steam 156′s undisputed knowledge of European graffiti, and includes artist profiles, most written by the artists themselves, crew affiliations, locations, the year they started, details about style, influences, and characteristic strokes, contours, and angles, with hundreds of photos in all. A medium of powerful, youthful, artistic expression, graffiti spread rampantly across Europe in the early 1980s–and has never ceased. Cities across the continent are now hosts to halls of fame, abandoned spaces, and streets full of incredible work by artists, featured in this book, who are carrying the art form boldly into the future and expanding its influence even further.Size: 12″ x 9″ | 889 color photos | 224 ppISBN13: 9780764346583 | Binding: hard coverUSD$50.00
Simply opening these covers commits you to being dazzled by 100 of the UK’s top “writers” and street artists, immersing yourself in the styles, past and present, which make UK street art great. Upon its arrival in the UK from New York in the 1980s, graffiti rapidly spread across the island, infecting the youth like a stylistic virus. Out of the early days came names that would become part of UK writing legend, such as Mode2, Zaki Dee 163, Choci Roc, Goldie, and Robbo. Alongside works by these pioneers, we sweep across the whole of the UK, taking in Scotland and Wales, running through the nineties and right up to the modern day when more advanced, technical graffiti, wheat pasting, and stenciling are the new media on the street. This collection includes works by Aroe, Skore, Xens and Kem, Mef, and more. Guiding us through this review is Steam 156, who was there at the start and is still as passionate as ever. This is a must-have collection for graffiti writers and fans around the world.
Size: 11 3/4″ x 9″ | 810 illustrations | 224 p
pISBN13: 9780764341960 | Binding: hard coverUSD$45.00
BLADE has already told his life story through graffiti. Now, more than forty years into his career and armed with an incredible memory, BLADE sits down with Chris Pape to reflect on growing up in the Bronx in the turbulent 1970s, and recounts the highs and lows of his storied career, holding nothing back. BLADE is considered “The King of Graffiti” because, by 1980, after painting 5,000 wildly creative trains, he stopped counting. This book parallels the New York graffiti movement almost from its inception, moving through its glory years in the mid-1970s, when BLADE earned his title, and ending in the global art scene, where he remains a major presence. BLADE helped New York graffiti become internationally famous by making it look fun, and, for reasons of quantity, quality, and, perhaps above all, for sheer spirit, BLADE may very well be the most popular graffiti artist with his peers. Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 653 images | 256 pp ISBN13: 9780764346613 | Binding: hard coverUSD$39.95
See the New York City transit system at a time the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has tried hard to forget. In the early ’80s, graffiti writer Paul Cavalieri, who writes “CAVS,” was drawn to the colorful tags on trains. He started learning train schedules so he could snap works by many writers of the time. This is a compilation of subway graffiti from 1983 to 1989, when the MTA announced that its fleet was entirely graffiti-free. More than 325 color photos capture everything from motion-bombed train interiors riddled with pilot marker tags to epic works covering whole exteriors, top to bottom. Artists tell their tales of adventure throughout and reminisce about working on live third rails, navigating the complex subway system to find their works, and witnessing graffiti’s gradual disappearance from the trains. This book presents a nostalgic look at 1980s New York City and the street artists that gave it soul.
Size: 11″ x 8 1/2″ | 325+ color photos | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764337239 | Binding: hard coverUSD$39.95
I'M IN MIAMI BITCH! is a full color 6x9" 216 page soft-cover art book the candidly captures the street art scene in the Wynwood area of Miami. This photo-journal was exclusively photographed by Andrew Kaufman. The foreward is by Kenny Scharf and a Q&A with BOOKSIIII BISCHOF.
In the fall of 2012 with Art Basel Miami Beach quickly approaching I decided to ensconce myself in the street art scene of Wynwood to tell the story. An area once known as “El Barrio” and now gentrified into the Wynwood Art District, every year in late November artists from around the world descend on the streets of Wynwood to remake the facade of almost every building, overhead door and nook or cranny where paint could be applied.
Artists included: CITE, CZRPRZ, HEIST, CRAOLA-DABS-MYLA-WITNES, BOBO, KING SLOTZ, PANEK, RATHS UP, PINKO, JAM 104, AUBS, EWOK, PIA, 2 SQUARE, SECRET, ISHMAEL, KENTON PARKER, ART CREAM TRUCK, CYST, FUMEROISM, POSE-MSK, CHANEY, PRESSA HALL, LAWS CREW, MOLLY ROSE FREEMAN, SOLO RM, ZIMER, PATCH WHISKEY, GLORIA MURIEL, NEMEL, SINTEX, ATOMIK, PHAME, SP1, TUBS, JUNK, TRAGEK, SAKIROO, MIG, RIDLE, RUBY, ENX, MAGEK, PEZ, GOREY, 131, LA PANDILLA, SERUM, GRABSTER, SINER, D.A.D.E., SEWR, EPHEMERON, CONE, FUNKADELIQCLIQUE, 33THIRD, FUBAR, FLORA, POGO, SAMUEL MARK ART, FEW AND FAR, CHARLIE BROWN, FLIK, EL KENOR, KENNY SCHARF, MARMER, BLINK, KAS, SLIP1, CHANOIR, XUPET NEGRE, TOREK, AMOS, CEPLSCREAM & DAZE, WERE IN MIAMI BITCH!USD$30.00
Martha Cooper has the reputation of beeing the first and foremost photographer of emering Hip Hop culture in New York City. Her book, HIP HOP FILES - Photographs 1979-1984, makes a significant part of her extensive and unique archive accessible for the first time. The book documents the beginning of the phenomenon, now known as Hip Hop. The publication of many of her photos in the early ´80s, disseminated the culture both at home and abroad.
Along with the photos are quotes and statements from the people appearing in them.
The book celebrates its 10th birthday in 2014 and was published in three different languages: german, english and french.
The book includes a thoughtful introduction by ZEPHYR as well as essays by CHARLIE AHEARN; PATTI ASTOR and POPMASTER FABEL, participants in the early Hip Hop scene.
No other graffiti crew from New York City’s graffiti heyday conjures up more images of angel dust-smoking, beer-drinking, “crazy white boys,” than the Bronx-born-and-bred writing group Morris Park Crew (MPC). This official history of the crew tells the stories behind the group with never-before-published photos, oral histories from MPC members, and details on the 2009-2010 MPC revival. Starting in 1977, when founding members Slip, Wedge, and Speed started the crew, this account continues with details of how Cap 1 took over and led the crew down its unforgettable path in the 1980s. With a penchant for going to war with rival graffiti crews for train space and territory, which in turn led to the largest city-wide cross-out campaign, the MPC was known as a bunch of thugs who beat, hung, and shot perceived rivals and a group of talent-less “toys.” Wrapped up in this raw tell-all about the bad boys of NYC graffiti, are not just accounts of the crew’s passion for graffiti, but the real-life challenges its young members faced in their urban environment.
Size: 11 3/4″ x 9″ | 402 illustrations | 160 p
p''¨ISBN13: 9780764341571 | Binding: hard coverUSD$34.99
Under the Bridge: The East 238th Street Graffiti Hall Of Fameby Paul Cavalieri
Join Paul “Cavs” Cavalieri on a journey through graffiti history and the evolution of a major cultural landmark. In this account, Cavs shares his experiences under the Bronx’s East 238th Street bridge, which over the years has become a Bronx “Graffiti Hall of Fame,” through an astonishing, lifelong photographic diary. From the late 1950s to the 1990s, graffiti artists would congregate here to express themselves by unleashing their creative ENERGY. In this adopted home away from home, generations of graffiti artists formed bonds as well as rivalries. Take in four decades’ worth of work from prolific artists including Boots119, Sent, and Sien5. Also represented are graffiti writers from the Woodlawn and Wakefield neighborhoods, connected by the famous concrete viaduct built between 1929 and 1931, as well as unique and personal insights into successive generations of crews, such as a recent, major contributor from Matilda Avenue.Size: 11″ x 8 1/2″ | 489 color photos | 176 ppISBN13: 9780764345920 | Binding: hard coverUSD$39.99
Vandals is Nils MÃ¼ller’s new book. Like his first publication, BlÃ¼tezeit, it depicts the curiously global phenomenon of graffiti on trains – a movement that remains illegal even as it penetrates the world of mainstream art.
Vandals provides insight into a hidden movement that is dangerously appealing. Instead of simply photographing the finished works, MÃ¼ller documents the process behind it. Across 192 pages, Vandals reveals the atmosphere, emotional tension, passion and teamwork behind each act of urban vandalism.
Format: 30 x 24 cmUSD$39.95
Wall Writers explores graffiti's eruption into mainstream society in the period of social turmoil in the late 1960s and early '70s, and takes a closer look not only at early graffiti's place on the wall but its place in the culture of the time. More comprehensive than any other book on the subject, Wall Writers explores not only early graf writing itself but the writers creating it, the new technology of spray paint that made it possible, and the culture that drove them to write -- be it a need to rebel against the government, to pass a message, or simply be recognized by society. Hundreds of images of everything from spray paint advertisements to commercial greeting cards to images of buildings completely covered in spray painted monikers are included, and reveal the context of the beginnings of a movement that would eventually grow to "transform city life, public transit, public art, and ultimately visual art the world over."
Includes interviews and profiles of some of the most prolific writers of the time, including TAKI 183, Cornbread, and dozens moreUSD$49.95