Graffiti writing was born in the streets of Philadelphia in the late 1960s. But it was in New York in the early 1970s that it became a full-fledged urban art, gradually taking over the landscape of the city, from its walls to its subway cars. In these years when this art form was emerging, graffiti pioneers laid its foundations through the constant game they played with the twenty-six letters of the alphabet, which they distorted and highlighted in the tags that they painted on walls. In the first section of this book, Woshe recounts the incredible story of the birth of this culture. He then offers us a detailed examination of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet, their structure and the ways in which graffiti writers have made them evolve. This study is enriched with a wealth of illustrations and examples of the customizations that artists add to their letters. At the end of the volume, ten of the international scene’s most talented graffiti creators answer Woshe’s questions about matters that include their practice, their relationship with letters and their backgrounds.
Interviews to: BATES (Copenhague, Denmark); DARCO (Paris, France); DEMS (Elche, Spain); GESER (Connecticut USA); JURNE (Oakland, CA,USA); LOKISS (Paris, France); SERCH (Zwolle, The Netherlands); SWET (Copenhague, Denmark); SYE (New Yor, NY,USA); ZOER (Grasse, France).
This is a writing manual, an inspiring collection of ideas and a beautiful book on the world of graffiti, but above all it is a declaration of love for this culture that mixes urban performance and mastery of letters. It includes a map of New York with the sites where the most important graffiti are located.
- Hardcover: 252 pages
- Language: English
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 26.7 cm
Million Dollar Vandal is the story of one of New York City’s most reviled citizens, a graffiti writer named Robert Morrissey. As Desa, the moniker that brought him the hate, Morrissey was infamous. Though there were graffiti writers who have done more damage, few matched Desa when it came to the wrath of the Vandal Squad. Million Dollar Vandal chronicles the story of Desa’s violent and tragic life, from his Bushwick childhood through to the present day with every bit of it punctuated with the graffiti that has brought him fame and a world of trouble.
Million Dollar Vandal is a 192 page, full color and hardcover book dedicated to the legacy of Desa and the troubled life of Robert Morrissey. Featuring magnificent photography and print production, Million Dollar Vandal displays to the world a rarely seen look at the underbelly of New York City graffiti culture.
– Slip Case.
– 8.5 x 10.5 inches.
– 192 pages.
– Full-color plus spot silver and fluorescent inks.
– ISBN: 0-9768516-2-8USD$39.95
DARE to be Different chronicles the life and work of pioneering graffiti artist Sigi “DARE” von Koeding, presenting photographs of street pieces, sketches, and more that fully explore Koeding’s legacy. As the graffiti movement spread into Europe from the US in the mid-1980s, DARE rapidly became one of its major protagonists. Born and originally based in Basel, Switzerland, DARE created a network of friends that first stretched half a continent and later came to encompass the globe, his art continuing to find new audiences until the time of his death in 2010. DARE’s original simple four-letter tag evolved into a 3D style that he perfected on canvas as well as on the street; this versatility eventually created a bridge from the back-alley atmosphere of traditional graffiti to the world of avant-garde art galleries, and eventually his contribution to the scene helped it to become an urban spectacle, an art form focused on large-scale mural creations, well-organized competitions, and cultural festivals. His careful eye for form, layout, and coloration gave audiences insight into his personality and often inspired viewers to change their perspective on street art, pushing their perception of the style from simply a form of vandalism to a legitimate art movement. The respect his colleagues had for DARE is still obvious today, especially in Basel, where pieces of his created 25 years ago can still be found untouched by other graffiti artists.USD$34.95
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
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
After being out of print for years - ROCKIN' IT SUCKERS is back in a limited 10th Anniversary Edition! A classic graffiti book is once agin available - with additional text and original cover.
The inside story of the crew that has kept graffiti alive in New York City for the past 20 years. Some call it art others vandalism.For the members of the infamous RIS crew the label doesn't matter. ROCKIN' IT SUCKERS is the story of New York City's infamous RIS crew in their heyday. New York in the late 80s: A city tormented by crack and violent crime. At the same time the golden age of hip hop was in full bloom, and despite the violence some found room for creativity.
At this time a group of kids got together to taste the last of the city's painted subway trains, just in time to experience a new era in New York's graffiti history - The authorities decided to clean up the city and a zero-tolerance policy towards graffiti was instituted. While many of the city's graffiti writers quit, the RIS crew was determined to keep the trains colourful and decided to wage their own war with the city.
As a result, they took over New York with style, and along the way influenced graffiti writers long way outside the five boroughs. The crack down from the authorities didn't only trigger the RIS crew to write more, it also made them come up with faster techniques and develop their styles, all done with the crews' characteristic arrogance and humorous touch. Soon they became one of the world's most important and influential graffiti crews.
ROCKIN' IT SUCKERS feature never before seen images of graffiti by the leading figures in the crew as they share their thoughts on bombing, vandalizing and rocking the city. Essays by: Duel, Fuzz One, Ghost, Ket, and Noxer. Features the work of Bruz, Det, Ghost, JA One, Reas, Sane, Smith, Veefer and many more. Rockin' it Suckers 10th Anniversary Edition is the first publication in collaboration between Dokument Press and the Museum of Graffiti.
128 pages, 10 X 7.5 X 1 po
HIMS: History Is Made In The Streets features hundreds of never-before-seen photographs cataloging an important transitional period of New York City subway graffiti.
This surprisingly inclusive collection features works from HIMS alongside some of graffiti's biggest names including Iz The Wiz, KAWS, SMASH 137, REVOK, NEKST and many more captured as these infamous graffiti writers moved from the subway to the streets.
HIMS spans a 20 year period, documenting a treasure trove of photos from the author's private collection. HIMS makes his presence known where its least expected not only in his home base in New York but as far and wide as Europe, Japan, Australia and beyond. This historic collection also features interviews and commentary from noted graffiti writers throughout the eclectic arc of graffiti history.USD$29.95
254 pages, hardcover. Broken Windows - Graffiti NYC documents the flowering of the graffiti movement of the post-train era, and this newly revised 2010 edition has been completely redesigned with 70 more pages and many new photographs. In the 1980's graffiti was pushed out of the subways as the trains were cleaned once and for all. In the 1990's, much of the graffiti action in New York migrated to the city's walls, enabling the 'writers' to execute more refined and concept-driven large-scale pieces. By the end of decade, this new medium was being used to great effect. Photographers James & Karla Murray took great pains to faithfully capture an unprecedented re-birth of the movement, documenting the most significant murals created between 1996 - 2001. Broken Windows contains insightful interviews, an extensive selection of women s' graffiti, and features the work of more than 180 artists from The United States, Germany, France, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Holland, Italy, and Norway.USD$39.95
156 pages, Hardcover, 9 1/4'' x 12'' (235 x 305 mm, 134 color illustrations, English- The last decade has seen the rise of artists who have rejected academia to embrace urban culture as their inspiration. The exhibition Viva la RevoluciÃ³n: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape represents the pinnacle of this progression through an epic convergence of 20 artists from around the world.The urban landscape serves as the inspiration and canvas in an exhibition comprised of four parts: work inside the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), Public Commissions and Interventions, Bombing, and a Collaborative Site. Barry McGee, Moris, Banksy, Ryan McGinness, Mark Bradford, Dr. Lakra, Swoon, Os Gemoes and others contribute paintings, prints, sculpture, murals, and installations, while Invader and Shepard Fairey create large outdoor murals and Dzine embellishes the city with tricked out pedicabs.This companion catalogue to the exhibition includes essays by curator Pedro Alonzo and Alex Baker, and a preface by Hugh M. Davies.USD$29.95
612 pages, hardcover. Each year, premiere street wear fashion label Upper Playground publishes a collection of photographs and art works that reflect the year that has just passed. At the forefront of the fashion and urban art scenes for over a decade now, Upper Playground s t-shirts, hoodies, shoes and accessories are sold in top boutiques around the globe. The affiliated gallery, Fifty24SF, shows works by leading urban artists, some of whom are the world s most provocative. The works featured in this 10 year anniversary edition are cutting edge to say the least. Many of the artists have been featured on Upper Playground apparel, others have been exhibited at the countless shows, events and parties staged each year in the store and gallery. Artists featured in this 10th Anniversary edition include Jeremy Fish, Sam Flores, Anthony Lister, Masa, and many more.USD$39.95
233 pages, paperback.
This book does not intend to be anything more than a record of the classes thet Hern n Ordo ez has given over the last six years in the Basque Country. It contains many of the experimental proposals made between 2004 and 2010 in the Design and Typography classes and workshops, taking the reader to a journey through the processes, searched, objectives and achievements. Some of the projects have received prizes and honourable mentions from Signes, ADI-FAD and Laus; several of the projects were chosen by various publications, while others gave students the opportunity to undertake their first work experience at prestigious international studios such as Design Bridge in London and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao for which the author co-tutored the Corporate Identity for its 10th anniversary.USD$29.00
192 pages, hardcover- THE GRAFFITI ART of the tunnels and quarries beneath Paris is a mirror and memorial of the past 500 years. It is easier to track the history of Paris through these images than to look for it above ground in the streets. For generations, a broad range of French citizenry has created artwork that responds to historical events like the French Revolution, the storming of the Bastille, Prussian and German soldiers, the Nazi occupation, Resistance workers, civilian and secret societies, the Cataphiles and the student and workers' strikes of the late 1960s. This book illustrates graffiti, painting, sculpture, mosaics and cartoons. Today, the underground labyrinths are plagued by illicit explorers who leave elaborate art behind. This book brings to light these striking images and the insightful text tells the tale that to date has remained underground.USD$44.95
650 pages, hardcover- New York and Barcelona have become the street art capitals of the world, with graffiti, stickers, stencils, and posters turning the urban scenery into outdoor exhibition galleries. NYC''“BCN explores the the ephemeral street art in these two cities, making it a unique and historical record of an ever''“changing creative movement.USD$29.95
256 Pages, full color, hardcover: In their second volume, Modart coins a new term, “Moussism” to describe a post-everything era in the arts. According to the editors, Moussism is a non-traditional community based movement, which is not limited to a period, place or classical notion of aesthetics, discipline, medium, ideology or style.
Artists such as David Shrigley, Nomad, Will Barras, Jeroen Jongeleen (Influenza) and East Eric are selected within to illustrate the concept of Moussism for their emphasis on a gestural approach.In the second half of the book, “Real Fiction,” the viewer is treated to the latest and greatest work from artists like Nomad, Boris Hoppek, Logan Hicks, Smash137, Just, Swanski and Alex Diamond.USD$29.95
208 pages, softcover- Jaybo has strongly influenced the development of European street art. He got to know the streets of Berlin at the age of 14 when he moved there from France. Since the early 90's he has been one of the creative engines of the street and graphic design scene in Berlin.Lord of Mess presents the broad spectrum of his new-school style artwork - from very clean-cut graphic design to glaring Hip Hop illustrations and installations. This monograph features Jaybo's font designs, logos, record covers and examples of his work as the Art Director of the lifestyle magazine Style and the Family Tunes. The characters, toys and clothes he has designed as the co-founder and chief designer of the street wear label Irie Daily are additionally showcased. The book also includes a CD with eight of Jaybo's striking fonts that can't be found anywhere else.USD$54.95
96 pages, softcover- Drago invited Jeremy Fish to come to Rome and create site-specific works. The results are in the book Rome-antic Delusions. The contents contain a Roman remix of Jeremy''s images, with an Italian touch added to his usual cast of characters, as his rich iconography has had a glass of prosecco and a plate of pasta.USD$29.00
240 pages, softcover- Artistic genius, political activist, painter and decorator, mythic legend or notorious graffiti artist? The work of Banksy is unmistakable, except may be when it's squatting in the Tate or New York's Metropolitan Museum. Banksy is responsible for decorating the streets, walls, bridges and zoos of towns and cites throughout the world. Witty and subversive, his stencils show monkeys with weapons of mass destruction, policeman with smiley faces, rats with drills, and umbrellas. If you look hard enough you'll find your own. His statements, incitements, ironies and epigrams are by turns intelligent and cheeky comments on everything from the monarchy and capitalism to the war in Iraq and farm animals. His identity remains unknown, but his work is prolific. And now for the first time, he's putting together the best of his work - old and new in a fully illustrated colour volume.USD$31.95
Cidade Grafitada delves into the heart of Carioca culture through arguably its most controversial prism: the streets. Straddling the line between art and vandalism, Cidade Grafitada explores the relationship between Pixação and Graffiti (graffiti art), and how these two distinctly Carioca cultures reflect what it means to be Carioca. Cidade Grafitada examines the numerous visual forms of expression that also fight for space on Rio’s walls, and how the streets have become a genuine space for dialogue. Cidade Grafitada is the first book to present a detailed historical timeline of Rio's urban arts and vandalism cultures, and looks at the social and political pressures that helped mold art and vandalism on Rio’s streets.
Paperback: 310 pages
Craig Costello, aka KR, grew up in Queens, New York, where graffiti was part of the landscape and a symbol of the city. While living in San Francisco, he quickly garnered attention when his signature "KR" tag popped up throughout the city. As he became one of the more prominent figures on the streets on NYC and San Francisco, he began to hone his craft by creating better tools launching his own line of homemade markers and mops, combining his moniker KR with the word INK. In KRINK: GRAFFITI, ART, AND INVENTION, Costello has compiled a visual memoir: from his early days of the '80s and '90s and launch with the hip New York City retailer Alife, which put his brand on the map, to his evolution as an artist and high-fashion collaborator.
The book showcases Costello's seminal style and his extensive body of work, including site specific installations around the world. It also chronicles his myriad collaborations with Alife, Nike, Coach, Moncler, Modernica, Marc Jacobs, Levi Strauss & Co., Mini (BMW), Casio, Smith Optics, Carhartt, Kidrobot, Medicom Toy, agnès b., and Colette, among many others. Today, Costello's reach and influence goes far beyond urban street culture. Krink has grown exponentially into a global artist materials brand with expanding collections of apparel, tools, and accessories, while Costello's unique aesthetic can be seen on objects from sneakers to luxury goods to cars.
KRINK is both stylish and informative, capturing the ethos of punk and hip-hop culture, and is sure to appeal to the fans of high/low cultural crossovers, as well as die-hard fans of street art and fashion.
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Language: English
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 12.3 inches
On city street corners, around telephone posts, through barbed wire fences, and over abandoned cars, a quiet revolution is brewing. "Knit graffiti" is an international guerrilla movement that started underground and is now embraced by crochet and knitting artists of all ages, nationalities, and genders. Its practitioners create stunning works of art out of yarn, then "donate" them to public spaces as part of a covert plan for world yarn domination.
Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti is the definitive guidebook to covert textile street art. This full-color DIY book features 20 kick-ass patterns that range from hanging shoes and knitted picture frames to balaclavas and gauntlets, teaching readers how to create fuzzy adornments for lonely street furniture. Along the way, it provides tips on how to be as stealthy as a ninja, demonstrates how to orchestrate a large-scale textile project, and offers revealing information necessary to design your own yarn graffiti tags. The book also includes interviews with members of the international community of textile artists and yarn bombers, and provides resources to help readers join the movement; it's also chock full of beautiful photographs and easy step-by-step instructions for knit and crochet installations and garments.
Join the yarn bombing revolution!
Includes 20-plus patterns and a foreword by Amy Singer, the editor of Knitty.com
- Paperback: 232 pages
- Language: English
- Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 1.8 x 20.6 cm
The Siberia book by Hendrik Beikirch deals with the Russia trip of the artist, who's an inherent part of the German street art and graffiti scene since the late eighties, as well as with its aesthetic outcomes.
Based on photographs and sketches Beikirch took in Siberia, the book documents the country and its people by drawings, paintings on canvas and murals. This time, Beikirch not just focuses on portraits, but widens the view on other details and themes.
Signs of Our Times: From Calligraphy to Calligraffiti covers six decades of an art trend led by artists from the Arab world and Iran. Starting in the early 1950s, this alternative and original approach to modernism began with artists who took inspiration from their own cultural sources and combined them with international aesthetics and concepts. This publication considers the work of 50 key artists, ranging from important pioneers of the calligraphic movement to those who use the written word in their work today.
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Language: English
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 3.2 x 27.9 cm
On 500 pages, limited to 1500 pieces and filled with love: the Tese Book of Love Book by the graffiti artists TESE, inhabitant of Hamburg. High-quality and well layouted pics of his best trains, pieces, and walls allaround the worls are presented in his book.
It is a love story, dedicated to his 25 years of graffiti and urban lifestyle.USD$46.95
Groundbreaking work by the world-renowned artist, TED Prize winner, Oscar nominee, and one of Time's 100 most influential people of 2018
A look inside one of JR's deeply compelling art projects: In 2018, contemporary art superstar JR brought his legendary photo truck to San Francisco to try and capture the essence of the city in words and images. More than 1,000 citizens posed for his camera and told their stories, and JR compiled their portraits into an astounding photographic mural, a portrait of the city that is installed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
- JR is a celebrated artist whose oversize black-and-white portraits adorn walls, streets, and rooftops around the world.
- The Chronicles of San Francisco features all the individual portraits and selected stories alongside behind-the-scenes photos, a foreword by Neal Benezra, and an introduction by JR.
"JR's colossal photographic mural, The Chronicles of San Francisco, is an exuberant celebration of democracy in an age when it could not be more needed or welcome... Humanity, in all its lovely messiness, is palpable."
–Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City
- Includes a 7 x 98 inch removable poster of the the entire mural
- Makes a great gift or treasured keepsake for JR's legions of fans and anyone who loves or lives in San Francisco